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The Senate 2018

The flagship management conclave of SIBM Pune - 'The Senate 2018' was organised by the Corporate Interface Team of the college on 19th January, 2018.

The theme for The Senate 2018 was "Firing the next decade of growth: Innovating in India". On this occasion, the college had the honour of hosting Mr. Kulmeet Bawa, Managing Director, India & South Asia, Adobe Systems as the keynote speaker for the event.

Mr. Bawa threw light on how India has historically been a nation that has lead from the front when it comes to innovation. He propounded his thoughts on the leadership troika and imparted a few tenets young corporates should follow to keep up with the transforming world. He ended his talk by emphasizing the importance of embracing failures for individuals and organisations alike to keep the innovative spirit fired up.

The keynote address was followed by two panel discussions; the first panel had representatives of some of the foremost, established organisations of the world whereas the second one brought together senior leaders from some of the most promising and fast growing nascent organisations of the country.

The first panel deliberated on the topic "Finding New Horizons: Growing Inclusively". The panellists were:

  • Mr. Avnish Sabharwal- Managing Director, Accenture Ventures and Open Innovations, Accenture India
  • Mr. Pankaj Gupta, Head of India Strategy and Sales Operations, Google India
  • Mr. Sudarshan Sharma, Industry Lead, Automotive Sector, Facebook
  • Mr. Satyarth Priyerdarshi, Head of Product Marketing, JioChat.

The moderator for both the panels was Mr.Prodipto Roy, Founding Director, Crimson Consulting. Starting from what are the key drivers of innovation, the panelists inspired the audiences with their examples of new, untapped sectors where technology is being tested and implemented. The panel discussed the cost of social business, examples of how the information revolution is helping people at the bottom of the pyramid and areas where collaboration of the corporate institutions with government will lead to an inclusive model of growth.

The second panel discussed their views on the topic "Changing Consumer Trends- Can we keep pace?". The panelists were:

  • Mr. Avinash Parhi ,Senior Director, Marketing, ShopClues.Com
  • Mr. Kashyap Vadapalli, Chief Marketing Officer and Business Head,Pepperfry.Com
  • Mr. Pradeep Kumar- Head of Ecosystem and Outreach, PayPal.
The panel discussed the topic by maintaining consumer behaviour as the epicentre of discussion. They discussed the most recent trends and changes in consumer buying behaviour. They discussed how companies are changing their services to keep up with these trends and also deliberated upon the immense use of data to target the right customer segment.

Each session was followed by a Q&A session where students of SIBM Pune, posed some challenging questions to the speakers. The speakers answered the questions with as much zest helping the audience clear their concepts and understanding of the topic.

The students took back with them real life lessons and were imbued with a new spirit of challenging the norms and to keep learning continuously in order to not just keep up, but stay ahead of the changing times.