Mindmine Summit 2007

"Imagining. Investing. Inventing: The Global Indian manager."

After becoming convinced of their ability to compete globally, members of India Inc. began flexing their muscles in the global M&A market space. In the first nine months of 2006, Indian companies announced 112 foreign acquisitions worth US$ 7.2 billion. This was almost double the 2005 figure and thrice the 2004 figure. More and more organisations were shopping abroad for their suppliers of technology, materials, talent, capital etc. Private and public sector were becoming more and more aggressive in acquiring foreign customers and markets.

As more and more Indian managements set out to create global footprints, Indian managers and CEOs were coming under the scanner. Did their DNA allow them to perform effectively in an alien culture? Could they blend Indian management practices and Indian values seamlessly with European, American and Eastern practices?

The Indian company was ready to take on the world. Fierce competition was forcing Indian companies in India also to work to global standards of efficiency, productivity and customer service. But was the Indian manager equipped?

The Second Mindmine Summit on January 11 and 12, 2007 at Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi, was appropriately themed Imagining. Investing. Inventing: 'The Global Indian manager'. The 2007 edition of the Summit looked closer at the human dynamics of the next phase of the Great Indian Journey. Over the course of the two days, summit participants listened to, interacted and discussed with and met a galaxy of high-profile thought leaders and practitioners who addressed various strategic, regulatory and cultural dimensions related to the globalisation journey being undertaken by Indian organisations.

The Summit had the world-renowned speaker, author and consultant Michael Gelb for a special session. Mr. Gelb had conducted out-of-the-box creative thinking workshops for global corporations like British Petroleum, DuPont, IBM, Nike and Microsoft. One of his books, 'How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci' has been translated into 24 languages and has sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide. In the Summit he shared some his key teachings and insights.

Key sessions and the speakers were:

Session 1: Opening Session
Speakers: Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman Hero Corporate Service; Mr. Ashwani Kumar, Minister of State for Industry, Government of India; Mr. Michael Gelb, "How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci", Famous Author and Consultant; Mr. Brijmohan Lall Munjal, Chairman, Hero Group

Session 2: The Globalisation Manuscript: Vision, Design and Execution
Speakers: Dr. Surendra S Yadav, Head of Department, Department of Management Studies; Mr. Vikram Mehta, Chairman, The Shell Group of Companies in India; Mr. V. Vaidyanathan, Executive Director, ICICI Bank; Mr. Atul Singh, President & CEO, Coca Cola India.

Session 3: Regulations: Rules Across Geographies
Speakers: Prof. Vishwanadham N, Executive Director, Indian School of Business; Mr. Ashok Jha, Finance Secretary, Ministry of Finance; Mr. Nilanjan Sinha, Director Counselage, Yes Bank; Dr. Vinayshil Gautam, Founder Director IIM (K), Professor IIT (D); Mr. M Damodaran, Chairman, SEBI; Mr.Deepak Puri, Chairman, Moser Baer.

Session 4: Culture: Thriving in Diversity
Speakers: Mr. Aftab Seth, Chairman-International Advisory Board, Professor Global Security Research Institute, Keio University, Tokyo; Dr. Ashok Seth, Chairman-Max Heart & Vascular India, Director-Max India Limited; Mr. S. K Bijlani, Professor of the Practice, University of Maryland University College, Graduate School of Mgt. & Tech.; Dr Ajay Dua, Secretary, Deptt of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry; Mr. Arun Bharat Ram, Chairman & Managing Director, SRF Limited; Mr. Pavan Verma, Director General, ICCR; Ms. Shabana Azmi, Cinema and Theatre Artist; Ms. Sharan Apparao, Director, Apparao Gallery.

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Session 5: Engaging with Communities: Value Addition to Stakeholder Relationships
Speakers: Mr.Pawan Munjal, Managing Director, Hero Honda Motors, Mr. Arun Maira, Chairman, Boston Consulting Group; Mr. Analjit Singh, Chairman, Max India Limited; Mr. S.K. Roongta, Chairman & Managing Director, SAIL.

Session 6: Lessons from the Art of Juggling" - The Michael Gelb Session
Globally renowned author, speaker and consultant Michael Gelb (author of “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci” and other books) shared some of his key teachings and insights in this session.

Session 7: The Big Debate
"This house believes that there are two Indian managers; one inside India and the other outside."
Moderator: Ms. Shereen Bhan, CNBC.
Speakers for the Motion: Mr. B. J Panda, MP, Mr. Surjit Bhalla, Oxus, Mr. Dushyant Singh, MP.
Against the Motion: Mr. Sachin Pilot, MP, Mr. Suhel Seth, Counselage India, Mr. Malvinder Singh, Ranbaxy.
Session 8: Concluding Session
Mr Kapil Sibal, Minister for Science & Technology & Earth Sciences, Government of India; Mr. Sitaram Yechury, Member of Parliament, Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman, Hero Corporate Service; Mr. Anupam Bhasin, Director (HR & TQM), Hero Corporate Service

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