Guest Lecture 1718

Visit of Mr. Jeffrey Alderman, President, ACBSP

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Mr Jeffrey Alderman, President and CEO, Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP), USA, visited the Institute on Thursday, August 31, 2017. SDMites had an opportunity to hear from the ACBSP President and interact.

Mr. Alderman during his talk elucidated on what accreditation signifies and particularly what the ACBSP accreditation means. He said, ‘There are only 7% business schools in the world to have this accreditation and you, the students of SDMIMD, are fortunate that you are getting to study in such a prestigious institute.’

Mr Alderman, while talking about the standards of ACBSP that are used for the accreditation process, briefly talked about the evolution of these and continuous revision. To give students a glimpse of the corporate world he shared some of his personal work life experiences which emphasized on time management to build a good career.

The talk concluded with an active question and answer session. While answering the difference between Indian B-School Students to the rest, Mr. Alderman said, ‘Indian students have an IT advantage. Be it in my own organisation or somewhere else – one thing I noticed common in Indian students is that they are good at information technology and that puts them ahead of the rest of the  competitors.’

Later, Mr. Alderman addressed the Faculty and Staff Members, and was interviewed by students for their online magazine “Dimensions”.

Invited Talk by Dr. S.S.S. Kumar

The finance specialization students of PGDM 2016-18 Batch participated in the invited talk by Dr. S.S.S Kumar, Professor-Finance, Indian Institute of Management, Kohzhikode (IIM-K), on Friday, August 18, 2017. Dr. Kumar focused the talk on ‘Derivatives and the Commodity Market’. The tips and techniques provided by the speaker on how one can analyse and trade in the derivatives and commodity market was informative. The speaker emphasised the students to take part in situation- based learning exercises. This was followed by Q&A session.

Technical Session Speaker – Mr Sanjay Somasundara

Mr. Sanjay Somasundara, Deputy Vice President, Kotak Mahindra Life, Tamilnadu, the invited technical session speaker of International Finance Conference 2017 on Day-2, August 19, 2017; took the audience a complete tour through the Insurance market. The penetration mainly focused on the life insurance sector in India and the customer segmentation. Presenting the Ideal Financial planning, Mr. Sanjay informed the factors that are considered for savings, SIP and market timing. 

Invited talk on 'Financial Statements'

Dr. Durga Prasad Samantaray, Professor-Finance, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, was the invited speaker to deliver talk on 'Financial Statements' to PGDM 2016-18 on Friday, August 18, 2017. Dr. Prasad explained the Financial statements through a case study of a Saudi Arabian Company. Further, the speaker touched upon certain aspects of Valuation during his lecture.​

Technical Session Speaker – Mr. Pawan Kumar Kopparam

The technical session speaker of International Finance Conference 2017 on Day-2, August 19, 2017 Mr. Pawan Kumar Kopparam, Associate Vice-President, Investment Advisory, explained the global financial crisis; and presented the role of – Government, Banks and Borrowers with various Infographics which helped them understand the Global financial crisis better. Mr. Pawan Kumar shared the lessons learnt from this crisis. 

Technical Session Speaker – Mr Swaminathan Santhanam

Mr Swaminathan Santhanam, Independent IT Solutions Consultant, the technical session speaker on the Day-One of the International Finance Conference 2017 on August 18, 2017, talked about the start of the internet giving an example of escape browser as well as the evolution of digital age from Analogue-Digital-Connected (internet)-Social media to Smartphones on today’s date. Mr. Santhanam opined that almost 50 to 60% businesses are not prepared for the digital age in India the digital age is going to disrupt these unprepared businesses. Further he said, ‘In today’s digital age the average lifespan of a company has come down to 10 to 15 years from 60 years in the 80s and 90s.’ In order to sustain, should adapt to digital age’s changes and focus on advanced data analysis, RPA, cloud and SaaS’.