Speakers

Speakers

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Prahlad Kakkar

Advertising Guru

Prahlad Kakkar Chairman and Founder, The Prahlad Kakar School of Branding and Entrepreneurship. Advertising Film Director, for Genesis Film Production. Prahlad Kakkar, Advertising Film Director, for Genesis Film Production, one of India's oldest and foremost Ad film production houses since its inception in 1977. Prahlad founded his firm in 1977 and virtually invented a genre of television advertising in India in the years that followed. Prahlad has ruled the advertising world with his brand of irreverent humor, memorable brand building campaigns and has created Award winning commercials for the most reputed Corporates and agencies in India and the Asia Pacific region. After having assisted renowned feature Filmmaker, Mr Shyam Benegal he moved onto Advertising films. "To tell a story in 30 seconds in the most engaging way possible" remains Prahlad's reason for his continued passion for ad filmmaking, even 30 years later. Known as the "Ad guru" he has been instrumental in changing the face of advertising in our country bringing in the appropriate "regional Indianness" and values into an urban context through his films, creative workshops, articles and interviews. He has helped create memorable campaigns for brands like Pepsi "Yehi Hai Right Choice Baby! Aha!", Gold spot "The Zing Thing", Maggie "2 minutes!", Britannia "Ting Ting Ti Ting", Limca "Zor ka Jhatka" and Maggi Sauces "It's different".
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Dr. A. Velumani

Thyrocare

A visionary and an able business administrator, Dr. A. Velumani proves amply clearly to industry that "Focus Gives Success". Born to a landless farmer in a small village near Coimbatore, South India, today owns and operates Thyrocare, an industry leader and brand worth over Rs. 3000 crores. Began as a Mathematician, he acquired a PhD in Thyroid Biochemistry from BARC / Mumbai University. He worked for 14 yeards in BARC as Research Scientist and Teacher and then became an administrator in business. He is also MD of Nuclear Healthcare Ltd. which is a Radiology Vertical. His focus areas are Thyroid Biochemistry, Bioanalytical Chemistry, Nuclear Chemistry and Nuclear Medicine. An infectious motivator, he has succeeded in converting educated as employed, graduate as professionals, individuals as entrepreneurs, vendors as partners, family members as wealth creators and by his unique way, transformed intimidating problems into opportunities.
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Mac Srinivasan

Global Market President

Mac Srinivasan the GLOBAL MARKETS PRESIDENT for BNI and supports operations across 74 countries. He is also the NATIONAL DIRECTOR for BNI India, BNI Singapore ,BNI Sri Lanka. Mac has a rich experience of working in multinational companies. After his Masters in Robotics, he worked in USA for over 12 years and returned to India in 2003, to establish the Asia-Pacific Region for a multinational. He setup the operations and scaled it to over 800 employees in a span of 8 years. His journey in BNI started in 2006. He was the first Franchisee for BNI India, and Founded the BNI Bangalore region along with his partners. The region has grown to over 2300 entrepreneurs now. Mac purchased a staffing company in 2007, through a BNI referral, doubled it in size, and sold it in 2013, via another specific BNI referral. This enabled him to focus on BNI full time. In Jan 2016, Mac was invited to lead the India operations for BNI INDIA. Under his leadership BNI India has tripled the membership within 30 months, and continues to grow exponentially, with the support of an amazing team of Executive Directors and Area Directors. His is an expert in setting up processes and build teams that succeed. He received the INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVERS award in 2018, at the Indian Consulate in Dubai, for his outstanding contribution to foster Entrepreneurial growth. He was also named as the STARTUP-SCALEUP Guru by the National Achievers Congress.
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G Annadurai aka Auto Annadurai

Annadurai- Amazing Auto

Meet G Annadurai aka Auto Annadurai, a Class 12 dropout, whose passion for his profession and the desire to give the best amenities for his customers has brought him success in good measure.Annadurai, 31, Chennai's most loved auto driver. With nearly 10,000 followers on Facebook and more than 40 speeches at corporate offices and two TED talks to his credit, Anna is literally going places. "I have addressed employees of Vodafone, Hyundai, Royal Enfield, Danfoss and Gamesa" says Annadurai, who has travelled - mostly by air - on speaking assignments to more than a dozen cities across the country, including Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune and Gurgaon in the last couple of years. Annadurai drives a "share auto" which can carry five to six people on Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR), where most of the IT companies are located. His auto is wifi enabled and equipped with a TV set, laptop, tablet and Ipad - the latter three devices being available for customers who like to do some browsing as they travel. He plays the day's important news clips on the TV set, which he normally records during the lunch break at home. He also keeps a stock of popular film songs from major Indian languages and plays them for customers from other states who like to hear songs in their native tongue.
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Dr.Parimal Merchant

S.P Jain School - Global

Dr. Parimal Merchant is the Director with S P Jain School of Global Management, (Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney), in-charge of the Global FMB – a distinctive 12 months management program for sons and daughters of business families. The topic of research for his PhD from BITS, Pilani was "Inducting the next generation members in Family business in Indian and SME context". On the same subject he has published articles in international journals. He has over 26 years of association with Management education from which 21 years specializing in the area of creating specialized programs adapting management education to the context of Family Managed Business. He is advisor to the Asian Institute of Family Managed Business, which is a non-profit initiative to get sons and daughters of family businesses excited to join family business at young age. He is advisor to and jury member in Singapore based "Startup-O" - a global new venture creation support system. He has been involved in profit improvement consultancy projects for nearly 35 years and has been involved with nearly 100 companies - both SME as well as corporates. He has coordinated projects of Development of Corporate Citizenship (DOCC) guiding students to provide consultancy to over 300 NGOs. He is an excellent teacher and has created unique practical courses as such as Learning Management, Managing for Results, Trilogy of Finance, Managing Costs for Profit, Taming the Working Capital Tiger etc. He graduated from Mumbai with Bachelor in Commerce and Law, completed his ICWA in 1982 and his PhD in 2018. He has been actively involved Humanist Movement for more than 38 years working in global co-operation for better society and better personal life.

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