Matthew Mueller

Founder & CEO
Knot Standard
 

Matthew Mueller

Position: Founder & CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Knot Standard

Matt Mueller is Founder and CEO of Knot Standard, the leader in premium custom menswear in the United States. Matt has been one of the most pivotal figures behind tech innovation in menswear over the last decade, creating the unique, AI-powered Style Wall and Fit App for Knot Standard, and holding numerous other patents. He has a 25-year record in global business and technology, having worked with firms such as the Advisory Board Company, Gannett, Harvard, and Dubai Holding. Beyond his professional successes, Matt is the extremely proud father of his four young children, and holds a degree in Finance from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. When he is not simultaneously working on Knot Standard or advising new startups, Matt and his family enjoy travelling around the globe.

Juan de Lascurain

CEO
Dream Big World
 

Juan de Lascurain

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Dream Big World

Juan is a designer and international motivational speaker from Mexico. His message is to inspire people to follow their dreams focusing on 5 messages: Discover your talent, Dream big, Have faith, Work smart and Give back. He is the founder of Dream big world, a lifestyle brand which includes collaborations with brands like Kleenex, Burj Khalifa and many others. His first PHYGITAL retail shop will open spring of 2023 in the city of Cancun, Mexico. A mix of inspiration, experiences, merchandising and incorporating all of the new digital experiences; NFT, crypto currency, AR, VR. Esports and the DBW Metaverse.

His beachwear collection is launching this July in Florence, Italy. In 2018 he became the first Latin American artist to have his work displayed in the Burj Khalifa. In 2021 he received the Golden Visa from the government of Dubai and today he is continuing to develop projects in the region. His master project is to open the Dream Big World resort in the region as well as to continue to inspire more people. He is also involved in social projects; from painting murals at women jails in Mexico City, to supporting a local youth foundation.

Jo Black

CEO & Co-founder
bbase Design Group
 

Jo Black

Position: CEO & Co-founder
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: bbase Design Group

A unique and inspiring design voice and leader. Jo-Black’s career began in the UK & expanded 25 years across the fashion industry with a true passion for Product Development & Design, Creative Branding & Marketing.

Jo-Black’s formative design years began in the eyewear fashion industry, with leading luxury brands such as Balenciaga, Nico Panda, Courrèges & Cartier, bespoke collaboration pieces for Karl Lagerfeld, Viktor & Rolf and Madonna.

She is the CEO and Co-Founder of bbase Design Group, a leading fashion eyewear production and design studio. As CEO, Black brings her expertise across manufacturing and distribution of market-targeted and bespoke eyewear programs for lifestyle, fashion brands and multi-door retailers across more than 65 countries.

Venkatesalu P

CEO & ED
Trent Ltd.
 

Venkatesalu P

Position: CEO & ED
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Trent Ltd.

Venkatesalu joined Tata Administrative Services, the leadership development program of the Tata Group in 2001. He was with Tata Sons Limited as a part of the group finance team. He thereafter joined Trent Ltd as CFO from May 2008. He was appointed to the Board (Finance) in 2015 taking on additional responsibilities. He has been recently appointed as the CEO of Trent. Trent now has a market capitalization of over USD 4 billion and operates a portfolio of differentiated retail brands / concepts in the fashion and lifestyle space.

Before his current role as CEO he oversaw the accounting, secretarial, legal & strategy functions and anchored the negotiation of defining strategic alliances for Trent, including the JV with Tesco Plc for the Star Bazaar business and the JV with Inditex for Zara stores in India. He has been actively involved in facilitating the growth of the retail business across formats and serves on the Board of several Trent entities including Trent Hypermarket Private Limited (the Star Bazar business – JV with Tesco Plc), an Inditex Trent Private Limited (the JV for Zara stores in India).

Venkat’s academic / related background

– Harvard Business School (Advanced Management Program)

– Tata Administrative Service (TAS)

– Chartered Financial Analyst – CFA (ICFAI)

– Symbiosis, Pune (Masters in International Business)

Damodar Mall

CEO - Grocery
Reliance Retail. SupermarketWala
 

Damodar Mall

Position: CEO - Grocery
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Reliance Retail. SupermarketWala

‘Supermarketwala’ Damodar Mall is the Chief Executive Officer of the Grocery Retail Business at Reliance Retail Ltd. An IIT-Bombay and IIM-Bangalore alumnus, Damodar worked in Sales and brand management roles at Unilever prior to founding and incubating the D-Mart Supermarket Chain in Western India. He was then with Future Group in various leadership roles and was part of Kishore Biyani’s core team. Damodar writes an invitation blog for Forbes India. His bestselling book ‘SupermarketWala – Secrets to Winning Consumer India’ provides sharp business insights for shaping consumer business and modern retail, in an increasingly confident India. Damodar has been a member of Coca-Cola Retail Research Committee of Asia. He also received the Golden Spoon Award for the Most Admired Food & Grocery Professional of the Year at India Food Forum in 2011.

Shailesh Chaturvedi

MD & CEO
Arvind Fashions
 

Shailesh Chaturvedi

Position: MD & CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Arvind Fashions

His expertise in running foreign brands is well known to the industry. In a pioneering effort, he started work on bringing international brands to India in the year 2003 which led to successful launch of the German brand Esprit in India. With Tommy Hilfiger, the business that he has been leading since 2006, he has demonstrated how to scale up a premium international brand profitably, with very high-quality execution over a span of 15 years. It Is not easy to remain this consistent in execution over such a long period of time. Many also know of his skills on building brands per se, not just super premium brands. He has helped build several fashion brands in India, including Louis Philippe, Van Heusen, Allen Solly, Arrow, US Polo Association and Flying Machine. But the point that we want to highlight here is his ability as a turnaround expert. In his 30 years’ experience in the industry, he has taken charge of many challenging businesses and has been able to successfully turn them around very quickly. The turnaround of Arvind Fashions Ltd, a listed company of nearly Rs. 4000 cr in size, was noticed by all of us. Arvind Fashions became PBT positive in the first year of operations under his leadership. Before that, he had executed a very sharp turnaround of the Calvin Klein business which he took over in mid – 2017. The way his team glamourize Calvin Klein with better fashion sense, better quality visual merchandising, better retail experience and the very well known tie up with Disha Patani have been all very awe inspiring. His sense of cleaning up fashion businesses has been seen by all at Arvind Fashions as well as with Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein. He has been busy energising brand Arrow since 2019 and the industry has noticed a fantastic turn around in the fortunes of Arrow as well. There is a lot for all of us to learn from these real life examples of successful turnarounds that he has executed.

Nissan Joseph

CEO
Metro Brands
 

Nissan Joseph

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Metro Brands

Nissan Joseph is the CEO of Metro Brands Ltd, one of India’s largest footwear & accessories retailers with over 800 stores in India. He is an experienced global leader with a track record of delivering results in international markets with emphasis in Asia. Prior to joining Metro Brands Ltd, he was the CEO of MAP Active and Planet Sports Inc. Philippines & VP of Crocs Asia where he delivered significant growth over the last five years especially in the SE Asia, S Korea, and India markets.

His experience of over 25 years includes Senior Management roles in wholesale and retail of footwear and accessories in international markets including leadership positions with Accessory Exchange, New York. Hibbett Sports, Hickory Brands and Payless Shoes in Australia. Through his life he has traveled extensively and worked with businesses in Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. He has also been a featured speaker at various venues across the globe. Nissan was born in India, attended the University of New Delhi and has an MBA from the Sydney Graduate School of Management, Australia.

B S Nagesh

Founder
TRRAIN
 

B S Nagesh

Position: Founder
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: TRRAIN

Mr. B.S.Nagesh is the founder of a Not for Profit organization called TRRAIN (Trust for Retailers and Retail Associates of India). TRRAIN defines its purpose as “Building an equitable and inclusive community” and has a vision of “Empowering people through Retail” with a mission of upgrading the lives of people in retail both at work and home. He has been involved with Shoppers Stop since its inception in 1991 as the first employee. Today Shoppers Stop is the leading department store chain in India with 105 department stores and more than 100 beauty doors across the country. Nagesh has contributed significantly in ushering modern retailing in the country. He stepped out of the role of MD in Shoppers Stop Limited in 2009 at the age of 50 to start TRRAIN to fulfill his personal belief of 25 years of learning, 25 years of earning and 25 years of returning. He is the Non-Executive Chairman of Shoppers Stop Limited. He is also the founding Chairman of Retailers Association of India. RAI was set up in 2004. He stepped out of RAI in 2021. Mr. Nagesh has been recognized as an iconic retailer and was inducted into the World Retail Hall of Fame 2008 at the World Retail Congress 2008 conducted in Barcelona. With his induction in the World Retail Hall of fame 2008, Mr. Nagesh is the only Indian retailer and the first Asian retailer to take a significant place alongside more than 100 stalwarts of the global retail industry. He is the recipient of the Hellen Keller award for being a role model in creating livelihood for Persons with Disability. He is also nominated as an Ashoka Fellow. Mr. Nagesh lives in Mumbai with his wife Shailaja. He has two daughters, Pooja and Pallavi.

Ankur Shiv Bhandari

MD
Asbiverse Group
 

Ankur Shiv Bhandari

Position: MD
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Asbiverse Group

Rama Bijapurkar

Thought Leader on Market Strategy & Consumer Behaviour
 

Rama Bijapurkar

Position: Thought Leader on Market Strategy & Consumer Behaviour
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024

Bijou Kurien

Chairman
Retailers Association of India (RAI)
 

Bijou Kurien

Position: Chairman
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Retailers Association of India (RAI)

Sadashiv Nayak

Retail Advocacy
 

Sadashiv Nayak

Position: Retail Advocacy
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024

Aastha Almast

Co-founder & Director
The New Shop
 

Aastha Almast

Position: Co-founder & Director
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: The New Shop

Aastha Almast is the Founder of The New Shop, India’s largest tech-enabled convenience retailer. Aastha is a true born entrepreneur and has previously founded 2 technology startups. She was a student of Economics from the prestigious Hindu College of Delhi University after which she studied PGDM in Fashion Marketing from Pearl Academy of Fashion to pursue her passion in retail and branding. She is also an alumni of Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. She is a serial entrepreneur, who is always looking for solutions to simplify businesses – making them more productive and efficient. 

Prior to launching The New Shop, Aastha spearheaded a series of startups across diverse industries such as mobile gaming, online reputation management and consumer retail. She has previously also worked in Bankof America and Standard and Poor’s Capital IQ. While studying for a Bachelor’s, she joined her father’s stock broking firm making her one of the youngest certified stock-brokers from National Stock Exchange. She has lived an adventurous life and has amassed 15 years of diversified experience in entertainment, finance, branding, and retail. She has also acted in a Bollywood film as a Child actress. Her interests and pursuits are also reflected in her well-rounded personality.

Sandeep Varaganti

CEO
JioMart, Reliance Retail
 

Sandeep Varaganti

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: JioMart, Reliance Retail

Sandeep Varaganti is the Chief Executive Officer at JioMart – Reliance Retail. He is a sharp and astute professional with demonstrative experience in scaling up businesses and fostering cross-function organisations. He is dedicated to assisting entrepreneurs and businesses, in particular small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), in experiencing multi-fold growth in the burgeoning e-commerce space. In the past, Sandeep has worked with companies like Cognizant, Amazon, and Prione.  Throughout his career, he has donned numerous hats.  His goal is to create the world’s largest and most trustworthy online marketplace by  allowing millions of small and medium businesses to sell their products. At JioMart, he is set out to achieve just that. He aims to make JioMart one of the largest & most  preferred indigenous e-marketplaces for buyers as well as the sellers.  He has an MBA from INSEAD, France and has a degree in Electrical and Electronics  Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad.  Sandeep is a car and bike enthusiast and a sports aficionado – closely following 

Cricket, Lawn Tennis and Formula One.

Arvind Mediratta

MD & CEO
Hippo Stores
(a Dalmia Bharat Enterprise)
 

Arvind Mediratta

Position: MD & CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Hippo Stores
(a Dalmia Bharat Enterprise)

Kavindra Mishra

ED & CEO
Shoppers Stop
 

Kavindra Mishra

Position: ED & CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Shoppers Stop

Mr. Kavindra Mishra is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of experience in retail, brand management, and business development. Currently serving as Customer Care Associate – Executive Director & CEO at Shoppers Stop, he joined the company in early 2023 as Customer Care Associate & Chief Commercial Officer – External Brands & CEO Home, where he led and revamped the Home Category in the SSL Ecosystem.

With a diverse background spanning men’s and women’s international and national brands, Kavindra is one of the very few individuals who has experience in running e-commerce businesses. Additionally, he is an avid runner, having completed more than 50 Half Marathons, which reflects his determination and discipline in both personal and professional endeavours.

Prior to his role at Shoppers Stop, Kavindra demonstrated his expertise as the Managing Director & CEO at House of Anita Dongre Limited, where he successfully led the company to achieve significant growth milestones. He also served as the CEO of Pepe Jeans London, where he spearheaded a remarkable turnaround, making it one of the most aspirational denim brands in the country.

His extensive experience also includes leadership roles at prestigious brands such as United Colors Of Benetton, Tommy Hilfiger, and Nokia India, where he showcased his prowess in retail operations, business development, and brand management. Kavindra’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to co-found Zovi.Com, India’s first online apparel and lifestyle brand, where he played a pivotal role in its establishment and growth.

Kavindra Mishra’s educational background includes a PGDM in Marketing & Finance from the prestigious Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management (BBA) from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya.

Rajiv Nair

CEO
Kaya India
 

Rajiv Nair

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Kaya India

Ajoy Chawla

CEO
Jewellery Division, Titan
 

Ajoy Chawla

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Jewellery Division, Titan

Ajoy is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Titan’s Jewellery business that houses iconic brands such as Tanishq, MIA, Zoya and CaratLane. Prior to this role, he was responsible for Strategy & New Business Incubation at Titan for 5 years and was tasked with nurturing and launching Titan’s new businesses Fragrances (Brand SKINN) & Indian Ethnic Women’s Wear (Retail brand TANEIRA). As Strategy head, he supported the MD in developing and managing corporate strategy and provided advisory support to CXOs for Divisional strategies. Ajoy has also led watch business within Titan, responsible for driving P&L of domestic & international businesses (Titan Biz unit). His role included expansion into Asia while profitably growing the business managing a portfolio of product brands: Titan, Raga, Xylys, Zoop, etc and a Retail brand: World of Titan, India’s largest chain of specialty watch stores. He has lived the life of an Intrapreneur: besides launching SKINN and TANEIRA, he has a successful record of incubating new businesses for Titan, including HELIOS, a multi-brand premium retail chain; FASTRACK sunglasses/ TITAN accessories; licensed brands; and Titan EYEPLUS As a leader, Ajoy has led large and diverse teams across geographies, acting as a mentor for many people in his team and for many managers within the Tata group.

Warren Paul

Head-Convenience Business
Reliance BP Mobility Ltd
 

Warren Paul

Position: Head-Convenience Business
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Reliance BP Mobility Ltd
 

Kumar Rajagopalan

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: RAI

Amrish Rau

CEO
Pine Labs
 

Amrish Rau

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Pine Labs

Vineet Gautam

CEO
Bestseller India
 

Vineet Gautam

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Bestseller India

A retail virtuoso, Vineet Gautam is currently the Chief Executive officer (CEO) & Country Head of BESTSELLER India; the leading Danish clothing company which operates largely throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Canada. In India, BESTSELLER is present under the brand names: JACK & JONES, VERO MODA, ONLY, SELECTED Homme, JACK & JONES Junior & VERO MODA Girl. He augments his current designation with his expertise in the retail industry, passion for fashion and technology, and a growth mindset. Mr. Gautam joined BESTSELLER in January 2010 and under his stewardship, BESTSELLER India has witnessed an unprecedented expansion and market penetration, solidifying its position as a dominant force in the Indian fashion retail sector. In a span of 14+ years, Vineet has been able to take the company from 15 doors to 1600+ doors. Mr. Gautam's strategic vision has been instrumental in steering the organization through evolving market dynamics, capitalizing on emerging trends, and delivering unparalleled value to customers. Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Gautam led the team at United Colors of Benetton and handled retail and business development for all brands under UCB. He also headed the retail vertical for Idea Cellular where he had implemented the complete retail strategy for the Telecom giant. He has also worked for Wills Lifestyle, Café Coffee Day, Domino’s Pizza and Nirula’s. A Hotel Management Graduate from IHM-Delhi; he has over 2 decades of

experience in the Retail sector. Mr. Gautam’s profound impact on the retail landscape extends beyond the various organizational roles he has undertaken. He is widely regarded as a thought leader and influencer within the industry, frequently sharing his insights at conferences, seminars, and industry forums. His contributions to retail excellence have earned him numerous accolades and recognition from peers and industry bodies alike. As he continues to steer BESTSELLER India towards new heights of success, his visionary leadership and strategic foresight promise to shape the future of fashion retail in India and beyond.

Manish Kapoor

CEO
Pepe Jeans London
 

Manish Kapoor

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Pepe Jeans London

Sushant Dash

CEO
Tata Starbucks
 

Sushant Dash

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Tata Starbucks

Sushant Dash was appointed as the CEO of Tata Starbucks, which is the Indian branch of Starbucks with hundreds of stores opened across the country, in 2021. Sushant was one of the initial Tata employees to be a part of the Starbucks India project, responsible for the entry of the world’s largest coffee company to open its doors in India. As of 2023, Tata Starbucks had over 340 stores in the country. Sushant has been associated with the Tata Group for a very long time, initially being a part of Tata Consumer Products, which is the company that produces Tata Tea, Tata Salt, and Tetley beverages. Starbucks entered the Indian market in 2012 by entering into a 50-50 deal with Tata Group. After opening hundreds of stores across the country, Starbucks India had a revenue of over Rs 683 crore in 2022-23. Starbucks has an overall revenue of Rs 2.60 lakh crore internationally.

Sunil Nayak

CEO
Reliance Jewels
 

Sunil Nayak

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Reliance Jewels

Rahul Agrawal

CEO
Barbeque Nation
 

Rahul Agrawal

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Barbeque Nation

Mr. Rahul Agrawal has an experience of over 19 years and is associated with the Company since July 2017. Currently he serves as Chief Executive Officer and Whole Time Director of the Company. He has been instrumental in the growth of the Company from ~80 restaurants to over 200 restaurants currently. At Barbeque Nation, Mr. Agrawal has been responsible for many milestones achieved by the Company such as international expansion, acquisition of Toscano, launch of delivery vertical, UBQ and biryani brand, Dum Safar. He has also successfully executed various funding rounds to support the growth of the Company including PE investment, IPO and a preferential allotment.

Kumar Nitesh

CEO
AJIO Business & Trend Footwear
 

Kumar Nitesh

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: AJIO Business & Trend Footwear

Sunil Kataria

CEO
Raymond Lifestyle
 

Sunil Kataria

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Raymond Lifestyle

Aanchal Saini

CEO
Flyrobe
 

Aanchal Saini

Position: CEO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Flyrobe

Aanchal Saini, the CEO of Flyrobe, is a trailblazer who has not only revolutionized the fashion rental industry in India but has also become an influential figure in the shared economy space.

A Remarkable Education and Career Profile:

Aanchal’s journey began with a strong educational foundation, having completed her B.A. LL.B.(Hons.) from Amity Law School and enrolling with the Bar Council of Delhi in 2009 and practiced as litigating lawyer and an expert at Arbitration Law. Her professional trajectory took a dynamic turn when she founded RENT IT BAE in May 2016, one of the pioneers in the luxury fashion rental service. This venture’s success paved the way for Aanchal to acquire Flyrobe, India’s first and largest fashion rental

company and no. one competitor.

As the CEO of Flyrobe, Aanchal has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills insteering the business towards profitability and scale. Her strategic approach includes implementing an Omni channel strategy, combining online and offline avenues for maximum reach. Under her guidance, Flyrobe has achieved pan-India expansion and ventured into the B2B fashion rental business via the Franchise Model.

Aanchal’s success story is highlighted by numerous accolades, including the Ministry of Textile recognizing her contribution to sustainability vis-à-vis rental fashion, Times She Unlimited Award in the Fashion category from The Times of India Group, International Women’s Day Award by Mary Com by Imagine/Apple, Best Omni-channel- Rental Business By IREC Awards, D2C Award-Rental Category by Exchange 4 Media and many more. Notably, Aanchal has been a speaker at various forums, representing the shared economy space and growth in the fashion industry. Aanchal Saini, founder of Flyrobe, showcased her entrepreneurial prowess on Shark Tank India Season 3, where she successfully secured a deal with Shark Aman Gupta.

She highlighted the platform’s ability to provide access to premium fashion at a fraction of the cost, catering to the growing demand for sustainable and budget- friendly clothing options. Aanchal showcased Flyrobe’s robust technology infrastructure, efficient logistics, and strong customer base, underscoring its potential for scalability and profitability. This strategic partnership will propel Flyrobe to new heights, accelerating its expansion and solidifying its position as a leader in the fashion rental industry. Her commitment to sustainability and the growth of the shared economy is evident through her authored articles on topics such as Sustainability, Fashion Waste, and Renting is Trending.

Nitin Chhabra

CEO
Ace Turtle
 

Nitin Chhabra

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Ace Turtle

Nitin Chhabra is the Founder & CEO of Ace turtle. He is a retail industry veteran with 25 years of experience. Prior to founding Ace turtle, he worked at Reliance Brands in various leadership roles where he was responsible for forming joint ventures and alliances. He is a retail industry veteran and has been the CEO of Brooks Brothers, Thomas Pink and Iconix Brands at Reliance Brands. He has also held various leadership roles at Reid & Taylor, VF Corporation and Arvind Brands. Nitin’s core responsibilities include setting the organisation & strategy and overseeing execution by the leadership team. The key areas of focus are business growth and profitability. He firmly believes that technology can make retail more efficient and scalable. Under his leadership, Ace turtle has grown to become a profitable company with revenue rising by 20 times in the last 3 years despite the pandemic.

Sanjeev Rao

CEO
Being Human Clothing
 

Sanjeev Rao

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Being Human Clothing

Apeksha Gupta

CEO
John Jacobs
 

Apeksha Gupta

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: John Jacobs

Apeksha Gupta, is the dynamic CEO of John Jacobs since 2021. Holding an Executive MBA from INSEAD and a Master’s degree in Fashion Management from NIFT, Apeksha has transformed the direct-to-consumer (D2C) eyewear brand. Her strategic focus on technology, disruptive pricing, product innovation, and repositioning the product as a stylish and essential accessory has been instrumental in establishing John Jacob’s as the largest premium eyewear brand in India.

Apeksha’s journey to the top of the eyewear industry is marked by her unwavering dedication, strategic acumen, and commitment to customer satisfaction. She has successfully navigated the company through a competitive market, positioning John Jacobs as a pioneering force within the realm of fashion eyewear.

Mohit Khattar

CEO
Graviss Foods - Baskin Robbins
 

Mohit Khattar

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Graviss Foods - Baskin Robbins

Mohit Khattar is Director and CEO, for Graviss Foods Pvt Ltd (GFPL). GFPL is the master franchisee for

the brand Baskin Robbins in India and the SAARC region. He is responsible for growing and managing

the business and the brand in this geography.

In his previous stint as CEO and MD for Natures Basket (as part of the Godrej group), he played a key

role in establishing and growing the brand and business multi-fold as a differentiated food retail

entity in India.

Mohit has earned his spurs building several successful programs and customer centric initiatives for

leading organisations including Titan Watches, Reckitt Benckiser, T.I Cycles of India, Subhiksha and

Godrej.

He is actively involved as an advisor to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), to help New-

Zealand based businesses enter India and scale their business here. He is also on the board for a few

food start-ups in the healthy eating as well as in the gourmet food space apart from being a mentor

to budding entrepreneurs in the food retail space.

Mohit is a Mechanical Engineer and an MBA in Marketing. He is based out of Mumbai.

Mithun Appaiah

CEO
Wow! Momo FMCG
 

Mithun Appaiah

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Wow! Momo FMCG

Samir Srivastava

CEO
Looks Salon
 

Samir Srivastava

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Looks Salon

Samir Srivastav is a distinguished senior thought leader in the Indian beauty industry, renowned for his exceptional leadership in steering the biggest beauty services brands across Indian and international markets. With a career marked by strategic vision and industry expertise, Samir has played a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of the beauty sector in India.

Having held leadership positions in leading beauty service companies, Samir Srivastav’s contributions extend beyond corporate success. He has been a key member of the Beauty skill development mission initiated by the Government of India, showcasing his commitment to empowering the youth of the nation.

Samir’s journey reflects a harmonious blend of business acumen and social responsibility, making him not just a business leader but also a catalyst for positive change within the Indian beauty sector. 

Today Samir Srivastav leads India’s largest luxury salon chain, Looks Salons with 200 salons spanning across 51 cities of India as Chief Executive Officer set to take Looks Salons to 500 Salons by 2029.

Kumar Saurabh

CEO
Planet Retail Holdings- Accessorize London
 

Kumar Saurabh

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Planet Retail Holdings- Accessorize London

Tushar Ved

President
Apparel Group
 

Tushar Ved

Position: President
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Apparel Group

A veteran in the retail industry with an experience of over 20 years in Dubai, Oman and other gulf countries. Operating more than 15 brands and 180+ stores across 50+ cities in India. Mr. Ved has completed his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Finance & Marketing from Boston University and is a Questrom School of Business alumni (’94). With 150+ stores spread across nine premium international brands – Victoria’s Secret, Victoria’s Secret PINK, Charles & Keith, Aldo, Aldo Accessories, Bath & Body Works, Tim Hortons, Inglot, Call It Spring, Anne Klein, Herschel Supply Co., R&B, Beverly Hills Polo Club, La Vie En Rose, and Daiso Japan in India; Apparel Group, under Mr. Ved’s able tutelage is on expansion mode. His excellent persuasion skills have enabled the steadfast growth of the organisation boasting premium international brands on its portfolio since its inception. His vision is to give Indian consumers a top-notch experience, backed with plush services and great products, every time they walk into an Apparel Group store. Fostering an environment that allows his team to flourish, Mr. Ved believes in leveraging his people’s strengths while creating a framework for them to simultaneously envision personal ambitions. Empowering his teams with frank conversations, clarity, strong direction, passion and focus – his zest for success is highly infectious and instrumental in realising the goals of the organisation. Mr. Ved sums up his overall philosophy for consistent growth and sustenance as, “I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act”.

Kamal Khushlani

Founding Director
Mufti
 

Kamal Khushlani

Position: Founding Director
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Mufti

Mr. Kamal Khushlani the Founder and Managing Director of Mufti, is one of the most charismatic and dynamic entrepreneurs in the Indian retail space. Mr. Khushlani since the young age of 24 had a keen eye for fashion. Born & brought up in Mumbai, he can aptly be described as a self-taught fashion designer, brand strategist, and futurologist. His ambition is to make Mufti India’s first world brand. It’s this vision and foresight that has always kept Mufti ahead of its time and competition. Mr. Kamal has built the brand over 25 years from scratch to become one of the market leaders in the men’s casual wear sector. Mufti is a design-led brand that stands shoulder to shoulder with international brands in the Indian market.

Anupam Bansal

Director
Liberty Shoes
 

Anupam Bansal

Position: Director
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Liberty Shoes

Priyanka Gupta

Director
GKB Opticals
 

Priyanka Gupta

Position: Director
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: GKB Opticals

Priyanka Gupta is the third-generation industry leader of the legacy premium retail chain of India, GKB Opticals. On completion of her graduation in business administration from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, Priyanka joined the family business. She is currently the Director of Brands at GKB and is responsible for the selection of eyewear brands and allocation to the top stores as per the market demand. She oversees the entire product lifecycle, from concept creation to market launch, ensuring that GKB consistently delivers high-quality, stylish, and functional eyewear that meets the diverse needs of its customers.

Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a deep understanding of the market, exceptional leadership skills, and a passionate commitment to innovation. Staying ahead of the curve in the retail sphere by identifying emerging trends and consumer preferences has been her key areas of focus. Collection events such as Wedding Edit which has an exclusive collection of high-end luxury eyewear brands curated for Indian weddings, and private viewing of designer brands for the target customers have been her brainchild. Apart from that, organizing various brand events with eminent fashion houses like Lindberg, Tomford, and DITA for the customers have helped GKB to establish a brand connection with their customers. 

To make the retail experience better, she has come up with the concept of unique store designs that will add to the overall experience of shopping for everyone in GKB stores. An example of that is the Gurusaday store in Kolkata which will have the first lens experience zone with a customization of lens tints according to the customers' preferences of style and functional needs.

She is also the founder of the Home service vertical that caters to the customer base who need eye check-ups and have the option of choosing from 20 plus branded frames and 100 plus different styles in the comfort of their homes.

Besides, cultivating and strengthening GKB's brand identity and ensuring that it resonates with target audiences and stands out within the competitive landscape has also been another area of her focus.

Priyanka is also driven by a genuine passion for the positive impact that eyewear can have on people & lives. It is more than just an eyewear! “My vision is for the optical industry to transform from a purely need based industry to an important component of style and self- expression!” Says Priyanka Gupta. She believes that glasses are more than just a corrective tool; they can be an expression of personal style, a confidence booster, and even a gateway to improved vision and well-being.

Saurabh Jhingan

Director & Co-founder
Ikon Retail - Latin Quatres
 

Saurabh Jhingan

Position: Director & Co-founder
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Ikon Retail - Latin Quatres

Mr  Saurabh Jhingan co-founded Latin Quarters along with Mr Rahul Bhalla in 2006. He has a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra university in the field of Management with over 20 years experience in the field of retail. He heads the entire operations with a focus on expansion as well as business  development. Prior to founding Latin Quarters, he was managing a chain of pharmacies for 6 years in New York.

Sharad Madan

Director & Co-founder
Khubani group Bel Cibo Hospitality
 

Sharad Madan

Position: Director & Co-founder
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Khubani group Bel Cibo Hospitality

Shibu philips

Director - Shopping Malls
Lulu Group India
 

Shibu philips

Position: Director - Shopping Malls
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Lulu Group India

A graduate from Mumbai University, Shibu Philips brings with him over 27 years of experience launching international quick service restaurants and state of the art shopping malls. He is one of the pioneers who transformed the retail arena of the country, with a glittering track record that dates back to the year 2000. One of the main driving forces behind the launch of three of India’s best Shopping Malls, Inorbit Malad Mumbai, Oberoi Mall Mumbai and Lulu Mall Kerala, he is a Level 3 certified Shopping centre Manager from International council of shopping centres – ICSC (USA), receiving professional recognition of the body twice during Maxi 2007 and 2014. In 2010, he joined Lulu Group to play a key role in the visionary project headed by the CMD of the group, to bring international shopping experiences to Kerala for the first time. Needless to say, the dream was realised in record time, and Shibu Philips was part of the team that gave life to that vision. As Business Head of Lulu Mall, Kochi, the mall made waves in a market with no prior exposure to international shopping malls, marching ahead by setting one milestone after another. From there, he played a key role in Lulu Mall’s extensive expansion plans to markets like Lucknow, Bangalore, Trivandrum, Hyderabad, Thrissur and other cities in India. Today, he is the Director – Shopping Malls for Lulu Group India. With Lulu Group’s aggressive expansion plan across the country, Shibu Philips will be in charge of launching and running over 12 additional malls in the next 3 years. Real commitment never goes unrecognized, and recognitions came looking for him, wherever he rendered his service. Being adjudged one of the “Most Influential Shopping Centre Professional” in India is just one feather in his cap.

Kapil Pathare

Director
VIP Clothing
 

Kapil Pathare

Position: Director
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: VIP Clothing

At the dawn of the 21st century, VIP Clothing Ltd. (formerly known as Maxwell Industries Ltd.) welcomed a new era of dynamic leadership with the arrival of Mr. Kapil Jaykumar Pathare to its Board of Directors. Remarkably, Mr. Pathare, at just 21 years old, left an indelible mark on the company, showcasing his adeptness in situational leadership, swift decision-making, and effective communication of management directives. From the outset, Mr. Pathare demonstrated a strong inclination towards operational management, particularly within the realm of manufacturing innerwear products, driven by a steadfast commitment to quality. While acknowledging Maxwell's legacy as a pioneering innerwear manufacturer, he infused the company with a fresh, customer-centric global vision, revolutionizing both its manufacturing and marketing paradigms. Armed with a clear vision and a profound understanding of human dynamics, Mr. Pathare believes that the success of any business hinges upon a deep comprehension of its human resources— their motivations, skills, and values. His academic journey, encompassing a Master's in Business Administration following a degree in Commerce, coupled with continuous professional development through seminars and mentoring, has equipped him with a holistic understanding of business systems and operations. Leading by example, Mr. Pathare has fostered a culture of excellence within his team, setting SMART objectives and instilling a commitment to innovation and continuous improvement across manufacturing and marketing domains. Under his stewardship, VIP Clothing Ltd. has garnered numerous accolades, including the prestigious ABBY Gold Award and recognition from the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI) for excellence in both men's and women's innerwear Categories. As an accomplished author, Mr. Pathare has penned two insightful books: "Cricket to Corporate,” which draws parallels between cricketing strategies and corporate leadership, and "A Tall Order,” which celebrates the leadership traits of Indian cricketing legends. His latest book, "Maiden Innings," shines a spotlight on women's cricket, reflecting his unwavering commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity in sports. Mr. Pathare remains digitally connected, sharing his insights and engaging with a broader audience. His journey from successful businessman to esteemed author exemplifies his multifaceted talents and unwavering passion for cricket and literature alike. In "Maiden Innings," Mr. Kapil Pathare’s profound admiration for cricket shines through, as he explores the captivating rise of women's cricket and endeavours to inspire a new generation of female athletes. His writing is not only compelling but also accessible, appealing to both avid cricket enthusiasts and newcomers to the sport.

Vikram Bothra

Director
Chandan Retail - Askaran Binjraj
 

Vikram Bothra

Position: Director
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Chandan Retail - Askaran Binjraj

An MBA & Economics Graduate with broad experience in Garment Retailing, Real Estate Consulting , Mall Management, Business Restructuring, Sustainable Business Strategy & Business Development.

Specialties: Retail,operations,market research,sales,marketing, finance,Real Estate, Real Estate Consultancy,Retail Consultancy & Analytics.

Rohan Anand

Director
Virtous Retail
 

Rohan Anand

Position: Director
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Virtous Retail

Brajesh Singh Rawat

Director
Digital Matahari
 

Brajesh Singh Rawat

Position: Director
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Digital Matahari

Deepak Chhabra

MD
Timex India
 

Deepak Chhabra

Position: MD
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Timex India

Mr. Deepak Chhabra as the Managing Director of Timex Group India Limited, brings with him versatile leadership experience in Retail, Brand management, P&L Management, and strategic business planning. With over two decades of experience and recognition for driving innovation, he is spearheading Timex Group#39;s business transformation in India, focusing on superior brand experiences and customer-centric strategies. Formerly MD of Tupperware India, he orchestrated a transformative shift from direct selling company to a multi-channel strategy, introduced Retail, e-tail and e-commerce to increase consumer access thus elevating the market share and broadening the brand#39;s scope. He was also instrumental in Brand offerings beyond plastics. Previously he also led Crocs India as the MD and was instrumental in ramping up business and improving Brand’s reach and relevance. A Footwear Technologist and Marketeer by qualification, he started his career in 1996 with Phoenix International Limited and since then has held various leadership roles and strategic initiatives for Marquee brands like Reliance Retail, Skechers and Sprandi along with Tupperware and Crocs. He is a highly self-motivated and driven leader who believes in going beyond his comfort zone and taking risks, and he firmly believes that one should accept their failures as much as they celebrate their success.

Amit Sarda

MD
Soulflower LLP
 

Amit Sarda

Position: MD
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Soulflower LLP

M.D. of Soulflower, is a trailblazer in India’s natural skincare and haircare industry. He introduced Soulflower to cater to wellness-conscious consumers, specializing in natural oils. His journey from a teenage entrepreneur to an e-commerce pioneer expanded his national presence. On the international front, he digitally launched the brand, achieving Amazon best-seller status and FDA compliance without offshore offices. Beyond Soulflower, he promotes entrepreneurship as President of the ‘Young Entrepreneurs’ Society (YES) and initiated the ‘Shadow the Leader’ program in collaboration with the Bombay Chambers of Commerce and is a board member of prestigious organizations, including the World Trade Center Mumbai.

Yash Agarwal

Founder
National Mart India & ED-Ratnadeep Retail
 

Yash Agarwal

Position: Founder
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: National Mart India & ED-Ratnadeep Retail

Tarak Bhattacharya

ED & CEO
Mad Over Donuts
 

Tarak Bhattacharya

Position: ED & CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Mad Over Donuts

With over two decades of rich experience in the F&B industry, Tarak Bhattacharya serves as the Executive Director and CEO of Mad Over Donuts. Under his leadership, the acclaimed donut brand has grown from a 12-store set-up in Mumbai to a chain of 150+ stores across 6 cities in India, serving over 10 million delighted patrons.

Over his illustrious career, Tarak has worked with several renowned F&B companies. He headed Operations for Barista, one of India’s first and most successful coffee brands, and was later appointed as the COO for MGH Restaurants Pvt. Ltd. to lead two of their popular brands- Nando’s and Barista for their markets in Bangladesh and Nepal. Having worked across continents with diverse cultures, Tarak has a keen understanding of local sensibilities that he uses to inform business strategies.

In 2011, Tarak was named COO at Himesh Foods Pvt. Ltd. for their Singaporean gourmet brand Mad Over Donuts. He was promoted to Executive Director and CEO in 2019. A multi-faceted leader, Tarak currently manages diverse aspects of operations, planning and human resources at Mad Over Donuts India.

Rajneet Kohli

CEO & ED
Britannia
 

Rajneet Kohli

Position: CEO & ED
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Britannia

Rajneet is CEO & Executive Director of Britannia Industries, one of India’s largest FMCG company with turnover of >USD $2 Billion; market cap of $13+ Bn. As part of the company’s vision to become a responsible ‘Global Total Foods Company’, Rajneet is leading the expansion into new food and beverage categories by driving product innovation and building trusted brands. Rajneet is also building agility in the organisation to respond faster to rapidly evolving market needs, while building capabilities in Data, Digital and People. He chairs the company’s Digital Council; leading Britannia’s Transformation journey. Under Rajneet’s leadership, the company is also accelerating its sustainability initiatives across every facet of the business. 

Rajneet has served in senior leadership roles with 26 years of experience in consumer goods and retail sectors. Prior to Britannia, Rajneet worked with Jubilant FoodWorks as President; Chief Business Officer Domino’s (4+ yrs), Coca-Cola (14 yrs) as Senior Vice President, Asian Paints (5.5 yrs) as Regional Manager Color Steels in UK. He has a track record of scaling up businesses and building highly engaged teams, while delivering high performance and profitable growth.

Rajneet is thought leader & holds several leadership positions as:

  •  Chairman of CII Retail; Omnichannel 2023
  •  Member of CII & FICCI FMCG & Food Processing National Committees
  •  Board member of Britannia Bel Foods Private Limited

Rajneet is an MBA from University of Wales, UK and has completed senior leadership programs from Columbia Business School, NY and Indian School of Business (ISB).

K Radhakrishnan

Co-founder
Tata Starquik
 

K Radhakrishnan

Position: Co-founder
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Tata Starquik

RADHA AS HE IS POPULARLY KNOWN HAS BEEN A CORPORATE CITIZEN FOR 4 DECADES.

His experience covers a significantly diverse field of work.A start-up expert in various businesses small and big. Currently, he is the Director Tata Starquik.com, the Omni-channel partner of StarBazaar, of Tata Trent. He started this as a start up in 2017, it is a prominent player in the grocery business. He was founder of Grocermax, a startup in online grocery business in Gurgaon in 2014, which was later acquired by Tata. Radha also was the President of the KB’s FairPrice format and Future Fresh Foods (the F&V play) in Future Group of Kishore Biyani. His previous experiences as the CEO of the Reliance Retail as a start-up in 2005 for 6 years, embellishes his career. Interesting past businesses include Tea Tasting, Aqua Culture, launching TopRamen and CupNoodles (IndoNissin Foods Limited) and frozen food brand Sumeru, making his career very admirable.

SOCIETAL WORK

Was the first member to Head the Skill Development Council of India. 

Trustee of Sankalp Special School, Chennai for Autism learning disability. 

Driving the ONDC grocery launch, from ideation to business development.

Sagar Daryani

Co-founder & CEO
Wow! Momo Foods
 

Sagar Daryani

Position: Co-founder & CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Wow! Momo Foods

Amit Bagga

Co-founder, CEO & CMO
Daryaganj Hospitality
 

Amit Bagga

Position: Co-founder, CEO & CMO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Daryaganj Hospitality

Amit Bagga, a distinguished Restaurateur and entrepreneur, stands as a visionary leader, serving as the Co-founder, CEO, and CMO of Daryaganj Hospitality. His remarkable journey in hospitality reflects exceptional business acumen, unwavering perseverance, and a resolute commitment to excellence. Under his dynamic leadership, “DARYAGANJ – By the Inventors of Butter Chicken & Dal Makhani” has prominently risen, resiliently navigating the challenges of COVID-19 to not just endure but flourish. Amit’s innovative prowess and meticulous attention to detail propel his pursuit of excellence, resulting in numerous awards and accolades, such as the “Restaurant Icon of the year” by Economic Times Hospitality, two “Entrepreneur of the year” awards, and three other “Restaurateur of the year” awards from leading institutions. Since its inception in 2019, the Daryaganj Brand has garnered 33 prestigious awards across varied categories. Amit’s appearance on SHARK TANK INDIA season 2, representing Daryaganj, further solidified his reputation as a leading entrepreneur. He remains a sought-after speaker at numerous prestigious events. Amit also serves as the Co-Chapter head of the Delhi Chapter of NRAI, the largest restaurant association in India. His vision encompasses leveraging technology, AI, and data analytics to optimize processes and drive innovation, ultimately enhancing the customer experience.

Sumit Jasoria

Co-founder & CEO
NewMe
 

Sumit Jasoria

Position: Co-founder & CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: NewMe

Siddharth Dungarwal

Founder
Snitch
 

Siddharth Dungarwal

Position: Founder
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Snitch

A passionate workaholic and troubleshooter is the CEO and Founder of Snitch – the fastest-growing fast-fashion brand for men. With a lively nature and kind demeanor, Siddharth is known for his tenacity and relentless pursuit of success. Born and brought up in Bangalore, Siddharth’s journey into the world of fashion began over a decade ago.

Education and Early Ventures:

Siddharth is a graduate of Bhagwan Mahavir Jain College in Bangalore, where he completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree. At the young age of 18, driven by his passion for clothes, started a small 400-square-foot retail store named 4EVER in Frazer Town, Bangalore. The success of his retail venture attracted the attention of other retailers who wanted to purchase merchandise for their stores. This led Siddharth to venture into the B2B business on a small scale.

Trials and Triumphs:

In mid-February 2012, Siddharth struck a deal with a large manufacturing company to sell their leftover fabrics. However, a sudden audit by the company resulted in a delay in dispatching the stocks. The buyer, unable to wait, cancelled the deal, leaving Siddharth in a challenging situation.

With limited savings and a loan from a friend, Siddharth found himself with a surplus of fabric that others were offering to buy at significantly lower prices. Determined to overcome this setback, Siddharth decided to convert the fabric into shirts. Despite having no prior knowledge of production, patterns, or materials, he managed to find a factory in Bangalore willing to do a trial order of 500 shirts. This marked the turning point in Siddharth’s journey, as the shirts were well-received by a retailer in Mumbai, who subsequently placed additional orders.

Building Snitch:

Siddharth’s ability to source high-quality fabric and design standout products became Snitch’s unique selling proposition (USP). Starting with just one retailer, Snitch quickly expanded its customer base to include over 100 retailers and large brands across India. Over the years, Snitch garnered a reputation for its manufacturing capabilities and expertise, serving as a trusted partner for 12+ years before the launch of the Snitch brand.

Navigating Challenges and Expanding Horizons:

Like many businesses, Snitch faced significant challenges during the pandemic. However, Siddharth’s entrepreneurial spirit and determination propelled him forward. Despite limited resources and knowledge in e-commerce, Siddharth took a chance and launched snitch.co. on July 4, 2020.

With a team of just four members and 39 products on the website, Snitch made its first sale within one hour of going live.

Siddharth’s Approach to Operations and Finance:

As the CEO, Siddharth takes a hands-on approach to managing Snitch’s operations and finance. His experience in the industry has honed his expertise in production, design, and operations, ensuring the brand consistently delivers high-quality products. Siddharth’s astute financial management has played a crucial role in Snitch’s growth and sustainability.

Personal Values and Leadership Style:

Siddharth upholds core values such as integrity, dedication, and resilience. His leadership style is marked by a strong focus on teamwork, collaboration, and fostering an environment where employees can thrive. Siddharth’s unwavering commitment to his team’s growth and well-being has contributed to the vibrant and cohesive work culture at Snitch.

Future Growth and Expansion:

Snitch’s primary vision is to become the fastest-growing fast-fashion brand in India. With Siddharth’s guidance and the collective efforts of the Snitch team, the brand has already made significant strides in achieving this goal.

Snitch is India’s only D2C brand that touched 150Cr ARR within 2 years of inception, being bootstrapped. Siddharth’s achievements have also earned him recognition as a young entrepreneur, as well as accolades such as being listed in “40 under 40” and receiving the Indian Achievers Award.

Siddharth Dungarwal’s entrepreneurial journey, marked by resilience, innovation, and a commitment to quality, has positioned Snitch as a formidable force in the fast-fashion industry. With his visionary leadership and unwavering dedication, he is poised to lead Snitch to even greater heights in the

years to come.

S Raghunandan

Founder
LiteStore
 

S Raghunandan

Position: Founder
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: LiteStore

Neha Kant

Founder & Director
Clovia Lingerie
 

Neha Kant

Position: Founder & Director
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Clovia Lingerie

Neha Kant is the Founder and Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) of Clovia, a premier fashion, lingerie, and personal care brand for the urban millennial woman. After a decade-long career in corporate India, working with FCB Ulka and India Today Group, Neha identified a gap in the lingerie market in India and decided to address it by launching a solution-oriented brand.

With Clovia, Neha meant to redefine the Indian lingerie market and help customers choose beyond standard cuts, shapes and colours. Clovia is all about finding the unique size and fit for every girl and woman and providing solutions to a whole host of wardrobe problems. Last year, Neha took Clovia to one of the biggest exits in the Indian apparel space thereby raising the brand’s profile globally.

Since inception, till today, Neha’s mantra is that lingerie is a critical part of one’s wardrobe and it doesn’t need to be drab and boring. She aims to occupy the “most-favorite brand” space in the minds of her consumers.

Neha has also been instrumental in building  the brand ethos of ‘Joy’ at Clovia which is meant not just for customers but also the team thereby creating a cheerful work-environment which promotes job-satisfaction despite high-pressure situations common at start-ups. Clovia is today well-known for being a happy work-place, with people who are satisfied and fulfilled in their work.

Neha has been recognized by renowned industry bodies for her entrepreneurship, including being named Best Woman Entrepreneur by RBL Bank at its SME Business Excellence Awards 2017 and D2C Icon of India 2022 by the Images Group.

Interests: In her free time, Neha is passionate about sports and played basketball at state & university levels in her student years. Today, she dabbles in chess and Rubik’s Cube that allow her to take mini-breaks during the day. She believes that sports and hobbies are essential for a well-rounded and fulfilling life.

About Clovia:

Clovia’s design and production process is based on an amalgamation of fashion and technology. The company has patent-pending algorithms that help them gauge customer purchase patterns and track post-purchase/usage feedback. Clovia is close to 600 people strong but generates indirect employment for 10,000 more. As a mark of milestone the brand has 70 EBOs and 250 other retail touch points with 140 factories manufacturing different product lines in India, shipping close to 15L pieces a month and selling a piece every 2 seconds, with a customer base of 4 million. Clovia aims to fit 50 mn women in the next 4 years. 

Brand recognition by reputed publications and industry bodies 

  • TiE-CREST Knights of Supply Chain 2023 
  • One of the leading promising brands by The Economic Times as part of ET Promising Brand 2022
  • Technology Excellence Awards 2023 for Best Consumer Service Technology of the Year.
  • IAMAI’s 13th India Digital Awards- Silver in the Best SEO Marketing for Happy is my superpower campaign

Agnes Raja George

Founder & MD
Pipin Fashions and Retail
 

Agnes Raja George

Position: Founder & MD
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Pipin Fashions and Retail

Vishal Mahajan

Founder & MD
Necessity Hypermarkets
 

Vishal Mahajan

Position: Founder & MD
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Necessity Hypermarkets

Vishal Mahajan is a MBA , Graduate from LONDON..Year 2000 BATCH After more than a decade working in the retail and real estate industry I saw the need for a fresh and progressive approach to the Indian Retail Industry. I also saw the necessity for an agency to stand out from the rest of the crowd that could redefine Indian Retail Industry as we know it. From this OPTIMAL RETAIL was born. OPTIMAL RETAIL has grown from a one man operation to an organization of 180 staff members over 12 Stores, India with the professionally managed team. In fact the organization has been quoted as being ‘The fastest growing Retail Industry In India.’

Abhijeet Anand

Founder & CEO
abCoffee
 

Abhijeet Anand

Position: Founder & CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: abCoffee

Abhijeet Anand is the Founder and CEO of abcoffee. Ardently passionate about coffee, he aims to bring the best of Indian coffees to Indians. Prior to starting abCoffee, he worked in the energy industry for 9 years, during which time he travelled 22 countries and worked in 7 different cities across the world. He holds a bachelor’s degree from IIT Dhanbad, a Diploma in Law from NUJS Kolkata and a Master’s in Political Marketing from Rome Business School, Italy. Abhijeet also runs a foundation called Sarthak Mentoring Foundation which enables exchange of knowledge and guidance from adults to vulnerable students from highly exposed sections of society. This is the first of its kind remotely operated mentorship program in the world.

Manish Poddar

Founder & CEO
The House of Rare
 

Manish Poddar

Position: Founder & CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: The House of Rare

Gautam Saraogi

Founder & CEO
Go Colors
 

Gautam Saraogi

Position: Founder & CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Go Colors

Raghunandan Saraf

Founder & CEO
Saraf Furniture
 

Raghunandan Saraf

Position: Founder & CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Saraf Furniture

Raghunandan Saraf, hails from a small town named Sardarshahar, in Rajasthan.He is an MBA professional from Shree Ram College of Commerce, Delhi. After completing his studies in 2009, he joined his family business- Saraf Furniture. 

By nature, he is a technology enthusiast and explorer of new opportunities. He believed in turning the tables in whatever he does. His passion to capture new market trends on e-commerce turned him into an entrepreneur of the e-commerce business. In 2014, he started Insaraf.com with a vision to make every home a beautiful place to dwell. It was inaugurated with limited designs and a small team. Raghu realized that people like their homes to be unique with individual furniture choices. This concept extended the possibilities of creating customized handcrafted Sheesham wood furniture on a big scale. 

His passion and dedication revived the family business and gave it a new foundation in six years. He believed in giving a brand new identity to this legacy of wooden furniture business with ethics. He framed new concepts like termite resistance warranty for a lifetime, PAN India delivery, best prices, and quality in each product making it a global brand in three years. 

He is on a mission to help everyone excited; to create, renovate, and adore the beauty of Sheesham wood. Other than devoting his time making business strategies, he relishes spending quality time with his family, encourages reading and being fit and holds the views that his team is also an essential part of this family.

Raghav Somani

Founder & CEO
Headphone Zone
 

Raghav Somani

Position: Founder & CEO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Headphone Zone

Raghav Somani is the Founder & CEO at Headphone Zone, founded in 2011 as India’s first retail destination for audiophiles and headphone enthusiasts. A 9th generation entrepreneur from Chennai, Raghav completed his business studies from Singapore Management University. A passionate airline baggage tag collector with a Guinness World Record, Raghav enjoys playing the Piano and Guitars.

Shaishav Mittal

Founder & CEO
Lovely Bake Studio
 

Shaishav Mittal

Position: Founder & CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Lovely Bake Studio

Ranodeep Saha

Founder & Director
Rare Planet Handicrafts
 

Ranodeep Saha

Position: Founder & Director
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Rare Planet Handicrafts

Jugal Mistry

Founder
Bombay Trooper
 

Jugal Mistry

Position: Founder
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Bombay Trooper

Jugal is a D2C veteran who founded Bombay Trooper in 2013 after having worked as a eCommerce developer in early 2010s that helped shape some legacy online businesses back when D2C wasn’t even a term.

He’s a techie at heart but a brand builder by passion. Jugal currently runs 5 successful D2C brands across various consumer verticals, Bombay Trooper being his first and primary venture. Bombay Trooper is a fashion and accessories brand focused on sustainable and eco-conscious lifestyle. They have pioneered some trend-setting designs and concepts that attained international acclaim over the years. Jugal loves to talk about brand building, performance marketing, eCommerce tech, photography, hiking and skiing.

Vin Sharma

Founder
Junior's Brands
 

Vin Sharma

Position: Founder
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Junior's Brands

With over 17 years of experience in the world of luxury children’s fashion, Vin Sharma has established himself as a visionary and dedicated professional. As the founder of Junior’s Brand Private Limited, he has played a pivotal role in transforming the industry through his mastery of digital strategy and market research. Building upon this expertise, he expanded the visionary offerings of JBPL by establishing Kidsup, an innovative e-commerce platform that brings the epitome of luxury brands like Emporio Armani Kids, Sonia Rykiel Kids, Stella McCarteny Kids, Guess Kids & more exclusively to India.  As an integral part of JBPL’s family, Kidsup seamlessly inherits his profound understanding of luxury brand marketing, creating a remarkable destination for discerning parents seeking the finest in children’s fashion. As a mentor, he firmly believes that the key to success is discipline, which is why he encourages his teams to approach their work with a structured and methodical mindset. This approach has allowed his teams to consistently push boundaries, bounce back from setbacks, and perform at the highest level, leading to the growth and success of the organization. With a degree in luxury business management from the esteemed IIM Ahmedabad and an award for excellence in project management at London Fashion Week, Vin is an inspiration to those who value talent, discipline, innovation, and a steadfast commitment to excellence.

Shubham Gupta

Founder
Bonkers Corner
 

Shubham Gupta

Position: Founder
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Bonkers Corner

Manish Patil

Founder
Pengu
 

Manish Patil

Position: Founder
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Pengu

Biraja Rout

Founder
Biggies Burger
 

Biraja Rout

Position: Founder
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Biggies Burger

Prashant Issar

Founder
Ishaara (Stratix Hospitality)
 

Prashant Issar

Position: Founder
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Ishaara (Stratix Hospitality)

Harpreet Singh Tibb

Founder
Tibbs Frankie
 

Harpreet Singh Tibb

Position: Founder
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Tibbs Frankie

Harpreet Singh Tibb is a man who truly represents the spirit of invention and business. In addition to becoming well-known in the corporate sector, he is a leader who has been instrumental in the success of his family’s company, Tibbs Frankie. With an education from esteemed institutions such as BITS Pilani, IIM Calcutta, and Cambridge University, he has over 19 years of experience in the FMCG industry, where he has played a key role in building great brands and the success of companies like Hindustan Unilever and Kellogg’s India. He is also the founder of Solaron Homes, a company working towards a sustainable future. He is passionate about sustainability and has rolled out a campaign called LiteAHome that provides solar kits to households without electricity in rural districts of India.

Kapil Goel

Founder
Exotic India
 

Kapil Goel

Position: Founder
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Exotic India

Dhruv Toshniwal

CEO
The Pant Project
 

Dhruv Toshniwal

Position: CEO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: The Pant Project

Ankur Amin

CEO
Extra Butter India
 

Ankur Amin

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Extra Butter India

Avnish Anand

Co-founder & COO
CaratLane
 

Avnish Anand

Position: Co-founder & COO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: CaratLane

Avnish is a Co-Founder and CEO at CaratLane. Business passionate about building new businesses and has spent more than 13 years in the consumer internet space. In one of his previous roles at Times Internet, he built Code Gladiators, which is now the largest coding competition in the world.

He is a graduate of IIM Lucknow and Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. Outside of work, he loves to read a wide range of topics and actively follows a lot of different sports. He writes about his interests from time to time.

Abhishek Ramanathan

Co-founder & COO
Nua Woman
 

Abhishek Ramanathan

Position: Co-founder & COO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Nua Woman

Lalit Jhawar

Co-Founder, & COO & CFO
Food Square & LandCraft Agro
 

Lalit Jhawar

Position: Co-Founder, & COO & CFO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Food Square & LandCraft Agro

Dhiraj Agarwal

CEO & Co-founder
Campus Sutra
 

Dhiraj Agarwal

Position: CEO & Co-founder
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Campus Sutra

Dhiraj is the Co-Founder and CEO at Campus Sutra, the biggest bootstrapped D2C fashion brand in the country. In a world where funding is the norm, Campus Sutra challenged the playbook to build the D2C brand in India. Campus Sutra has laid out the path to build profitable business and is on track to achieving a run rate of 1000 cr in the next 3 years.

Campus Sutra has shipped  > 8 Million orders since inception. First and Only Digitally Native brand to be present in 500 stores across all top 5 departmental stores in the country – Lifestyle, Shopper Stop, Central, Brand Factory, Reliance Trends.  Also, Present in  more than 22 countries across the world.

Harsh Hari Modi

Co-founder & CEO
Mulmul
 

Harsh Hari Modi

Position: Co-founder & CEO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Mulmul

Harsh Hari Modi, Co-Founder and CEO of Mulmul, epitomises the modern Indian entrepreneur. Blessed with a keen eye for opportunities and his mantra of manifesting abundance, his tireless efforts over the years have given shape to his calculated career curve. While his commendable academic background culminated in a Masters’ in Business Administration, it’s his zeal for growth that led him to set up his first business while he was still in business school. In existence for over two decades now, his foundational brain-child Public Clothing Private Limited currently caters to some of the biggest designer houses in the

world, including the likes of Zara and H&M. His desire to take India to the world continues to thrive in the form of his most recent success story- Mulmul. His careful reading of the erstwhile market gap was all the push he needed to launch his contemporary Indian ethnic wear brand- Mulmul. With a commitment to quality, innovation and creating happiness, the label has established itself as a leading player in the industry in just under 5 years of existence. Churning out impressive numbers month on

month across both channels- Online and Offline, the cash flow positive position of the bootstrapped company is nothing short of enviable. Their most recent campaign, Namaste London, is a testament to its global presence yet unwavering respect for their roots- principles that echo his sentiment. A regular presence at some of the most prestigious events in town, some of his recent talks include gripping sessions with Google and Meta, as well as candid chats with Pushpa Bector organised by DLF malls, to name a few. His passport and his phone are always by his side- allowing him to spearhead his businesses

while being on the move and following his passion for travel. Making it a point to spend quality time with his loving family, he’s always advocated for a healthy work-life balance. The weekends are for the tennis courts and his routine visits to the Barnyard, a New Delhi-based animal shelter his companies contribute to, as responsible entities of society. In regular touch with his spiritual side, he’s a devoted practitioner of the Vedanta School of Philosophy. His fondness for yoga can be gauged by his meticulous daily morning routine. An absolute gentleman through and through, his witty one-liners and years of experience make him a connoisseur of conversations.

Sujata Biswas

Co-founder
Suta
 

Sujata Biswas

Position: Co-founder
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Suta

Sujata is the co-founder and polestar of the beloved artisanal brand, Suta. An alumnus of CET Bhubaneswar and IIFT Delhi, Sujata was engaged with Essar Group, Jindal Group, and IIT Bombay for seven years, before co-founding Suta with her sister Taniya. To do so, she quit her PhD and dove headfirst into the weaver-centric fashion D2C e-commerce industry.  Su’s pioneering vision for the brand led to her being recognised by the IEDRA for her organisation’s untiring contributions towards national development. Her inspiring leadership has earned her several accolades, including being named ‘40 under 40’ by Business World, the Indian Achievers Award for Young Entrepreneur, the Indian MSME Women Entrepreneur – Small Business award, as well as the Women Entrepreneurs Award. As a TEDx speaker and a prominent voice in the Indian entrepreneurial community, she believes in being the change she wants to see in the world around her. Further, Su (as she is fondly known) has been recognised by leading platforms including Social Samosa, Mad Over Marketing and Inkspell for creating a profound impact on the communities she serves and is a part of. From starting out with only two weavers, Su has engaged more than 17,000 weavers with Suta, and is relentless in her efforts to support the artisanal community and conserve indigenous art forms.

Pradeep Krishnakumar

Co-founder
Zouk
 

Pradeep Krishnakumar

Position: Co-founder
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Zouk

Pradeep is the Co-Founder of Zouk, a modern Indian lifestyle brand. All Zouk products are Proudly Indian and PeTA approved Vegan. Zouk has over 700,000 happy customers and over 500,000 followers on social media. Their products have organically appeared in many popular movies and series.

Prior to Zouk, Pradeep has worked at Deutsche Bank, McKinsey, Guild Capital and BrowserStack. He did his MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and his engineering from IIT Madras.

Mayank Gupta

Co-Founder
Food Square
 

Mayank Gupta

Position: Co-Founder
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Food Square

Aashish Batra

Co-founder
myPAPERCLIP
 

Aashish Batra

Position: Co-founder
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: myPAPERCLIP

I am a graduate from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University Bloomington with majors in International Business and Operations and Supply Chain Management.

I am currently building myPAPERCLIP – a premium notebooks, journals and desk essentials brand to help people re-discover the joy of writing. The brand currently serves 1M+ customers and is available across 400+ retail stores across India. 

Some awards and recognition include:

myPAPERCLIP:

– IMAGES D2C most admired brand of 2022: Leisure

– #1 Retail Start-up of the Year 2022 by Retail Association of India

– Best Omni-channel Strategy by Kamikaze 

– Top Retail Minds in India by Asia Retail Congress

– Top 30 E-commerce leaders by Karix 

NSDC and EY: 

  • Speaker on a national talk show “Good Evening India” as a Skills Expert- Aired by DD National.
  • Inducted as the President of Indiana University Alumni Association, Delhi Chapter

Harshil Salot

Co-Founder
The Sleep Company
 

Harshil Salot

Position: Co-Founder
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: The Sleep Company

A second-generation entrepreneur and alumni of the prestigious IIM Calcutta, Harshil Salot is the co-founder of The Sleep Company – a home-grown omnichannel brand that is now revolutionising the comfort tech industry with a 400% YoY growth. A young startup, The Sleep Company led by Harshil and his wife, has raised a total of INR 375 CR (184 CR in Series C , Rs Rs 177 CR in Series B, 13.4 CR in Series A) till date. At The Sleep Company, Harshil has leveraged the rich experience he has across business verticals to drive the brand’s overall go-to￾market strategy and help create a company that is disrupting the Indian market with its patented SmartGRID technology. Before co-founding The Sleep Company, Harshil accumulated more than a decade of experience in sales, operations, business planning, and strategy while at the helm of his family-run business. He was also a Corporate Strategy Manager at Axis Bank where he worked right after completing his Master’s from IIM Calcutta in 2009. At The Sleep Company, Harshil, along with his wife Priyanka, were instrumental in putting in place an R&D team that developed India’s first revolutionary mattress built using their patented SmartGRID technology. Today, The Sleep Company is disrupting the comfort tech industry one mattress at a time! What’s more, is that the company has now diversified their product offerings and forayed into newer comfort-tech categories through their Elev8 Smart Adjustable Bed, SmartGRID Chairs, and Smart Sleep Accessories. The Sleep Company’s remarkable growth since its inception has been largely due to Harshil’s visionary leadership. In the three years since inception, Harshil has overseen the Sleep Company’s growth strategy and helped build its global image with a strong presence in Japan and UAE. Also, most importantly, from being a purely digital brand, the company now has an omnichannel model and has opened 65+ stores in 23 cities as of 2023 and aims for 100 stores  by March 24. Harshil has been at the forefront of the business’s growth and expansion plans throughout. During COVID it was his business acumen and leadership that navigated the path to The Sleep Company growing 100X. He also spearheaded the organisation’s expansion in terms of employees. From a 2 member company to an organisation of 750 people, the company has grown by leaps and bounds; with each and every employee having ESOPs in the company. Harshil and his wife Priyanka are now eyeing on making The Sleep Company a 500cr brand by 2024 and become the world’s leading comfort-technology company. Their efforts in this direction have been appreciated, which is also reflected in the awards and accolades they have received. The Sleep Company recently won Retail Start-up of the year at the Entrepreneur Awards 2022, they were awarded IMAGES Most Admired D2C Brand of the year and the brand is also part of the Inc42’s FAST42 List as well as India’s Most Coveted List For D2C Brands.

Tanya Biswas

Co-founder
Suta
 

Tanya Biswas

Position: Co-founder
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Suta

Taniya is co-founder of and the bedrock upon which Suta rests. She holds an engineering degree in ceramics from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, and an MBA from IIM, Lucknow. Prior to creating Suta with her sister, Sujata, Ta (as we fondly call her) was associated with IBM as strategy consultant, worked as a production manager at Tata Refractories, and was a marketing consultant with Seed Fund’s investee firm. Today, she wears several hats as an entrepreneur, TEDx speaker and change-maker, and is a vocal advocate for mindful fashion. Tapping into her innate inclination towards art and design, Ta converted her passion into a full-time venture when Suta was born. She now plans to expand Suta’s vast weaver community to 2,00,000 weavers in the next five years, while experimenting with even more diverse indigenous crafts to make Suta’s catalogue even more inclusive and awe-inspiring. Her passion for Indian crafts and entrepreneurship was recently recognised with the Indian Affairs Co-Founder 's Innovations Award in the Luxury Fashion Brand category. She has also been named as an Impact Crater in Handcrafted Fashion at the ET Inspiring Women Awards and has won the BW marketing world 40 under 40. When she’s not envisioning, formulating and working on Suta’s strategy and future-bound plans, Ta dabbles in photography and enjoys spending time with animals.

Shital Mehta

MD
Lifestyle International
 

Shital Mehta

Position: MD
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Lifestyle International

Uddhav Poddar

MD
Bhumika Group
 

Uddhav Poddar

Position: MD
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Bhumika Group

Rajesh Jain

MD & CEO
Lacoste India
 

Rajesh Jain

Position: MD & CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Lacoste India

Rajesh Jain is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for Sports And Leisure Apparel Limited – Lacoste Licensee in India. He has been constantly nurturing the brand since October 2009. With his persistent efforts and focused vision, he has built and propagated Lacoste in India as a complete Lifestyle brand, offering unique and original universes for different verticals including clothing for women, men and children, shoes, leather goods, watches etc. His strong belief in his own quote, “Top Line, Bottom Line, Growth, Customer Delight and Human Resource Development – Everything else is merely incidental” has cultivated the brand with firm establishments reaching out to every major city/ metro of the country today.

From a financial background analyzing and evaluating company strategies to details, Rajesh’s inclination for retail industry was not a mere milestone but an opportunity to adapt to an industry which is characterized by ever changing demands and varied preferences. A persona of high esteemed spirit, Rajesh embraced the retail industry justifying his position as an ethical and process-oriented leader always open to experimentation and taking calculated risks. He possesses wide ranging knowledge

and unique perspective on the retail industry having worked for leading organizations across the spectrum.

Prior to his position as CEO, Rajesh served Sports and Leisure Apparel Limited (Lacoste Licensee in India) as CFO for three years wherein with his steep prophecy, He directed and motivated the company to achieve desired results. Managing responsibilities that included supervising the financial risks of the corporation, designing and implementing systems and processes across the board and empowering people to execute them, Supply Chain, IT, Sourcing and Legal functions, Rajesh has imbibed the essential values of authenticity, performance and elegance from the brand. As a gregarious socialite, team cohesive professional, process-oriented entrepreneur, he has fostered the brand with remarkably positive sales growth, strategically implemented marketing campaigns and pioneering media and

financial planning.

Rajesh is a Master of Commerce from the University of Delhi and a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He obtained his company Secretary degree from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. Born and brought up in Delhi, Rajesh follows an ethical and aesthetic attitude towards life.

Anuj Singh

MD & CEO
Spencer’s Retail
 

Anuj Singh

Position: MD & CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Spencer’s Retail

Mukesh Kumar

MD & CEO
Quest Properties
 

Mukesh Kumar

Position: MD & CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Quest Properties

Mukesh Kumar has almost three and half decades of rich experience across Retail and Hospitality business. A seasoned hospitality and retail professional he has worked across cities at various levels and brings an extensive background of the end to end project coordination, pre-opening, leasing, fit-out and launch of the mall business.

Currently, he is working as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Quest Properties India Limited heading Quest Mall, Kolkata and other real estate businesses of the company. Quest mall was established as a luxury mall catering to the needs of the entire East Zone, North-Eastern states and neighboring countries. The mall is owned by RPSG group which owns CESC, Philips Carbon Black, Spencer’s Retail, First Source and many other businesses across the country.

Earlier, he was employed as Chief Executive Officer of K Raheja Realty Group owned Infiniti Mall, leading both its malls into an admirable retail model. He was responsible for overseeing the entire Operation, Leasing and Marketing of Infiniti Mall, Andheri with a built-up area of 2,75,000 sq ft and Infiniti Mall, Malad having a built -up area of 1.20 million sq ft. Mukesh Kumar

Before Infiniti Mall, he was mentoring Ramada Plaza Palm Grove, a five-star business hotel as Vice President. He has worked with various prestigious Hospitality companies at numerous locations managing Operations, Sales & Marketing, Pre-Opening team and Projects. His stint at American Embassy as General Manager for their Recreation, F&B and Commissary division exposed him to the international community. He is an economics graduate with a degree in hotel management from a premier Hotel Management School. He is also a Certified General Manager by Ramada International University, Geneva.

Mayank Mohan

Partner & CEO
Mohanlal Sons
 

Mayank Mohan

Position: Partner & CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Mohanlal Sons

Sumeet Lohia

Country Head
Ecco Shoes
 

Sumeet Lohia

Position: Country Head
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Ecco Shoes

Sumeet Lohia, a seasoned retail professional with over two decades of diverse experience, currently steers operations as Country Manager for ECCO Shoes in India. His impressive journey in retail, marked by exceptional expertise in operations, business development, channel expansion, distribution, franchisee management, and exports, reflects a consistent drive for growth. Sumeet has made indelible contributions to prestigious brands, including Reebok, Levi’s, Adidas, and Reliance Brands (managing iconic labels like Steve Madden, Superdry, and Dune).

Aniket Nikumb

Founding Team
Mensa Brands
 

Aniket Nikumb

Position: Founding Team
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Mensa Brands

Aniket Nikumb is a seasoned finance professional with over a decade of experience across investing and startup building. Currently, Aniket is part of the Founding Team at consumer-tech unicorn Mensa Brands where he led the acquisition of several successful e-commerce brands such as MyFitness, Pebble and Villain into Mensa Brands’ portfolio. 

At Mensa, Aniket has deployed $200m+ of capital to acquire 20+ brands across fashion, home and beauty and built among the largest D2C lifestyle businesses in India. Aniket also leads Mensa’s corporate VC arm and has led investments in India’s leading colour cosmetics player, Renee Cosmetics and Dubai-based fashion company, The Giving Movement (“TGM”). Previously, Aniket has been an investor in public markets and private equity markets globally leading investments in several consumer, technology and financial services companies. Aniket started his career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He is a rank-holder Chartered Accountant and has earned an MBA from Columbia Business School. 

In his free time, Aniket enjoys travelling and exploring different food cuisines.

Sanil Sachar

Founding Partner
Huddle Ventures
 

Sanil Sachar

Position: Founding Partner
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Huddle Ventures

Raghu Rajagopalan

President - Group Business Development
Lifestyle Int
 

Raghu Rajagopalan

Position: President - Group Business Development
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Lifestyle Int

Raghu Rajagopalan is currently responsible & steering the Business expansion of all the retail

formats of Lifestyle International Pvt Ltd. Before this, he held the position of COO for Max Fashion in India, and was managing the delivery of business productivity synergizing the Retail operations, Marketing, Supply chain and planning functions. With an illustrious career spanning three decades plus, Raghu has a rich and diverse experience in Commercial, Finance, Logistics and Business management in the Consumer Durables, Luggage and Retail formats in India.

Mandar Dandekar

Partner
Sorin Investments
 

Mandar Dandekar

Position: Partner
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Sorin Investments

Sumit Shah

Co-founder & Leads- Operations
Logistics & Supply Chain, BOHECO
 

Sumit Shah

Position: Co-founder & Leads- Operations
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Logistics & Supply Chain, BOHECO

An ardent believer in using progressive measures and technologies to largely impact the global societal community in a ‘greener’ manner, Sumit’s keen interest lies in agriculture & environmental-related business ventures. His work for the brand revolves around the plant sciences team, ensuring they have the best crop grown, and making sure that the plant is turned into the best possible product and put on the shelf for consumers’ use. As COO, Sumit ensures seamless operations for our raw material and products, from farm to urban markets. Meticulous as he is, Sumit works hours on end to perfect the progressive technology and measures that keep BOHECO at the top of its game. His love for nature and vision to create BOHECO as a platform that stands for change and rides this through his work of moulding the supply chain to increase accessibility of BOHECO products.

Mohit Rathod

Co-founder
Truly Desi
 

Mohit Rathod

Position: Co-founder
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Truly Desi

With an impeccable experience of A2 Milk and Dairy Industry having background experience of

Masters in Management from EADA Business School, Barcelona, Spain and technical background of electronics and telecommunication in engineering.

Mr. Mohit has 3 years of experience of Business Consultancy and 6 years of experience in FMCG and Dairy Industry availing spaces to be a speaker into various forums and summits of D2C and retailer conclaves.

Ripunjay Chachan

Co-founder
Wellversed
 

Ripunjay Chachan

Position: Co-founder
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Wellversed

Ripunjay, Co-Founder of Well Versed, and Stanford Biodesign alumnus is a seasoned entrepreneur with over a decade’s worth of experience in the health & wellness industry. Through his vision, he is committed to democratizing wellness, making it accessible to everyone across the globe. With this passion for wellness having been ignited at an early age, Ripunjay has pioneered innovative products and services aimed at empowering individuals to maximize human potential, with his co-founded venture ‘Wellversed’. He has founded multiple successful wellness enterprises, and with his drive to deliver what he commits, continues to drive positive change in the wellness landscape, through Well Versed.

Yash Kotak

Co-founder & CMO
BOHECO
 

Yash Kotak

Position: Co-founder & CMO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: BOHECO

Yash has always directed his efforts toward socially relevant causes. From being an active participant in social setups to heading multiple campaigns on behalf of BOHECO, Yash has been instrumental in setting up BOHECO’s direct-to consumer Health & Wellness narrative. Today, Yash works intently on creating a brand that is value driven that gives back to the society, from farmers to patients. Yash started his career as a media & advertising professional at leading global agencies and now, as CMO of BOHECO, Yash opens the wings of business development and places the company’s central communication strategy, marketing initiatives, sales, and conventional media planning in the center of his workday. Yash proactively also carves BOHECO’s office culture to ensure it’s a great place to work at. Driven by a holistic perspective, he strategizes BOHECO’s positioning in the hemp industry with an incisive business sense to create impact at the grassroots.

Lokendra Singh Ranawat

Co-founder & CEO
Wooden Street
 

Lokendra Singh Ranawat

Position: Co-founder & CEO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Wooden Street

Rajeev Sharma

CEO
NY Cinemas
 

Rajeev Sharma

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: NY Cinemas

Rajeev Sharma comes with a proven track record of business development and brand building for almost 3 decades now. An entrepreneur at heart, Rajeev has relentlessly worked and built success stories across various sectors such as IT, Entertainment, Lifestyle, FMCG and now Retail. This drive allows him to run NY CINEMAS with passion to ensure it becomes a go-to brand for every cinema goer of the country.

Ashish Kanakia

CEO
MovieMax Cinemas
 

Ashish Kanakia

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: MovieMax Cinemas

Pramod Arora

Chief Growth & Strategy Officer
PVR INOX Limited
 

Pramod Arora

Position: Chief Growth & Strategy Officer
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: PVR INOX Limited

Pramod Arora has been associated with Cinemas, Real Estate, Retail and the larger investment ecosystem in the industry for the last 3 decades. Since 1996, with the advent of cinema multiplex development in India, he has been playing a pivotal role in development and growth of shopping centres and cinemas. An astute, accomplished and seasoned professional, he presently leads, guides & enables growth, expansion and development strategy at PVR INOX alongside all other facets of the business. From a very humble beginning with a 4 screen multiplex cinema in Delhi in 1996 to now operates the largest multiplex network with 1,732 screens across 363 properties in 113 cities (India and Sri Lanka). He is widely regarded as the brain behind the growth of modern age cinema theatres & shopping centres in the country. Designing and developing the best in class, hospitality led cinemas spaces to mergers, acquisitions and financial structuring of complex deals, he has been actively involved in helping unleash the India consumption story in modern retail and cinemas.

Tushar Dhingra

Co-Founder & CEO
Dhishoom Cinemas
 

Tushar Dhingra

Position: Co-Founder & CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Dhishoom Cinemas

Ex CEO Smaaash, COO Big Cinemas, CMO PVR Cinemas, Tushar has been building a Multiplex startup Dhishoom Cinemas for the last 5 years. Before this he served as the Chief Operating Officer of Big Cinemas. a pioneer having introduced many innovative movie concepts like IMAX, Gold class, 3D & 6D cinemas in India. He previously served as Partner with the world-leading executive search firm DHR International and prior to that was the brand Architect for PVR Cinemas and has been an early evangelist/builder of  Cinema Advertising Industry in India. He also led PVR’s IPO branding and communication strategy. Earlier in his career, he established Concierge service for Taj Group and was the youngest and one of the first to adorn golden keys in India. Tushar is a Bachelor of Arts, Hospitality Management and Post Graduate in Management from IMT Ghaziabad. He has been recognized with several awards including the 2008 “Exhibitor of the year in Asia by Hollywood reporter and three-time Retailer of the year in entertainment Industry by the India Retail Forum etc.

Amar Preet Singh

Co - Founder & COO
Neeman's
 

Amar Preet Singh

Position: Co - Founder & COO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Neeman's

Neeman’s is focused on redefining the shoe industry in India using natural materials to create super comfortable shoes for all day wear. Our Shoes are comfy , Lightweight , Flexible , Socks Free , Odour Resistant , Cool in Summer and Warm in Winter. We are bringing truly revolutionary and unheard of features to footwear in India.

Harii Subramaniam Jayaraman

Director - Offline Business
Lenskart
 

Harii Subramaniam Jayaraman

Position: Director - Offline Business
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Lenskart

Deepak Yadav

CXO & Chief BD Officer
Shoppers Stop
 

Deepak Yadav

Position: CXO & Chief BD Officer
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Shoppers Stop

Abhishek Raj

COO
Lacoste India
 

Abhishek Raj

Position: COO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Lacoste India

Abhishek Raj is the Chief Operating Officer for Sports and Leisure Apparel Limited – Lacoste Licensee in India. As an integral team member, he has been instrumental in Lacoste’s growth journey in India for the last 16 years. In his 18 years of corporate journey, Abhishek has worked around most stimulating areas of modern retail, starting from Apparel Production, Merchandising & Buying, Retail Planning, Visual Merchandising, Project Management, New Business Development, Retail Operations, Travel Retail, E-Commerce, CRM, Marketing, T&D and Supply Chain Management. Abhishek has completed his Post Graduation in ‘Garment Manufacturing Technology’ from NIIFT and has also completed his Chief Operating Officer Programme from the prestigious Indian Institute of Lucknow.

Apoorv Sen

COO
Iconic Fashion India
 

Apoorv Sen

Position: COO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Iconic Fashion India

Berry Singh

COO
Ace Turtle
 

Berry Singh

Position: COO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Ace Turtle

Berry Singh is the COO at Ace turtle. He leads the day-to-day operations of the organization. As a brand & retail expert with over two decades of experience, he provides insights and expertise in strategy formulation to drive scale and profitability. An alumnus of NIFT, Berry has previously served in multiple leadership roles as the Business Head of Timberland, Paul & Shark, GAS, Dune and as Retail Head for Diesel. As a founding member of Reliance Brands, he was responsible for Operations, Sales, Marketing and building teams to run these businesses. His earlier role in VF Corporation as Assistant Business Head – Lee was to spearhead the retail operations & merchandising.

Shailina Parti

COO
Trent (Westside)
 

Shailina Parti

Position: COO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Trent (Westside)

Sachin Agarwal

COO
Nature’s Basket
 

Sachin Agarwal

Position: COO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Nature’s Basket

Jayen Naik

COO
Nexus Malls
 

Jayen Naik

Position: COO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Nexus Malls

Jayen Naik Jayen Naik is the Chief Operations Officer of the Manager. During his employment of over

six years collectively with RMPL (which has since merged with EDPL) and the Manager, he has been

involved in the management of our Portfolio Assets owned by the Sponsor Group since acquisition

by our Sponsor Group. He holds a bachelor’s degree in science from St. Xavier’s College, Gujarat and

a master’s degree in business administration from B.K. School of Business Management, Gujarat. He

has over two decades of work experience. He has previously been associated with, inter alia, Adani

Retail Limited as head—–operations, Aditya Birla Group as general manager—–operations, Vadilal

Industries Limited as assistant manager—–export division.

Gokul Dharan

COO
Papa Don't Preach
 

Gokul Dharan

Position: COO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Papa Don't Preach

Karan Singla

COO
The Sleep Company
 

Karan Singla

Position: COO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: The Sleep Company

With over 16 years of experience in the automotive and food-tech industries, Mr. Karan Singla, Chief Operating Officer, The Sleep Company will spearhead the creation of seamless online-offline experiences through advanced centres, robust supply chains, and nationwide product accessibility. Prior to joining The Sleep Company, Singla was associated with global brands like Audi, Volkswagen, and Maruti, where he excelled in regional sales, network expansion, and innovative distribution strategies. This expertise led him to pivotal roles at Rebel Foods, first as VP – Head of Operations & Expansion for India and subsequently as Country Manager in Indonesia, driving growth through cloud kitchen establishment, strategic partnerships, and brand expansion. Now, at The Sleep Company, Singla will leverage his exceptional track record to fuel operational excellence, guide market expansion, omnichannel presence, and substantial offline growth. His impressive record positions him perfectly to lead The Sleep Company towards market dominance, utilising his strategic insights and operational acumen to reinforce its industry standing.

N P Singh

Director - Retail Development - Samsonite South Asia
Samsonite
 

N P Singh

Position: Director - Retail Development - Samsonite South Asia
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Samsonite

Srinivasa Roa

Business Head
Wild Bean Cafe - Reliance BP Mobility
 

Srinivasa Roa

Position: Business Head
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Wild Bean Cafe - Reliance BP Mobility

Arun Sharma

Business Head - Retail
Wildcraft
 

Arun Sharma

Position: Business Head - Retail
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Wildcraft

Lavish Soni

Business Head
The House of Rare
 

Lavish Soni

Position: Business Head
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: The House of Rare

Hardik Shah

CTO
Impresario HandMade Restaurants
 

Hardik Shah

Position: CTO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Impresario HandMade Restaurants

Monish Kaul

CPTO
Zivame
 

Monish Kaul

Position: CPTO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Zivame

Piyush Chowhan

Retail Industry Professional
 

Piyush Chowhan

Position: Retail Industry Professional
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024

Piyush Chowhan is a digital evangelist with a passion for transforming businesses with the use of technology. With over two decades of experience working with global consumer and retail companies, he has an excellent track record of delivering results and creating value across organizations. His vision is creating innovation-focused digital strategies to maximize today’s opportunities and prepare organizations for future disruptions. His passion for working with startups and innovation-led companies has given him the edge to create digital assets for organizations with the use of the latest technologies like Analytics, Cloud, and Artificial Intelligence. He has been a widely recognized leader in digital transformation and has been a much-wanted speaker at over 100 global events. He is an avid writer and his thought leadership is published in multiple magazines and portals.

Rajesh Verma

CIO
Indian Terrain
 

Rajesh Verma

Position: CIO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Indian Terrain

Meheriar Patel

Group CIO
Jeena Company
 

Meheriar Patel

Position: Group CIO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Jeena Company

An award winning and dynamic leader, Meheriar Patel has proven success in managing a wide range of leadership roles in Information Technology, Digital Transformation. He has spent the majority of his working years with Industry Background of Retail and eCommerce, Supply Chain & Logistics, Pharma, Banking and Finance. His career spanned 25 years of Core IT Leadership roles in various capacities of CIO, CTO and Head IT in diverse functions across both consumer and enterprise domains. He has worked in Global Geographies for Technology Strategy and Project Management of Large Projects.

In his present assignment, Meheriar is the Group Chief Information Officer – Digital Solutions of Jeena & Company, India’s leading Supply Chain and Logistics provider. As a member of the Global Leadership Team, Meheriar led Digital Transformation across all functions for the organization and drove the strategy, course and communication of Jeena – the Oldest and most trusted brand in the Indian Logistics industry. He is the driving force behind Jeena.

He has a strong track record of building some of the Large Global Technology Projects across domains. His areas of expertise include Setting up large projects in Manufacturing, Finance, Sales & marketing, digital, retail, pricing, product management, channel and customer operations. He also has implementation expertise in SAP, Oracle, JDA, SUN Systems and with the Big4 on various external and Internal projects.

His talent and success has been acknowledged at several prestigious forums of Technology – Indian Express, CXO AXIS, StrategINK, CIO & Leader, Eminent CIO, and many more.

Meheriar is an MBA in Information Technology, Post Graduation in Human Resources, and has also a Certified Director from IOD and completed Digital Innovation & Transformation for Enterprise Program from All India Management Association.

Ranjan Sharma

CIO & Head-Supply Chain
Bestseller India
 

Ranjan Sharma

Position: CIO & Head-Supply Chain
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Bestseller India

Ranjan Sharma has been working with Bestseller India since August 2012 as CIO and Head of Supply Chain and has over 27 years of experience. He started his career in June 1996 with Futurecom as Product Manager and was responsible for handling sales of IT Infrastructure to Corporate Houses of Brands like IBM, Compaq and HCL. He was also responsible for developing a team for sales and support. After having worked for about 5 years, in July 2001 he moved to Vishal Retail Ltd. as Store Manager and went on to become Zonal Operation head and subsequently Head of IT. Here he was responsible for setting up long term IT and Supply chain strategy. In his last stint before joining Bestseller, he was working with Future Group. Here he has worked at various profiles like Head of SAP Practice, Head of Packaged applications and Head of IT and was responsible for – Building SAP Retail team.  He also worked on a whole bunch of strategic and tactical initiatives. He worked extensively on warehouse automation to achieve higher efficiency. Academically, he’s an alumni from American International University of Management & Technology and IIM Kozhikode.

 

Praveen Shrikhande

Position: CDIO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: ABFRL

Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited is a part of the leading Indian conglomerate, The

Aditya Birla Group, and has a portfolio of 25+ most-loved apparel brands in India. ABFRL has

made significant strides in expanding its digital commerce capabilities with D2C

websites/apps and building leading presence on marketplaces.

Praveen Shrikhande is the Chief Digital & Information Officer (CDIO) at Aditya Birla Fashion

and Retail Limited and is responsible for building an integrated portfolio of digital assets to

provide an immersive customer experience and engagement across emerging consumer

segments. He drives various strategic digital and technology initiatives across the

organization, which includes building various e-commerce platforms, digital and analytics

solutions and managing Enterprise IT applications, IT infrastructure and Information

Security.

In his earlier role as Joint President – IT, at Aditya Birla Group, he spearheaded strategic

partner engagement, technology transformation and information security agenda across the

group.

He holds a B Tech in CSE from IIT Bombay and an MBA from IIM Bangalore.

Sandeep Jabbal

Chief Digital Transformation & Information Officer
Shoppers Stop
 

Sandeep Jabbal

Position: Chief Digital Transformation & Information Officer
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Shoppers Stop

Sandeep Jabbal joined Shoppers Stop as customer care associate and chief digital transformation and information officer (CDTIO) with effect from 23 May 2022. He is responsible for providing strong leadership and support in digital transformation initiatives led by the brand. Jabbal has more than 18 years of extensive experience in developing IT strategies and designing & delivering the IT roadmap for large organisations with a focus on digital transformation for enhancing customer experience. His expertise lies in Strategic IT Leadership, IT Operations, Program Management and Digital Transformation. Prior to joining Shoppers Stop, Jabbal has served as vice-president-IT at Jubilant Foodworks and as Head of IT at Marks & Spencer Reliance India. He has also worked as a project manager with Birlasoft and has delivered large IT projects in diversified domains including FMCG, retail, finance and manufacturing, in his earlier stint. An alumnus of Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune, he also holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Visvesvaraya National Institute Of Technology (VNIT), Nagpur.

Indresh Pradhan

CIO
Apparel Group India
 

Indresh Pradhan

Position: CIO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Apparel Group India

Anil Menon

CIO
Lulu Group
 

Anil Menon

Position: CIO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Lulu Group

Anil Menon is an IT professional with 19 plus years of experience across Information Technology, Retail, Ecommerce, Real Estate, Logistics & Hospitality organizations. In his previous capacity as General Manager – IT innovation at Tata Starbucks &  Head –IT, Trent Hypermarket Pvt. Ltd. 

Anil worked extensively on the company’s digital transformational projects, Cloud & Mobility Platforms, Retail Analytics, Enterprise systems and Security & Information management systems.

His previous professional roles at companies such as Future Group,  Wadhawan Retail and Zensar Technologies have also given Anil vast techno-functional experience.  The areas that pique his interests are Artificial Intelligence, ML, Blockchain and robotics and he has always been keen to enhance processes to up customer experience.

Manoj Patel

CIO
Safari
 

Manoj Patel

Position: CIO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Safari

Amit Arora

CIO
SHR Lifestyles
 

Amit Arora

Position: CIO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: SHR Lifestyles

Amit,  the  CIO  of  SHR  Lifestyles  Pvt  Ltd,  is  a  visionary  in  retail  tech,  boasting  over  two  decades  of leadership in Retail Technology, Enterprise-Scale Automation, and Digital Transformation. His pioneering strategies  have  not  only  optimized  operations  but  also  aligned  technology  with  business  goals,  elevating Shree’s presence with more than 150 outlets worldwide. He also spearheads E-commerce, Omni Channel, the  Franchise  with  Shree  Program,  and  a  spectrum  of  other  digital  initiatives,  including  AI  and cybersecurity. Amit  has  received  prestigious  awards,  including  the  “Retail  Tech  Icon”  and  “Eminent  CIOs  of  India”  in 2023, and was recognized among the ‘Top 20 Tech Leaders of India’. A respected influencer in the retail tech  landscape,  his  insights  have  been  prominently  featured  in  various  prestigious  publications.  As  a sought-after  speaker,  he  has  graced  stages  at  events  such  as  the  Retail  India  Summit  by  ‘RAI’,  Phygital Retail Convention, IFF, Retail Summit at PHDCCI, CII, Indo-Canadian Cyber Security Summit, Innovative CIOs Symposium, CIO & CTO Leadership Summit, India Retail Summit by ET and more. With  an  entrepreneurial  mindset  and  global  acumen,  his  stellar  accomplishments  make  him  a  truly inspiring and transformative leader in today’s rapidly evolving retail and technology sectors.

Yogendra Kumar Singh

CIO/Head-IT and SAP
Barista Coffee
 

Yogendra Kumar Singh

Position: CIO/Head-IT and SAP
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Barista Coffee

Suman Guha

CPTO (VP Product & Engineering)
Reliance Retail
 

Suman Guha

Position: CPTO (VP Product & Engineering)
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Reliance Retail

Zahid Ansari

VP – Information & Retail Technology
Forever New
 

Zahid Ansari

Position: VP – Information & Retail Technology
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Forever New

I am a seasoned technology and business leader with a rich background in spearheading business transformations through cutting-edge digital technologies, currently working at Forever New – Melbourne-based global women’s fashion brand. 

I have a proven track record of pioneering industry-first solutions within the retail sector and possess substantial expertise in collaborating with global consumer-facing brands across various industries such as Retail, QSR, FMCG, and Hospitality over the past 20 years.

My skills as a strategic planner encompass a wide range of areas, including IT and business strategies, planning, policy formulation, procedural development, and guideline implementation. My passion lies in delivering innovative technological solutions that drive business growth and success.

I’ve received some of the most prominent accolades in the field including the ‘Tech Icon of the Year’ award consecutively for two years, and I’ve been highlighted in renowned publications and journals related to fashion and technology. 

I’m an expert level 𝐈𝐓𝐈𝐋 𝐂𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐩𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐫 & Microsoft Certified Professional

𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬 & 𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐠𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 – 

– Digital Transformation Innovator of the Year – Retail by India DevOps Show 2023

– Featured in the Spotlight by Images Business of Fashion Oct’23 edition

– Special coverage by Apparel Resources – print & digital edition of Aug’23

– Tech Icon of the Week by India Retailing in Aug’23 edition

– Winner – Tech Enabler in Retail & E-Commerce 2023 by UBS Forum 

– India’s Top 100 CX professional at World CX Summit, Delhi 2023

– Images Retail Tech Icon 2022 award at Phygital Retail Convention 2022

– Enterprise IT World Asia Pacific CIO1000 Award 2021 for digital transformation 

– Images Retail Tech Icon 2021 award at India Fashion Forum

– eLets Trendsetter CIO Awards 2021

– Dyson Year End Award 2020 for SAP Hana implementation

– eLets Certificate of Excellence for Innovation at Digital Transformation Summit 2019

– Dyson Special Recognition of the Year 2019

– Dyson Special Recognition of the Year 2018

Biswajeet Ghosal

VP - Retail & Business Development
Mufti
 

Biswajeet Ghosal

Position: VP - Retail & Business Development
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Mufti

Raj Gopal Nayak

CTO
Metro Brands
 

Raj Gopal Nayak

Position: CTO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Metro Brands

Chief Technology Officer at Metro Brands Limited, Rajgopal Nayak is a seasoned and accomplished IT professional with over 20 years of diverse experience in strategic planning, business solutions, digital adoption, and customer relationship management across retail, FMCG, paint and heavy engineering industries. He has successfully delivered transformation projects at Metro Brands Ltd, Asian Paints Ltd, Marico Limited and Larsen & Toubro. An avid runner and fitness enthusiast, he says his curiosity always drives him to learn more. He is a motivated leader & communicator who inspires and promotes trust, cohesion & project engagement across all the levels of stakeholders including executives, team members, vendors & key decision makers. His roles & responsibilities at the company include Strategic planning, Business analysis, Project management, IT governance, Systems development, Application development, Vendor management, Customer relationship management and Team management.

Dr. Sandiip Kothaari

CTO
Speciality restaurant
 

Dr. Sandiip Kothaari

Position: CTO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Speciality restaurant

Sandiip is a visionary leader and innovator in driving digital transformation across pan India and UAE locations for Retail industries like F&B, Fashion, Gems & Jewellery.

With a proven track record in developing complex digital transformation solutions, he excels in operations, resulting in 3% customer retention improvement, increased revenue per customer, and reduced turnaround time in meeting customer requirements.

His expertise encompasses strategy consulting, delivery management, practice building, transformation design, and execution, as well as innovation incubation and deployment.

Kiran Komatla

Group CTO
Restaurant Brand Asia
 

Kiran Komatla

Position: Group CTO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Restaurant Brand Asia

Mr. Kiran Komatla, currently serving as the Group CTO at Restaurant Brands Asia, is a distinguished technology professional with over two decades of experience spanning various domains. Mr. Komatla’s impressive list of accolades includes the Retail Icon Award 2023, multiple Best CIO of the Year titles, and IT Genius Awards for Digital Transformation and Artificial Intelligence. With a background in QSR, Retail Business, Information Technology, and Digital Technologies, Mr. Komatla possesses extensive expertise in areas such as customer experience innovations, digital transformation, business intelligence, and supply chain management. His career is defined by successful project management, team leadership, and the ability to engage stakeholders in leveraging technology for sustainable business growth and achieving organizational KPIs.

Vipin Gupta

CTO
Starbucks
 

Vipin Gupta

Position: CTO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Starbucks

Rajneesh Sharma

Head of IT
Campus Activewear
 

Rajneesh Sharma

Position: Head of IT
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Campus Activewear

Ritu Agarawal

CDO- E-commerce
Soch Apparels
 

Ritu Agarawal

Position: CDO- E-commerce
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Soch Apparels

Ritu has over 20 years of experience in Digital Transformation and has been in the Ecommerce industry since early 2012 starting with Amazon. Since then she has arranged into digital Entrepreneurship and led many E-commerce teams for multiple small and large organizations across various industries ranging over apparels, furnishing, telecom to name a few. She has been in the ever evolving and exciting Ecommerce Fashion industry for the last 4 years.

Prashant Bokil

Group CIO & CISO
Finquest Group - Reid & Taylor, Digjam, Ballarpur Industries
 

Prashant Bokil

Position: Group CIO & CISO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Finquest Group - Reid & Taylor, Digjam, Ballarpur Industries

Prashant Prakash, having 25 years rich experience (15 years in Retail) in delivering optimal results & business value in high-growth environments in Project Management, ERP Implementation, IT Infrastructure, Security Management, Digital Transformation, Cloud Migration in the various domains like Retail, Manufacturing, etc. Handled compliance management, budgeting and process enhancement. Successfully Handled Compliance with Top 5 Auditors. An Award Winning Profile, won Best CIO Award for consecutive 4 years.

Mohit Malik

CTO
Chaayos
 

Mohit Malik

Position: CTO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Chaayos

Navin Singhania

CTO
Stovekraft
 

Navin Singhania

Position: CTO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Stovekraft

Vasco Santos

Global Sales & Leasing Director
Ingka Centres
 

Vasco Santos

Position: Global Sales & Leasing Director
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Ingka Centres

Inaayat Guram

Director –Enterprise Innovation
Logic ERP
 

Inaayat Guram

Position: Director –Enterprise Innovation
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Logic ERP

Chirag Taneja

Founder
GoKwik
 

Chirag Taneja

Position: Founder
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: GoKwik

Niraj Jaipuria

Founder & Director
BI Retail
 

Niraj Jaipuria

Position: Founder & Director
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: BI Retail

Ajay Rao

Founder & CEO
Emiza Inc
 

Ajay Rao

Position: Founder & CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Emiza Inc

An experienced business leader, Ajay is a seasoned veteran with over 20 years of experience of which 15 years have been dedicated hands-on experience in driving a variety of logistic businesses from cash logistics, global relocations, freight forwarding and 3PL. While enjoying a long career at the helm of various companies, Ajay noticed several white spaces in the industry across multiple MNCs and trade organisations. Shortly after crossing the age of 40, Ajay decided to take the plunge and follow his entrepreneurial desire and find ways to implement to fill these gaps using innovative ideas and solutions.

Ajay founded Emiza with a vision to create a seamless supply chain platform and cater to the growing needs of SMB enterprises in India, both online and offline using scalable supply chain solutions that are driven by advanced and intelligent logistics capabilities. Emiza began operations in 2016 with a single warehouse in Delhi and only two clients. With determination and drive, Ajay increased Emiza’s network to a fleet of 26+ warehouses in India and to more than 180 brands across five industry segments (with the majority being D2C brands). Today through Ajay’s vision and fortitude has been instrumental in leading Emiza’s team of 2500 people from different domains in servicing over 150000 D2C orders and over 300,000 B2B units per day. Ajay is a strong believer of using green and renewable energy in business operations and envisages a network of warehouses and logistics operations that rely completely on green and renewable energy. Associated with the world of logistics, warehousing, and supply chain since 2004 when he held multiple leaderships positions with the Writer Group starting with being the CEO of Writer Safeguard Private Limited for four years followed by CEO for Writer Relocations where he spearheaded the entire global operations of Writer Relocations in 5 countries across India and the GCC.

After an 8-year stint with the Writer Group, Ajay joined Allcargo Global Logistics Limited where he served as President for approximately 3 years from 2012-2015. Ajay was also the President of the Indo-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Mumbai, India where he was responsible for promoting trade between India, Belgium and Luxembourg. A proud graduate, Ajay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from William & Mary, USA.

Murali Balan

Co-founder
Tenovia
 

Murali Balan

Position: Co-founder
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Tenovia

Anuj Dalal

Founder & CEO
Zestard Technologies
 

Anuj Dalal

Position: Founder & CEO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Zestard Technologies

Anuj Dalal is the Founder & CEO of Zestard Technologies – eCommerce & Digital Marketing Agency. He is a dynamic leader who brings 15 years of experience with a focus on building ‘consumer first’ eCommerce solutions.

A creative problem solver and strategic thinker – Anuj is passionate about all things entrepreneurial, E-commerce, design and technology.

With a wide spectrum of knowledge and subject expertise, Anuj has delivered successful and profitable B2C, B2B, Marketplaces, Omni channel and Subscription based eCommerce solutions.

Anuj has been invited as a speaker for IIM A, D2C Insider, Meet Magento, eChai and other local technical meet-ups.

Karan Goyal

Founder & CEO
Kreative Digitals
 

Karan Goyal

Position: Founder & CEO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Kreative Digitals

Ashwin Puri

MD & CEO
Lake Shore
 

Ashwin Puri

Position: MD & CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Lake Shore

Anuj Kejriwal

CEO & MD
Anarock
 

Anuj Kejriwal

Position: CEO & MD
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Anarock

Deepak Jain

CEO
Amante India
 

Deepak Jain

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Amante India

Pankaj Renjhen

COO & Jt. MD
Anarock
 

Pankaj Renjhen

Position: COO & Jt. MD
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Anarock
 

Amrith Gopinath

Position: CMO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: DLF

Avinash Kant

President, Hong’s Kitchen & Domino’s Sri Lanka/Bangladesh
Corp Affairs and CSR
 

Avinash Kant

Position: President, Hong’s Kitchen & Domino’s Sri Lanka/Bangladesh
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Corp Affairs and CSR

Dr. (H.C.) Dheeraj Dogra

MRICS- Global Realty & Retail Analyst Chief Sales & Marketing Officer
MVN Infra
 

Dr. (H.C.) Dheeraj Dogra

Position: MRICS- Global Realty & Retail Analyst Chief Sales & Marketing Officer
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: MVN Infra

Dheeraj Dogra an Indian American Real Estate and Retail veteran with over 30 years of experience in business development with global retail chains like Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Bed Bath & Beyond in the US. He has also held leadership roles with developers like DLF, Ansals Api, Omaxe, Srei Infra ,M3M and Express Avenue. Dheeraj was also associated with BNP PARIBAS Real Estate as their National Director of Retail and Shopping Centre Advisory Services for India. Dheeraj is a Chartered Surveyor and an MRICS. He graduated from Emeritus (MIT, Columbia & Tufts) as a global ivy scholar and has a Masters certificate in CRM from The City University of New York. He also holds an Advanced Certificate in Marketing Strategy from Cornell University. A Bharat Gaurav Award for his efforts in advocacy of sustainable development by the Govt. of India, Dheeraj has been nominated and won several awards including Employee of the year award at Macy’s. He has been adjudged “Best Retail Minds in Asia” eight years in a row by Asia Retail Congress. Dheeraj was recently conferred with one of the most admired global Indians award in Asia by Asia Africa Chambers of Commerce & Industry. Dheeraj was the only

practicing real estate professional finalists for the position of Chairman Haryana RERA. A keen believer in giving back to the society and community, Dheeraj a 9/11 veteran of the auxiliary police department for the city of New York is on the mentor board of NEXUS, US Dept. of State sponsored startup incubator in India. He is also an Assessor board of RICS London, world’s largest and oldest professional body that sets professional standards for the built environment. Dheeraj is also a member of the “World Smart City Council”.

Nandini Taneja

VP
ReachPro Group
 

Nandini Taneja

Position: VP
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: ReachPro Group

Frankline Sen

AVP - Retail Leasing & BD Luxury Retail
Paras Buildtech India Pvt. Ltd
 

Frankline Sen

Position: AVP - Retail Leasing & BD Luxury Retail
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Paras Buildtech India Pvt. Ltd

Chitrank Goel

EVP & Business Head
Dunkin
 

Chitrank Goel

Position: EVP & Business Head
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Dunkin

Ankit Chhabra

Head of Retail
Mall of Madras – SPR India
 

Ankit Chhabra

Position: Head of Retail
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Mall of Madras – SPR India

Gaurav Pande

EVP & Business Head
Popeyes
 

Gaurav Pande

Position: EVP & Business Head
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Popeyes

Abhishek Bansal

ED
Pacific Group
 

Abhishek Bansal

Position: ED
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Pacific Group

Executive Director of one of India’s leading retail conglomerates the Pacific Group has over 20 years of experience in acquisition, development, finance, operations & marketing of retail real estate. Under his leadership the Pacific Group has grown to expand to about 3 million sq. ft. of retail space & about 1.5 million under development to be released by 2023. Born in the business family he has worked hard and together taken the family business from 50 crores revenue to about 500 crores. Mr. Bansal has been a visionary & a pioneer in his field of work. His investments that started off as a stand-alone opportunity have now been deemed imminent landmarks. One such example is that of his retail mall in West Delhi,

which was the first of its kind that brought brands like Zara, Mac, Mango, Reliance & many  others to this part of Delhi. This investment has turned out to be the largest stand-alone contributor to the group’s top line. Mr. Bansal has spent his early years at India’s most prestigious all boys’ boarding school, Mayo College Ajmer. He has done his under graduation in commerce from Delhi University & has studied business while aggressively expanding his retail presence in the country. While Mr. Bansal works as a full time director at the group he also is an active member of various prominent institutions in India such as:

Member of the Board of DPS Indirapuram

Member of the Board of DPS Raj Nagar Extension

Member of the Board of Pacific world school Greater Noida

Member of the Board of SCAI

Member of IFCCI Retail Committee

Member of FICCI Arise

Key milestones for the Pacific group:

2003 Pacific Ghaziabad

2004 Pacific North Pitampura

2010 Pacific Tagore garden

2012 Pacific Dehradun

2015 Pacific Agra and Mathura

2019 Pacific Dwarka

2021 Pacific Netaji Subhash Place

2022 Pacific Jasola

2023 Pacific Faridabad

V Muhammad Ali

CEO, Forum Malls
Prestige Group
 

V Muhammad Ali

Position: CEO, Forum Malls
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Prestige Group

Mr. Ali is one of the first few shopping centre professionals in India and has been with the Prestige Group since the inception of its Mall Business and has over 21 years of experience in Shopping Centre development and management.  Today as Chief Executive Officer, leading the Retail Division, he was pivotal in launching the very first organized and functional mall of the country in 2004 – The Forum Koramangala – a mall that redefined shopping – with a state of the art 9 screen multiplex, best of fashion brands and anchors, a 12 kitchen and 700-seater food court and so on.

His experience and expertise predominantly span over Shopping Centre development, Leasing, Mall Operations and Mall Management. Ali has also been instrumental in leasing and opening all the 10 shopping centres developed by Prestige Group. He has leased more than 6 million sft of GLA with 2000+ stores and has another 9 malls in the pipeline, which will have 2000+ stores and 7.5 Mn sft of GLA in tier-1 cities. During his tenure he has also worked closely with CapitaLand Singapore who had formed a JV with Prestige Group to develop and operate 5 malls. He has also been an active member of Retailers Association of India and Shopping Centre Association of India has played a key role in shaping the landscape of the retail industry in various forms.

Rajneesh Mahajan

CEO
Inorbit Malls
 

Rajneesh Mahajan

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Inorbit Malls

In a career spanning over two decades, Rajneesh has held key leadership roles in the retail sector, garnering a multi-functional experience across verticals such as operations, management, consulting, expansion, customer service, leasing, and the running of shopping malls.  

He was appointed as the CEO of Inorbit Malls in 2017 and has since helped inculcate and build a strong company culture while strengthening internal processes to build a healthy professional environment. Both his hard work and vision to create the best customer-centric mall business in the country, were validated with Inorbit Malls being certified by the Great Place To Work® every year since 2018. Inorbit Malls is today known as a dominant player in the industry having won multiple international and national awards for best practices. 

Rajneesh started his professional journey in 2000 with Barista, where he led the Western region operations, running 52 stores in seven cities. In two years, on the back of a sharp business acumen, leadership skills and efficient people management, he rose through the ranks to become the National Head, scaling Barista to 100 stores across the country.

He then joined the consulting firm Cushman & Wakefield in 2004 as an Executive Director and single-handedly built the most respected retail consulting firm in the country. His association with Inorbit Malls dates to 2009 when he headed the leasing team crafting remarkable strategies to course-correct the Malad and Hyderabad malls. His hands-on approach across all aspects of a mall, be it optimization of space or creating the right ambience for customers, led him to spearhead business development and operations as he fostered a strong customer-centric culture in the team. He was appointed COO in January 2014 and took over as CEO a year later. 

A well-respected name in the industry, Rajneesh has won a plethora of awards including the ‘Most Admired Shopping Center Professional – West’. He has also been a prominent speaker at some of the prestigious national and international retail forums. 

Rajneesh has a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the ICFAI Business School. He lives in Mumbai and enjoys traveling and reading.

Peayush Agarwal

CEO
V3S VIKAS SURYA GROUP
 

Peayush Agarwal

Position: CEO
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: V3S VIKAS SURYA GROUP

Yogeshwar Sharma

Chief of leasing and Business Development
DLF Retail
 

Yogeshwar Sharma

Position: Chief of leasing and Business Development
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: DLF Retail

Rajendra Kalkar

Business Head - Retail & Hospitality
Adani Realty
 

Rajendra Kalkar

Position: Business Head - Retail & Hospitality
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Adani Realty

Kamal Jeet

Sr. Tech Director
NISG - National Institute for Smart Government
 

Kamal Jeet

Position: Sr. Tech Director
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: NISG - National Institute for Smart Government

Kamaljeet currently working with NISG, New Delhi, India as Sr. Technical Director. Success-driven career journey – AI/ML, Consulting, E-commerce, E-Learning, Hospitality, Education, Automobile, Start-ups, PSUs, Print Media, FMCG, Fashion Technology, achieving organizational growth within rapid-change environments; with 22+ years of diversified experience. 

He has an indelible reputation as a “Profile making Leader “and an expanded role in the AI/ML based solution architecture, entailing Competition Research, Performance Marketing, Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing, and Content Marketing. He’s been associated with Top Brands such as EY, GE, Hero Cycles, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, NTPC Ltd., SAP, NIIT, HCL Ltd., Thai Airways, MakeMyTrip.com, Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), Ericsson India, and Yahoo.

He is Equipped with expertise in building the organization’s future by conceptualizing business strategies.

Lokesh Wagadre

VP & Head of Tech
Kaya
 

Lokesh Wagadre

Position: VP & Head of Tech
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Kaya

Piyush Agarwal

VP- Supply Chain
Pepperfry
 

Piyush Agarwal

Position: VP- Supply Chain
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Pepperfry

In my 12 years of experience as a subject matter expert in supply chain and manufacturing, I have enjoyed doing roles ranging from warehousing, logistics, last mile distribution, shop floor manufacturing operations, production planning, materials planning, forecasting & procurement. As a leader I work with a lot of zeal and passion towards guiding, motivating & upskilling my teams. I am highly tech oriented and inclined in making improvement either through large scale projects or small continuous improvement projects. Driving supply chain KPIs to the highest level and controlling cost are the things which I have been able to consistently achieve in my previous organization Colgate Palmolive and current organization Pepperfry.

Gopinath R

VP - Supply Chain, Inst. Sales & BD
Arvind Fashions
 

Gopinath R

Position: VP - Supply Chain, Inst. Sales & BD
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Arvind Fashions

Shifali Singla

VP - Product & SCM
Lacoste
 

Shifali Singla

Position: VP - Product & SCM
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Lacoste

Rajesh Sethuraman

VP - Brand Experience & CMO
Blackberrys
 

Rajesh Sethuraman

Position: VP - Brand Experience & CMO
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Blackberrys

Anirban Chakraborti

SVP- Product & Technology
Sangeetha Mobiles
 

Anirban Chakraborti

Position: SVP- Product & Technology
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Sangeetha Mobiles

Vinod Kapote

Head IT
Trent
 

Vinod Kapote

Position: Head IT
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Trent

Experienced Head Of Information Technology with a demonstrated history of working in the retail industry. Skilled in Business Process, SAP Implementation, Retail, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), RFID, PLM, IT infrastructure and Management. Strong information technology professional with a MBA from University of Pune.

Jyoti Deswal

Director - Modern Trade & E-commerce Business
Lenovo India
 

Jyoti Deswal

Position: Director - Modern Trade & E-commerce Business
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Lenovo India

Jyoti Deswal is a dynamic business leader with a wealth of experience in the Indian Retail and E-commerce Industry. As the Director (Head) of Retail & Large Format Retail Business for Lenovo India, she has demonstrated unparalleled dedication and vision and inspirational leadership. Ascending from a management trainee to the Head of Retail & LFR business at Lenovo India in just over a decade, Jyoti epitomizes determination and a steadfast focus on achieving her goals. Under her adept guidance, Lenovo’s modern trade business has witnessed remarkable growth over the past eight years, overcoming various challenges in the market. Through strategic initiatives, she has successfully expanded the share of wallet, consistently positioning Lenovo as one of the top 2 brands in the market. Jyoti Deswal has garnered numerous industry accolades, including the prestigious : “Business World 40 under 40”,  “Emerging Business Woman Leader of the Year,” “Young Retail Icon of the Year,” and “Women Super Achiever Award” presented by the World Women Leadership Congress. Additionally, she has received the distinguished “Presidential Award” in the Asia Pacific region and the Individual Excellence Award at Lenovo.

Kuber Kharbanda

E-commerce Director
Lakshita Fashions
 

Kuber Kharbanda

Position: E-commerce Director
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Lakshita Fashions

Narendra Motwani

Head-E-commerce & Digital Marketing
Malabar Gold and Diamonds
 

Narendra Motwani

Position: Head-E-commerce & Digital Marketing
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Malabar Gold and Diamonds

Kamal Arora

Lead- Marketing & Clinical Partnerships
Clinikally
 

Kamal Arora

Position: Lead- Marketing & Clinical Partnerships
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Clinikally

Ketan Chunchanur

SVP & Head Modern Trade, Ecommerce & Omnichannel
Modenik Lifestyle
 

Ketan Chunchanur

Position: SVP & Head Modern Trade, Ecommerce & Omnichannel
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Modenik Lifestyle

Ketan Chunchanur heads the Ecommerce business at Modenik Lifestyle Pvt. Ltd. He joined the organisation in early 2020 as Head of Strategy and Transformation, and after 2 years of driving the Transformation agenda, now leads E-commerce business for all Modenik brands. He comes with a rich experience in strategy & transformation, e-commerce and consulting & business advisory at the CXO level. With capabilities in Strategy Formulation, Post Merger Integration, Business Transformation, and E-commerce focused strategy his expertise lies in strategic roadmap creation, leading the PMO for effective implementation of strategic charters, integration synergies realization, and P&L delivery for E-commerce. Ketan holds an MBA from the Asian Institute of Management, Manila, focusing on Strategy, Supply Chain Management, Finance, and an engineering degree in Electronics and Communications. Before joining Dixcy, he worked with well-known organizations like Walmart India, E&Y, Metro Cash & Carry, Himalaya, and Infosys.

Ankur Sarawagi

SVP
Shiprocket
 

Ankur Sarawagi

Position: SVP
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Shiprocket

Vaibhav Baweja

Head - E-commerce
Bestseller India
 

Vaibhav Baweja

Position: Head - E-commerce
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Bestseller India

Rahul Kaushal

AGM- Ecommerce head
Casio India
 

Rahul Kaushal

Position: AGM- Ecommerce head
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Casio India

Sreekanth Chetlur

Chief Ecommerce Officer
Shoppers Stop
 

Sreekanth Chetlur

Position: Chief Ecommerce Officer
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Shoppers Stop

Arun Naikar

Chief of Ecommerce
FabIndia
 

Arun Naikar

Position: Chief of Ecommerce
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: FabIndia

Sumit S Suneja

Chief Expansion Officer & Head-International Markets
Bestseller
 

Sumit S Suneja

Position: Chief Expansion Officer & Head-International Markets
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Bestseller

Dhaval Raja

Chief General Manager
Senco Gold and Diamonds
 

Dhaval Raja

Position: Chief General Manager
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Senco Gold and Diamonds

Sathish Kumar

Head Corporate Strategy & CDC & Communications Officer
Brand Studio Lifestyle
 

Sathish Kumar

Position: Head Corporate Strategy & CDC & Communications Officer
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Brand Studio Lifestyle

Mr. Sathish Kumar holds a significant role as the Chief Digital & Creative Communications Officer, as well as the Head of Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) operations at Brand Studio Lifestyle Pvt Ltd. In a remarkable 25-year career journey, he has garnered expertise across diverse domains including design, manufacturing, sourcing, retail, strategic planning, marketing, e-commerce, and digital communication. Sathish is a distinguished graduate of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT).

Sathish’s association with Brand Studio Lifestyle began as a founding member, primarily contributing to strategic planning and talent acquisition. Over time, he ascended to lead the Direct-to-Consumer segment, planning and executing its growth and success. Beyond these responsibilities, he also spearheads the establishment of new partnerships, growth initiatives, and overarching strategies. Sathish’s capabilities encompass analytical prowess, innovative design acumen, and a distinctive creative perspective that he channels into his various roles.

His professional journey began at Intimate Fashions Pvt Ltd, followed by tenures at Fashions International and Mittal Clothing Co. He has undertaken pivotal roles encompassing design, marketing, retail, and strategic functions. Notably, Sathish also ventured into entrepreneurship, successfully managing an exclusive e-commerce platform specializing in men's ethnic wear.

Ulhas Uday

Business Head - E-commerce
Seiko
 

Ulhas Uday

Position: Business Head - E-commerce
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Seiko

Ulhas Uday is a seasoed professional in the e-commerce industry, specializing in the luxury segment, particularly in watches. Ulhas earned his postgraduate degree in Management, specializing in Sales and Marketing, from TAPMI, Manipal. He is currently the Head of E-commerce Business at SEIKO Watch India, where he leads strategic initiatives to drive online sales and enhance brand presence in the competitive market of luxury watches. With nearly a decade of industry experience, Ulhas Uday is dedicated to shaping the future of e-commerce marketing initiatives in the luxury segment, one innovative campaign at a time.

Abhinav Gairola

Head E-commerce & Marketplace
Campus Sutra
 

Abhinav Gairola

Position: Head E-commerce & Marketplace
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Campus Sutra

Mayur Pathak

Omnichannel Product Leader
Kushal's Fashion Jewellery
 

Mayur Pathak

Position: Omnichannel Product Leader
Categories: RETAIL TECH.NXT - SPEAKERS 2024, SPEAKERS 2024
: Kushal's Fashion Jewellery

Sachin Damle

Director - Real Estate
Hardcastle Restaurants (McDonalds West & South)
 

Sachin Damle

Position: Director - Real Estate
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Hardcastle Restaurants (McDonalds West & South)

Sachin has over two decades of experience, driving the company’s strategic expansion. Entrusted with the key responsibility of leading real estate acquisitions, Sachin has been instrumental in amplifying the company’s presence in the vibrant markets of western and southern India.

Sachin’s proficiency extends across varied portfolio categories, encompassing high street retail, mall stores, and pioneering Free Standing Drive-thru establishments.

Sachin has the privilege of Opening the first Drive Thru store of McDonald’s way back in 2001 at Panvel near Mumbai and also the First Drive Thru at an Airport Development in 2023 at Mumbai T2.

Juhi Santani

Director & Creative Head
Retale Design
 

Juhi Santani

Position: Director & Creative Head
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Retale Design

Rakesh Ajila

Senior Director - Real Estate & Brand Expansion
cure.fit (cult.fit)
 

Rakesh Ajila

Position: Senior Director - Real Estate & Brand Expansion
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: cure.fit (cult.fit)

Rakesh Ajila has 23+ years  Retail Business development and rapid  store expansion experience in India and UAE ..He  led rapid expansion of Cafe Coffee Day ,  Domino”s Pizza.-west   and Currently serving as Head -Real Estate Expansion for Cure.Fit Group which owns more than 70% of india’s organised Fitness industry with brands  – Cult.fit, Fitness First , Gold’s gym [India], Volts gym , Fitso , Cultsport, Urban terrain, Azani Nutra ,Care.fit  and Sugar.fit . Curefit owns 700+ centres ,45+ Unique sports centres in india along with its massive warehouses  in india.

He is also serving as President of Adhyaa Foundation Charitable Trust  [R] which is working for Youth empowerment in coastal Karnataka.

Rajiv Merchant

President Retail
Indo Count
 

Rajiv Merchant

Position: President Retail
Categories: SPEAKERS 2024
: Indo Count