Guest Lecture 2223

Speakers of 7th International Economics Conference

Success is a Marathon, not a Sprint - Abhishek Jain
Mr Abhishek Kumar Jain, General Manager - Investor Relations & Taxation, Wipro Ltd, delivered the keynote address to the 7th International Economics Conference (IEC) on November 24, 2022. Mr Abhishek shared insights into India being an emerging alternative to China and how good tax collection has helped reduce the fiscal deficit. Speaking of technology adoption, every company is technology-driven, and this environment has bought in high scope in the IT sector. Dr M. Sriram, Associate Professor of Finance at SDMIMD, chaired the session. 

Session on Manufacturing and Sustainability by Mr Dhakharia
Mr Awibhawan Dhakharia, Business Head, Liebherr India Pvt Ltd., was the speaker for the Technical Session on November 24, 2022, during International Economic Conference (IEC) focused on Manufacturing and Sustainability. Mr Dhakharia presented how the 'Make in India' shifted the gear of the manufacturing sector, with a focus on the aerospace industry, in India and its contributions to making India a manufacturing hub of the World. He further iterated on how the manufacturing ecosystem is being developed in India and how this will propel India to be a manufacturing hub of the World and move ahead with - Make in India and Make for the World. Prof. Mohammed Minhaj, Associate Professor of Systems at SDMIMD, chaired the session. 

Invited session on Environment, Social and Governance (ESG)
Mr Rajesh Kumar Jha, Country Environment Sustainability Manager, ABB India Ltd and Co-Chair of the ESG Panel at BCIC, was the Distinguished Speaker for the technical session of the 7th International Economics Conference (IEC) on November 25, 2022. Mr Rajesh focused his talk on ESG elements and the strategic approach towards becoming an ESG leader. The speaker illustrated how the Government is bringing policies through its governing agencies, such as SEBI, that try to inculcate the mentality of Business Responsibility and Sustainable Practices by mandating disclosures on the same, which will make India a global leader for sustainable growth. During his presentation, the speaker highlighted the importance of water in sustainability and explained the instrumental role of software such as BMS and EMS in transforming ABB’s plant to achieve the same. The session was chaired by Dr. M. Sriram, Associate Professor at SDMIMD. 

‘Think big, think digital, think green' – Dr Kamalesh Vyas
‘We need to display personal social responsibility. Sustainable, conscious, ethical and honest work is the path toward a sustainable economy. The strategic actions of corporate organisations ought to ensure that sustainability is sustainable for all stakeholders’ thus said Dr Kamalesh Vyas, Partner at Deloitte, in his valedictory address during the International Economic Conference (IEC) on November 25, 2022. Dr Kamalesh, while discussing the eight key driving elements of sustainability, said, “think big, think digital, think green” is the mantra for future Economic Growth and Sustainable Development.
Dr M. R. Suresh, Professor of Marketing at SDMIMD, chaired the session and presented his thoughts on sustainability. Dr B. Venkatraja, Conference Chairperson, proposed a vote of thanks.

Invited Talk on ‘Presenting Analytical Insights

Mr Kiran Sathyanarayan, Advisor, Data Science, Dell Technologies, was invited to deliver a talk on 'Presenting Analytical Insights' on November 14, 2022. The session was organized as part of the business intelligence course as part of the PGDM Program. The interactive session introduced the various nuances and techniques of understanding & presenting analytical insights. 

Interactive Session on Funding Opportunity for Research

Dr Sudharshan Reddy Paramati, Chair Professor of Financial Economics and Climate Change, School of Business, University of Dundee, was on campus to discuss the funding opportunity for the research. Dr Sudharshan introduced the various scholarships and research avenues in the area of finance for the young managers of PGDM 2022-2024 during the interactive session held on November 17, 2022. The session followed a discussion with the faculty team on the academic tie-up between SDMIMD and the University of Dundee. 

Invited talk by Mr Sudhir Mysore

Mr Sudhir S. Mysore, Product Owner, SAP Labs, India, was invited to introduce the SAPs Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution to the PGDM Batch 2022-2024 as part of the course Understanding Information Systems in Organization (UISO) on November 12, 2022. Mr Sudhir, with his rich experience in managing a team involved in developing Digital Manufacturing solutions for manufacturing customers; and his involvement as part of the solution team for SAP’s Marketplace strategy, brought industry examples to the classroom in introducing the fundamentals of ERP and availability of functional features that helps the manager for effective decision-making. 

Invited talk by Prof. Jagadish

Prof. S. Jagadish, Former Professor - Operations, Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore (IIMB), delivered an invited talk for PGDM 2022-24 on November 4, 2022. Prof. Jagadish discusses the values and management principles relevant to the current scenario. Further, the speaker discussed how young managers could achieve identity by following value-based directions. The inspiration talk concluded with an interactive Q&A. The Director of the institute, Dr N.R. Parasuraman and Deputy Director, Dr S.N. Prasad, graced the occasion. 

Speakers of 10th International Finance Conference 2022

Technical session on Wealth Management 
Mr E.A. Sundaram, Executive Director, O3 Capital, Bengaluru, was the speaker for the technical session during the International Finance Conference (IFC) on October 13, 2022. Mr Sundaram focused on the approach of value investment during the session. He called upon the conference participants to focus on being an excellent and consistent players rather than trying to be the best in the market. During the session, Mr Sundaram discussed the three primary avenues to success. The first is to look for untapped markets, followed by assessing the level of leadership, while the third is to forecast the rate of increase in earnings. The session helped the audience squash many misconceptions about trading and investment banking. The session was chaired by Dr Mousumi Sengupta, Professor, SDMIMD. 

Invited Session on Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)
Mr Pavan Kumar Kopparam, Founder of EQ Addwise and Partner 4Thoughts Finance, Bengaluru, was invited to deliver the 10th International Finance Conference (IFC) technical session on October 14, 2022. Mr Pavan presented the various asset classes like Equity, debt, and other commodities available to invest in multiple themes. Spot-on clarity was provided on the differences between Exchange-traded funds, Mutual Funds and a Stock. During his presentation, Mr Pavan detailed how a prudent investor can utilise various metrics to analyse multiple options in the Investment domain. The session was chaired by Dr M.R. Suresh, Professor, SDMIMD and presented the concluding remarks. 

Address on Changing Economic Environment 
Dr L. Ravindran, Executive Director of Wealthmax India Pvt. Ltd. Bangalore and the President of Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC), delivered the valedictory address of the 10th International Finance Conference (IFC) on October 14, 2022. Dr Ravindran touched on various developments in the macro view of the market, such as the Bank of Japan's predicaments and falling Yen, the rising deficit in the current accounts, overvalued share prices, and the high risk that the existing investors are taking without understanding the repercussions. Dr Ravindran draws examples from the contemporary World and presents the changing economic environment. The thought-provoking session was chaired by Dr S.N. Prasad, Deputy Director, and Professor of Strategy at SDMIMD. Dr Riyaz Ahmed, Faculty of Finance, SDMIMD, presented the vote of thanks. 

Life and Career in Consulting - Prof. Rangan Mohan

On 15th September 2022, Consulate- SDMIMD’s Consulting Club organized an invited talk by Mr Rangan Mohan, Owner of Rangan Mohan Associates, on the topic Life and Career in Consulting on September 15, 2022. 
Mr Mohan, with nearly 40 years of experience in the industry and executive coach blended with being a CEO for two of India's well-known listed IT companies, educated the students about the topic. Mr Mohan said 'Consultancy is more about what customer needs. Consultants’ job is to ask the right questions and give their service without being hung up on them being followed.' 
Further, Mr Mohan suggested using the 5Ws and 1H models of questioning and the contrarian questioning model. A consultant should simplify things so as not to confuse the clients and leave too many thoughts. He recommends leaving them with 3-4 reviews at max, which can be the key takeaways. Mr Mohan suggested aspiring consultants be comfortable with the unknown and be reasonably good at networking. 
The talk was interactive, and the students were full of enthusiasm and inquisitiveness. The session gave the students a clear picture of consulting careers.

Building your brand on the world stage - Talk by Harsha Adya

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'Imitating the West you don’t become a success, people appreciate it if you demonstrate your values' said Harsha Adya, Managing Director, Wuerth Electroniks.
Addressing students on ‘Building your brand on the world stage' on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Mr. Harsha said 'Trust factor develops when we have our own roots and culture; people see what is special within us. We have a lot of good core values, the ecosystem has grown and we can pass them on to the west. People are looking at different things; imitating the west will not make us successful as people are looking at different things.  Stand on your roots which are very important, please do not lose them if you lose them your identity is lost, you are Indian, and be proud of our core values'.
While speaking on competence, Harsha said Competence is more about not only knowing subsystems in-depth but it’s also knowing about the entire system and how it works. Hence I would like to stress not only concentrate on subsystems but look into the overall system which is very important today when technology is evolving. He also spoke on passion, the importance of planning and timeliness, and values & culture. While delivering talks on values and culture he called upon students to focus on long-term gains instead of short-term gains and build a very good professional network which is a pillar of success and which is also easy to get many things.
The new batch of PGDM 2022-2024 students, faculty members, and invited guests were present during the session which was arranged as part of the Orientation Program 2022.
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