Tuesday, 31 March 2015


11th edition of Segue Sessions, organised by Flexi Careers India of Avtar Career Creators
Inaugural session
K. Umasanker, Co-founder, Avtar & Director, Flexi
Dr Saundarya Raiesh, Founder President, Avtar
David Dubensky, President & Managing Director, Global Business Services, Ford Motor Company
Bharathy Bhaskar, Senior Vice President, Citi Bank, Television personality, motivational speaker and writer
Panel discussion: India Inc’s need for women managers 
Moderator: Vairamani Pandiyan, Vice President - Human Resources India, Ford Motor Company
R. Suresh Kumar, Operations Director - South, Vodafone India
Divya Kumar, Director - Analytics, Capgemini
C. K. Kumaravel, Co-founder & Director, Naturals
P. Senthil Kumar, Vice President - Power Train Operations, Chennai Plant, Ford
Motor Company
Corporate showcase: Presentation on D&I (diversity & inclusion) journey
Gangapriya Chakraverti, Director - Human Resources, Global Business Services, Ford Motor Company
Rajashree Thandy, Senior Manager, Capgemini
Nisha Verma, Head - Talent Management, Vodafone India
C. K. Kumaravel, Co-founder & Director, Naturals
Essentials of a successful comeback
Moderator: Sulabha Santosh, Presenter & Producer, Radio One
Seetha Krishnamani, Delivery Manager - Data Architecture, Information Technology, Ford Motor Company
Divya Kumar, Director - Analytics, Capgemini
M. Mangayarkarasi, Manager - Human Resources, HR Business Operations, and Learning & Development, Ford Motor Company
Closing remarks: Karthik Ekambaram, Vice President, Flexi

Playlist - To be catalogued

Friday, 27 March 2015


Interaction with M. Vallalar, IAS, Managing Director, TAMIN (Tamil Nadu Minerals Ltd), on QMS  (Quarry Management System) which recently won the eGovernance award
Thought Leadership

Playlist details
1 - Overview of TAMIN, and QMS
2 - Tamil Nadu's mineral wealth, and its role in national development
3 - Two innovations from TAMIN, viz. GraphiTile, and VermiTile, to be launched soon, to benefit the construction industry

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Harsh Vardhan

Press briefing by Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology & Earth Sciences, at NIOT (National Institute of Ocean Technology)
Seated (Left to Right)
Dr. M. A. Atmanand, Director, NIOT
Dr Harsh Vardhan
Dr Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences

Playlist - To be catalogued


Apollo Hospitals press briefing on telemedicine
Seated (Left to Right)
L. S. Satyamurthy, CEO, Medetel Health, and Formerly Programme Director, Telemedicine ISRO
Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd
Dr Bhagwant Singh Ratta, President, Telemedicine Society of India (TSI)
Dr Prathap C. Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals
Dr A. Marthanda Pillai, National President, Indian Medical Association (IMA)
Prof K. Ganapathy, Founder President, Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation (ATNF)

Playlist - To be catalogued


Cleartrip press briefing, by Subramanya Sharma, Chief Marketing Officer, and Sr Vice President - Products

Playlist - To be catalogued


Inaugural of seminar on "Heath Safety Security and Environment (HSSE) in Chemical Sector" organised by the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Government of India, and FICCI
Seated (Left to Right)
Dr N. Balasubramanian, Prof & Head, Dept of Chemical Engineering, AC Tech, Anna University
Ramkumar Shankar, Dy Managing Director, Chemplast Sanmar Ltd
Dr S. Sivanesan, Professor & Dean, Dept of Applied Science and Technology, AC Tech
Prof (Dr) Sanjay K. Nayak, Director-General, Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET)
Dr U. Kamachi Mudali, Associate Director, Corrosion Science and Technology Group, Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research (IGCAR)
Prabh Sharan Singh, Head, Chemicals & Petrochemicals Division, FICCI

Playlist - To be catalogued

Monday, 23 March 2015

WWF-Earth Hour 2015

WWF press briefing on Earth Hour 2015
(Started almost an hour after the scheduled time, with not a word of apology.)

Playlist - To be catalogued


SBI (State Bank of India) launch of special finance scheme for driver entrepreneurs of Ola
G. Rita, Chief General Manager, SBI
P. S. Prakash Rao, Chief General Manager, SBI
Deepak Kumar, General Manager
Anand Subramanian, Director - Marketing Communications, Ola, ANI Technologies P Ltd

Playlist - To be catalogued

NIRT-TB Day 2015

Symposium on 'Impact of Tuberculosis on Women and Children' organised by NIRT (the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis) of ICMR, to commemorate World TB Day 2015
Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Director, NIRT
Dr Sanjay Mehendale, Director, NIE

Playlist - To be catalogued

Saturday, 21 March 2015


Meeting on 'Budget 2015 & manufacturing sector in India' organised by BS (Business Standard) and AIMO (All India Manufacturers' Organisation)

MCCI-Entrepreneurship & gender

Food for Thought (FFT) on 'Is entrepreneurship gender neutral?' in MCCI (The Madras Chamber of Commerce & Industry)

MMA-Sharath, Narain

Success Stories talks by Achanta Sharath Kamal, and Narain Karthikeyan, in MMA (Madras Management Association)

IITM-E. Sreedharan

Civil Engineering Endowment Lecture by Dr E. Sreedharan, in IIT Madras

Playlist - To be catalogued

Gujarat Tourism

Gujarat Tourism press briefing


6th IFCA (Indian Federation of Culinary Associations) International Chefs Conference 2015
(No formal invite received)

FLO-Awards 2015

FLO (FICCI Ladies Organisation), Chennai Chapter, Awards 2015 event


Metro Cash & Carry India P Ltd and IFCA (Indian Federation of Culinary Associations) press briefing on 6th International Chefs Conference 2015

Wednesday, 18 March 2015


Akshaya Pvt Ltd press briefing to launch iHomes, in association with 99acres.com

Playlist - To be catalogued


CII Session on Entrepreneurship - Enabling Make in India

CII-Emerging Entrepreneur Awards 2014

CII Southern Regional Emerging Entrepreneur Awards 2014

CII-Kavil Ramachandran

CII Session on Sustaining Entrepreneurship in Family Businesses - Challenges and Strategies by Prof Kavil Ramachandran


CII Conference on Nutrition and Food Security - Securing the Future

SBI Caps-Cancer Institute

CSR initiative donation from SBI Capital Markets Ltd to the Mahesh Memorial Paediatric Oncology Centre of the Cancer Institute

Monday, 16 March 2015


2nd Dr Raja J. Chelliah Memorial Lecture on 'Fourteenth Finance Commission' by Dr Y. V. Reddy, organised by SICCI (The Southern India Chamber of Commerce and Industry) and MSE (Madras School of Economics)
Other speakers
Jawahar Vadivelu, President, SICCI
Dr K. R. Shanmugam, Director, MSE
Dr C. Rangarajan, Chairman, MSE


Gems & Jewellery Trade Federation (GJF) press briefing on PAN card issues
N. Anantha Padmanaban, Regional Chairman, All India Gems & Jewellery Trade Federation

Auroville-Karan Singh

Lecture on Auroville by Dr Karan Singh

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Friday, 13 March 2015

CII-Automotive R&D

CII conference on Automotive R&D Trends with the theme “Towards Strengthening Indian Automotive R&D”
Inaugural session (Seated Left to Right)
Mahesh Natarajan, Regional Director, CII Southern Region
Vikram S. Kirloskar, Conference Chairman &, Vice Chairman, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Ltd
Ambuj Sharma, IAS, Additional Secretary, Department of Heavy Industries, Government of India
Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT-Madras
S N Eisenhower, Chairman – CII Tamil Nadu &, Director - Operations, Saint-Gobain Glass India Ltd
Session I:  Automotive R&D Mega Trends (Seated Left to Right)
Nageshwar Maddukuri, Operations Unit Director Intelligent Systems, Altran India Ltd
Prashant K. Banerjee (Session Chairman), Head - Homologation & Product Evaluation, Engineering Research Centre, Tata Motors Ltd
Debashis Mukherjee, Director – Corporate Technology Group, Harman International (India) Pvt Ltd
Session II: Major Challenges in Indian Automotive R&D (Seated Left to Right)
Pavan Kumar (Session Chairman), Managing Director - South-Asia, Altair Engineering Ltd
K. Rajan, Associate Vice-President & Head - Motor & HAT LOBs, Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Company Ltd
Sujata Egbert, Technology Manager, Tata Elxsi Ltd
Amol Kulkarni, Project Engineer, UL India
Session III: Efficient Conventions & Approaches towards a Robust R&D (Seated Left to Right)
Dr Vineet Dravid, Managing Director, COMSOL Multiphysics India Pvt Ltd
Dr Venkat Srinivas (Session Chairman), Vice President – Product Development, Trucks and Buses Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd
Rafiq Somani, Country Manager - India, ASEAN & ANZ, ANSYS Software Pvt Ltd
Dr T. Jeyapoovan, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hindustan Institute of Technology & Science
Session IV: Ecosystem of Automotive R&D (Seated Left to Right)
Jaywant Hardikar, Head – Research & Development, AVTEC Limited
Dr P. A. Lakshmi Narayanan (Session Chairman), Chief Technology Officer, Simpson & Co Ltd
Dr SSV Ramakumar, General Manager - Automotive Oils & Nano Tech, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd
Aswin Kumar, Senior Industry Analyst - Automotive & Transportation Practice, Frost & Sullivan
Panel Discussion - “Critical Measures to Enhance Indian Automotive R&D to pace with Global Automotive Trends - OEM, OES & other Partners in R&D Supply Chain”
B. Viswanath, Head - R&D, Delphi -TVS Ltd
A. Srinivas, Vice-President – Vehicle Systems, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd
Subu D Subramanian (Session Chairman), Managing Director & CEO, Hinduja Tech Ltd
A. Ramasubramanian, President, Asia Motor Works Ltd
Badri Vijayaraghavan, Executive Director, Brakes India Limited

Playlist - To be catalogued

Thursday, 12 March 2015


MCircle press briefing on forthcoming business conclave

Playlist - To be catalogued


ABC (Almond Board of California) press briefing
(Did not attend the event owing to schedule conflict.)
Interaction (ahead of the event)
Rajasekar Ramaswamy, Fitness expert
Sheela Krishnaswamy, Nutritionist

Orient Electric-BLDC

Orient Electric launch of BLDC (brush less direct current) fan
"Orient Ecotech is made with the BLDC motor which has a rotor with permanent magnets, a stator with windings and commutation that is performed electronically. This electronically driven motor consumes 50% less power..."
Rakesh Khanna, Chief Executive Officer
Anindya Das, Senior Vice President and Business Head for Fans Business
Sunil Singh, General Manager, Head of Sales & Marketing

Playlist - To be catalogued

VCCircle-Investment Summit

VCCircle Investment Summit
(Did not attend, in the absence of invite.)
Interactions (outside the venue)
I.A.S. Balamurugan, Co-founder & Director, Metis Family Office Services (Pvt) Ltd
Ananth Narasimhan, CEO, Atyourprice.in


43rd monthly meeting of British Business Group (BBG) Chennai
Peter Spackman
Christie Cherian
Joss Brooks, Founder, Pitchandikulam Bioresource Centre, on Adayar Poonga
Bharat Joshi
R. R. Padmanabhan, Exim Academy, on “Customs Documents”
Ravi Kumar
Dilip Balakrishnan, CEO, Serendebyte Inc, on “Business Process Management” (BPM)
Vikas Chawla

CII-Shaktikanta Das

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) interactive session Shaktikanta Das, IAS, Secretary, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Government of India

Playlist - To be catalogued

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

MISB Bocconi

MISB Bocconi Round Table on "Indian Management Education: Issues and Challenges"
Chaired by Dr Himanshu Rai, Professor of Organization and Human Resources Management, SDA Bocconi School of Management, Milan, Italy, and Dean, MISB Bocconi, Mumbai
Also present
Dev Chandrasekhar
Prof S. Aravindan, Madras School of Social Work
Krishnan Ayyangar
G. P. Jayakumar
Dr N. Raj Mohan, Bodhi
G. N. Praveena
Cable Sankar
P. C. Shivan

Playlist - To be catalogued

Monday, 9 March 2015

Frontier Mediville-IWD2015

International Women's Day 2015 event of Frontier Mediville

Playlist - To be catalogued


International Women's Day 2015 event of ICAI (the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India)
(The event had commenced much before the scheduled start.)

Saturday, 7 March 2015

CII-Vision 2023

CII Conference on 'Tamil Nadu Vision 2023 - The Way Forward'

Playlist - To be catalogued


United Way Chennai (UWC) meeting on Budget 2015

Playlist - To be catalogued

Wayne Burt-Kerns

Wayne Burt Group press briefing on collaboration with GE, through Kerns Aero Products Pvt Ltd

Playlist - To be catalogued

Friday, 6 March 2015

Secrets of Mahamantra

Talk on 'Secrets of Mahamantra,' by Dr S. Kannan, on Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu Jayanti, organised by Arts Culture India Foundation


BigBasket launch of Chennai operations, by Hari Menon, Co-founder & CEO, BigBasket.com

Playlist - To be catalogued

Exim Bank-Project Exports

Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) stakeholders' round-table, and press briefing on project exports, by David Rasquinha, Deputy Managing Director

Playlist - To be catalogued

Koniamman Ther 2015

Koniamman Ther 2015, in Coimbatore


TCC meeting to analyse Budget 2015 proposals


Acid Survivors Foundation India (ASFI) press briefing

Playlist - To be catalogued

RKMS Home-SunEdison

Inauguration of 100KW rooftop solar plant at Ramakrishna Mission Students Home (RKMS Home), donated & installed by SunEdison, with net metering
Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj, Senior Trustee & Governing Body Member, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission
Pashupathy Shankar Gopalan, President, Asia-Pacific, SunEdison
Dr M. Saikumar, IAS, Chairman & MD, TNEB & TANGEDCO
Swami Satyajnanananda, Secretary, RKMS Home

Playlist - To be catalogued


MCCI meeting to analyse Budget 2015 proposals


KPMG meeting to analyse Budget 2015 proposals


MMA meeting to analyse Budget 2015 proposals


Press briefing to announce JV between Akshaya Pvt Ltd and Shanti Theatre

Playlist - To be catalogued