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JULY 21 – 22, 2018


Welcome to the fourth edition of “India Innovation Forum (IIF)”; a platform to engage in a dialogue on innovation. IIF aims to bring together individuals who are at the forefront of innovation across industries and functions. Prominent stakeholders in this ecosystem such as Entrepreneurs, VC and PE investors, corporate leaders and academic luminaries who are pushing boundaries in the most impactful manner will be in dialogue.

Innovation ecosystem in India is buzzing with high energy entrepreneurs, high visibility initiatives by large multinational and Indian companies and ambitious policy push by the government. “Build for India” and “creating positive impact” are the new focus areas across organizations of all sizes and variety. This year, IIF aims to explore various aspects, trends, best practices, and stakeholder perspectives around innovation in areas that have large impact. It will also serve as a platform for more personal and small group interactions around opportunities, learnings and experiences focused on “Build for India”.


July 21, 2018
09:00 AM : Registration

Shiv Shivakumar 
Group Exec. President- Corporate Strategy & Business Development, Aditya Birla Group

Shivakumar is President, Corporate Strategy at the Aditya Birla Group. Before joining Aditya Birla group he was Chairman and CEO at Pepsi, India. Earlier, he has served as the Managing Director at Nokia,India and CEO at Philips Consumer Electronics. He had long stint with Unilever where he was involved with Beverages, Hair care, Baby care and Womens’ personal care brands. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.

He has been awarded Distinguished Alumnus award by both IIT Madras and IIM Calcutta.


Shiv Shivakumar
10:45 AM : Innovation Story – Nalli Group : Transforming for the Digital Age

Lavanya Nalli 

Lavanya Nalli is a hands-on leader with 13 years of experience across retail, ecommerce, strategy and operations. She started her career with the Nalli Group – a $100M national retail chain – focusing on new business development and growth opportunities, retail store operations, and a private-label. She later launched a sub-brand that penetrated untapped markets, and incubated a venture that empowered artisanal communities by bringing design-led products to market. During her tenure, Nalli doubled its revenues, and expanded from 14 to 21 stores.

Lavanya graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA in 2011, and worked at McKinsey & Company (Chicago) advising CXOs of Fortune 500 companies on issues ranging from top-line growth and profit improvement initiatives, change management programs and multi-channel strategy. She moved to India in 2013 into the e-commerce world as VP, Revenue & Shopping experience at Myntra (Flipkart Group) and is now leading the ecommerce, private-label and expansion efforts at Nalli Group of companies and expanded its footprint to 35 stores.

The Economic Times named Lavanya as among corporate India’s fastest rising women leaders. She has also been named by Forbes as “Asia’s Women to Watch” in 2016. She is a frequent speaker at industry events, and is an ambassador for Government of India’s innovation efforts and “Champions of Change” program.


Lavanya Nalli
11:15 AM : Coffee Break
11:45 AM : Innovation Story – Babychakra : Building India’s Largest Parenting Community

Naiyya Saggi 

Naiyya Saggi is the CEO of BabyChakra. She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School (MBA 2012) where she was a Fulbright and J.N.Tata scholar. She received her BALLB (Hons.) from National Law School, India. Prior to Babychakra, Naiyya was a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company and at the Bridgespan Group (Boston) where she worked extensively on her areas of passion: maternal & child health and education. She is currently a Mentor at Facebook’s flagship program SheLeadsTech to support and accelerate Indian women founders in Tech.
Naiyya started her entrepreneurial journey in 2014 after watching her sister, a smart and independent corporate lawyer, having a hard time as a new mother—spending copious amounts of time listening to random advice, browsing on Google, and experimenting with different doctors and daycares. In an age where we find all the answers online, she realized that there simply wasn’t enough reliable information out there. Naiyya’s realisation that there was an immediate need for a childcare platform in India led to the birth of BabyChakra. There has been no looking back since then; not only has she managed to scale up BabyChakra but also raised funds from investors like Mumbai Angels, Arihant Patni’s family office, and Singapore Angel Network. In five years, she sees BabyChakra as the trusted companion to every young parent.

Naiyya Saggi
12:20 PM : Entrepreneurship – Transforming Education from the roots

Kruti Bharucha

Kruti Bharucha
CEO, Peepul

Sujatha Muthayya

Sujatha Muthayya
Expansion Director – India, Bridge International Academies

Nirjhar Goel

Nirjhar Goel
Founder, Teoler

Anustup Nayak

Anustup Nayak
Vice-President, XSEED Education

12:50 PM : Lunch
2:10 PM : Innovation Story – Transforming Healthcare Services

Vivek Srivastava 

Vivek has worked with Berkley HealthEDU, Nova Surgery Centre & Nova IVI before founding HealthCare atHOME. He also has operations and project experience in Fortune 500 companies like Indian Oil and Capital One. Vivek is a Civil Engineer from IIT Delhi and an MBA from ISB with around 14years experience. Vivek is on the board of 8 companies representing the Burman Family (promoters of Dabur, India). HealthCare atHOME’s vision is to strive to be the most people-centric, credible and comprehensive home healthcare solution provider in India. HealthCare atHOME provides all the necessary treatment, equipment and infrastructure required for a patient’s wellbeing – ranging from everyday healthcare services like injection administration and wound dressing to performing complex procedures like chemotherapy at home and even setting up ICUs at patient’s home.


Vivek Srivastava
3:15 PM : Venture Capital – Supercharging Innovation

Ganesh Rengaswamy

Ganesh Rengaswamy
Co-founder, Quona Capital

Shailesh Lakhani

Shailesh Lakhani


Co-founder, Pravega Ventures


Partner, Stellaris Venture Partners

04:15 PM : Coffee Break
04:45 PM : Fireside chat – Building for Sharing Economy

Amit Gupta 
Founder, Yulu

Amit is a Passionate Entrepreneur aspiring to bring huge social change using technology. Amit is the CEO of Yulu. Yulu’s vision is to reduce traffic congestion by providing a scalable, affordable, efficient and clean solution for the short distance commute. At Yulu they are using IoT technology to create a vast network of shared dockless bicycles that can be rented easily by a user-friendly app in pay per use business model. Prior to starting Yulu, Amit built India’s first billion-dollar global technology company, InMobi that created massive value for Telecom Operators and Smart phone manufactures. Amit co-founded InMobi that is India’s first profitable internet unicorn. Amit played an instrumental role in building InMobi’s revenue engine and its expansion in 15+ countries. Amit is also an active angel investor and has invested in multiple startups across India and the US. Amit graduated from IIT Kanpur and received prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award from the institution.


Amit Gupta
July 22, 2018 Darden Executive Education
9:00 AM : Masterclass – Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Prof. Saras D. Sarasvathy 
Paul Hammaker Professor of Entrepreneurship,
University of Virginia Darden School of Business


Professor Saras D. Sarasvathy is a member of the Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Ethics area. In addition to MBA and doctoral courses in entrepreneurship at Darden, she teaches in doctoral programs in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. In 2007, Sarasvathy was named one of the top 18 entrepreneurship professors by Fortune Small Business magazine. In 2013, Babson College awarded her an honorary doctorate for the impact of her work on entrepreneurship education. Most recently, in recognition of her active engagement with students, Sarasvathy became the 2015 Mead-Colley Honored Faculty from UVA.

Universities around the world recognize her contributions to entrepreneurship research and education by awarding her the following professorships:

    • Jamuna Raghavan Chair at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
    • University Chair from Nankai University in Tianjin, China
    • Jubilee professorship from Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden.

A leading scholar on the cognitive basis for high-performance entrepreneurship, Sarasvathy has served on the editorial boards of top management journals and as Associate Editor of top entrepreneurship journals. Her scholarly work has won several awards, including the 2009 and 2015 Gerald E. Hills Best Paper Awards from the American Marketing Association and the Foundational Paper Award from the Academy of Management in 2017. Her book Effectuation: Elements of Entrepreneurial Expertise was nominated for the 2009 Terry Book Award by the Academy of Management. She has also developed several cases and other instructional materials to teach effectuation. Her co-authored textbook, Effectual Entrepreneurship won the Gold Medal in the 2012 Axiom Business Book Awards.

She serves on the board of Lending Tree(Nasdaq TREE) as well as on advisory boards for academic institutions in Europe and Asia. In addition to a master’s degree in industrial administration, She received her Ph.D. in information systems from Carnegie Mellon University.


Saras Sarasvathy
12:30 PM : Innovation as a life principle

Mustafa P C 
Founder and CEO, iD Fresh Food

While growing up in an illiterate farmer’s family in a remote part of Wayanad, Kerala, P.C. Mustafa did not have a lot of expectations. He grew up in a remote village. There was lack of basic facilities. He was poor in studies and failed in Class VI.” This was just the shock he needed. As the reality of having to work on a farm if he did not study struck him, he decided to take another shot at educating himself. This time, he succeeded, and a few years later managed to join an engineering course at National Institute of Technology, Calicut. A school dropout to an IIT Calicut Engineer and IIM Graduate, his temerity and focus has always been the backbone of iD. Crazy idea for home-made batter was just the spark needed to embark on his ambitious entrepreneurial journey that is iD. Stints in various MNCs like Motorola Bangalore and UK, and Citibank in Dubai and a strong social consciousness have aided him in building iD into the brand and company that it is today. He invested Rs 25,000 to start the batter business initially. He and his cousins supplied the batter to 20 stores in Bengaluru under the brand name ‘ID’. Today iD Fresh Food had a turnover of Rs 160 crore in 2016-17. Mustafa has his two cents for aspiring entrepreneurs: “If you have the passion to start something, do it immediately. Don’t wait for tomorrow,”


P C Mustafa
1:30 PM : Lunch

Thank you for making IIF 2018 a grand success. We look forward to seeing you in 2019.



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