1 ASCENT Conclave 2018s


ASCENT is fuelled by the power of trust. In the last six 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 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 and 2017 aimed to achieve the following:

1. 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.

2. A platform for 500 entrepreneurs of enterprises of growth size ranging from 5 crs to 2000 crs for a day-long engagement/ networking opportunity

3. Past esteemed speakers list included Uday Kotak (MD, Kotak Mahindra Bank), Sajjan Jindal (MD, JSW Group), Piyush Pandey (Ogilvy and Mather India, Ogilvy and Mather Asia-Pacific), Ronnie Screwvala (Unilazer), Vijay Shekhar Sharma (Founder Paytm), Ashish Hemrajani (Co-founder, Book My Show), Siddharth Roy Kapur (Former CEO UTV, MD Disney India) Falguni Nayar (CEO, Nykaa.com), Prasoon Joshi (CEO, McCann Group India), Radhika Aggarwal (Co-Founder, Shopclues) Anita Dongre (Founder, House of Anita Dongre Limited), Dr Velumani (Founder, Thyrocare Technologies Ltd.), Sasha Mirchandani (MD, Kae Capital), Ameera Shah (MD, Metropolis Healthcare), Tanmay Bhatt (AIB) 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)

Be there at the St. Regis, Mumbai on Thursday, 22 November 2018 to witness ASCENT’s third experimental sharing conclave and get enriched.

6 Reasons 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 Note

Harsh Mariwala (Marico Ltd. and ASCENT Foundation)

10:30 AM

Keynote Session - If I Knew Then, What I Know Now

Rajiv Bajaj (Bajaj Auto Ltd.)

11:20 AM

Fireside Chat - Batter Up Your Way To Success

Speaker: PC Musthafa (iD Fresh Food Pvt. Ltd.)
Moderator: Govindraj Ethiraj (BOOM and IndiaSpend)

12:10 PM


12:40 PM

IMPACT Talks - Winner 1
Gauri Devidayal (Food Matters India Pvt. Ltd.)

12:50 PM

Panel Discussion 1 - Employee Re-Branding - Changing the Employee Value Proposition of the Company

Speakers: Lavanya Nalli (Nalli Group of Companies) ,
Nicholas Dumoulin (Michael Page India) ,
Sunit Sinha (Accenture Solutions) ,
Speaker Anchor: Prabir Jha (Cipla Inc.)

1:50 PM


2:50 PM

Panel Discussion 2 - Inspiring Trailblazer Stories

Speakers: Gauri Sawant (Sakshi Char Chowghi),

Harshwardhan Zala (Aerobotics 7),
Gauranga Das (Govardhan Ecovillage),
Milind Soman (Maximus MICE & Media Solutions)
Moderator: Tanvi Dubey (YourStory Media Pvt Ltd)

3:45 PM

Crossfire - The Future of Online Retail is Offline

Speakers: Kishore Biyani (Future Group),
Falguni Nayar (Nykaa.com)
Moderator: Menaka Doshi (BloombergQuint)

4:30 PM


5:00 PM

IMPACT Talks - Winner 2
Pankit Desai (Sequretek)

5:20 PM

Closing Address Closing the Innovation Gap in Healthcare in India
Sangita Reddy (Apollo Hospitals Group)

6:00 PM

Vote of Thanks
Archanna Das (ASCENT Foundation)


Cocktails And Networking


Rajiv Bajaj is the MD OF Bajaj Auto and son of Rahul Bajaj (Chairman of Bajaj Group). He is the inventor of the most stylish bike Pulsar and it was his vision to attain world class excellency by demonstrating value-added benefits to its customers. His management mantra is “God is in the details, profit is in niches.” He has been awarded as the Business Leader of the Year by NDTV and Businessman of the Year by CNN.

Rajiv Bajaj
Bajaj Auto

A graduate of IIM-Ahmedabad, Falguni Nayar spent 19 years as an investment banker and broker with the Kotak Mahindra Group. In 2005, she took over as Managing Director of the investment banking business where she successfully spearheaded the firm to be India’s leading IPO banker and was instrumental in closing a number of successful M&As. It was during this point that Falguni’s past interactions with a number of successful entrepreneurs motivated her to pursue an entrepreneurial journey. She founded Nykaa.com in 2012. In 2018, Nykaa.com achieved a revenue of over ~Rs. 578 crores and sells more than 1,000 brands.

Falguni Nayar

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

A true Indian retail czar, Mr Kishore Biyani is the Founder and Group CEO of Future Group and Chairman of Future Retail. Popularly known as KB, he is the man who triggered the concept of modern retail in India with Big Bazaar, Foodhall, fbb, Central, Brand Factory, among others. With his sheer ‘guts and instincts’ he created Future Group, a USD 4 billion enterprise and spearheaded the emergence of the organization as the leading retailer in the country.

Kishore Biyani
Future Group

Lavanya Nalli is the Vice-Chairperson of Nalli Silk Sarees Pvt. Ltd. Nalli brand has been synonymous with silk and Kanchipuram sarees. Established in the year 1928, it has now grown to be a leader in the textile and retail business. Lavanya has ventured into successful product diversification and conceptualized and explored new retail-formats. Lavanya graduated from Harvard Business School and worked at McKinsey, she returned to Nalli and is presently heading the omnichannel platform.

Lavanya Nalli
Nalli Group of Companies

PC Musthafa is the CEO and Co-founder of iD Fresh Foods. In 2005, Musthafa along with his 4 other cousins set up iD in a small kitchen in Bangalore with a mission to make the preparation of home-made meals convenient and to become a fresh food brand admired and trusted world over growing into a 1000 crore market leader serving 100% natural food. Today iD Fresh produces around 50,000 kgs in their plant with a total investment of around Rs 4 crore (Rs 40 million) and revenue of Rs 100 crore (Rs 1 billion).

PC Musthafa
iD Fresh Food

Sangita Reddy is the Joint Managing Director of the Apollo Hospitals Group. She guides the IT and Human Resources functions and is greatly responsible for evolving the patient-centric culture, a signature of the organization. Passionately committed to transforming healthcare using effective and efficient technology, she steered Apollo Hospitals to harness technological advancements in accelerating positive transformation. Four hospitals in the group have even achieved the HiMSS Level-6 Certification. Apollo Hospitals has touched the lives of over 65 million individuals from 140 countries.

Sangita Reddy
Apollo Hospitals Group

Nicolas Dumoulin is Managing Director for Michael Page India, based in Mumbai. Nicolas has over 12 years of experience working in the recruitment industry, having joined Michael Page in 2006 in Belgium. He played a key role in starting up the company’s Antwerp office and was responsible for their business until 2011. In January 2013, Nicolas relocated to India and took on responsibility for Michael Page India Gurgaon office. He began his recruitment career specialising in finance recruitment and then moved into the areas of Engineering and Supply Chain, Sales and Marketing, HR, BFSI and Secretarial.

Nicolas Dumoulin
Michael Page India

Harshwardhan Zala is a 15 year old boy who isn’t just another teenager figuring out his life. He is a Smart Tech Developer, Inventor, Programmer, Tinkerer, Speaker, Mentor, Entrepreneur and Student. This Child Prodigy from Gujarat got the International Peace Award (Billion Acts Hero Awards 2017). He has created a drone that is capable of detection and delusion of landmines in war fields. His first creation was based on a home automation system that could be controlled by any typical home-based television remote controller.

Harshwardhan Zala
Aerobotics 7

A National level swimmer, India’s first male supermodel, an actor and a producer. Behind these glamorous tags, lies an acute businessman and a passionate runner. His love for running, an important cause and his business mind have come together to create the beautiful experience called Pinkathon – a run for women’s health and well-being, which makes him the moving force behind it. He believes in creating simple yet super-effective Intellectual Properties, thus enriching the IP scenario in India.

Milind Soman
Maximus MICE & Media Solutions

Gauranga Das is a B.Tech graduate from IIT Bombay and is serving in various capacities at national and global level in ISKCON organization. He is a Global Duty Officer for the ISKCON Governing Body Commission (GBC). He is the Director of the Govardhan Ecovillage, a United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) award winning Eco-village community and Co-President of the ISKCON Chowpatty temple. He is an inspirational speaker for by his expertise of presenting Vedic Knowledge in a contemporary and enticing way, he is making spirituality accessible to all.

Gauranga Das
Govardhan Ecovillage

Prabir Jha is the President and Global Chief People Officer at Cipla Inc. In addition to providing leadership to the Human Resources function globally for the company, Prabir leads the Corporate Communications and Administration functions as well. After a decade long tenure as a civil servant, Prabir has pursued a corporate career in Human Resources. He has been the Chief HR Officer at some of the country's leading corporations like Dr. Reddy's, Tata Motors and most recently, Reliance Industries.

Prabir Jha
Cipla Inc

Gauri Sawant is a transgender activist from Mumbai. She is the director of Sakshi Char Chowghi that helps transgender people and HIV/AIDS patients. She was featured in an Ad by Vicks which has been recognised internationally on various forums. Gauri founded the Sakshi Char Chowhi Trust in 2000. The NGO promotes safe sex and provides counselling to transgender people. In 2014, she became the first transgender person to file a petition in the Supreme Court of India for adoption rights of transgender people.

Gauri Sawant
Sakshi Char Chowghi

Sunit is a Managing Director with the Talent and Organization practice of Accenture. His focus has been on large transformation engagements in growth markets such as India, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Middle East. Sunit brings with him 20 years of consulting experience across multiple areas such as Organization Design, Leadership, Culture Transformation, Human Capital Strategy and Organization Effectiveness. He frequently publishes his work and his most recent research paper is on the impact of Cognitive Computing on Workforce Productivity in the future and how Leaders will have to adapt to AI in their teams.

Sunit Sinha
Accenture Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Gauri Devidayal is a law graduate from the University College London and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales. She pursued her career as a tax consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London and Mumbai for 8 years. With no previous experience of the hospitality industry, Gauri nevertheless supported her husband Jay Yousuf in creating The Table, a restaurant in Mumbai, which has gone on to win many accolades and much recognition in the city and internationally. She was recently listed in GQ’s list of the 50 Most Influential Young Indians as well as BlackBook’s Top 50 Women in Indian Luxury.

Gauri Devidayal
Food Matters India Pvt. Ltd.
The Table

Pankit is a veteran of IT industry with over 24 years of experience with over a decade in global management roles. He is currently the Co-Founder and Co-CEO at Sequretek with responsibilities around business development, fundraising and operations. Prior to Sequretek, Pankit was part of the core team that was instrumental in turning around US headquartered Intelligroup and making them a valued asset for an acquisition target .He shares his experiences with the community and is a regular speaker at industry forums and universities.

Pankit Desai


With a Graduate Degree and Postgraduate degree from St.Stephen's College, Delhi in History, Tanvi got the opportunity to understand the art of narrative and understand the multiple ways data could be interpreted and presented. As an Editor at YourStory Media where she has been employed since 2014 she has written, discussed, read and understood the challenges faced by working women, mothers, women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders.From 2016 onwards she has also been leading on the SheLeadsTech Facebook program that Facebook has initiated in India with YourStory as a key partner.

Tanvi Dubey

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

Govindraj Ethiraj is a television and print journalist and founder-editor of www.indiaspend.org, India's first data journalism initiative and a social entrepreneurship venture. He is also the founder of Ping Digital Broadcast, a Google multi-channel network (MCN) for knowledge, news, and utility programming for digital audiences. He writes for newspapers like Business Standard and anchors seasonal shows on channels like Headlines Today and Rajya Sabha Television. Previously, Govindraj was founder and editor in chief of Bloomberg TV India, a 24-hour business news service.

Govindraj Ethiraj
Ping Digital Broadcast,