In a time of containment, while the market grapples with COVID-19, the business community searches for a way forward.

14th, 15th & 16th August 2020
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm


12:00 - 12:10 PM

The world is undergoing a massive transformation. Whether it is the result of over-exploitation of mother nature, or the consequence of China’s unique food chain, the world, as we know it, is going to change forever. And therefore we are hosting STIMULUS, trying to sift through the negativity and despair, and injecting the business world with hope, ideas and positive strategies. Opening this one-of-a-kind webinar, which is hosting 14 sessions, 71 speakers and thousands of eager individuals as the audience, we would like to welcome Mr. Suhel Seth and Mr. Ashish Kashyap, to set the tone of the discussions yet to come.

Suhel Seth
"Hard work is for mules. Mankind should work smart."Managing Partner, Counselage India
Suhel Seth is Managing Partner of Counselage. Advising Chairpersons and CEOs, across the globe, on branding and marketing. An avid speaker; theatre actor and columnist, Suhel also sits on various corporate and not-for-profit boards.

Stuti Jalan
"I Have a Dream"Founder, Crosshairs Communication
An award-winning entrepreneur, internationally recognized as an emerging woman leader – Stuti Jalan founded Crosshairs Communication – India’s niche Public Relations & Social media when she was 23 years old. She recently founded WIN - Women Inspiring Network that is powering up women with information and builds networks and create ecosystems for women to thrive lead & create.

Ashish Kashyap
"Stay foolish Stay Hungry"Founder & CEO of IndWealth
Ashish has recently launched INDwealth an AI based SuperMoneyApp for affluent customers. INDwealth is backed by Tiger, SteadView and Dragoneer. Prior to starting INDWealth, Ashish founded Goibibo and Co-founded PayU India. He sold ibibo to MMYT in one of the largest tech deals in India. Ashish holds "Economics (Honors)" from Kirori Mal College, University Of Delhi, India, IMPM Diploma, Insead, Fontainebleau, France, Master of Management, McGill University

Session 1 - Business in the Times of a Pandemic

12:15 - 12:55 PM

As the world reels under the unbelievable effects of COVID-19, there is a need to analyse how it is affecting the business of luxury world over. From China to Italy, the session will trace the trajectory of the relationship between COVID-19 and the global luxury industry. And zeroing on the home ground, how is the Indian luxury industry going to deal with this upcoming dismal scenario?

Ajit Pai
Ajit Pai is Officer on Special Duty at NITI Aayog, where he heads Economics & Finance, heads Banking, Insurance, & Financial Services, and oversees Public Disinvestment. He is also Consultant to the Vice Chairperson of NITI Aayog and is the nodal officer for the Ministry of Finance, its subsidiary departments, and Department of Public Enterprises.

Rajul Kulshreshtha
 CEO Madison"Everything is hard before it is easy."
27 years of media experience , with Agencies such as McCann Erickson, Publicis Indonesia, CNBC Asia Groupm India and Madison Media . Includes a 6 year stint as an entrepreneur with my own Agency called Xposure. Currently CEO at Madison India.

Manoj Dawane
You make your own luck if you stay at it long enoughFounder & CEO at VTION Media Analytics
Manoj has more than 25 years of professional and entrepreneurial experiences operating 'very large like Uttar Pradesh' as well as 'first man on board' enterprises. Extremely large Hi Tech Telecom (Ericsson / Airtel) business was first love, morphing into adjacent Consumer Internet ( rising star spaces and eventually Extreme Hi Tech Media Analytics space ( being three major verticals worked in. Connectivity, Consumer, Content...

Rajeev Arora
"I'm just a spiritual gangster serving a life sentence in a human body."Founder, Penny Per Word
Rajeev has over 27 years’ experience in establishing, running large businesses within his family accross sectors ranging from Textiles to Automobile. As an early investor in India’s burgeoning startup industry over the last decade, he has invested & collaborated with a large number of startups, mentored their teams and facilitated larger institutional participation as and when the opportunity presented.

Anjilee Istawal
There is no substitute for hard work: Thomas EdisonTelevison Journalist & Anchor
Journalist at work since 2001 on issues related to politics, environment and health. Anjilee is a bilingual journalist and currently hosts two news shows in Hindi and English with NDTV. She has been the face of NDTV's social campaigns related to environment and health. She is a wanderer at heart and has turned her wanderlust into a YouTube channel called 'Travel with Anjilee Istwal'.

Session 2 : Earth in Popular Culture

1:00 - 1:40 PM

With the current crisis scenario and the world awakening it has led to, what is the role of films and entertainment in the creation of a new, discerning eco-conscious culture in the Indian society?

Prahlad Kakkar
 Indian film director
Prahlad Kakar, Advertising Film Director, for Genesis Film Production, one of India’s oldest and foremost Ad film production houses since its inception in 1977. He has helped create memorable campaigns for brands like Pepsi “yehi heh right choice baby! Aha” Gold spot “the zing thing”, Maggie “2 minutes?” Britannia “ting ting ti ting”, Limca “Zor ka Jhatka”and Maggi Sauces “Its different”.

Vani Tripathi
"There are a billion stories waiting inside of us tell them now...Dream on!"Actor & Politician
Vani Tripathi Tikoo, an Actor and a producer by profession is one of the youngest ever member of the Central Board of Film certification popularly known as "censor board". Shes been a socio political acrivist and her campaigns and outreach programmes have focused on encouraging women's participation in politics and youth empowerment.

Vickky Idnaani
"Its as important to click with people as it is to click the shutter."Fashion & Film Photographer
Hes won 4 "Photographer of the Year" awards for 2019. A journey that started with shooting Femina covers of Aishwarya Rai & Katrina Kaif. Having shot the whoz who bollywood, his expertise lies in Advertising, Pre-wedding shoots and Portfolios of young Aspirants of the glamour industry whom he shares his experiences & prepares them for Showbizz.

Sandip S Singh
Hard work and confidence are the only way to successFilm Maker
Sandip S Singh is an indian filmmaker, As a CEO of Bhansali Productions, he has made films like Rowdy Rathore, Shirin Farhad ki Toh Nikal Padi, Saraswatichandra (TV Series), Ramleela, Mary Kom, Gabbar is Back, Post Bhansali Prodcutions he started as an idndivdual producer and made films like Aligarh, Sarabjit, Bhoomi and PM Narendra Modi.

Vikas Gupta
Life ain’t Fair it never was and it will never be but yet we have to live it and win ItProducer , Balaji telefilms & ex Bigboss
Vikas Gupta is the youngest in the workd to head MTV programming and totally under qualified as per the industry standards. He was the creative director at Balaji before Mtv’s and was heading their top shows such as kyunki to kis desh. Post which he started his own production house lost boy productions. He is known as the mastermind by the general public cause of his play and appearance on the reality show BIGGBoss and he is the only player who has been on the show for the last three seasons.

Session 3 : Zooming Ahead with Green Wheels

1:45 - 2:25 PM

With eco-consciousness on a rise world over, and India’s dipping sales in luxury cars, how is the automobile industry equipped to handle the crisis? Is the Indian automobile market taking a direction towards electric and eco-friendly vehicles? What is the status of the infrastructure to support the same in India (such as electric car charging points)? How is the resale value of electric cars in India?

Dr. Sheetal Jain
"The mind is everything. What you think you become." - BuddhaCEO and Founder, Luxe Analytics
Sheetal Jain is founder and CEO of Luxe Analytics, a luxury market consulting firm based in New Delhi. She is a luxury market strategist, researcher and consumer behavior expert credited with conducting India’s first quantitative study on luxury consumer behavior. Her research work has been published across several international and national refereed research journals, books and other reputed publications. She has been widely covered across print, electronic and digital media as a thought leader in the luxury domain.

Raghu Nayak
"The greatest risk in life is not taking one at all"Managing director Friendly group of companies
Friendly Group is a conglomerate of companies with a pragmatic approach, striving on a microlevel to achieve our groups' individual missions. With pioneership and entrepreneurial spirit at the core of what they do - Friendly Group has spread over several industries of local importance: Automotives, Realty, Food Technology, Hospitality and Logistics.

Jatin Ahuja
"Hardwork Never Goes Waste"Founder, Big Boy Toyz
Mr. Jatin ahuja is an entrepreneur and his passion for the industry saw him initiating his career at the age of 17. He identified his true love for cars and concentrated on this idea. With his dedication and relentless pursuit we have seen him build Big Boy Toyz as one of the strongest names in the luxury automotive industry.

Hemant Arora
If its impossible, its great news - You have a goal.CEO / Business Head at Lamborghini & Aston Martin - New Delhi
20 Years plus professional experience majorly in luxury business.Started from the bottom to be where I am today and the most important lesson I have learnt is "People buy People" and love luxury for what it is and the experience it brings.Most satisfying part has been to build businesses into successful ventures for investors,consumers and people involved.

Ramesh Somani
The Speed of the Boss is the Speed of the teamEditor in Chief, Exhibit Magazine & BBC Top Gear India
Mr. Ramesh Somani is the Founder and CEO of the Exhibit Group. He also serves as Editor- In-Chief and Publisher of Exhibit Magazine, India’s largest Tech and Lifestyle Magazine. He has been writing on technology, automobile, start-ups and gadgets at large for the last nine years. Recently he is also helming BBC Topgear India - the world's largest and most creative motoring media brand as Publisher & Chief Editor.

Session 4 : Challenges for Made in India Fashion Brands

2:45 - 3:25 PM

Even though Indian fashion brands are exquisite with exemplary craftsmanship, what does it take for a Made in India brand to become a global and a financially successful brand? What are the challenges in the way, specially in a post-COVID world?

Nonita Kalra
 Editor, Harper's Bazaar INDIA
Nonita Kalra has over three decades of media experience, in print and television and is an influencer in fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Currently the editor of Harper's Bazaar India (since March 2016), she has worked with organisations like India Today, Business World, UTV, BiTV, Mans World and The Indian Express.

Tarun Tahiliani
"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts"Designer
Setting out to create the image of India Modern, Tarun Tahiliani is a brand that straddles the present while rooted in India’s heritage of draped form and tradition of artistry. These quintessential techniques of craftsmanship, imbibed with love across generations, are made globally astute through the cut, construct and finish of Tarun Tahiliani silhouettes. Each creation exemplifying the guiding philosophy – “all that we were and more.”

Abhishek Agarwal
"It is better to roughly right than to be precisely wrong"Founder & Director at Purple Style Labs
"Abhishek Agarwal (Monty) holds a Bachelor and Master of Technology Degree in Aerospace Engineering from IIT Bombay. Coming from a business family background and combined interest in premium fashion, prompted to start Purple Style Labs (PSL) in 2015. PSL was started with a vision to organise Indian Fashion Designer's industry and help designers scale their business. PSL acquired Pernia's Pop-Up Shop, the leading E-commerce platform selling multi-designer brands globally."

Session 5 : Retail to E-Retail

3:30 - 4:10 PM

Luxury ecommerce is on the rise, but mainly with accessible brands. Do you see the Indian rich making high-value, new (not pre-owned) purchases online? Will jewellery specifically, a category which sees traditional selling practices, see a rise in online selling? And what does that bode for physical retail?

Smita Jain
"The Future is the most expensive luxury in the world" – Thornton WilderDirector, MGLUXM, SP Jain school of Global Management
Over a 8 years over experience in Luxury education across dynamic markets such as Europe, Middle Est & India. Luxury Coach and trainer with specialised focus on training for luxury goods and services. Specialised Expertise in Curriculum Design, Branding & Strategic Luxury Management Programs, Luxury Training & Pedagogy & Corporate Partnerships.

Sachin Jain
"Incredible things can be done simply if we are committed to making them happen." - SadhguruMD Forevermark
"Sachin Jain is the President of Forevermark – a wholly owned subsidiary of the world’s largest diamond producer – De Beers Group. At Forevermark, Sachin effortlessly juggles between multiple responsibilities whilst spearheading the business affairs of the brand. Forevermark has been the most exciting phenomenon in the global diamond business and he leads the growth and formation of Forevermark in the Indian subcontinent."

Biren Vaidya
Luxury for me is an aspiration for a Brand through an experience and /or product with a continually changing horizon.MD, Rose Group
An entrepreneur, an innovator, a dreamer and an expert, Biren Vaidya is a name synonymous with creativity & artistry. He spearheads an organisation which is considered as one of India's leading purveyors of jewellery, watches & lifestyle accessories. He has designed jewellery and watches for notable international luxury brands such as Versace, Forevermark & Franck Muller.

Bhavna Jasra
Live life queen size ! If it can be done, it shall be done!Principal Artist, Owner, First Impression
Bhavna Jasra is India’s premier Life Casting Artist ! Her career spans over 18 years, has 7 franchises & her client list involves the best in business, sports, Bollywood & politics including Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. These not only make great personal joys but make the best gifts as they remain fondly forever in the receiver’s home & hearts ! Hence she rightly describes her concepts as “Art with a Heart” !

Sujata Assomull
“The Fight is no longer between the classes or the rich and the poor, its between the idiots and the eco-conscious” Vivienne WestwoodFashion Advocate, Founding EIC
London born and raised, Sujata Assomull was the founding editor in chief of Harper's Bazaar India. Having worked at ELLE India, Indian Express and Verve, she also has been the communications director of Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Jimmy Choo in India. She has worked as an image consultant for projects for Raymond Group and Lakme Beauty Salons.

Session 6 : The Role of Art in Mobilising World Change

4:15 - 4:55 PM

With the rise of new technologies, Artificial Intelligence and 3D Printing are no more the future, but the present. However, do both these technologies possess a threat to the traditional world of art and bespoke? Or are these a boon?

Bose Krishnamachari
There are no rules to art'. This is one of my own frequently used sayings, regarding the freedom that one possesses while practicing art.Founder Kochi Biennale
Artist and independent curator, Bose Krishnamachari lives and works between Mumbai and Kochi. His diverse artistic and curatorial practice includes drawing, painting, sculpture, design, installation and architecture. Bose Krishnamachari is the co-founder of the Kochi Biennale Foundation, the organization behind the initiation of India’s first Biennale - the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in 2012, which he also co-curated. He has served as President and Biennale Director of the Foundation till date, overseeing four successful editions of the Biennale so far.

Dinesh Vazirani
The benefits of art are derived across generations. The present generation may enjoy its beauty and the next may enjoy its financial appreciationCo-Founder Saffron Art
"Dinesh Vazirani is the CEO of Saffronart, a leading international auction house at the forefront of selling Indian art, which he co-founded with his wife Minal in 2000. Over the last two decades, Saffronart — under Dinesh and Minal’s leadership — has led the auction market for modern and contemporary Indian art, created world record prices in art and antiquities, and positioned themselves as thought leaders through several successful conferences, talks and panel discussions."

Puneet Shah
“Art is the language that transcends all barriers”Founder, Akara art
Puneet Shah is the Director of Akara Art Gallery. Founded in 2009, Akara Art was initially an advisory and dealership, which expanded into a gallery program in 2015 with an aim to specialize in exhibiting Modern & Contemporary Indian Art. His clients rely on his market knowledge and advice, which caters to their personal tastes as well as financial considerations making it possible for them to make informed decisions.

Shalini Passi
There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds. ― G.K. ChestertonFounder & Director, ShaliniPassi Art Foundation & MASH
"ShaliniPassi is the Founder and Director of the ShaliniPassi Art Foundation, and of MASH (My Art Shalini) - the online arts platform that collapses the hierarchical distinctions between architecture, art, craft, design, and fashion, by eliciting a rich discourse around creativity in modernity. Shalini is an established art collector and artist, who sits on the Advisory Board of Khoj since 2012and is an important Patron of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale"

Angelique Dhama
"I didn't get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it."Chief Marketing Officer, OBEETEE
"Renowned as the luxury expert at OBEETEE, Angelique Dhama has an extensive understanding of the high-end retail industry. Her remarkable resume includes positions at Timex, Lladro, Jimmy Choo, La Perla and Swarovski, and her accomplishments include being instrumental in driving the Timex store growth from 38 to 125 stores in India in the first two years. In 2005, Angelique received the Corporate Excellence Award for her outstanding career in luxury retailing which led to her being chosen as one of the 100 most talented retail professionals in Asia."

Session 7 : Strategies to WIN in a post-COVID world

5:00 - 5:40 PM

COVID-19 has altered the world around us. Businesses, consumers and societies are rethinking traditional methods, preferences and ideas. This session aims to discuss how businesses will change and what tactics they can adopt to start and win afresh in the post-COVID world.

Shweta Punj
"“If not us, who? If not now, when?” John F Kennedy"Deputy Editor India Today magazine
Shweta Punj is an award-winning Journalist, Author and a social entrepreneur. She is Deputy Editor with India Today magazine. A journalist of over two decades, she has reported in depth on some of the most defining policies of various governments in the United States and India. She co-founded the Whypoll foundation which was targeted to integrate technology with governance and built the first women safety app in India.

Hindol Sen Gupta
 Indian Historian and Journalist
"Hindol Sengupta is a Visiting Fellow at ORF. He works at the intersection of sustainable development, society, culture and policy. Hindol is an award-winning author of nine books. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a Chevening scholar at the University of Oxford. Hindol’s forthcoming book on India-Pakistan relations, The Truth About Neighbours, will be published by Penguin Random House in autumn 2019."

Devita Saraf
Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it.Founder & CEO, VU technologies
As the first Indian woman to build a major technology brand, Devita Saraf is recognized as a business leader, unconventional thinker and a role model for future entrepreneurs. She is Chairman & CEO of Vu Televisions, the leader in the premium television segment and the largest manufacturer of 4K TVs in India. Devita studied management at Harvard Business School and has been listed as one of Fortune's Top 50 Most Powerful Women in India.

Aditi Balbir
It is not the strength of the body, but the strength of the spirit (LOTR)CEO and Founder V Resorts
Aditi is the Founder & CEO of V Resorts, an asset light hospitality company that runs resorts in the upscale offbeat segment of the Indian leisure Industry. Within a span of less than 6 years, Aditi has led the company’s expansion to 150 resorts across 20 states in India, making it the first branded resorts of its kind in the offbeat travel category.

Madhu Joshi
Become a motivation everyday to yourself and to othersPartner & CMO,DrumUP
"With over 18 years of experience in corporate and brand marketing Madhu Joshi has successfully handled senior level responsibilities in several companies like Pidilite Industries Ltd, The Park, Leela Venture Ltd. and Accor India & South Asia. She has handled various brands in area of marketing and corporate communication, Public Relations, brand management and marketing. Madhu is now an entrepreneur and is the partner and CMO for Drum Up Media, an integrated marketing firm."

Closing Note

5:45 - 6:05 PM

As the world reels under the unbelievable effects of COVID-19, there is a need to analyse how it is affecting the business of luxury world over. From China to Italy, the session will trace the trajectory of the relationship between COVID-19 and the global luxury industry. And zeroing on the home ground, how is the Indian luxury industry going to deal with this upcoming dismal scenario?

Anil Shetty
“If India needs to do well then every Indian must do well. In this time of crisis we all must come together to support each other to grow“Indian Social Leader
Anil Shetty is an Indian social leader, time investor, entrepreneur, author, activist and a motivational speaker, based in India. He is the lead campaigner of "Save Govt Schools" movement in Karnataka. Anil Shetty has been involved in various community projects for bus drivers, police constables, pourakarmikas, underprivileged students, and the deprived classes.

Madhu Avalur
Think Big. Start Small.MD, Angaros Group
Madhu Avalur is a serial entrepreneur, experienced investor and global advisor since 1995. He has a stellar track record of assembling core global teams, leading people and creating extreme value for founding teams and investors, with double digit millions in dividends and enterprise value. Culturally sensitive and internationally traveled leader, Madhu sees himself as a Student of life.

Amit Gupta
Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities, by Frank Llyod WrightFounder, Curator, Editor-in-Chief | STIR Founder, Director | vis a vis
"Amit Gupta is an entrepreneur who ventured into the world of art, architecture and design in 1997 , establishing the first Indian architecture and design gallery – vis a vis. Gupta recently founded STIR (See. Think. Inspire. Reflect), a platform for the dissemination of ideas, knowledge and innovations in the field of design, architecture and new-media art. STIR offers itself as a global media house and curatorial agency."

Sumit Choudary
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" by Leonardo Da Vinci.Author rules of Game
"Dr Sumit Chowdhury is a global thought leader in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Smart Cities, Digital Economy, Telecom. He is the Founder and investor in Gaia Smart Cities, Sesovera (a company working in Machine Learning on the edge), and Sensez9 a company focused on automation in the delivery of Health care operations . He is a Visiting Faculty at Carnegie Mellon University (USA) & member of Dean’s Advisory Council."

Srinivas Kollipara
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.” – AristotlePartner Hunch Ventures
"Srinivas is a Partner at Hunch Ventures. With over 25 years of international experience in product strategy, product management & BD, his true passion is helping startups to scale. He is best known as the Founder of T-Hub, India’s leading startup engine. Srinivas is President of Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) India, Board Member of GEN Space, on the S. Asia Advisory Board for the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics at MIT, a Member of the CII National Startup Council, and advisor to several governments & organizations on building innovation ecosystems."

Stand Up

6:05 - 6:30 PM

As the world reels under the unbelievable effects of COVID-19, there is a need to analyse how it is affecting the business of luxury world over. From China to Italy, the session will trace the trajectory of the relationship between COVID-19 and the global luxury industry. And zeroing on the home ground, how is the Indian luxury industry going to deal with this upcoming dismal scenario?

Jeeveshu Ahluwalia
"Jeeveshu is a corporate guy who did various jobs such as a Door to Door Salesman, Movie Hall Usher, Pizza Delivery Boy and then finally landing as a Director of an IT firm only to give it all away to become a Stand Up Comic. Having performed over 2000 shows in various countries and all over India he is happy being on stage rather than being a corporate honcho whose mother hounds him to get married again!"

Session 1 - Business in the Times of a Pandemic

12:00 - 12:10 PM

The society was already on the path to becoming greener when COVID-19 struck with full force. Will this episode accelerate the world’s awakening towards vegetarianism, better waste management, fair treatment towards animals, and other similar causes? Will the world see a rapid shift from consumerism to environmentalism?

Abhay Gupta
Luxury is ordinary for the extraordinary and extraordinary for the ordinary.Founder & CEO Luxury Connect
Author of the book ‘The Incredible Indian Luxury Bazaar’, Gupta, recognized as the 'Luxury retail icon of the year 2012' by Asia retail congress, has won several awards across India, SEA and GCC regions. Featured in 'India's top 100 most influential men of luxury for 6 consecutive years in a row, he has also been on the panel of jury members for ‘Luxury Lifestyle Awards, Asia. Additionally, Gupta has been acknowledged as the 'Most Influential Retail professional & Retail leader across Asia - GCC and Africa: 2016, 2017 & 2018' by Asia Retail Congress.

Neha Lulla
“Ask, believe, receive.”Celebrity Jewellery Designer
Based in Mumbai, Neha Lulla Is known for her avant-garde and exquisite design style in fine jewellery. With Over 10 years of creating her brand Neha Lulla Jewellery, she has grown strength to strength and received many accolades at various platforms. Identified as a celebrity Jewellery designer, her statement pieces have been adorned by various celebrities, industry leaders and influencers time and again. Through her devotion to the beauty of fine design, Neha continues to create intriguing and complex jewellery for the modern woman.

Pria Kataaria Puri
 International Celebrity Fashion Designer
Pria is a multitalented woman of countless talents. Not only is she an internationally acclaimed designer but also a global citizen as she is an avid globe trotter. She has been wearing many hats through-out her illustrious career which began almost 17 years back. Her mission to take Indian fashion ahead globally and connecting to a large audience is bearing fruit with her dedicated exploits as she launched a celebrity chat show. Having won the ‘Bharat Yuva Ratna’ award along with ‘Bharat Vikas Award’ along with “ASIAN ACHIEVERS AWARD”(DUBAI) “,GR8 KALVINATOR AWARDS” ,”MASALA AWARDS “(dubai) .”DHL FASHION FAST TRACK AWARD “. for designing women’s wear as well as BETTER HOME AWARD, & TASSEL FASHION & LIFESTYLE AWARD for breakthrough television host. Pria Kataaria Puri has received vast recognition for her work since she started her label. Her collections are available in boutiques in USA, Europe and the Middle East.

Sahil Malik
 Managing Director, Da Milano
With a passion for all fine things and the zeal to be where he is today, Sahil Malik, Managing Director, Da Milano profoundly believes in enduring what you love and rest all falls in place. After an academic stint at NIFT, Malik joined the family business which then was a two-retail store business in the capital city of Delhi. While pampering the affluent customers, who are in the realm of competitive international tastes, Da Milano has now become an aspiring brand. His aim was not only to cater to the affluent, but also to create a sense of brands among the growing bourgeoisie then, and the elite now! His vision, as seen with the growth of the brand pan India and international to about seventy stores now, encapsulates the growth of retail structure; with presence in every distinguished mall of the country now, his is the grassroot contribution to the evolving concept of branding in India. Building a brand in the segment has been an arduous journey. Ideas were considered Utopian, even thoughts of embellished or colored bags or leather luggage were considered non-marketable. Leather was always to be for classes. To have ensured that it is for classes in masses and to have created a yearning for the same in masses was and is an accomplishment to cherish a lifetime.

Session 1 : The Changing Landscape of Media

12:15 - 12:55 PM

While the dynamic media landscape has never been still in the recent years, it might see an extraordinary transformation in the coming months and years. What will those changes be? How will content consumption change? And what will the new media consumer demand in a post-COVID world?

Ritu Kapur
 CEO, The Quint
Ritu Kapur is the co-founder and CEO of The Quint and Board Member at Oxford University’s Reuters Institute Of Journalism. She is also a Board Member of the World Editorial Forum at WAN-IFRA (World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers) and Future News Worldwide (in partnership with British Council) At The Quint, Ritu is focused on scaling the innovative digital media venture, offering a combination of high-value digital journalism and storytelling.

Milee Ashwarya
‘Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.’ Roald Dahl Editor, Penguin
Milee Ashwarya is the Publisher of Ebury Publishing and Vintage Publishing at Penguin India. She has been responsible for establishing and spearheading the publishing vision and list at Penguin Random House India for over a decade, identifying new trends and exploring new genres. Her focus has been on championing the best and new voices in fiction and non fiction while publishing a range of bestsellers across segments.

Shreyams Kumar
Joint MD, The Mathrubhumi Printing & Publishing
"""Joint Managing Director at the Mathrubhumi Printing & Publishing Company Limited, publishers of the Mathrubhumi Daily and 11 other periodicals, including the travel monthly Mathrubhumi Yathra and film & lifestyle magazine Mathrubhumi Star & Style. Mr. Shreyams Kumar is the Global Vice-president of International Advertising Association. He is also the Vice-Chairperson of News Broadcasters Association."""

Anurag Batra
If you make your hobby your profession, you don’t have to work and life is a blessing. Editor in Chief Business World
One of the youngest Media Mogul from India Dr. Annurag Batra is a serial Entrepreneur and a mentor to many successful entrepreneurs.Dr. Annurag Batra is a man of many talents and someone who adorns many hats. Dr. Annurag Batra is an entrepreneur, an author, an angel investor and a TV show host and the founder of the iconic exchange4media group and Chairman BW Businessworld group.

Session 2 : Cutting losses, Helping During Tough Times

1:00 - 1:40 PM

Travel, hotels and the F&B industry have probably seen the maximum losses during this COVID lockdown. But dealing sensitively with the issue, many establishments world over have taken it in their stride and tried to do their bit in these tough times. The session will discuss some inspiring examples of how hotels and F&B institutions have helped during COVID, while also discussing how they can rise out of the ashes once the world is healed and back to business.

Priyanka Bhal
Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you. - Friedrich NietzscheFounder/Editor, The Dram Attic
Priyanka Blah, has for over a decade now, helmed international brands over a global geographic footprint. From strategising for craft spirits to curating talent, Priyanka has straddled the universe of Luxury using her well-honed skills in tonality and communication. Priyanka is best known in the global hospitality circles as being the founder of Dram Attic: a portal dedicated to experiential marketing in the spirits and cocktail space. She continues to use this venture to sharpen the consumer edge for the hospitality industry worldwide.

Avneet Singh
"Every man has but one destiny"Founder, Medusa Beers
"Avneet is 27 years old entrepreneur. Post gaining lauds and praises in startup industry for 2 years, the fire in him led him to be the founder and CEO of Medusa Beverages Pvt. Ltd in April 2017. Soon after, in January 2018, Avneet channelized the commercial production of the first variant in the name of ‘medusa premium strong beer’, with a whooping turn-over of 70 crores. His skill and knowledge aids the brand to elevate at greater heights."

Dr. Ankur Bhatia
The only constant in life is change. ED, Bird Group
A software engineer by education, I was the pioneer of BPO in India. As ED of the Bird Group I head various businesses including my entrepreneurial venture Roseate Hotels & Resorts that owns and operates luxury hotels not just in India but in UK as well. My other ventures include iSkate, Bird Mobility and BirdApps. I also brought Amadeus brand to the Indian sub-continent in 1994, which today is the market leader in providing travel technology for travel agents & airlines.

Chetan Jalan
Being an entrepreneur, one should always look for a combined growth model and eye towards expansion!Founder of ChaloHoppo
"For the past 5 years, Chetan has worked with regional communities across north-east to facilitate localised tourism & worked closely on a model on inclusive growth. ChaloHoppo is the leading travel outfit catering to north-east, while Collectors Studio is a newer initiative to showcase and bring traditional handicrafts from different communities to the world."

Pooja Gogia
"Promise me you'll never stop dreaming. - Melina Marchetta, Australian WriterDirector Saltt Catering
"Pooja Gogia is a Food Entrepreneur and Lifestyle Influencer with a huge appetite for success. Food for her is more than just passion. The driving force behind developing and furthering her family-owned catering, dessert gifting and event planning businesses, she leaves no stone unturned to deliver nothing short of excellence. With her brands Shakkr and Saltt she keeps oscillating between leaving legacy untouched and reinventing to stay relevant."

Session 3 : Beauty with Sustainability

1:45 - 2:25 PM

The millennial and Gen Z consumer is moving away from mass consumption slowly, and seeking more value in their purchases. They want their ideal brands to not only be aesthetic, but also have a further meaning in their purpose. How are brands incorporating designs with sustainability? How are design-led and home brands ensuring sustainability for the environment and the society? The session will discuss some examples while also offering strategies on how luxury brands can climb the pedestal by being sensitive and logical while building their products.

Sandeep Nair
"It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment. - Cicero"Co-founder Audire
Sandeep Nair is a co-founder of Audire Technologies, India’s premier high end AV and automation systems integrator. Launched in 2008, Audire represents some of the world’s finest high end audio video brands in India, including Meyersound, Dolby SLS, Barco, Wilson Audio, Dan D’Agostino and dCS. He has a PhD in Digital Marketing, with an emphasis on future marketing trends. He has a great passion for music and cinema, and extends his passion towards the work he does at Audire.

Yogesh Chaudhary
 Director, Jaipur Rugs
"Yogesh Chaudhary provides Jaipur Rugs the strategic direction it needs to explore business opportunities in the domestic and global markets. Under his leadership, the company has increased its global presence to over 65 nations, from just two a decade ago.He is an expert in international marketing and has a deep understanding of the global rug industry, which has put Jaipur Rugs on an impressive growth trajectory."

Pierre Arnaud
"Every great design begins with an even better story." -- Lorinda Mamo, designerMD, Ultraconfidential
After arriving in India, Pierre completed an eight months internship with Ultraconfidentiel Design. In the year 2016, Pierre was entrusted with the complete management of the company business in India. Being well connected in the Business circles of India, he was soon appointed as the Foreign Trade Adviser by the French Prime Minister in New Delhi Area, India.

Seetu Kohli
 Interior Designer
"Seetu Kohli, an architect & Interior designer by profession, has a passion to enhance the contemporary lifestyles by making living a complete experience, ""Luxury a way of life and life a pleasure to live”. Seetu Kohli is not just a name. She is a brand herself. The brand Seetu Kohli Home represents several Global Luxury brands like Ralph Lauren Home, Armani Casa, Fendi Casa, Bentley Home, Bacarrat, Ritz Paris Home collection, Trussardi Casa, Bugatti Home, Roberto Cavalli Home, Etro Home interior, and Gianfranco Ferre Home."

Jahan Tahiliani
Desire is individual, happiness is common. American singer songwriter Julian Casablancas. 
Unlike his aesthetically inclined father, Mr. Jahan chose to undertake the operations and finance side of business. Handholding the home and interior business of Mr. Tarun Tahiliani, Mr. Jahan is currently overseeing all operations at Tahiliani Homes, from sourcing land, financing, project management, sales and post sales services. As a reflection of his success, Tahiliani Homes has delivered Rs 100 crore worth of inventory for its clients, starting from 2016 when it was set up.

Session 4 : Leading with a Fairer Hand

2:45 - 3:25 PM

As companies increasingly give importance to diversity, the world has seen a steady, healthy rise in women leadership and entrepreneurship. Scientifically proven to be better leaders due to their high emotional quotient and ability to empathise, women are taking the world with a storm. This session will discuss how women are charging the reins better than men, what makes them preferred leaders and how can women leaders tackle the problems the new world will bring after COVID-19.

Bandana Tewari
 Lifestyle Journalist
"Bandana Tewari is a lifestyle journalist and sustainability activist. She writes for The Business of Fashion extensively on a variety of topics from indigenous ‘made-by-hand’ economies of India and Indonesia, to transgender and LGBTQ representation in fashion. For Paro Good Earth, her writing focuses on ancient Indian wisdom—Vedanta. Bandana is a TEDx speaker. She travels the world speaking in conferences about mindfulness in the luxury business, with a special focus on Gandhi & Fashion—a speech that focuses on sartorial integrity."

Deepa Narayan
 Author and Social scientist
Dr. Deepa Narayan is the author of the ground-breaking book, Chup: Breaking The Silence About India's Women and the founder of Chup Circles and Conscious caring. She was Senior Adviser at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and named one of 100 most influential global thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine in the USA .She is a TED speaker, and her recent talk focuses on how to support women in leadership.

Amulya Tipirneni
“I am a 100 % responsible for all my experiences ..”Founder The Earth Love
A budding entrepreneur, driven towards building a space that can gently move my fellow beings towards self-awareness and eco-consciousness. With a Bachelors in Journalism and a diploma in Apparel Management, I spent over a decade of my life, studying the art of Yoga. The Earth Love, an online marketplace for all commodities: vegan, recyclable, sustainable, organic and natural; was a passion project, seeking to combat the harsh impact of climate change, to bring about a gradual yet meaningful difference. I aspire to build a conscious shopping culture with this initiative.

Pragati Sureka
"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." ConfuciusClinical Psychologist
"Born in 1975, Pragati Sureka is a  seasoned BPS licensed Clinical  Psychologist, with more than 15 years experience in this field . She is  based in Kolkata. Apart from her academic qualifications, she has to her credit various diplomas like Diploma   in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Kornash, The Lifestyle Management School); Occupational Health Psychology (University of Nottingham); Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Depression and Anxiety (Beck Institute, Philadelphia) and Performance Coaching (London). She has professional credentials from Harvard Medical School (Boston) and University of Cambridge . "

Neena Maini Malhotra
A goal without a plan is just a wish”New Age Luxury Business Coach & Lifestyle Blogger
"Formerly an ex-managing Editor, Ogaan Media, Neena’s experience with global luxury Brands has catapulted her into an honest interpreter of aesthetics and global etiquettes. Her varied 15+ years career across retail media, and luxury experiences have motivated her to grow as an educator and mentor young minds. A certified global etiquettes coach from Sabira Merchant, she trains diverse professionals on their people packaging skills and helps align their individual achievements to organizational goals."

Session 5: Navigating through post Covid-19 for Luxury Watches

3:30 - 4:10 PM

The post COVID-19 scenario is as tough for luxury watches as for any other industry. While the watchmaking process remains traditional, it has seen an influx of new marketing strategies and technologies, thus modernizing the industry as a whole. What are some of these changes and how will the watch industry tackle the situation ahead?

Mitrajit Bhattacharya
Life Money Can't Buy"Founder, The Horologists Founder, The Corner Room Project"
"Mitrajit has been among the longest serving publishers in Indian media and among the most influential commentators in the world of horology. He has written more than 400 articles in various publications and authored two books titled Life Money Can’t Buy and Grand Hours. When not delving into the complex world of mechanical watchmaking, he is enjoying the good life thrown around this fascinating industry and meeting eminent personalities like John Travolta, Buzz Aldrin, Leonardo DiCaprio and Salma Hayek to name a few."

Rahul Kapoor
Often we neglect long term vision for long term planning. Be carefull not careless.Founder, Indian Watch Club
Rahul Kapoor focuses on Niche and Ultra Luxury Brands. A market which 99% of Luxury "experts" refuse to acknowledge as they don't understand it.

Sarosh Mody
The master does not pursue perfection but meditates in his practise - S.ModyDirector Luxury Watch Works
"Sarosh Mody is the founding director of Luxury Watch Works. Based out of Mumbai with a pan-India reach. His after- sales service workshop is authorised for 20 Swiss luxury brands by Group Richemont, LVMH and other noteworthy, independent watchmakers. With an industry experience spanning over two decades, Mody has led projects for watches and jewellery by way of advisory, media, retail and after-sales services."

Session 6

4:15 - 4:55 PM

The business of social media is seeing a massive modification. From lockdown challenges to keep their audience engaged to spreading information, influencers have to take new, strategic steps to show their empathy and measured opinion in the current, unstable time. This session will discuss the fresh role of influencers, novel styles of communication and the need to alter messaging in a post COVID world.

Barkha Singh
"Realise deeply that the Present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life" - Eckhart TolleDigital influencer
Barkha Singh is one of the top digital actors in the country and has starred in numerous web series. She is also an internationally acclaimed and awarded travel and lifestyle content creator and an entrepreneur. An ardent supporter of animals rights, Barkha uses her free time to rasie awareness and funds for animal welfare.
Puja Talwar
 Good times
"Executive Editor Lifestyle and Entertainment with Good Times. Broadcast Journalist for over 25 years , I was Editor Entertainment and Anchor with NDTV for 20 years. Having reported extensively on lifestyle, features and cinema, video and print. Am working on my debut novel, love coffee, dogs and working out."

RJ Meenakshi
Punjabi - nirbhau , nirvair Hindi - mann ka ho to accha, mann ka no ho to aur bhi accha English - Stay hungry, Stay foolishMY FM
RJ Meenakshi was chosen as India's number 1 in 2014 & represented India in the International Radio Festival, Zurich, Switzerland. Where she won the No.1 RJ in India and her show was relayed in 46 countries. Very recently she won the Best RJ India at New Jersey, America. She is a 2 times TED Speaker and has also been the youth Ambassador for Punjab Elections 2019.

RJ Kartik
Kar Dikhao Kuch Aisa ki Duniya Karna Chahe Aapke JaisaMY FM
Rj Kartik is the Most Followed Rj in India with more than 7.5 Million + followers on various social media platforms (Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Tiktok, Twitter). Rj Kartik is an Award Winning Radio Host & a Storyteller. Rj Kartik hosts the Breakfast Show Salaam Jaipur on 94.3 My FM. Rj Kartik also uploads Monday Motivational Stories.

Roshni Chopra
we are spiritual beings having a human experience.Actress
Roshni Chopra is a well known actor and anchor seen in popular seies like "comedy nights with Kapil" & "Comedy Circus" & presenter of various cricket & sports programs. Winner of the reality show "Desi Girl". Founder of clothing brand @rcdcindia.

Closing Note

05:20 - 05:35 PM

The world may seem dreary and daunting. But looking at the brighter side, people are spending quality time with loved ones and are safe at home, while the globe heals and breathes. We end STIMULUS by discussing how we can keep up our hopes, stay healthy, and continue our professions with a renewed enthusiasm and energy, as we wait for the air to clear for a happier world.

Eshaa Amiin
Quitting is easy , hanging in till the end is Difficult but worth it !!Bollywood Celebrity Stylist
"Eshaa Amiin has styled endorsements, films, & media appearances for stars including the likes of Ishaan Khattar ,Karisma Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Kumar, Bipasha , Lara Dutta,chitrangda , Sania Mirza and many more. Eshaa has been the Fashion Director for Femina miss india Founder of ‘The style elevator ‘ a style consultancy for weddings & wardrobes & the creative director for ‘ Eshaa Amiin label"

Rocky S
 Founder & Creative Director Rocky Star
"Driven by his passion for design and his tenacious commitment to quality craftsmanship, Rocky Star, over the last two decades has built a fashion and lifestyle portfolio to reckon with. Founder and Creative Director of the label, Rocky Star, his contemporary, neo- Victorian designs, with the use of Indian techniques, form the core philosophy of the brand. His designs have received international acclaim on fashion runways globally. Rocky’s invaluable contribution towards showcasing Indian inspired designs in globally relevant styles on international platforms, tell tales about his determination to revolutionize Indian fashion."

Sophie Choudry
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of her dreamsSinger, actor & former VJ
Singer, actor and former VJ, Sophie Choudry has carved a niche for herself in B-town with her versatility. From her hit music singles over the years to her red carpet style statements, from her unique hosting style to her love for dance, she is truly an all rounder! Safe to say she lives out of a suitcase as she spends majority of her time performing at live gigs around the world!

Stand Up

6:05 - 6:30 PM

The world may seem dreary and daunting. But looking at the brighter side, people are spending quality time with loved ones and are safe at home, while the globe heals and breathes. We end STIMULUS by discussing how we can keep up our hopes, stay healthy, and continue our professions with a renewed enthusiasm and energy, as we wait for the air to clear for a happier world.

Manish Tyagi
 Stand Up
Manish used to be a Commander in the Indian Navy before he decided to become a Stand up Comic sometime in 2014. He has done about 300 solo gigs across multiple cities in India, New Zealand, Australia and some other countries. Manish has also a Motivational Speaker who has spoken at Josh Talks, 14 TEDx conclaves & is also a regular with corporate gigs.

The current scenario has declared the market slow-moving or outright stagnant, hence prompting players with skin in the game to look for effective STIMULUS from distinguished individuals, who have been dealt similar cards before.

So we have taken the initiative to stir things up by bringing together intellectual minds from across the luxury spectrum for a two-day webinar for ‘Listening, learning & everything in between’

Our webinar, STIMULUS, is designed to not increase but cut through the volume of rhetoric surrounding the current surreal situation. During the sessions, our curated panel of speakers will be giving insights into their complex minds, methods, an examination of their process and how they see through the existing and consequent problems.


  • To help you make informed decisions & undertake inspired action.

  • Understand the mutant future of the industries in question.

  • To be able to identify the bright spots.

  • To figure out stable, effective strategies.

  • Nurture the wisdom to execute attained insights.

Who should enroll?

  • Business owners

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Students of business & luxury

  • Senior employees & executives

  • Brand Managers