CNBC-TV18 commences the 15th year of India Business Leader Awards, launches 'Leadership Collective'

MUMBAI: Celebrating 20 years of its excellence, CNBC-TV18, India leading business news channel gears up for its 15th edition of ‘India Business Leaders Awards’ with the launch of ‘Leadership Collective’ in Bangalore on 11th December 2019. To identify the transformation of the ever-evolving industries of the Indian economy and markets, the channel invited eminent industry veterans to throw light on the pertinent issues and challenges that would arise in meeting the ambitious $5 trillion economy.

The invite only exclusive gathering saw Industry heads congregate to deliberate on the current state of the economy.  The show was launched by a candid keynote address by India’s leading woman entrepreneur, Kiran Majumdar Shaw, chairperson & MD, Biocon.  Kiran raised some pertinent questions on gender inequality across industries, be it urban or rural and how it’s about time women get more voice, freedom and independence amongst their peers. 

The keynote paved way for the larger thematic for the evening, the panel on “Mind the Gap: Going for equitable Growth”.  The panel saw a blend of experts comprising Zerodha CEO Nithin Kamath; Standard Chartered CEO Zarin Daruwala; Biocon MD and chairperson Kiran Mazumdar Shaw; Enable India founder & chief enabler Shanti Raghavan; Daily Dump founder Poonam Bir Katuri; & Mentor together founder and CEO Arundhati Gupta.

Zarin Daruwala commented on Technology’s role in propelling the BFSI sector, better channeling resources and role of analytics in assessing credit-worthiness of applicants.  Shanti Raghavan emphasised on the need to empower the specially abled populace of the country and make them contributors in the quest for enhanced economic development. Poonam Bir spoke about the need for environmental consciousness, changing the fundamental DNA of people’s apathy towards the earth’s finite resources. Nithin threw light on how entrepreneurial spirit in the country is being encouraged by regulatory bodies such as RBI & SEBI.  On a light hearted note Arundhati Gupta stressed the fact that role models among younger women need to change, and be more aspirational for a forward thinking millennia.

Summarizing the stimulating discussion, Shereen left everyone with relevant thoughts around Gender inclusion, Disability inclusion, Environmental sensitivity, viewing them with an impartial lens, as they pose a challenge as well as an opportunity that could put India back on the growth trajectory.

The India Business Leaders Awards will be scheduled sometime around January 2020, felicitating disruptors and visionaries who have led the nation and the industry towards continuous growth and success.

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