Indian Institute Management Udaipur hosted the third edition of its annual flagship event, The Leadership Summit 2014 on 23rd August, 2014 at the Durbar Hall, City Palace, Udaipur.
The Leadership Summit is a student-driven initiative which is organized by the Media and Industry Cell (MiiC) of IIMU. The event serves as a platform for corporate leaders to share their opinions and views on select themes through diverse engaging panel discussions. The panelists comprise of distinguished leaders from industries and academia. The objective of the summit is to get unique insights from the leaders and get to understand the direction in which the economies, corporate policy making and businesses are heading viz-a-viz globalization and competition. The first two editions of The Leadership Summit have been immensely successful. The umbrella theme for the Leadership Summit 2014 was “RETHINK: A paradigm shift in the Leadership Trends of India“.
The event began with a Welcome Address by Prof. Janat Shah – Director, IIM Udaipur. Prof. Shah laid emphasis on the initiatives on which the institute has a strong focus such as Immersion, Research, Analytics, Entrepreneurship and Social Responsibility.
Dr. V Raghunathan – CEO, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation & Ex-President, ING Vysya Bank served as the Chief Guest in the event. Mr. Puneet Dalmia – MD, Dalmia Group of Industries was the Keynote Speaker. Both the leaders laid emphasis on the need of a social purpose behind every leadership initiative.
The event had three student moderated panel discussions. First Panel’s theme was “Rethink Approach: How to think, act and lead in this era of Globalization?” with participating speakers, Mr. Balaji R. Narayanswamy – General Manager, Mindtree, Mr. Sukanti Ghosh – Member of Global Management Committee, APCO Worldwide and Mr. Vishal Mathur – VP Sales, Eicher Motors. The panelists discussed the key challenges faced in Globalization, skills and opportunities present in going Global.
Second Panel’s topic of discussion was “Rethink Boundaries: Can we learn Leadership from boundaries beyond corporate world?” with participants Mr. Ramkumar – Executive Director, ICICI Bank Limited, Mr. Praveen Mathur – Major General (Retd.) & Advisor, Director General Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Petroleum, Mr. M P Vasimalai – IIMA Alumnus & Founder, DHAN Foundation and Mr. Kalyan S. Bose – Senior Volunteer, SPIC MACAY. The panelists discussed the various facets of leadership development citing examples from multiple avenues.
Third Panel saw discussions on the theme “Rethink Convention: Women in Leadership Roles – Changing the rules of the game!” with panelists Ms. Arnabi Marjit – GM-HR, Lupin Pharma, Ms. Namrata Gill – VP, Organizational Development and Talent Management, Mahindra and Mahindra and Ms. Neelima Khetan – GM, Sustainability and CSR, Coca-Cola India. The speakers discussed in detail about the challenges faced by women in the corporate world, the possible solutions and the changing landscape in the business world.
The event also saw a special segment on Big Ideas Session delivered by Mr. Sanjay Panigrahi – CEO, Sahaj e Village Ltd. who spoke largely on the Rural India and the potential of management principles application in the sector.
The event received a very good response and concluded with felicitation of the speakers and vote of thanks. The event is a student driven initiative of IIMU which aims to bring the business community of Udaipur, global leaders, faculty and students of IIMU on a common platform where they can exchange knowledge and insights and work towards establishing possible future sustainable partnerships.
Vedanta Group served as the Title Sponsor of the event while Wonder Cement helped as the Associate Sponsor of the event. Along with them, many other organizations came forward to extend their help in organizing this event. The other sponsors of the event were:
Media Partner: Rajasthan Patrika
Co-Sponsor: Eve’s Corporate Channels India Private Limited
Organizational Partner: UCCI
Printing Partner: Lucky Offset Printers
Magazine Partner: City Angle Lifestyle Magazine
Supporting Sponsors: Aravali Minerals & Chemical Industries Private Limited and Shree Rajasthan Syntex Limited
Mall Partner: Lake City Mall