Kaushik Basu

Senior Vice President & Chief Economist,
World Bank; Professor, Cornell University
Ph.D. London School of Economics

Kaushik Basu is an Indian economist who is currently Chief Economist of the World Bank. Previously, he was the C. Marks Professor of International Studies, Professor of Economics and, prior to that, the Chairman of the Department of Economics and Director, Center for Analytic Economics at Cornell University. He has also served as the Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India.

Earlier he was Professor of Economics at the Delhi School of Economics, where he founded the Centre for Development Economics in Delhi and was its first Executive Director. He is also a founding member of the Madras School of Economics.

He is currently President of the Human Development and Capabilities Association, which was founded by Amartya Sen. He has held advisory posts with the ILO, the World Bank, the Reserve Bank of India and was, for several years, member of the steering committee of the Expert Group of Development Issues set up by the Swedish Government. He is currently also a member of the Board of Directors of the Exim Bank of India.

He is Editor of Social Choice and Welfare, and served or serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Development Economics, World Bank Economic Review and the Japanese Economic Review.

A Fellow of the Econometric Society, Kaushik Basu is widely published in areas of Development Economics, Industrial Organization, Game Theory and Welfare Economics. He has also contributed popular articles to magazines and newspapers, such as The New York Times, Scientific American, India Today and Business Standard. He also wrote a regular column for BBC News Online. He has appeared on various television programmes including CNN (USA), NDTV and CNBC (India) and BBC.

In May 2008 he was awarded one of India’s highest civilian awards, the Padma Bhushan, by the President of India.

Pramod Bhasin

Founder, The Skills Academy; Founder, Genpact
B.Com., Shri Ram College of Commerce;
Chartered Accountant

Pramod Bhasin founded Genpact in 1997 and served as the President and CEO until 2011. Pramod previously headed up GE Capital in India and Asia. He is currently building The Skills Academy, a pioneering institute to enhance employability, especially in the unorganized sector.

Pramod serves on several boards including NDTV and Bank of India as well as the governing boards of educational institutions such as IIM Lucknow, Lady Shri Ram College, and Shri Ram School. Pramod holds a Bachelors degree from Shri Ram College of Commerce and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Keki Dadiseth

Chairman, SONY India

Keki Dadiseth is a former Chairman of Hindustan Levers Limited (now Hindustan Unilever Limited) and former Director, Home and Personal Care of Unilever, the parent company of HUL. Currently, he serves as the Chairman of Sony India.

Starting in 1973, he held various accounting and commercial positions with HLL and Unilever in India and London respectively. He became executive director and head of detergents for HLL in 1991, vice-chairman and managing director of HLL in 1995, and chairman of HLL in August 1996. At present, he sits on the boards of Nicholas Piramal India Limited, The Indian Hotels Company Limited and the Indian School of Business, among others.

Keki Dadiseth did his schooling from Bishop’s School, Pune and studied at Sydenham College in Bombay before qualifying as a chartered accountant in London.

Robert Greenhill

CEO, World Economic Forum

Robert Greenhill is Managing Director and Chief Business Officer of the World Economic Forum.

With a strong interest in global issues, Robert has combined a career in international business with a commitment to international public policy. He started his career with McKinsey & Company. In 1995, he joined Bombardier Inc., Canada’s leading aerospace and rail-transportation manufacturer. He became President and Chief Operating Officer of Bombardier International in 2000. In 2004, he joined the International Development Research Centre as Senior Visiting Executive. In May 2005, Robert was appointed President of the Canadian International Development Agency, Canada’s premier international development and humanitarian assistance organization. He also serves as Alternate Governor for Canada on the Board of Governors of the World Bank Group and sits on the Board of Governors of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Robert Greenhill received a BA from the University of Alberta, Canada, and an MA from the London School of Economics. He also has an MBA from INSEAD.

Dipak Jain


Dipak Jain is the current Dean of INSEAD, one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools, a post he has taken over just recently.

Jain, an American citizen and native of Tezpur, Assam, was the Dean of the Kellogg School of Management from 2001-2009, where he was the Sandy and Morton Goldman Professor in Entrepreneurial Studies and Professor of Marketing. He is a graduate of Guwahati University in India and received a Master’s in management science and a PhD in marketing from the University of Texas at Dallas.

A noted scholar in marketing and entrepreneurship, Dipak Jain has published some 60 articles in scholarly and professional journals, and three books. He has presented and lectured at universities throughout the world, and is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and scholarship. Foreign Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister of Thailand (2002-2006), Jain also received an honorary Doctorate in Economics from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, in 2009 and IPADE, Mexico, in 2010.

Dipak Jain has been a member of review committees at Harvard, UCLA, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Northwestern. He serves on international advisory boards and councils such as the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration (Chulalongkorn University), the Carey Business School (Johns Hopkins), and American University in Cairo, and Nyenrode University (Netherlands). He is a member of the American Marketing Association and The Institute of Management Sciences, and has consulted with such companies as IBM, UBS, AT&T, Nestle, Abbott, Boeing, Accenture, Thompson Electronics, and American Express. He is currently Executive Editor of the Sasin Journal of Management (Thailand) and a member of the Editorial Board of the Asian Journal of Marketing (Singapore).

Apart from teaching, Jain is currently involved in two social projects: creating a business school in Bangladesh focusing on entrepreneurship and small business management, for women from countries such as Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Pakistan; and starting a full-fledged university in Angola. He is a director of John Deere, the Northern Trust, Reliance Industries and Media Bank.

Kiran Karnik

Former President, NASSCOM Chairman, Mahindra Satyam

Kiran Karnik is a prominent figure and guiding force behind the Indian outsourcing industry. He has formerly been the president of NASSCOM, and is now one of its trustees. He has recently been selected as one of three board members as well as Chairman of Satyam Computer Services after the Government of India disbanded the Satyam board.

Prior to joining NASSCOM, Kiran Karnik was the Managing Director at Discovery Networks in India from 1995 – 2001. He spearheaded the launch of Discovery Channel in South Asia in August 1995 and Animal Planet in 1999.

He worked for over 20 years in the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). He was deeply involved in the conception and overseeing of the Kheda Communications Project. This pioneering effort won wide national and international acclaim, including the first UNESCO-IPDC Prize for rural Communication. Karnik was a key member of the management team for the India – USA Satellite Instructional TV Experiment (SITE), the first every large scale use of satellite direct broadcasting (1975-76), which took education and development to remote parts of rural India. In 1998, he was awarded the Frank Malina medal for Space Education by the International Astronautical Federation.

In 1991, Kiran Karnik joined the Consortium for Educational Communication (CEC) as its first Director. CEC is the apex body set up by University Grants Commission to co-ordinate and oversee the functioning of media centres in the universities, and is responsible for ensuring the production and transmission of educational TV programmes for college students.

He has worked briefly with the United Nations in New York and Vienna, serving as Special Assistant to the Secretary-General of UNISPACE 82. He has done an extended consulting assignment for UNESCO in Afghanistan, and has also been a consultant for World Health Organization, The World Bank, UN Institute for Disarmament Research and the Ford Foundation.

Kiran Karnik has authored/edited a large number of publications, and lectures occasionally at major national institutes. His educational background includes an Honours degree in Physics from Bombay University, followed by post-graduation from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Zia Mody

Senior Partner, AZB and Partners

Zia Mody is a prominent Indian legal consultant and is considered an authority on corporate merger and acquisition law, securities law, private equity and project finance.

Her initial education was at Elphinstone College, Mumbai. She then went on to study law at Selwyn College, Cambridge University, followed by a Master’s degree from Harvard Law School. She then passed the New York State Bar examination and worked for five years with Baker & McKenzie in New York City, before returning to India. She started her own practice in Mumbai in 1984, which she merged twice with other firms to form AZB & Partners, now India’s second-largest law firm, where she is a senior partner. She is also a member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India’s Standing Committee on Mutual Funds, and of the Capital Market Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Business Today listed Zia Mody as one of the 25 most powerful businesswomen in India in September 2004 and again in February 2006. She is a recipient of the Financial Express Knowledge Professional of the Year Award. She was also named one of India’s 100 Most Powerful CEOs by The Economic Times in 2004 and 2006. She is also the recipient of The Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence as the Businesswoman of the Year, 2010.

N.R. Narayana Murthy

Executive Chairman and Additional Director, Infosys

Narayana Murthy is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Mentor at Infosys Technologies, a global software consulting company headquartered in Bangalore, India. He founded Infosys in 1981 and under his leadership, Infosys was listed on NASDAQ in 1999. He articulated, designed and implemented the Global Delivery Model which has become the foundation for the huge success in IT services outsourcing from India. He has led key corporate governance initiatives in India and is an IT advisor to several Asian countries.

He serves on the boards of HSBC, Ford Foundation, UN Foundation, Cornell University, Wharton School, Singapore Management University, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, and INSEAD.

The Economist ranked Narayana Murthy among the ten most admired global business leaders in 2005. He topped The Economic Times list of India’s most powerful CEOs for three consecutive years: 2004 to 2006. He has been awarded the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India, the Legion d’honneur by the Government of France, and the CBE by the British government.

Deepak Parekh

Chairman, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) Bank Ltd.

Deepak Parekh is the Chairman of the Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), one of India’s leading housing finance and banking companies. A Chartered Accountant by training,he started his career with Ernst & Young Management Consultancy Services in New York. He later returned to India to work for Grindlays Bank and subsequently joined Chase Manhattan Bank as its assistant representative for South Asia.

He joined HDFC in 1978 and was promoted to the position of Managing Director in 1985 and then Chairman in 1993. He has been instrumental in making HDFC one of the biggest housing finance companies in India. Apart from his role in HDFC, he also became the Non-Executive Chairman of Infrastructure Development Finance Company Ltd (IDFC), a Government of India enterprise for infrastructure projects in 1997. He is also the Non-Executive Chairman of Glaxo India Ltd & Burroughs Wellcome (India) Ltd and is on the Board of Castrol India Limited, Hindustan Unilever, Siemens Ltd, Mahindra & Mahindra, Indian Hotels Company and SingTel.

Rajendra S. Pawar

Chairman, NIIT

Rajendra S. Pawar is Chairman and co-founder of the NIIT Group, that encompasses two businesses —NIIT Technologies Limited, the software and services arm, and NIIT Limited, the leading Global Talent Development Corporation.

Set up in 1981, NIIT pioneered the computer education market in India, creating a completely new industry segment. Rajendra Pawar has played a leadership role in nurturing NIIT and building it into a leading Global Talent Development Corporation.

He led NIIT’s foray into the software and services market, creating NIIT Technologies, a global IT Solutions organization. Assessed at SEI-CMMi Level 5, NIIT Technologies serves clients across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

He is a member of the Prime Minister’s National Council on Skill Development; has served on the PM’s National Taskforce commissioned to develop India into an IT Superpower; is an advisor to the Hunan province of China; and was a member of PIAC (Presidential International Advisory Council) of the Government of South Africa for IT.

Actively involved in India’s key Chambers of Commerce, Rajendra Pawar has led several ICT industry initiatives, giving voice to the sector’s aspirations and goals. He has been a Founder Member of NASSCOM (the National Association of Software & Service Companies). He is currently a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum.

Mr. Pawar graduated from IIT, Delhi in where he did his B Tech in electrical engineering and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of IIT in 1995.

Uday Shankar

CEO, Star India

Uday Shankar joined Star TV India as its Chief Executive Officer in 2006 and oversaw Star TV’s business ventures in India. In the past, Mr. Shankar has worked as the head of the Hindi news channel, Aaj Tak and also as the Chief Executive Officer of the Star News channel and Head of Sahara TV’s news television channel business.

He has been a Director of Hathway Cable & Datacom Ltd since September, 2009. He serves as a Director of several media companies such as Tata Sky Limited, Media Content and Communication Services (India) Private Limited and Asianet Communications Limited.

He holds an M.Phil. in Economics from the University of Delhi. Mr. Shankar is also a graduate in Journalism from the Times of India Media School.

Analjit Singh

Chairman, MAX India

Analjit Singh is the Founder & Chairman of Max India Limited; Chairman of Max New York Life Insurance Company Limited, Max Healthcare Institute Limited and Max Bupa Health Insurance Company Limited. He has been the driving force behind the Max India Group’s sustained growth and success since the mid ’80s.

Today, Max India Limited is a multi-business corporate, focused on People and Service-oriented Businesses of ‘Life’. Max India Group is present in the areas of Life Insurance through Max New York Life Insurance; Healthcare through Max Healthcare; Health Insurance through Max Bupa Health Insurance; a Joint Venture with Bupa Finance Plc, U.K. Clinical Research through Max Neeman Medical International; BoPP & Speciality Foils manufacturing through its division, Max Speciality Films.

As one of India’s leading business-persons, Analjit Singh is a Member of the Prime Minister’s Joint Indo-US CEOs Forum. He is the non-executive Chairman of Indus Towers Ltd., India’s leading ‘Shared Telecom Infrastructure’ Services Company. He is also a Director on the board of the Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI Ltd.), Vodafone Essar, Hero Honda Motors Limited, Moser Baer Solar Plc., Tata Tea Ltd. and Dabur India Ltd.

Keenly interested in enhancing India’s academic standards, he is currently an Executive Board Member of the Board of Governors, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad; Chairman, Board of Governors, The Doon School; and Member, Board of Management, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi.

Analjit Singh is actively involved in social service through his role as the Chairman and Chief Patron of Max India Foundation (MIF), the Social Service arm of Max India Group. He is also the Life Chairman, Bhai Mohan Singh Foundation and Member, Governing Board of Bharti Foundation.

Analjit Singh is the Consul General (Honorary) of the Republic of San Marino in India.

Analjit Singh is an alumnus of the Doon School, Dehradun; Shriram College of Commerce, University of Delhi; School of Management and the Graduate School of Management, Boston University, Boston, USA.

Adil Zainulbhai

MD, McKinsey and Co. India

Adil Zainulbhai is currently the Managing Director of the Indian Practice of McKinsey & Company, Inc. He moved back to India in 2004 after 24 years with McKinsey in the United States, where he started the Minneapolis Office and led the Washington D.C. Office of McKinsey & Company. Since joining McKinsey in 1979, he has served a wide range of clients (including large corporates, MNCs, PSUs, and family-owned businesses) across sectors including telecommunications, consumer electronics, energy, banking, infrastructure and health care.

Over the last five years, he has led McKinsey in India through a phase of significant growth and helped it maintain its status as the employer of choice and its reputation as the leading management consulting firm. Adil Zainulbhai advises not only the CEOs of current and emerging industries, but also several government agencies on issues related to nation building.

He obtained his B. Tech. degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay. He also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

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