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New Delhi/Mumbai, May 27, 2019: The Bad Guys are always ahead in breaching the security walls, but who is the ‘True Alpha’ in this war? The Economic Times CIO Roundtable - powered by HP, witnessed about 150+ CIOs followed by premiere of ‘The Wolf 3’ (The Wolf-True Alpha), starring award-winning actor Christian Slater (The Wolf), Jonathan Banks (The Fixer), Betty Adewole, at PVR Director’s Cut at New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. We often overlook certain organizational blind spots and miss out crucial end-point security areas. In Season 3 of The Wolf series, The Wolf sets out to teach us all another lesson about the dangers of unsecured endpoints. The flick created in-house by HP Studios team, and directed by Lance Acord, shows the vulnerabilities of printers and how they can fall prey to any adverse attack. This time instead of making an example out of another unsuspecting company (the first two films in the series involved a Wall Street Investment Bank and a Health Care Firm), this time The Wolf sets his sights on a villainous oligarch, Stefan Torvik. The idea being that if someone as powerful as Torvik can be taken down, anyone can fall prey. When the story opens, we learn that cyber-security consultant Cecelia Grey has teamed up with her old pal The Fixer to try to bring down Torvik. Their plan involves infiltrating Torvik’s network using an unsecured large format printer at The Port of Europe. They also plan to embarrass him on stage as he gives his keynote address at The World Economic Forum in Switzerland. In the ensuing chaos, Torvik and his henchmen tries to bring down Cecelia by hacking the IT network at London Airport, the largest and most high-profile client of Cecelia’s cyber-security consultancy. However, Cecelia realizes that the HP printers she installed last month have a feature built into them that may include information to help them stop the attack. As a result, she can ward off the attack. At the end, Cecelia also realizes that The Wolf is also trying to bring down Torvik, and The Wolf is a force for good. So, she draws on her past as a black hat hacker, infiltrates the Romanian prison and sets The Wolf free so he can continue to expose all the holes in the system and ultimately help make the cyber-world a safer place. The movie elevates awareness of the security risks facing businesses and consumers. The Wolf highlights how corporate networks can be hacked and what companies must do to protect themselves. The CIOs praised the movie for its tantalizing script and the message it conveys. “In today’s hyper connected mobile world, end point security is the weakest link today in enterprise data security. Data is the new currency for success in today’s competitive world. Every employee in the enterprise needs to understand that they play an important role in preserving and maintaining the security of their data. We need to invest time and effort in evangelising the importance of security to end users so that overall enterprise security can be strengthened,” said Sumit Puri, Chief Information Officer, Max Healthcare. “It was an engrossing and entertaining presentation of a complex technical topic - Information Technology Security. The Wolf has all the elements of a good commercial movie, a story-line, climax and suspense, dramatic and gripping, while never losing the key message - Importance of Security in Printing, and the implications of printer security breach,” said Parwez Anwar, CISO, BCCL. The movie at PVR was also followed by an interactive session by cyber security expert and famous ethical hacker Ankit Fadia and a security workshop presentation by HP security advisor– Kalpesh Jani. Ankit explained that why security is a serious business today. He said software, websites or any kind of systems are man-made, they rely on human beings, but a lot of human beings make mistakes by keeping certain points unsecured in their systems. “The criminals are always focussed and finding loopholes in the software, in the systems so it’s a constant cat and mouse game.” Kalpesh threw light on why it is important to ponder upon end-point security. The endpoint is the weakest link and about 71% of breaches start from the end-point. About 43% of companies ignore printers in their end-point security practices. “No one notices that the printer is vulnerable, and it is the non-obvious target on your network. HP Inc’s approach to security takes the entire print and document infrastructure into account, beginning with locking down the device and extending into all aspects of device usage and content protection.” “HP Inc’s solutions gather logs from all your endpoint devices, including printers, correlate entries from across your business to find anomalies. They also provide real-time analysis and security alerts,” Kalpesh adds.
The first wave of fintech in India (and pretty much globally) was dominated by disruption of the payments space. With payments being more volume/transactional heavy, it was the right candidate for disruption. Regulatory help like UPI infrastructure and payment bank license, helped a great extent. Tech in Asia notes that as of Dec 2018, 3 of the top 5 funded Fintech companies in India are in the payments and remittance space, followed by 4 of the top 10 in Lending. With the disruption in payments, coupled with regulatory changes like GST and demonetization, the economy has been pushed towards formalization. However, the next wave in growth of payments and transactions will come from financial leverage and access to funds. This is what the lending businesses need to gear up for, and the Economic Times Cards & Payments Summit saw industry experts and veterans deliberate on the action points required to take this sector to the next level with discussions on the emergence of new sectors and technologies that will help to go cashless, security issues, products for millennials, sector-specific findings and more. In the words of Manish Motwani, Senior Vice President – Business Development, Kuliza Technologies, “As of today, the Indian economy is grossly underleveraged - The International Monetary Fund reveals Corporate Debt is at 46% of the GDP and household debt at ~11% of GDP3. These are much lower than world averages. China, for example, has corporate debt at 157% of GDP and household debt at 49% of GDP. While such levels are unsustainable for a growing economy, there is enough room for increasing the leverage in India. The problem with the Indian economy is, the debt is concentrated. Concentrated at the corporate level to the large conglomerates and similarly at the household level, to the upper and lower middle class. Many SME and MSME businesses and also unbanked individuals still don’t have access to formal credit. This is where the opportunity exists.” In recent years government & RBI has made many regulatory changes to make this possible. Regulations such as Co-Lending norms for lending to priority sector, P2P NBFC licenses, the formation of Public Credit Registry, Open Banking (Account Aggregation) standards, are all pushes in direction of ensuring access to formal credit for smaller businesses and individuals with no credit history and formalizing availability of financial data. Manish sounds out a word of caution, stating, “While RBI is granting more and more NBFC licenses to increase the reach of credit, we can’t ignore that an NBFC liquidity crisis is looming over the financial sector in India (read Thanos). To successfully overcome this, NBFCs need to increase their customer reach and at the same time reduce the cost of borrowings and operations. That’s where the disruption is needed.” This disruption, of course, has begun, there are more and more institutions experimenting with digital/technology led lending. The Boston Consulting Group projects that the digital lending opportunity in India is estimated to become around USD 1 Trillion over the next 5 years (2018-2023), which will be led by retail and MSME loans. With a sharp increase in mobile penetration leading to an increased digital footprint of the customers and with more supportive regulatory changes, the timing cannot be more perfect. Technology has increased the reach via digital channels, keeping operational costs lower. While traditional banking relied on mainstream data sources (like credit bureaus) and subjective decision making by credit officers, technology is helping make data-driven objective credit decisions, even in the absence of traditional creditworthiness data. Technology-led lending will keep a better check on its borrower’s behavior and reduce NPAs and provisions in the longer run. While a lot of smaller NBFCs/Banks may not survive or get consolidated in near term, it is the ones embracing technology (just like Tony Stark) that are going to lead the lending disruption over the next 3-4 years. After success in the payment space, tech companies like Ola, Paytm, Amazon have already made a foray into the credit space via co-branded credit-cards in the last 2 months, signaling that we are now well and truly in the Lend-Game.
A young, upwardly mobile India seeks growth and change, and we believe that India can build shared prosperity for its 1.25 billion citizens by transforming the way the economy creates value. Corporate India has a pivotal role to play in this story, not only by creating value by addressing key societal needs, but in supporting a vibrant entrepreneurial sector. India’s growth story is one making waves the world over, and in an effort to immortalize these stories, The Economic Times and Statista are currently planning the first edition of India’s Growth Champions, to be published in November 2019. This ambitious initiative aims to identify the fastest growing companies among all Indian industries. In recent months, the research team at Statista has combed through available data from a variety of sources. A place in this ranking – which is free of charge – represents a high-profile acknowledgement of a company’s performance that extends far beyond its specific industry. India’s Growth Champions is a reflection of a company’s mercurial growth and rising stature, which will act as a multiplier effect to further speed up growth. The application process is simple. All one needs to do is fill out an online form and verify the company’s revenue data through a PDF document via an online link - https://survey.statista-research.com/39685 Participating companies are asked to share revenue figures for the years 2015 and 2018 as well as some additional information, including the company’s headcount at the end of 2015 and 2018. Registrations for India’s Growth Champions closes by July 31st, 2019. India represents a sixth of humanity, with all the unbridled intellect, drive and enterprise of a young, hungry nation poised to grow rapidly. India’s Growth Champions is an unprecedented opportunity to galvanize these changemakers, and to ensure that the benefits from their growth stories flow to the entire Indian diaspora. For further information, please visit https://www.statista.com/page/growth-india For all queries, please e-mail: email@example.com
Organizations the world over are challenged by ever-changing economic conditions, technological developments, or consumer preferences, which compel organizations to adopt smart automation solutions. Technological revolutions in the form of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) offer huge potential to use technology for improving customer experience, intelligent automation, reassigning resources, predictive maintenance and improve process efficiencies. According to various surveys conducted by CMR, most enterprise decision makers in major industries firmly believe that there's a strong need for both Artificial Intelligence and IoT in their segment. They believe that these technologies can offer immense business value, whether to dramatically enhance operational efficiency or to bring highly profitable growth. However, there's no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to either solution. It must be customized as per every business's unique needs. The Economic Times Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things Summit 2019 scheduled on 15th March, 2019 at Hotel Westin, Mumbai offers a platform for enterprise technology decision makers, consultants, business decision makers, process owners, CxOs, solution providers, and academia to discuss the advantages of AI and IoT to entrepreneurs and businesses. Panel discussions will address real-world implementations by courageous CIOs who've already taken the plunge and will include presentations, workshops and insights around cutting-edge research in AI and IoT by experts and solution providers on how to put AI and IoT to work for your enterprise and its business benefits. Esteemed panelists at the Summit include Anil Chopra, Vice President- Research and Consulting at CMR; Sunit Vakharia, Chief Information Officer (CIO), Bank of Baroda Financial Solutions Limited; Ashok Asawale, Chief Information Security Officer & VP, Mahindra and Mahindra; Rahul Agarwal, Chief Technology Officer, PolicyBazaar.com; Abhimanyu, Co-founder, Agara Labs; Uday Deshpande, CISO, Larsen & Toubro Limited; Subhoroto Ghosh, Head - Data, Analytics & Responsive Technologies (DART), Allstate India; Sushant Rabra, Partner, KPMG; Alok Srivastava, Managing Director - IoT, Southeast Asia & India, Cisco; Utpal Chakraborty, Head of Artificial Intelligence, YES Bank; Vaibhav Agarwal, CEO, Inc42 Media; Dr. Manish Gupta, Director ML & Data Science, American Express; Snigdha Singh, Executive Director-Technology, Morgan Stanley; Maheshwaran Calavai, group head -analytics, TVS Motors; Vijaykumar Radhakrishnan, CISO, Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Ltd; Anand Pande, CISO, GSTN; and Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi to name a few. Topics of discussions will include such insightful topics as 'The Third wave of AI & IOT- Beyond the Hype', 'Gearing up your organization for AI and IoT', 'AI to Improve Internal Business Processes', 'Getting an AI-Ready Workforce' and much more'. Speaking ahead of the event, Deepak Lamba, President, Times Strategic Solutions, said, "We live in a time of exponential change, and successful AI and IoT implementation will ensure enterprises go beyond mere automation and cost-cutting strategies and unveil previously unseen business and revenue opportunities. Organizations will have to work towards putting humans in the loop - rethinking work architecture, retraining people, and rearranging the organization to leverage technology to transform into a smart business, and the Economic Times AI and IoT Summit brings issues such as these to the fore." Now is the time for organizations to start understanding how to attain measurable value through AI and IoT powered capabilities, and this summit represents a step in helping enterprises segue into this new reality. About Times Strategic Solutions Limited Times Strategic Solutions Ltd., functional under the brand name ET Edge, is an Economic Times initiative founded to empower multiple industries and segments by sharing critical business knowledge through strategic conferences and summits. Encompassing the Indian business vista, ET Edge strives to bring together visionaries and key leaders on its knowledge platforms to create social and business ecology conducive to the positive changes required by the industry. The main aim of this initiative is to channel global business intelligence through summits and conferences in overarching lectures, hands-on workshops, panels, roundtables and case studies.
Slated to be the 3rd largest economy by 2030, India possesses an abundance of opportunities to sustain, nurture and propagate two way flows of business and economic relations with the world. As a global investment destination of choice, India has emerged as an economic power of reckoning. However, in this macroeconomic scenario the country continues to face considerable challenges and barriers. Launched in January 2015, The Economic Times Global Business is the flagship initiative of the 175 year old Times Group. This landmark event endeavors to provide solutions to key macroeconomic challenges being faced across the globe and puts forth a blueprint for sustainable, inclusive economic growth. In a short span of 4 years, The Economic Times Global Business Summit has ascended to the position of the de facto arena for top CEOs, government officials, state heads, world influencers and the global elite to converge and deliberate on thought provoking issues relevant to scripting economic change. The intellectual heft, exchange of cutting-edge ideas and diversity that speakers bring to the Global Business Summit helps business leaders make sense of a complicated world to find actionable solutions to problems. The UK edition of this Summit, 'The Economic Times India-UK Strategic Conclave', focuses the theme 'New Economy, New Rules' and is scheduled to be held on September 11th in London, thus taking this highly sought-after platform onto the global arena and championing the cause of global economic integration. India and the United Kingdom have been close allies for a long time. The bilateral relationship between the two countries were upgraded to a strategic partnership in 2004, and were further strengthened by former PM David Cameron's visit to India in 2010 and 2013, and PM Modi's visit in 2018. Trade relations between the two countries have continued to flourish, with the recent visit of the PM Theresa May in November 2017 resulting in bilateral trade between India and the UK standing at $14 billion in FY16. Furthermore, UK's share in India's global trade has gone up from 1.89% in FY15 to 2.18% in FY16. The event will witness government and industry leaders take to the stage to speak and share their perspectives on issues of international significance. Some of our noteworthy speakers include Abhiraj Bhal, Co-Founder, UrbanClap Baroness Sandip Verma, Member, House of Lords, Ex - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, UK Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-Founder, Ola Cabs Gopichand P. Hinduja, Co-Chairman of Hinduja Group His Excellency Mr. Y.K. Sinha, High Commissioner of India to United Kingdom Lord Jitesh Gadhia, Parliamentarian, House of Lords Lord Bilimoria CBE DL - Founder, Cobra Beer and Chairman, Cobra Beer Partnership Madhur Deora, Chief Financial Officer, Paytm Manasi Kirloskar, ED, Kirloskar Systems Meghnad Desai, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and Member, House of Lords Rana Kapoor, MD & CEO, Yes Bank Swapan Dasgupta, Member of Parliament and Presidential Nominee to the Rajya Sabha Vijay Goel, Founder, Indo-European Business Forum (IEBF) Neeraj Kanwar, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Apollo Tyres Siddharth Lal, CEO, Eicher Motors Vindi Banga - Partner, Clayton Dubilier & Rice; Senior Independent Director on the Boards of GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Marks & Spencer Plc; Chairman, Marie Curie; Chairman, Kalle GmbH Speaking ahead of the event, Deepak Lamba, President, Times Strategic Solutions said, "In our increasingly connected world, the futures of economies are becoming more inter-dependent than ever before. Thus the ripple effect of events such as Brexit and fears of protectionism in developed economies can be felt in the furthest corner of the globe. We thus stand at a crossroad, with Brexit potentially creating unique opportunities for a 'win-win' situation, and it is thus imperative that India and the UK collectively work towards creating a brighter, more prosperous future for all as leaders of the world economy." The Economic Times India-UK Strategic Conclave will also witness the unveiling of the exclusive 'The Economic Times Game Changers of India' coffee table book. This book is as much about people as it is about the seminal ideas of our age. A few movers and shakers have not only shaped our present, but also determined the future course of action for us all. The ripple effects of the change initiated by these leaders have been felt within and beyond their respective fields. The Economic Times Game Changers of India coffee table book will chronicle the success stories of these leaders and will be launched at the India - UK Strategic Conclave. With some of the world's foremost business, government and though leaders calling it home, The Economic Times India-UK Strategic Conclave is poised to script a new chapter of economic change that will chart fresh growth paradigms for us all.
Lending an impetus to financial inclusion A recent report by BCG indicates that over the next five years, digital lending is an unmissable 1 trillion-dollar opportunity. This has been spurred on by lending undergoing a massive transformation, especially in developing economies that are likely to become data rich before being economically rich. India has been leading the charge in this transformation with its government initiatives like Aadhaar, Bharat Bill Payment System, India Stack, GSTN, and consent architecture to create a data-rich footprint for citizens and reducing the operational cost for provisioning financial products. Furthermore, it has been projected that the APAC region's middle class will span more than 3.5 people. Concurrently, this will create a demand growth 1000 times larger than that of the industrial era, which will result in strong and sustained economic growth in these regions. Reimagining legacy systems In the history of lending, the lower middle-class population was always considered less creditworthy by lenders due to lack of data or credibility for majority of potential customers. This was primarily due to knowledge asymmetry and the presence of legacy systems in the market. Banks and NBFCs will need to move towards high volume, low value transactions to cater to massive new demand and stay relevant in the market. They will need to enable data-driven decisions, which cannot be orchestrated on physical mediums due to massive cost & time incurred. The current legacy systems used by lending institutions also fail to achieve processing efficiencies due to lack of transparency and absence of data in a structured format. Lending institutions using legacy systems will need to completely redesign every aspect of their business and technology stack to power this change. Unfortunately, with the rise of emerging fintechs, banks and NBFCs have limited time to accelerate their businesses. Lending institutions that can't support digital and algorithm-driven lending in this changing landscape are mostly going to become obsolete. How can banks and NBFCs change the game? Banks and NBFCs need a new-age lending system that is agile, scalable and secure. A new age lending system can provide them with the flexibility to customize and personalize loan products tailored to the specific needs of a wide range of customers, leveraging their (customers') digital footprints to enhance credit decisioning. Kuliza's flagship lending product, Lend.In, combines Digital Origination Suite comprising of Omnichannel Workflow Manager, Digital Experience Manager, Credit Engine and Integration broker with its Operational Intelligence Suite comprising of Cognitive Data Hub, Early Warning Systems, Lending Analytics etc. to provide end-to-end lending solutions to automate any given business process while having a significant impact on both top-line and bottom line of enterprises. Lend.in enables banks and NBFCs to achieve the following: • Build the entire loan journey in a matter of days. • Define the workflow parameters with ZERO knowledge of coding, saving loads of effort. • Omnichannel origination and interaction integrated across mediums. • 70+ pre-integrations to enable straight-through processing of loans and also accelerating speed to market. • Data-driven AI-powered Early Warning Systems & Credit Decisioning. Lend.In will act as a catalyst for lending institutions enable digital and data driven lending, and in the process prepare them to be the market leaders in the future. To learn more about Kuliza's flagship product Lend.In, visit www.getlend.in and for more information about Kuliza, visit www.kuliza.com
As India travels on a trajectory poised to become the third largest global economy by 2050, its infrastructure needs to be upgraded to meet modern-day demands. The quantum of this investment is staggering, India needs a financial injection of $1.5 trillion over the next decade to bridge the infrastructure gap and connect lakhs of villages and cities in a country-wide network. According to the Economic Survey 2017-18, India is poised to meet approximate $3.4 trillion of the estimated $4.9 trillion investment it needs by 2040 but building the India of tomorrow requires the collective effort of all stakeholders. With this in mind, the 6th edition of The ET Infra Focus Summit brings together luminaries and policymakers of the Infrastructure sector to discuss and formulate holistic solutions for key infrastructural challenges that lie ahead of us. The 6th edition of this landmark event focus on the transition towards futuristic and resilient Infrastructure and is scheduled to be held on September 27th, 2018 at New Delhi. Presiding over the proceedings are Chief Guests, Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya, Honorble Minister for State for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Chemical & Fertilizers, Government of India and Shri Jayant Sinha, Honorable Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India. They will hold fort on the means to bridge the infrastructure investment gap, delayed clearances, not so resilient PPP models, aviation, sustainable projects and international private financing. The event boasts a power-packed speaker line up, including Yudhvir Singh Malik, Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, Airports Authority of India Naveen Jindal, Chairman, Jindal Steel and Power Shailesh Pathak, Chief Executive Officer, L&T Infrastructure Development Projects Pravir Pandey, Chairman, Inland Waterways Authority of India M.K. Gupta, Chairman, Indian Railways Station Development Corporation & Member Engineering Railway Board Rajiv Mundhra, Chairman, Simplex Infrastructures Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, Japan International Cooperation Agency P. R. Swarup, Secretary & Director General, Construction Industry Development Council Sujoy Bose, Chief Executive officer, National Investment and Infrastructure Fund Anoop Kumar Agrawal, Managing Director, Indian Port Rail Corporation Karan Adani, Chief Executive Officer, Adani Ports Rohit Modi, Chief Executive Officer, Essel Infra & Smart Utilities, Essel Infra B.S. Saluja, Secretary General, The International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution Bipin Pradeep Kumar, Co-Founder & Director, Product Development, Gaia Smart Cities Geetu Singh, Partner, Forensic & Dispute Practice, PwC AK Sachan, Chief Administrative officer, Udhampur Srinagar Baramulla Rail Line (Chenab Railway Bridge) Alkesh Kumar Sharma, CEO & Managing Director, Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Saibal De, Chief Executive Officer, IL&FS Maritime Infrastructure Company Limited P. S. Nair, Chief Executive Officer-Corporate, Airports Sector, GMR Group Supratim Sarkar, Executive VP and Group Head, Infrastructure, SBI Capital Markets M.K. Sinha, Managing Partner and Co-Head - India, Global Infrastructure Partners India LLP T.N. Arun Kumar, Executive Director, CARE Ratings Satish Mandhana, Managing Director and Head of Investments, Ever-source Capital Ramesh Nair, Chief Executive Officer & Country Head, India, JLL Manish Aggarwal, Partner and Head, Corporate Finance - Infrastructure and Government Services, Head - Energy and Natural Resources, KPMG India Panel discussions will encompass relevant issues such as re-branding and redefining India through new age infrastructure projects, and scrutinizing the complex nature of arbitration's in the sector. It will also witness deliberations on digital infrastructure, infrastructure funding, energy infrastructure besides other topics critical to the sector. Speaking ahead of the occasion, Deepak Lamba, President, Times Strategic Solutions, noted that the rapid pace of infrastructural development is an unstoppable global phenomenon. Given that India is the fastest growing major economy and the harbinger of global economic growth, it is vital that key stakeholders across the nation work together to create sustainable solutions that allow us to deliver intelligent, efficient infrastructure that enable and empower all to build the India of tomorrow. Good infrastructure is the foundation for future growth, and the Economic Times Infra Focus Summit aims to take on a leadership position in driving this. With five successful years under its belt, the 6th edition of The Economic Times Infra Focus Summit ups the ante in the Infrastructure space, highlighting the need to create intelligent, sustainable solutions and increase the quality and efficiency of our infrastructure. About ET Edge Times Strategic Solutions Ltd., functional under the brand name ET Edge, is an Economic Times initiative founded to empower multiple industries and segments by sharing critical business knowledge through strategic conferences and summits. Encompassing the Indian business vista, ET Edge strives to bring together visionaries and key leaders on its knowledge platforms to create social and business ecology conducive to the positive changes required by the industry. The main aim of this initiative is to channel global business intelligence through summits and conferences in overarching lectures, hands-on workshops, panels, round-tables and case studies. For more details contact Shrivalli Kunder on 022 62337596 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Mumbai, June 29th 2018: The 2nd edition of The Economic Times Iconic Brands 2018, an endeavor to recognize successful brands of Indian origin, was held at a glittering soiree in Mumbai. The event brought together the most iconic brands that have gained traction not just in India but also globally for their track record of excellence, in the process carving out a distinct identity that resonated with audiences. In recognition of their achievements, Chief Guest Babul Supriyo, Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Government of India, felicitated the eminent nominees. The evening also saw reputed personalities like Kajol, Jackie Shroff, Subhash Ghai and Karnam Malleshwari being awarded for attaining iconicity in their respective professions. The brands felicitated included Lakme, Reliance Industries (Textile Division), JK Tyre & Industries, HIL, Kent RO, Indian Oil Corporation, Sify technologies, Mahindra Powerol, Muthoot Pappachan Group, GIC Re, MEP Infrastructure Developers, Dr. Batra's Healthcare and DHFL to name a few. Lending gravitas to the event was a stellar speaker lineup, which included industry titans such as Paul Josy, Chairman, BBDO; Prahlad Kakkar, Genesis; Sadashiv Nayak, CEO, Big Bazaar; Bianca Ghose, Chief Storyteller, Wipro; Mansoor Ali, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Hamdard; Kapil Pillai, Head Marketing, Godrej Consumer Products; Elizabeth Venkataraman, Executive Vice President, Consumer Business, Kotak Mahindra Bank; Naveen Gaur, Chief Operating Officer, Lowe Lintas; and Elsie Nanji, Former Managing Partner, Red Lion. Karnam Maleshwari, India's first Olympian and receiver of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Padma Shri Award said, "Our country is progressing, and I am working with the government to set up training centers for women wrestlers to make sure that there are more Maleshwari's that are recognized all over the world." Legendary Director, Subhash Ghai share that he , "Felt humbled at The Economic Times Iconic Brands event", adding "but I don't feel iconic as I still think I still am a student of cinema and life itself. There's still lots to learn and to inspire the next generation to be a NeW Man of the 21st century." The Chief Guest of the evening, Shri Babul Supriyo expressed his gratitude and said, "The ET Iconic Brands is a groundbreaking event through which we can place Indian brand achievements in the cynosure of the global view." Talking about his involvement in India's development, he added, "It is a great experience for me to be a part of the Central Government under the leadership of our respected Prime Minister trying to push the make in India initiative & Im glad that we are doing pretty well in terms of foreign direct investments of $5000 cr. that has been touched in April 18'. We are encouraging people to make things in India. If it can be done in China and other parts of the world, then why not in India. By doing so, we can provide employment to a population of 130 billion." Kajol said, "We are a vast country and I'm elated to be chosen as an Iconic queen. To stay true to myself is a pressure which is self-inflicted in me and the opinions of what others have to say has never made a change in my choices and the kind of work I want my audience to see me doing." Also sharing a word of appreciation, Jackie Shroff, Style icon of Bollywood said, "Getting an award from a high profile newspaper is a great honor. Respect people and take good care of yourself and that will always keep you one of the style icons. Keep your immunity strong and don't get pulled down by gravity." The occasion was also marked by the launch of the 2nd Edition of The Economic Times Iconic Brands 2018 coffee table book, which features successful brand stories and outlines the DNA of these legendary brands, taking a deep dive into what has made these brands stand out and what they are doing as an ongoing process to live up to their iconic status. To know more, visit: www.et-iconicbrands.com About ET Edge Times Strategic Solutions Ltd., functional under the brand name ET Edge, is an Economic Times initiative founded to empower multiple industries and segments by sharing critical business knowledge through strategic conferences and summits. Encompassing the Indian business vista, ET Edge strives to bring together visionaries and key leaders on its knowledge platforms to create social and business ecology conducive to the positive changes required by the industry. The main aim of this initiative is to channel global business intelligence through summits and conferences in overarching lectures, hands-on workshops, panels, round-tables and case studies.
New Delhi, June 2018: The Economic Times Doctors Day Conclave, 2018 brought some of the finest healthcare professionals under one roof and delved into issues affecting healthcare in India, the challenges faced by doctors, recent key initiatives taken by the government and what the future holds in terms of technological innovations. Chief Guest Smt. Anupriya Patel, Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, actor Tisca Chopra and Sunita Quadros, Business Head and Senior Vice President , Times Strategic Solutions felicitated distinguished doctors from across India representing the categories of: Gynecology, Diabetology, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Neurology and Orthopedics. Six coffee table books were unveiled for each of these specializations. Special addressee, Sonu Nigam spoke about his personal experiences and appreciated the efforts of doctors Anupriya Patel, Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said, "Providing primary healthcare to all and integrating the ecosystem in extending premium health care to those who can't afford it should be at the heart our future initiatives. We have initiated 'Ayushman Bharat Yojana' and 'Amrut Yojana' to bring down cases of non-communicable diseases, making sure that affordable care reaches even the most impoverished quarters of the country". Chief Guest Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, speaking on Healthcare in India said "Our country is very diverse and has a huge population of 100 crore plus people and this in itself is a challenge. Added to that the scale of non-communicable diseases in India ranging from diabetes to cancer makes it tougher, but the government is taking consolidated measures to ensure that these are gradually ironed out. In the last few years we have been able to check mothers' mortality rates and upgrade our healthcare system to cater to a huge proportion of our country. I believe that we will in the times to come add to the existing 1.5 lakh illness centers and transform them into wellness centers." Further adding, " The PM has envisioned to bring the population residing at the poverty line and below into a one-of-a-kind program which plans to ensure that 10.5 crore families are covered under the Ayushman Bharat, Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Suraksha Yojana, by providing each family an insurance of Rs. 5 lakhs. Padmashri Dr. K.K. Aggarwal, Vishwa Hindi Samman, National Science Communication Awardee and Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Immediate Past IMA President commented that, "India is the future and it is going to be a leader in healthcare. We need to focus on universal healthcare, in an environment of mass inclusion, where 100% of the population is medically insured, and the government is taking consolidated measures in ensuring that. We need to talk about pre-modal and primary prevention and stress on healthcare management vis-a-vis universal lifestyle management". Dr.Jaideep Malhotra, President FOGSI, said, "India needs an integrated approach to reach out to the many millions and train the various service segments attending to them. We need to take care of even the minute concerns of a patient especially in case of non-communicable diseases. The ecosystem has to combine its efforts and map the health facilities and sensitize them jointly at various levels at both rural and urban India." Dr. Mamta Jain, MD, Medwiz Healthcare Communications opined that, "We are at the cusp of great technological innovations which are going to spearhead the healthcare needs of the future. Be it diagnostics or organ replacements, technology will play a big role going ahead. Technological innovations are going to minimize the cost of medical services, making it more inclusive, accessible and impactful. Amit Bakshi, Chairman and Managing Director at Eris Life-sciences shared that, "We are glad to be associated with this great industry ice breaker, where we could bring under one roof all the concerned stakeholders of the industry together. The platform will immensely help consolidating the views and outlook of the industry as well as have the knowledge and expertise, prerequisite to influence and update national policies in favor of the many millions in our country". The evening wrapped up with a lively panel discussion on growing mistrust among patients, doctor-patient relationship and the way forward to deal with the future challenges in the medical field. About ET Edge Times Strategic Solutions Ltd., functional under the brand name ET Edge, is an Economic Times initiative founded to empower multiple industries and segments by sharing critical business knowledge through strategic conferences and summits. Encompassing the Indian business vista, ET Edge strives to bring together visionaries and key leaders on its knowledge platforms to create social and business ecology conducive to the positive changes required by the industry. The main aim of this initiative is to channel global business intelligence through summits and conferences in overarching lectures, hands-on workshops, panels, round-tables and case studies.
The Economic Times presents 4th edition of The Sales Strategy Summit 2018, co-powered by Mind Tickle, on 'Unlocking Minds' June 2018, Mumbai : India is poised to emerge as one of the largest economies of the world, the way customers buy and businesses sell is fast changing. As market conditions evolve and change rapidly, so too do consumer buying attitudes and behaviors. Today's buyers are more demanding, insisting on both off-the-shelf products and complex, customized solutions with different levels of sales support. Sales leaders and business owners in their struggle to adapt to fast-changing selling trends are facing a testing time trying to meet business objectives and remain profitable. CEOs and sales leaders face the urgency of meeting targets, a task made all the more complicated by globalization and customers' changing needs. The 4th edition of The ET Sales Strategy Summit will witness the gathering of some of the most successful sales leaders bringing innovation and collaboration across all industries to achieve increased revenue growth. Get access to 20+ Sales Analysis Sessions including panel discussions with MDs, CEOs and Sales Leaders unraveling sales strategies to deliver impact and value across a variety of business scenarios. Learn from industry leaders on diverse topics, such as optimizing sales channels with cost-effective methods, strategizing sales forecasting to cut costs, increase closing ratios and gain greater revenues. Anuj Mathur, CEO, Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance Company, opines that Artificial Intelligence is a good enabler for process efficiencies. He says that, "For AI to have significant impact on sales it requires a lot of credible data on which it can effectively work. With rise in mobile penetration and data usage, there is significant improvement in the quality of data availability. As this improves further we shall see AI as a great enabler for business, particularly in the context of digital shift. It will help customers get recommendations based on their implied needs basis the data availability, which AI can do seamlessly. This would ensure presenting more targeted propositions to customers and also provide superior experience based on their preferred channel. Hence, AI is a catalyst which would grow business in the medium to long term, making both seller and customers more informed." Speaking ahead of the Summit, Deepak Lamba, President, Worldwide Media and CEO, Times Strategic Solutions, states that "Disruption is the new normal today, and this flux is not just true for products and services, but also the sales strategies and paradigms we knew as effective. As the market evolves rapidly, to fail to prepare the right sales strategy is to prepare to fail. The Economic Times Sales Strategy Summit arms attendees with the tools needed to pursue a trajectory of explosive growth, helping them stay ahead of the curve at all times." Key discussions includes Think like a Sales Leader & understand Design, Build, & Manage your Sales Plan Mapping your strategy High profile panelists at the Summit : Aditya Paranjpe, Head IOT, KloudQ Technologies Albert Almeida, COO, Non-Movies, BookMyShow Aslam Karmali, CEO, Sr. Vice President, Retail (India & International), Eureka Forbes Bharat Wakhlu, Resident Director, Tata Group Dinesh Aggarwal, Joint Managing Director, Anchor Electricals John Mattone, Former executive coach to the late Steve Jobs Krishna Depura, CEO, Co-founder, MindTickle Lalit Bhise, CEO, Co- Founder, Bizom Mani Rangarajan, Chief Business Officer, Housing.com Neeraj Bansal, CEO, DHL SmarTrucking Prahlad Kakkar, Brand Guru Prashant Bindal, CSO, LODHA Group Praveen Dalal, Head Sales (India) & Business Head(SAARC), Godrej Consumer Products Ranjeet Kumar, Applicate IT Sellina BOT Safdar Hussain, Head of AI, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank Sashi Kumar, Head of Sales, India, Indeed.com Shaji Koshy, Senior Vice President, Royal Enfield Subrat Parda, CEO, CO-Founder, RaceTrack AI Sunil Jose, CEO, Country Head India, Salesforce Suresh Pillai, CEO, BrandIdea Analytics Vijay Udasi, Partner, Nielsen Vikas Agnihotri, Director Auto, BFSI, CPG, Telecom, Travel, Google Vikas Mittal, CEO, Magma HDI General Insurance Co. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior VP, Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Yamini Bhat, CEO, Co-Founder, VYMO Yaquta Mandviwala, Partner, Bain & Company The ET Sales Strategy Summit 2018 is an ideal platform to meet like-minded C-suite leaders and decision makers who understand that disruption and innovation are the only way to not survive, but thrive in today's disruptive era. About ET Edge Times Strategic Solutions Ltd., functional under the brand name ET Edge, is an Economic Times initiative founded to empower multiple industries and segments by sharing critical business knowledge through strategic conferences and summits. Encompassing the Indian business vista, ET Edge strives to bring together visionaries and key leaders on its knowledge platforms to create social and business ecology conducive to the positive changes required by the industry. The main aim of this initiative is to channel global business intelligence through summits and conferences in overarching lectures, hands-on workshops, panels, round-tables and case studies.