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Mrs. Sudha Pillai

Mrs. Sudha Pillai is an Independent Director of Jubilant Life Sciences Limited. She is a post graduate in Psychology (gold medalist), Punjab University and in Public Administration, Harvard University, USA with special areas of interest in Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on Employment & Growth, Macro Economic Policy, World Food System, Equity in Rural Development Policy, Leadership & Mobilization of Group Resources.

Mrs. Pillai joined the Indian Administrative Services in 1972 with Second Rank on all India basis. She has served as Subollector and District Collector, Trivandrum, Chairman & Managing Director of Kerala Finance Corporation, Secretary Finance (Coordination), Govt. of Kerala, Principal Secretary (Finance) Govt. of Kerala. She has also served as Joint Secretary, Department of Company Affairs, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Mines and other positions under Govt. of India. She has contributed immensely in promoting reforms and legal system in India. She has contributed to liberalise industrial licensing regime. She has also contributed in drafting of the Companies Bill, 1993, Panchayats Extension to Scheduled Areas Act, 1996, processing amendment of the Constitution of India, enactment of Unorganised Workers’ Social Security Law, 2008, implementation of Bundelkhand Package 2009-12, formulation and implementation of New Land Use Policy for Mizoram 2009-12 and implementation of Integrated Action Plan for Naxal affected districts 2010-12.

Mrs. Pillai has rich experience in policy formulation relating to Technology Transfer, Foreign Investment and Competition Law, National Skill Development Policy and Safety, Health & Environment at Workplace. Mrs. Pillai has served as Member Secretary of Planning Commission (India) in the rank of Minister of State and has served as member of high powered bodies on infrastructure development.

Mrs. Pillai has attended many conferences in India and abroad and in some of them, she has led the Govt. of India delegations.

She was an ex-officio member of National Highway Authority of India, Indian Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd. and the Central Councils of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Institute of Company Secretaries of India & Institute of Cost Accountants of India. She has also served on the Boards of National Skill Development Corporation and Apollo Tyres Ltd. She was also a member of the Board of Trustees of National Skill Development Corporation.

Ms. Shalini Kamath

Ms. Shalini Kamath is an Independent Director on the Board of Borosil Glassworks Ltd. and Graphite India Ltd. She is also on the Advisory Board of TRRAIN (Trust for Retailers and Retail Associates of India). She is the Chairperson for FICCI - Women on Corporate Boards Mentorship program.

She is a Certified and practicing 'CEO & Leadership Coach.

She has close to three decades of work experience in three distinct fields - Human Resources, Business Development and Social & Community Development and across two continents - India and Africa.

Her Human Resources Career spans close to a decade and half with Group HR Head positions for Chevron Texaco India ( Oil & Gas), Star India ( Media & Entertainment ), KPMG India ( Consulting, Audit & Taxation) and Ambit Holdings ( Financial Services & Investment Banking ). Apart from reporting to the Group CEOs, She was a key member of the Executive Leadership Team in each of her assignments. She has designed and introduced various programs related to 'Start-Up' Management, Cultural Integration, Change Management, Organization Capability Development, Redundancy , Policy formulations, Talent & Performance Management, Remuneration & Benefits, Employee Engagement & Welfare, Corporate Social Responsibility, etc. She is a 'Strategic Partner' to the businesses in providing business linked people solutions through change, renewal and transformation. In addition, her role in managing the Corporate Communications function at Ambit Holdings has given her the experience in building a strong Corporate Brand, both externally and internally.

Prior to her roles in HR, she was the Deputy Marketing Director at Raytheon India. She was responsible for Business Development as well as management of large multi-million dollar programs in the areas of Defense & Commercial Electronics and provide support towards EPC contracts for large infrastructure projects across India.

Ms. Kamath began her working career in Zambia and Botswana in Southern Africa. Over a decade, she worked with the Governments of both the countries on several Educational, and Social & Community Development projects. She acquired extensive experience in tripartite partnership projects related to community oriented income generation programs.

She is an MBA graduate from Edinburgh Business School, UK. She has been trained at Harvard Business School in Change and Transformation.She is an alumni of CSC Global leadership program.She is a certified Zenger Folkman Leadership4you trainer & facilitator

She is a member of the HR Committee of Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI). She is an excellent communicator and has addressed several forums and seminars.

Mr. Rashesh Shah

Mr. Rashesh Shah is the Chairman and CEO of the Edelweiss Group

Mr Shah has spent over 25 years in the corporate and financial markets sector and is one of the leading spokespersons for the industry.

He started Edelweiss in 1996 that has since grown into one of India's leading diversified financial services conglomerates. The '270 billion Edelweiss Group is present across all significant areas of financial services including Credit, Housing Finance, Financial Markets, Commodities, Asset Management and Life Insurance. The Group has 240 offices in 125 cities, including eight international offices in New York, Canada, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mauritius, Nigeria and Chad with headquarters in Mumbai, India

He is passionate about financial services and the role it can play in translating India’s vast savings into investments; thereby powering economic growth and development. Under his leadership, Edelweiss has combined technology, innovation and growth oriented entrepreneurship with a strong focus on risk management to become one of the more successful, stable and well respected financial services companies in India. Finance Asia, Hong Kong ranked Edelweiss as India’s Best Managed mid-cap company in 2013 and 2014. A regular commentator on macro- economic policies, development matters and financial markets in the mainline and financial media, he serves on the Boards of various companies and public institutions.

He has previously been on the Executive Committee of the National Stock Exchange and also on the SEBI (Stock Exchange Board of India) committee to review Insider Trading Regulations. He currently serves as Chairman, Maharashtra Council of FICCI and is a part of the Directors Forum formed by corporate stalwarts under the aegis of the FICCI Center for Corporate Governance seeking to improve the quality of board-level governance in Indian industry.

An MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, he also holds a Diploma in International Trade from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi. A voracious reader, a fitness enthusiast and an avid runner, he has recently participated in a triathlon and continues to participate in marathons across the globe.

Founders’ Profiles

Shalini Kamath

Ms. Anjali Bansal is Managing Director of Spencer Stuart India, which she was instrumental in establishing. Based in Mumbai, she also co-leads the firm’s Asia Pacific Board & CEO practice.

Anjali works in various geographies across the United States, Europe and Asia, advising companies on Board governance, CEO and senior executive search and succession planning.

Earlier, Anjali was with McKinsey & Company in New York and Mumbai. She is a recognized expert and a frequent commentator on Corporate Governance, Board and CEO succession.

Anjali serves on the boards of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Pharmaceuticals India and Bata India Limited. She is on the Advisory Board of the Columbia University Global Centers and a trustee of the United Way of Mumbai. Previously, she chaired the board of FWWB, a leading development and livelihood promoting institution.

She chairs the FICCI Women on Corporate Boards programand is a Charter member of TiE. She serves on the Managing Committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry and of the CII Women Empowerment Committee.

She has been listed as one of the ‘Most Powerful Women in Indian Business’ by Business Today and by Fortune Magazine.

She received a Master’s degree in International Finance and Business from Columbia University, New York and Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Gujarat University.

Founder Members

Mr. Keki Mistry
Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Harsh Goenka
RPG Enterprises
Mr. Satish Reddy
Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd
Mr. Deepak Satwalekar
Independent Director
Mr. Kuldip Dhingra
Berger Paints India Ltd
Mr. Shailesh Haribhakti
Independent Director
Mr. Saroj Poddar
Adventz Group
Mr. Uday Khanna
Bata India Ltd
Mr. Narayan K. Seshadri
Independent Director
Mr. Manoj Mohanka
Independent Director
Mr. Ashok Jha
Former Finance Secretary
Government of India
Mr. Kiran Karnik
Independent Director and
Former President, NASSCOM
Mr. M S Verma
Former Chairman
State Bank of India
Mr. R S Sharma
Former CMD
Mr. Rashesh Shah
Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd
Mr. V. Thyagarajan
Independent Director
Tata Consultancy Services
  Mr. V. Balaraman
Corporate Director, Consultant/Mentor
Polaris Consulting & Services Ltd