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The global health crisis that has unfolded around us has created ripples across organizations and industries, conjuring business dislocations the likes of which have not been seen in many a decade. The sheer pace and magnitude of change has made even the most forward thinking of leaders question not just how they can affect change, but the very assumptions they once held sacrosanct. Done right, this moment is a unique opportunity for self-calibration, with profound implications for organizations and industries alike. Indeed, the role of leadership has never been more vital than today. Especially since great leaders are like great orchestrators, deciding the extent, direction, and degree of change needed at any given point. This truly is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to consciously evolve the very nature of leadership and help it attain a higher plane, and some have seized it and carved a niche in the process.


Winning the ‘20s will require a fundamentally different approach to business, at a time when the power curve differentiating those at the top of their game and those left in their wake gets ever more accentuated. The transformative power that leadership holds in driving this growth must not be underestimated, and the inaugural edition of the Influential Leaders of New India celebrates these new-age leaders that are serving to reshape the trajectory of not just India’s present, but more importantly its future, and standing in the global order. Leaders must speak loudly and often about an organization’s raison d’être, and why employees should dedicate their energies to its success. The Influential Leaders of New India are the loudest amongst that cadre of voices, embodying purpose and brimming with vision for reshaping India.


  • The big idea (degree of innovation)
  • Business footprint (National/International)
  • Problem solving efficacy
  • Result orientation and track record
  • Empathy and stakeholder management
  • Leadership development across the organization


20th August 2021, MumbaiHotel Sahara Star

17.40 – 17.50 Registrations & Networking
17.50 – 17.55 Welcome Note by Rajesh Khubchandani, CEO, Team Marksmen
17.55 – 18.05 Opening Remarks by Sudhakar Adapa, Founder & CEO, Commerzify
18.05 – 18.20 Keynote Address 1: Leadership in the Post Covid era
The pandemic has transformed the way we work, and for many, a hybrid future is imminent. The writing is on the wall: we need to radically rethink the way we see leadership and the organizations about tomorrow. The novel challenges of combining remote and on-site work have created an unbelievable opportunity to reimagine culture and puts the impetus on leaders to marshal the troops and regroup to scale new summits. It’s rare in a leader’s lifetime to have such a clean drop for reshaping how they run the place, and we glean insights into this from one of India Inc’s foremost corporate visionaries.
  • Marzin Shroff, MD & CEO, Eureka Forbes
18.20 – 18.30 Keynote Address 2: Business as unusual – Reimagining the business of business
Business at the best of times is a gauntlet not everyone can run, and when you throw the threat of a runaway pandemic into the mix you get a systemic aftershock whose ripple effects are felt far and wide. COVID-19 has been transformative, shining a light on vulnerabilities and bringing to the fore disruptions that will change the face of entrepreneurship forever, right from the giants of Wall Street to the stores that dot the landscape of our communities. Businesses are now expected to examine their operating models to build trust, create value for society at large, and mitigate long-term risks. It can no longer be business as usual, and while the playbook for how to thrive in a post-pandemic world is still being written as we speak, it would appear we are seeing a seismic shift in business philosophy from shareholder capitalism to stakeholder capitalism. This keynote address sees us ruminate over the societal, economic, and industrial ramifications of the year that was.
  • C. P. Gurnani, MD & CEO, Tech Mahindra
18.30 – 18.40 Keynote Address 3: Staying healthy – A recipe for prosperity
As we emerge from the pandemic, investing in health and health services will not only save lives and foster resilience, but drive economic growth and prosperity. Health and the economy are inextricably interlinked, and this crisis is not only a challenge, but an opportunity to fix the problems exposed by the pandemic, to save lives, to improve our quality of life, create an inclusive health ecosystem, and build greater resilience, all while promoting prosperity and wellness for all.
  • (Hon.) Brig. Dr Arvind Lal, Padma Shri, Exec. Chairman, Dr. Lal Path Labs
  18:40 – 19:05 Fireside Chat: Unleashing the Empathetic Leader Within
The socio-economic toll of the events of the last year and more have been immense, and has perhaps forever shifted how employees expect employers to support their well-being, skills development and more. Disruption and change is inevitable and often unpredictable, and yet it is change that humankind most avoids. This creates a conundrum, a void into which the empathetic leader must venture. Doing so has multiple upsides, such as driving employee confidence, effectiveness, and holistic well-being. Join us as we delve into understanding the role leaders have in building an environment where people can bring their full selves to work – and new support for physical and mental well-being. The employer-employee dynamic has radically changed, and leadership failure could have major repercussions down the line.
  • Sunil Dutt, President – Devices and Sales & Distribution, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited
  • Dinesh Aggarwal, Jt. MD, Panasonic
  • Moderator: Abhishek Malhotra, Partner, McKinsey & Company
19.05 – 20.00 Panel Discussion: Towards Better Business- Putting Stakeholder Capitalism into Practice
A business’ purpose has never been under greater scrutiny than today. The tumult in technological, environmental, geopolitical, and socioeconomic environments has posed fundamental challenges to many areas of public policy and governance. A greater emphasis on stakeholder capitalism can weave these disparate elements into a cohesive whole, but embracing such an ethos isn’t easy, but it is essential, and those who resist may well find themselves not only out of step with the times, but also at a competitive disadvantage. We bring together a power-packed panel to pore over this essential business principle that has come to the fore in recent years.
  • Akshat Birla, Founder & CEO, Finovate Capital
  • Dr. Sanjay Arora, MD, Suburban Diagnostics
  • Juzar Khorakiwala, Chairman & MD, Biostadt India Limited
  • A S Rajgopal, CEO & MD, NxtGen Datacenter & Cloud Technologies Private Limited
  • Sabyasachi Goswami, Chief Business Officer, Perfios Software Solutions
  • Vijay Karia, CMD, Ravin Group
  • Moderator: Jimmy Mistry, Founder & CMD, Della Group
20:00 – 20:05 Keynote 4:
  • Dipali Goenka, CEO & Jt. MD, Welspun Group
20.05 – 20.35 Felicitation Ceremony of Leaders
20.35 – 20.40 Closing Remarks followed by Dinner
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