ASCENT, a vision of Mr Harsh Mariwala (Chairman, Marico Limited), is fuelled by the power of trust. In the last seven years, we have created a unique and powerful peer-to-peer platform for entrepreneurs to share and exchange experiences, ideas, and insights, which help them grow their enterprises and enrich themselves in a confidential environment. ASCENT believes in the ‘Power of collective’ and enables entrepreneurs through self-facilitated Trust Groups and extended network of enablers.
The ASCENT Conclave aims to achieve the following:
Executive Director, Piramal Group, Founder, Piramal Realty
Anand Piramal is the Executive Director of Piramal Group and Founder of Piramal Realty. Anand founded Piramal Realty in 2012. He played a pivotal role in the acquisition of prime land parcels across Mumbai, building of a great team and the designing of world-class developments. Anand majored in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and Business Administration from the prestigious Harvard Business School. In 2018, Anand was conferred with the Hurun Real Estate Unicorn of the Year 2017 by Hurun India and Young Business Leader award by Hello! Magazine. Prior to Piramal Realty, Anand founded a rural healthcare start-up called ‘Piramal eSwasthya’. At eSwasthya, he spearheaded the acquisition of HMRI (Health Management Research Institute).
Chairman of Marico Ltd. and Founder of ASCENT Foundation
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.
Chief Ideator, Future Ideas
Ashni Biyani is Chief Ideator, Future Ideas, insights and design arm of Future Group. Passionate about human behavior, she works on behavioral change and helps make ideas leap into conceptualized final forms. She is also a Director on the board of Future Consumer Enterprises Limited, an integrated Food and FMCG Company which is into building food parks, creating Indian insight inspired FMCG brands and products and also convenience store chains and other distribution models. She has also played a lead role in mentoring and co-founding ‘Holii’ a fashion accessories brand in partnership with ‘Hidesign’ and has spearheaded the large formats like Big Bazaar Family Center stores as its Concept Head. She also takes out time for writing and some of her articles have been published in leading publications, including The Economic Times.
Co-founder and CEO, nearbuy.com
Ankur Warikoo is an Internet entrepreneur, motivational speaker and angel investor based in India. He is the co-founder and CEO of Nearbuy. He was previously the MD of at Rocket Internet India, Co-founder at Accentium Web, and a management consultant at A.T. Kearney. He holds an MBA degree from The Indian School of Business, an MS Physics from Michigan State University and a BS from Hindu College, Delhi University.
Raghu Raman served eleven years as an officer in the Indian Army. He has also served as a UN peacekeeper, as well as been an instructor teaching leadership and strategy to officers at the prestigious School of Armoured Warfare. Over the next ten years, he led various companies, including First Choice, Mahindra SSG and finally DLSI, a Mahindra joint venture with British Aerospace before being handpicked to create and head the National Intelligence Grid, Ministry of Home Affairs in the Government of India and he also helped set up Mahindra United World College. After his five year stint as the founding CEO of NATGRID, in his last corporate avatar, he was the Group President, Risk, Security & New Ventures for Reliance Industries. He is also the author of “Everyman’s War” - a book published by Random.
Vice Chairman at Samvardhana Motherson Group
Laksh Vaman Sehgal is a director on the board of the family firm Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd (MSSL) that oversees the business of group subsidiary Samvardhana Motherson Automotive Systems Group. He also spearheads research and development initiatives at Motherson Innovations, a company involved in innovative and technological solutions for the entire group.
Executive Director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals
Executive Director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals, and CEO, Incredible Ventures, Master franchisee of YEA. Investing her time and energy into her job in the pharmaceuticals sector, she also mentors young adults on their road to entrepreneurship. She also runs a franchise of Young Entrepreneurs Academy, USA, in India that teaches entrepreneurship to 11-18-year-olds.