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BBLF 2018 Sessions

09.00 a.m.

Registration and Networking Tea by Typhoo


10 a.m. – 10.15 a.m.


Welcome by BBLF Chair Dr. V. Raghunathan, Director, Schulich School of Business, India Campus, Hyderabad, and CEO, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation; Formerly, Professor of Finance at IIM Ahmedabad and President of ING Vysya Bank. He is also an Author and a Columnist. His books, mostly non-fiction, include Games Indians Play, with Return to Jammu being the latest and his only novel.

10.15 a.m. – 10.45 a.m.

The Future of Work: Unasked Questions, Likely Answers

Prof. Vasanthi Srinivasan, Faculty, IIM Bangalore, brings insights from books on the subject. Her research interests include multi-generations in the workplace, women in management and boards, and ethics teaching at business schools.

10.45 a.m. to 11.15 a.m.

Human + Machine - Will Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Take Away Jobs or Add New Ones?

Dr. Lalitesh Katragadda, Founder, Indihood, a crowd-sourcing platform for social good; founder of Google India and co-founder of Google Map Maker; and Advisor on AI & Machine Vision, Andhra Pradesh government.



11.15 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

Networking Break

11.30 a.m. to 12.10 p.m.

BBLF CK Prahalad Best Business Book Award

Subroto Bagchi, the Award Winning Author, in Conversation with Benedict Paramanand, Author & CEO of BBLF

12.10 p.m. to 1.00 p.m.

Climate Change and Green Jobs. How Big is the Potential? How can India Tap It?

Kolluru Krishan, Chairman, Skills Council of Green Jobs, incorporated by Govt of India and CII.

Mridula Ramesh, Author of The Climate Action; Entrepreneur; Angel Investor

Aroon Raman, Author of Skyfire, Managing Director at Telos Investments & Technologies

Anchor - Meena Raghunathan, Author of Understanding Environment, Director, Community Services at GMR Varalakshmi Foundation

1.00 p.m. to 1.45 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1.45 p.m. to 2.15 p.m.

Business Quiz

Sandeep Das, Asst. Director, PwC Bangalore, Author of Satan's Angels and Yours Sarcastically

Play by Dramatics Club of IIM, Bangalore

2.15 p.m. to 2.25 p.m.

Business Management Education - Challenges of FUTURE Work Place

Sudhakar Rao, Director - Branding, ICFAI Group

2.25 p.m. to 4.00 p.m

Emerging Innovations in Business-Work Models

Prof. Rishikesha T Krishnan, Author of 8 Steps to Innovation, Director, IIM Indore

Debashish Sengupta, Author of The Life of Y: Engaging Millennials as Employees and Consumers, Director, Alliance School of Business Alliance University

Aarti Wig, Co-founder, Yunus Social Business India, inspired by Nobel laureate, Prof. Mohammad Yunus

Rajiv Jayaraman, Author of Clearing the Digital Blur.Founder and CEO of Knolskape

Sangeeth Varghese, Author of Open Source Leader: The Future of Organizations

Anchor - Priya Chetty-Rajagopal, Founder Multiversal Advisory

4.00 p.m. to 4.15 p.m.

Networking Break

4.15 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. 

Emerging Entrepreneurship Models Relevant to India

Dr. Ashwin Naik, Founder, Vaatsalya Healthcare; Ashoka Fellow; author in the making.

Ankit Nagori, Co-Founder, Curefit, Eatfit, Mindfit; Angel Investor.

Nikhil Kumar, Fellow at iSpirit Foundation, a professional with leadership experience in Startups, Strategic Partnerships, Policy, Platforms and Developer Ecosystems.

Anchor - S Parthasarathy, Author of Unmet Needs of Entrepreneurship: Why Entrepreneurs Do What They Do

How to Write a Good Business Book and Publish It

2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Author, Coach

Author of the book 'The Underage CEOs - Fascinating Stories of Young Indians who Became CEOs in Their Twenties'​. This is a book that celebrates the spirit of young entrepreneurs of India. It narrates the wonderful journeys of highly-motivated student entrepreneurs from across India, each of whom has set up his/her own company at the age of 22 or 24, and is running it successfully today. I have written the book to inspire thousands of college students and other youngsters to take the plunge early on in life. Because, when it comes to becoming an entrepreneur, the earlier, the better! Published by HarperCollins, this book was released in Oct 2015 and has now been reprinted.You can check out the book on Amazon here: writer with a special interest in travel, culture, lifestyle, parenting and entrepreneurship. My work has been published by a few leading publications like Christian Science Monitor, Conde Nast Traveller, Financial Chronicle, GQ, Travel+Leisure, Travel3sixty, JetWings and Tiger Tales.A specialist in Branding & Marketing Communication, with seventeen years of work experience. Have done a lot of strategic, brand-related work for companies - big and small - from different industries. Helped established and nascent brands grow. Love the process of nailing consumer insights and from there on, leaping to a solid brand idea.A Life Coach who helps people achieve their big dreams/goals in life through a structured method.Specialties: Branding, Marketing Communication, Market Research, Digital Marketing, PR, entrepreneurship, writing, public speaking.


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Second Innings – How to Seamlessly Transition to a Second Career

3.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Puja Kohli

Puja has about two decades of experience as a human resource leader, providing strategic thought to shape human capital solutions for corporates and emerging organizations. Puja is the founder director of ‘Unfold’ ( an organization that offers unique people and change based solutions to build winning cultures that are Inclusive, Intrapreneurial and Future Ready.


Puja has been studying and working with the phenomena of Generations and Gender Diversity at work for a decade and has provided thought leadership through published industry research and working closely with industry bodies like Nasscom & CII.


Unfold Second Innings ( is a pioneering initiative for individuals and endeavors to build an inclusive community through work, learn and Interact opportunities for retired professionals and those on a career break. The program embraces both gender and age considerations while crafting second career and skilling solutions. The program also showcases an alternative and an experienced talent pool for organizations that are seeking to get diverse and inclusive and bridge the gap of experience and wisdom, Intrapreneurship Conclave is another pioneering program that has been launched by Unfold to explore the evolving landscape of intrapreneuring and innovation in Indian industry.


Puja is a regular speaker, has moderated several CXO panels at Industry summits & HR forums and publishes articles on emerging topics in people & change management. In the past she has worked in Accenture as Human Capital and Diversity Leader & CGI as HR Transformation leader.

Aparna George

Aparna has 15+years of experience in Human Resources with Accenture and Mercer Human Resource Consulting. She is an alumnus from IIMB and has had extensive experience in workforce management practices across local and global roles. She has been part of the founding team for Unfold and brings strong people and change management consulting skills.

She has been a key contributor to the generational research study taken up by Unfold and to gender based solutions for clients and regularly facilitates programs to build capability for leaders and managers. Her area of expertise beyond diversity lies in crafting talent management solutions across the employee life cycle.

How to Become an Intrapreneur and Add Zing to Your Career

4.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Ranganath Iyengar

Founder Director of Strategic Interventions India P Ltd, Bangalore


Ranganath Iyengar has more than 30 years of industry experience and is the Founder Director of Strategic Interventions India P Ltd. He has held leadership roles at HP and ITC in Sales, Marketing, Technology Consulting & Business Strategy. As a senior management consultant, he has advised more than 150 organizations since 2001 on Strategy, Growth, Change, Innovation and Transformation projects & programs. He has also assisted several startups during their Bootcamp / launch phases with creating and rendering business models and pitching for investments.


He is also an accomplished Entrepreneur Coach & Mentor as well as a facilitator for Leadership programs. As part of his advisory role, he has mentored, coached and facilitated several entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs across various industry verticals. He has engaged with industries like Retail & FMCG, E-Commerce, IT, ITES, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Education and Financial Services. He is also credentialed as a Management & Systems Auditor & Assurance specialist and co-leads a Pan India Audit & Assurance program. 


He is a Certified Management Consultant from CMC Global which is a Globally recognized certification.  He is professionally associated with IMCI, ISACA, IIBA, and OCEG. He has coaching credentials from ICF, MHC and NFNLP. He is the Founder Trustee of MSTQ Human Development Trust which works in the public domain offering Life Coaching to individuals & families. He has post graduate qualifications in Management and Computer Applications. He is an avid researcher and writer on business, technology, leadership and organization development.



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