Net Zero to Net Positive: Jayant Sinha Recommends A Green Frontier Development Model For India

Jayant Sinha addressing AIMA’s 53rd LeaderSpeak Session

Jayant Sinha addressing AIMA’s 53rd LeaderSpeak Session

To build a sustainable, competitive and resilient economy, India needs a new development model- a green frontier development model, that’ll take India on a Net Zero trajectory, said Jayant Sinha, Hon’ble Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance and Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) at AIMA’s 53rd LeaderSpeak Session

It has become difficult to ignore the harmful changes in our planet’s life-supporting ecosystem because of humanity’s accelerated consumption of nature. The biggest source of climate change is the excessive burning of fossil fuels to fire up the engines of economic growth. The West can be accused of the hypocrisy of teaching about conservation after taking advantage of the planet’s bounty, but we can’t ignore the fact that humanity will suffer if the earth’s environment heats up further.

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Amb Shyam Saran addressing at AIMA’s 57th LeaderSpeak

Amb Shyam Saran addressing at AIMA’s 57th LeaderSpeak

India is feeling the heat for being reluctant to condemn Russia’s current actions. Amb Shyam Saran, Former Foreign Secretary and Former Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board clarified that India’s interest lies in adjusting to the existing global order conditionally and not accepting it fully at AIMA’s 57th LeaderSpeak.

India has long-standing diplomatic ties with Russia but India’s economic prospects are tied to the USA, which also plays a role in influencing India from being involved in Russian affairs, which translates to India being “neutral”.

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Indian Aviation Navigating Covid Turbulence & Chartering A Future Course: Jyotiraditya M. Scindia

Jyotiraditya M. Scindia addressing AIMA Foundation Day 2022

Jyotiraditya M. Scindia addressing AIMA Foundation Day 2022

Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, Minister of Civil Aviation talked about how Indian Aviation inched back to form post covid and how it now will be the backbone of Indian transportation both because of its physical reach and its cost-effective economic rates, at AIMA’s 66th Foundation Day.

Aviation was one of the most affected sectors during the pandemic, yet the services it provided to the people during that time have been admirable. The Civil Aviation Ministry remained unmovable during the very difficult time and has played a major role in the transportation of logistics in the country. Continue reading

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A Multipolar World: Inevitable or Wishful Thinking- Amb Kanwal Sibal

Amb Kanwal Sibal addressing 56th Leaderspeak Session

Amb Kanwal Sibal addressing 56th Leaderspeak Session

There have been talks about the world having multiple Super Powers, but a peaceful transition to a Multipolar World is a debatable topic, said Amb Kanwal Sibal, Former Foreign Secretary of India at AIMA’s LeaderSpeak Session.

AIMA had organised the 56th LeaderSpeak live session on ‘A Multipolar World: Inevitable or Wishful Thinking’. Amb Kanwal Sibal, Former Foreign Secretary having a distinguished career as a professional diplomat and having served in many countries that were key to India’s geopolitical security and economic interest, was rightly qualified to deliberate the session.

For many years, especially since America’s financial meltdown, multiple Super Powers; India, Russia and China have been potential names for the formation of the Multipolar World Order, but right now China and Russia are tangled in an escalating conflict due to the Russia-Ukraine War. Besides, China also has issues with India regarding border problems. Continue reading

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India’s March towards being a Manufacturing Powerhouse: Dr Pawan Goenka

Pawan Goenka addressing in Management Cafe Session - Episode 3

Dr. Pawan Goenka addressing in Management Cafe Session – Episode 3

India is already amongst the world’s leading producers in many key sectors. Dr Pawan Goenka, Former Managing Director & CEO, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd shared his perspectives and forecast of the different sectors of India and how can it be a global supplier at AIMA’s Management Café.

While India is already amongst the world’s leading producers in many key sectors like automotive, metals, and pharmaceuticals and is being seen as one of the high prospects for the global supply chain for almost everything, AIMA had organised the 3rd Management Cafe live session with Dr Pawan Goenka, wherein he shared his acute perspective, analogies, and forecast for the different sectors in India.

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The Art of Management: By Shiv Shivakumar

D Shivakumar addressing the session during his book launch

D Shivakumar addressing the session during his book launch

AIMA had organised a special session on the launch of a new book- ‘The Art of Management’ by D Shiv Shivakumar, Group Executive President, Corporate Strategy & Business Development, Aditya Birla Group & Past President, AIMA. D Shiv Shivakumar not only shared the insights of the book but also shared tips on managing self, organization and business.

AIMA had organised a session on the launch of a new book- ‘The Art of Management’ by D Shiv Shivakumar, Group Executive President, Corporate Strategy & Business Development, Aditya Birla Group & Past President, AIMA.

Being one of the most recognizable CEOs in India and leading some iconic global companies, D Shiv Shivakumar has penned his new book on career management having plenty of knowledge about the subject.

Sharing insights from the book, D Shiv Shivakumar said “managing self, organization and business has become a surmounting task”. Hence the book was written with the view of realigning one’s priorities, capabilities and values in a fast-paced world.

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A working woman’s notes on work, life and leadership: Arundhati Bhattacharya shares all

- Arundhati Bhattacharya addressing 55th Leaderspeak Session

Arundhati Bhattacharya addressing 55th Leaderspeak Session

Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairperson and CEO, Salesforce India and Former Chairperson, SBI shared how she has chronicled in her book “Indomitable – A Working Woman’s Notes on Work, Life & Leadership” her journey of formative influences, personal and professional struggles, and lessons learned at AIMA’s Leader Speak.

Since the appointment of the first Probationary Officer of SBI (State Bank of India) in 1960, it took 53 years for a woman to break the glass ceiling and become the Bank’s Chairman. Ms Bhattacharya was that very lady in question.

The journey for Ms Bhattacharya was one of overcoming immense odds to become a successful banker, which she has chronicled in her book-
“Indomitable – A Working Woman’s Notes on Work, Life and Leadership” along with recording her realization of strengths and weaknesses while handling different aspects of her life; career management, corporate leadership and work-life balance.

While speaking to Mr Sunil Kant Munjal, Past President, AIMA and Chairman, The Hero Enterprise at AIMA’s Leader Speak, she started off by saying that it was those little anecdotes in her career life that added up to making it a full-rounded journey. One instance is that of a security guard in her office, who lent her money to take a bus home as she had forgotten her purse. She also added that once you climb the rungs of the hierarchy ladder, you get disconnected from the grass-root level that was once a part of your life, and you should not forget where you started from.
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Boosting India’s health: Adar Poonawala on producing vaccines during the pandemic

Adar Poonawalla addressing AIMA National Leadership Conclave 2022

Adar Poonawalla addressing AIMA National Leadership Conclave 2022

Mr Adar Poonawalla, Chief Executive Officer, Serum Institute of India explained how the Institute had to raise export and capacity, and also empower the team, to be able to produce vaccines on such a large scale. He also emphasized how capacity and resilience have to be built to ensure India’s health security at AIMA’s National Leadership Conclave 2022.

Mr Adar Poonawalla, Chief Executive Officer, Serum Institute of India addressed the audience from the panel in one of AIMA’s National Leadership Conclave sessions on how strong measures have to be taken to build capacity and resilience in the health care supply chain to ensure India’s health security under all circumstances, in addition to narrating the journey of how his company produced vaccines during the pandemic.

Mr Poonawala started the session by ruminating on how Serum worked on the export and raised the capacity, and also empowered the team to be able to do things ahead of time, which only became the reasons for the Institute to be able to produce vaccines that exceeding expectations, during the commencement of the covid pandemic.
He explained how he took the decision of producing the vaccines by partnering with renowned universities and academia, investing the company’s own money in it, raising capital from other countries, and building capacity, even though being in a legacy business, which is why the company was able to produce vaccines in bulks.

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The future of air warfare: Securing the skies and beyond

Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari

Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari addressing

A potent Indian Air Force in the future will be characterized by an efficient network of sensors, decision-makers, and shooters coupled with firm leadership, advanced ammunition, and modern technology.  

Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC, Chief of the Indian Air Force delivered the keynote address at AIMA’s 7th National Leadership Conclave and here are key points of his discourse.

He opened his address with a verse from the book ‘The Black Swan’ by famous author Nassim Nicholas Taleb; “The Black Swan is an event so rare that even the possibility that it might occur is unknown. It has a catastrophic impact when it does occur. And it’s always explained in hindsight as if it was actually predictable”. He further added that in the last 2 years, the world has witnessed another Black Swan event in the form of covid, that no one had predicted. The impact of the virus has been catastrophic across the world, and the theory on the origins of the virus is yet to be developed. Similarly, we have also witnessed unprecedented development in technology, which has totally changed the way we live and work. With the advent of the Internet and social media platforms, the world has become a very small place.

Traditionally, we always looked at a soldier on a battlefield, a sailor on a ship, or an airman in an aircraft as combatants who fight wars. A college student creating memes, a youngster sitting in front of a computer, a banker analyzing the fiscal health of a company, a diplomat making foreign policies would also be the combatants waging wars in the future alongside the soldier, sailor, and airman. All these scenarios add up to the term- ‘Comprehensive National Power’. In modern warfare, the comprehensive national power of a country must be brought to bear on the adversary, if we were to want a decisive victory.

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Technology in Higher Education: Mohandas Pai sheds more light

TV Mohandas Pai

TV Mohandas Pai addressing AIMA’s Vice-Chancellors Council Session 2022

The university of the future will be a collaborative university. It will be a part of the network, but will be technology-led, said Mohandas Pai, Chairman, Manipal Global Education Services at AIMA’s Vice-Chancellors Council Session 2022.

The two major things that have impacted Higher Education in terms of technology include;

1. the massive shift in human habits toward digitization

2. the Industrial Revolution after which education came into actual being.

Mr. Pai further explained that out of 7.8 billion people on the planet about 5.2 billion have access to the Internet. Everything that we need, from supplies to entertainment, from education to banking or even other services like medical or health, etc is available digitally. The massive shift has taken place because of the growth of digital technology, with the pandemic giving more impetus to it. So, there are going to be major changes in any facet of human life including education.

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