Leadership Conclave 2014: Industry Academia Collaboration – IIM Kashipur

In today’s exceedingly dynamic world, there comes a point where textbooks become inadequate and the interaction between the present and the future leaders assumes prime importance. Indian Institute of Management Kashipur, situated in the heartland of one of the most densely populated industrialized regions of the nation, has always taken an initiative to facilitate such forums. One such is the flagship event of the institute ‘Leadership Conclave’. This is a celebrated event in IIM Kashipur and attracts bigwigs from different strata of the society right from the world of business to polity to social development.

Leadership Conclave 2014, held on 16th and 17th October saw reputed leaders like Mr. Ashok Barat (MD & CEO, Forbes Limited), Mr. Jerome Varman, (Group Director Supply Chain, IFFCO), Mr Himanshu Chakrawarti (CEO, Mobile Store Ltd), Mr. Praveen Kamanth (Global Head of Talent Transformation, KPO division, Wipro Corporation), Mr Bijay Sahoo (Principal Consultant, Ernst & Young), Mr Shantanu Das (Vice President (HR), Emami Ltd) among others.

The guests spoke on different aspects of the core theme ‘Industry-Academia Collaboration’ through various keynote speeches and panel discussions. It was interesting to listen to the two, sometimes complementing and sometimes differing, views on various critical topics like bridging the expectation gap between industry and students, learning to lead the right way and dealing with the dynamism of the business arena among others.

The excitement levels among the students were palpable as they made full use of the opportunity to listen to and share their own thoughts with some of their role-models. The guests too were left happily surprised and elated by the enthusiasm, intellect and indomitable spirit of the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs in various fields. As many of the guests professed, they would be delighted to pass on the baton.

The event concluded with both the industry and academia getting a glance into each other’s areas of operation and came closer to understanding each other’s dilemmas and issues and working on bridging the gaps to ensure a smooth transition.


The guest list of Leadership Conclave 2014:

Mr. Ashok Barat (MD & CEO, Forbes Limited)

Mr. Jerome Varman, (Group Director Supply Chain, IFFCO)

Mr Himanshu Chakrawarti (CEO, Mobile Store Ltd )

Ms Lata Menon (Senior Vice President and Head HR, India and Srilanka, CLM Business Unit)

Mr Amitava Ghosh, (COO, NIS Sparta)

Mr Bijay Sahoo (Principal consultant Ernst & Young)

Mr. Praveen Kamanth (Global Head of Talent Transformation, KPO division, Wipro Corporation)

Mr Anil Menon (Chief People Officer, Ezone and Home Town)

Mr Sudhanshu Tripathi, Group President (HR), Hinduja Group Limited

Mr Shantanu Das, Vice President (HR), Emami Ltd

Mr Gitan Shah (AVP, Mphasis)

Mr Peshwa Acharya (Founder and CEO, Think As Consumer)

Mr Pramod Joshi (Managing Director, Syncata)

Mr Vineet Jain (DGM, HCL Technology)

Mr Pradeep Pande (President HR, Alkem Laboratories)

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