Asia’s single most important global platform to promote world-class retail practices. The focus of the two day Asia Retail congress is to discuss and influence the issues for change. The Asia Retail Congress is aimed at company chairs, presidents and CEOs from leading international and national retailers, directors of international and national retailers, directors of international brands who believe in making change happen.....
The Giants of Retail will meet at Asia Retail Congress 2016
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Reason #1. Retail's Most Successful and Innovative Leaders Will Be There!
Reason #2. More than 50 Mind-Blowing Educational Sessions
Asia Retail Congress sessions are full of provocative, challenging information that will reboot your thought processes and help you improve your business. Learn from retail leaders who have adjusted to the new economy and are thriving.
Reason #3. Global Networking Opportunities.
We offer numerous networking opportunities including the Awards for Retail Excellence - Retail's Biggest Party, The Retail Luncheons. Get to know your peers from around the world during more than 5 hours of dedicated networking.
Reason #4. Solutions
Reason #5. One of a Kind
You won't find this level of education, solutions or networking anywhere else in the world!
John Keells Group
Ramesh presently leads the Digital and Technology strategy/execution for the John Keells Group, Sri Lanka’s largest listed conglomerate in the Colombo Stock Exchange, as its Executive Vice President/ Global CIO whilst providing leadership for the Group's IT Consultancy Organization, SGIT, as its CEO.
He is a seasoned Digital cum Business Executive, Leader and Strategist, who has provided effective stewardship for many organizations, including premier, blue-chip, conglomerates, working in some of the most competitive markets in the technology industry. He has over 25 years of experience, with 15+ at the C-level, in Sri Lanka, USA and India with an operational footprint covering territories such as USA, Canada, UK, Nordics, UAE, Australia and emerging markets.
He has the rare distinctions of being a Hayes-Fulbright scholar, one of the youngest CEOs as well as the youngest Group CIOs at John Keells to date. He was awarded the prestigious Chairman's Award in recognition of his stewardship in transforming the Group's IT function to customer centric, external facing, profit-center in a short span of 3 years.
He holds to his credit a MSc(Computer Science) with Phi Kappa Phi Honours from Rochester Institute of Technology, a MBA(General) from Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka; BSc.Eng.(Electronics & Telecommunications) with First class honours from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
He is at present reading for his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at the International School of Management, Paris, FRANCE. He is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT Professional and a Fellow of the British Computer Society. He has active memberships in several professional institutions and is actively involved in steering Digital and IT to greater heights in promoting inclusive and sustainable development across the board.
Jonathan Elms is the Sir Stephen Tindall Endowed Chair in Retail Management. He joined Massey University in December 2014, after spending seven years at the Institute for Retail Studies (IRS), University of Stirling. Jonathan holds a BSc (Hons) Marketing, MSc Management, and PhD in Marketing from Lancaster University.
As part of his current role, Jonathan leads Massey University’s Bachelor of Retail and Business Management, New Zealand’s only retail degree. Jonathan is also the founding Director of the Centre for Advanced Retail Studies (CARS) at Massey Business School, a 'centre of excellence’ for retail research that seeks to bridge the academic-practitioner divide.
Jonathan’s research interests broadly encompass the interrelated these of ‘Retail Change, Power and Competition’ and ‘Consumer Behaviour and Choice in a Retail Context’. He has published extensively in a wide range of specialist retailing, general marketing and management, as well as wider social scientific journals.
His current research projects include a focus on: disadvantaged shoppers and consumer vulnerability, multi-channel brand equity and consumer behaviour, the role of retail design and architecture in consumers’ perceptions of store environments, retail branding, and the international divestment strategies undertaken by retailers.
Edouard-Nicolas DUBAR is the Managing Partner of Headlight International . A boutique Executive Search firm, specialising in the recruitment of Retail & Digital C-level profiles, for major clients such as Auchan, Metro, Kingfisher and ToysRus.
He has developed his unique Retail & Leadership expertise since 1995. Experience gained by working at Transearch International, one of the leading international Executive Search firm.
Meeting with 400 Retail leaders every year, Edouard-Nicolas DUBAR displays his expertise through publishing articles, conducting studies and insights. Recently, he has released a Barometer with Global Retail News to analyse the mobility of the Leaders within the Retail sector.
Bernd Hallier, born at July 28 th 1947 in Hamburg/Germany, studied at Hamburg University and graduated with a MA-degree in Economics.
He then worked in distribution where he became assistant to the Board and Key-account-manager of an international cigarette company. During that time additionally as a part-time student he wrote his PhD-thesis about the response to high-tech-innovation in wholesale/retail versus the relationship between trade and consumer-products industry. His analysis of cigarette-sales via vending machines (included in his thesis) could be seen as a first ECR-project applied already between 1979 and 1982 (Hallier, B., Organisation und Marktstrategie im Tabakwarenfachgroßhandel, Göttingen, 1983).
In 1985 he became head of the Institute for Self-Service (ISB) in Cologne/Germany which he first transformed into the German Trade Institute (DHI) and then in 1993 into the European Trade Institute (EHI) today labeled as EHI Retail Institute. Already during his studies he gained international experience due to traineeships in Turkey , Israel, South Africa, Japan, China. Later he traveled and lectured in all continents of the world.
Sumit Bathla has over 16 years of global experience in managing IT& Innovation for world’s best class retail companies. Currently he is managing IT & Digital Innovation landscape for more than 50 Plus Brands like Ikea, ToysRUs, Marks&Spencer’s,Guess, Zara, Ted Baker, Robinsons, Royal sporting house etc.. comprising of more than 1000 + stores spread across 19+ countries & managing complexities of different formats like Big Box, Specialty ,Lifestyle, Departmental, Fashion and F&B.
Sumit is also playing key lead role in strategic initiatives for the Group like Omni Channel, Digital Innovations & Customer Engagement (Group CRM).
Sumit is working with Alfuttaim Group as General Manager, prior to joining Alfuttaim, He has worked with companies like Wal-Mart, Barista Coffee,W and Alghanim Industries (Kuwait).
Sumit is an active member for many retail forums across the globe like NRF , World Retail Congress , retail Middle east and as a speaker , he has touched upon critical issues like Managing Customer expectations , Digital world , Omni-Channel etc.
Simon leads Cheil’s Retail operations globally. The agency is most famous for creating the Tesco Homeplus virtual store in a Seoul Subway, mobile innovation with South Korea’s biggest retailer Emart and it’s partnership with Samsung, that has helped the electronics company create a top 10 global brand with significant presence in retail. He joined Cheil in 2012 from Saatchi & Saatchi X where he was EMEA CEO and Chairman of their Worldwide Creative Board. He is a recognised authority on shopper marketing and regular speaker at industry events, he has 20 years in marketing and experience in almost every discipline, but is particularly adept in the world of shoppers and retail. Simon has offices in South Korea and the United Kingdom, where he is also Chairman of the Marketing Agencies Association.
Put a dark-skinned woman and the African sun together, throw in some grossly overpriced, often counterfeit make-up brands into the equation and what do you get - a recipe for disaster! Multiply that and you have a population of fashion police’s most wanted, not to mention a host of unsightly skin reactions.
This was the inspiration that led Suzie Wokabi, International Relations degree holder, to pursue her passion and create her authentic, affordable, high-quality African make-up brand. This revolutionary line is Kenya’s first make-up/ beauty brand and a global trailblazer in creating a bespoke product for the African woman, by an African woman. Soon after graduating from University in the U.S, Suzie dove right into the fashion industry. She was trained by MAC Cosmetics and completed an intensive Media Make-up certificate course at the Award Studio Make-up School in Los Angeles. She worked in New York within the fashion and beauty industries from 2001 until 2007, when she returned to her hometown of Nairobi, Kenya. Suzie is now one of the top local make-up artists whose extensive industry experience runs the full gamut from Print Media to Television, Film, Video, Commercials, Runway, and Bridal. She began creating her make-up/ beauty brand in early 2009 and officially launched it in December 2011. The hallmark of SuzieBeauty products is affordable, great quality, tailor-made for the unique needs of women living in the African climate.
To date, Suzie’s work has been featured in the Italian Vogue L’Uomo magazine, as well as countless local glossy magazines. She has graced the covers of Passion for Life, Prestige, Parents, and True Love Magazines. Since 2008 she has worked with Kenyan-fashion veterans such as Ann McCreath of Kiko-Romeo and the illustrious annual FAFA show (Festival of African Fashion and Arts), which draws several international heavyweights in support of its noble cause. One of her major clients throughout her artistry career has been MNet, through which SuzieBeauty’s work has been seen on various TV Shows like IDOLS, The Patricia Show, Catwalk Africa, Face of Africa, and Coke Studio. She has led SuzieBeauty backstage through 4 seasons of the biggest regional TV Show, Tusker Project Fame. SuzieBeauty sponsors most major fashion events including Fashion & Beauty Expo (FAB), Nairobi Fashion Market, Samantha Bridal Expo, Miss World Kenya, Kenya Fashion Week, and Hub of Africa Fashion Week in Addis Ababa (2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015).
Deborah Weinswig is the Executive Director and Head of Global Retail & Technology for the Fung Business Intelligence Centre. An award-winning global retail analyst and a specialist in retail innovation and technology, sheis responsible for building the Centre’s research capabilities and providing insights into the disruptive technologies reshaping today’s global retail landscape. Her in-depth knowledge and understanding of global retail and emerging technology trends were fostered through her previous experience, which includesserving as Head of the Global Staples & Consumer Discretionary team at Citi Research, where she worked for nearly 12 years.
Ms. Weinswig has been consistently ranked among the top analysts in her field by Institutional Investor (#1 for nine years), StarMine and Business Insider (which named her one of Wall Street’s top 36 analysts in 2012). She also received the Researcher Award for Outstanding Service from the International Council of Shopping Centers in 2012. She is frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Barron’s, and is a regular guest on CNBC. Before her time at Citi, she held senior research positions at Bear Stearns and Morgan Stanley.
Ms. Weinswig is an advocate for innovation, creativity and the implementation of efficient technologies in the retail sector. She has helped US startups develop and implement retail technology systems and strategies, some of which have been adopted by top-tier national retailers.
Besides serving as a mentor to Silicon Valley and New York-based accelerators, including Alchemist Accelerator,Plug &Play andEntrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator(ERA), Ms. Weinswig also sits on the advisory boards of several early-stage companies in both the US and Hong Kong. She is an active board member of many industry and philanthropic organizations, such as Dignity U Wear. She was recently named to the advisory boards of the World Retail Congress, the Retail Analytics Council at Northwestern University and Shoptalk, the leading conference and exhibition for next-generation commerce.Ms. Weinswigis a Certified Public Accountant and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Ajay founded creindia.com with the vision of creating a robust online commercial real estate landscape. He wanted to simplify the search of commercial real estate and offer the business fraternity with a hassle-free process of locating their ideal property and maximizing reach to get best possible solutions.
His vision led to amalgamation of online and tech based solutions birthing the concept of a dynamic commercial real estate portal, the only one of its kind in India.
Ajay haveset up the process, strategized the growth model and put forth his vision which focused on a long term sustainable model. Ajay focusses on generating revenue. Valuation of a company for him means its physical and financial assets not just the promise of future profitability.
Creindia.com has recently been awarded a generous seed-fund and has already initiated its operations in the NCR market to map and showcase inventories, followed by research analysis and innovative technology. The reach and spread will soon move to neighboring cities and townships.
Ajay has years of experience in managing large teams across India and has been successful in developing and delivering sustainable growth trajectories for all his employers and clients.
With decades of experience, Ajay’s expertise in commercial real estate enabled him to offer his services to leading corporations, MNCs, promising startups and high net-worth individuals. He has consistently succeeded in structuring solutions and with the highest level of service excellence.
Ajay has an MBA in Marketing.Some of the companies he has worked for includes such behemoths like Birla Sun life, ICICI bank, Anant Raj Developers, IL&FS and Colliers International.
A Chartered and Cost Accountant by qualification, Sunil Nayak Originates from Mumbai, India. Post Qualifying in 1987 & 1988 respectively, He spent initial 3 years in India working with WIMCO Ltd and Lupin Ltd. In August 1990, he took up an assignment in Nigeria and soon started heading a trading company owned by Dalamal Group as General Manager . In 1996, he joined Mumbai based Ajanta Pharma Ltd for their upcoming manufacturing plant at Mauritius. He soon started heading Ajanta Pharma (Mauritius) Ltd as General Manager and was subsequently elevated as CEO. He developed various markets in Africa for the group. During his tenure, Ajanta Pharma was the first Indian company to have widely penetrated in French speaking African countries.
In 2001, he joined Middle East based retail giant Landmark Group. Between 2001 and 2006, he was looking after Kuwait operations for the group as Country Head. During these 5 years, the business of Kuwait operations grew three fold and became the most profitable country for the group. In 2006, he was asked to move to group headquarters at Dubai UAE with a mandate to set up International Division. He was also given responsibility to head group’s biggest brand Centrepoint Under his leadership, the group expanded its operations in various countries in Middle East & Africa. Centrepoint brand became one of the fastest growing brand in the middle East. Today Centrepoint brand competes with some of the best known international brands like Marks & Spencer , Zara , H & M etc.
In December 2012, He returned back to India and currently heads jewellery division of Reliance Retail Ltd as CEO –Reliance Jewels.
Sunil has extensively travelled into Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe and North America both at personal and professional capacity. He is married to Trupti and is blessed with 2 sons – Dipen & Miten. Sunil loves to travel and is a health freak. While he was based overseas for more than 22 years, he has remained in close touch with India and follows local news with keen interest.
He currently heads Amore Gelato, prior to this he worked with Dish Hospitality as AVP – QSR & Projects. Nirav has done Bachelors in Engineering, followed by MBA in US & cleared CFA – Level 1. His current focus is to grow the Gelato business both via B2C (Company managed & Franchised network) & B2B (HORECA) across Pan India.
Mr Sekhar Rao, 47 years, is the Head of Strategy & Change Management at Catholic Syrian Bank. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s in business administration both from the University of Pune. He has about 22 years’ experience in Banking & FMCG, of which the last 12 years have been in banking in senior management/ business head roles. Prior to joining CSB, he was associated with Ratnakar Bank as their Executive Vice President, National Head – CASA & Regional Head for South & Gujarat, ING Vysya Bank as the National Head – Sales, Retail Liabilities, and ICICI Bank as Deputy General Manager, Zonal Head, South. Before banking, he has 10 years of FMCG industry experience with Asian Paints (I) Ltd. & Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd. He has been associated with CSB since March, 2014.
Part of the leadership team that enabled transformation at ING Vysya, RBL & CSB.
Ashok Kaul is a Retail expert, specializing in Start-Ups, who has successfully launched and built several leading retail chains over two decades in India and abroad.
He has worked across categories like watches, consumer electronics, apparel, footwear, toys, jewellery & home textiles.
His Retail career began with Titan in 1990, he also launched Marks & Spencer, Planet Sports in India in 2002 and Reliance Jewels in 2006.
Since the past three years, Ashok is leading the retail business of Bombay Dyeing and is on the verge of launching a new home furnishing retail brand.
Ashok is an Engineer from BITS Pilani and a Gold Medallist (MBA) from IIM Calcutta.
Kinjal Shah, with over 13 years of book retailing experience, has an in-depth understanding of both Indian as well as International retailing environment. Mr. Kinjal Shah has been the Chief Executive Officer of Crossword Bookstores Limited since May 2014. Having served as the Chief Operating Officer before being elevated to the position, Mr. Shah is responsible for developing the business, ensuring world class service, building in new strategies and driving innovation in a very challenging business. Recently Mr. Kinjal Shah has been awarded the Most Talented Retail professional retailer of the Year 2014 by Asia Retail Congress. During his tenure over the last 13 years, Crossword Bookstores has grown from strength to strength under his leadership. Under his guidance, Crossword has won numerous awards and accolades, the most recent being 'Best Book Retailer' Winner of the prestigious - Indian Retail Awards 2014 and National Award For Marketing Excellence In Retail Sector on 24th July 2015
Kinjal’s entrepreneurial approach to business, credits his passion to whatever he has achieved till now. He also believes that relationships with partners are crucial for the long term success of an organization, that Customer is really the King as he knows most about the product. Thus, it follows, that the Staff at the store must be the forefront of any company strategy.
Crossword is India’s leading bookstore chain, which has pioneered the lifestyle bookstore concept in India. With 98 stores across the country, it is India’s fastest growing chain of bookstores.
Sumant is a Chartered Accountant and started his career with Arthur Andersen, Mumbai in 1995. For most of his professional career, he worked in Private Equity & Venture Capital space with ICICI Venture focusing on investments in media, retail and technology. Sumant also headed online business for Star TV and Business Strategy for Microsoft India (online business) briefly before starting up 20Dresses.
Mohini is the chief architect behind the conceptualization and operationalsuccess of brand Ruosh.
After her masters in marketing from Symbiosis Pune, she her started professional career in 2000 as a Management Trainee with Pidilite Industries Limited where she mastered the basics of FMCG marketing and distribution.
Here she set up the Marketing Services Department that undertook new initiativesfor dealers and distributors.
Promoted within 2 years, to lead marketing communication for the newly acquired brand “Dr. Fixit” – where ground-breaking work in end-user education of painters was undertaken.
In October 2002, she moved to Marico,the 5733.3 crore Consumer Products & Services companies in the global beauty and wellness space – to launch India’s first cosmetic dermatology retail brand, Kaya Skin Clinic.
Start-up team core member
Headed marketing communication for the 1st two years
Led the marketing focus in Dubai
Launched the brand in East India
Headed South region business, making it the most profitable region in that year
Promoted in 2007
Conceptualized and launched Kaya in the Large Format Store Channel
Product Head at the time she took up her new role with Sara Suole of starting a premium men’s lifestyle brand.
She joined hands with the team with KayumDhanani C.E.O. at Sara Suole Pvt. Ltd. to create, conceptualize and launch a premium men’s lifestyle brand. After 18 months in the making, Ruosh was launched with 1 store in Indiranagar, Bangalore in 2011. Ruosh is passion in Sanskrit. Ruosh stands on the pillars of “Craftsmanship and Consumer Experience” Ruosh’s consumer experience today is a bench-mark in India for premium retail lifestyle brands. Today, Ruosh is available at over 100 ‘A’ grade doors in 10 cities plus it is also available nationally via the 6 major e-commerce players.
Mohini is an Economic Hons. Graduate from Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University. She likes reading, learning more about history, theatre, traveling and luxury marketing. Her reading preferences tend towards the classics and these days Indian mythology intrigues her. In near future, she would love to be associated with an organization dedicated to saving India’s dying folk arts and crafts.
Asif Merchant is the Managing Director of Catwalk Worldwide since inception. With focus on product design and development he anchors retail & strategic planning for the business. Receiving National Recognition for Business Leadership award in Industrial Development from honorable Shri. BP Singh and Shri GVG Krishna Murthy in New Delhi. And now also is a part of the ‘Make In India’ panel , an initiative my Modi Government .
With 30 years of experience in Indian footwear industry he governs designing, developing & implementing of all strategic plans for the organization.
Catwalk is aMumbai based high fashion footwear brand, Catwalk, Mr. Merchant knows what it takes to make a successful entrepreneur he started out with a shop in Kemps corner and today catwalk is having over 400 POS .Company was established by him in 2003, with Mr. Merchant having a 30% stake andanother partner with a 70% stake. A few years later, along with the partner, Mr.Merchant launched a new brand called Kittens which was highly successful, inwhich Mr. Merchant had a stake of 51%. Later, Mr. Merchant sold his 51% stake inKittens in exchange of Catwalk (the partner’s 70% stake) and gained 100% control over Catwalk.He has Lead Catwalk be positioned as an affordable, but stylish footwear brand.The idea is to offer expensive footwear at half the price of established competingbrands. Catwalk has sold 1mn pairs of footwear under his leadership, and its net sales stood at Rs 1 Billion.The company is openingone POS every three days.
Mr Merchant leads the design team which followsglobal trends keeping the local flavor in mind;he identifies trends a year in advance by attending global trade fairs and coordination with global raw material vendors.
Flash Back :
21 years back a 23 years youth, Vijay Kapoor , a first generation entrepreneur, jumped into Bussiness to serve his selfish purpose to support himself and his family.
Today's reality :
On 11th December 2015 , this Bussiness has grown not only to support Me , Mine, Myself as India's Most Fashionable Mens Wear Brand ; Derby Jeans Community . But also provides lively hood to over 1000 families directly and thousands through support bussiness.
The journey has been a roller coaster ride with ups and downs . I owe Derby's success to all my beloved team members, our customers, suppliers, manufacturing partners, franchise partners and all our well wishers.
Today Derby is a vertically integrated organisation starting from Fashion forecasting , designing , merchandising , manufacturing , quality control , warehousing , retailing through 50 Exclusive Derby Jeans Community and E-Commerce .
Zubin has over two decades of experience in the architecture and real estate development sector and brings with him a wealth of knowledge in the design and development of urban planning, mixed-use, hospitality and retail projects. Previously Zubin has worked with prestigious architectural firms both as an Architect and Urban Designer. Now based in Mumbai with Bentel Associates, Zubin looks forward to being a part of India's exciting future, growing the Architectural business and delivering creative designs across Bentel’s offices. Zubin is a graduate from Oxford Brookes University as an Architect and Urban Designer. He is also an active member of the RIBA and a visiting lecturer at Oxford.
Gopalakrishnan Sankar is currently Chief Executive Officer at Reliance Footprint and Payless ShoeSource for the last 10 years. His prior stints include being a Managing Director - Lifestyle International Private Ltd (Landmark group company) from Jan 2005 to May 2006, Managing Director - Tesco India Sourcing (South Asia) and Director - Tesco Stores Hong Kong from May 2000 to Dec 2004, Regional Director - Arvind Worldwide Inc, U.K and Managing Director - Lauffenmuhle, Germany (a subsidiary of Arvind Mills Ltd) from May 1997 to Feb 2000 and Vice-President - European Operations of Coats Viyella, Manchester from May 1993 to April 1997.
Prior to 1993, held various positions in Madura Coats in India after joining the company in 1987 straight from the campus of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad which is India’s premier management institute since inception.
Sankar holds a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering with distinction from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada, and a PG Diploma in Management with significant electives in Marketing and Finance from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad.
Sankar has more than 25 years of business experience. He also has considerable experience in strategizing and driving business expansions, implementing various operating models and has also done start-ups. Sankar is 53 years old, is married to Dr. Chitra and has a son, Karthikeshwar.
Nissan Joseph is currently Managing Director at Crocs India. His experience over 20 years includes Senior Management roles in wholesale and retail operations of footwear and accessories in domestic and international markets.
Prior to his current role, General Manager of Accessory Exchange, a New York Design, Marketing and Sales Company. Previous to that he was President and COO of Hibbett Sports, CEO of Hickory Brands and General Manager of Payless Shoes based in Sydney, Australia. Through his life he has traveled extensively and worked with businesses in Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Having worked in key positions in Sales, Marketing, Logistics and General Management, he has also been a featured speaker at various venues.
Joseph was born in India, attended the University of New Delhi and has an MBA from the Sydney Graduate School of Management, Australia.
Mr. Rajiv Merchant embarked on a journey into home décor offering and design solutions. He brings entrepreneurship, business connections and value chain management to Indian Home Variations (IHV).
An MBA in Marketing with over 24 years of experience in the Indian Fashion and Retail industry, Mr. Merchant is the brain behind IHV, a marketing and distribution company that caters to the needs of the modern consumer by offering them internationally acclaimed, premium fashion-centric home décor solutions. IHV has presented the luxury buyer with Tangerine a designer brand of home solutions. He believed that with homes redefining themselves to become platforms of self-expression and stature, the home couture market has immense potential.
Prior to IHV, Mr. Merchant has been a part of senior management roles at various organizations including Amigo Sport Private Limited, Creative Portico Private Limited, Ashima Limited, KG Denim Limited etc. He is responsible for the launch and success of Trigger Jeans and Portico. He has to his credit over seven awards at Portico in marketing (twice from Mattel Ltd), designing (from Elle Décor), Packaging Innovation (from DuPont, USA), Best Home-ware brand by Shoppers Stop, Best Home-ware brand at Images Brand Forum respectively. He has also received the entrepreneur of the year award in 2011 from Franchise India for setting up distribution business for modern trade and institution for Corelle brand. In his spare time enjoys playing tennis and reading philosophical books.
Mohit is a passionate Retail professional with over 20 years of experience across Hospitality, Apparel, Telecom and Ice Cream categories. He has been responsible for the setup of new retail concepts and business models, apart from managing complex and diverse retail networks in India as well as Asia Pacific.
He is currently working with Raymond Limited as Director Retail and is responsible for the Retail Business of the group through India’s Largest Lifestyle Clothing Chain – The Raymond Shop, which spans across 390+ cities with over 720+ outlets.
He has received several accolades for his contribution in Retail industry like ‘100 Most Talented Retail Professional of India 2015’, ‘Franchisor of the Year Award – 2010’ and 'Franchise Professional of the Year 2008’.
Mr. Chirantan Kislae is co-founder of MyTrolley, a Hyperlocal Marketplace startup. He has over 17 years of progressive leadership experience, rich in retail exposure.
Before embarking on his entrepreneurial journey, Mr Kislae was Head – Information Technology for The MobileStore, where he led the digital transformation journey for India’s first and largest telecom retailer. Prior to joining Essar group, he was associated with Infosys for more than 12 years and has done consulting assignments with marquee global retailers such as Lowes, Starbucks, Toys’R’us, Aéropostale, Swatch, Ikon Office Solutions and Polo Ralph Lauren.
Mr Kislae has rich and diverse technology background in both Application and Infrastructure technologies and won many awards and accolades for his work in Retail domain.
Mr. Kislae is mechanical engineering graduate from IIT-BHU India
VP-IT and CISO for Jubilant FoodWorks Ltd, (Company operating Domino’s Pizza and Dunkin’ Donuts Brands in India).
Rahul has over 19 years of experience in Quick Service Restaurants/Food Retail. He has deliveredsolutions such as National Single Number for Ordering, Multi-Channel Point of Sale and Countries first National Online Ordering System in Food Services segment.Work done for Jubilant FoodWorks in Digital and Mobile space have won multiple awards. He has been recognised amongst the most Innovative CIO’s for his early Cloud Adoption and use of Technology for Business by organisations such as BSE-CIO Klub and IDC. He has also won multiple awards for his work in Information Security consistantly for last 5 years such as CISO 100 and Infosec Maestroes.
Pankaj, an Engineering and Management graduate with 20 years of rich experience, he is founder of Purple Focus leading a team of 60+ people spread across offices in Mumbai, Delhi & Indore which provides 360 degree integrated brand marketing communications & engagement solutions.
In 2013,he also started Mad(e) in India - a Retail & E-commerce company into India-centric Lifestyle and Souvenir Productswith a 200% year on year growth rate.
Along the way he has gained reputation for his sharp business acumen, creative thinking and deep understanding of human behavior.
Besides being on the Advisory Board of other organizations and Educational Institutes, he regularlydelivers talks & lectures onentrepreneurship, advertising and retail at various management institutes and other public forums.
In 2011, Pankaj has also been conferred with The Most Promising Entrepreneurship Award at the prestigious Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2011 (APEA)– India.
Rajesh Jain is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for Lacoste India. He has been constantly nurturing the brand to its elegance 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 universe for 7 verticals including clothing for women, men and children, shoes, perfume, 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 has served Lacoste India as CFO for three years wherein with his steep prophecy he has 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.
Basaveshwar(Basu) Aniyappanavar is currently a Senior Director and Global Head of Retail, CPG Testing at Mindtree Ltd., the seventh largest IT company in India.
Basu has been associated with Retail for more than a decade and has worked with leading retailers the world over in helping them achieve Quality in their IT Systems. Basu’s experience spans Grocery to Fashion to Discount Retailing for leading Fortune-500 customers in the UK, USA and Asia Pac regions.
Key assignments include leading the Quality for a F-500 Retailer in the UK for the largest Retail Transformation program in Europe of its time and, the largest Oracle Apps implementation in the world from 2008-10. He subsequently lead a large QA transformation for a Fortune-500 Retailer in the US Midwest before working for another F-500 Discount Retailer based in MA, USA.
Basu currently leads a large team of Retail IT Quality professionals serving key Retail and CPG customers in Europe, USA and the Asia Pac regions for Mindtree Ltd.
Basu is an Electronics Engineer from Karnatak University, Dharwad with an MBA from Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management(Batch of 99-01).
Basuis currently based in Bangalore with his parents, wife Teja and sons Atharv(10) and Dheer(5). He is a keen quizzer, Stock investor and is passionate about helping Rural Indians achieve a good quality of life where they live, through smart use of Technology.
Vikram Idnani is passionate about Retail and is passionate about Technology. He is a business-focused CIO, noted for improving performance through systematic investment and measurement of returns. He heads Information Technology at Trent, the Tata Group retail arm comprising Westside and Landmark. He chairs the Technology Committee at Retailers Association of India and participates in other steering committees in the retail industry.
He believes that the path to customer satisfaction is through designing great product and delivering a superlative customer experience.
Vikram has transformed Information Technology at Trent through large scale SAP, warehouse and product lifecycle management implementations, and is playing a lead role in raising the digital quotient at Trent.Having customer and employee experience as the focus, he has leveraged digital technology and mobility to enable the retail operations, product development and supply chain functions to improve service and selling and shorten time-to-market.He has played a consultative role in the evaluation of technology platforms for a large, online marketplace, and is leading technology developmentfor the Trent Omnichannel ecommerce businesses.
Vikram previously consulted in the USfor retail and consumer goods firms including Borders, Home Depot, K-Mart, PepsiCo, JD Williams and others in areas ranging from warehouse automation to distribution optimization to store efficiency to online content delivery. In early 2000, he temporarily shifted base from the US to India to lead an educational portal startup. As global solutions head, he brought together teams from US, Germany and India to deliver solutions for international clients.
He has two industry firsts– i) use of open source Linux for retail operations in 2008 and ii) PCI DSS certification for a brick-and-mortar retailer in 2013 and again in 2015.
Vikram has a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering with Honors from the University of Mumbai. He is a British Chevening Scholar and has studied IT strategy at Manchester Business School, UK.
He has a deep empathy towards the girl child, towards differently-abled children and to the care of animals. He is an avid runner, writer and trekker; he loves music and plays the guitar.
Akshay Chaturvedi has a successful track record of 14 years cutting across Digital Strategy & Internet Products, Retail & etail, Business Strategy & Consulting, Marketing & Consumer Insights.
Currently Akshay is the Managing Director at Housefull International Ltd, a leading furniture retail chain & is leading the revamp for ecommerce & omni channel retail
Akshay has spent more than 7 years at Times Internet, India's No.1 Global Online Network before joining Housefull. He joined Times Group in the Vice Chairman's strategy office & after corporate assignments in BCCL & Times Internet took up product & business roles within TIL.
At Times Internet some of his accomplishments include
Involved in the business turnaround & corporate restructuring of Times Internet in 2008-09
Founder member of Music Portal www.gaana.com India's No.1 music streaming service
Business planning & strategic roadmap for indiatimes ecommerce division
Turnaround of ZigWheels.com to No. 1 Auto Portal & Brand in India
Prior to Times Group, Akshay was a Retail & CPG consultant with KSA-Technopak, where he was instrumental in consulting retailers like Reliance Retail, Marks & Spencers, Bharti Walmart, Vision Express, Landmark Group, Borders among other marquee names.
Akshay also consulted consumer goods majors like HUL, P&G, Marico & Microsoft for key assignments with respect to Modern Retail strategy
Akshay was also involved in a study that was used for Policy making and tabled in the parliament - http://goo.gl/erZ9R
Akshay is Science graduate from the prestigious Sri Venkateswara College, South Campus, Delhi University & has done his MBA in Marketing from University of Pune in 2001
Abnesh Raina is the CEO and Founder of PlumSlice Labs, which provides a suite of cloud based web and mobile apps to help retailers manage product collaboration, supplier collaboration, and omnichannel analytics more economically, creatively, and efficiently.
He is also the Founder of FirstHandle, a hyperlocal mobile marketing platform for retailers. Prior to taking on the journey of a tech entrepreneur, Abnesh held CIO/VP level positions with Restoration Hardware, B/E Aerospace, and AMS (acquired by Baker & Taylor). He began his career as a software developer working for IBM and Manhattan Associates. Abnesh has an MBA from Columbia Business School at Columbia University, NY and a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Pune in India.
Pranav Bhruguwar is an experienced retailer with 17 + yrs global experience. He has wide & complete exposure in retail across function's and geographies. A market maker with top multinational corporations he has worked and lived in U.K. and India
Pranav has been instrumental in shaping the Retail Organization at Samsung India, build capability to roll -out 3000 exclusive Stores.
Previous to this he Lead the transformation of Nokia globally from a sell-in to a sell-out & shopper focussed organisation
Has now founded ShopR360: Retail Analytics start-up to give un-paralleled in-store shopper insights to retailers in India & abroad
Abhay Gupta is the Founder & CEO of Luxury Connect & Luxury Connect Business School (LCBS).
While Luxury Connect is a boutique consulting organization with a clear focus with a 360 - degree approach towards luxury in India, LCBS is India's first and only luxury business School.
Mr. Gupta has been involved in the evolution of the fashion and luxury segment in India right from manufacturing, joint venture factory set - up and franchising in the country. He has also been involved in being a guide to NIFT and Pearl Academy from their grass root stages of inception and evolution as an academic board member. Blackbook, a luxury publication has consecutively recognized him as one of the' Top 100 Indian Luxury's Most Influential ' in 2013, 2014 & 2015 . He is also a recipient of the prestigious ' Luxury Retail Icon 2012 ' title by Asia Retail Congress.
Having being featured in Forbes Luxury Trend Report 2012 as one of the Industry Leaders, he has also been widely recognized as luxury expert by CNBC, CNN, NDTV Profit, Business India, Economic Times to name a few. He helped not only bring but establish luxury brands like Versace, Versace Home, Versace Collection, Corneliani, John Smedley, Tween Damat ADV, Arredo Classic etc in India. He has now been mandated by a plethora of Luxury brands across fashion, lifestyle, home, interior residences etc for their India entry strategy. A regular speaker at most Luxury Forums, Fondazione Altagama has also recognized his contribution to the growth of Italian luxury industry by his pioneering efforts in India.
Rajendra Kalkar is a professional with more than 25 years of experience spread over Sales, Marketing, Operations, Exports, Retail and Retail Real Estate and is a well-travelled seasoned professional with a varied business experience in various business leadership positions. An Engineer by background and seconded with a PGD in Management, he is currently working as The President - West at Phoenix Mills Ltd and is responsible for Operations, Leasing, Retail Mix, Marketing, Legal, Customer Relationship and Accounts, including the Topline/Bottomline and the commercial success of 1) Palladium, Lower Parel 2) High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel, Mumbai 3), Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla, Mumbai and 4) Phoenix Marketcity, Pune.
His past experience in the Retail Real Estate includes - Head - Mall Management at DLF and Mall Management at Kshitij CapitaLand. In the Retail Business, he is the one responsible to start the Hypermarket Division for (erstwhile) Adani Retail Ltd, Ahmedabad and was the one who played a crucial role in starting the first big box Hypermarket of India at HyperCITY, Malad, Mumbai. Prior to Retail, he was involved in Steel exports and Engg Sales and Marketing with major Indian and International Groups in various capacities.
Seasoned in grocery retail & FMCG Sales, Dharmender Matai, joined Heritage Fresh in July 2015 to further grow the brand's footprint in its key markets. With over 25 years in the business, Dharmender brings with him impeccable track record of having worked in leading FMCG & retail majors in India. Prior to joining Heritage, Dharmender was heading Buying & Merchandising at Metro Cash & Carry India, where he was responsible for the growth of the FMCG Business at a Pan India Level. During his stint with Reliance Retail & Spencers , he spearheaded the expansion of the brand in North India.
At Heritage Fresh, Dharmender will be responsible for driving the brand's growth strategy across different geographies and across different channels. He will leverage his expertise in store operations, category management to enhance Heritage Fresh's leadership position in Hyderabad, Chennai and Bengaluru cities.
Dharmender has a done a senior management program from IIM (Kolkata) & has a Masters degree in IT Management from Osmania University. Currently he resides in Hyderabad with his wife and their two children. During his free time, Dharmender enjoys Cooking & travelling (especially to hill stations).
Anand has had a prolific 28 years career in hotels, auto retail and malls, and is known in the industry for his specialist skill sets during the launch and turn around stages of these businesses. His penchant for Business Excellence coupled with deployment of customized strategies has helped him set new benchmarks in most organizations.He has the distinction of being recognized as the youngest hotel General Manager at 29 and was conferred with the "Prime Mover" award by General Motors for excellence in auto retailing. He is, today, considered one of the leading authorities on malls and mixed use assets in the country.
Some of the recent achievements where he has played thelead role in the last decade include Inorbit, Marketcity Assets, Palladium and High Street Phoenix-brands that are highly valued today and are regarded to be the standards formalls and mixed-use assets in the country. All these organizations have won multiple best-in-class awards at national and international levels including the prestigious Maxi Award by International Council of Shopping Centres.
Consulting stints with Littlewoods International (UK) as also with hotels and large scale real estate developments have given him rare insights into how 'Service blue printing' and customer delight processes should be central to any organisation that seeks sustained leadership.His role at leading the planning &design team of Inorbit has helped him attain a superior understanding of the nuances of successful real estate developments.
A graduate of Institute of Hotel Management, Pusa, Delhi, Anand also has a commerce degree from Delhi University and an MBA from University of Durham Business School, UK. He specializes in Corporate Strategy, Service Marketing, and Business Process Re-engineering and believes in creating organisations that can sustain high profitability along with growth in service oriented real estate businesses such as malls, hotels and mixed use assets.
"Prakash is the global analytics portfolio marketing lead for Retail and Consumer Product Industry at IBM Analytics business unit. He is responsible for go-to-market strategy, industry thought leadership and new analytics solutions launch globally that helps Retailers and CPG companies achieve higher business growth using data & insight. Prior to IBM, he worked extensively in various consulting roles in European market from FY 2000 - 2010 helping leading retail and CP companies transform to new age economy. He is passionate about Retail industry and how Retailers can monetize digital disruption for their growth. He has deep retail expertise and competence in customer insight, digital commerce, omni-channel marketing, and digital transformation".
Abheek Singhi leads The Boston Consulting Group's Retail and Consumer practice in Asia-Pacific. He was named a BCG Fellow in 2015; his fellowship is examining how digital and other technologies can provide leapfrog opportunities in emerging markets
Abheek has nearly 20 years of experience with clients in emerging markets such as India, China, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. In addition, he has worked in BCG San Francisco with clients in the US and Canada.
He has worked with leading consumer packaged, consumer durable, and retail companies on a wide variety of projects related to strategy, operational excellence, and organizational improvement. In those assignments, he has led teams delivering significant top-line and bottom-line impact for clients.
Abheek has been a member of the National FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) Committee and the National Retail Committee of the Conf ederation of Indian Industry (CII) for several years. In that role, he has worked to monitor the industry trends and to shape industrywide responses. Abheek has also been selected by th e Aspen Institute as part of the India Leadership Initiative program and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Abheek is a coauthor of the bestselling BCG book The $10 Trillion Prize (published by Harvard Business Review Press). He has also written several seminal reports on the Indian agriculture, consumer, and retail sectors, and he is a freque nt contributor to national newspapers and a speaker at leading business conferences and seminars.
Vijay Jain is CEO of ORRA, India's premier jewellery brand with a national presence of 35 boutiques across 25 cities and a strong online presence.
A sense of entrepreneurship and the need to create value saw him make a transformative change in his career to join retail from investment banking. He took over a family run business and turned it into a professionally run organization. He has been responsible for the "conceptualization", "successful launch" and scaling up of ORRA. Since its launch in 2004, ORRA has several accolades including the Best Jewellery Chain, Most Innovative Jeweler, The Best Jewellery Design, The Best Store Experience amongst others.
Recently it won India's Most Trusted Brand 2015.
Mr. Jain has earned a master's degree in management from S.P. Jain Institute of Management, completed his bachelors from Sri Ram College, Delhi and his schooling from St. Pauls, Darjeeling.
He has been on the retail scene for over 35 years and selling mobile phones for almost two decades. Last year, the Delhi-based Institute of Economic Studies conferred him the IES Udyog Rattan Award. Sangeetha Mobiles has largely been a brick-and-mortar success story. However, since 2013, under his leadership Company is selling handsets online through ShopNo47.com, and delivering handsets within 47 minutes in select cities. In 2013, launched Wham!own set of feature phones, tablets and accessories through brand name Wham Infocom!Sangeetha Mobiles is a family of 1500 and he is happily leading it to many more milestones through innovation and enterprise.
A shopper science professional with retail management expertise.
At Nielsen, Deepak as a director,has been driving key Retailer relationships and Category Management services in India region since last 7 years. One of the leading professional in the country who has brought best practices in category and shelf management through consulting both supplier and retailer professionals.
Sharad Venkta is the Managing Director & CEO of Toonz Retail India Private Limited, "A Crystal Enterprise". TOONZ is one stop shop for all your' Child's needs and carry almost everything for kids from 0-12 years.
Sharad joined the company in March2012 and since then has turned around the company by strengthening retail and brand portfolio of Toonz. Toonz currently operates in 12 states and 45 cities with 70 operational standalone stores. Toonz also owns brands like "WOWMOM" and "SuperYoung" which are retailed thru select "Central" stores and all major online Marketplaces like Flipkart, Amazon, Firstcry etc.
Prior to joining TOONZ, Sharad has held several senior positions during his 13 years stint in Future Group including Business Head for West Zone where he was responsible for Big Bazaar and Food Bazaar formats.
Sharad believes in innovating solutions for happy parenting and childhood for a better tomorrow.
Sharad is a Chartered Accountant by qualification and also IIM-C alumni.
Prakash has over 30 years of experience and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Mahindra Retail, a part of the USD 17 billion, Mahindra Group. Prior to this role, he has worked at Pfizer, Hoechst India Limited, Coca-Cola, Mahindra Holidays, Essel Propack, Perfetti van Melle and Athena Group.
Prakash served for around a decade at Coca-Cola, holding various positions that included Controller for Nepal, Country Manager for Cambodia, Head of Business Development Indo-China and finally as the President of the Central Business Unit of Coca-Cola, India. Prakash has a long standing association with the Mahindra Group and was earlier the President of Mahindra Holidays, where he formulated a 10 year roadmap for the company which is now a reality.
Prakash is passionate about cricket and is an accomplished Sports broadcaster with both the BBC and All India Radio. Prakash has a Master's in Business Administration from the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune.
Anurag is a Partner in PwC's management consulting practice based in New Delhi.
He has a wide gamut of consulting experience working in business transformation, growth strategy, operating model & supply chain management across the domains of consumer goods, retail and e-commerce. Anurag has led large scale transformation projects with several Global and Indian companies to develop and implement solutions for growth.
He also brings experience in new age areas of analytics & digital marketing and is passionate about digital business disruption in traditional industries and the transformation of businesses through data driven insight.
Prior to his current stint at PwC, Anurag has worked with Accenture and Nestle in India.
Utsav Seth has over 21 years of experience in Manufacturing, Sales, Marketing, and Retail & General Management in India, UK & in Global roles of which 7 years have been with London based Foresight Group a US$ 1.25bln global conglomerate.
He is currently Group Executive Director spearheading development of premium branded retail in emerging markets with first phase focused at Indian subcontinent, Utsav is also responsible for all groups business units of footwear exports, manufacturing and global sourcing operations in Asia & Europe and is member of the Group's Global Strategy & Governance Board.
Prior to his current assignment Utsav has been a entrepreneur and has established two international joint venture in manufacturing & distribution of footwear materials with ICL - Germany & Pavers Limited UK, these businesses are successfully operating with highly professional and motivated multinational teams in India, UK & China.
Utsav was responsible for the group's joint venture with Pavers to win "UK Trade & Investments" India Business Award 2008 and has to his credit the #1 FDI approval - Retail for Pavers England in India. During 2013 Utsav was rewarded ET Retail Leadership award and in 2014 the brand has been voted as " India's Most Admired Single Brand Footwear Retailer".
Utsav a fitness enthusiast runs Marathon and is a Harvard Business School Alumni, YPO- WPO Member, Dip.in Organizational Behavior from INSEAD Fontainebleau, Fellow at the Institute of Directors in London & Fellow at Harvard Club of New York.
Manish Mandhana has been leading the 6000+ member organization for over 20 years. In his leadership, Mandhana Industries Ltd. has become a pioneer in the Indian textile and apparel industry, has achieved a market cap of over INR 9000 million and has been listed in the 'Fortune 500 Companies' for the first time in 2015.
Manish entered retail with Being Human Clothing in 2010. Mandhana Industries Ltd. has the global license to design, market and distribute the clothing brand. Since its launch in India in 2012, Being Human Clothing has been known as the fastest growth story in India as quoted by The Economic Times (ET).
Manish has been featured on international as well as Indian news channel for his entrepreneurial skills and has been awarded as the leader in bringing disruptive change at the 'Promising Entrepreneurs of India' by ET.
Benetton India Pvt. Ltd.
Woolmark Services India Pvt Ltd
Breadworks Gourmet Foods Pvt. Ltd.
The American Swan Lifestyle Company Pvt. Ltd.
HyperCity Retail India Ltd.
Asia Society of Visual Merchandisers
Sharvian Fashion Art Ltd (www.rangrage.in)
Retail in Action Ltd.
M V Shoecare Pvt. Ltd.
Red Sea Markets Co.
Minima Holdings S.A
The Natures Co.
Magnolia Solutions Pty Ltd.
Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate
SBI General Insurance Co Ltd
Reliance Brands Limited
VLCC Healthcare Ltd
Reliance Retail Ltd (Value Format)
Abercrombie & Fitch
Select Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd.
TNS Asia Pacific
Fiji Retailers Association
Intercoop House & Garden Cooperative
President & Founder Thai E-Commerce Association
Bradford University School of Management
PK Menon Pty. Ltd.
You are advised to contact the Indian Embassy / High Commission / Consulate in your country in order to obtain a visa of entry. Please apply for your visa well in advance. Your travel agent may also be able to help you. Delegates from Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka should apply minimum 6 weeks in advance. The Government of India has announced a scheme of granting Tourist Visa on Arrival for the citizens of:
Foreign passengers of countries not mentioned in the above list should ensure that they are in possession of a valid Indian Visa before they start their journey to India except nationals of Nepal and Bhutan who do not require visa to enter India and nationals of Maldives who do not require visa for entry in India for a period up to 90 days. A separate Visa regime exists for diplomatic/official passport holders.
The Consular Passport and Visa (CPV) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs is responsible for issuance of Indian visas to the foreign nationals for their visit for various purposes. This facility is granted through various Indian missions abroad.
Visa fees are non-refundable and subject to change without prior notice. The High Commission reserves the right to grant and decide the type/duration of visa irrespective of the fees tendered at the time of making application. Granting of Visa does not confer the right of entry to India and is subject to the discretion of the Immigration Authorities.
The instruction and information given here is general in nature, however for specific information, you may contact the respective Indian Mission.
Visa application form is available at the Indian Mission in the country where the applicant resides. Visa form for nationals of Pakistan and Bangladesh are generally different. All NRIs/PIOs, including children (who do not possess OCI or PIO card) need to apply for Visa in separate visa forms
Visas can be applied for in person or by post at the High Commission of India based in the country from where the candidate intends to depart for India. Specific visas are granted for a variety of purposes that are mentioned below:
Validity: 6 months. The applicant is required to submit documents in proof of his financial standing. Tourists traveling in groups of not less than four members under the auspices of a recognized travel agency may be considered for grant of collective tourist visa.
Conference Visas are issued for attending conferences / seminars / meetings in India. The letter of invitation must be submitted along with the visa application. In addition, you should augment you application for a conference visa by enclosing copy of permissions received from the Indian authorities. You may download the same here.
Delegates coming to attend conferences may combine tourism with attending conferences.
Visa with validity six months : US$ 30
Visas with validity one year : US$ 50
Visas with validity one to five years : US$100
Personal applications are processed the same day. Postal applications will take approximately two weeks.
New Delhi & Mumbai are the most used entry points for India and many International airlines connect them to all parts of the World. Other international airports at Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Goa, Amritsar, Trivandrum, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Mangalore, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Pune, Jaipur, Trichy, Kanpur and Lucknow too offer numerous options for travelling to India.
230-240V, 50 HZ. Sockets accept round pins. Should you wish to use appliances of 110 volts, some hotels may provide adaptors on request. It is advisable to carry universal adaptors.
A host of languages are spoken in India. English is widely spoken or understood except in rural areas.
The currency in India is the Rupee, which comes in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000. You are requested to use authorized money changers and banks to change currency. They will issue a certificate of exchange which is required at the time of re-conversion of any unused currency. Under the Foreign Exchange Management Act 1999, it is an offence to exchange foreign currency other than through authorized money changers or banks. The currency may be exchanged at the airport on arrival.
Most bank ATMs honor Visa, Visa Electron, Master & Maestro cards and you may use these ATMs also to withdraw money.
Most hotels, shops and other establishments accept credit cards. Master & VISA cards are accepted at almost all such establishments whereas some of them accept Diners and American Express cards as well.
If the visa, for stay in India, is for more than 180 days, following is the requirement:
All persons, except nationals of Bhutan & Nepal, leaving by air, road or rail have to fill in an Embarkation Card at the time of departure.
Every foreigner who is about to depart finally from India must surrender his Certificate of Registration either to the Registration Officer of the place where he is registered or of the place from where he plans to depart or to the Immigration Officer at the Port / Check-post of exit from India.
Passengers embarking on trips to any place outside India from a Customs airport/seaport will have to pay a Foreign Travel Tax (FTT) of Rs. 500 and Rs. 150 (subject to revision) on trips to Afganistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Srilanka and Maldives. No tax is payable on trips performed by ship from Rameshwaram to Talaimanar and in case of transit passengers, provided they do not leave the customs barrier. Transit passengers travelling by air who have to leave the airport on accout of mechanical trouble but continue their journey by the same aircraft and the same flight number by which they arrive are also exempt from FTT. Transit sea passengers leaving the ship for sightseeing, shopping etc. during the ships' call at any of the Indian ports will not be required to pay FTT.
Visitors are generally required to make a baggage declaration in respect of baggage and foreign currency in their possession. They are also required to obtain the Currency Declaration Form from the Customs. They should fill in the Disembarkation Card handed over to them by the airline during the course of the flight.
For passengers not in possession of any dutiable articles or unaccompanied baggage
For passengers with dutiable articles or unaccompanied baggage or high value articles to be entered on the tourist Baggage Re-Export Form. Dutiable articles or unaccompanied baggage or high-value articles must be entered on a Tourist Baggage Re-Export Form (TBRE). These articles must be re-exported at the time of departure. A failure to re-export anything listed on the TBRE becomes a payable duty levied for each missing item. The following duty-free possessions are permissible
For more and updated information kindly visit the Central Board of Customs & Excise website :http://www.cbec.gov.in/travellers.htm
There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency or travellers' cheques you may bring into India provided you make a declaration in the Currency Declaration Form given to you on arrival. This will enable you not only to exchange the currency bought in, but also to take the unspent currency out of India on departure. Cash, bank notes and travellers' cheques up to US$ 1,000 or equivalent, need not be declared at the time of entry. Any money in the form of travellers' cheques, drafts, bills, cheques, etc. in convertible currencies, which tourists wish to convert into Indian currency, should be exchanged only through authorised money changers and banks who will issue an encashment certificate that is required at the time of reconversion of any unspent money into foreign currency. Exchanging of foreign currency other than banks or authorised money changers is an offense under Foreign Exchange Regulations Act 1973.
Indian Rupees are not allowed to be taken out of India. Exchanging them before you depart is the best option. Banking facilities, for the conversion of rupees into foreign currency are usually located in the same airport hall as the check-in counters. It’s best to access these facilities before immigration as they are not available thereafter. All animal products, souvenirs, and trophies are subject to the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. The export of skins made from protected wildlife species is not allowed. As a general rule, avoiding such souvenirs that could be made of animal skins (except crocodile-leather goods) is best. Generally, items more than 100 years old cannot be exported without a permit from the Archaeological Survey, which has an office in Delhi. Reputable shops will provide you with the required permit or help you procure it. Items without permits will be detained by Indian Customs if they are believed to be over 100 years old.
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Please consult with your physician regarding health precautions prior to visiting India. If you are coming from or have visited Africa, South America or an area infected with Yellow Fever within five days prior to your arrival in India, proof of inoculation against Yellow Fever is required. The Organizers do not take responsibility for any individual, medical, travel or personal insurance. Participants are advised to secure their own insurance policies as necessary.
The Country Code for India is `91´. Landline numbers in major cities like Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore & Chennai have eight digits whereas the numbers in smaller cities could have only 4-7 digits. All mobile numbers are 10 digits.
Area Codes in India are referred to as STD codes.
International access code (`00´ or `+') followed by 91 and the 10-digit MOBILE NO., eg. +91 XXXXXXXXXX.
Dialing Within India
Local call - Landline no.
Long distance call - 0 then STD Code followed by Landline No.
Local call -10 digit Mobile No.
Long distance call - 0 followed by 10 digit Mobile No.
Local or Long distance calls
0 followed by STD Code, followed by Landline No.
Local Call - 10 digit Mobile No.
Long distance call - 0 followed by 10 digits Mobile No.
The international access code when dialing out of India is "00" (or `+' when dialing from a mobile phone).
In India both GSM & CDMA (WLL) mobile systems are present. Please contact your mobile service providers to check their roaming partners & tariffs in India. Indian SIM cards may not be easily available due to security restrictions.
Indian cuisine differs from region to region. The variety of food you get in India is outstanding. Generally Indian food is spicy and hot. The waiters can be told to make it less spicy. Many restaurants serve Continental, Chinese, Thai, Spanish, French. Mexican, Italian, Lebanese, Mediterranean, and other cuisines. American fast food is very popular and outlets are present in most cities and towns. Tipping is optional but a common practice in India. The usual practice is leaving a 5-10% tip for the services provided.
Tap water is not purified for drinking. Unless you have access to a water filter, or are sure water has been boiled, it is safer to stick to bottled water. Avoid ice in your drinks outside your hotel.
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