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Dr Anish Shah

Dr. Anish Shah is the Managing Director and CEO of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. He joined Mahindra Group in 2014, as Group President (Strategy), and worked closely with all businesses on key strategic initiatives, built capabilities such as digitization & data sciences and enabled synergies across group companies. In 2019, he was appointed Deputy Managing Director and Group CFO, with responsibility for the Group Corporate Office and full oversight of all businesses other than the Auto and Farm sectors, as a part of the transition plan to the CEO role.

Anish was President and CEO of GE Capital India from 2009-14, where he led the transformation of the business, including a turnaround of its SBI Card joint venture. His career at GE spanned 14 years, during which he held several leadership positions at GE Capital's US and global units. As Director, Global Mortgage, he worked across 33 countries to drive growth and manage risk. As Senior Vice President (Marketing and Product Development) at GE Mortgage Insurance, he led various growth initiatives and played a key role in preparing the business for an IPO, as a spinoff from GE. In his initial years with GE, Anish also led Strategy, eCommerce and Sales Force Effectiveness and had the unique experience of running a dot-com business within GE. Anish also received GE's prestigious Lewis Latimer Award for outstanding utilisation of Six Sigma in developing a 'Digital Cockpit.'

He has diverse experience with global businesses beyond GE. He led Bank of America's US Debit Products business, where he launched an innovative rewards program, led numerous initiatives in payment technology and worked closely with various teams across the Bank to enhance value for the customer.

As a strategy consultant at Bain & Company in Boston, he worked across multiple industries, including banking, oil rigs, paper, paint, steam boilers and medical equipment. His first role was with Citibank in Mumbai, where he issued bank guarantees and letters of credit as Assistant Manager, Trade Services.

Anish holds a Ph.D from Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business where his doctoral thesis was in the field of Corporate Governance. He also received a Masters degree from Carnegie Mellon and has a post-graduate diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has received various scholarships, including the William Latimer Mellon Scholarship, Industry Scholarship at IIMA, National Talent Search and Sir Dorabji Tata Trust.

Harsha V Agarwal
Sr. Vice President

Mr Harsha V Agarwal, a second-generation leader of the diversified business conglomerate, Emami Group, is a man with a purpose.  A key member of the strategic think-tank committee, Harsha is the younger son of Mr Radhe Shyam Agarwal, Founder of the Group.     His intrinsic dynamism with a penchant of learning from every situation, led him to always be in the forefront to drive the organization.  Awarded as one of the India's Hottest Young Business Leaders in the prestigious 'FORTY UNDER 40' list put together by The Economic times & Spencer Stuart in 2016, Harsha, with his extensive multi-functional knowledge and experience, spearheads the FMCG business of the Group - Emami Limited as its Vice Chairman & Managing Director.

An enterprising person and a quintessential professional with a penchant for details and depth, Harsha has tremendous application of mind and a feisty dedication to work. He is steady and calm with a focused leadership, coupled with a steely resolve.  He passionately steers the organisation with a futuristic outlook, while continuing to strengthen its core values.

His in-depth knowledge of different businesses and understanding of the evolving industry is an asset that is leveraged to identify opportunities for growth of the organisation and roapmap to achieve them.  Emami's various key acquisitions such Zandu Pharmaceuticals, Kesh King, German brand - Creme 21 and strategic investments in a few new-age start-ups like Brillare and The Man Company stand testimony to this.
Harsha was one of the very few select entrepreneurs of India to have attended a two-day seminar - 'Champions of Change' - a Young Entrepreneurs Meet with Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi in August 2017 organized by NITI Aayog. The seminar was held to discuss and take suggestions on critical policy issues and the challenges the country is facing today.

Harsha is a member of Young Presidents' Organization and has been appointed as the Sr. Vice President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) for 2023-24.   He is also a member of the Executive Committee of Indian Chamber of Commerce.  

Harsha was initiated into the family business at a very young age, where he learnt the basics of leadership and brand building with a hands-on approach. He is married to Mansi Agarwal and has one daughter and a son. A family man at heart, Harsha likes to spend quality time with his family whenever he gets a break from his work.  A keen fitness enthusiast, Harsha's favourite pastime is reading and watching movies.

His pleasant & soft-spoken personality and people skills give him an edge as a true leader, who has every potential to emerge as a source of inspiration to every aspiring entrepreneur. 

Anant Goenka
Vice President

Anant Goenka is Vice Chairman of the RPG Group, a USD 4.4 bn conglomerate with interests in the areas of automotive tyres, infrastructure, pharma, IT, energy products, plantations, and venture capital.
Anant was the Managing Director of CEAT from 2012 to 2023, during which time, the company saw a 25x increase in market capitalization. CEAT became the first tyre brand in the world to win the Grand Deming Prize in 2023. CEAT was also awarded the Lighthouse recognition by the World Economic Forum in 2023.
Prior to joining CEAT, Anant worked with KEC International and Hindustan Unilever. He has also served as the Chairman of the Automotive Tyre Manufacturers' Association (ATMA). At present, Anant also serves as Vice-Chairman of CEAT and Zensar Technologies.
Anant has been recognised by Forbes as the "Next Generation Business Leader of the Year" in 2017 and as "India's 40 under 40 Business Leaders" by Economic Times-Spencer Stuart.
Anant is an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BS, Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Subhrakant Panda
Immediate Past President

Subhrakant  Panda  is  Managing  Director  of  Indian Metals  &  Ferro  Alloys  Ltd  (  which  was established in 1961 and is today the country's leading producer  of  value  added  ferro  chrome  with  own chrome ore mines and captive power generation. He serves  as  Trustee  of  the  Bansidhar  &  Ila  Panda Foundation ( which is the CSR arm of IMFA and is named after its Founders. 

He  is  immediate Past President of  the  Federation  of  Indian  Chambers  of  Commerce  &  Industry (FICCI),  India's  apex  business  chamber,  having  earlier  served  as  Chairman  of  the Odisha State Council and the National Manufacturing Committee. He is Past President (2017-18) of the International Chamber of Commerce (India Chapter) and is also only the  third  Indian  to  have  been  elected  President  (2013-15)  of  the  Paris-based International Chromium Development Association (ICDA). 

Mr Panda graduated with honours summa cum laude from  the Questrom School of Business,  Boston  University  in  1993  with  a  dual  concentration  in  Finance  and Operations  Management.  He  has  been  recognised  for  his  outstanding  scholastic achievement by being named to the Beta Gamma Sigma Honour Society for Collegiate Schools of Business and Golden Key National Honour Society. 

He is a keen reader and his interests include technology. 

S K Pathak
Secretary General

Mr Pathak is Secretary General, FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry), India's largest, oldest and apex Business Chamber established in 1927. FICCI has corporate members as well as associations representing over 2,50,000 entities covering all Indian states, across large, medium and small industry and businesses.
Prior to joining FICCI in March 2023, Mr Pathak had been CEO/MD of large companies in the private sector as well as in the government in various roles involving execution, financing and strategy. During his 19 years in the corporate sector, he was with ICICI, L&T and IDFC, among others. As an IAS officer for 17 years (1990-2007), he served in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. His assignments included Secretary, Public Works Department, MD of the State Industrial Development Corporation, and Director, Institutional Finance.
In 2022, he transited to the non-profit sector as Director & Professor of Practice at Indian School of Public Policy. Mr Pathak is one of the few Indians who have worked across Government, Business and Academia. He started his career in 1986 with 4 years in investment banking with ICICI and HSBC. He has worked in areas related to private equity investing, international dollars into India from global pension funds, smart cities and urban issues, infrastructure project structuring, finance and execution, and public private partnerships. His passions include public policy, cities, infrastructure and finance.
His industry affiliations include, since 2016, membership of G20's B20 Task Force, Co-Chair of BRICS Business Council which he joined in 2012, and Co-Chair, FICCI Transport Infrastructure committee, among others. He has over 40 publications on public policy, cities, infrastructure, and finance.
His extensive international exposure includes an Eisenhower Fellowship (2000) as an emerging young Indian Leader to study cities and infrastructure in the United States, an EU Visitor Program (2003) hosted by the European Commission, and a Chevening Fellowship (2011) on Science and Innovation at the University of Oxford.
Mr. Pathak has an MBA from IIM Calcutta, after graduating from SRCC Delhi. He has an LLB, and also a Diploma in Ornithology from BNHS (Bombay Natural History Society). He was the best all-round officer trainee in his Foundation Course at LBSNAA, Mussoorie in 1990. He has scaled a 6831 m peak in the Himalayas and has trekked extensively. He is a dedicated environmentalist and wildlifer, and is committed to sustainable development.