Ashish Gupta is the Global COO and Global Business Unit Head, Financial Services of Evalueserve. He is also the founder and trustee of Ashoka University. He has been with Evalueserve since its inception in December 2000 and has spearheaded Evalueserve successfully to create the largest pure-play KPO Company. Prior to joining Evalueserve, Ashish was the founder and CEO of Ties2Family, a community building portal that provided various services to Indians in India and overseas, growing the company to 25 employees and 100,000 customers. Ashish has also worked at McKinsey & Co. in Delhi as an Engagement Manager. He spent five years at McKinsey, working with clients in India, the US, Europe and China; he was a core member of the firm's e-commerce practice. Experience as a Speaker : Ashish has spoken at many events over the last few years and is regularly quoted on TV and in print media as an ITES industry specialist. An in-depth knowledge of the ITES industry and various business sectors makes Ashish a frequent invitee at various national and international conferences and Embassy meetings. Honours and Awards: Under Ashish's leadership, Evalueserve has won many awards as listed below: Evalueserve won the Award of India Business Law Journal in the category 'Legal Process Outsourcing' in November 2010, and in 2009. Evalueserve won the 'EDGE 2010' Award in September, for organizations that use IT for maximizing business impacts. Best CIO Under 40 years was presented to Sachin Jain, CIO, Evalueserve (2009) by 9dot9 Media. Ashish Gupta, Global COO, Evalueserve won Best Young Entrepreneur' Award by Planman Media (2009). Evalueserve has been awarded the 'Innovation for India Award 2008' by the Marico Innovation Foundation. Evalueserve has been shortlisted as one of six finalists for the Global Entrepolis @ Singapore Award, presented by Wall Street Journal Asia and the Economic Development Board of Singapore (2007). Evalueserve won the NASSCOM IT Innovation Award for its Innovative Business Model (2007). Evalueserve has been recognized as one of the fastest growing technology companies in India under the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 India 2006 and 2007 program and as one of the 500 fastest growing companies in Asia under the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia 2006 and 2007 program. Red Herring Magazine named Evalueserve as one of its Red Herring 100 Asia for 2006. Evalueserve won the HR Excellence Award by the Amity International Business School, India (2006) Education.
HARKESH KUMAR MITTAL
Shri Harkesh Kumar Mittal is the Adviser, Member Secretary at National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB) and Secretary, Technology Development Board (TDB). Achievements : An alumni of the National Dairy Research Institute (1981) and the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad (1984), Shri Harkesh Mittal has been instrumental in giving a new vibrancy to promoting the innovation and entrepreneurial acumen among a wide section of Indian entrepreneurs ranging from simple rural industries to high end technological enterprises. His two decades long association with the Government has coincided with the beginning of India's economic liberalization initiatives. With his untiring efforts and personal initiative, Shri Mittal has made the innovation and entrepreneurship program of Department of Science & Technology a much sought after program by the individual entrepreneurs as well as by the industry and technological circles - not only in India but among the industrially advanced countries of the world. Shri Mittal has been instrumental in involving the private sector â€“ both national and international- in the task of innovation and entrepreneurship development in India. Companies like Intel, TCS, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, P&G, The Economic Times, etc. have now been involved in this task and quite many of them are making matching contribution and are bringing world class technology commercialization knowledge to India. He was also the National Programme Director of the UNDP project on SKILLS which aimed to demonstrate that sustainable jobs can be created in innovative vocations through appropriate location specific, need based; competency linked training interventions using the conventional as well as on-line systems. He has been responsible for establishing networks with international development institutions like the World Bank and EU for bringing the global incubation knowledge to the Indian business incubators. He has worked with UNIDO for Cluster Development as a National Expert. He has helped many Governments to set up incubation facilities and advises them on building up an incubation system. He was an international expert for UNDP on business incubation. He has represented India at various international forums on innovation, entrepreneurship, incubation etc.
Mr. R Narayan is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Power2SME. Mr. R. Narayan sets the overall direction for the business and responsible for all marketing, operational and business development efforts for Power2SME. His responsibilities include driving strategic partnerships and alliances with large Indian enterprises & global players with the focus on scalability and profitability of the company. As a qualified Cost Accountant, Narayan brings on board more than 24 years of general management and sales & marketing experience. Having worked closely with over 2 lakh SMEs around the country for the last 10 years, he brings an excellent understanding of SMEs, their needs in an evolving economy, which will enable Power2SME reach new heights and greater success. Prior to founding Power2SME, Narayan was the founder and CEO of Denave, India's largest technology powered sales enabling Services Company. As a self-funded venture, he was responsible to scale-up the company from a team of 100 to a 3500 people organization over a decade and across the Asia Pacific regions. He continues as a board member at Denave. Prior to founding Denave, Narayan worked for Microsoft India, where he managed SME segment and distribution business of the company. He has also worked with companies like Oracle, Tata Unisys and ICI.
SUNIL KANT MUNJAL
Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal is a senior member of the ~$ 5.6 billion Hero Group and is responsible for developing growth strategy and implementation of new business plans for the Group. He was selected by 'India Today' â€“ India's largest English newsmagazine, as one of the "Faces of the Millennium" for business. He has received GlobScot Award from the Scottish Government in Sept., 2012. His name has been inscribed on The Royal Society of Medicine's Wall of Honour at London in recognition of his contribution in Affordable Healthcare as President of DMCH, Ludhiana in February, 2013. Management responsibilities : He is the Joint Managing Director of Hero MotoCorp Ltd., the world's largest motorcycle manufacturing company, and Chairman of Hero Corporate Service Ltd., the Corporate office for the Hero Group. He is responsible for chartering the course for entire Group's development including strategy, plans and performance. He is also helping the Group to set up a world class university which will start to enrol student in 2014. Board level responsibilities : Mr Munjal sits on the boards of a large number of Hero Group companies. In addition, Mr. Munjal is on the boards of DCM Shriram Consolidated, a multi-product conglomerate with interests in sugar, chemicals and fertilisers, the Coca Cola India Advisory Board and the Bharti Foundation, the social service arm of Airtel, India's largest private sector telecom company. He is on the boards of the Indian School of Business at Hyderabad and Mohali. He is Member of the Board of Governors of IIT, Ropar in Punjab. He also serves on the President's Council at the University of Tokyo, one of the oldest and most revered institutions in Japan. He has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Governors of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar by the Punjab Govt. in October, 2012. He is Member of the Advisory Board of the UK India Business Council. In the past, Mr. Munjal has been on the boards of India's largest life insurance company, Life Insurance Corporation of India Ltd, and PNB Gilts Ltd, India's only listed gilt trading company. Industry responsibilities : Mr. Munjal was President of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), India's premier business association, for the year 2004-05. He continues to be actively involved in the Confederation's various programs at a strategic and intellectual level, and heads the national council for economic policy. Policy responsibilities: Mr. Munjal has made significant contributions to the economic reform process in India. He is currently a member of Prime Minister's Council on Trade & Industry that regularly interacts with the Indian Prime Minister on economic issues. Mr. Munjal has also been involved in the preparation of a number of socio-economic reports in the areas of skill development, vocational training, CSR and tribal development. Previous assignments : Mr. Munjal has been a member of the Narasimham Committee that was set up in the 1990s to chart a course for banking and financial sector reforms in India. He was also part of a committee set up by India's Central Bank, the Reserve Bank of India to study the role of directors on Indian banks and financial institutions. At the Central Government, he was a member of the Taskforce on Indirect Taxes (Kelkar Committee). He also chaired the Study Group on Skill Development, Training and Workers' Education constituted under the Second National Commission on Labour Reforms. He was also member of the Northern Regional Advisory Committee of The Industrial Development Bank of India. He has also been a member of the consultative groups on industry and external sector set up by the Planning Commission. Besides these roles, Mr Munjal has also been involved in Track II Diplomacy initiatives with a number of countries. Social Responsibilities : Mr. Munjal is the President of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana (one of North India's largest hospital cum medical colleges). He is also the President of the Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam, an organisation that promotes performing arts across North India. Mr Munjal is married and has a daughter who is also involved in the Group business.