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Lt. Gen. J.S. Ahluwalia, PVSM (Retd), President of the ‘Institute Of Directors’ and of the ‘World Environment foundation’ (WEF). A Post Graduate in Electronics Engineering and MBA, and has specialized in engineering support to guided weapon systems. He has undergone extensive training in various manufacturing concerns in France, UK, USSR and Japan. He is an alumnus of the National Defence College and college of Defence Management. He retired from the army in Dec 1994, as the Chief Executive and Director General of the ‘Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers’ of the Indian Army. He was awarded the highest decoration of ‘Param Vishist Seva Medal’ by the President of India in January 1994. He is a chartered Engineer and Fellow Member of a large number of foreign and Indian professional engineering and management institutions. He was chairman of the Institution of engineers (INDIA) and President of Delhi Management Association.

He has also been on the Board of Governors of Engineering staff College of India, and Delhi Institute of Technology, and President of ‘Association of Quality and Environment Systems Assessors (AEQSA). He also headed the Quality Committee of the College of Wigen and Leigh (UK,) in India. He has participated in several important national and international seminars, workshops training programmes and conferences in India and abroad. He has authored a textbook on ‘TQM-Concepts and Practices’ in 1993, and edited and published over 20 books covering ‘Total Quality Management’,’ Environment Management‘,‘Corporate Governance’, ‘CSR’ and ‘sustainability’ published through Tata McGraw Hills and others. He has been actively involved in adventure and sailing activities and organized “EME-REME’ Environment and Climbing Expedition” by a combined Indo-British team in Himalayas in 1993. He is an EARA(UK) / IQA(UK) approved lead instructor for EMS (ISO-14001) and QMS(ISO 9001) Lead Auditor training Courses and is a lead auditor for SA 8000(Social Accountability). A World Bank trained in ‘Train the Trainer’ program for Corporate Governance, he is a much sought after specialist and trainer in CG, CSR and Integrated Management System.
Lt. Gen. Surinder Nath, PVSM, AVSM (Retd), Ex-Chairman, Union Public Service Commission, New Delhi, Ex-Vice Chief of Army Staff, Army Headquarters, Ex-Independent Director on the Board of Larsen and Toubro; Fellow of the Institute of Directors, New Delhi; Member of the Advisory Council, VGSOM, IIT, Kharagpur; M.Sc. in Defence Studies from Madras University; M.A. in International Relations from Allahabad University.

Born on 26th June 1937, Joined National Defence Academy in 1953 and commissioned into Regiment of Artillery from Indian Military Academy in June 1957; Attended various professional courses including Survey and Target Acquisition Course, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, USA; Defence Services Staff College Course at Wellington, Nilgirs; Command and General Staff Course, Tehran, Iran; National Defence College, New Delhi.

He took over as Chairman, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), New Delhi on 11th December, 1998 an appointment equivalent to the Cabinet Secretary, the highest post in the Government of India. UPSC is a Constitutional Body entrusted with the task of recruitment to various senior level posts in the Central Government and Union Territories and other organized cadres, viz. IAS, IPS and IFS etc. by conducting various competitive examinations and also by direct interviews. Apart from being the premier Institution in the country for recruitment and selection to posts/appointments ranging upto the highest level in the Government of India, it is an expert body for the development of human resources. Visited France, UK and USA in July 2001 to study the system and procedures adopted by similar organizations in those countries. After successfully completing his tenure in UPSC, demitted that office on 25th June 2002.

In December 2002, he was selected as Chairman of a Study Group constituted by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to review the system of performance appraisal, promotion, empanelment and placement procedures for All India Services i.e. IAS, IPS and IFOS and Group ‘A’ services of the Government of India. The recommendations of the Study Group were submitted to the Hon’ble Prime Minister in July 2003 and have been frequently highlighted in the Media as “Surinder Nath Committee Report”. Most of these recommendations have been accepted by the Government of India and are now under implementation. He was also a member of another Study Group constituted by the PMO in 2006 for designing and planning inservice training for IAS officers at junior, middle and senior level. The recommendations of the Study Group have been accepted and already implemented. He was an Independent Director on the Board of Larsen and Toubro Company Ltd from August 2004 to September 2007. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Directors, New Delhi, which is deeply involved in corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and enhancing effectiveness of the Board of Directors.
Nesar Ahmad, Past President - The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) & Corporate Secretaries International Association (CSIA), Geneva, Switzerland

Nesar Ahmad (representing the Institute of Company Secretaries of India) is an ICGN Member and Country Correspondent based in India. He was President of the ICSI in the year 2012 and is a member of the Central Council of ICSI for the term 2011-14. He is a graduate in Commerce and a fellow member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India having professional experience of about 25 years in the field of Company secretarial services, Corporate Laws, Business Re-structuring, Merger & Amalgamation, Joint Ventures, Takeovers, Winding up, Due Diligence and Legal Matters. Nesar Ahmad was also the President of Corporate Secretaries International Association (CSIA), having its registered office in Geneva (Switzerland) during the year 2012 and is a member of Council of CSIA till 2014. He is the Chairman of WTO Working Group constituted by CSIA.
Prof. Colin Coulson-Thomas, Chairman of Bryok Systems and other companies and author of Talent Management 2 and Transforming Public Services is an experienced non-executive director and chairman of award winning companies, a member of the business school team at Greenwich University in the UK and an Adjunct visiting professor in the department of geopolitics and international relations at Manipal University in India. He has served on many private, public, professional and voluntary sector boards, including as chairman and president, and is the author of over 40 books and reports.
G.R. Bhatia, Partner and Head of Competition Law Group, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, New Delhi Mr. G. R. Bhatia is a Partner with the Firm and heads the Competition Law Practice Group. He advises and appears before the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and the Competition Appellate Tribunal (CompAT) on competition issues. He is an Ombudsman for several German majors on issues relating to anti competitive and anti corruption in the Indian jurisdiction. He has appeared as a Competition Law Expert in various courts including the London Court of International Arbitration. Mr. Bhatia is a Former Additional Director General, CCI and the erstwhile Monopolies & Restrictive Trade Practices Commission, New Delhi. He was associated with the amendments which were made in the Competition Act in 2007.

He underwent intensive training in ‘Anti-monopoly Laws in Japan’ organized by the Japan Fair Trade Commission as well as training programmes organized by the Korean Fair Trade Commission in Seoul. Further, Mr. Bhatia spearheaded the Luthra team that advised the FTC and the DoJ in aligning the U.S. antitrust internal reference materials to Indian laws and circumstances. In recognition of his in-depth experience in the field of law, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India appointed him as an Expert on the National Committee on Competition Policy. The Committee was tasked with the responsibility of formulating a new Competition Policy for India besides suggesting necessary amendments to the Competition Act, 2002.

He had also been an Officer of Indian Company Law Service and had exposure as Registrar of Companies of J & K State and Official Liquidator of a High Court at Patna. Mr. Bhatia is a faculty with the Indian Institute of Chartered Accountants and Indian Institute of Management for competition. He is Consulting Editor of Manupatra Competition Law Reports and also a Member of Editorial Board of Chartered Secretary. Mr. Bhatia has also been ranked amongst the ‘Leaders in their Field’ in Competition/Antitrust by the Chambers Asia 2012, a Chambers & Partners publication.
Jyotsana Bhatnagar, Partnerships Officer at UN World Food Programme former head of CSR with BP & Castrol India Limited

He heads the private sector partnerships function at the UN World Food Programme in India. A social practitioner with nearly three decades of work experience, Jyotsna has led the Corporate Social Responsibility portfolios for several large multinational companies in India. Her last CSR assignment was with the global energy major BP and the lubricants company Castrol, in India. Over her 26 years of work experience Jyotsna has made significant contributions to social responsibility strategies and programme portfolios across a range of industries and the services sector. Working with multinational companies such as Monsanto, Cairn Energy and British Gas, in development initiatives with the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation and several international and national NGOs, have contributed to a rich and vibrant learning experience.

Jyotsna has been an active member of expert groups for various Indian CSR road map development forums including those of the Government of India’s Ministry of Corporate Affairs. She is also a board member of the NGO, Partners in Change. A Human Resources management post graduate further enhanced with the World Bank Executive Program on ‘Inclusive and Sustainable Business’, Jyotsna has worked in varied environments in India, the US and UK.
Raminder S. Gujral, Independent Director, Reliance Industries Limited, Adani Power Ltd.

He is an Independent Director on the Board of Reliance & Adani Power Ltd . His diverse qualifications include a B.A. (Honours) in Economics, an L.L.B., an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and an M.A. in International Finance/Business from The Fletcher School, Tufts University.

He joined the Indian Administrative Services from the Haryana Cadre in 1976 and retired from the post of Finance Secretary for the Government of India in 2013.

He has held the positions of Secretary (Revenue), Secretary (Expenditure) and Secretary (Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways) in the Government of India. He served as the Chairman of the National Highways Authority of India, the Director General of Foreign Trade and also the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Financial Management.
Dr. S. D. Israni, Founder & Sr. Partner, SD Israni Law Chambers, Advocates & Solicitors (UK)

Dr. S.D.Israni (aged 66 Yrs.) is a Corporate Lawyer with nearly 43 years of experience as a practitioner in the field of Corporate Laws, Business Advisory Services and Corporate Governance issues. He is qualified in the field of Law, Company Secretaryship and Management.

At the initial stage of his career, Dr. Israni was associated as an Advocate with the Chambers of Late Shri D.M.Harish, renowned Tax Expert and advisor to personalities like Maharani Gayatri Devi, Madhavrao Scindia, Nusli Wadia and the like; and Companies like HDFC, Bombay Dyeing, Raheja Developers, Hiranandani Builders and several other giant corporations and NRIs.

Dr. Israni has over 4 decades of experience of appearing before various authorities including Bombay High Court, Sessions Court, Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT), SEBI, Appellate Authority in the Ministry of Finance, ITAT, Company Law Board (CLB), MCA, Enforcement Directorate, etc. Lectured extensively (over 500) and presented papers at Seminars, Conferences, Workshops, Conventions held at various places in India and abroad including Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai, on subjects relating to Profession, Trade, Industry, Business and Law at programmes organised by the ICSI, ICAI, JBIMS, NMIMS, Trade Chambers, Industrial Houses, BSE Training Institute, Indian Institute of Capital Market (Formerly UTI Institute), Forum of Free Enterprise, Rotary Clubs, etc. Lectured at St. Xavier’s College, Government Law College and ICSI Study Centre at Sydhenam College.

Awarded Best Article award by the ICSI on the topic of Independent Directors in the category of Legal subjects published in Chartered Secretary, Sept.,2013.
N.K. Jain (BSc., LLB, FCS, DCL, FCPS), is a science graduate and has completed his law from Delhi University in 1974. He is a fellow member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and an honorary fellow member of The Institute of Certified Public Secretaries – Kenya.
He has industry experience of over 38 years which includes more than 29 years of managerial experience in senior positions. His last assignment was as the Secretary and CEO of The Institute of Company Secretaries of India. Under his leadership, the Institute recorded outstanding growth and development on all fronts. He has wide experience in strategy formulation and its execution to achieve the results within the targeted timeframe.

He is a widely travelled and has addressed various national and international seminars, conferences and workshops of international repute. He is an expert in company law matters and has addressed series of seminars, conferences and workshops organised by ICSI, ICAI, ICWAI, FICCI, ASSOCHAM, Corporates and others on Companies Act, 2013 and the Rules framed thereunder. He has also authored several articles which have been published in various national economic newspapers, journals and professional magazines. He has been a member of various high powered committees and groups of apex industry associations, government and regulatory bodies, academic institutions, international associations including the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Planning Commission, SEBI, IGNOU etc.

Presently he is a a member of ASSOCHAM National Council for Corporate Affairs & CSR, a Partner of Global FinServe LLP and an Independent Director on the Board of two public listed and one private limited company. Mr Jain is presently a Corporate Advisor and visiting faculty to law and business schools and trainer for Board leadership teams on diverse subjects including boards’ roles, responsibilities and liabilities, corporate compliance management, business ethics, corporate governance, sustainability etc.
Pramod Jain (FCA, FCS, LLB), Sr. Partner, M/s Lunawat & Co.

He is a commerce graduate [B.Com (H)] from Shri Ram College of Commerce. He is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (FCA). He is a fellow member of the Institute of Companies Secretaries of India (FCS). He is a fellow member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India (FCMA). He is a Bachelor of Law (LL.B). He has qualified Information System Auditor [DISA (ICAI)]. He is also a member of All India Management Association (MIMA). He has passed certification course NCFM of National Stock Exchange of India (NSE). He has also done certification course CAAT of ICAI. He has also done post qualification certificate course on Valuation of ICAI.

He is Senior Partner of M/s LUNAWAT & CO., Chartered Accountants. He is president, founder convener and member of various associations, circles, committees, etc. of ICAI, ICSI and other prestigious bodies and associations. Financial Reporting Review Board of ICAI has appointed him as Technical Reviewer to review the financial statements of various listed Companies. He is a Peer Reviewer with Peer Review Board and also Technical Reviewer with Quality Review Board. He has authored books on “Chartered Accountant’s Documentation and Compliance for Audits and Reviews”, “Importance of LLP after Companies Act, 2013”, “Chartered Accountant’s Documentation and compliance under Companies Act 2013, Peer Review and Quality Review”, “Limited Liability Partnership – Law, Procedures and Taxation”, “Documentation for Chartered Accountants”, “Limited Liability Partnership– Law and Procedures with Ready Reckoner”, “Fringe Benefit Tax & Banking Cash Transaction Tax”, “Documentation for Audits” and “Accounting Standards and CARO”.
Prof. (Dr.) Sunder Ram Korivi is an MA (Economics & Political Science) and PhD from the University of Mumbai. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Associate of the Institute of Cost & Works Accountants of India and Associate of the Insurance Institute of India. He was a full-time faculty member at SP Jain Institute of Management and Professor at NMIMS, where he served as Heads of Departments of Finance and Economics and later, Dean of the School of Business Management at NMIMS University. His interests are in the fields of Financial Reporting, Financial Institutions & Markets and Fixed Income Securities. He has lectured at several institutions of national importance, such as RBI Bankers' Training College, National Institute of Bank Management, SPBT Bankers Training College, LIC Management Development Centre, National Insurance Academy and NITIE. In addition to authoring papers in National Journals and International Conference Papers, he has served as a guide to students PhD and M.Phil students and has also conducted policy research.
Arcot Kumaresan, Fellow Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, Federation of Insurance Institutes. He is a Law Graduate from Bangalore University and has Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism. He brings with him over 40 years of rich experience in Corporate Affairs having worked in various core industries viz. Information Technology, Steel, Fertilizers, Manufacturing, Insurance and Finance of big business houses in India. As part of his Corporate career, he has served in senior management position as Company Secretary of Essar Group, Head - Legal and Secretarial of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Executive Director, Best & Crompton etc. He has participated in many seminars and has presented Papers. He had successfully participated in the Senior Management Programme on Intellectual Property conducted by The Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship (AOTS) and Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JIII), in Japan.

Apart from being a visiting faculty of Institute Of Directors, during his illustrious career, he has served as a faculty member on a couple of Institutes imparting knowledge on Intellectual Properties. He was also an Executive Committee Member on International Chamber of Commerce, India and as a member part of the Working Group for drafting a Model Optical Disc Law constituted by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. Currently he is the Chairman of AEC Promag Consultancy Private Limited, Bangalore, which provides consultancy to Realty Sector.
ILAM Kamboj, is a well qualified professional who has done M.Com, PGDPM & LW, MBA, FCS and LLB. He has working experience of more than 33 years and is working with Hero MotoCorp Ltd., since 1986, presently designated as Associate Vice President- LEGAL & COMPANY SECRETARY. He is heading legal and secretarial Dept which he has built up from the scratch. During his tenure he was deeply involved with Finance, HR and Strategic functions of the Company. Managed matters related to Foreign Collaborations & Tie Ups, International Business, Innovations and Expansions. In the company he is responsible for all Board matters, Contract management, IPR management, Litigation management, Compliance management, Risk management, Legal aspects of new initiatives, Corporate Governance, Investors relations, Merger & Acquisition, CSR, Vigil mechanism and other secretarial functions. He has exposure of all important aspects of legal and secretarial applicable to a large listed company. He was recognized and awarded with “ICSI National Award for Excellence in Corporate Governance 2004” as the Company Secretary of the Best Governed Company.

He is associated with various professional bodies such as CII, ASSOCHEM, FICCI, PHDCC, ICSI and AIMA and is a member of Various Committees constituted by these bodies. He is regularly invited to share his views and experience by various institutions, professional bodies and Industry Chambers.
Seemantinee Khot, has over three decades of experience in the development sector, 20 years of direct implementation with NGOs, 5 years of Bilateral Aid and UN and 6 years as Global Head for CSR with leading a wind energy company.

In last 35 years, she has done several professional assignments across all the continents. Currently engaged in
• CHHAYA Strategic Advisors – as Partner - guides a number of Corporate for CSR and sustainability.
• Food & Agriculture Organization of United Nations - as Consultant on Agriculture projects.
• Initiative on Violence Against Women, Carr Center for Human Rights, Harvard Kennedy School of Government as Founder Member, Asia
• Institute Of Directors – as Faculty for CSR, in Master Class for Directors on Boards of Indian Companies.
• On the governing board of some renowned NGOs – Paryay, Institute of Livelihood Research & Training (ILRT), Association for Farm Renewal in Maharashtra (AFARM), Youth in Voluntary Action (YUVA) and YUVA Rural Association (YRA).
• Independent Director on Boards of Prabhat Dairy Ltd, Sunfresh Agro Pvt Ltd, Anik Financial Services Pvt Ltd, and Cheese Land Agro (India) Pvt Ltd. Etc.

She did BA (Psychology) from Pune University in 1980 and MASW from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, in 1982.

He is a Doctorate from NALSAR University of Law. His research topic is “Corporate Governance as a Turn Around Strategy - A study of listed companies in Andhra Pradesh”. Dr. Rama Krishna is formerly a Development Banker for 26 years in the First Development Financial Institution in India viz., Industrial Finance Corporation of India (IFCI) Ltd. during 1977-2003 and took Voluntary Retirement as Assistant General Manager in 2003. During his tenure in IFCI, he worked in various Departments including Project Appraisals, Project Monitoring/Follow up, Stressed Assets, Revival and Rehabilitation, BIFR/AAIFR, Legal Department and Secretarial Department (handled 13.5 lakh shareholders) and conducted Board Meetings, AGMs etc. He is a practicing Advocate and Corporate Legal Advisor in the areas of Corporate Laws, Civil and Criminal Laws before High Courts, National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) (formerly Company Law Board), Criminal Courts (Economic Offences), Debts Recovery Tribunals (DRTs), Civil Courts, Consumer Cases, Arbitration matters. He acts as Arbitrator in some high profile matters. He is leading a team of 5 Advocates. He is on the panel of Advocates of some of leading Nationalized Banks and Financial Institutions. Dr. Rama Krishna was on various Committees constituted by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (Secretarial Standards Board, Company Law Advisory Board) and FAPCII (Committee of Capital Markets and Company Law), Hyderabad Management Committee (Management Committee). He is having vast experience at Board Level as Director / Nominee Director of Central Government / Independent Director on some of the reputed Corporates / Listed Companies in India. He is the Founder-Chairman of Foundation for Advanced Corporate Empowerment (FACE Foundation).
G. P. Madaan, is a commerce graduate from Shri Ram College of Commerce (DU), Law graduate from DU, fellow member of ICSI, besides holding diplomas in Labour Laws and Corporate Laws& Management has vast experience of over 30 years in the Corporate Legal, Secretarial, Capital Markets, Financial and Managerial Disciplines. He is co-founder and partner of Madaan Law Offices, Advocates & Solicitors. The firm specialises into Corporate Legal Advisory and litigation. He is also one of the Founders of Corporate Knowledge Foundation (CKF).

He has been Chairman of ICSI-Northern Region in 2005. For last four years he has been Co-Chairman of National Council for Mergers & Acquisitions of ASSOCHAM besides being member of the following:

(a) ASSOCHAM’s nominee on Secretarial Standards Board (SSB) of ICSI for the Year 2013-14, 2014-15 & 2015-16
(b) National Council for Corporate Laws, Corporate Governance and CSR of ASSOCHAM - 2011 till date
(c) National Council for Capital Markets of ASSOCHAM -2012 till date
(d) National Council for prevention of Corporate Frauds, ASSOCHAM 2014-15
(e) Corporate Affairs Committee of PHD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY.
(f) Area Advisory Board of Amity University
(g) Vice President (Company Law) & Executive Committee Member of Bhartiya Vitta Salahakar Samiti.

He has written various articles on different subjects for professional magazines web portals. He has addressed many Conferences and Seminars organized by various Professional Bodies, Industry Associations & Chambers. He has also conducted many workshops on orientation of Boards and Senior Management on diversified subjects prominent being new Companies Act, Corporate Governance, Board Governance, Board Procedures and Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace.
K. Narasimha Murthy, B.Sc., F.C.A., F.C.M.A, having brilliant academic record, getting ranks in both CA & ICWA courses entered the Profession of Cost & Management Accountancy in 1983. He is associated with the development of Cost & Management Information Systems for more than 175 Companies covering more than 50 Industries. In addition, he is closely associated with turning around of many large Corporates, focusing on systems improvement with Cost Reduction approach.

He is closely involved with several National level Institutions, presently on the Boards of STCI Finance Ltd. (Formerly Securities Trading Corporation of India Ltd.,), Infiniti Retail Limited (Tata Croma), Max Life Insurance Company Ltd., Max Healthcare Institute Ltd., Max Bupa Health Insurance Co. Ltd., Max Specialty Films Ltd., In addition, he is associated as Member Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams Internal Audit & Investment Committees and Member on the Cost Accounting Standards Board of Institute of Cost Accountants of India.

Earlier he was associated as a Director with Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (2013-2016), IDBI Bank Ltd.(2001-2011), LIC Housing Finance Ltd.(2005-15), UTI Bank Ltd., (presently AXIS Bank)(1999-2004), Member Board of Supervision NABARD (2005-2015), Unit Trust of India (UTI) (2002-2003), IFCI Ltd.(2008-2009), AP State Finance Corporation (2009-2015), APIDC Ltd., Bombay Stock Exchange etc. As Chairman of Expert Committee on Urban Co-op. Banks (UCBs)(2002) in A.P., analysed the performance of more than 140 UCBs. Recommendations of the Committee are well received / accepted, being implemented by the concerned agencies.

He has been associated with more than 35 High Level Committees as Chairman / Member both at National & State Level, which include Audit Reforms Implementation Committee on Public Sector Banks, Prasara Bharati Restructuring Committee, Expert Committee on Common Wealth Games, Restructuring Committee of State Level PSUs, Expert Committee on Co-op. Credit Institutions, Fiscal Reforms Implementation Committee, TTD Investment Committee Tirupati etc.

He is also associated with the development of Cost Accounting Record Rules for many Industries as a member of Informal Advisory Committee, Dept. of Corporate Affairs, Govt. of India. His efforts in the furtherance of Costing & Management Accounting Profession in India were recognized by the Institute of Cost & Works Accountants of India (ICWAI) which has honoured him by giving citation in October 2007. Recently, he is nominated as Chairman of the Expert Committee on Financial Ponzi Schemes and Adviser (Financial Services) by the Government of Andhra Pradesh in the rank of Special Chief Secretary.
Srinivasa Murthy, Practicing Company Secretary, Bangalore is a Post Graduate in Commerce, Bachelor of General Laws and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, New Delhi.

He has 15 years of experience in Banking with State Bank of India, 5 years of diverse experience in SBI Capital Markets Private Limited and 20 years experience as Practising Company Secretary and Consultant-Corporate Finance. He is a co-founder of Sri-Gem Corporate Services Private Limited, which is engaged in Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, Loan Syndication, Corporate Advisory Services and Strategic Management Consulting. He is appointed as an ‘Arbitrator’ by the Bombay Stock Exchange Limited on its Panel of Arbitrators of Regional Arbitration Centre (RAC) at Bangalore.

He is also on the Panel of Consultants of State Bank of India for ‘Project Appraisal’ and regularly handling assignments referred by the Bank. He was Past Chairman of the Bangalore Chapter of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and was also a Member of the Managing Committee of the ‘Centre for Corporate Governance, Research & Training (CCGRT) of the ICSI’, Navi Mumbai.

His clients include renowned MNCs like Mercedes-Benz Research & Development India Private Limited, Carl Zeiss India (Bangalore) Private Limited, GE India Technology Centre Private Limited, Northern Operating Services Private Limited, a subsidiary of Northern Trust Bank, USA, Dover India Private Limited, WEG Electric (India) Private Limited, WEG Industries (India) Private Limited, UL India Private Limited. Apart from MNCs, he is also rendering services to a number of domestic companies. The services rendered by him encompass Company Law, Legal Due Diligence, Mergers & Acquisitions, FEMA Advisory Services with respect to Foreign Direct Investments and Overseas Investments apart from Financial Consulting which includes preparation of Business Plans and Loan Syndication.

He is a principal faculty with the Institute Of Directors for their Master Class Programmes since 2006. He handles sessions on ‘Financial Literacy for Directors’ and ‘Driving Financial Performance’ at the Master Classes. He has conducted half day sessions for senior Executives and Directors on the topic “Strategies for Corporate Finance and Raising Resources” for four consecutive years at the seminars organised in Bangalore by XLRI, Jamshedpur. He is also a regular speaker at EXIM Bank of India at their in house training programmes. He is also a regular speaker at MSOP programme conducted by the Bangalore Chapter of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India on the subject ‘Joint Ventures, Foreign Direct Investments in India and JVs/WOS Abroad’. He was a visiting Faculty at the St. Joseph’s College of Business Administration, Bangalore handling classes on ‘Entrepreneurship’.
Gopal Subramanyam, Non-Executive Director Ajax Fiori Engineering (India) Pvt.Ltd

He is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering, from the batch of 1976, University of Madras. He has nearly four decades of experience in manufacturing, ranging from high precision to heavy machineries to power plant equipment products.

He retired as the CEO of L&T-Komatsu Ltd in 2014 after serving Larsen & Toubro group companies for nearly 32 years in various capacities across multi locations in India, such as Bangalore, Mumbai, Nashik, Rourkela, Hazira, Faridabad & Chennai.

Currently he is a Non-Executive Director at Ajax Fiori Engineering (India) Pvt.Ltd and an Independent Director at Lincoln Helios Ltd (a SKF group co.) He started his career at NTTF and worked as Tool Room Engineer for 5 years. He has worked at Kodak (India), at their camera mfg plant as Manager- Manufacturing Developments for one year. His career spans across wide spectrum, ranging from setting up green-field manufacturing plants to tie-ups with MNCs for technology transfer and Joint Venture partnerships. During his career at L&T, he has been the founder member of several green field and brown field projects, noteworthy among them being the Hydraulic Component / Excavator mfg plant at L&T, Bangalore, Agriculture Tractor mfg. plant at Pune and Boilerplant auxiliaries’mfg plants at Hazirawhere he was the CEO of the joint venture L&T-Howden Pvt. Ltd. His commitment to Mfg. and Talent mgt. are very special. He takes very keen interest in talent-spotting, be it a trade apprentice or a senior manager. He regularly participated as assessor at L&T’s Management Development Centre to evaluate top talents. He was also a coach and mentor of select top talents for future leadership at L&T. He is hands-on at the shop floor and hence his connect with labour as well management staff is very unique. Mr. Gopal is a very active member of Rotary Club for more than 3 decades. He is the past secretary and Vice President of Fluid Power Society of India. He was the Convenor of CII-Karnataka’s HR council and an elected member of CII-Karnataka’s state council in 2012-13.
Savithri Parekh, Chief Legal & Secretarial of Pidilite Industries Ltd, Worked in Outsourcing services, Private Equity Fund of the Future Group, Media House (publishers of Bussinessworld, Telegraph, Anandabazar Patrika etc), textile, chemical and pharmaceutical sector.
Expert contributor to Ramaiya, Guide to Companies Act 2013.General Editor of Bhandari, Guide to Company Law Procedures released in October 2015.Been a Guest faculty at IIM - Kolkata for over 10 years.Been a regular faculty at the ICSI. Member of Secretarial Standards Board of the ICSI.Delivered lectures at Management Development Programmes and Advanced Management Programmes conducted by IIM Kolkata. She was a Government Nominee on the Central Council of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).

She has been associated with an NGO and involved in developing and deploying a module on value based education for children. She is recipient of Chevening Scholarship for young Indian Lawyers - which is fully funded by the Foreign Commonwealth Office, UK and gained exposure to European law. Interned with Richards Butler LLP, a law firm in UK (now known as Reed Smith) and gained hands on experience in handling notifications under the UK Competition Act, 1998. She has industry experience of over 25 years with experience in multiple jurisdictions overseas.
Rajnikant Patel, Former MD & CEO, Bombay Stock Exchange, Mumbai. Rajnikant Patel has unique work experience of more than 32 years in Financial Services sector encompassing Commercial Banking, Bank Regulation; Capital Markets & Commodity Markets. He was the MD & CEO of Indian Commodity Exchange managing and leading the 4th Commodity futures exchange in a highly competitive market. He launched India’s first Commodity market module in MBA degree program. Previously as MD & CEO of Bombay Stock Exchange he was responsible for converting BSE into a Limited Company Under the Govt. of India Corporatization & Demutualization of Stock Exchanges Scheme making BSE the First Exchange in India to do so.

He worked closely with Ministry of Finance & SEBI for formulating the policy. Executed divestment of BSE leading to a valuation of around billion US$. Got ISO certification making BSE the First Asian Exchange and only the Second Exchange in the World. BSE won Gold medal for best annual reports in financial sector for 2 consecutive years from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Worked with ICAI to introduce XBRL standards in India. Launched India’s First full time MBA program with specialization in Capital Markets.

He has been the longest serving Chairman of South Asian Federation of Exchanges-SAFE, been member of working committee of World Federation of Exchanges. He has been a regular speaker at various national & international forums like Indian Economic Summit- World Economic Forum, IOSCO, SIBOS, World Exchange Congress, and Asian Exchange Congress etc.

He is recipient of various awards like Indira Super Achiever Award, HR Excellence Award - CEO with HR Orientation, Employer Branding Award, IT People Award for Innovation & India’s Greatest HR Professionals. He is a Distinguished Fellow - Institute Of Directors, London, Chartered Business Administrator- USA and Certified Financial Consultant - USA. He was the Brand Guardian for Business Superbrand – BSE. He has been member of various committees of CII, ASSOCHAM, SEBI, WDRA, FMC, FICCI, BMA and IMC etc. He has served as director on boards of BSE, CDSL, BOISL, NMCE, Calcutta Stock Exchange and others.
M.R. Prasanna (Pras), a native of Mysore, holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Mysore and is a Gold Medalist. After being an independent Counsel for about 7 years he worked as Head of the Legal function for over 28 years with different organizations like Alfa Laval, Brooke Bond India Limited (now part of Hindustan Unilever). He was the Chief Legal Officer of Larsen & Toubro Limited, Mumbai for seven years. For about 12 years, Pras was the General Counsel of the Aditya Birla Group, spearheading mergers and acquisitions. Since May 2010, Prasanna has relocated to Bangalore as an Independent Consultant primarily for corporates, advising them on a variety of corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions.

He is also a member of the Karnataka Bar Association and appears in court primarily in diverse corporate matters. He is associated with Aarna Law as a Senior Advisor to that firm. Pras has been and continues to be a Director on the Boards of many of the Aditya Birla Group Companies both in India and abroad. He also serves as a Director on the Boards of Indian Companies. He is a Life Member of the Institute of Directors.
Eka Pillai, Director Consultant, Bangalore who is a certified Master Black Belt in Six Sigma from Indian Statistical Institute. He has been in corporate training after gaining wide experience in various domains like Polymers, Engineering, ITES and he has been working on Business Transformation and Acquisitions. He is also doing his research in Dermatoglyphics which is a science of Fingerprints analysis along with a team of Psychiatrists, Counselors and Forensic experts across the globe. He has been associated with IOD since 2 years and his modules include Corporate Transformation, Role of Independent Directors in Decision-making. He covers his curriculum with case studies and interactive sessions. He has been involved in organizing conferences on women empowerment along with Govt. Officials and Police Department and has been working with NGOs on implementation of guidelines.
Jayaprakash Rajangam, Maverick Accountant with more than 12 years experience as consultant across various domains. Over this period JP has led multiple engagements involving - Risk Management, Investment Banking, Due diligence, Valuation, Financial Model Audit, Process consulting and outsourcing. JP’s strength lies in understanding business imperatives of a client / transaction and working towards meeting client objectives. JP has also been involved in developing professional services practice over the years.

Currently JP is leading the Virtual CFO and Financial Model Audit practice of DHC group. He is responsible for business generating revenues of INR 50 million servicing diverse clients base and delivered through 30 plus team members. He assumes virtual CFO responsible for Finance, Accounting, Payroll and Compliance function for the complete Indian operations of foreign clients. He also is developing the Financial Model Audit service to Large European and Australian firms.
S. Sudhakar, Vice President-Corporate & Secretarial, Reliance Industries Ltd.

He has over three decades of wide- spectrum experience in Legal, Secretarial, Finance and Accounting fields. He is presently working with Reliance Industries Limited as Vice President (Corporate Secretarial) and is director in several group companies. He has wide exposure in various facets of Corporate and Securities Laws with excellent interpretive and analytical abilities of Corporate and Securities Laws, setting up of Joint Ventures, negotiation of Collaboration commitments, shareholder agreements etc. Strategic Corporate Restructuring matters including Merger & Amalgamations, Demergers encompassing pre and post amalgamation matters. He has experience in Listing of Securities, Preferential allotments, formulation and implementation of Employee Stock Option Schemes, Buy-back of shares, Issue of various types of Securities, implementation and control of Insider Trading compliances. He is involved in organising and conducting of Board, Committee and Shareholder meetings, liaising with various Government and Regulatory authorities. Under his supervision of R&T matters related to 3.5 million shareholders, Shareholder relations, Grievance redressal mechanism.
J. Sundharesan, Compliance Guru, Practicing CS, Bangalore, is a commerce graduate with a bachelor of general laws, and a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, New Delhi.He is a second-generation company secretary and has over 25 years of experience he has worked for a number of companies including the BPL Telecom Group and MphasiS BFL, Bangalore. . Presently he is into practice and his specialisation is in corporate consulting and advisory with core focus on Due Diligence and Corporate Compliance. He is a principal faculty with the Institute of Directors for their Master Class Programme since March 2006. He has trained over 200 persons for the certified programme in over 15 Master Classes in the last 6 years. The modules usually include Directors roles and responsibilities, Maximum effectiveness of Board Practices, Corporate Governance, procedures and practices, CSR and the like. His sessions have been rated as MUST HEAR from the participants of all the sessions.
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