3rd StratComm2018

Meet our Esteemed Speaker Panel

Aanandita Bhatnagar

Director – Corporate Communications

NetApp India

As the leader of communications for NetApp in India Aanandita is responsible for public relations, internal and social communications in India. As part of her role, she leads communication for the NetApp Start-up accelerator program, the NetApp Excellerator. She also holds a global role with communications for the Data Fabric and Manageability Group in NetApp. She has spent 16 years in the industry creating compelling communications programs for large teams, predominantly at development centers of multinational organizations. Change communications and social media are her forte but her passion lies in building employee advocacy. Under her communications leadership, NetApp has moved to #7 at the Great Places to Work index in India. Before joining NetApp, Aanandita was Director Corporate Communications at Texas Instruments India in a similar role. She was leading R&D communications for Cisco in India for nearly 6 years before joining Texas Instruments. She has held communications roles in companies like ANZ Banking and IT, Bharti Airtel, AXA Insurance globally and others.

Aanandita is also an entrepreneur and co-founded a rural BPO, DigiPact that hires women in rural areas, and she continues to play the role of a mentor with it. Aanandita has been actively involved with diversity, social responsibility and Start-up communications at the organizations that she has worked for. She also an avid runner and participates in full marathons with her running group, Runners’ High.

Arijit de

Chief Communications Officer

Reliance Capital and Group Companies

Ayoshmita Biswas

Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications

Piramal Capital & Housing Finance

Ayoshmita Biswas is the Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Piramal Capital & Housing Finance. In her current role, Ayoshmita is working towards implementing a robust Marketing strategy to build brand presence and recall for the company. She has also implemented various digital initiatives and on ground activations to increase lead generation efficacy, thereby reducing dependency on channels.

Prior to joining Piramal Capital & Housing Finance, Ayoshmita held a number of senior positions; the most recent being VP & Head of Marketing, Corporate Communications and CSR at Fullerton India, a leading NBFC in India.

Ayoshmita comes with a rich experience of over 17 years, with an exposure to a range of business specialties including strategic planning, marketing communications, brand management, media planning and public relations amongst a gamut of other responsibilities. Her cross-functional experience in handling and implementing marketing strategies for brand promotions, while being able to evaluate market gaps and opportunities is what sets her apart from other marketing professionals. She is extremely talented and has been endowed with multiple accolades to her credit; the most recent being the ‘Young Achiever of the Year’ by CMO Asia in 2016. She has also been listed in the Most Influential Marketers’ list by CMO Asia in 2016.

Ayoshmita is a Post Graduate in Marketing from Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK as well in Brand Management from MICA and a BA in Business Management and Marketing from University of Derby.

Balaji Krishnaswami

Head Communications

Sterlite Power Transmission Limited

Awarded as the Corporate Communicator of the year for 2014 by CMO Asia & ranked amongst the top 50 global communicators by world Brand Congress, Balaji Krishnaswami looks after the communications and public affairs at Hindustan Power. He is a veteran in communications with over 18 years of industry experience traversing through public relation agencies to corporates across industries. He actively engages with trade bodies like World Economic Forum, CII, FICCI IPPAI etc on the topics of leadership development and employee relation. His core interest in people has meant that he believes in employee engagement and is a great proponent of the same. Avid outdoor person and sports lover, he has spear headed employee engagement through games and sports both in Dow Chemical and Hindustan Power. In his spare time he organizes treks for groups in various parts of India, speaks at various forums and delivers guest lectures on communications at various management colleges.

Bhaskar Bose

Country Director

Meltwater, India

With a background in Electronic Eng and Technopreneurship from the National University of Singapore, Bhaskar has previously worked in Apple Inc before starting his journey in Meltwater in Singapore. He then moved back to his home town in Delhi to launch Meltwater in India. Bhaskar has served as Managing Director for both the Client Acquisition and Client Success offices. Today, along with his co-Directors, he runs the Meltwater operations in India, which has developed into one of the largest media intelligence firms in the world. Outside of work, he is national-level debater and an avid Marvel/DC fan.

Brinda Chugani

Head US Communications Strategy & Reputation Building

Mahindra & Mahindra

Brinda Chugani is anchor of the communications and reputation-building process for Mumbai-based Mahindra & Mahindra’s US businesses. She is responsible for harnessing and managing Mahindra’s corporate identity in the US with an emphasis on building an emerging markets brand abroad on a shoestring budget.

As she navigates the impact of each Mahindra business in the US, Brinda’s responsibility is to join the dots between the businesses and a parent that brings with it a 70-year legacy and a strong business philosophy.

Prior to joining Mahindra in 2014, Brinda has had two decades of experience traversing the global marketing arena across US, Europe and India. A veteran of high-stakes communications campaigns, Brinda has overseen strategic communications, media relations, executive communications, and positioning/brand in diverse positions. She brings a wide range of unique insights thanks to diverse career experiences.

Prior to moving to India a few years ago, Brinda worked for fifteen years in the US, in public and private institutions, with diverse experience on buy and sell sides of business. During her decade-long stint at Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group in New York, Brinda led a program on Globalization at the World Economic Forum’s annual conference at Davos. Here, Brinda launched a series of reports on corporate globalization strategies that underscored the challenges of conducting business in the global economy.

Brinda worked for the NYC Economic Development Corporation as key contributor to both Dinkins and Giuliani administrations’ marketing efforts to attract / retain companies

Brinda received a Master’s degree from New York University.

Janet Arole

Head – Corporate Communications

Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd

Ms Janet Arole’s journey in the world of Corporate Communications began with a humble beginning. Her guiding Mantra `LEARN, EXPLORE, INNOVATE & DELIGHT YOUR STAKEHOLDERS has enabled her to build a successful career with the Aditya Birla Group.

As Head of Communications for Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd, India’s largest pure play fashion and lifestyle company, Janet leads the internal and external communications portfolio for the Rs. 7181 cr business.

With a career spanning 20+ years with Aditya Birla Group, she has gained significant expertise in several verticals such as fashion, food and grocery among others.

Fashion communication being her forte, her portfolio boasts of managing the PR for India’s best and most loved apparel brands.

As a Communication Strategist, Janet dons the role of an internal communicator with equal elan as well as that of crafting PR strategies for Indian and international markets.

Her grit and determination to work under challenging situations has led her to manage crisis communications for the consumer facing brands.

Janet’s vision and foresightedness has led her to venture in the digital world to deliver exciting websites and tap the booming social media.

In the world of branding, Janet’s contribution for brand `ABFRL’ has been well depicted in the branded section of the company’s Annual Reports and the recently published Sustainability Report `ReEarth’ that has been well appreciated across the business and industry players.

Apart from her regular work, Janet takes time to mentor and groom young talent

Jitendra Vashistha

Head - Corporate Communications

JSW Steel

Jitendra Vashistha spearheads Corporate Communications function for JSW Steel and is based at their flagship plant of Vijayanagar. He’s responsible for JSW Steel’s reputation management. He possesses comprehensive multi-industry experience in the areas of Corporate Communications encompassing Public Relations, Internal & External communication, Marketing communications and CSR for over two decades with the multinational and blue-chip organisations in the industries covering FMCG, Financial Services, IT and Telecom. He’s a seasoned corporate communications' professional with hands-on exposure, experience and expertise in leading strategic communications for the leading multi-national brands in the likes of Vodafone, HSBC, Fidelity Investments, Amway Corporation and RPG Enterprises.

Jitendra has cut his teeth in the entire gamut of corporate communications in establishing & developing communication function, mentoring teams, relationship building and strategic engagement with external and internal stakeholders and delivering measurable strategic communication in a global change-environment.

He was the first communication executive from India to earn a seat at HSBC’s Executive Council – EXCO of Global Technology. He was instrumental in partnering & deploying one of the largest Change Communications' programmes of HSBC Group in India, impacting over 30K employees worldwide. At the moment, his primary thrusts are on safety communication and to find inclusive communication threads to establish Quality at the core of JSW business processes in a run to the Deming prize's final round preparation.

Manish Advani

Head Change Management and Marketing

Mahindra Special Services Group

Manish Advani, also known as ‘The Coconut Man of India’, is a 6 Times TEDx Speaker, an award-winning storyteller, songwriter, Change Leader and a brand builder known for his unconventional ways of positioning individual and corporate brands in the industry.

Manish heads Change Management, Marketing & Public Relations for Mahindra Special Services Group (MSSG), one of India’s leading corporate security risk consulting firm. He has over 2 decades of industry experience working on client engagements from small scale companies to large B2B & B2C organizations like Microsoft, Ciba Vision, Kraft Foods, Jaguar & Land Rover, Hindustan Unilever, Arvind, IFFCO UAE and others in varied roles including Change agent for driving change, Sales &. Marketing to expand customer’s base and also revenue, Public Relations by engaging clients and communities in meaningful way, also assisting clients in protecting their brands through Brand risk management.

Manish got his Management Degree with Summa Cum Laude from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has completed Brand building program from Stanford and One-year management program from Harvard. Manish’s work has won the International Green Apple Award for India at the House of Commons in The British Parliament, won the Skoch Blue Economy Silver Award, Public Relations Council of India’s Silver Award, The Leadership Review Award and is also listed in the Limca Book of Record.

Manish’s sessions have been well received in organizations like the Confederation of Indian Industry, National HRD Network, International Advertising Association, Larsen & Toubro, Johnson & Johnson, Kotak Group, Barclays, Zycus, Tata Power, Tata Power Solar Systems Limited, Trent and many other academic institutions like the IIM’s and the IIT’s.

Manish has been listed as the Top 100 Story Tellers of India and Top 100 Influential Marketing Leaders of India.

Manish Sinha



Is a creative entrepreneur and Chief Storyteller - The Unhotel Company - a travel, engagement and creative concepts company. The Unhotel markets uncommon stays and tailor-made journeys ( www.unhotel.in) An engineer MBA, Manish has worked at top ad agencies - JWT, O&M, Mudra, Leo Burnett, etc. handling clients like Pepsi, Ford, Cadbury, Nokia, CNN IBN, etc. He has used his creative skills & passion for social media storytelling to build two ‘unhotel’ brands – Cinnamon Stays in Gurgaon - Rated No.2 bed & breakfast by Trip Advisor & Granny’s Inn in Varanasi - short-listed amongst Top 5 by Outlook Responsible Tourism 2018.

Manish was also the ex co-founder of Oravel.com (now OYO rooms). The brand name OYO - “OnYour Own” is his creation. And was the winner of the National level entrepreneur contest - ET-Lufthansa Runway To Success Season One.

Mona Kwatra

Heads Group Corporate Communications

Edelweiss Group

One of India's leading diversified financial services group. She has handled projects across business verticals at the country and global level and earlier headed Corporate Communications at Bank of America Merrill lynch. In the past she has also worked with the Kotak Group and Sampark Public Relations. In 2017 Mona was the first to be awarded Fulcrum Best in house professional BFSI.

Dr. Pragnya Ram

Group Executive President

Aditya Birla Group

Rajneesh Kumar

Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Walmart India

Rajneesh Kumar is part of India leadership team of Walmart in India. Prior to joining Walmart India in September 2013, he has served in leadership roles across several industries and the Government. Previously, he has led Corporate Affairs strategy in India for Global Ag-biotech leader Monsanto. In addition, he has served in senior management positions for VSNL (Now Tata Communications), for the Government of India as part of Senior Management Cadre of Indian Civil Services and spearheaded the Indian business of a large European Healthcare PE fund.

With a career spanning over 20 years, he currently leads Corporate Affairs for Walmart's India operations and oversees & directs strategic Government engagement, Public Affairs/media, CSR/philanthropy and Sustainability initiatives.

Rajneesh serves on CII National Committee on Marketing and FICCI Committee of Retail & Internal Trade, in addition to AMCHAM & Retail Association of India (RAI). He is an Engineer by training and has done his MBA from INSEAD, France.

Rakhee Lalvani

Vice President Public Relations and Corporate Communications

Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris

VP —Public Relations & Communications, for Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces Worldwide. Have built and integrated the Taj Corporate Communications Department from ground up to meet needs of senior management and business heads with executing the Company’s corporate and business strategies, in addition to handling PR on a global scale for over 100 properties. Responsible for providing advice and guidance to the Managing Director and Executive Committee on companywide communications related issues, interfacing with media and acting as company spokesperson, developing strategic relationships with media. Have Significant experience in brand management/public relations, crisis management, event management, corporate sponsorships and reputation management Responsible for integrated branding initiatives in global markets such as

Europe, America, South East Asia, Japan, Middle East, Australia and North America and providing strategic direction to global agencies to position the Taj Group in these markets. Responsible for positioning Taj Hotels in the coveted World Best Lists Identified potential reputational issues and developed appropriate communications responses to defuse and/or avert crises. Part of the crisis team that handled 26/11 and responsible for the successful launch of the Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai post restoration, which is a Harvard Business School case study

Ravi Muthreja

Vice President Corporate Communications

Essar Group

Ravi brings in 20 years of multi-role experience in Corporate & Marketing Communications, Brand Comms and Media Strategy, Crisis and Investor Relations Programs.

A Specialist in Strategic corporate communications with over a decade of quantifiable achievements. Record of outstanding success in entrepreneur driven institutions which are fast paced companies across multi location and global environments.

A leader and a coach, he has the ability to foster culture change, apply and translate business strategies drive to manage stakeholder’s communications thinking and problem solving. He has a diverse industry experience having worked in multiple sectors like BFSI, conglomerates, Power & Infrastructure manufacturing and alternate energy companies. He enjoys mentoring and spends time with young communication professionals for career advice, classroom teaching and speaking sessions.

Shankar Jadhav

Managing Director – BSE Investments Ltd.

Head Strategy – BSE

Shankar Jadhav is Managing Director of BSE Investments, the holding arm of BSE and the Chief Strategy Officer at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Asia’s oldest stock exchange, the world’s largest with more than 5700 entities listed and also the world’s fastest exchange with a response time of 6 microseconds.

Besides Strategy, Shankar also leads the Legal Commercial, Marketing Corporate Communications CSR & infrastructure such as Data Centers at BSE.

Shankar Jadhav has served as a Director on Boards of Bank of India Shareholding Ltd., and is serving on the boards of BFSI Sector Skill Council, Marketplace Technologies, Marketplace Tech Infra Services, Marketplace Ebix Technology Services Private Limited, BSE CSR Integrated Foundation and is the Managing Director of BSE Investments Ltd.

He is also a member of committees & working groups at the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), FICCI, India International Exchange, BSE International Clearing Corp, IMC, etc. and been on the advisory panels such as Interpol World, CEO GBCI and is also on the top 100 CXO list and among the top 100 influential leaders in the BFSI sector. His contribution in marketing, corporate communications, cyber world and strategy execution has been recognized and has received awards such as the most influential marketing person and in brand excellence, etc.

Shankar has over two decades of senior management experience in MNCs and leading Corporates in Infrastructure like Telecom/Energy/IT, Consumer Goods & Financial services serving in capacities as CEO/Advisor/Mentor as well as Board member.

He has trained over 2000 students including senior executives and Board Directors over the past two decades. He has also been invited to speak at various conferences and seminars on various subjects such as Leadership, Cybersecurity, Identity Theft, Forensics, Law, Fintech, Strategy etc.

Shankar is a B. Tech (Elec Engg) from IIT Bombay and MBA (Finance & Marketing) from IIM Ahmedabad. He is a Lead Assessor certified by BSIQA - UK and a Chartered Engineer.

Shruthi Bopaiah

Associate Vice President and Head Internal Communications

Infosys Limited

Shweta Munjal

Head of Corporate Affairs

Thomson Reuters

Based in Mumbai, Shweta Munjal oversees Thomson Reuters pan-Asia external and internal strategies and initiatives. Her focus is to lead and champion the communication function and help strengthen, protect and nurture corporate reputation for APAC region.

Shweta’s role comprises of advising the leadership team and senior executives on all facets of communications, including employee engagement, public relations, CSR and crisis and issues management. She also works towards shaping and driving a coherent narrative for Thomson Reuters across businesses. Shaping culture to create healthy, high performing organization is her passion and she became a certified Senn Delaney facilitator, engaging more than 500 Thomson Reuters staff in the culture-shaping program.

A seasoned professional, Shweta has managed Corporate Communications and CSR for Mondelez International (formerly known as Cadbury India), Intuit, Yahoo! and NASSCOM.

Sumathi A Rao

Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Communications

Philips India

Strategic CSR and Communications leader, with experience in advising Corporates, and NGO’s to manage CSR portfolios, aligned to business, with good social return on investment. Experience in leading mentoring and monitoring social sector programs in healthcare, sanitation, education, nutrition and skill development. Driven award-winning media advocacy and awareness programs on breast cancer, sleep awareness, respiratory, nutrition and women and child health. Have also worked with key opinion leaders, brand ambassadors and government. Communications professional with a passion for building healthcare and technology brands, founded on relevant experience in journalism. Capable of providing leadership across B2B and B2C brands and working with start-up ecosystem. Specialist in Impact driven media relations that continually surpasses expectations at both global and national levels. Believe in leveraging communications for collective social responsibility to create a larger impact at grassroots level.

Swetank Jain

Chief Communications Officer

Future Group

Swetank has a rich experience of working across diverse functions such as journalism, Strategic Communications, Customer Experience and Human Resources. He has been with Future Group for around 8 years and has played a key role in consolidating external, internal and digital communications for all the companies of the group. He has also created a mechanism and manages the Online Reputation for the Group.

As an additional responsibility Swetank spearheads the People Office for the Future Group as well. He has been working on creating new-age People Policies and building an organisation design that is aligned to the ambitious growth plans of the Group. Swetank is also part of the core strategy team of Future Group and works with the Customer Experience team as Chief Customer Officer. In this role, he has been designing a unique way of customer experience based on Group’s

Core Values. In his previous stints he has worked with CNBC and ICICI Bank. Apart from being an avid reader and movie buff, Swetank is also a licensed pilot and loves flying. He also has a keen interest in photography.

Suresh Vaidyanathan

Head of Corporate Affairs

Alibaba Mobile Business Group

Tuhina Pandey

Head Global Corporate Communication

Tech Mahindra

Unnati Tushar M

Vice President Marketing and Brand Communication

Centrum India

A Pre-eminent marketing leader, with a nonpareil, experience in Marketing, Digital marketing and Brand communications, with over 12+ years of experience nationally and internationally, having a profound insight about Indian and International Corporates, Consumers and Markets, making her a prowess at marketing any Brand globally, while augmenting the market share, revenue, & yields. A dynamo with finesse & savoir-faire, with a quest for quality and perfection which sets her apart from the crowd, possessing a proven ability to work within brands guidelines and create an image that is up to date and right for its audience. Offering a proven track record in devising web-marketing strategies that have crystallized brands from relative obscurity, building start – up ventures, forging strategic partnerships, and growing revenue in competitive markets. An accomplished publisher at the Oxford university with ingenious insights in the marketing domain and its spheres.