Samavesh 2016


The very first in the series was the Operations Conclave themed "Analytics and emerging technologies for transforming Supply chain."

Prof. Suresh G. Lalwani, Chairperson PGPM, welcomed the participants, students and all present for the conclave. He spoke on how SPJIMR's pedagogic innovations act as a unique differentiator.

The participants also played a short video depicting the rich experience entwined with the diversity in the participants of the batch.

Dr. Sajeev George, Head of Manufacturing and Operations Management Department, SPJIMR emphasised the importance of having a ‘samavesh’ as a dialogue between academia and Industry to reduce the gap between practice and theory.

Mr. Hardeep Singh, Vulcan Express Pvt. Ltd, logistic arm of snap deal and an alumnus from the SPJIMR batch of 1994 explained about a three type filter of alignment, agility and adaptivity that every supply chain needs to pass through. He reiterated the importance of technology in supply chain keeping into account ecosystem around us. He further said, “One generations Innovation is becoming another generations starting point.”

Mr Kartik Shankar, AVP, Head of Procurement, Nestle-India and an alumnus of SPJIMR emphasised on the shift of supply chain a decade ago from infrastructure and delivery, to today where technology slowly takes on the concerned space. He said, “Digitization is more or less integrated in the supply chain and supply chain, procurement and shop floor will evolve rapidly."

Dr. Milind Patil, Associate Vice President, Manufacturing and Supply chain services, Tata Consultancy Services, asked the audience on which technology can solve the problem of implementation of the faster decisions based on analysis made. He asked, “Are we really adopting the right technology at the supply chain level? “

Mr. Naveen Rajan, Global Supply chain, Transformation Consultant, Hewlett Packard Enterprises explained the concept of analytics and emerging technologies for transformation in supply chain, with four cases of HPE where they used emerging technologies in change management.


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Inauguration of the Operations Conclave at Samavesh 2016

Panelists at the Operations Conlave of Samavesh 2016

Audience at the Operations Conclave




The second in the series of the conclaves at Samavesh 2016 was the Marketing Conclave themed "Emerging trends in Digital Marketing. The conclave discussed the current digital marketing trends that can impact businesses and consumers."

The guest at the conclave were Ms. Namrita Mahindro, Senior General Manager at Mahindra Group, Mr. Nitin Bahte, Chief Marketing Officer at GE South Asia, Mr. Prabhakar Tiwari, Chief Growth Officer at Ask Me Group, Mr. Ramesh Bhaskar, Head of Industry-FMCG at Google, Dr. Ashita Aggarwal, Professor and Head of Marketing at SPJIMR and Prof. Nitin Ghadiyar, Professor at SPJIMR.

Dr. Ashita Aggarwal started the conclave talking on five key trends that have emerged in the field of digital marketing which include Transit Content Marketing, Budget Allocation for digital media platforms, opportunities to execute marketing, digital platforms acting as a quick feedback provider of what works and what doesn't and selling wearable technology using digital platforms. She emphasised on how can companies effectively integrate digital marketing in decision making.

Prof. Nitin Ghadiyar spoke on the ability to understand the digital media and it can be leveraged as a value adding tool.

Ms. Namrita emphasised on what we, as marketers can do and offer differently to our consumers using digital media

Mr. Ramesh Bhaskar said, "It is not about digital marketing, it is about marketing in the digital world."

Mr Prabhakar Tiwari spoke on how 50% of the money spent on marketing is getting wasted and how with the use of digital media, we can formulate better marketing strategies.

A panel discussion followed thereafter with a round of questions and answers.

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 Panelists at the Marketing Conclave at Samavesh 2016

Ms. Namrita Mahindro, Senior General Manager of Mahindra Group, at the Marketing Conclave

Guest being felicitated at the Marketing Conclave



The third in the series of conclaves at Samavesh 2016 was the Start-up Conclave themed "Phenomenon of Indian Startups-their sustainability and disruptive potential."

The guest speakers at the conclave were Mr. Amiya Pathak, Director of Product Management at Twitter and Founder of ZipDail; Mr. Gaurav Mehta, Chief Marketing Officer at OLX South Asia; Mr. Kashyap Vadapalli, Cheif Marketing Officer at; Mr. Kiran Murthi, CEO of; Mr. Rajesh Sawhney, Founder and CEO of GSF India and Prof. M.Suresh Rao, Professor at SPJIMR.

Prof. M. Suresh Rao said, "In India, venture creation has been the preserve of traditional business communities,creating a 'moat'." He further stated that the 'Unicorns' of Start Up India are now at crossroads.

Mr. Amiya Pathak emphasised on growth, retention and self-perpetuation as keys to building a successful startup.

Mr. Gaurav Mehta said, "Sustainability for startups is possible via the network effect."

Mr. Kashyap Vadapalli shared the three aspects of a startup and said, "Sustainability requires disrupting, solving the problem, scaling up and making profits."

Mr. Kiran Murthi emphasised focusing on the product rather than being shy and setting limits..

Mr. Rajesh Sawhney stated that India is the new digital battleground and capital is no longer a barrier to entry for starting up.

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Panelists at the Start-up Conclave

Audience at the Start-up Conclave


"Sustainability for startups is possible via the network effect."





















The fourth in the series of six conclaves at Samavesh 2016 was the consulting conclave under the theme: Dealing with change - realigning consulting practices for a rapidly changing business environment. 

SPJIMR Dean, Dr. Ranjan Banerjee kicked off the second day of the conclave Samavesh 2016, by sharing his thoughts on current consulting practises and challengesfacing consultants in the VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) world.He also spoke on the importance of academia to create theories, but more importantly transforming these relevant theories into usable applications. He said,

“Digital is the new wave driving consulting.What are the appropriate matrixes for the business? Any matrix needsto have a 360 degree view of consumers otherwise it can be misguided."

SPJIMR’s Professor Prem Chandrani talked about the challenges consultants face due to digital disruption. “Change has always been there, but now it is moving at a faster pace. Social media has created greater awareness of what is happening in the industry and more people are going to the consulting industry,” he said. 

Partner of Performance Advisory Practice, EY India, Mr. Ajay Nair emphasised on the importance of people skills as a capability in the consulting world. “How does consulting collaborate with a start-up economy? It is of paramount importance to disseminate this industry of the change. Our ability to bring the digital to manage geo political activities and manage funding can bridge the gap,” he said. 

Mr. Ashwin Ballal, Partner in Management Consulting, KPMG India spoke on how change in the traditional consulting practices has brought in collaboration, expansion and acquisitions of IOT, digitaland analytics companies. He said, “Change is happening and consulting has changed from being finance related to implementation."

Mr. Prasad Kurup, Partner - Strategy and Analytics, IBM India – Global Business Services advised the participants to sensitise themselves in extracting the right capabilities from technology. “Companies don't know where their next competition comes from. It is important to align delivery mechanisms in real time and not months,” he said. 

Executive Director – Data and Analytics TechnologyConsulting, PWC, Mr. Vivek Srivastava spoke on factors that drive change in the consulting scenario. “Lot of change is being driven by social, technology, economic, environment and political factors. Finding the problem statement correctly, can help in an appropriate solution," he said. 


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Consulting Conclave - Samavesh 2016

Mr. Ajay Nair receiving token of appreciation from SPJIMR

Panel Discussion at the Consulting Conclave

Panelists at the Consulting Conclave



Information Management

The fifth in the series of six conclaves at Samavesh 2016 was the Information Management conclave underthe theme: Reimagining Businesses – The Information Technology Way.

Speaking at the conclave, Dr. Anil Vaidya, Head of Information Management, SPJIMR emphasised the importance of companies to innovate with technology (technovate) in their business. He said, “Information comes from technology but also drives technology. No technology ever dies; COBOL still survives, while on the other hand heart surgeries are being done by robots, automation in auto industry, 3D printing makes us believe that we really have to rethink the business.” 

Mr. D. K. Venkatesh, Global Delivery Head - Insurance at VirtusaPolaris spoke on the key trends in information management with respect to automation, platforms and ecosystem, disruptions, security and the delivery model. He said, “Lot of investment is going in these areas and these trends arechanging the way we do businesses.”

Mr. K. Sridhar, Vice President, Jio Money Reliance, JioInfocomm Ltd spoke on the relevance of actual customer experience in relation to business transformation. He said, “There have always been bunch of disruptions. Now thequestionis how to take it to next level.How do we take company digital, where do we start? Understand the customer, live the customer experience and thenfigure out how to transform business.” 

Mr. Milind Tasgaonkar, Head Cloud Business and Alliances NetApp, highlighted the importance of information technology as part of a business strategy to transform business. “It is important to assimilate information technology into individual business functions and thatbrings disruptions in an organisational structure. How do we store the data, how do we protect it and how do we presentdata faster as desired by user?” he said.

Mr. Prasad Routray, Vice President and Business Head, Bharti Airtel Ltd played two short videos to elucidate the importance of the digital trend while emphasising the importance of balancing it with a physical base. “Capacity moves as the industry and consumer behaviour moves,” he said.

Mr. Satyen Jadeja, Industry Leader and Associate, Director - Analytics IBM spoke on how the cost of running a business has come down by 100 times. “Data is becoming the world’s new natural resource that is transforming industries and professions,” he said. 


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Information Management Conclave - Samavesh 2016

Panel discussion at IM Conclave

Mr. Satyen Jadeja, Industry Leader and Associate, Director - Analytics IBM speaks at Samavesh 2016

Information Management (IM) Conclave at SPJIMR




Samavesh, the series of PGPM conclaves, held the Finance Conclave on May 14 with the theme: The Evolving Role of the CFO as a Strategic Partner.

Prof. Prem Chandrani, Head of the Finance department at SPJIMR set the tone for the conclave. He said there was a time when business people were doing business and the job of finance was to record the business. The question then was: Were they adding any value? The conclave discussed how this role has evolved in modern times.

Mr. Amish Mehta, Chief Financial Officer, CRISIL Limited, who was at the Conclave said: "Earlier CFOs were reactive; today a CFO needs to be proactive and needs to handle the communication during a crisis." Further, CFOs are also now called upon to analyse the impact of global or sectoral events on the company, he said.

Mr. Deepak C. Rathi, Financial Controller (CFO), nuFuture Digital (India) Ltd of the Future group pointed out that the role of a CFO has evolved in the last decade from a mere number cruncher to a strategic thinker. Every CFO analyses data, but what has changed is the analytical sophistication expected from a CFO these days, he said.

Nalin Jain, Financial Advisor of the El Toro Investment Corp. said that rather than looking in the rear view mirror, a CFO is now called upon to look to the future. "How well are you distributing the costs in the absence of right data is a challenge for the company, and this is where the CEO expects the CFO to help," he said.

Sujit Vaidya, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, The Walt Disney Company India, said business models are changing from physical assets to intangible assets. "A challenge for a CFO is to assess these intangible assets," he said.


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Finance Conclave - Samavesh 2016

Industry bigwigs at the Finance Conclave of Samavesh 2016

Guest being presented a token of appreciation by SPJIMR

Audience at the Finance Conclave




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