2014 India Business Conference Schedule

8:30AM – 9:00AM Registration and Check In
9:00AM – 9:15AM Opening Address by Vice Dean Gita Johar
9:15AM – 10:00AM Keynote Address: Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia
10:00AM – 11:30AM Panel: From Chicken Tikka Masala to Michelin Stars
11:30AM – 12:00PM Keynote Address: Prof. Joseph Stiglitz
12:00PM – 1:00PM Lunch
1:00PM – 1:45PM Keynote Address: Vik Malhotra
1:45PM – 2:00PM Doing Business in India – Tax Considerations: Jilesh Shah
2:00PM – 3:15PM Panel: Innovation and Entrepreneurship
3:15PM – 3:30PM Investing in India – Shifting Tides and a New Dawn: Asma Chandani
3:30PM – 4:15PM Keynote Fireside Chat on Financial Inclusion: Ajay Banga and Michael Schlein
4:30PM – 6:00PM Cocktail Reception

Keynote Speakers

CEO, MasterCard
Ajay Banga
President and CEO, MasterCard

Ajay Banga is President and Chief Executive Officer of MasterCard and a member of its board of directors. He is Chairman of the U.S.-India Business Council, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Business Roundtable, chairing its Information and Technology Initiative. In addition, Mr. Banga is a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum; on the Board of Overseers of the Weill Cornell Medical College; and on the Board of the American Red Cross. He is a member of The Business Council, the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Advisory Board of the Moscow School of Management (Skolkovo), The Economic Club of New York, and the board of The Financial Services Roundtable, the New York City Ballet and The Partnership for New York City. He also is a fellow of the Foreign Policy Association and was awarded the Foreign Policy Association Medal in 2012.

Chairman of the Americas, McKinsey
Vik Malhotra
Chairman of the Americas, McKinsey & Company

Vik Malhotra is the Chairman of the Americas and a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company. Vik joined the Firm in 1986 and has spent his career in the New York Office where he has focused on the financial services industry. As the Chairman of the Americas for McKinsey, he leads the practices in both North America and Latin America. In the past, Vik has led McKinsey’s Northeast Office (New York, Boston, Stamford) the East Coast Financial Institutions Practice, North American Life Insurance Practice, the North American Personal Financial Services Practice, and co-led the Emerging Markets Financial Institutions Practice.

Dy. Chairman, Planning Commission of India
Montek Singh Ahluwalia (via videoconference)
Dy. Chairman, Planning Commission of India

Montek Singh Ahluwalia is currently the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission for India. He has been a key figure in India’s economic reforms from the mid 1980s onwards. For his outstanding contribution to economic policy and public service, he was conferred the prestigious ‘Padma Vibhushan’ by President of India in 2011. Dr. Ahluwalia has received several honorary degrees including an honorary doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Oxford. He is an honorary fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Global Green Growth Institute, South Korea.

Nobel Laureate, Economics
Joseph Stiglitz
Economist and Nobel Laureate, Columbia University

Dr. Joseph Stiglitz is University Professor at Columbia University, the winner of the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, and a lead author of the 1995 IPCC report, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He was chairman of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisors under President Clinton and chief economist and senior vice president of the World Bank for 1997-2000. Stiglitz received the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded annually to the American economist under 40 who has made the most significant contribution to the subject. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University, held the Drummond Professorship at All Souls College Oxford, and has also taught at M.I.T, Yale, Stanford, and Princeton. Stiglitz helped create a new branch of economics, “The Economics of Information,” exploring the consequences of information asymmetries and pioneering such pivotal concepts as adverse selection and moral hazard. His work has helped explain the circumstances in which markets do not work well, and how selective government intervention can improve their performance. At Columbia, Stiglitz is a member and former chair of the Committee on Global Thought and is founder and co-President of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue. He is also president of the International Economic Association, co-chair of the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress and chair of the Commission of Experts of the President of the United Nations General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System.

CEO, Accion
Michael Schlein
President and CEO, Accion

Michael Schlein is the President and CEO of Accion, a global nonprofit dedicated to building a financially inclusive world. Michael brings nearly 30 years of extensive international banking, management and public service experience to his role as President and CEO of Accion. As President of Citigroup’s International Franchise Management, Mr. Schlein managed the bank’s network of 100 Chief Country Officers. Before that, Michael ran communications, philanthropy, government relations, branding and human resources for Citigroup. He served as Chief of Staff at the US Securities and Exchange Commission in the Clinton Administration and in New York’s City Hall in the Dinkins and Koch Administrations. He began his career in investment banking.

In 2014, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Michael to serve as the Chairman of the NYC Economic Development Corporation, which encourages economic growth throughout New York’s five boroughs and facilitates investments that build capacity, generate prosperity, and catalyze the economic vibrancy of city life as a whole.


Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Opportunities and Challenges

Founding Partner, Eniac Ventures
Nihal Mehta
Founding Partner, Eniac Ventures

Nihal is a Founding General Partner at Eniac Ventures, the first seed stage venture fund focusing exclusively on mobile technologies.Prior to Eniac, Nihal founded LocalResponse, Inc., which makes ads more relevant from social signals, a pivot from buzzd, the first mobile real-time city guide. Nihal is an active angel investor and his portfolio includes Admob (sold to Google), Swiftkey, Tapad & Uber. Nihal graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Philosophy and a BSE in Computer Science.

Co-Founder and CEO, Unmetric
Lux Narayan
Co-Founder and CEO, Unmetric

Lux has over 18 years of international advertising, media, and assorted marketing experience. He’s currently the co-founder and CEO of Unmetric, the social media competitive intelligence firm that is headquartered in New York City and works with leading brands and agencies across the world. Lux completed his B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras and his MBA from IIM Calcutta.

Co-Founder and CEO, Saavn
Vinodh Bhat
Co-Founder and CEO, Saavn

Vinodh is the cofounder and CEO of Saavn, the largest digital music service for South Asians globally. Saavn is a consumer media & technology company focused on transforming the way in which hundreds of millions of people access and experience music. Prior to Saavn Vinodh was a principal at 212Media. Vinodh got his BA in Commerce, Finance and Marketing from the University of Virginia.

Director, Microsoft Ventures Asia
Mukund Mohan
Director, Microsoft Ventures Asia

Mukund Mohan is the director of Microsoft Ventures in Asia. He founded and sold BuzzGain, a leader in Do It Yourself PR, to Meltwater in January 2010. Prior to that he founded and sold 2 Silicon Valley startups in the Internet & Enterprise software markets. In addition to having held executive and management roles in Hewlett Packard (Mercury), Ariba, he has also worked at Cisco Systems as an engineer. Mukund has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Mysore in India.

Director, Cricinfo US
Prasad Malmandi
Director, Cricinfo – US

Prasad is the Director of ESPN Crickinfo for the US and he leads Cricinfo’s product strategy, enhancements and roadmap for the US market. He has also been a Product Manager with ESPN and was previously at Gartner. He completed his B.E. in Electronics and Communication from Dayanand Sagar College Of Engineering and his M.Sc from Columbia University in Sports Management.

Indian Food Going Global: From Chicken Tikka Masala to Michelin Star

CEO, MasterCard
Rashmi Uday Singh
Food Critic, Author, TV Personality

Award winning author of 34 books and TV host, Rashmi Uday Singh has many firsts to her credit: India’s first ever city-restaurant guide in 1997, “Nightlife guide to Mumbai” and most recently, the world’s first vegetarian guide to Paris. More than 20 years ago, Singh produced, scripted, directed and presented India’s first TV health show on DD Metro. Having studied journalism, law, management and trained with the BBC, she worked with the Indian Revenue Service, which she quit after fifteen years as Deputy Commissioner to follow her creative muse in newsprint and television. Singh is the jury chairperson of the Indian subcontinent for the London based “World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy”, the India contributing editor of “Miele Restaurant guide”, the Asia food guide, and represents India in international forums. Her book “A Vegetarian in Paris” has recently been awarded the “World Gourmand cookbook award” in Paris, February 2013.

Grand Chef, Taj Group
Hemant Oberoi
Grand Chef, Taj Hotels

Chef Hemant Oberoi is the face of Taj cuisine and has been with the Taj group for 39 years. He serves as the Grand Executive Chef at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai and as corporate chef for the entire Luxury division of the Taj chain of hotels. He has catered to several visiting dignitaries and Indian leaders including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. A multiple award winner, including the Executive Chef of the year award by H&F S Hosts, Chef Oberoi brings over 30 years of culinary expertise to the Taj brand. He is the only Indian chef to have been invited twice to demonstrate his skills at the World Gourmet Summit and the first Indian chef to the World Gourmet Club. Extremely capable, inventive and passionate, Chef Oberoi accounts for the successes of The Taj Mahal Palace’s world-class restaurants such as The Zodiac Grill, Souk and the Masala series. He also launched Varq, a contemporary Indian restaurant at the Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi, which has been rated as one of Asia’s 50 best restaurants for the last two years.

CEO, Preferred Brands
Ashok Vasudevan
CEO, Preferred Brands International

Ashok Vasudevan has an intimate knowledge of the food industry, having founded three closely linked food businesses in the United States, Australia, and India that manufacture and market Tasty Bite: an all-natural, ready-to-eat specialty food sold in major super markets in North America and Australia. Tasty Bite is the #1 Indian food brand in North America and Australia and the recipient of the prestigious Government of India APEDA silver award for value added exports in agriculture. Tasty Bite just got ranked amongst the Top-50 Best Companies to Work For in India in 2012. Prior to his career as an entrepreneur, Ashok headed the India desk of Pepsi World Trade from its world beverage headquarters in Somers, New York. He received Pepsi’s MVP award in 1991 for his contributions. Before joining Pepsi, Ashok spent 10 years with Unilever. He is also an adjunct Professor of International entrepreneurship in GLIM Chennai and serves on several non-profit boards in the US and India.

CEO, MasterCard
Rajesh Bhardwaj
Founder and CEO, Junoon

Rajesh Bhardwaj the Founder and CEO of Junoon (New York) and is a pioneer in Indian cuisine. He has extensive experience in the hospitality business with ITDC Group and the Taj Group of Hotels in India. Beginning with a small restaurant in Queens, in 1997 he co-founded Café Spice which grew into an Indian bistros chain and helped shape the landscape of of Indian cuisine in America. With Junoon, Bhardwaj continues to explore the very best that Indian hospitality and cuisine has to offer the world. He graduated from Institute of Hotel Management, Catering & Nutrition (IHMCN) in New Delhi and received his Master’s degree in Hospitality Management from the International School of Tourism Sciences in Rome, Italy.

CEO, MasterCard
Zoravar Kalra
Founder and Managing Director, Massive Restaurants

Zorawar Kalra is the son and torch-bearer of legendary chef Jiggs Kalra. Counted amongst one of the youngest restaurateurs in India today, he runs trendsetting restaurants like Masala Library, Made in Punjab, and Mithai. Masala Library is one of India’s few molecular gastronomy restaurants, and has been awarded The Best Fine Dining Restaurant in India and The Best Restaurant of the Year at the Times Food Awards 2014, as well as Favorite Newcomer, People’s Choice by TimeOut India. He has an MBA from Bentley Business University in Boston.

CEO, MasterCard
Payal Saha
Founder, The Kati Roll Company

Kati Roll’s popularity within the United States can be attributed to one woman: Payal Saha, the founder of the nation’s first and most famous Kati Roll establishment, The Kati Roll Company. Over the past few years, the simple paratha wrap has proliferated every modern Indian eatery across the US with its amalgamation of rich spiciness all wrapped up in one easy and portable package. The company now operates several locations in New York and London. Payal Saha’s dream and commitment has earned The Kati Roll Company ravaging reviews and features in New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, among others. Additionally, Payal is known for her philanthropic efforts both here in the U.S. and India.

Doing Business in India – Tax Considerations: Jilesh Shah

Senior Manager, KPMG
Jilesh Shah
Senior Manager, International Tax, KPMG

Jilesh Shah is a Senior Manager in the International Tax Practice at KPMG in New York. Jilesh is a core member of the India-U.S. corridor practice and specializes in Indian tax and regulatory matters. He has over 8 years of professional experience in advising multinational companies on India entry strategy, cross border transaction structuring, and assisting on tax controversy matters. Jilesh has a substantial experience in mergers and acquisitions including group re-organizations. He is a regular speaker at various forums in the United States and India and is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Investing in India – Shifting Tides and a New Dawn: Asma Chandani

Senior Manager, KPMG
Asma Chandani, Esq.
Attorney at Law and DaWall Street Blogger

Asma Chandani is a U.S. transactional attorney at a leading international law firm. Asma bears distinction as the first U.S. citizen, and the first non-resident Indian, to obtain a Master of Business Laws from the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), India’s pre-eminent law school. Asma received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, a Charles Evan Hughes Fellow and a Solomon I. Sklar Scholar. Asma advises clients on (i) the raising and structuring of private equity funds, (ii) mechanisms for cross-border investment, divestment and repatriation of capital, and (iii) the establishment and maintenance of corporate governance and operational protocols that take into account the complex legal, regulatory and tax implications inherent in international corporate transactions. Asma has a specialized expertise in doing business in India and Africa, and is actively involved in the initiatives of the U.S.-India Business Council. Asma has been awarded the Glory of India Award for her contributions to the economic growth of India, and is recognized as a leading international lawyer in the International Who’s Who of Professionals. Asma recently launched a blog focused on law, politics and other issues in contemporary India, located at www.dawallstreet.com. Asma can be found on Twitter @asmachandani and @DaWall_Street.