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Uday Shankar

Uday Shankar has three decades of experience in the media and entertainment industry. Until recently, he was the President, Asia Pacific of the Walt Disney Company and the Chairman of Star and Disney India. He is presently the President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI).

Uday led charge for Disney's transformation into a direct-to-consumer company in the most exciting region of the world. Within a year, he led the launch of Disney+ in five countries, making Disney the leading streaming company in Asia Pacific. His successful strategy to launch Disney+ in India through home-grown Hotstar created a new template for Asian markets, which resulted in the subsequent launch of Disney+ Hotstar in South-East Asia. Very few traditional media companies have made a leap to digital as effectively and rapidly as Star and Disney have in India and Asia Pacific.

Prior to his role at Disney, Uday was the President of 21st Century Fox for Asia and the Chairman & CEO of Star India. He took over the leadership of Star India in 2007 and since then transformed Star into one of the largest and most successful media companies in Asia. A believer in the power of local, Uday led the company's aggressive foray into regional and local language programming, transforming Star into a content behemoth. He helped fundamentally redefine India's sports ecosystem by launching domestic sports leagues in Kabaddi and Football and creating a thriving multi-sports culture.  Under Uday's leadership, Star also disrupted the country's digital landscape with the launch of Hotstar, and subsequently Disney+ Hotstar, which is India's largest OTT platform for professionally produced content and has gone global in its footprint. With its strong technology muscle, Hotstar has guided the evolution of Star beyond a traditional media institution into a leading consumer technology company. 

In addition to his leadership of Star and Disney, Uday has played a key role in shaping the media and entertainment industry in India. He has been at the forefront of landmark reforms for the industry and its consumers including self-regulation and digitization of the television distribution ecosystem. Currently, Uday is the President of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry), being the first media & entertainment executive to lead FICCI. He has earlier been the President of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) and the Chairman of FICCI's Media and Entertainment Committee. 

A trained journalist, Uday also pioneered the development of TV news ecosystem in India. Prior to Star India, he was the CEO and Editor of Star News, which was the first 24-hour news channel in India. He was also the Editor and News Director at TV Today Group, where he spearheaded the launch of Aaj Tak, a leading Hindi news channel, in 2000 and Headlines Today, a leading English news channel, in 2003. Uday holds an M. Phil in Economic History from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

Sanjiv Mehta
Sr. Vice President

Sanjiv Mehta is the Chairman and Managing Director, Hindustan Unilever Limited; President, Unilever South Asia and Member, Unilever Leadership Executive which is India's largest 'fast moving consumer goods' (FMCG) Company and one of the most valuable corporates in the country. Sanjiv also heads Unilever's business in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka & Nepal) having a turnover of $7 billion as President, South Asia. Sanjiv is also a member of the 12 member 'Unilever Leadership Executive' team which runs global Unilever. 

Sanjiv has done his Bachelors in Commerce (India), Chartered Accountancy (India) and has also completed his Advanced Management Program (Harvard Business School). 

Sanjiv has been with Unilever for 27 years and for the last 18 years he has led businesses in different parts of the world. He has been Chairman and Managing Director of Unilever Bangladesh Limited (2002 - 2006), Chairman and CEO of Unilever Philippines Inc. (2007 - 2008), Chairman of Unilever - North Africa and Middle East (2008 - 2013) and from October 2013 he assumed his responsibilities of heading Unilever's business in India and South Asia. 

During his six years at Hindustan Unilever, the market capitalization of the Company has increased from $17 billion to over $60 billion making HUL one of the most valuable companies in the country. In this period, HUL has won the prestigious Economic Times 'Company of the Year' & 'Corporate Citizen of the Year' awards and Business Standard's 'Company of the year' award. Forbes has rated HUL as the most innovative company in India and the 8th most innovative company in the world. Aon Hewitt in a global study rated HUL as the 3rd best company globally for building leaders. 

Sanjiv is a Director on the Board of Indian School of Business, a member of the Breach Candy Hospital Trust and South Asia Advisory Board of Harvard Business School. He chairs Xynteo's 'India 2022' a coalition of top Indian and MNC companies, FICCI's FMCG Committee, CII's National Committee on MNCs and Co-chairs the Advisory Network to the High Level Panel for a 'Sustainable Ocean Economy'. 

Sanjiv was conferred the honorary degree of "Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management" by Xavier University (Xavier Institute of Management) Bhubaneswar, was recognized as "Business Leader" of the year by the All India Management Association and was conferred the prestigious Economic Times "Business Leader of the Year" award. 

A firm believer that 'doing well' and 'doing good' are two sides of the same coin he propagates the cause of compassionate capitalism. Sanjiv is married to Mona who too is a Chartered Accountant by training. They have twin daughters Naina and Roshni who have studied at MIT, Cornell and Harvard Universities.

Subhrakant Panda
Vice President

Mr Subhrakant Panda is a business leader who has a thorough understanding of the nuances of government policies and their implications at the ground level. He joined IMFA Group in 1993 and has handled various responsibilities over the years. 

In 2006 he was appointed Managing Director of the flagship company Indian

Metals & Ferro Alloys Ltd (estd 1961; the country's leading, fully integrated producer of ferro alloys and his current role is to define strategic goals including growth & diversification plans. 
He is actively involved with the Federation of Indian Chambers of

Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and is a Member of the Steering Committee and Chairman of the National Manufacturing Committee, having earlier served as Chairman of the Odisha State Council. 

Mr Panda was President (2017-18) of the International Chamber of

Commerce - India Chapter and is only the 3rd Indian to have been elected President (2013-15) of the Paris-based International Chromium Development Association (ICDA). He graduated with honours summa cum laude from the Questrom School of Business, Boston University with a dual concentration in Finance and Operations Management. 

He has been recognised for his outstanding scholastic achievement by being named to the Beta Gamma Sigma Honour Society for Collegiate Schools of Business, Golden Key National Honour Society and Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (1993 edition).

Mr Panda is a voracious reader and his interests include technology.

Sangita Reddy
Immediate Past President

Dr. Sangita Reddy is a Global Healthcare Influencer, Healthcare Technocrat, Social Entrepreneur and Humanitarian.

She has been conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by Macquarie University Australia, in recognition transformative changes in healthcare and development of Health IT. She is an Honorary Consul of Brazil in Hyderabad.

Influencing Global Healthcare - Dr. Sangita Reddy is a member of The World Economic Forum, Rockefeller working Group, past member on Health for the Twelfth Five Year Plan, Planning Commission, Govt of India. She is also a Member of the Tech Devpt Board, Department of Science and Tech, Govt of India and is an Executive Member at NASSCOM.

Driving Healthcare Technology & Innovation - Dr. Sangita Reddy is focused on setting benchmarks in futuristic health care projects enabling IOT, AI, Data Analytics, Drone Tech and Block Chain. Under her leadership, Apollo Hospitals received three consecutive HiMSS-Elsevier ICT achievement awards and four hospitals have achieved the HiMSS Level-6 certification.

An Entrepreneur Promoting Affordable and Sustainable Social Initiatives - One of her initiatives, Apollo Reach, aims to build a string of secondary care hospitals in rural India. Dr. Sangita Reddy is also Chairman at Apollo Knowledge, an education initiative focused on shaping healthcare human capital for tomorrow by setting up of Medical Colleges, the online learning platform Medvarsity and Apollo MedSkills.

Driving Humanitarian Initiatives - Dr. Sangita Reddy heads Apollo Philanthropy, an umbrella entity encompassing 'Save a Child's Heart Initiative', SAHI, CURE and the Billion Hearts Beating Foundation and Total Health Foundation.

Awards and Recognitions - Dr. Sangita Reddy has been a recipient of numerous prestigious awards for business and leadership in the health care industry.

Dilip Chenoy
Secretary General

Dilip Chenoy is currently Secretary General, FICCI.

His last full-time assignment was when he served as Managing Director & CEO of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). NSDC is a public-private partnership whose objective is to foster private sector investment and initiatives in training and skill development. While at NSDC he served as co-chair of the Australia-India Joint working group on Skill Development.

Currently, Mr Chenoy is a member of the Board of Governors, IILM, New Delhi (a leading business school); of the Board of studies, All India Management Association (AIMA), He is also Director General of ICC India, and of Indian Council of Arbitration (ICA). He advises start-ups including organisations in the digital, education, skills and livelihood space. He also serves on the Executive Committee of Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) and is a Director of Invest India. He has served as the Chairman of Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering & Technology (SLIET) a fully government funded integrated skill development and degree-awarding institution.

He was awarded the Indian Achievers Award in 2018; The Game Changer Award in 2015 and the Rashtriya Media Ratan Award in 2013.

Prior to NSDC, Mr Chenoy was Director General of the advocacy group for the automobile industry in India, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM). He also served as the Deputy Director General of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He was a member of the Harvard Business School project that worked on the competitiveness of Indian industry with Professor Michael Porter.

He is a fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Science (WAPS).