Tuesday, June 30, 2009

June 2009 appointments

June 2009
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1 - Dr Enas A. Enas – 1 pm (?)
2 - *V. Sreeram – 1 pm; *Sharada Ramanathan - 5 pm
3 - Ananth Govindan – 1 pm (?)
4 - *Achyut Menon – 11 am; *Vaishali Dassani – 1 pm; *Roy de Souza - 2 pm; *V. Rajagopal – 4 pm
5 - *Padur Subramania Sastrikal – 1 pm; Arangetram - 6.30 pm (?)
6 - *Dr David V. Rajan - 12.30 pm; SAE Workshop; Atiti (drama) - 6.45 pm (?)
Sun 7 - *T. T. Srinivasaraghavan - 7.45 am; *Organic Supermarket - 9.30 am; *SAE Workshop - 4.45 pm
8 - *Vaidya Nathan - 1 pm
9 - *Sury Balasubramanian - 7.30 am; *Christopher Todd, James Thomas - 1 pm
10 - *Dr Kishore Murthy - 12 noon; *Vijay Anand - 1 pm; *Kam Tejwani, Anil Lala - 4 pm
11 - *Alok Ohrie – 1 pm; Nagraj Bhargava - 4 pm (?)
12 - *Ramesh Padmanabhan - 12.30 pm; *Radha Nath - 2.30 pm
13 - *K. Ravichandran - 1 pm
Sun 14 -
15 - *Murali Mahalingam - 2 pm
16 - *Ravi Pandit - 11.30 am; *Suresh V Chari - 1 pm; *Atul Hemani - 3.10 pm; *Saurabh Tripathi - 4 pm
17 - *Mylapore Venkata Bhaskar - 7.30 am; Dr Yaswanth Venkatraman - 1 pm (?)
18 - Sudeep Jain - 1 pm (?); Jayant Jain - 4 pm (?); Abdul Majeed - 5.30 pm (?)
19 - *Pradip Maity - 11.50 am; Latha Ramanathan - 12.30 pm (?); *Anupam Pahuja - 3 pm; *Ganesh Ayyar - 5 pm
20 - *Krishna B. Kumar - 9.15 am; *Prahasithaji - 4 pm (Nag)
Sun 21 - *M. S. Krishnan - 7,30 am (Nag)
22 - *Sudeep Jain - 1 pm; Macmillan $$
23 - *Dr Yaswanth Venkatraman - 1 pm; *Latha Ramanathan - 4 pm; *Jayant Jain - 5 pm
24 - *K. R. Girish - 11 am; *Arvind Mathur - 1 pm; Nagraj Bhargava - 4 pm (?)
25 - *Bhavani Balasubramanian - 1 pm
26 -
27 - *Jeb Brugmann - 3.3.0 pm
Sun 28 - *Jeyaraaj and Jaysri - 7.30 am (Nag)
29 -
30 - IIM Indore
(* means 'met/spoke'; $$ Awaiting confirmation; ? Didn't happen)

Jayshree Raveendran

Jayshree Raveendran, Founder and Managing Trustee, Ability Foundation, Chennai (www.abilityfoundation.org)
June 30, 2009, 9.30 pm (In Indian Institute of Management, Indore)

Jayshree Raveendran - Videos










Ability Foundation is a bridge between people with and without disabilities

What is disability

Why should options in education courses be restricted for people with disability

Benefits in preparing a city for people with disability



How technology helps people with disabilities

Corporates can appropriately employ people with disability

Software for people with disability should be accessible

Treat people with disability as anyone else, don't isolate them

There is nothing like 'normal' or 'special' or 'challenged' or 'differently abled' -- why compare

People with disability want a level-playing field, to be able to do what they want to do

People with disability want a level-playing field, to be able to do what they want to do

International Film Festival on Disability

Statistics about disability collected through Census

Driving has nothing to do with hearing

Deepak Pental - Videos


How can agriculture productivity of oilseeds be increased

In agriculture, there is a conspiracy to underestimate the importance of technology


We have done nothing in cattle-breeding


Our crop productivity is stagnating

Mustard oil research to remove pungency, and make mustard oil better than olive oil

Management education has to move to the third stage, with long-term vision

Three-year MTech courses in Materials, Nuclear Science, and Organic Synthesis, with one year spent abroad

Women constitute about eighty per cent of new jobs of college lecturers, and they need support in their mid-career

Deepak Pental

Deepak Pental, Vice Chancellor, Delhi University
June 30, 2009, 2 pm (In Indian Institute of Management, Indore)

IIM Indore

'The Journey of Excellence' Conference, Indian Institute of Management, Indore
June 30 - July 1, 2009












Monday, June 29, 2009

N. Ravichandran - IIM Indore

N. Ravichandran, Director, Indian Institute of Management Indore (http://www.iimidr.ac.in/)
June 29, 2009, 10.30 pm Topics

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Purpose of conference is to present management in a broader perspective


What can be the outcome of the motivational conference

Newer areas that come into the purview of management



Global competitiveness and India centricity are the goals of the Institute



Addressing needs of Madhya Pradesh -- Dr Kalam's message

Along with the traditional routes, the option to be socially relevant is available to students

Ravi, in the second innings

Will we do a programme for politicians

Mukesh Ambani and Narayana Murthy in the campus

The day is not far off when Indore will be on the IT industry map

Are the newer private B-schools posing a competition to IIMs

Is the expectation from IIMs high



Good sign that professionals are taking interest in public life

Is the academia-industry interaction a one-way traffic

Can the campus begin working with the industry

Academia contributing independent directors to corporate Boards



In due time we will have something to showcase to the media

A course to study company history

CEOs get the advice they seek

Corporate CEOs get cocooned and thus comfortable

How about a workshop for CEOs organised by IIM in a village

Do campuses get the due support

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Jeyaraaj and Jaysri

JT Jeyaraaj Krishnan and Jaysri Jeyaraaj Krishnan
June 28, 2009, 7.30 am (Nag)







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Top thoughts from a business perspective and music

Inspiration from parents, school and teacher, which has resulted in the passion that goes into music

Medical transcription, and the outlook for the industry



Skills gained in medical transcription can be useful in other fields

Tips for time management and anger management

Views about the young generation

Before you look at yourself as a treasury manager or investment banker, you should have the ability to dirty your hands in operations

After finishing CA, I started off at a desk giving statements of accounts to customers

One indicator of performance

How work can be interesting, be it in banking or music

Successful bankers will be able to see the stories that financial numbers tell

A key macroeconomic variable is the balance between banks' growth and asset quality

When will economic recovery happen

Can music be a full-time profession

Corporate sponsorship can greatly help music, and research projects

Observations about audience reactions to classical music


Is there enough of classical music in individuals' life

Today's concert will have a song in Amrithavarshini raga, because Chennai needs rains

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Jeb Brugmann

Jeb Brugmann, Author, 'Welcome to the Urban Revolution' (Harper), Toronto, Canada (http://www.jebbrugmann.com/)
June 27, 2009, 3.30 pm




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India growing as an urban nation rapidly

What brought me to Tamil Nadu, Madurai, is a smokeless chula project, in collaboration with C. K. Prahalad

Findings of the recent report on urban poverty in India



Dharavi issue is an example of how the Government in Maharashtra is abandoning what's native in favour of foreign models

What Mumbai is doing is what the US did, a better example is in Brazil

Effective city building depends on tailoring solutions to each neighbourhood, rather than borrowing outside models

Indian cities are searching for the magic bullet, abandoning the heritage

Bangalore has lost its way

Big corporate campuses are examples of monumentalism

Different types of corporate leader personalities in India

NURM is an example of how India is getting itself organised to play the game of catch-up

How the US concept of 'urban renewal' is about destroying communities built by poor migrants

Products rejected in the home market are getting imported into India

What are the indigenous models of urbanism in India -- Temple city, Chowk, Mohalla


Infosys campus is the modern walled city

Shopping mall can be perceived as undemocratic, and inward-looking

Slum, a negative labelling by middle-class

Social capital in Dharavi, economic specialisations in Tamil Nadu

How the Thevars have progressed in Madurai

Centrality of family as an economic unit and also a unit of solidarity has led to chain migration

Detailed economic study of Dharavi is required


What is the current status of Dharavi, Mumbai

Observations about Slumdog Millionaire

The world doesn't understand what's happening in India

Author reading his book

How are architects responding to urbanism ideas

My next book -- 'The Ecology of Prosperity'

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bhavani Balasubramanian

Bhavani Balasubramanian, Partner, Deloitte Haskins & Sells, Chennai
June 25, 2009, 1 pm




Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Srinivas Kasa

Srinivas Kasa, General Manager – Sales, Texas Instruments India (TI), Bangalore
June 25, 2009, 3 pm $$

Nagraj Bhargava

Nagraj Bhargava, COO, Synaptris
June 11, 2009, 4 pm (?) (Resch. June 24, 4 pm) (?)

Arvind Mathur

Arvind Mathur, Chief Architect-Global Services, Sify Technologies
June 24, 2009, 1 pm
Arvind Mathur




Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Jayant Jain

Jayant Jain, Executive Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt Ltd, Chennai
June 18, 2009, 4 pm (?) (Resch. June 23, 2009, 5 pm)




Latha Ramanathan

Latha Ramanathan, Executive Director, PwC, Chennai
June 19, 2009, 12:30 pm (?) (Resch June 23, 2009, 4 pm)




Monday, June 22, 2009

Sudeep Jain

Sudeep Jain, IAS
June 18, 2009, 1 pm (Resch. June 22, 1 pm)
Sudeep Jain


Sunday, June 21, 2009

M. S. Krishnan

M. S. Krishnan, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
June 21, 2009, 7.30 am (Nageswara Rao Park)
M.S. Krishnan




Saturday, June 20, 2009

Prahasithaji

Prahasithaji, Guide, Oneness
June 20, 2009, 4 pm (Nageswara Rao Park)




Krishna B. Kumar

Dr Krishna B. Kumar, Senior Economist, RAND Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School of Public Policy
June 20, 2009, 9.15 am




Friday, June 19, 2009

Ganesh Ayyar

Ganesh Ayyar, CEO, MphasiS
June 19, 2009, 5 pm
Ganesh Ayyar




Ganesh Ayyar - Videos


Providing greater industry context necessary in chartered accountancy course

With business relevance CAs can be a bridge between finance and business


Will technology improvements make accountants redundant

The HP Way

Strategic vs Operational CEO

Disastrous if CEO believes he has to operate from his room

When people become bigger than organisations

What are the sources of my inspiration

A meeting of high-potential people in a non-traditional environment

My mantra is 'details'

How to gauge openness to learning

Would team sports as a finishing module make people employable



Decision making without undue delay

What is empowerment of employees to decide

Fear of failure can make managers not use their full power to decide

Was it a good landing -- A perspective

Is engagement of employees measurable

Forum for expressing ideas -- An initiative to save a dollar a day

Large organisation is made of small organisations

Need for context at the rank and file level -- Example of VIP security

Connecting the measurable micro goals to organisational contribution



Discipline around knowledge management is a big challenge

Company with discipline can derive better ROI from technology tools

Views about the young generation


What students can consider when choosing an engineering course

A dream I'd like to chase later -- Starting a school

Self-sustenance creates excellence -- Example of a school

Education through facilitators managing physical environment and domain experts leveraging technology

Leaders have a job to do

Outlook for IT services industry in India

Why companies have to look at newer options, when faced with trimmed budgets

Learning curve benefits vs Nimbler players who leapfrog the cost of learning

A story from my early days as a salesperson

Budget expectations of the IT services industry

Anupam Pahuja

Anupam Pahuja, Managing Director – India, SumTotal Systems, Inc
June 19, 2009, 3 pm - 4 pm
Anupam Pahuja




Anupam Pahuja - Videos


Remembering my teacher

My presentation at a seminar on 'building pride in organisations'


Pride vs Arrogance

Our work at making organisations better by making employees better

Measures of employee, both in terms of skills and competencies, should be continuous

Hierarchical vs Consultative process in performance appraisal of employees

Linking compensation to performance

Visibility of organisation is essential during downturn -- Example of American Airlines

What is innovation


Lot of potential for saving energy costs in the IT sector

Views about young generation

Do HR departments in organisations get the right talent

HR is a key piece in the organisational jigsaw

Tools for HR to move from being tactical to playing a strategical role

People with the right mindset move on and adapt to changes

Career planning by matching one's strengths to the map of organisation's requirements

Importance of HR in public sector organisations

Will best employers begin attracting employees who pay to work there

Pradip Maity

Pradip Maity, Industry Sales Director, Structural Solutions, Bentley Systems
June 19, 2009, 10.30 am - 12 noon (Resch. 11.50 am-12.20 pm)




Pradip K. Maity - Videos



Solutions for the structural engineering community, in analysis and design

Assisting steel and concrete workflow, for structural engineers

Projects that used our products -- including Delhi Metro

Integration of applications, to ensure data interoperability

Efficiency and cutting-edge technology required in global projects

Priorities of companies during the downturn

Takeaways from Singapore projects are efficiency and accuracy

Quality focus has increased, with international players participating in Indian infrastructure projects

Are today's engineers able to cope with new technologies



Role played by college teachers in introducing students to current industry practices

Projects using steel vs concrete

Importance of infrastructure maintenance to ensure its longevity

How affordable are Bentley solutions for the Indian market

Mood among show participants is one of expecting recovery

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Abdul Majeed

Abdul Majeed, Auto Analyst, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Chennai
June 18, 2009, 9.15 am (Resch. 5.30 pm) (?)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Mylapore Venkata Bhaskar - Videos













Plans to expand to 25-30 restaurants in 3 years

Do we have statistics on organised restaurant business in India

Wrong to say that the family-oriented restaurants have not delivered

We want to democratise the process of coming up with new recipes in our restaurant

Chirpiness and fun that 'Masala' in our restaurant name suggests

Recipe events coming up in Myilai Masala restaurant

Working on standardisation of brand, restaurant ambience, kitchen and service processes

Dubai and western Chennai -- venues for new restaurants in the next 6 months

Standardisation is the key word, and local customisation even in foreign restaurants will be minor

Celebrities are switching over to vegetarianism


Indian consumers are conscious of value-for-money

Opportunities for centralised business models in restaurant

Importance of customer perception in restaurant business, as in retail

Share of packed foods in retail sales

Short shelf-life for a quick turnaround

Brand registration has to happen in restaurant, before we move to campus outlets

Model of small restaurant or food-court in malls and other places

Do good things, rather than merely stop with listening to good things

Start somewhere, when you want to do good


Greatest challenge in restaurant industry is manpower

Part-time employment model has to happen in restaurant business, but there are regulatory restrictions

A recent post in my blog -- 'Anything more than a Santro'

Brick-and-mortar space offers opportunities to experiment many things for augmenting revenue

No limit to bringing into restaurants different international vegetarian cuisines

The entertainment dimension of our business

Subsets within the vegetarian segment, including the organic-food avid

Can we cater to someone designing their own dinner over the web

Remembering my teacher

One most valuable work lesson -- Take your work seriously, but keep your composure in tact

Views about the young generation

Leader has to make every member of the team feel that he has an equal role to play

Effective communication is talking what the other man understands -- Example of information that makes sense to a cook

Industry can influence policy-making by communicating the big picture to the authorities

What can be done about the low entry barrier in the restaurant business

Impact of slowdown on retail

Story behind 'Mylapore' in my name

Mylapore Venkata Bhaskar

Mylapore Venkata Bhaskar, CEO, Vinoosh Foods and Entertainment P Ltd, Chennai
June 17, 2009, 7.30 am (Nageswara Rao Park)




Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Saurabh Tripathi

Saurabh Tripathi, Partner and Director, The Boston Consulting Group, Mumbai
June 16, 2009, 4 pm
Saurabh Tripathi




Saurabh Tripathi - Videos


We cannot afford to drop the reform agenda for banks

BCG research shows that half of financially-excluded households can be served profitably


How NBFCs can supplement bank finance for SMEs

Creative thinking required to make NBFCs function in an enabling environment

ATMs vs Mobile phone based banking


Will India leapfrog the credit card and e-commerce penetration

Financial services through mobile phone vs Bank account

Mobile phone based transactions can replace cash, with an ecosystem of enough scale

Bank consolidation, a hot topic in Government circles

What's exciting in the non-life insurance space



Performance of private non-life insurance players

Potential for the Indian health insurance market

Will we see fresh joint ventures in the insurance sector

Observations about liberalisation of capital flows

Observations about liberalisation of capital flows

We are going to see Basel III towards a new paradigm of risk management

Does India have a say in the framing of global banking regulatory standards

Performance of the US Fed vs Indian RBI

Potential for the Indian health insurance market

Will we see fresh joint ventures in the insurance sector


Observations about liberalisation of capital flows

We are going to see Basel III towards a new paradigm of risk management


Does India have a say in the framing of global banking regulatory standards

Performance of the US Fed vs Indian RBI

What are the constraints under which Indian public sector banks operate

Are public sector banks pressurised to lend to X or Y

Full potential of Bancassurance yet to be realised

Indian public sector banks moving from one phase of technology to the next

ROI of CBS not rigorously tracked

Do overseas branches have relevance for Indian banks

Lack of size prevents our banks from taking a leadership position when funding cross-border deals and big infrastructure projects

On microfinance and micro-insurance

Banks in the microfinance space

Is technology for Indian banks priced right

What prevents us from adopting the best practices in banking technology

Market dynamics, rather than coercion, will drive bank interest rates

Implementation of unique identifier for every citizen will impact financial services in a big way


Banks in China vs India

Atul Hemani

Atul Hemani, Managing Director, Omnitech InfoSolutions Ltd
June 16, 2009, 3.10 pm




Atul Hemani - Videos





Challenging times stir innovation



Disaster recovery and business continuity services

Building awareness about emergency response, as CSR

Views about the young generation

Suresh V Chari

Dr Suresh V Chari, Founder and CEO, 8K Miles (http://www.8kmiles.com/)
June 16, 1 pm
Suresh V. Chari




Suresh V. Chari - Videos


Logic behind company name 8K Miles and the motto



How the business model was evolved

A technical expert in a village can take up a project in US -- Example of Jagannathan in Trichy

Process for verification of people through id proof, and online exam, screened biometrically

We are planning to offer a few tests free

Sales professionals can even create a virtual company in 8K Miles and get projects for software developers


Revenue model based on usage, subscription, project completion

Remuneration depends on skill level of software professionals

Platform not only for freelancers but for SMEs too, which find it difficult to market their software talent



Virtual staffing is relevant during recession and also normal times

Project manager can help identify value in a price-war situation


VCE gives visibility of a project in progress

Remembering my teacher

The 'green' aspects of 8K Miles

At employee end a computer and broadband connectivity are needed

Timings are flexible

Cost advantage by eliminating intermediaries and overheads

Security ensured in the virtual environment through controls, as in physical space

Indian workers are creative and they need flexibility

Technical experts can contribute despite lacking in soft skills

Not just IT professionals, but also other functional experts are targeted by the platform

We intend tying up with a training company, to offer projects for trainees and students

College Departments can also deliver project results, with the guidance of the Professors

Students can build their resumes by highlighting their strengths and interests, to discover market potential

How I started Myilai Masala restaurant

Ravi Pandit

Ravi Pandit, Chairman, KPIT Cummins Infosystem
June 16, 2009, 11.30 am
Ravi Pandit




S. B. (Ravi) Pandit - Videos


Our focus is on embedded software for the electronics used by the automotive industry



With the role of embedded electronics going up, cars are becoming more complex

Future trends in embedded electronics for cars

New ecosystem emerging for the automotive industry addresses the complete use of electronics for the cars

Most of the existing automotive players will have to re-look at their business models

Progressive 'shift from the atom to the electron' as applied to car

On moving from chartered accountancy to embedded automotive electronics


What will drive changes in public transport

Efficient mobility solutions required in developing countries

Electronics in car vs commercial vehicles

Greening of the car happens with greater electronics embedded, and also with IT use in car manufacture

We are in engine control systems for cars

Green subsidies currently given by Governments for automotive industry


SaaS model for electric cars -- the Israel example that can be followed by power-surplus States in India

Great industry to be in

Views about the young generation

We are slowly finding reaffirmation in our culture

Language will cease to be a barrier, but we need to nurture depth in Indian language

Guidance for students on the course to choose (in Marathi)

Students undergo pressure for excelling, and parents are progressively realising how little they know


Remembering my teacher


Economics, a critical subject that gives a broader perspective of all human actions

Information or transportation, anything of value should not be given free, else it will be wasted

Inclusive growth essential, society is like one piece of cloth, you can't tear it away without affecting fibres all across

Organise your computer face time, lest you get swayed by the instant

To foster innovation, get the right people and leave them to themselves

Ideal city has a place for everyone