Amit Chandra, MD Bain Capital Advisors (India) since early 2008. Mr. Chandra is also a Member of the Board of Directors of Genpact, Tata Investment Corporation, Piramal Enterprises and Emcure Pharmaceuticals Limited. Mr. Chandra serves as Member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and Remuneration and Nominations Committee at Tata Investment Corporation, the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee at Piramal Enterprises, the Remuneration and Nominations Committee at Emcure, and the Nominations Committee at Genpact.
Mr. Chandra is very active in India’s not for profit space and serves as a Trustee/Board Member of The Akanksha Foundation (providing education to less privileged children) and GiveIndia. He was named Next Generation Philanthropic Leader of the Year by Forbes in 2013.
(Keynote) Mr. Manoj Bhargava
Manoj Bhargava is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and founder and CEO of 5-hour ENERGY. He was born in Lucknow, India and moved to the United States in 1967 at the age of 14. Bhargava attended high school at the Hill School in Pottstown, PA, graduating in 1972 before attending Princeton University. He dropped out after completing one year. After that he dedicated many years to a spiritual education in India and the United States.
Bhargava started a plastics raw material company in 1990 called Prime PVC Inc. which he grew to $20 million in sales and then sold to a private equity firm. After that he started a consumer products company, Living Essentials. In 2004, the company developed the product 5-Hour ENERGY, which has become a well-known brand in the energy drink market. Bhargava’s stake in Living Essentials is valued at over $3 billion.
Today his business start-ups include Living Essentials (maker of 5-Hour ENERGY), Senterra Water (desalination and water purification), Stage 2 Engineering (products for fuel efficiency) Microdose Life Sciences (medical devices), and US Rail (railroad and freight terminal operations).
Bhargava’s foundations include Knowledge Medical Charitable Trust, and Rural India Charitable Trust. He has contractually pledged a billion dollar gift to the charities. The charities have funded medical research in the United States and over 400 charities in India. Two of the major initiatives are hospitals for the poor and education for disadvantaged women in rural areas. He has pledged 90 percent of his wealth to charitable works.
Manas Satpathi, Executive Director, Pradan
Mr Manas Satpathi is the Ex-Officio Member- Secretary and Executive Director, of Pradan (Professional Assistance for Development Action). He leads a team of professionals and 41 field based teams working with over 206,298 families in 4,138 villages across eight of the poorest states in the country.
Ravi Narain, Vice Chairman NSE & Chairperson Pradan
Ravi Narain, served as the CEO & MD of National Stock Exchange of India Limited until April 1, 2013 and currently serves as the non-executive vice-chairman of the NSE. Mr. Narain began his career as an economic and policy consultant and joined the IDBI Bank Limited in the early 1980’s. He served as a Deputy General Manager of Industrial Development Bank of India. He served various institutions in the early 1990’s with the task of creating the NSE. He led the NSE since 2001, where he has perfected systems, expanded the role of the exchange and launched several new services.
He is on the board of several organizations including NSE Strategic Investment Corporation Limited, HDFC Standard Life and Indostar Capital Finance Limited. He is also on the board of Pradan, a non-profit working on livelihoods.
Mr. Narain is a Cambridge University trained economist and has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
RV Ramani, Founder Sankara Eye Care Institutions (SECI)
Dr. Ramani along with his wife, Dr. Radha Ramani had started a private practice in the memory of his late father, Dr. A. Ramanathan in the year 1972 in Coimbatore. However, a passion for service led them to receive the blessings and guidance of Sri Kanchi Sankaracharya and they founded Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Centre in the year 1977, a clinic that provided subsidised health care to the poor. This dream led to another – the founding of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust in the year 1982 and Sankara Eye Hospitals in the year 1985.
Over the course of years, Dr Ramani has helped scale Sankara Eye Care and is a pioneer in eyecare for the poor in the country. Dr Ramani and Sankara Eye Care have received multiple awards including Dharamsey Nensey Award and IMC Ramkrishna Bajaj National Quality Award 2013.
R. Sundar, Executive Director, Mastek
An alumnus of NIT, Trichy and IIM –Ahmedabad, Sundar chartered a career in the IT industry being a serial entrepreneur co-founding Mastek, VARStreet Inc. among others and an active patron of Sankara Eye Care. After dabbling with several non-profits in his early stages of philanthropy, he joined Sankara Eye Foundation, (SEF) in 1999 as a founding board member. SEF’s ‘Gift of Vision’ community eye care program employs a unique outreach model that travels to village, brings patients to SEF, performs necessary treatment and returns patients to their village. Entire program is totally free to the rural poor. In 1998, when Sundar joined SEF, about 8,000 free eye surgeries were done in 1 hospital in Coimbatore. Sundar has been instrumental in scaling SEF to perform over 150,000 free eye surgeries in 9 hospitals all over India. The estimated impact of the work done is over $ 500M per year.
Sunil Munjal, MD Hero MotoCorp.
Mr. Munjal is the Jt. Managing Director of Hero MotoCorp Ltd. and Chairman of Hero Corporate Service Ltd. Recognised by ‘India Today’ – India’s largest English newsmagazine, as one of the “Faces of the Millennium” for business he is responsible for developing growth strategy and implementation of new business plans for the Group.
Mr Sunil Kant Munjal has received Glob Scot Award from the Scottish Government in Sept., 2012. His name has been inscribed on The Royal Society of Medicine’s Wall of Honour at London in recognition of his contribution in Affordable Healthcare as President of Dayanand Medical College & Hospital, Ludhiana in February, 2013. He is also the President of the Ludhiana SanskritikSamagam, an organisation that promotes performing arts across North India.
He is also the Founder Chairman of BML Educorp Services and is the guiding force behind the BML Munjal University and is playing a key role in helping create a unique Higher Education Initiative. He is an Advisory Board Member of the UK India Business Council.
He is on the boards of the Indian School of Business at Hyderabad and Mohali. He is Member of the Board of Governors of IIT, Ropar in Punjab. He also serves on the President’s Council at the University of Tokyo. He has been appointed by the Punjab Govt as Chairman of the Board of Governors of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar in October, 2012.
Mr. Munjal was President of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He is currently a member of Prime Minister’s Council on Trade & Industry that regularly interacts with the Indian Prime Minister on economic issues.