1 ASCENT Conclave 2018s


ASCENT is fuelled by the power of trust. In the last six years, we have created a unique and powerful peer-to- peer platform for entrepreneurs to share and exchange experiences, ideas and insights, which helps them grow their enterprise and enrich themselves in a confidential environment. ASCENT leverages the ‘Power of Collective’ and enables entrepreneurs through self-facilitated Trust Groups and an extended network of enablers. In 2016, ASCENT created a large format Conclave (first of its kind for the foundation) with the objective to inspire, share and celebrate entrepreneurs in their growth journey for a much larger impact. The ASCENT Conclave 2016 and 2017 aimed to achieve the following:

1. Delegates got an opportunity to learn from industry’s best Thought Leaders, Change Makers and Innovators through their experience which enabled participants to gain insights to grow their own business.

2. A platform for 500 entrepreneurs of enterprises of growth size ranging from 5 crs to 2000 crs for a day-long engagement/ networking opportunity

3. Past esteemed speakers list included Uday Kotak (MD, Kotak Mahindra Bank), Sajjan Jindal (MD, JSW Group), Piyush Pandey (Ogilvy and Mather India, Ogilvy and Mather Asia-Pacific), Ronnie Screwvala (Unilazer), Vijay Shekhar Sharma (Founder Paytm), Ashish Hemrajani (Co-founder, Book My Show), Siddharth Roy Kapur (Former CEO UTV, MD Disney India) Falguni Nayar (CEO, Nykaa.com), Prasoon Joshi (CEO, McCann Group India), Radhika Aggarwal (Co-Founder, Shopclues) Anita Dongre (Founder, House of Anita Dongre Limited), Dr Velumani (Founder, Thyrocare Technologies Ltd.), Sasha Mirchandani (MD, Kae Capital), Ameera Shah (MD, Metropolis Healthcare), Tanmay Bhatt (AIB) and many more

The ability to change gears from time to time is crucial for a successful business. Being nimble and adaptable to the changing business environment is a necessity, which for many entrepreneurs is a difficult task.

- Harsh Mariwala (Marico Ltd. and ASCENT Foundation)

Be there at the St. Regis, Mumbai on Thursday, 22 November 2018 to witness ASCENT’s third experimental sharing conclave and get enriched.

6 Reasons for attending the Conclave




Thought leaders,
Change Makers,


Network with fellow entrepreneurs and ASCENTers


Experience the ASCENT way – ‘power of collective’


Spark the
creativity in you


500 like-minded entrepreneurs attending the conclave


9:00 AM

Registrations open

10:00 AM

Welcome Note

Harsh Mariwala (Marico Ltd. and ASCENT Foundation)

10:20 AM

Keynote Session - If I Knew Then, What I Know Now

Rajiv Bajaj (Managing Director, Bajaj Auto)

11:20 AM

Fireside Chat - Batter Up Your Way to Success

Speaker: PC Musthafa (CEO, iD Fresh Food)
Moderator: Govindraj Ethiraj (Director, Ping Digital Broadcast & IndiaSpend)

11:50 AM

Tea / Coffee - Networking

12:20 PM

Winner 1

12:30 PM

Panel Discussion - Employee Re-Branding

Speakers: Lavanya Nalli (Vice Chairman, Nalli Group of Companies) and
Nicholas Dumoulin (Managing Director, Michael Page India)

1:20 PM

Power Lunch - Break

2:20 PM

Panel Discussion - YourStory Panel

Moderator: Shradha Sharma (Founder & CEO, YourStory)

3:20 PM

Cross Fire - The Rise of Shared Economy

Speakers: Kishore Biyani (CEO, Future Group) and Ananth Narayanan (CEO, Myntra)
Moderator: Menaka Doshi (Managing Editor, BloombergQuint)

4:00 PM

Tea / Coffee - Networking

4:30 PM

Winner 2

4:40 PM

Special Session Closing the Innovation Gap in Healthcare
Sangita Reddy (Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group)

5:30 PM

Beyond the Conversation with The Karan Johar

5:55 PM

Closing Note - Vote of Thanks

Archanna Das (ASCENT Foundation)
6:00 PM

Cocktails and Networking


Rajiv Bajaj is the MD OF Bajaj Auto and son of Rahul Bajaj (chairman of Bajaj Group). He is the inventor of the most stylish bike Pulsar and it was his vision to attain world class excellency by demonstrating value-added benefits to its customers. His management mantra is “God is in the details, profit is in niches.” By starting with a team of young engineers, Bajaj auto has established itself as one of the market leaders and now taking it up to the next global level. Being a strong believer of homeopathy and yoga, he strives to apply its principles in his personal life and business operations and has been awarded as the Business Leader of the Year by NDTV and Businessman of the Year by CNN.

Rajiv Bajaj
Bajaj Auto

Ananth Narayanan is the Chief Executive Officer at Myntra, the country’s largest online platform for fashion and lifestyle products. Under his leadership, Myntra has made two strategic acquisitions – Cubeit and Jabong from Global Fashion Group. Featured as one of “India’s Hottest 40 under 40 Business Leaders” in 2014, Ananth has deep expertise in driving performance improvement and product development. In his most recent role as Director in the company, he was responsible for leading the Product Development practice in Asia. Ananth leverages his vast experience and knowledge from years in consultancy and managing operations to mentor startups. He is also a speaker at various summits organized by premier institutes such as The Economist, Harvard Business School, University of Michigan among others.

Ananth Narayanan
Myntra and Jabong

Harsh Mariwala leads Marico Limited as its Chairman. He is also Chairman and Managing Director of Kaya Limited. Over the past three decades, Harsh has transformed traditional commodities driven business into a leading consumer products and services company in the Beauty and Wellness space. He was the President of FICCI in 2011. He has held the position of YPO Education, Membership and Chapter Chair for the Bombay Chapter and was a member of the International Forum Board of YPO International.”

Harsh Mariwala
Marico Ltd.
ASCENT Foundation

A true Indian retail czar, Kishore Biyani is the Group CEO of Future Group and Managing Director of Pantaloon Retail. Popularly known as KB, he is the man who triggered the concept of retail supermarkets in India like Big Bazaar, Pantaloon, Mega Mart and Bangalore Central. With his sheer ‘guts and instincts’ he created Future Group, a USD 1 billion enterprise and spearheaded the emergence of Pantaloon Retail as the leading retailer in the country.

Kishore Biyani
Future Group

Coming on-board the family business in 2005, Lavanya Nalli is presently the Vice-Chairperson of Nalli Silk Sarees Pvt. Ltd. Nalli brand has been synonymous with silk and Kanchipuram sarees. Established in the year 1928, it has now grown to be a leader in the textile and retail business. Lavanya has worked with the family to professionalize the set-up, ventured into successful product diversification and conceptualized and explored new retail-formats with the launch of the successful Nalli Next sub-brand. After a 5 year stint in the US, where Lavanya graduated from Harvard Business School and worked at McKinsey, she returned to Nalli and is presently heading the omnichannel platform. With each passing year, Nalli continues to grow with a legacy of over 90 years and a turnover of more than 650 crores.

Lavanya Nalli
Nalli Group of Companies

PC Musthafa is the CEO and Co-founder of iD Fresh Food. In 2005, Musthafa along with his 4 other cousins set up iD in a small kitchen in Bangalore with a mission to make the preparation of home-made meals convenient and to become a fresh food brand admired and trusted world over growing into a 1000 crore market leader serving 100% natural food. Today iD Fresh produces around 50,000 kgs in their plant with a total investment of around Rs 4 crore (Rs 40 million) and revenue of Rs 100 crore (Rs 1 billion). From being a school drop-out to an IIM graduate, Musthafa’s temerity and focus has been a key to success for the company.

PC Musthafa
iD Fresh Food

Nicolas Dumoulin is Managing Director for Michael Page India, based in Mumbai. Nicolas has over 12 years of experience working in the recruitment industry, having joined Michael Page in 2006 in Belgium. He played a key role in starting up the company’s Antwerp office and was responsible for their business until 2011. In January 2013, Nicolas relocated to India and took on responsibility for Michael Page India Gurgaon office. He began his recruitment career specialising in finance recruitment and then moved into the areas of Engineering and Supply Chain, Sales and Marketing, HR, BFSI and Secretarial. Nicolas has a Masters degree in Economics and prior to joining Michael Page spent four years working as a financial controller.

Nicolas Dumoulin
Michael Page India

Sangita Reddy is the Joint Managing Director of the Apollo Hospitals Group. She guides the IT and Human Resources functions and is greatly responsible for evolving the patient-centric culture, a signature of the organization. Passionately committed to transforming healthcare using effective and efficient technology, she steered Apollo Hospitals to harness technological advancements in accelerating positive transformation. Four hospitals in the group have even achieved the HiMSS Level-6 Certification.She has been a recipient of numerous prestigious awards for Business and Leadership. Widely acknowledged as the pioneer of private healthcare in India and a proponent of integrated healthcare, Apollo Hospitals has touched the lives of over 65 million individuals from 140 countries.

Sangita Reddy
Apollo Hospitals Group

Producer, Director and Television celebrity, Karan Johar, is one of the most notable Indian filmmakers, who has brought a fresh and modern outlook to Indian commercial cinema.The multi-faceted Karan wears many caps with ease. Besides being an acclaimed director and one of the most influential men in the industry today, Karan is also a costume designer and the latest feather in his cap is that of being an actor. His talk show Koffee With Karan has the distinction of being the most watched English talk show on Indian television.

Karan Johar
Dharma Productions


Govindraj Ethiraj is a television and print journalist and founder-editor of www.indiaspend.org, India's first data journalism initiative and a social entrepreneurship venture. He is also the founder of Ping Digital Broadcast, a Google multi-channel network (MCN) for knowledge, news, and utility programming for digital audiences. He writes for newspapers like Business Standard on mostly business issues and anchors seasonal shows on channels like Headlines Today and Rajya Sabha Television. Previously, Govindraj was founder and editor in chief of Bloomberg TV India, a 24-hour business news service launched out of Mumbai in 2008 and a partnership between Bloomberg LLP and the UTV Group in India.

Govindraj Ethiraj
Ping Digital Broadcast,

Shradha Sharma is the Founder, CEO and Chief Editor of YourStory which is a media technology platform for entrepreneurs. Before starting YourStory in 2008, Shradha served as an Assistant Vice-President at CNBC TV18 and also a brand adviser at The Times of India. Her company has been described as ‘India's biggest and definitive platform for startups and entrepreneurs-related stories, news, resources and research reports.’ The Bengaluru-based YourStory closely interacts with seed funders, accelerators, CEOs of Indian unicorns, marquee investors and influential members of government, to help build and expand the ecosystem they operate in.

Shradha Sharma

Menaka Doshi is the Managing Editor of BloombergQuint. She has been a broadcast journalist for almost 12 years, having begun her career with TV18 in 1996 as Features Reporter on India Business Report (BBC). Thereafter she moved to reporting business news for CNBC-TV18. She has played an integral role in news programming in the past 9 years. Menaka was the first recipient of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award 2005-06 in the category of Business & Economic Journalism (Broadcast).

Menaka Doshi