2017 Bangalore - Strategy Thought Partners

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BVM Rao has played a key role in leading the people agenda. His 24 years work experience has been instrumental in developing a strong people culture and talent pipeline at Shoppers Stop. He has successfully handled store operations before taking on the role of Customer Care Associate & Head HR position in 2008. He has served in a variety of leadership roles. Rao previously worked with PatniComputers, Reliance Retail and Total Hyper Markets. Under his leadership, Shoppers Stop won several awards  and recognitions such as ”Great Places to Work”.



Gautam Golchha


Gautam Golchha is Founder and Managing Director of Silver Crest Clothing Private Ltd, South East Asia’s largest men’s tailored clothing manufacturer. Silver Crest Clothing  manufacture for Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss as well as catering to premium clients on London’s bespoke Savile Row, among others. Gautam also founded Tailorman.com, India’ first omni-channel customized clothing brand. Gautam has a B.Sc. Economics degree from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta and A.A.S. Apparel Manufacturing Management, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. 




Harish Hande


Dr. Harish Hande is Managing Director of SELCO-India, which he co-founded with Neville Williams in 1995. Dr.Handeearned his Doctorate in energy engineering (solar specialty) at the University of Massachusetts (Lowell). He has an undergraduate degree in Energy Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur. Dr.Handeserves on the boards of many organizations, both national and international. Under Harish’s founding leadership and vision, SELCO has managed to work for hundreds of thousands of underserved and forgotten Indians. He was awarded with the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2011, named the Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 and is an Ashoka Fellow since 2008.



Jas Pooni



Jas Pooni drives C&A’s Sustainable Supply Chain (SSC) program across India & Sri Lanka. He is responsible for managing Social and Environmental Audits, Corrective Action Plan Management, Supplier Development Program, Capacity Building and Stakeholder. His work includes identifying and addressing challenges in laborand environmental conditions in C&A’s supply chain in India & Sri Lanka. Before joining C&A, Jas  worked as Vice President for Retail Management at CapitaMallsAsia Ltd. He also gathered extensive experience in retail and CSR while working for Walmart for over five years.



Lewis Perkins



Lewis Perkins is a champion for sustainability. Prior to joining the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, Lewis consulted companies both big and small on creating programs and awareness for environmental and social initiatives. Perkins led the green charge as director of sustainable strategies for the Mohawk Group, a leading carpet manufacturer and the commercial division of Mohawk Industries. His passion for nonprofitwork has put him in advisory and leadership roles with EarthshareGeorgia, The Green Chamber of The South, The Captain Planet Foundation and Sustainable Life Media.



Lucia Nascimento



Lucia Nascimento is a senior director for Manufacturing LaborExcellence & Innovation for Nike. She previously held the position of Apparel  Inventory Planning Director and Global Footwear lab director while working for Nike for over 14 years. She is a supply chain and operations leader with experience managing large global teams through strategic changes and S&OP. Before joining Nike she worked as a Management Consultant for IBM and Accenture. Her consulting experience included work at Cisco, Symantec, Warner Brothers, Disney, Rede Globo and Motorola. 



Neelam Chhiber


Neelam has for the past three decades worked with artisans in rural and urban areas, by providing design, technical and marketing solutions to bridge the urban-rural divide. She is WomenChangeMakersFellow for 2013. She won the L’OrealParis FeminaWomen Awards 2012 in the Social Impact category. She is the Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year for India in 2011. She is a member of India Design Council and Global Agenda Council, India. She is a board member of Action For India and AIACA. She is also an alumnus of Social Impact International, the Global Social Benefit Incubator, Santa Clara University, and the Harvard Executive Programme.



Neeleshis Hundekari


Neeleshis a Partner in A.T. Kearney’s Consumer and Retail Practice and leads the Lifestyle Practice for Asia. He has 25 years of diverse consulting and industry experience across apparel, textiles, retail, luxury, lifestyle, and other sectors. His expertise covers strategy & operations, understanding the Indian/Asian consumer, retail market dynamics, and the operations and supply landscape. Neeleshhas also actively worked in social impact, including education and advising NGOs in textiles, crafts and adoption.




Nihar Kothari



Nihar Kothari is the Director and Executive Editor of the Patrikagroup of companies. He is currently in charge of editorial planning and readership development of the newspaper.  Rajasthan Patrika(owned by PatrikaGroup) is one of the largest media houses in India owning newspapers, cable networks, electronic media, radio stations, outdoor media, event management, education, web publishing, publication, yellow pages etc. Patrikais placed among the top five successful Asian Community Newspapers in a survey conducted by AMIC and Singapore for UNESCO. 






Rajesh Unni


Rajesh Unni is the founder of the Synergy Group of Companies. As the group CEO, he formulates and oversees the execution of all business strategies and objectives. Under his able leadership and far-sighted vision, the group has grown from a small ship management company to the current size within a very short span of time. Unni has held senior management positions with leading Hong Kong and Singapore-based ship management companies in the past. His vast experience and exposure in risk management, marine insurance, ship broking, post fixture operations and business development, along with his aggressive and experienced management team is focused on further growth in sectors beyond the shipping industry.




Ramesh Kumar Shah



Ramesh Kumar Shah is the founder, Chairman and Managing Director of the RK Group and co-founder at Harvard Business School Angels of India. Ramesh has expanded RK Group to become a pioneer in retail, distribution, health care, angel funding, and e-commere. In addition to his work with RK Group Ramesh Kumar Shah has invested in over 35 companies across Technology, Media, e-commerce, Healthcare and Education. Ramesh Kumar Shah is currently active in several major charitable organizations. He attended Harvard Business School for the OPM Program.



Sandeep Mukim


Sandeep Mukim is CEO of Proline India Ltd. Sandeep has25 years in supporting and leading organizations in lifestyle brands and retail -consistently moved across the value chain from fabric to branded apparels to retail. Sandeep is an alumnus of Poddar Institute of Management and has served in Birla VXL, Arvind Mills, Raymond Apparel & Future Group before joining the group as CEO of Proline India Ltd. He has strong expertise in business strategy- planning and implementation, business development, retail, and merchandise.  He has comprehensive experience of managing profit centres and delivering best value to all stakeholders in the business.




Sejal Shah Gulati


Sejal Shah Gulati is the Managing Director and President of Time Inc. India, a subsidiary of Time Inc. Sejalfounded the organization in 2006 and it now employs over 600 professionals who support Time Inc. Prior to her current role, Sejalwas the VP of Business Outsourcing in New York, where she set up the plan for transitioning work to India. Before Time Inc., Sejalwas a Senior Manager for Business Development for American Express in New York City. Sejalis currently on the Global Alumni Board of Harvard Business School. She is also a partner in the Bangalore chapter of Social Venture Partners (SVP), a volunteer social venture fund. 




Shalini Puchalapalli



Shalini is the Category Director and Business Head for Amazon Business. Prior to Amazon, Shaliniwas the CEO for Lehar Foods Business for PepsiCo, where she turned around the business through business model transformation. Prior to her various roles in Pepsi, she worked with InBevand Godrej. She has been has been honoured as ‘Young Global Leader’ 2015 by World Economic Forum. She has also been awarded the 40 under 40 influential Leaders award by Economic Times and Spencer Stuart in 2014 and recognized as one of the women leaders to watch in 2015.



Vikram Rao


Vikram Rao is an Executive and Leadership Coach specialized in senior level executive coaching and leadership mentoring. Vikramhas had a rich career spanning 38 years, where he was a Director on the Board of ABMCL, the $40 billion Aditya Birla Group’s apex decision making body. As a CEO and Board member, he has acquired, led, built and transformed companies and businesses across Branded Apparel, Retail and B2B businesses. Several leaders have blossomed under his stewardship and have scaled ‘new highs’ at very senior levels in their careers. Over the last three years Vikramhas undertaken over 400 hours of Coaching and Mentoring assignments at CXO, CEO & MD levels and young/mid-level professionals.



Vinay Goyal


Vinay Goyal is Founder and CEO of Instavans, an on-demand platform for intra city trucking that offers price transparency, ease of access, and a better end-to-end experience for both shippers and truckers. Instavans’ adressablemarket is estimated at 15 billion US dollar. There are more than two million registered small trucks that transport more than 1.5 million tonnesof goods. Before founding Instavans, Mr. Goyal was CEO and Managing Partner at South Eastern Roadways, one of India’s oldest trucking companies with a pan India network. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras and a certificate in disruptive technologies from Singularity University.



Vineet Merha


Vineet has been involved in his family business, HuechemTextiles Pvt.Ltd. a manufacturer of knitted garments. He is part of the team that created and runs Chromozome, one of India's well established men's brands for innerwear and athleisurewear. Vineet brings 20 years of entrepreneurial experience in running an organisation that has grown from a handful of people to over 350 people over the last 2 decades which now works closely with over 7000 partners across the value chain from manufacturing to retail.




Vishal Talreja



Vishal co-founded Dream a Dream, charitable trust empowering children and young people from vulnerable backgrounds to overcome adversity and flourish in the 21st century using a creative life skills approach. Vishal is an Ashoka Fellow, an Eisenhower Fellow and sits on Boards of UnltdIndia and India Cares Foundation. Vishal has been recognized as an “Architect of the Future” by the WaldzellInstitutin Austria. He is also an advisor and mentor to The YP Foundation and Reap Benefit and is deeply committed to mentoring start-up NGOs and young social entrepreneurs. He is a TEDxSpeaker, active writer and a poet.