Raghu is a 4th generation entrepreneur, belonging to a business family
with a legacy of nearly 100 years in the Automobile space. He is
currently Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Unimo Exports Private
Limited, a company that exports Automobile components. Raghu is also
involved in businesses in Rare and Fine Spirits. He is an Industrial
Engineer from Purdue University, USA. Raghu was the Past President of
the India-Asean Sri Lanka Chamber of Commerce & Industry and was one
of the Indian Representatives on the ASEAN-India Business Council. He
was also the Chairman of Round Table 94 and served on the National Board
of Round Table India. Raghu has been involved with CII’s Young Indians
for many years and was immediate past National Chairman. He has held
various positions in the past including the Yi Chennai Chapter Chair and
the National Chair – Finance, Membership, Chapter Growth and
Shaurya Veer Himatsingka currently serves as
the Deputy Managing Director for India Carbon Limited and enjoys a
strong entrepreneurial, finance and management base. At a Group level,
he is directly responsible for Corporate Finance, Strategy, New
Projects, Mergers-Acquisitions & Joint Ventures. In addition to the
above, he adds value to the group with his insights on the legal and HR
He has been instrumental in providing the
Group with a new and vibrant growth oriented focus and has been engaged
with domestic acquisitions and establsihment of Greenfield Projects, in
addition to diversifying into the real estate and infrastructure space.
He is currently leading his team to develop and establish North East
India's first Special Economic Zone in Guwahati, Assam.
Shaurya Veer has worked extensively in the
Eastern and North Eastern India and thus has an in-depth understanding
and unique perspective on the challenges posed and opportunities
presented by these regions.
He has obtained his Master's in Business
Administration from The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon
University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2005 and was one of the youngest
members in his graduating class. He also obtained his Bachelors in
Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and attained
Specializations in the fields of Finance, Operations and Computing &
Information Technology. He has excelled in all spheres during his five
year stint at Carnegie Mellon and above and beyond receiving Dean's
Honors at both the Masters and Undergraduate level has been awarded with
Carnegie Mellon's Senior Leadership Award and the prestigious Virginia
Bloom Scholarship Award. He is now pursuing his Ph.D in the field of
'Competitive Strategy and Decision Making' from the Calcutta University.
Having had the opportunity to work in various
fields and sectors, Shaurya Veer has enjoyed a short stint as an
Investment Banker with Morgan Stanley and has undertaken consulting
opportunities with Mellon Financial Corporation, Pennsylvania and Morgan
Advanced Ceramics, Massachusetts. He has been engaged with Young
Indians (Yi), which is an initiative of and an integral part of the
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) leading the Kolkata Chapter, as a
member of its National Governing Council and the Core Group. In
addition, he has been invited to be a part of CII's Business Leaders
Group to address Climate Change issues in the country, and has also
served as the Chairman of Yi's One Million Tree Project. He is also
engaged with The Entrepreneurs Organization, has had the unique
distinction of serving as the President of US based National Society of
Collegiate Scholars in which he continues as a Honorary Member and is
associated with the Phi Kappa Gamma Honors Society in the USA.
Shaurya Veer has recently completetd his
stint as the Chairman of CII Eastern Regions's Family Business Committee
and is currently serving as the National Chairman for Young Indians
which today has 37 Chapters across the country.
Joint CorrespondentKumaraguru College of Technology
Shankar Vanavarayar is the Executive Director
of Sakthi Auto Motors Ltd, a part of the Sakthi Group based out of
Coimbatore. He is also the Correspondent/President of NIA Educational
Institutions based in Pollachi in Tamilnadu, South India.
Shankar Vanavarayar has a Bachelors Degree in
Commerce from PSG Arts and Science College Coimbatore, MBA from the
Cardiff University, United Kingdom and a Masters in International
Education Management from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.
Shankar Vanavarayar plays lead roles in the various in the Sakthi Group
that is valued at USD 660 millions.
He plays a passionate and dynamic role in the
management of NIA Educational institutions which educates more than
12000 students from school to higher eduction. The 7 institutions
including schools, engineering – polytechnic – agriculture colleges are
under NIA and all are Not for Profit institutions being located in the
rural parts of Tamilnadu, India. With international exposure in
education, he is able to bring a modern outlook into education and is
also involved in strategic visioning process for the institutions.
His main focus is to bring about a student
centered approach in the institutions. Shankar vanavarayar is passionate
about the heritage of the land and works for the cause of preservation
through INTACH and also The Vanavarayar Foundation founded by him to
work in the areas of history, architecture, culture and heritage.
Shankar Vanavarayar has been a part of Young Indians for the past 6
years playing various roles from chapter to national positions of
Strategy, Communication and Events.
He is passionate about the role of Young
Indians in making the India of tomorrow and spends quality time
travelling around the country and abroad meeting with young Indians
Bhairavi Jani is a fourth generation
entrepreneur and a Director at SCA Group of companies that started in
1896 and comprises of various companies offering unique and world-class
services in the field of supply chain and logistics. She worked very
closely with the Late Professor C K Prahalad on the India@75 agenda.
Beginning March 2011 , she has taken five years out of her business to
contribute and lead the India@75 efforts full time. She continues to
serve on the board of her companies and as a Group Director.
India@75 is a grassroots and path breaking
initiative of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for realizing
the dream of an inclusive, sustainable and developed India by the year
2022, when India completes 75 years of Independence. Bhairavi has a
Bachelor of Science in Business with Magna Cum Laude from Miami
University, Ohio, USA. Post her graduation, she worked with KPMG
Consulting in Washington D.C.
Bhairavi returned to India in 2001 and in
2005, after completing the MyGlobe Executive Education Programme at
INSEAD in France Bhairavi moved into the role of the Director for all
the companies under the SCA Group which undertake activities in port,
shipping, customs clearance, warehousing, service contracting, freight
forwarding, logistics infrastructure building and management, air cargo,
supply chain consultancy and IT.
On the personal front, Bhairavi spends
considerable amount of time in participating in social and charitable
causes. She is the Past National Chairman of CII's Young Indians. She is
a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Initiative. She is a Charter
Member of TiE. Bhairavi continues to be part of Beta Gamma Sigma, the
business honor society in the USA and is the Founding Member of the
India Round Table of Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals,
Rahul Mirchandani holds a Doctorate in
Management Studies from NMIMS University, Mumbai. He is a Chartered
Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds a Masters Degree in Business
Administration (MBA) from the University of Canberra, Australia. In
addition, holds an Honors Diploma in Sales & Marketing from NIS
Sparta and two Advanced Diplomas in Business Finance from ICFAI.
He has over a decade of rich and varied
experience in the specialty plant nutrition industry. In his current
role, Rahul looks at areas that include marketing, sales promotion,
public relations, marketing, finance, strategy and corporate
Aries Agro is into the business of
manufacturing of micronutrients and other nutritional products for
plants and animals. The company has a range of 76 of India's most
respected brands of Chelated micronutrients for agriculture, secondary
nutrients and value added NPK fertilizers and a distribution reach
covering 90,000 retailers and 8 million farmers in 22 Indian States. The
company's 7 manufacturing locations in India and 3 overseas units makes
Aries the country's largest manufacturing base for specialty
agricultural nutrients with world class manufacturing processes and an
ISO certified quality management system.
Aries is a recipient of Trans World Gold
Medal and National Unity Award and has been consistently represented on
the Animal Feeds Committee of the Bureau of Indian Standards. It is the
winner of the 2010 Brand Innovator Award for excellence in building 76
successful brands of specialty and was selected among 7 agri business
companies to showcase innovations to the US President Barack Obama at
the Indo-US Agri Expo in Mumbai in November 2010.
He is the Past National Chairman of CII's
Young Indians, has held several key positions within the organization
and presently the Chairman of the Next Practices Platform and
International Relations and Partnerships.
He is also the recipient of the Bharat Ratna
Rajiv Gandhi Yuva Shakti Award 2010 in recognition of outstanding
achievements towards Youth Empowerment and Inclusive Growth. He teaches
at several Business Schools in India and abroad.
Rahul is the founding member of the G20 Young
Entrepreneur Alliance and the Founder President of the
Commonwealth-Asia Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs. He has been President
and Sherpa of the Indian delegation to the G20 Young Entrepreneur
Summits in Nice and Toronto respectively and has served as the Chair of
the G20 YEA Governance Committee.
Vice Chairman & Managing DirectorAmara Raja Batteries Ltd
Jayadev Galla is the Managing Director of
Amara Raja Batteries Ltd and Amara Raja Electronics Ltd. He also holds
Director positions at Amara Raja Power Systems Ltd, Mangal Industries
Ltd, Amara Raja Infra Ltd, Amara Raja Industrial Services (P) Ltd and
TATTVA Subsea Pte Ltd (TSPL) - The TATTVA GROUP, Singapore.
He is the Immediate Past Chairman of CII
Andhra Pradesh State Council, an elected member of the CII National
Council and a Member of the CII's Young Indians National Governing
Council & Core Group. He was its National Chairman for 2008-09. He
is a member of the YPO Hyderabad Chapter and a Permanent Trustee at
Rajanna Trust - The Charitable Trust of the AR Group & RN Galla
Family. He served as Member of the Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu - Committee
formed by Govt. of Andhra Pradesh for imparting employable skills among
He has Bachelors in Political Science &
Economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA and
Diploma (Honors), - Westmont High School, Westmont, Illinois, USA.
His interests include History, Rural
Development, Pop Culture, Architecture, Traveling & Photography,
Motor sports, Scuba Diving, Golf, Tennis & Chess. He is a regular
speaker and guest lecturer at various industry, business & academic
He won the 2014 Lok Sabha Election as a Parliament Member from Guntur (Lok Sabha constituency)
Rajan Navani is the Managing Director of the
Indian arm of the Jetline Group of Companies with interests in Packaging
Manufacturing, Software Development and new ventures in Innovative
Entertainment, and organized Consumer Retail. Rajan is responsible for
the India strategy and its implementation for all the group companies.
The roots of the Navani group originate back
to the 1930's in Bangkok, Thailand where the group continues to have its
diversified business operations. Prior to this, Rajan worked with
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre in Maryland, USA before returning to
Thailand and then to India to enter the family business.
He is currently the National Chairman of the
Confederation of Indian Industry's (CII) Mission on India@75 and the
Past National Chairman of CII's Young Indians. He is a fellow of the
Aspen India leadership initiative 2011 - 2012, the founder Chairman of
the Emerging President's Group, a forum for second generation
industrialists and a promoting member of the Family Business Forum in
He is actively associated with various other
business and social organizations in India and Thailand. Rajan holds a
Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, West
Lafayette, USA, under a NASA grant, majoring in Digital Satellite
Imaging and Remote Sensing graduating with the award for outstanding
Narayan Sethuramon is Managing Director of W S
Industries (India) Ltd, a leading Indian manufacturer of Porcelain
Insulators for Electrical High Voltage Transmission and Distribution
Applications. His key achievements in his company till date include
increasing its global market presence across 45 countries and successful
implementation of Management Practices like Activity Based Costing,
Activity Based Management and Theory of Constraints ("TOC").
Narayan has a Bachelor's Degree in Production
Engineering from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore and a Master of
Science in Industrial Administration from Purdue University, West
Narayan was the National Chairman of CII's
Young Indians during 2006 - 07 and continues to be active on the Core
Committee of the organisation. Narayan is also very active with
Confederation of Indian Industry. He is also a member of the Board of
Governors of the Institute for Financial Management and Research and
plays an active role in the development of a new Vision for the
Institute and leading the implementation of the same.
Narayan Sethuramon is currently the Vice Chairman, CII - Tamil Nadu State Council.
Sanjay Reddy holds multiple positions and commands a key management role in various businesses of the Hyderabad based GVK.
As Vice Chairman of GVK Power &
Infrastructure Ltd, he spearheads its foray in key areas of
infrastructure such as Power, Airports, Roads, Mines and Realty. He has
supervised the successful implementation of GVK's pioneering forays in
infrastructure such as the India's first privately operated power plant
in Jegurupadu in the state of Andhra Pradesh and India's first BOT
expressway road project from Jaipur to Kishangarh in the state of
Rajasthan. He is currently focused on expanding GVK's presence in
infrastructure, a key sector that is crucial for India to fulfill its
As the Managing Director of Mumbai
International Airport and Bangalore International Airport, he is working
on expanding, consolidating and strengthening GVK's leadership position
in the airports business in India. He is currently shaping the
transformation of India's busiest airport, the Chhatrapati Shivaji
International Airport, Mumbai. The US $ 2 billion project is a
one-of-itskind airport modernization project in the world, with unique
challenges that involves building a completely new airport while in a
state of round-the-clock operations, rehabilitating slums and creating a
vibrant cityside infrastructure in a constrained space. He has outlined
a vision to transform CSIA into one of the best airports in the world
that will be a pride of Mumbai.
He has recently lead the international foray
of GVK Natural Resources into Australia by acquiring one of the largest
integrated coal mines in the world which will be set up at a cost of USD
10 Billion. When completed it will produce about 85 million tons of
high-grade coal a year making it one of the largest coal mines in the
He was instrumental in setting up GVK
Biosciences in the early 2000's, which has emerged as India's leading
Contract Research Services Company with a rapidly growing base of global
pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
He is also the Vice Chairman of GVK EMRI, a
not for profit arm of GVK, a pioneer in Emergency Management Services in
India, which operates over 3000 ambulances as a free service across the
country under a PPP program.
He is also on the Board of Directors of the
TajGVK Hotels & Resorts Ltd and he played a significant role in
setting up the Taj Deccan hotel in Hyderabad.
Educated in the United States, he combines
his professional expertise and knowledge with a global perspective and a
practical approach to business. He holds Bachelor's in Industrial
Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from University of
Michigan, Ann Arbor.
He actively participates and contributes to
various causes through forums such as Confederation of Indian Industry
(CII) wherein he serves as the Deputy Chairman for the CII Southern
Regional Council, CII Young Indians & Young Presidents' Organization
The World Economic Forum chose him as a Young
Global Leader 2007 for his professional accomplishments, commitment to
society and the potential to contribute to shaping the future of the
world & All India Management Association has presented the AIMA
Managing India Award for the Emerging Business Leader of the Year 2011