Coalescence 2017, the Annual Corporate Conclave of Indian Institute of Management Kashipur, was held on 9th and 10th of September 2017. The summit witnessed the presence of eminent dignitaries from the industry who discoursed on their fields of expertise.The convention unfolded with the inauguration ceremony at 9:00 AM in the morning. The welcome address by Professor Kunal Ganguly was followed by the Lamp Lighting Ceremony.
Day one of the summit started off with the HR conclave. Mr Sujitesh Das, Senior VP HR at Microland, delivered the inaugural speech followed by the keynote speakers, Ms Michelle Suradkar, Group Chief Human Resources Officer at Lowe Lintas and UpasnaNischal, Head Talent Management at Evalueserve, who spoke on the issue of developing leadership in disruptive and changing times of today. Ms Suradkar advised students that “Even the most experienced leaders face new problems every day. The key is to keep learning the new things.” This was followed by a panel discussion on Leadership in Changing Times by Mr Pramod Shah, AVP-HR, Tata Capital, Ms UpasanaNischal, Head Talent Management, Evalueserve, Mr Mohit Sethi, Director HR, Nielson and Ms Sikha Kumar, Head OD & Talent Development, EIA, Amway.
The initial discussion was followed by another discourse on the theme “The Orange Chair, What’s Best for the Job Seeker”. The panelists, Mr. Parijat Mondal, Business Head, Oriental Aggregates; Mr. Venugopal Akireddy, Vice President – HR, HSBC; Ms. Nicola Varghese, Senior HR Business Partner, Epsilon and Mr. Bhupendra Kaushal, Group Vice President – Corporate HR, Ginni Filaments, tried to find answers to the following questions: What does an individual seek in this fiercely unforgiving competitive world? Why is an individual not competent enough to achieve what he strives for? How can an individual be the peerless successor of his Orange Chair?
The Finance Summit hosted Mr SanketMendhe & Mr Alok Chaturvedi of Reliance Capital and Mr Rajib Ranjan Borah of iRAGE Capital who discussed on “Regulations in the Time of Algorithmic Trading in Indian Stock Market.”
Mr Alok Chaturvedi, Reliance Securities, discussing Algorithmic Trading
Mr Gaurav Mehta, Chief Marketing Officer, Girnarsoft; Mr Shashank Dubey, Co-Founder and Head Analytics, Tredence Inc and Mr Kapil Gandhi, Head Analytics and Workforce Planning, Erricson led the discussion on “Data Present and Future” in the IT Conclave. The guests exchanged views on the importance of data in the current business environment and how it helps firms to gain a competitive advantage, necessary for sustainability of a firm in the current competitive environment.
The second leg of Coalescence 2017 started with the marketing summit. The summit was graced by the presence of Mr. Guneet Singh, Head – Marketing Solutions, Google; Mr. Siddhi Prada Bhattacharya, Director – Strategic Planning, Ideate Labs; Ms. Eiti Singhal, AGM – Marcom & Brand, Panasonic India; Ms. Poonam Vijay Thakkar, Head – Marketing & Brand, Aditya Birla Money My Universe. While speaking on “Ethical issues in influencer marketing”, Mr Guneet Singh said “as a marketeer, day in and day out, you have one job-influence choice.” Some of the questions that the guests tried to answer were: Should sponsored and paid posts be disclosed and clearly visible to the public? Where do the legal boundaries lie with this? Are these influencers being deceptive or are they just savvy entrepreneurs who are using social media as a foundation for their brand?
The Marketing conclave was followed by Consulting which hosted Mr Abhinav Johri, Global Digital Risk Operation Leader, Ernst & Young; Mr Sandeep Chatterjee, Associate Director, Deloitte and Mr Alankaar Chandra, Managing Director, Wild Voyager who spoke on ‘Creating Sustainable Business: How can Indian start-ups compare with business giants with deep pockets?’. Quoting Mr Johri, – “The moment of truth for a business arrives when they start listening to their customers.” Mr Siddhi Prada Bhattacharyya encouraged students to be curious and remarked “Stupidity gets you curious, curious asks questions, questions get you answers, answers get things done”.
Mr Abhinav Johri, Global Digital Risk Operation Leader, Ernst & Young
The Operations Summit of Coalescence 2017 welcomed Mr Gurpreet Sing Gill, Regional Head-Supply and Logistics Solution of Samsung SDS; Mr Hitendra Chaturvedi, Managing Director, Reverse Logistics Corporation; Mr Vaivhav Kulkarni, Works Head, Marico and Mr Rajesh Kadam, COO, INC5 Shoes Pvt. Ltd. The theme of the summit was “Reverse Logistics: Boon or Bane”. The dignitaries discussed on the rising importance of reverse logistics and its importance in sustainability of the company as well as its impact on environment.
Mr Gurpreet Sing Gill, Mr Hitendra Chaturvedi, Mr Vaivhav Kulkarni and Mr Rajesh Kadam at Operations Summit
The dignitaries who attended the conclave were overwhelmed by the thought processes of the students’, the details that went into the arrangements and the hospitality. They were also impressed by the faculty who continually supported and guided the students. The discussions of Coalescence 2017 inspired the students to think beyond business and also focus on the social and environmental impact of any action. The enthusiasm and keenness of the students were sky-high as they got to learn from the experiences of the best industry stalwarts. The students are looking forward to Coalescence 2018 next year for yet another upgrade.