The 2018 edition of Samvaad, 4th annual leadership conclave hosted by the students of MDI Gurgaon, was inaugurated on 16th November 2018 with the theme – ‘Sustainability, the Key to Business Success’.
The annual event aimed to link Success and Sustainability. The conclave was organized to understand success by being economically viable, socially responsible and envionament-friendly.
Students of Executive Management Programme, the organising body of the forum was proud to host the chief guest, Sangeeta Talwar, India’s foremost FMCG women executive. She has made a name in the consumer products sector in India and has spearheaded the ‘2-minutes’ Maggie Campaign and ‘Jagoo Re’ Tata Tea Campaign. During the inaugural session of Samvaad’18, she highlighted the importance of sustainable existance, emphasizing on the fact that Sustainability is key in order to ensure business profitability and survival. Her thoughts on creating successful business demands, the courage of letting go off established practices and embracing innovation each day were stimulating.
Prof. Atmanand, Director (Additional Charge) MDI Gurgaon expressed his gratitude to the business leaders present at MDI and shared that Indian Business world is evolving and the hunger for success is transparent in the market. To keep feeding this hunger, buisnesses need growth and to aggrandizing growth, only sustainabilty can help in maintaining the growth consistency.
Keynote speakers at Samvaad 2018 included industry stalwarts like Abhinav Sinha, Country Manager – Supply Chain & Logistics, Michelin, Amrendra Kumar, Head – Partnerships and Supply Chain Management, Tata Steel, Major (Retd.) Aval Sethi, Founder & CEO, ProTaiga, Meharban Singh, VP & Head – Purchase Corporate, Lava International Ltd., Atul Suri, Strategic Business Unit Head, Alembic Pharmaceuticals Limited, S Ramesh Shankar, Executive Vice President & Head of HR-South Asia, Siemens, SK Bose, Executive Director (HRD), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.,Mr. Suhail Tariq, CMO, Huawei India Ltd; Mr. Kaushik Prasad, GM Consumer Marketing, Ford India Ltd.; and Mr. Sharad Harjai, Director Marketing, Grofers .
The various topics discussed during the event included, ‘Emerging trends and their role in supply chain & logistics’, ‘Leveraging HR for sustainable competitive advantage’ and ‘Marketing during the era of technological disruptions & innovations’.
Samvaad 2018, concluded with the note that Sustainability is the form of triple bottom line reporting system whereby a business enterprise communicates to their stakeholders about its economic, environmental and social performances. They also conveyed that business will be sustainable when the employees are vigilant and responsible towards its profit margins, people and planet.