Speakers | panellist | jury

Chief Guest

Prof C Ravindranath

Shri. Prof. C. Ravindranath

Education Minister of Kerala

Guest of Honour

Dr. J Letha

Dr. J Letha

Vice Chancellor, CUSAT

Special Guest

Ms. Diana Dentinger

Ms. Diana Dentinger

Founder, The Meaning of Life School
Luxman Radhakrishnan IAS

Mr. Luxman Radhakrishnan IAS

Chairman, KSInC; Ex-Advisor to CM, Kerala

Currently working as the Chairman of KSInC and has worked as the Principal Advisor to the Chief Minister of Kerala on all non-political matters, Mr. Luxman Radhakrishnan IAS belongs to the 1984 batch. A think tank when it comes to executive leadership and program execution, Luxman was the Chairman and CEO of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India's largest container port and holds advanced degrees from ENA, Paris; MBA from IIM Bangalore.

Smitha Tharoor

Ms. Smitha Tharoor

Founder & Director, Tharoor Associates, UK

Smita Tharoor has over 20 years’ experience within corporate, regional and international frameworks and in large voluntary, statutory, health and private sector organisations. She has considerable experience in embedding a Coaching culture into organisations and in providing turn-around solutions for training & development companies in their fledgling state. She has expertise in the pioneering and development of training and education provision; with particular experience in the business management and service improvement areas. Her specialties include Leadership development, strategy development, and coaching and people development, alignment of an organisation's people and its external strategy, executive coaching, team coaching, team development, career coaching, cultural alignment.

Vishnu Venugopal

Vishnu Venugopal IAS

Sub Collector, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu

A native of Kochi, graduate from NIT Trichy, he went on to work for an MNC in Chicago. He came back soon to Kerala, leaving away his career as a techie, gave a shot at civil service examination. He got posted as Sub Collector of Tirunelveli district Tamil Nadu, after he cleared the civil services exam in his first attempt, securing 34th rank.

Dr Som Singh

Dr. Som Singh

Founder & CEO, Unspun Consulting Group

A PhD in Marketing management from MIT, Sloan School of Management; Som Singh is a Nasscom 10K Mentor; Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CEE) Bangalore and Founder of Unspun Consulting Group. A visiting lecturer at various B Schools in India, Dr Som is passionate about strategy, marketing and advertising.

Madhu S Nair

Shri. Madhu S Nair

CMD, Cochin Shipyard Limited(CSL)

Shri Madhu S Nair, the Chairman and Managing Director of Cochin Shipyard Limited, did his Bachelor of Technology (Naval Architecture and Ship Building) from Cochin University of Science & Technology in first class and Masters in Engineering (Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering) from Osaka University, Japan. He has 27 years of professional experience with Cochin Shipyard Ltd since joining as an Executive trainee in June 1988 in the entire gamut of shipyard management. He is trained in shipbuilding systems at the IHI Shipyard in Kure, Japan and undergone JICA Specialized training at Overseas Vocational Training Centre (OVTA), Tokyo and Osaka International Centre, Osaka, Japan and did research in Joining & Welding Research Institute, during Masters in Engineering at Osaka University, Japan. He has been steering the yard’s efforts at formulating partnerships in the LNG Carrier Construction and developing dredgers, chemical tankers and passenger vessels. CSL has now been firmly positioned as a leading player in the offshore vessel segment in Europe. He is a member of various professional bodies, including The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, UK (RINA), Institution of Naval Architects, India and Member, Board of Studies (NA&SB), Cochin University of Science & Technology.

Anandakuttan B Unnithan

Dr. Anandakuttan B Unnithan

Professor, IIM-K

Prof. Anandakuttan B Unnithan is a Professor of Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode in Marketing Area and has achieved excellence as a teacher, researcher and consultant. His studies contributed to the understanding of human behaviour and developing models that find applications in management. Besides teaching, Prof. Anandakuttan has conducted a large number of executive development programmes for various clients in private and public sector like Reliance India Ltd, NHPC, NTPC, Power Grid corporation, GMR Group, National Academy of Defense Production (NADP), BEL, Bajaj Finance etc. His interest lies in consumer behaviour, marketing, and advertising research which gained an umpteenth number of publications in reputed national and international journals.

Mr Manoj Varghese

Mr. Manoj Varghese

Dean and Faculty, XIME, Kochi

He has worked with Facebook, Google, Dell, Infosys & Maruti suzuki. A graduate in Electronics & Communiction Engineering from NIT Calicut and a post graduate diploma in Personnel Mnagement from XLRI Jamshedpur. He has served as Director for Facebook India with the key responsibility of building Facebook India operations, Head of Staffing and Human Resources for Google (Japan and Asia Pacific) based in Singapore. Prior to that, he was Head of HR for Google India and, along with a number of expatriate managers, is credited for setting up and scaling Google India operations to over 1500 employees. Mr. Varghese joined Google from DELL, where he was the Staffing Manager for Dell and during his time Dell International Services grew from 450 employees to over 3400 employees across BPO and Technical teams. He also served as the Site HR Leader for Dell’s second center in Hyderabad where he grew the Hyderabad center from zero to 1500 employees over 18 months. He has also worked with Infosys Technologies Limited and Maruti Suzuki, in areas such as Manpower Planning, Staffing, Training and Development, Organization Development, and Performance Management. He is currently registered as a research scholar with School of Management Studies, Aligarh Muslim University and working on a thesis on Employee Engagement. He is in the India Advisory Board for Acumen and has consulted with a few of Acumen investments in India.

Mr Dinesh P Thampi

Mr. Dinesh P Thampi

Vice President & Delivery Centre Head - Kerala, Tata Consultancy Services

A graduate in Electrical Engineering from University of Calicut, started his career at Sea Horse Systems as Programmer Analyst and went on to join TCS. He has worked as TCS Global Relationship Manager, Delivery Centre Head of TCS Kochi, and general manager of TCS Hungary branch. He was presented with the Knight’s Cross of the Hungarian Order Merit (Civil Division) on June 3. Currently he is the Vice President & Deliver Centre Head of TCS Kochi.

Mr. Binod Krishna Purushothaman

Mr. Binod Krishna Purushothaman

Senior Manager - HR, Cognizant

A seasoned HR Generalist with more than a decade of experience in handling end to end HR activities at large MNCs. His forte has been in employee engagement through innovative interventions. An MBA, LLB and Bachelors under his belt, Binod is working currently as the senior manager-HR at Cognizant Technology Solutions Kochi.

Mr. Anilkumar G

Mr. Anilkumar G

Founder & Managing Director, Actionrich Business Solutions (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Currently the executive director of BNI, business coach and HR Consultant, Anil is passionate about building teams, performance and business strategically. Profound experience as HR with Patspin, Hindustan Unilever Ltd, NeST Group, now he runs Action Rich Business Solutions Pvt Ltd, Kochi.

Mr. Harikrishnan Nair

Mr. Harikrishnan Nair

Chief Operating Officer, KASE

A highly experienced professional with over a decade of experience in Skill Development, e-Governance, Government Administration, IT Services, Business Consulting, Operations and Print Media space . Former technical Director at Information Kerala Mission (IKM), Panchayat Secretary of Marayoor, LSGD; Head of Innovation - Lead Program Manager at UST Global. Graduate of Mechanical Engineering from TKM College of Engineering and C-DAC Trivandrum, he has worked as Senior Editor of Venad Patrika.

Mr. Venkatesh Thyagarajan

Mr. Venkatesh Thyagarajan

CEO and Principal Consultant, Cabot Solutions

Currently the CEO and Director at Cabot Technology Solutions Pvt Ltd, an organization that Venkatesh helped build from ground up to its current team size of about 100 employees. As a management consultant, Venkatesh has delivered projects for different government agencies in Halifax, Canada including the Department of Natural Resources, Port of Halifax and others. He has also assisted the Port of Halifax with their Enterprise Software selection project to get a new system in place for Real Estate and Finance Management.

Mr. Shamim Rafeek

Mr. Shamim Rafeek

Corporate Trainer | Motivational Speaker | Business Coach | Author

Shamim is a Certified Coach who has a successful track record in coaching more than 300 Entrepreneurs across the globe. He broke new ground in experiential training & coaching with Winner in You Training & Coaching Services, his brain child. His flagship programs - 'Lead to Win', 'Sell to Win', 'Spirit to Win' and 'Seeds to Win' - have transformed the lives of 1,60,000 plus participants the world over. His core area is in helping each individual to increase their output, achieve personal goals and thereby ensure organizational growth. He has addressed more than 1000 forums as the Key Note Speaker and undoubtedly he is one of the Best Keynote Speakers in India. Indian Society for Training & Development (ISTD) honoured Shamim Rafeek with the coveted award - "Best Trainer of the Year".

Mr. Reji Unnithan

Mr. Reji Unnithan

General Manager, Calibri Training & Development LLC

10+ years of extensive and diversified experience devoted to Instructional Designing, Training Management, Program & Project Management, Course Content Development, Training Operations, Pre-sales and Vendor Management in domains such as Education, Knowledge Solutions, Training Delivery and Directing Enterprise Initiatives. A proven track record of significant improvements in learning processes, productivity, quality, and customer satisfaction while reducing costs and maintaining a positive work environment. Dynamic leader, strategic thinker and decision-maker. Employs solid verbal and written communication skills to deliver unique and extraordinary vision to corporate executives, sales personnel, vendors and retail representatives.

Mr. Jose P Philip

Mr. Jose P Philip

Chairman, ISTD

Jose P Philip is in the field of Construction Industry for the last 34 years. In the year 1981 he plotted company viz. M/s BESL Infra Projects Ltd. (at present Tecpro Infra Projects Ltd) as its promoter Managing Director. Before entering business field Mr. Jose P Philip served in the Kerala Police Service as Inspector of Police for 8 years from the year 1973 to 1981. He has worked in the districts of Ernakulam & Palakkad including Agali Police Station of Attappady Valley Tribal settlement. He earned a name of high repute among general public as an upright police officer with proven capabilities in detecting several criminal cases, preventing sandalwood smuggling throughout the forest of Kerala-Karnataka-Tamil Nadu boarder, handling law & order issues, controlling policemen under him, serving common man for peaceful living & implementing communal harmony in the society. Mr. Jose P Philip qualified MBA from DAVV University, Indore with specialization in HR.

S R Nair

S R Nair

Mentor Director, Mentorguru Professional Services P Ltd.

A post graduate in Management, S R Nair is a professional turned entrepreneur with 33 years of experience in Information Technology. He is the founder and Managing Director of Team Frontline Limited and Team e-Biz Limited. He is also the founder and Director of Stallion Systems and solutions in Limited. SR Nair had chaired Kerala Management Association twice. He co-founded TiE:Kerala in the year 2002 and was its second President. For two years he had chaired Indian Society of Training & development (ISTD), Kochi chapter where he is a National Council member now.

Nuthan Manohar

Nuthan Manohar

Yoga Trainer | Marketing Strategist | MeMetMe.com

Nuthan Manohar is a wellness consultant and researcher. She empowers people to face real life challenges related to the body, mind and spirit within a today's context. She successfully blends concepts of Eastern and Esoteric Wisdom like Yoga, Ayurveda, Meridian and Energy based healing, Essential Oils etc with modern day sciences such as Psychology, Anatomy and latest medical research. She is an MBA in Marketing and Strategy. Prior to engaging in wellness she was in Brand Consulting and Advertising for global brands like Kraft (Oreo, Chips Ahoy, Kraft Cheese etc.), Bausch and Lomb; national brands like Titan, Reliance, Mahindra, Nilgiris, Coffee Day. Her marketing tenure included top notch firms like Ogilvy, Draftfcb etc. Till 2010 she was handling the Asia Pacific brand strategy and advertising operations for key global clients spanning over 11 countries such as Australia, China, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Indonesia etc. Since 2011, she’s a full time Yoga teacher at the Pure Yoga, Hong Kong, the largest premium Yoga Studio chain in Asia.

Vijayaraja Mallika

Mx. Vijayaraja Mallika

Transgender Activist | Co-Founder, Sahaj International School

She has an MSW degree after her double main graduation and has been in the field of social work since past 8years for various Govt/NGO/Pvt organisations as program manager, volunteer, project coordinator, research assistant, teacher and family counselor. She is currently the Principal of Sahaj International School, which is India's first Alternate Learning Center for School drop out transgenders providing shelter, meal and other sustainable execution of inclusive technique of social work. She is a Poet and writes in Malayalam, Hindi and English. She is also a volunteer for Breast Cancer Awareness conducting a program called, "Ormayil Ragini" in memory of Travancore Sisters. She also is part of various religious groups in creating transgender awareness.

C R Sreeja

C R Sreeja

CWA | Paraplegic Trainer

Ms. Sreeja has an inspiring story under her belt. She suffered a polio attack at the age of four and got paralyzed completely. After years' of treatment, operations and her mom's help, she could start walking. She stood up to become a phoenix, fighting all odds of life. She is a post graduate in commerce and CWA,she has been conducting tuition classes for CA, CS and CMA students ever since. Her students have went on to reach great heights in their respective domains.

Ram Mohan Nair

Ram Mohan Nair

CEO, Edyounet TeleClassrooms Limited

Former CEO - Yes Indiavision TV, Ram Mohan is highly passionate about software-oriented system analysis, Linux platform, delivering higher end softwares at affordable costs. A software technologist by Profession, he loves to identify and create innovative Business solutions for ventures. Currently he runs Edyounet TeleClassrooms Limited.

Dr. Reshmi Pramod

Dr. Reshmi Pramod

Founder, Jeevaneeyam

Dr Reshmi comes from a family that has practiced ayurveda for centuries and is a qualified Ayurveda Physician from Kottakkal Ayurveda College but draws extensively from the knowledge base that has been orally handed over to her by her predecessors. She has over 10 years of experience in preventive, palliative and curative aspects of general medicine, Panchakarma therapies, clinical yoga and hospitality. Her professional experience began in 2002 as an Ayurveda Physician at Aswini Hospital. Later in 2004, she was appointed as the Chief Consultant and Manager of the Ayurveda Centre at Bolgatty Palace, KTDC, Kochi. Having gone through a personal challenge of weakening eyesight after few years of practice, Dr. Reshmi overcame the debilitating episode with sheer determination. Her foresight helped in the formation of an institution that respects professionals and brings them together to provide the best of care and cure. She draws inspiration from great personalities who have achieved great glories in spite of being differently abled. She has always had the vision of running an institution that foster a better understanding of wellness and help all achieve harmony in life, in spite of the challenges faced by them. Over the many years, she has garnered a name for herself, nationally and internationally, as a provider of personalized care, with a scientific approach.

Mr. Balamurali Vijayaraj

Mr. Balamurali Vijayaraj

Executive Director, LifeTree Academics and Projects Pvt Ltd | Director & Chief Academic Officer, The Charter School

Mr. Balamurali Vijayaraj is a Computer Engineer, who has deep IT industry experience having worked with IT leaders like Oracle, BEA and HP. During his Oracle tenure in Singapore, Bala played key roles like Product Evangelist, Business Development (Pre-sales), Program Manager and Technical Domain Lead. After spending years of research, Bala founded The Charter School, Trivandrum (formerly GreenValley International School), In tandem, he also set up Bodha Educational Services, a curriculum company that has brought together some of the best academics in India and abroad. Bodha today is known for its innovative 21st century skills based curriculum and its unique individual learning plan.

Mr. Amith Vincent

Mr. Amith Vincent

Director, Learning Services - Apposite Learning Solutions

Amith has over 18 years of experience in the training and learning industry and has been creating innovative and trendsetting classroom and elearning products for companies like DigitalThink, Convergys, and Microsoft Corporation. Amith was part of the Microsoft Learning team as a Content Development Manager and has worked closely with the Microsoft Certified Trainers to create training products that would be used by learners globally. He is currently the founder of Apposite Learning Solutions, a learning development organization that provides next generation and cutting edge learning solutions to Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft, Sutherland, and NIIT.

Ms. Nirmala Lilly

Ms. Nirmala Lilly

CEO, Infinity Hospitality Services

Nirmala is a life coach and a leadership trainer. She is a life member of Indian society for Training and Development, New Delhi. Certified Master Trainer and Counselor She has been associated with Taj group of hotels and other Five Star Facility hotels for more than 24 years and has rich experience in hospitality industry. Apart from being an MBA graduate, she has post graduations in Public Relations and sociology. Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest degree in Toastmasters International.

Ms. Malathy G Menon

Ms. Malathy G Menon

Founder & Choreographer, Parvanendu School of Thiruvathira

Hailing from Kumbalam Village of Ernakulam District, Malathy G Menon, is a shining artiste of Thiruvathira, the enchanting and unique art form of Kerala. After retiring from government service as a Hindi teacher, she has dedicated herself for this art that entirely occupies her heart and thoughts. She has founded a school in 2009 in order to bring Thiruvathira into the limelight; Christened ‘PARVANENDU SCHOOL OF THIRUVATHIRA’, this institution has become a haven for children, housewives and working women. The school has conducted many a stage show, attracting huge crowds. Malathy G Menon has been in the Judging panel at the District and State Levels for various performing arts. With a view to boosting Thiruvathira not only in Kerala but also in other states, Malathy G Menon has studied about this art form in depth. She has brought out many books and cassettes on the subject.

Mr. Vipin Roldant

Mr. Vipin Roldant

CEO & Founder, Corporetta Training Solutions

Head of the Department and Chief Consultant Psychologist of Sunrise Hospital Kakkanad. He is the founder and CEO at Corporetta Tarinining Solutions which provides personalized mental coaching, assertiveness training, counseling, psychological assessments, psychotherapies, consultation for children, adolescents, youth, women, couples,s ports stars, media people, corporate professionals etc.

Mr. Biju Vithayathil

Mr. Biju Vithayathil

Director, Amity Business School, Kochi

Currently, the Director at Amity Business School, Biju is heading the University's Business School in Kerala. He is the winner of Rashtra Deepika Business Excellence Award 2014, which he recieved from Chief Minister Shri. Oomen Chandy. He is also the Business Head at Reliance Retail, setting up stores in Kerala. He has worked with Crompton Greaves Ltd., Modi Xerox Ltd, BHEL-Industrial Systems Group, FACT - Pertrochemicals Division and Ion Exchange Finance Ltd.

Ms. Chandra Vadhana R

Ms. Chandra Vadhana R

CEO & Founder, 4Tune Factory

A double post graduate in Management and Psychology, has 12+ years of experience in HR, Career Management & Assessment and Management Consulting. UN Empretec Certified Entrepreneurship facilitatorr and researcher in psychometrics. A former corporate manager, B-School Faculty and now a social entrepreneur.

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