Modernizing forces through self-reliance

General Manoj Pande, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC, Chief of the Army Staff, India at AIMA’s 9th National Leadership Conclave

General Manoj Pande, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC, Chief of the Army Staff, India at AIMA’s 9th National Leadership Conclave

General Manoj Pande, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC, Chief of the Army Staff, India emphasises the need for significant Indian Army upgrades for a robust domestic production base to assert India’s interests in disputes at AIMA’s 9th National Leadership Conclave.

I shall share my thoughts on the relevance of hard power in India’s rise and how we are shaping hard power capabilities and modernisation through self-reliance. Today the nation is charting a remarkable journey of progress and development. The overall rise of a nation can be said to occur when there is significant and continuous increase in its comprehensive national power. While economic power is the fountainhead of the growth of the nation, yet it is the military strength that lends it the ability to effect outcomes necessary.

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Making magic, breaking taboos: My story

Karan Johar at AIMA’s 9th National Leadership Conclave.

Karan Johar at AIMA’s 9th National Leadership Conclave.

The celebrated Producer, Director, Talk Show Host and Entrepreneur, Mr Karan Johar shared his journey into the Indian film industry, his vast knowledge of film direction and execution, and industry insights at AIMA’s 9th National Leadership Conclave.

Two things I think that I can say at age 52 having completed 25 years in the business where I’m at right now. One, I’m definitely going through a midlife crisis, and which is meant to be a joke by the way. And secondly, I’m immensely grateful to the masters that taught me their passion for celluloid that translated so beautifully on celluloid. The great works of Mr. Yash Chopra, Mr. Raj Kapoor, Mr. Suraj Bajatia, Mr. Satyajit Ray, Mr. Guru Dutt.

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Leadership Lessons for Daily Living

 Dr R Balasubramaniam at AIMA’s 69th LeaderSpeak Session.


Dr R Balasubramaniam at AIMA’s 69th LeaderSpeak Session.

Dr R Balasubramaniam, Visiting Professor, Cornell University, USA and IIT-Delhi, India; Member-HR, Capacity Building Commission of the GoI; Founder of Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement & Chairman of the Advisory Committee, SEBI talked about the importance of integrity, empathy, continuous learning and navigating challenges and opportunities with purpose and authenticity while being in a leadership role.

Leadership is a widely discussed and written-about subject, reminiscent of Braatz’s observation that the more one delves into it, the less they comprehend. Annually, approximately 25,000 books are published on leadership in the United States alone, underscoring its global significance.

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The purpose of business: The ESG imperative

Mr Sanjiv Mehta at AIMA’s 3rd Dr K S Basu Annual Memorial Lecture

Mr Sanjiv Mehta at AIMA’s 3rd Dr K S Basu Annual Memorial Lecture

Embracing ESG principles is increasingly essential for long-term sustainability, resilience, and competitiveness in today’s interconnected and rapidly changing world, Mr Sanjiv Mehta (Non-Executive) Air India & Danone, France & President Commissioner (Non-Executive Chairman) Unilever Indonesia and Former Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Unilever Limited at AIMA’s 3rd Dr K S Basu Annual Memorial Lecture.

While paying my due respects to Dr KS Basu, I’d like to begin by saying that the purpose of business encompasses not only financial performance but also social and environmental responsibility. Embracing ESG principles is increasingly essential for long-term sustainability, resilience, and competitiveness in today’s interconnected and rapidly changing world. By aligning their business practices with ESG goals, companies can create value for society while also driving innovation, mitigating risks and enhancing their reputation and brand value.

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Why the world needs more women leaders

Mr Shiv Shivakumar, Past President, AIMA, Operating Partner, Advent, International Private Equity & Former Chairman, PepsiCo India at AIMA’s ‘LeadHERship Retreat’.

Mr Shiv Shivakumar, Past President, AIMA, Operating Partner, Advent, International Private Equity & Former Chairman, PepsiCo India at AIMA’s ‘LeadHERship Retreat’.

Encouraging and supporting more women to take on leadership roles can result in more resilient, innovative and equitable societies, said Mr Shiv Shivakumar, Past President, AIMA, Operating Partner, Advent, International Private Equity & Former Chairman, PepsiCo India at AIMA’s ‘LeadHERship Retreat’.

This topic is a very important topic. And I have personally tried to do my bit when I was a CEO or a senior manager. So, when I was in Nokia as well as PepsiCo, 40% of my management team was women. Till today, no SMCG company has 40% women.

In the Aditya Birla Group, I led a strategy team apart from other businesses, which had 25 people and 60% were women. So, this notion that women do traditional roles, doctors, teachers etc, and can’t do other roles is completely wrong in my book.

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Cyber Security- Current And Future Challenges

Hanan Szwarcbord, Vice President & Chief Security Officer, Information Technology, Micron Technology USA.

Hanan Szwarcbord, Vice President & Chief Security Officer, Information Technology, Micron Technology USA.

Cybersecurity is an ongoing process that requires continuous adaptation to new threats and technologies, besides combining technical measures with legal frameworks, international cooperation, and public awareness efforts can be an effective strategy against cybercrime, said Mr, Vice President & Chief Security Officer, Information Technology, Micron Technology USA at AIMA’s #LeaderSpeak Session.

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I first started when I was 14 and started as a child hacker, testing the boundaries and playing with scripts and trying to see where I can get access to spend a few years in the Israeli Force doing counter intelligence, and that is where I’ve learned what’s the right way of managing security.

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Long-term Sustainable Wealth

Mr Saurabh Mukherjea, Founder & Chief Investment Officer, Marcellus Investment Managers Pvt Ltd at AIMA’s LeaderSpeak Session

Mr Saurabh Mukherjea, Founder & Chief Investment Officer, Marcellus Investment Managers Pvt Ltd 

Investing can appear complicated, but there are smart guidelines that one can follow like having a bunch of rules and approaching investment with a philosophy, said Mr Saurabh Mukherjea, Founder & Chief Investment Officer, Marcellus Investment Managers Pvt Ltd at AIMA’s LeaderSpeak Session.

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The purpose of our company, Marcellus Investment Managers is to influence efficient capital allocation in the Indian economy by channeling household savings towards companies with long track records of efficient capital allocation, who in turn deliver superior returns to savers.

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Bilateral Bonding and Beyond: India- Israel Cooperation For a New Order

H E Mr Naor Gilon, Ambassador of Israel at AIMA’s 64th LeaderSpeak Session

H E Mr Naor Gilon, Ambassador of Israel at AIMA’s 64th LeaderSpeak Session

India and Israel have maintained a very extensive and comprehensive economic, military, and political relationship, but there’s always scope for more, said H E Mr Naor Gilon, Ambassador of Israel at AIMA’s 64th LeaderSpeak Session.

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India and Israel have maintained a very extensive and comprehensive economic, military, and political relationship. However, there’s always scope for more for the bilateral relations between India and Israel to be further expanded and deep-rooted.

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Public Interest Litigation

Justice Indu Malhotra at AIMA Aspire’s WomenSpeak Session

Justice Indu Malhotra addressing at AIMA Aspire’s WomenSpeak Session

While people are more aware of their rights now, the courts have also decided to relax the procedural laws that made justice easily accessible to people, said Justice Indu Malhotra, Former Judge of the Supreme Court of India at AIMA Aspire’s WomenSpeak Session.

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Public Interest Litigation is an essence. It is a petition filed by a public-spirited person who has no personal interest or animus. He brings an issue concerning a public cause before the courts and the courts are only the Supreme Court and the High Court which exercise writ jurisdiction. And he is not the Dominus Litis of the litigation. Dominus Litis means master of the litigation. Suppose he decides to, you know, remove his name from the proceedings, the proceedings will continue if the court finds merit in it. And he is not an aggrieved person. And the nature of these proceedings is not supposed to be adversarial. That is how PILs were conceived at the threshold. of public law litigation was in the United States in the year 1953 with the judgment in the Brown versus Board of Education case wherein they sought to set aside discrimination, racial discrimination between the Americans and black Americans of African origin who were seeking admission to educational institutions.

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Personal branding and style: The role of fashion in professional settings

Ms Rina Dhaka, AIMA Aspire’s WomenSpeak Session

Ms Rina Dhaka, AIMA Aspire’s WomenSpeak Session

The things to keep in mind while executing professional fashion are hygiene, presentation, trend and experimentation, said Ms Rina Dhaka, Renowned Fashion Designer, Proprietor and Advisor at AIMA Aspire’s WomenSpeak Session.

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I’d say that in a professional setting, appearances matter a lot. Appearance opens doors and appearance opens conversations. In crowded and competitive spaces, it helps to look distinct and intriguing even before speaking. Having a good sartorial sense is a major asset in a professional setting.

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