After a horrific 2020, all eyes are set on 2021 as the year that brings hope and recovery. Amid the countless growth projections, Economictimes.com brings together industry leaders representing the key economic quarters in, arguably the largest boardroom of the country- INDIA INC. BOARDROOM. The purpose is to assess the executive outlook and uncover trends and challenges that will shape the key sectors. The BOARDROOM will feature 50+ industry leaders engaging in a series of conversations including panel discussions and fire-side chats focused on five key tracks-BFSI, Retail, Manufacturing and MSMEs.

Why Join Us

50+ Industry  
Leaders Industry leaders, policymakers, and academicians to take stock of the current situation and plan for the recovery of economic quarters 

15+ Sessions  
Informative panel sessions, fireside chats and presentations on themes that will reign the economic agenda Who should attend


Abheek Barua

Chief Economist and EVP

Alfred Schipke

India Mission Chief and Assistant Director of Asia and Pacific Department
International Monetary Fund

Ashima Goyal

Economist and Professor
Member of Monetary Policy Committee

Devashish Mitra

Professor of Economics
Syracuse University

Nalin Bansal

Head Rupay, NCMC and NFS

Neelkanth Mishra

MD, India Strategist and Co-Head of Equity Strategy Asia Pacific
Credit Suisse

Pralay Mondal

President (Retail, SME, Operations and IT)
CSB Bank

Rajeev Ahuja

Executive Director
RBL Bank

Samiran Chakraborty

MD and Chief Economist
Citigroup India

Sanjeev Kaushik

Additional Secretary
Department of Financial Services

Saugata Bhattacharya

Senior Vice President and Chief Economist
Axis Bank

Shalini Warrier

Executive Director , COO and Business Head - Retail
Federal Bank

Siddharth Tiwari

Chief Representative - Asia and the Pacific

Abheek Singhi

Senior Partner and MD
Boston Consulting Group

Abhishek Ganguly

PUMA India and Southeast Asia

Ambareesh Murty

Founder and CEO

Devendra Chawla

CEO and MD
Spencer's Retail

Girish Budhiraja

EVP/ Chief Product and Marketing Officer
SBI Cards and Payment Services Ltd

Hari Vasudev

Country Head and SVP - Technology
Walmart Global Tech India

Harsha Razdan

Partner and Head, Consumer Markets, Internet Business
KPMG in India

Praveena Rai


Abhijeet Ranade

Partner and Head -Markets and People, Business Consulting
KPMG in India

Nitin Chhabra

Ace Turtle Services

Pratik Pota

Jubilant FoodWorks

Raghu Krishnananda

Myntra Jabong

Sangeeta Pendurkar

Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd - Pantaloons

Sudipta Roy

Group Head - Unsecured Assets, Cards, Payment Solutions and Millennial Banking

Vidya Pradeep

Head of portfolio cards, Payzapp & Smartbuy

Vishak Kumar

Madura Fashion and Lifestyle

Akash Gehani


Alok Mittal

Co-Founder and CEO
Indifi Technologies

Amod Malviya

Co-Founder and Engineer

Animesh Saxena


Anup Kumar Agarwal

South Asia Equity Lead – FIG and Fintech
International Finance Corporation

Ashish Vaid

Immediate Past President
IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Mahavir Pratap Sharma

Current Chair
TiE India Angels and Rajasthan Angels

Vivek Agarwal

KPMG in India

Sandeep Komaravelly

Director of International

Swati Bhargava


Alok Nanda

CTO GE South Asia and CEO GE India Technology Centre
GE Global Research

Guenter Butschek

CEO and MD
Tata Motors

Kamal Bali

President and MD
Volvo Group India

Neeraj Bansal

COO - India Global and Leader – Supply Chain Re-alignment
KPMG in India

Narayan Krishnamohan

BASF India

R C Bhargava

Maruti Suzuki India

Ramesh Ramadurai

3M India

Sandeep Makkar

Johnson and Johnson Medical India

Sanjeev Sharma

MD and CEO
ABB India and South Asia

Suvojoy Sengupta

McKinsey and Company

Andrew Hopkins

Global Head, Products and Pricing
Discover Global Network

Andrew Jamieson

Technology and Security Director

Ashishkumar Chauhan

MD and CEO

Dinesh Kumar Khara

State Bank of India

K Ramachandran

Executive Director
Indian Bank

Uttam Bagri

Bombay Stock Exchange Brokers Forum

Kunal Pande

KPMG in India

Neelesh Gupta

Incharge RuPay PoS Acceptance

Sanjay Doshi

Partner and Head of Financial Services Advisory
KPMG India

Mohit Bedi

SVP and Business Head - Acquiring and Commercial Cards
Axis Bank

Naohiro Takaku

Deputy Vice President, Planning
JCB Card International (South Asia) Pvt. Ltd

Nithin Kamath

Founder and CEO

Sajith Sivanandan

MD and Business Head - Google Pay and Next Billion User Initiative
Google India

Samriddhi Chowdhary

Vice President and Co-Head, Financial Sector Ratings

Sanjiv Chadha

MD and CEO
Bank of Baroda

Sanjeev Kumar

Pine Labs

Shrini Viswanath

Co-Founder and CTO

T R Ramachandran

Group country manager, India and South Asia

Tata Venkat Venugopal

General Manager
Union Bank of India

Vijay Chandok

MD and CEO
ICICI Securities

Vishal Maru

Senior Vice President
Worldline Global

Deepak Ajwani


T K Arun

Editor - Opinion
The Economic Times

CH S. S. Mallikarjuna Rao

MD and CEO
Punjab National Bank

Mr. Sanjeev Kumar

Business Head

Hosted by NPCI

Hosted by NPCI

Who Should Attend

Anybody or everybody who wants to see Industry leaders, policymakers, and academicians taking stock of the current situation and planning for the recovery of economic quarters.

Agenda details

22nd February, 2021

ET India INC. Boardroom

10:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Welcome Address

11:00 AM - 11:05 AM
By Deepak Ajwani

Is economic nationalism here to stay?

11:05 AM - 11:45 AM
By Devashish Mitra, Samiran Chakraborty, Saugata Bhattacharya, Siddharth Tiwari

Economic outlook for the world & India. The IMF view

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
By Alfred Schipke, T K Arun

How do you build a resilient economy?

12:15 PM - 12:55 PM
By Abheek Barua, Ashima Goyal, Neelkanth Mishra

Building Digital Bharat

12:55 PM - 01:35 PM
By Sanjeev Kaushik, Nalin Bansal, Pralay Mondal, Rajeev Ahuja, Shalini Warrier

23rd February, 2021

Welcome Address

11:00 AM - 11:05 AM

Retailers playbook for survival

11:05 AM - 11:45 AM
By Abhishek Ganguly, Harsha Razdan, Pratik Pota, Sangeeta Pendurkar

Scoring high on tech based experiential retail?

11:45 AM - 12:25 PM
By Hari Vasudev, Harsha Razdan, Nitin Chhabra, Raghu Krishnananda

Gearing for Sustainable growth

12:25 PM - 01:05 PM
By Abheek Singhi, Abhijeet Ranade, Ambareesh Murty, Devendra Chawla, Vishak Kumar

Disruption in retail credit

01:05 PM - 01:45 PM
By Praveena Rai, Girish Budhiraja, Sudipta Roy, Vidya Pradeep

24th February, 2021

Welcome Address

11:00 AM - 11:05 AM

The lessons we learnt: The impact of Covid-19 on how SMEs run their business

11:05 AM - 11:45 AM
By Animesh Saxena, Ashish Vaid, Mahavir Pratap Sharma

Future of Retail for small businesses

11:45 AM - 12:25 PM
By Amod Malviya, Sandeep Komaravelly, Swati Bhargava

Funding and MSMEs: Can Banks & Fintech together address the credit gap for small businesses?

12:25 PM - 01:05 PM
By Akash Gehani, Alok Mittal, Anup Kumar Agarwal, Vivek Agarwal

25th February, 2021

Welcome Address

11:00 AM - 11:05 AM

Can India become a global manufacturing hub?

11:05 AM - 11:45 AM
By Guenter Butschek, Narayan Krishnamohan, Neeraj Bansal, Ramesh Ramadurai, Sandeep Makkar

Technologies and trends making production efficient for manufacturing

11:45 AM - 12:25 PM
By Alok Nanda, Kamal Bali, Neeraj Bansal, Sanjeev Sharma, Suvojoy Sengupta

Make in India vs Assemble in India?

12:25 PM - 01:05 PM
By Neeraj Bansal, R C Bhargava

ET India Demo

04:30 PM - 07:00 PM

26th February, 2021

Special Address

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM
By Dinesh Kumar Khara

Role of Public Sector Banks in New Aatmanirbhar Bharat

11:10 AM - 11:45 AM
By Sanjay Doshi, CH S. S. Mallikarjuna Rao, Sanjiv Chadha, K Ramachandran

Indian broking industry: What has changed and what's coming?

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
By Ashishkumar Chauhan

Health of Indian Broking Industry

12:15 PM - 01:10 PM
By Nithin Kamath, Samriddhi Chowdhary, Shrini Viswanath, Uttam Bagri, Vijay Chandok

The Future of Digital Payments

01:10 PM - 01:40 PM
By Kunal Pande, Sajith Sivanandan, T R Ramachandran

Soft PoS & Offline PoS to build Digital Bharat

01:40 PM - 02:15 PM
By Mohit Bedi, Neelesh Gupta, Sanjeev Kumar, Tata Venkat Venugopal, Vishal Maru

RuPay 2.0: Celebrating Contactless payments with RuPay 2.0

02:15 PM - 02:55 PM
By Hosted by NPCI

Securing Merchant Transactions

02:55 PM - 03:10 PM
By Andrew Hopkins

JCB’s Big Data Initiative – Transforming payment data into Business

03:10 PM - 03:25 PM
By Naohiro Takaku

Security Standards for payment solutions using COTS devices

03:25 PM - 03:40 PM
By Andrew Jamieson

Nth Partner Program by NPCI

03:40 PM - 03:45 PM
By Hosted by NPCI

Closing Remarks

03:45 PM - 03:48 PM
By Mr. Sanjeev Kumar

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