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Ahmedabad Event - 14 Oct 2016 (Concluded)

This event has concluded.

The third event of the Do Big Symposium season 9 presented by Tata Tele Business Services & powered by CNBC-TV18 was held in Ahmedabad at Hyatt Regency on October 14th, 2016. The event commenced with the keynote delivered by Mr. R S Sodhi, Managing Director - GCMMF Ltd. He provided his perspective on digital technology for milk cooperatives and introduced the term ‘C2C’ i.e Cow to Consumer. As the keynote address concluded, Mr. Prateek Pashine, President Enterprise, Tata Tele Business Services took the stage to present Tata Tele Business Services’ view on Digital Dividends: A Leader’s Perspective. This was followed by the highlight of the evening, a panel discussion on “Digital Dividends: A Leader’s Perspective”. The panel consisted of Prateek Pashine, President - Enterprise Business at Tata Teleservices Ltd, Piruz Khambatta, Chairman and Managing Director - Rasna Pvt Limited, Vishal Rajgarhia, Director and CEO – Finecure Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Achal Bakeri, Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Symphony Limited. The panel brought their thoughts & experiences to the table and put forth their views on the topic. The event was brought to a close by a vote of thanks and summary of the evening’s proceedings delivered by Abhimanyu Radhakrishnan.

Our Ahmedabad Event Speakers

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Mr. Achal Bakeri - (CMD Symphony Ltd)

He has 30 years of experience in varied functions of the Company. He contributes to policy formation, strategy and provides overall direction to the Board and the management team in achieving aggressive corporate objectives. Achal Bakeri is responsible for the overall strategy, execution and policy formation at Symphony. As Chairman and Managing Director, Mr. Bakeri leads the management of critical organisational functions such as corporate strategy, international growth opportunities and people development. Under his guidance and leadership, Symphony has established its position as the largest manufacturer of air coolers in the world. A leader with a design thinking approach, Mr. Bakeri comes with a rich experience of over two decades in varied fields, including construction, exports, manufacturing and design development. He has evolved Symphony on conscience-driven business practices of manufacturing environment-friendly products. Today, the organisation is world-class in every sense and conforms to the highest quality standards in innovation and design. An architect by training, Mr. Bakeri completed his graduation from the internationally renowned School of Architecture in Ahmedabad. He also holds a post graduate degree in Business Administration from the University of South California, USA.

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Mr. Piruz Khambatta - (Chairman and Managing Director Rasna Private Limited)

Leading India’s largest and the most popular Soft Drink brand in the dilutable segment and no one knows this better than Mr. Piruz Khambatta. Chairman and Managing Director of Rasna Pvt Ltd., Mr. Khambatta has come a long way over two decades, when he first got involved with the company at the age of eighteen. His association with Rasna Pvt. Ltd. as Chairman and Managing Director dates back to the year 1997 after he took over the helm of affairs. Today, Mr. Khambatta with his ingenuous qualities of hands-on-management and innovativeness in products & promotions has developed Rasna into a legendary Indian success story. Rasna under the leadership of Mr. Khambatta has become a case study how an Indian company can be a leader in market share 90% plus, distribution with a reach to 1.8 million outlets, 9 manufacturing facilities, product innovation winning the trust of the consumer and more so in expanding foot print in over 40 countries. On the corporate level too Mr. Khambatta is actively involved in industry affairs through various associations. He was President of All India Food Processors' Association, was Chairman of CII Gujarat Council. He is the Chairman CII National Committee on Food Processing, Chairman CII (WR) CSR Subcommittee. Member of high-level Ministry-Industry Consultative Committee(MICC) constituted by Ministry of Food Processing Industries to give advice on issue to do with food processing to various government committees, MEMBER MICA-EDC ADVISORY COUNCIL ,Member “Food Processing Education Council” constituted by National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) and Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology (IICPT), Member advisory council Vibrant Gujarat, Government of Gujarat and independent Director of Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers and Chemicals. Mr. Khambatta’s relentless dedication and foresight to take his company to greater heights has won him the prestigious ‘Dadabhai Naoroji Millennium Award’ 2003, in recognition of his achievement as Young Entrepreneur. Also, the Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA) has conferred the ‘AMA - Zydus Cadila Marketing Man of the Year Award’ to him in 2004. Mr. Khambatta has been conferred the “Kashalkar Memorial Award”, for the year 2005, for his outstanding contribution to the development of Food Processing Industries in the Country. The award was presented to him, by Shri Subodh Kant Sahai, Hon’ble Union Minister for Food Processing Industries. This is a very prestigious award given by The All India Food Processors Association, for exemplary work done by individuals in the field of Food Processing. He has also received ‘Professional Excellence Award’ 2009 from Rotary Club, Ahmedabad. Mr. Khambatta has been conferred “ Asia Pacific Entrrepreneurship Award 2009 instituted by Asia’s most prestigious entrepreneurship award, instituted by Enterprise Asia a very premier Asian NGO with governing board comprising of past and present Ministers of Asian countries. Mr. Khambatta is Founder Trustee of Areez Khambatta Benevolent Trust which is specially being set up to work together with various NGOs, like minded institutions in ensuring maximum possible help to underprivileged in terms of medical and education aid etc. and involved in various CSR activates. The Trust is also tied up with Blind Peoples Association Ahmedabad on a project titled “Save sight Ahmedabad” and under this project many eye camps and eye surgeries have been done. It is pertinent to note that the Trust was set up as a CSR arm of Rasna Group much before the Company law was amended to make CSR mandatory and also the amount at higher level than stipulated by law.

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Rupinder Singh Sodhi - (Managing Director AMUL)

Shri R S Sodhi, age 57 years, is Managing Director of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (AMUL), which is India’s largest Food Products organization with a turnover of Rs.23005 crores. GCMMF (AMUL) markets dairy and food products under the popular brand name “Amul”, Asia’s largest milk brand which is owned by 3.6 million milk producers of Gujarat. Shri R S Sodhi has more than 34 years of rich experience in Marketing and Sales function with GCMMF (AMUL). He has been instrumental in taking ‘Amul’ brand to dizzying heights that it has scaled today. Shri R S Sodhi has taken over as MD, GCMMF five years back and has taken GCMMF (Amul) on growth and has increased its turnover from Rs.8000 crores in 2009-10 to Rs.23005 crores (187 %) in 2015-16. Shri R. S. Sodhi has an excellent understanding of product management and advertisement functions. He has engineered the expansion of Amul’s product portfolio, inspiring launches of several innovative and pioneering products, which has helped brand Amul to retain its leadership, in almost every segment in which it operates. Under his leadership, Amul has unleashed some of its most creative advertising campaigns, helping it to further enhance the equity of this brand. He has also been actively involved in creating a pool of managerial talent in the country. He has been a visiting faculty at the Institute of Rural Management, Anand, for more than two decades. He has always been forthcoming in sharing his wealth of experience, at innumerable International and national seminars. Shri Sodhi is an alumni from the first batch of IRMA (Institute of Rural Management, Anand) – Batch of 1982. He is among the most eminent alumni of this prestigious Institution. He is B. E. (Ag) from College of technology and Agricultural Engineering, Udaipur (Raj.)

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