9:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.
Registration – Networking Tea with Authors
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
The Business Case for Reading

Successful business leaders reminisce on their reading habits; books they enjoyed when they were young; what books taught them; books they hated reading and which books they want every future and current entrepreneur not to miss.

Chairman, TeamLease

Co- founder e-commerce firm Delhivery

Co-Founder Myntra and Curefit.com

Ashish Goyal is a Portfolio Manager with a leading macro hedge fund. The first visually impaired student to have graduated from Wharton Business School. He has the distinction to have become the first visualy impaired trader in the world.


Former Faculty, IIM Ahmedabad, CEO, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation, Author of ‘Games Indian Play’, ‘Don’t Sprint the Marathon’ and many more

Tea Break and Book Launches
12:00 noon - 1:15 p.m.
Environment & Entrepreneurship

How entrepreneurship will play a significant role if India is to mitigate the grave risks associated with climate change in the next two decades. The role of entrepreneurs in Dr. Guha’s Fourth Wave of Environmentalism in India and the world.

Prof. Gupta will show how grassroots innovation and micro entrepreneurship have the maximum potential to rid India of social and economic inequalities.

Prof. Anil Gupta in conversation with Dr. Ramachandra Guha

Lunch Break and Book Launches


2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Entrepreneurship Wisdom from Ancient Indian Literature & Its Relevance Today

Devdutt Pattanaik , prolific author, will speak on the rare wisdom entrepreneurs can access from ancient Indian literature and how they are relevant in markets and boardrooms even today.

Host - Ram Nidumolu , Author of ‘Two Birds in a Tree: Timeless Indian Wisdom for Business Leaders.’

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Declaring Breakdowns

To declare a breakdown is to state that you are declaring a break from an old flow of life, and creating a new flow. It is stating that if the normal course of events were to take place, and if you did not actively participate in changing this course, you would end up in a particular future. If this future is not ok for you is when you have a choice to declare a breakdown; design a new future of design, and then take actions to achieve that future. Sameer Dua and his panel will talk about this critical leadership move, and it's importance in designing futures of choice.

Managing Director, Asia South at NVIDIA

Founder & CEO, The/Nudge Foundation

CEO Avirate Global at Timex & Fergasam Group


Author: Declaring Breakdowns: Powerfully Creating a Future that Matters, through 6 Simple Steps

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tea Break
Book Launches

V Raghunathan’s Book The Good Indian’s Guide to Queue-Jumping by Actor & former MP Ramya

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Social Entrepreneurship - Success Secrets

Succeeding as a social entrepreneur needs special skills and commitment. Panelists will talk about how to ride the road that offers fulfillment as well as financial rewards.

Teaches at IIM Ahmedabad, Founder, HoneyBee Network

Author, Co-founder, EmPower Research, Founder of NGO platform ‘Let’s Do Some Good.’

Angel Investor, Social Entrepreneur and Mentor at N.S. Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning


Founder, Saahas

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Real Stories Behind Start-ups

A lively conversation about how some authors have captured riveting stories of entrepreneurs, and the highs and lows they encountered on the way to where they are today.

The Tip of the Iceberg – Unknown Truths About Start Ups

The Underage CEOs! Fascinating Stories of Young Indians who Became CEOs in Their Twenties'


Research Director at YourStory.com


Please register separately for these sessions

These are free-flowing Q&A/conversations for 60 minutes each between authors and practitioners. These intense sessions are meant to connect directly to the aspirations of entrepreneurs and executives. They promise rich takeaways!

1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch Break
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

@ Yoga Hall, MDC

Entrepreneurship Thinking Among Students

Graduate school students who aspire to become entrepreneurs need to do a lot of circumspection, reflection and analysis before taking the plunge. Or is it in their veins? Can entrepreneurship thinking be taught?

Vishwas Mudagal Founder GoodWorkLabs & Author

Balaji Pasumarthy Creator- Joy at Work. Golden Square & BNI-Bangalore

Host - Ganesh Vancheeswaran, The Underage CEOs! Inspiring Stories of Student Entrepreneurs in India

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
@ Yoga Hall, MDC
Beating the Mid-Life Blues

As entrepreneurs and executives cross 40 after putting in about two decades into setting up and nurturing their business and careers, they are faced with the big question – What Next?

Most people find it very difficult to make the transition. This session is about understanding the art and science behind how to beat these blues and set oneself up for the next phase.

How to reinvent. How to fold the future in?

Walter Vieira, President of Marketing Advisory Services Group and Gautam Mahajan, President of Customer Value Foundation and Inter-Link Services Private Limited and an internationally acclaimed expert in strategy, general management (including Customer Value), and globalization.

in conversation with - Ranganath Iyengar , Founder Strategic Interventions

Walter Vieira is the President of Marketing Advisory Services Group, which he founded in 1975. Prior to that, he spent 14 years working with various corporations—Glaxo, Warner Lambert, and the Boots Company.

A Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants of India (FIMC), he provides training services and consultancy in business and marketing strategies to several organizations in India and abroad.

Walter Vieira has taught at leading management institutes in India, such as Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management, University of Mumbai and Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) in Hyderabad, and has lectured at the J.L. Kellogg School of Management, Drexel Business School, the Cornell University; Rady School of Management, University of Rhode Island (URI); Lake Forest College, among others (all in the US); Boston Management School, Zaragoza, Spain; and other business schools in Thailand, Hong Kong, Nigeria, and so on.

He has published more than 900 articles in the business and general press and was on the Advisory Board of the Journal of ManagementConsultants, USA. Walter Vieira has also authored 10 books, of which three were written jointly with C. Northcote Parkinson and M.K. Rustomji. His most recent books include The Winning Manager (2014) and earlier ones are Successful Selling and The New Sales Manager.

Gautam Mahajan is an internationally acclaimed expert in strategy, general management (including Customer Value), and globalization. He is President of Customer Value Foundation and Inter-Link Services Private Limited, an International Consulting Firm in operation since 1987, working with clients from America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and India. Gautam is also the Founder Editor of the Journal of Creating Value, an international journal focused on Customer and Value Creation (see jcv.sagepub.com).

Gautam Mahajan is the leading global thought leader in Total Customer Value Management. He worked for a Fortune 50 company in the USA for 17 years and ran one of the largest businesses. He has hands-on experience in consulting, educating leaders, professionals, managers, and CEOs from numerous MNCs and local conglomerates like Tata, Birla, ITC, Alcoa, Reynolds, Sealed Air, Rexam, Viag, DuPont, Continental Can, and Godrej Groups.

He is the author of widely acclaimed books: Customer Value Investment: Formula for Sustained Business Success and Total Customer Value Management: Transforming Business Thinking. He has also taught at IITs and abroad.

Gautam Mahajan was previously the President of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce; Chairman, PlastIndia Committee; Vice President, All India Plastics Manufacturers Association; Trustee, Plastics Institute of America. He was a member of the US–India think tank and Chairman of the US–India Economic Relations Forum.

Among his honors are Fellowships from Harvard Business School and Illinois Institute of Technology. He also has 18 US patents, including the PET bottle and noise control kits. He was honored by the Illinois Institute of Technology with its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001.

He has been written about in the Wall Street Journal. He also gave the first Distinguished Engineering Lecture at Illinois Institute of Technology followed by a Distinguished Management Lecture. In September 2011, he spent time in the US talking about Indo-US relations and how to improve them.

Gautam Mahajan is a graduate of IIT Madras, where he was an Institute Merit Scholar, has a Master’s degree in Mechanics and has completed his PhD coursework from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has an MBA from Suffolk University.

Total Customer Value Management (Total CVM) is a new management concept going far beyond CVM. Total CVM aligns the entire company to the Customer. It expounds the Value of employees and the building of their self-esteem, awareness, and engagement, and expands the concept of Customer Strategy, Customer Circles and Continuous Customer Improvement Programs, Value pricing, the roles of departments such as HRD and Finance, and measuring CVA and EVA.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
@ NSRCEL Complex
The Art and Commerce of Business Book Writing

With Karthik Venkatesh, Consulting Editor, Westland Ltd

Host - Shankar P , Knowledge @ Wharton editor and former resident editor, The Economic Times, Mumbai & Bangalore