FMB Connect '18


Industry / Practice specific forums tailor made for sharing of information, experiences and best practices. Anchored by FMB Alumni and featuring special invitees, these forums are designed to expand your business network and capabilities. Special deal boards and networking tools will provide one-on-one opportunities.

  • Dedicated Industry Networking Room with  specific time slots and special invitees for 6 Industry Groups- Financial Services, Infrastructure & Real Estate, Textile & Apparel, Chemicals & Pharma, Digital Marketing and Innovation & Diversity.
  • Industry Deal Boards for Posting and locating industry specific business opportunities- IT & ITES, Supply chain & Logistics, Pharma, Textiles , Financial Services, Chemicals and Pharma, Metals, Infra and Real Estate, Packaging and Printing, EXIM, Bulk buying Aggregations

  • Unique colour coded ID tags to recognise networkers by industry /business category


Explore contemporary business and management techniques with India's leading practitioners and thought leaders. A must-attend series of thought provoking and learning sessions that will energise your competitive advantage.

Session 1

The Big– Big Picture- A Leader's view of the business environment

An Interactive spotlight and a Macro view of the global business environment from eminent thought leaders . Featuring Dr. Ajit Ranade, Chief Economist, The Aditya Birla Group, and a glittering panel moderated by Dr. Tulsi Jaykumar, Programme Head- PGFMB.

Session 2

Value, Values and Valuation- The masterclass on Growth and Value Creation

A unique masterclass, led and curated by Mr. Arun Gupta, one of India's most successful entrepreneurs, private equity investor and advisor to business leaders. This provocative session will equip ambitious entrepreneurs with game-changing tools and techniques for exponential growth and value creation.

Session 3

Mindset for Dreaming Big- The SPJIMR Jugalbandhi

Featuring Mr. S. Gopalakrishnan, former Director, Tata Sons and Executive in Residence at SPJIMR, and SPJIMR's Dean, Dr. Ranjan Banerjee, this much acclaimed, wildly popular and highly interactive jugalbandhi between two of India's most eminent thought leaders, will challenge stereotypes and question status quo thinking as they throw light on what it takes to dream big



"DARE TO DREAM" - The Growth and Networking Conclave
10.00am OnwardsRegistration
10.30am to 11.30am

Industry Networking Session 1

Financial Services - Resources on Tap

Industry Networking Session 2

Innovation & Diversity - Ideas for the next generation

11.30am to 12.30pm

Industry Networking Session 3

Digital Marketing - Building Brands in a Digital World

Industry Networking Session 4

Chemical & Polymer - Rising again

12.30pm to 1.30pm

Industry Networking Session 5

Infra & Real Estate - The Changing Dynamics

Industry Networking Session 6

Textile & Apparel- What’s in Textiles for me?

12.00noon to 2.00pm LUNCH
 Workshops & Masterclass
2.00pm to 3.00pm

The Big - Big Picture

Macro view of the business environment from eminent thought leaders

  • Keynote by Dr. Ajit Ranade, Chief Economist, Aditya Birla Group
  • An interactive panel discussion featuring eminent strategists, chaired by Dr. Tulsi Jayakumar, Programme Head, PGP-FMB, SPJIMR
3.00pm to 5.00pm

Value, Values and Valuation

A masterclass on Growth and Value Creation

  • Featuring Mr. Arun Gupta, Serial Entrepreneur, Renown Private Equity Investor and Advisor for iconic businesses.   
5.00pm to 5.45pmHigh Tea
5.45pm to 6.45pm

Jugalbandi : Mindset for Dreaming Big

  • A scintillating and interactive session by two of India's eminent strategic thought leaders, Dr. Ranjan Banerjee, Dean SPJIMR and Mr. R. Gopalakrishnan, Former Director, Tata Sons and Former Chairman Unilever Arabia.    
6.45pm to 6.55pmIntro to Chief guest
6.55pm to 7.20pmKeynote Speech, Ashok Goel, Chairman & Managing Director, Essel Propack Ltd.
7.20pm to 7.30pmSpecial Felicitation of FMB Legend Shri Bapuji Rameshwarlalji Kabra
7.30pm to 8.00pmAward Distribution
8.00pm OnwardsVote of thanks followed by Dinner


Mr. Ashok Goel
Chairman & Managing Director
Essel Propack Ltd.

Ashok Goel hails from Hisar in Haryana and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Kurukshetra University. He started his career by looking after the family's trading activities and has been involved in setting up various manufacturing businesses including Essel Propack.

Over the last three decades, Mr. Goel has helped expand the company globally at strategic locations, set up Greenfield business, and spearheaded several critical acquisitions and joint ventures. Under his stewardship. Essel Propack has witnessed a solid growth and currently boasts a turnover of USD 368 million. The laminated plastic tubes manufactured by Essel Propack cater to world's leading FMCG and Pharmaceutical companies.  The Indian multinational company employs over 2850 people representing 25 different nationalities through its 20 state-of-the-art facilities spread in 11 countries. His focus on innovation and R&D has ensured that Essel Propack ranks amongst the select vertically integrated tube manufacturers in the world with high quality packaging solutions for the FMCG and Pharmaceutical domains. Essel Propack's 400 happy customers across the world are testimony to the excellent products delivered by the company.

A firm believer in technology and tactical business approach, Ashok Goel has an unremitting focus on Essel Propack being an ecologically responsible corporate organization. Extensive R&D has ensured that not only materials used but also the processes followed at the manufacturing units have the least possible environmental impact and carbon footprint.  A number of these materials and processes have been patented or are in the process of being patented. He is also the Chairman of Essel World and Water Kingdom, the largest theme park in India.  He is the Founding Chairman of ITZ Cash Card Limited, a premier payment solutions Company in India. It is now part of the Ebix Group.

Apart from efficiently managing his own businesses, Mr. Goel has held several leadership positions at various industry associations and has left his mark. To name few of his achievements: President of Organisation of Plastics Processors of India (OPPI) for 2 years, President of Plastic India Foundation (PIF), Founder President of Indian Association of Amusement Parks and Industries (IAAPI)

 Mr. Goel is a self-made man and truly believes in first hand learning backed with the power of “can do” attitude. He is personally involved with many charitable and philanthropic causes, which includes; several educational, medical and social institutions.

Dr. Ajit Ranade
Senior President & Chief Economist
Aditya Birla Group

Dr. Ajit Ranade is Senior President and Chief Economist with the Aditya Birla Group which has operations in more than 36 countries. Birla Group's businesses include metals, mining, chemicals, textiles, cement as well as telecom, retail, insurance and asset management. He is a member of the National Executive Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and a member of the Economic Policy Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry. He is Chair of the Research Advisory Panel of the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance. Dr. Ranade is on the boards of several academic institutions. He has served as a member of the Board of Governors of IIT, Bombay. He is an engineer and MBA and received a PhD in Economics from Brown University, USA. He is a frequent contributor to the business press and writes regularly in newspapers on economic, social and political topics. He is a co-founder and Trustee of the Association for Democratic Reforms, an NGO working in area of electoral and political reforms.


Mr. Arun Gupta
Renowned Entrepreneur and Private Equity Invester

Mr. Arun Gupta, has the twin achievements of being a successful entrepreneur, and has also delivered some of the most profitable deals in India's Private Equity and M&A space, with rich experience of investing in and guiding family businesses

He is the co-promoter of Capital Foods, India's fastest growing packaged foods business, owning iconic brands like Ching's Secret and Smith & Jones. 

A multifaceted business leader, he has served as Board member/mentor/adviser to various family managed businesses including Biba, House of Anita Dongre (AND), Skechers, Clarks, Turtle men's wear, Blue foods restaurants(Copper Chimney, GelattoItaliano, Coffee bean & tea leaf), Neeru's ethnic wear,  Amar Chitra Katha, Famozi shoes, Tresmode shoes, Myglamm cosmetics, Desibelle,  Holii handbags, Mother Earth, Giovani, etc.

Arun has more than 25 years of experience in Entrepreneurship, Investment Banking, Media, Gaming, Animation, Education, Internet& Technology



Dr. Ranjan Banerjee
Dean, SPJIMR, Mumbai

Dr. Ranjan Banerjee joined as the Dean of SPJIMR Mumbai in June, 2015. He brought with him a rare combination of extensive business, corporate training, academic and consulting experience and insight. In his first year at SPJIMR, one of Dr Banerjee's focus areas has been a holistic Stakeholder Engagement, which is producing many successes. 

Dr. Banerjee holds a BTech from IIT Bombay, an MBA from IIM Calcutta and a PhD in Management from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, USA. His research has been presented at the University of Michigan, Harvard Business School, London Business School, University of Texas at Dallas, Indiana University etc. His doctoral thesis won a global award for the best dissertation in b2b Marketing from the Institute for the study of business markets, Penn State University, USA.  

Dr Banerjee has worked for leading FMCG companies like Asian Paints, Vadilal and Hindustan Unilever. He was Group COO of Insta Worldwide. Dr. Banerjee has also consulted for leading Indian and multinational companies like BASF, Legrand, Vodafone, AXA, Philips, Madura Garments, etc. His last assignment was as Founder & CEO of Renaissance Strategic Consultants.

Prior to joining SPJIMR, Dr Banerjee has also taught at leading B-schools like the Carlson School, University of Minnesota, SMU Singapore, IIM Calcutta and Great Lakes. He has published articles in Harvard Business Review online (

In the last year, he has been invited to lead a workshop for international deans at the GMAC conference in Miami, USA.  He has been an invited speaker at the GBSN conference in Manila, and the EFMD conference in Phuket. He was recently one of two invited panelists at a Korn Ferry thought leadership series in  Mumbai which was attended by over 80 CEOs (along with Dr Nirmalya Kumar).

He has contributed invited articles on the future of management education for Business World, Business India and Forbes.

Mr. R. Gopalakrishnan
Former Director, TATA & Sons, Former Chairmen Unilever, Arabia
Executive-in-residence at SPJIMR.

Mr. R Gopalakrishnan studied physics at Kolkata University, engineering at IIT Kharagpur and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He has been a professional manager from 1967. He has served as Chairman of Unilever Arabia, as MD of Brooke Bond Lipton and Vice Chairman of Hindustan Lever, as ED of Tata Sons and several Tata companies. He also serves as an independent director of listed companies, Akzo Nobel India, Castrol India, and Hemas Holdings PLC, Sri Lanka.

Gopal mentors a few start-ups. He is actively engaged in both instructional and inspirational speaking. He has also authored six books.




Dr. Tulsi Jayakumar
Programme Head, PGPFMB, SPJIMR

Tulsi Jayakumar is a Professor of Economics and the Programme Head of the Post Graduate Programme in Family Managed Business at the S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research. SPJIMR's FMB program is a pioneer post-graduate management programme for scions of family managed businesses, in its 20th year. An alumnus of the prestigious Delhi School of Economics, Dr. Jayakumar has a rich experience of teaching across various Institutes and business schools across the country in her academic career spanning more than 25 years.

Dr. Jayakumar is a well-reputed scholar in her field. She regularly contributes to business newspapers including the Mint, Financial Express, Hindu Business Line and the Free Press Journal. Her articles have been widely discussed and deliberated upon in the social media as well. Her cases published with global case repositories like Ivey and distributed by Harvard are used across top B-schools in the world, and have been re-published in international text books. Her recent case on a Family Managed Business, Agarwal Packers & Movers won critical acclaim and was featured by the Case Centre. She also has contributed to national and international journals including the Economic & Political Weekly, Journal of Business Strategy, Competitiveness Review and the South Asian Journal of Management. Recently she has co-authored a book on Financial Markets and Institutions, published by Pearson.

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