Our Speaker


Mr. SM Chaturvedi

Management Consultant

Mr. SM Chaturvedi has over 40 years of experience in the areas of Export/Import Customs, Exchange Control Regulations and Industrial Policy. He has conducted over 500 Seminars on these subjects both open programmes as well as In-House Training Programmes for over 100 Leading Companies in India. Besides teaching and consulting experience, Mr. Chaturvedi has considerable experience in Industries where he had handle these portfolios.

He is a regular faculty with leading Institutes of Management and Trade Associations. For last 25 years he has been a consultant specializing in the field of Foreign Trade Policy, Customs, FEMA, Industrial Policy, Laws of Weights and Measures. Before branching of his own he has spend 16 years with the corporate world.

Mr. Deepak Jakate

Advisor & Corporate Consultant

Mr Deepak Jakate is the founder & managing  partner of “Envision management Services”, a professional services firm  providing Business Advisory, Consulting, Research &  Corporate Training in the areas of Strategy, Supply Chain & Logistics, Six Sigma, Leadership, BPR etc. He is an Engineer – MBA, B. Tech. – IT BHU (Metallurgical Engineering), PGDM – IIM Bangalore (Operations and Finance) with over 30 years of experience in industry, academics & consulting.

Mr Deepak’s Industry experience has been in the areas of Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Business Process Re-engineering, Projects and Strategic Palming. . He has worked in well known companies and business groups  such as Asian Paints, Tatas & Reliance.

Mr Jakate was a full time core faculty at S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research in Mumbai as Associate Professor (Manufacturing & Operations). He is currently a guest / visiting faculty at several reputed management institutes both in India & abroad.

Mr Jakate  has provided consultancy & / or corporate training services  to reputed multinational & Indian companies such as Coca Cola (I) Ltd., Mahindra & Mahindra etc.

Mr. Kartik Raina

Management Consultant

An MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies with a Specialization in Sales & Marketing, Kartik Raina has a total work and consulting experience of over nearly 45 years.

Mr. Kartik is Visiting Faculty at various Management Schools including IIM – Ahmedabad, IIFT, New Delhi, SP Jain Institute-Mumbai-Singapore-Dubai & Sydney campuses, IMT-Ghaziabad & Dubai, IBS-Hyderabad, IMI-New Delhi and Amity Business School-NOIDA. He also is a regular Guest faculty at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie.

On the domestic front, having started with a 4 year stint with RHL (now Procter & Gamble), Kartik spent over 14 years with GSK Consumer HealthCare in various Sales & Marketing assignments, culminating as the Head of All India Sales, along with country responsibility for Bangladesh. He then moved to Dabur as General Manager-Sales & Marketing with the task to professionalize the ways of working of the company. Having completed that, he was made in charge of the move to urban markets (nearly 70% of Dabur’s sales were rural then) and was soon made CEO of the Foods business. Here he conceived and launched Real Fruit Juice.

Internationally, he has worked for Fareast Mercantile Company, Nigeria, heading their Consumer Division, which included handling negotiation & purchase of Stockfish (a dried form of fish) from Iceland, Norway, Faroe Islands & Greenland and then Branding & selling it. He has been the Executive Director of Hoechst West Africa, Nigeria. He concluded his International career in Colombo as the Managing Director of Bestfoods International (Unilever Bestfoods), looking after Sri Lanka & Maldives.

From 2005 he runs his own training & consulting company called Learning Facilitators, focusing in the areas of Sales & Channel Management, Go To Market Modeling, Brand Strategy & Rural Marketing. He is closely involved with Consulting and training assignments in India, the Far East, China & Africa. He has managed a very diverse Client portfolio with his clients list including Abbott Nutrition (International)-India & Malaysia, Airtel, CHI Group, Nigeria, Danone, Singapore, Fonterra (New Zealand Dairy), Sri Lanka, Glaxo SmithKline Consumer HealthCare, India, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines,Vietnam, Nigeria & Ghana, Hindustan Unilever (Rural Activation), Perfetti, VLCC, Del Monte, Kwality Ltd, McNROE (Wild Stone), Canon, HCL, Neelkanth Kitchen Sinks, Radiohms Agencies Ltd. (Nuby, Glide & Nippo), Ruchi Soya Industries, Tata Chemicals, Coromandel Fertilizers, , Ambuja Cements, Premiershield, India Skills etc..

Ms. Sabira Merchant

Business Etiquette Trainer

Ms Sabira Merchant completed her studies in Liberal Arts from Switzerland. Being a expert communicator and a lover of stage, Sabira was inclined towards the theatre and made her first breakthrough with Theatre group’s ‘‘The World’’ And it was followed by ‘‘The Wild Duck’’, ‘‘Tughlaq’’, ‘‘Duet for one’’, ‘‘The Idiot’’, ‘‘Winter Set’’ and many more. She bagged the All India critics’’ award for her role of Blanche Dubois in the play ‘‘A Street Car Named Desire.’’ She also played the enchantress Madame Manaeksha in the BBC production ‘‘Six steps to happiness.’’ Sabira also debuted in ‘‘The Rummy Game,’’ a sweet and bitter comedy that won rave reviews from all over the world. Sabira made her presence on the big screen too, playing roles in some select Hindi movies including Shyam Benegal’s ‘‘Trikaal.’’

In the 70’s Sabira became very popular on the television circuit as her show ‘‘What’s the good word?’’ ran for a record 15 years on Doordarshan (India’s only terrestrial television network). Besides being a theatre and film personality, Sabira is an expert guide on speech, diction, etiquette, grooming, stage presence and public speaking. She has the honour of having trained a whole lot of beauty contestants including past Ms. Universe – Lara Dutta Ms. World – Yukta Mookhey, Diana Hayden, Priyanka Chopra etc. The male pageants too have witnessed her students putting up a fabulous performance. Aryan Vaid, Raghu Mukherjee – Mr India 2002 to name a few.

Even the corporate and general public from various walks of life regularly benefit from her knowledge and experience in communication and overall personality development to lead a happy and successful life. The sessions are aimed towards personal/corporate finesse improvement, which is not only personalized but also customized. It meets Organization as well as personal needs of an individual as a separate and as a part of the team as a whole. Participants are helped to create self-awareness empowering them to shed their inhibitions and negativity. Particular care is taken to enhance their pronunciation, diction, voice modulation, communication skills, phone etiquette, table manners and dinning skills in particular. The pedagogy deployed i.e. the lectures, role plays, exercises, interactive discussions supplements for social and business graces of international protocol are proved to be best case examples providing individuals to master the art of Public Speaking.

The course is tailor-made fitting each individual’s parameters of day to day requirement and yet a uniformed eye-opener which step by step opens the window of a new world. It is an introduction and exploration of the self and a realization of your personality and potential.

Late. Mr. Subhash Lakhotia

Director of R.N. Lakhotia & Associates LLP

Late Mr. Subhash Lakhotia was the Director of R.N. Lakhotia & Associates LLP. He was an Income-tax Practitioner for the last over 40 years. He regularly writes in various national dailies.  He was the Director of Lakhotia College of Taxation & Management. He was practicing as a consultant on tax planning, tax documentation and investment planning. He has also addressed thousands of seminars and lecture meetings on taxation and tax planning and is conducting the popular course known as ‘Zero to Hero in Direct Taxes’.

He was selected as the best youth of India by the Lions International to represent India at the World Youth Congress held at Atlantic City, USA in 1970. He is Secretary General of Investors Club and President of Spiritual Club International and Unite to Invest (UTI). He is Chief Strategist of Real Estate Strategy Group and was actively associated with various professional bodies connected with real estate. He has written nearly 100 books on Income-tax, Investment, Real Estate and Spirituality. He is actively associated with Lions Clubs International. He has been awarded the “Sahityashree” award and “The Suryadatta National Award, 2010”. He is on the Governing Council of Proton Business School.

Mr. Subhash Lakhotia was conducting a very popular show “Tax Guru” on every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday on “CNBC AWAAZ” a popular TV Channel from the house of CNBC. The National Television Awards, 2010 for “Best Business Talk Show of the Year” has been awarded to the Tax Guru programme.

Mr. Suresh Gopalaswamy

Management Consultant

Experience of 20+ years in Behavioral and Functional Training, Profit Centre Operations and Sales & Distribution Management.  Has facilitated and coached clients from wide range of industries. Retired from HUL as Senior Manager Channel Operations. MR Gopalaswamy is Guest Faculty at IIM-C for MDC programs for Senior management as well as ISS probationers.

Mr. Gopalaswamy has Diplomas in Management, HR Management, Change management and a certification in Storytelling. Mr. Gopalaswamy’s area of expertise include Sales Management, selling techniques, Business Partner Management, Competency Mapping & Development, Business Story Telling, Change Management, Execution Skills among many others.

Mr. Gopalaswamy has a wide Industry/Functional Experience / exposure spanning Civil Services, PSUs, FMCG, Consumer Durables, Fashion Garments, Manufacturing, Industrial Products, Automobile Parts, Infrastructure, Hospitality and Health Care.

Mr. Olav Ofstad

Attorney at Law – Norway and diplomat - UN and Red Cross

Mr Olav Ofstad has had an early career as a police lawyer/public prosecutor, deputy judge, lecturer and senior partner in a private law firm. Since 1992 he has been working internationally as a diplomat at Norwegian embassies and organisations such as the UN and the International Red Cross Federation as Head of Delegation indifferent countries.

Between the international assignments he has engaged in conflict management research, writing, consultancies and training. He has been specializing in application of social psychology in conflict, a network of experts offering training in conflict management and kidnapping survival.

His is the author of books include: Conflict Management in International Peace Operations. A handbook for officers and soldiers (In cooperation with the Norwegian Defence International Center, 2003), Conflict Management in International Missions. A Fieldguide (Routledge, 2015), Surviving Kidnappers. Precautions, Influence, Strategic Tools (Troubador, 2017).

Mr. SM Kulkarni

Management Consultant

He is the Vice President of Indirect Taxation in Mahindra & Mahindra. He is the In-charge of VAT implementation in Mahindra & Mahindra since the introduction of the scheme In Maharashtra.

He has 30 years of rich experience in corporate management in the Sales Tax function dealing with Sales Tax department and all India Sales Tax functions of his company. He is Ex. Chairman indirect taxation committee of Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is Convener of Indirect taxation committee of CII (Western Region). He has written articles on Service Tax in reputed publications. Also he is the Eminent Faculty on Sales Tax and Service Tax.

Mr. Sharad Kohli

Business Advisor and Commentator

Mr. Sharad Kohli is a renowned Economist, Business Advisor and Commentator, Current Affairs Commentator, Expert on International Issues, Startup Advisor and Mentor. Mr. Sharad Kohli is the Founder & Chairman of the KCC group engaged in multidisciplinary advisory services. Besides heading the group comprising of about ten companies and independent divisions his personal pool of talent & versatility is a true reflection of his personality. He is a dual Chartered Accountant from India and United Kingdom. He is also a management graduate and a lawyer besides being an alumnus of Harvard University. He has recently been awarded an honorary doctorate in economics by an American University for his outstanding contribution in the field of macro economics. He has handled consulting and paralegal assignments executed across North America, Western Europe, Middle East, East and South Africa and Australasia.

He has represented the country on several international forums as a panelist and speaker on diverse topics ranging from Economics, Management, Finance to Law. During his career he has engaged with professionals and businesses from over 130 countries.

He leads a group comprising of diversified business and professional advisory interests. Under brand KCC, the group engages and excels itself in services related to consulting corporate and non-corporate clients in India and abroad. The innovative service products launched by his companies have carved the success story weaved over last 28 years.

He is a regular columnist with Hindustan Times (HT Media), Times of India and Economic Times. He has been given various titles by different sections of media wherever he has been engaged. Some of titles have been “Startup Guru”, “Tax Guru”, and “Expert on International Affairs”. He is a regular panelist, debater and a talk show expert with several television channels.

He has been conferred with several awards for his outstanding contribution in different fields by various media houses, publishing houses & NGOs. “Best Citizens Award” , “Gem of India Award” , “Excellence Award for Entrepreneurship”, “Make in India Entrepreneurship Award” , “Multi-Talented Personality Award” are amongst few accolades he has won.

Mr. Dinesh Divekar

Management Consultant

Mr Dinesh Divekar is versatile in the field of training and management consulting. His multifarious activities include writing articles, designing case studies and guiding juniors through various online forums.

He has handled the training and consulting across the spectrum of industries. Taking benefit of the exposure that he gets through his training and consulting, he conducts research through his participants. Based on his research, he has designed unique programmes like Effective Selling Skills for B2B Market, Key Account Management, Sales and Customer Strategy for B2B Markets, Strategies for Product Pricing etc.

In addition to the training programmes in the field of sales and marketing, Mr Divekar also conducts training programmes in the field of business strategy like Strategic Analysis of the Enterprise, Strategy for Supply Chain Management etc.

His expertise areas are Purchase, Inventory, Warehouse, Vendor, Stores, Quantitative Techniques for Purchase Decisions, Strategic Procurement, Demand Forecasting, Supply Chain Management.

Mr. Divekar did his MDBA (Personnel) from SIMS. He is also a Member of NHRD, NIPM, Bangalore Management Association (BMA), an active Member of www.citehr.com. He is also a member of large number of Yahoo and Linked in Groups and has uploaded large number of articles related to training and HR field. Mr. Dinesh V. Divekar’s interview was published in “Times Ascent Online” regarding employee training. Later his article “Role of HR in Brand Management” was published in the same portal.

Mr. Nayan Marphatia

Management Consultant

Mr. Nayan Marphatia have a 30 years experience in the field of Soft Skills, Communication, Negotiation, Time Management, Acing Interviews and Group Discussions at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and Corporate. He used his vast experience with MNC’s and Entrepreneurial Skills to help Executives achieve their professional and personal goals.

Mr. Nayan worked with several MNC’s like Pizza Hut Mumbai, DHL, Arthur Andersen & Co, Wimco Ltd, RAS-KMK Lamipack Ltd (Swiss), Elf Lubricants India(France), etc. Mr. Nayan’s few Key achievements are Trained over a 1600 professional in areas of Soft skills such as Interview preparation, Group Discussion, Interpersonal Skills, Communication and Public Speaking, Assertiveness and Negotiation Skills, Acquisition of the DHL Express Business in Pakistan, Buyout of DHL Agency Business in Bangladesh, Establishment of the “Pizza Hut” Brand in Mumbai from scratch – Including sourcing of Kitchen Equipment, Construction of new restaurants, Worked with McKinsey & Company to lay out the India Vision for the DHL Group.

He attended a Train the Trainer Program in Soft Skills – Bangkok, CFO/Finance Conferences in Germany for DHL, Graduated from the Asia Pacific Business Leadership Programme – Singapore, Scotwork Negotiating Skills – Bangkok.

Mr Nayan is one of regular faculty for conducting In-house & Open house training for GCM Worldwide & Gford Institute of Management Pvt Ltd on PAN India basis on the topic likes Negotiation Skill, HR Interviewing Skills & Appraisal Management, Business Communication Skills, Handling Customer Service, etc

Mr. Prahlad Kakar

Management Consultant

Mr. Prahlad Kakar, Advertising Film Director for Genesis Film Production, one of India’s oldest and foremost Ad film production houses. He founded Genesis in 1977 & has ruled the advertising world with his brand of irreverent humor, memorable brand building campaigns and has created Award wining commercials for the most reputed Corporates and agencies in India and the Asia Pacific region. After having assisted renowned feature Filmmaker, Mr. Shyam Benegal, he moved onto Advertising films.

Known as the “Ad guru” he has been instrumental in changing the face of advertising in our country bringing in the appropriate “regional India ness” and values into an urban context through his films, creative workshops, articles and interviews. Some of his clients include Pepsico, Britannia, Nestle, United Breweries, Proctor and Gamble, Sony Mastercard & Visa international.

Genesis won both Gold and Silver awards. His Public service films for Ceat won awards in the New York Festival of Advertising. Commercials directed by Mr. Prahlad Kakar have also been nominated for Lions at Cannes.30 years down the line he has earned himself a Lifetime Achievement Award by the IAAFA in the year 1999 and has got Genesis the top Production House for 2 years in a row for years 2003 and 2004 by the Brand Equity. Today Mr. Prahlad Kakar is consulting with Companies to provide innovative solutions for promoting and brand building various products and services.

Mr. Ajit Shah

Management Consultant

Mr. Ajit Shah is a Commerce Graduate from Sydnem College. He also holds a Law degree from Mumbai University. He has spent more than 25 years in Export Import Trade. He started his carrier as a consultant for Exports & Imports. He has travelled extensively overseas.

He is a consultant and a trainer in the field of Export and Import. He has been associated with numerous Educational and Training Institutes imparting training in the field of Import and Export. His practical approach and lucid style of representation endears him to the participants instantly. He has been associated with numerous educational institutes, training colleges, banks, public sector units, Chambers of Commerce, Export Promotion Councils etc. He has also served as an EXIM consultant to All India Stainless Steel Industries Association Mumbai, and Bombay Industries Association.

He was co-editor of All India Export-Import Weekly Journal. He has addressed several seminars and Training Programmes. His areas of expertise are Foreign Trade Policy, Customs, DGFT Matter, Export Incentives, Import duty, International Marketing, International Trade.

Mr. Shah has panned five books on various subjects related to Export and Import. He is a preferred choice for In-house Company training program by the exporters and corporate houses. He has specialized training style and modules which suit to the beginners, Export Houses, Logistics Companies, CHAs, Importers, Service Provider etc.

Mr. Santosh Desai

MD & CEO – Futurebrands

Mr. Arvind Sharma

Chairman – Leo Burnett

Mr. Pradeep Kashyap

Founder & CEO – MART

Mr. Hiral Raja

Chief Manager Taxation – Asian Paints

Mr. S. Sivakuamar

Group Head of Agri and IT Businesses for ITC Ltd.

Mr. R Balki

Advisor & Corporate Consultant

Ms. Rama Bijapurkar

Management Consultant

Rama Bijapurkar is one of India’s most respected thought leaders on market strategy and India’s Consumer Economy. She is also considered to be a most insightful commentator on the social and cultural changes that are transforming India. She has her own consulting practice and works across a range of sectors and organizations – global and domestic, commercial and not for profit as well as quasi-government. She describes her work as bringing market and Customer Centricity to business strategy development.

Rama’s work experience has been in market research and strategy consulting and includes leadership positions with McKinsey & Company, MARG (now AC Nielsen India), and full time consulting with Hindustan Lever (now Hindustan Unilever India).

In addition to her consulting practice, she has a deep commitment and experience to match, in raising the bar on corporate governance standards in India, and serves or has served as an independent director on the boards of several of India’s blue chip companies. These include Bharat Petroleum, Axis Bank, Godrej Consumer Products, CRISIL, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, Mahindra and Mahindra Financial services, Titan Industries, Redington Gulf FZE etc. She served on the Infosys board from March, 2001, until she resigned in 2010. When she resigned, Rama was the only woman on the board.

She is also a member of the governing council of the Banking Codes and Standards Board of India (set up by the banking regulator), the Insurance Information Board (by the insurance regulator), and is a member of the Eminent Person Advisory Group of the Competition Commission of India She is closely involved with the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM A), her alma mater, where she has been a regular visiting faculty and also serves on its board of governors. Rama is an influential commentator in the Indian media on issues relating to her fields of work.

She is the author of “We are like that only: Understanding the Logic of Consumer India” (Penguin, International English and Mandarin edition titled “Winning in the Indian Market, Wiley), globally considered to be the most definitive book on Consumer India. More recently, she has published its sequel “A Never – Before World: Tracking the Evolution of Consumer India”. Her latest book, “Customer in the boardroom? Crafting Customer – Based Business Strategy” (Sage), is based on her teaching and consulting experience.

 

Mr. Ramesh Chandra

Secretary - Empowered Committee

Mr. Chandra joined I.A.S. in 1966. He has held different positions in Government of India & State Government. He has been associated with Indirect Taxation and reform of the system for last 20 years. Mr. Ramesh Chandra was the first member Secretary of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers & continued to be associated with introduction of GST. He is also Advisor to Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers.

Mr. Madhukar Sabnavis

CEO- Ogilvy

Mr. Debendra Narayan Kar

Commissioner Income Tax

Mr. Kar started his professional career as an officer in Hindustan Petroleum Corporation in the year 1987. He joined IRS in 1988. After professional training at National Academy of Direct Taxes, joined as an Asstt. Commissioner of Income Tax at Vishakhapattanam, Andhra Pradesh. He worked in various capacities in Vishakhapattanam, Ahmedabad and Delhi thereafter. He was promoted as Addl. commissioner of Income Tax in the year 2001 and headed different ranges in Delhi the he ws Commissioner of Income Tax posted at Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Delhi. He has addressed many meetings/Conferences in Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and different training institutes of Govt. of India.

Mr. M R R Reddy

Commissioner Service Tax

Mr. M R R Reddy represent IRS Batch 1993.He joined IRS as an Commissioner Service Tax.He is having served IRS in the state of A.P., Chennai & Ahmedabad Gujarat. Now he is posted in Mumbai for last 5 years.He has been awarded with a Medal for distinguished Services by the President.