Jamshedpur, Dec. 13: XLRI ExPGDM 20th Batch of 2021-22 held its maiden event Avensis-International CEO Conclave. It was attended by many prominent speakers such as R. Gopalakrishnan CEO The Mindworks , Naman Shrivastava CEO Global Governance Initiative, Pankaj Gupta Founder and Co-CEO Gulf Islamic investments and Gaurav Biswas Founder and CEO Trukker, Arjun Mohan CEO Upgrad, Premal Desai Dy CEO Evolutionizer, Guru Sankararaman Co-Founder, CFO and SVP of Operations, Tekion and Rajeeva Bandaranaike CEO Colombus Stock Exchange.
The session was inaugurated by Prof H.K. Pradhan where he shed the light on the changing scenario of jobs and skills, followed by Professor Jittu Singh’s welcome speech who talked about how the business world has changed and their impact now. Singh talked about how several fortune 500 companies (of the 1950s) did not survive the century. Organizations (however strong they are strong) may not survive disruption. It is the responsibility of leaders to lead the organizations through changes”
The chief guest of the session R Gopalakrishnan, CEO, The Mindworks talked about the importance of AQ (Adapadibility Quotient), shedding light on qualities of leaders that leaders should develop: a) stay b) understand the opinions of people who are affected by decision c) stimulate debate and encourage discussion d) establish priorities and demand discipline in the ranks) leaders should have empathy.
It was followed by a session by keynote speaker Rajeeva Bandaranaike who talked about the stock exchanges and economic development – an overview of the modern day exchange. He shed the lights on opportunities for the capital market, Potential to increase the size and liquidity, Pension Reforms, Low Interest Rates, Low Valuations, Strong Corporate Earnings growth, Greater Diversification opportunity, Market Infrastructure (DVP, CCP) leading to New Products, Capital Raising for SMEs.
Followed by a Panel discussion by Pankaj Gupta, Founder & Co-CEO, Gulf Islamic Investments & Gaurav Biswas, Founder and CEO Trukker moderated by Professor Trilochan Tripathy. A deep discussion on how their journey started from a nascent idea to startup, what challenges and responsibilities faced, learnings from them, making opportunities out of the difficulties.
The first half of the session was concluded by our next Keynote Speaker Mr. Rajaram Sankaran, CEO, Pharma Giant, African landscape who talked about Demystify Africa. He pointed out that democratic dividend is towards Africa and the continent is going through rapid urbanization. He went ahead to describe the commercial and pharmaceutical growth of the continent country wise and all the growth opportunities and market potential. He talked about his career journey.
The latter half of the session started with keynote speaker Thomas Kuruvilla , Managing Partner, Member of the Global Board, Arthur D’Little. He shed the light on the importance of the automation and digitilization of the works. How technologies like IOT, blockchains are going to transform how we live, interact with each other. He explained it by giving the example of Dubai and changing the landscape of driver less cars.