1 ASCENT Conclave 2017s


ASCENT is fueled by the power of trust. In the last five years, we have created a unique and powerful peer-to- peer platform for entrepreneurs to share and exchange experiences, ideas and insights, which helps them grow their enterprise and enrich themselves in a confidential environment. ASCENT leverages the ‘Power of Collective’ and enables entrepreneurs through self-facilitated Trust Groups and an extended network of enablers. In November 2016, ASCENT created a large format Conclave (first of its kind for the foundation) with the objective to inspire, share and celebrate entrepreneurs in their growth journey for a much larger impact. The ASCENT Conclave 2016 achieved the following:

1. Created a platform for 450 entrepreneurs of enterprises of growth size ranging from 5 crs to 1500 crs for a day long intense engagement/ networking opportunity.

2. Delegates got an opportunity to learn from industry’s best Thought Leaders, Change Makers and Innovators through their experience which enabled participants to gain insights to grow their own business.

3. Esteemed speaker list included Uday Kotak (MD, Kotak Mahindra Bank), Ronnie Screwvala (Unilazer), Vijay Shekhar Sharma (Founder Paytm), Ashish Hemrajani (Co-founder, Book My Show), Falguni Nayar (CEO, Nykaa.com), Anita Dongre (Founder, House of Anita Dongre Limited), Dr Velumani (Founder, Thyrocare Technologies Ltd.), Sasha Mirchandani (MD, Kae Capital), Neeraj Kakkar (CEO, Hector Beverages – Paper Boat), Sandeep Singhal (Nexus Ventures), Karthik Reddy (Blume Ventures), Dhanpal Jhaveri (Everstone Capital) and Bala Deshpande (NEA) and many more.

The ability to change gears from time to time is crucial for a successful business. Being nimble and adaptable to the changing business environment is a necessity, which for many entrepreneurs is a difficult task. 

- Harsh Mariwala (Marico Ltd. and ASCENT Foundation)

This Conclave, come and listen to thought leaders and innovators share their failure stories and their entrepreneurial journey, more than their successes. Be there at the St. Regis, Mumbai on Saturday, 11 November 2017 to witness ASCENT’s second experiential sharing Conclave and get enriched.

6 Reason for attending the Conclave




Thought leaders,
Change Makers,


Network with fellow entrepreneurs and ASCENTers


Experience the ASCENT way – ‘power of collective’


Spark the
creativity in you


500 like-minded entrepreneurs attending the conclave


9:00 AM

Registrations open

10:00 AM

Welcome and Introductions

Harsh Mariwala (Marico Ltd. and ASCENT Foundation)

Keynote Session - Building a Billion Dollar Enterprise

Sajjan Jindal (JSW)

Session - Staying Ahead of Trends: Brand building the Key

Speakers: Piyush Pandey (Ogilvy & Mather India) and Siddharth Roy Kapur (Roy Kapur Films)
Moderator: Roopak Saluja (The 120 Media Collective)

ASCENT Awards 2017

Category: Business Innovation of the Year and Young Achiever of the Year

11:50 AM

Tea / Coffee - Networking

Member Story
Sweta Mangal (MUrgency)

Fireside Chat - Where to Start when your Growth Stops

Panelist: Ameera Shah (Metropolis Healthcare)
Moderator: Menaka Doshi (BloombergQuint)

ASCENT Award 2017

Category: Growth Strategy of the Year

1:20 PM

Power Lunch - Break

Fireside Chat - The Story of a Storyteller

Speakers: Prasoon Joshi (McCann World Group India)
Moderator: Atul Kasbekar (Photographer and Film Producer)

ASCENT Award 2017

Category: Entrepreneur of the Year

Journey of an Entrepreneur - Inspiring Growth Stories

Devendra Shah (Parag Milk Foods Pvt. Ltd.), Tarun Mehta (Ather Energy) and Kanika Tikrewal (JetSetGo)
Moderator: Shruti Mishra (CNBC-TV18)

4:00 PM

Tea / Coffee - Networking

Panel Discussion - Missing Link to Leadership

Panelists: Kunwer Sachdev (Su-Kam), Radhika Aggarwal (ShopClues), Vineet Rai (Aavishkaar and Intellecap) and Pratap Nambiar (Thought Perfect)
Moderator: Vikram Bhalla (BCG)

Member Story
Roopak Saluja (The 120 Media Collective)

Grand Finale - AIB Journey

A Story Like Never Told Before: Tanmay Bhat (AIB)

5:55 PM

Closing Note - Vote of Thanks

Archanna Das (ASCENT Foundation)
6:00 PM

Cocktails and Networking


Sajjan Jindal, Chairman and MD of JSW, began his career in 1984 in Mumbai by independently looking after the OP Jindal groups steel manufacturing business in western India. Today JSW is known as one of the top business houses in India with forays into steel, energy, cement and infrastructure helping build a new nation, touching revenue of more than $10 billion annually and employing more than 40,000 people.

Sajjan Jindal
JSW Group

Prasoon Joshi is the CEO of McCann World Group India, Chairman of McCann (Asia-Pacific) and Chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification. He is also an award winning Indian lyricist, screenwriter and poet. He was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2015, for his contributions towards the field of Arts, Literature and Advertising. Under his leadership, vision and craft, McCann India has become a powerhouse that has the pulse of this diverse market of 1.3 billion consumers.

Prasoon Joshi
McCann World Group India
McCann (Asia-Pacific)

Harsh Mariwala leads Marico Limited as its Chairman. He is also Chairman and Managing Director of Kaya Limited. Over the past three decades, Harsh has transformed traditional commodities driven business into a leading consumer products and services company in the Beauty and Wellness space. He was the President of FICCI in 2011. He has held the position of YPO Education, Membership and Chapter Chair for the Bombay Chapter and was a member of the International Forum Board of YPO International.”

Harsh Mariwala
Marico Ltd.
ASCENT Foundation

Piyush Pandey, Co-Executive Chairman and National Creative Director of Ogilvy & Mather India and Vice-Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather Asia-Pacific. The Government of India awarded him the civilian honor of the Padma Shri in 2016. He also mentors creative executives from around the world at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership.

Piyush Pandey
Ogilvy & Mather India
Ogilvy & Mather (Asia-Pacific)

Ameera Shah, MD of Metropolis Healthcare Limited, one of the top 10 pathology labs in India. She has evolved Metropolis from a single pathology lab to a chain of 140 diagnostic centers and a 1000 collective centers across the globe with a presence in UAE, South Africa, Mauritius to name a few. She was conferred with ‘Exemplary Women Leadership award’ at the World Women Leadership and Congress awards 2014. She has been chosen as one of the most respected leaders under 40 years by Economic Times and Spencer Stuart (2014). Recently Forbes Asia listed Ameera in the Asia’s Most Powerful Women 2015.

Ameera Shah
Metropolis Healthcare Ltd.

Devendra Shah is the Chairman & Managing Director of Parag Milk Foods Ltd., India’s largest private sector dairy. Parag Milk Foods owns various reputed dairy based brands such as Gowardhan, Go, Pride of Cows and Topp Up. He is also the promoter of India’s largest cow farm called Bhagyalaxmi Dairy farm. Devendra is actively involved in various agricultural activities and elevation of farming community for which the Maharashtra Government has honored him with Maharashtra Udyog Bhushan award.

Devendra Shah
Parag Milk Foods Ltd.

Kunwer Sachdev, MD and Founder of Su-Kam, is one of the greatest innovators, marketers, motivational speaker and visionary entrepreneur of our times. The success story of this self made great man, also known as the Inverter Man Of India, is the biggest example of “Make In India”. He is particularly passionate in making green energy available to everyone in the country. His mantra is “I innovate therefore I am”.

Kunwer Sachdev
Su-Kam Power Systems Ltd.

Siddharth Roy Kapur is the Founder of Roy Kapur Films, erstwhile Managing Director of The Walt Disney Company India and the current President of Film and Television Producers Guild of India. He is the man behind the marketing of multiple successful projects such as the successful TV show “Kaun Banega Crorepati”, Hungama TV in the kids broadcasting space and multiple path breaking films, to name a few. He has also served as CEO of UTV Motion Pictures and responsible for the integration of UTV with The Walt Disney Company.

Siddharth Roy Kapur
Founder Roy Kapur Films
Former CEO UTV and MD Disney India

Radhika Aggarwal is the Co-founder of ShopClues.com. ShopClues.com established in 2011 with a 10 member team, today it is one of India’s fastest growing e-commerce destinations. Radhika holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, USA and has more than 16 years of work experience in managing marketing, strategy and merchandise teams.

Radhika Aggarwal

Pratap Nambiar is the Founder and Chairman of Thought Perfect Pte. Ltd. a Singapore based firm providing coaching and mentoring services to CEOs. He is also the Director of The Leadership Circle, which is the world’s leading process of evaluating leadership effectiveness. Earlier he was a Partner with Heidrick & Struggles in their Leadership Consulting Practice in Asia Pacific. He has worked with and helped major companies with leadership and succession throughout the world.

Pratap Nambiar
Thought Perfect Pte. Ltd.

Kanika Tekriwal is the Founder and CEO of JetSetGo, the “Uber of the skies”. JetSetGo is India’s first digital platform enabling customers to reserve their own private jets and helicopters, it boosts the countries largest fleet of Jet and Helicopters in the Industry. Kanika has made it into Forbes “30 under 30 achievers list”, BBC “100 Most Inspiring Woman” and CNN “20 under 40”.

Kanika Tekriwal

Tanmay Bhat is a stand-up comedian, script writer, producer and the co-founder of the popular comedy sketch group All India Bakchod (AIB). He was one of the first comedians to be featured at the Comedy Store Mumbai’s first all-Indian comedian line up, titled Local Heroes. Tanmay is also the co-founder of India's first comedy podcast with AIB. The Times of India named Tanmay one of India’s “Top 10 Comics”.

Tanmay Bhat

Sweta Mangal is a social entrepreneur and Director at MUrgency Inc, a mobile app that connects people in need of urgent medical help to the nearest doctor, nurse or paramedic. She is the co-founder and former CEO of Ziqitza Health Care Limited (ZHL), one of India’s leading emergency medical services providers. ZHL manages more than 2500+ vehicles across 18 Indian states.

Sweta Mangal

Tarun Mehta is the CEO and Co-founder of Ather Energy. He is a graduate of Engineering Design from IIT Madras. Tarun and Swapnil Jain started Ather Energy in 2013, often referred to as the Tesla of India. Ather Energy is developing India’s first smart electric scooter that aims to revolutionise the concept of two wheelers in India.

Tarun Mehta
Ather Energy

Vineet Rai is the Co-founder & Chairman of Aavishkaar and Intellecap. In a career spanning two decades, Vineet’s areas of interest have included early-stage venture capital, microenterprises, microfinance investments and incubations. He also chairs the Board of Villgro, an incubating and funding platform, and IntelleGrow, an Intellecap subsidiary, which provides venture debt services to impact enterprises. He serves on the Board of the WISH Foundation and is an advisor to the Tibetan Entrepreneurship Development Initiative.

Vineet Rai


Roopak Saluja is the Founder and CEO of two companies- The 120 Media Collective – a communications and content group, working with some of Asia’s largest advertisers; and Sooperfly – a digital-first media company, building content brands direct-to-audiences. Roopak is an active angel investor and currently serves on the Board of Toko Labs, a venture funded children’s digital content company. Additionally, he is an Advisor to the Content Marketing Summit Asia and Mentor to D Labs, a design-thinking led accelerator at the Indian School of Business.

Roopak Saluja
The 120 Media Collective

Vikram Bhalla is the global leader of The Boston Consulting Group’s leadership and talent topic and the head of the Leadership and Talent Enablement Center in Singapore. He also co-leads the family business topic for BCG globally. He is a core member of the firm’s Industrial Goods practice.

Vikram Bhalla
The Boston Consulting Group

Menaka Doshi is the Managing Editor of BloombergQuint. She has been a broadcast journalist for almost 12 years, having begun her career with TV18 in 1996 as Features Reporter on India Business Report (BBC). Thereafter she moved to reporting business news for CNBC-TV18. She has played an integral role in news programming in the past 9 years. Menaka was the first recipient of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award 2005-06 in the category of Business & Economic Journalism (Broadcast).

Menaka Doshi

Shruti Mishra is currently associated with CNBC-TV18 as an Assistant Features Editor. She co-produces India’s longest running show on entrepreneurship, Young Turks. As part of her work with CNBC-TV18 she has co-anchored Lessons In Marketing Excellence Season 5, Godrej LOUD, India@75 with Adi Godrej and also co-anchored Financial Advisor Awards, Healthcare Awards and Investothons.

Shruti Mishra

Atul Kasbekar is an Indian Fashion Photographer, Bollywood Film Producer and Entrepreneur. He is recognized for his Kingfisher Calendar shoots and producing the film Neerja staring Sonam Kapoor. Atul runs a celebrity management firm called Bling!. He was also the honorary chairman of the Photographer's Guild of India.

Atul Kasbekar
Fashion Photographer, Film Producer and Entrepreneur






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