Speakers Profile


Ms. Sabira Merchant

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.’’



Mr. SM Kulkarni

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. Subhash Lakhotia

Mr. Subhash Lakhotia is the Director of R.N. Lakhotia & Associates LLP. He is an Income-tax Practitioner for the last over 40 years. He regularly writes in various national dailies. He is the Director of Lakhotia College of Taxation & Management. He is 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’.

Mr. Subhash Lakhotia is 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. R N Lakhotia

Mr. R. N. Lakhotia is a well-known authority on taxation in the country. He is a regular writer and editor of several books on Income-tax, Vegetarianism and also Humour. His various books have seen over 480 editions so far. He regularly writes for leading newspapers. He had a brilliant academic career. He stood FIRST CLASS FIRST in both the Degree and Post-Graduate Examinations in Commerce. He joined the Indian Revenue Service and stood First in the whole of India in the I.T.O’s Examination.


Mr. Kartik Raina

Mr. Kartik Raina who did his MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, has over 37 years of Indian & International corporate experience. Beginning his career with Richardson-Hindustan Ltd. (now Procter & Gamble), he has over 20 years of experience in India. Kartik has worked in various Sales & Marketing assignments in SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline Consumer HealthCare), Dabur (India) Ltd. He has been involved in the marketing of brands like Brylcreem, Eno Fruit Salt, Boost, Chyawanprash, Pudin Hara, Hajmola etc and has conceived and launched pioneering brands like Real Fruit Juice , Chabaaza & Dr. Morepen.

He has also handled various Sales responsibilities across the country, including Head of All India Sales for SmithKline Beecham. He thus brings a balanced Sales & Marketing perspective.



Mr. P C Parikh

14 years industrial experience in Finance at various levels in reputed Corporate

Practicing for more than two decades in Excise & Service Tax as a Corporate Consultant

Guided several corporate to optimize the Indirect Tax benefits

Associated to publish popular books on Excise, CENVAT and Service Tax

Conducting Training Programmes on various interested topics in Excise & Service Tax for Corporate as well as workshops / Seminars for various Management Institutes


Mr. SM Chaturvedi

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. Ajit Shah

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 also a trainer and faculty in the field of Exports & Imports. 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. Bob Mathews

He has worked with diverse clientele throughout his career and has designed and presented training programs for us across a broad spectrum of industry – sectors that includes Banking, Automobile, Pharmaceutical, Telecom, IT, & Manufacturing.

As a Facilitator, Mr. Mathews believes we should not only increase the knowledge and skills of a participant to consistently perform in the work place but also help in the participant’s all round personal growth.

With a professional career of over 40 years with last 15 years spent exclusively in Training and Development, he has the confidence and the ability to inspire, engage and educate through highly effective training delivery.

His areas of expertise are in courseware development & training delivery with core competencies of Strong Work Ethic, Positive Attitude, Self Confidence, Good Communication Skills, Ability to Accept and Learn from Criticism / Feedback, etc.


Mr. Neeraj Ahuja

Mr. Neeraj Ahuja has over 15 years of work experience and a demonstrated record of successful management of Trade Finance Operations and mitigation of foreign exchange risk. His key competencies include knowledge of International Banking, Export Import policies & procedures, Foreign Trade Policy, Foreign Exchange Management Act, FEDAI Rules, URC, UCP 600, ISBP and RBI’s Foreign Exchange regulations. He has acquired these competencies over the years through a wide range of exposure in all areas of banking in Public, Private & foreign Banks, consulting assignments and training management students.

Mr. Ahuja is an MBA with specialization in Finance from Symbiosis Institute, Pune and is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist (CDCS) from IFS School of Finance (UK), endorsed by ICC. He has also completed CAIIB and Certificate Course in Trade Finance from Indian Institute of Banking and Finance. Currently, he is working as FEMA consultant for various corporate and brings with him rich experience of foreign exchange regulations and guidelines.

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