The Leadership and Team

Harsh Mariwala – Founder
Chairman and Managing Director, Marico

Harsh Mariwala founded Marico in 1990 and transformed a traditional commodity driven business into a leading Consumer Products and Services Company, in the Beauty and Wellness space.

Today, Marico touches the lives of 1 out of every 3 Indians, with its portfolio of trusted brands such as Parachute, Saffola, Nihar, Kaya, Mediker, Revive, among others. During 2014-15, Marico recorded a turnover of INR. 5733 crores through its products and services sold in India and 25 other countries in Asia and Africa.

Under Harsh Mariwala's leadership, Marico was awarded the NDTV Profit 'Best Business Leadership' Award in the FMCG (Personal Hygiene) category, in 2007 and 2009, and was rated as one of India’s Most Innovative companies by the Business Today – Monitor Group Innovation Study (2008). Harsh Mariwala was conferred with the Ernst and Young 'Entrepreneur of the Year' Award (2009) in the Manufacturing category, 'Talent Management Award' at the CNBC India Business Leader Award (2009), the 'Teacher's Achievement Award in Business' (2006) and the 'CEO with HR Orientation' – Global Excellence HR Award (2007) by the Asia Pacific HRM Congress.

Harsh Mariwala's entrepreneurial drive and passion for Innovation, enthused him to establish the Marico Innovation Foundation in 2003. Under the stewardship of an eminent Board, the Foundation acts as a catalyst to fuel innovation in India. As an expression of his Personal Social Responsibility, Mr. Mariwala has recently launched ASCENT – Accelerating the SCaling up of ENTerprises to identify growth-stage entrepreneurs with potential and enable them in their scaling-up journey.

In March 2011, Harsh Mariwala was elected as the President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He is also on the Board of Cadbury India Limited. Mr. Mariwala has been a part of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and is now a part of the World Presidents Organization (WPO). 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.

Manak Singh – Chief Evangelist
Co-Founder, The Sounding Board and IkKa Ventures
Former Executive Director – TiE Mumbai

Manak is a passionate serial entrepreneur and has engaged with several enterprises, across scale and domain as a mentor, advisor or co-creator.

For the past few years Manak has set out on an exciting journey to co-create ideas, ventures, platforms with inspiring co-creators. He is investing his passion and energies to co-create the following platforms with a design and purpose to enable entrepreneurship in India across the spectrum.

Scaling-up Entrepreneurship can get Lonely. Be Alone no More. Co-creating ASCENT, a peer to peer platform for Accelerating Scaling-up of 10,000 Enterprises
Growth-readiness One may be ready to Grow, But are you Growth-Ready?
Co-Founded, The Sounding Board– for the Growth Ready
to enable entrepreneurs become and stay Growth Ready.
Seeding Enterprise Lets build a MILLION “Young” Enterprising Minds (Launching soon)

Enterprise Engagements

Jugaad Ventures a passion enterprise with Sridar Iyengar (Former Chairman and CEO, KPMG) – to co-create various Ideas, ventures, platforms.
The Sounding Board (TSB) – a Jugaad Venture – is a unique enabling platform for Entrepreneurs to explore various dimensions of their Personal and Organizational Growth-readiness. TSB is supported and guided by an inspiring Principal Advisory Group comprising some of the brightest minds of Enterprising India.

IkKa Ventures anchors Manak’s various personal co-creations and engagements.

Manak is a certified Leadership Coach with The Leadership Circle, a leading global network of Leadership development. He passionately enjoys mentoring entrepreneurs on “Growth by Design and not default” across domain and size.

Hailing from a family business background, Manak chose to venture on his own and has been a founding team member of an IT Venture and built a successful practice, deploying various technology initiatives for corporates like Sony Music, ICICI Bank, Samsung India, BSE India, HLL, etc. and CRM implementations at ICICI Bank, UTI Bank,, HLL and others.

Public engagements

Chief Evangelist – ASCENT (Accelerator for Scaling-up Enterprises) – an expression of founder Harsh Mariwala’s (Chairman – Marico Ltd.) Personal Social Responsibility and Manak’s passion to co-create platforms to impact entrepreneurship. ASCENT, a peer to peer enabling platform is uniquely designed to influence the Scaling-up journey of an entrepreneur.

With a vision to impact 10,000 entrepreneurs ASCENT has already selected 350+ entrepreneurs having an aggregate annual turnover of 13,000crs. (USD 2 billion +)

As TiE-Mumbai’s former Executive- Director, Manak has been instrumental in shaping the chapter into one of the largest and most active entrepreneurial eco-systems in the TiE global network. Manak architected the Pan-India “Enterprising India – Changing the Nation. Leading the World.” movement, which was the single largest annual campaign in TiE India’s history.

Manak is Inspired by...

...the proud patriotic legacy of his grandfather and freedom fighter, late Sardar Ishar Singh Narula – Chairman of the Indian National Army – and his 2 best co-creations – Ishika Kaur and Ahaan Singh

...the Road – has been driving cross-country in various parts of the World averaging 5,000 Kms p.a. Has recently increased his annual target to an average of 10,000kms.

...a Sufi saying “Destination is in the Journey”

Manak is also deeply passionate about Music, Friends, and Enterprising India !!

Archanna Das
Associate Director

Archanna is a sustainability, brand and communication management professional who has played a number of roles in her career of over 11 years spanning IT, ITES and financial services. Archanna's last assignment was with HSBC India where she played a pioneering role in building the brand - sustainability and corporate social responsibility through the multivariate domains of community investment projects, internal communication, employee engagement, cause branding, multi-stakeholder engagement, consumer interaction and large mobile advertising and marketing platforms.

Through her career and work, Archanna has contributed in a significant way to the development of corporate responsibility and strategic community investment and a number of business aligned initiatives including significant Bottom of Pyramid (BOP) work.

Shivani Divecha

Shivani is a management professional with a penchant for planning and executing live events specially those for a cause. Her last stint with TEDxGateway saw her curating some of the most impactful talks in India.

Previously, she has worked as a consultant with Ernst and Young in Risk Advisory Services where she played a crucial role in handling global clients. Her core focus has been in the areas of Compliance, Process Reviews, Risk based internal audit and Sarbanes Oxley Compliance (SOX).

With her current assignment at ASCENT, she aims to merge her passion for sustainable development and social impact with her experience in business and consultancy to create an engaging ecosystem for the ASCENT entrepreneur community.