Economics Conclave 2019

The Research and Scholastic Development Team of SIBM Pune was privileged to host stalwarts from industry and academia for the Economics Conclave 2019. The theme for this year’s event was “The Roadmap to India’s 5 Trillion Dollar Dream”. The event commenced with a key-note address by Mr. Rajiv Batra, Chief Financial Officer, Cummins India Ltd. who shared his valuable insights on the growth trajectory and macroeconomic drivers of the Indian economy.

Accompanying Dr. Augustin were Mr. Prakash Wakankar - Head of International Operations, Farm Equipment Sector & CEO (Two Wheeler) and our alumnus from the Batch of 1985, Mr Sriram Chandrasekaran - Founder and CEO, Broadvision Group of Companies and Ms Anisha Saluja - Head, GMC Program & Mahindra War Room and our alumnus from the Batch of 2015.

The team was given a grand Maharashtrian style welcome by the students who exhibited their individual talents through a face off and a group dance session. The Godrej team began the event by interacting with the students with the all-time favorite game "Two Truths and a Lie". This was followed by an inspiring talk by Ms. Scolt, as she shared her life journey and her inspiring career at Godrej with us. Mr. Anubhav Gupta also shared with us his challenges and how he overcame them. Furthermore, he elucidated Godrej Properties’ transformation enables by sustainable design.

The key note speech was followed by an enriching panel discussion with experts from across industries moderated by Mr. Santosh Gopalkrishnan, Faculty Member, SIBM Pune. The panel consisted of Mr. Batra; Dr. Nirakar Pradhan, Director & APAC Representative, PRMIA; Mr. Hari Hara Mishra, Director, UV ARC Limited and Mr. Bipin K. Deokar, Senior Deputy Director, Economic and Political Weekly Research Foundation, who enlightened the audience with their thoughts on the current financial crises, the need for structural changes in the system, infrastructure development, successful implementation of reforms like GST and the road ahead for our nation. The event saw an active participation of students as the floor opened for Q&A session.

The session ended on a successful note as students took home thought-provoking viewpoints to the challenges faced by the economy and their viable solutions.