Prior to joining Syngenta, Ravi was heading the Government and Public Policy function for the Cummins Group of companies, the world’s leading manufacturer of engines and related technologies. Ravi has also worked in Monsanto as the head of Government and Public Affairs and in DHL Express as the Head of Customs and Regulatory Affairs. In these roles his principal responsibility was to influence policy change to provide a conducive environment for the growth of the industry. He was also advising DHL network in the South-East Asian Region.
Ravi has been a regular contributor and has written numerous articles in all leading financial dailies like Business Standard, Economic Times, Times of India and Financial Express. He has also contributed a paper to the World Bank Report on “Harmonization of Customs Procedures”. Besides he has written policy papers on trade and tax reforms as well as economic policy issues for the CII for submission to the government.
As Principal Adviser with APJ-SLG Law Offices, he assists the Indian Government on some policy and regulatory issues and advices industry on the impact of global economic and trade policies. He also writes a regular column - Trade Matters – for the Business Standard.
Vishwanath has over 20 years of experience working on policy and regulatory issues.
With more than 30 years of work experience, a work career focused towards managing Corporate Affairs, Issues Management and Commercial activities of business enterprise, Rajeev is an MBA and pursuing Doctorate in Business Administration on Leadership styles of Indian MNCs.
Formerly, group head of the Corporate Affairs function at Hindustan Unilever Limited, he represented the Company at various important platforms.
Prema leads BCW in India as the Chairperson of the BCW India Group, which was recently formed by integrating Genesis BCW and Six Degrees BCW. Supported by the BCW India Board, Prema drives the India strategy for the Group, guiding the leadership in implementing it. An entrepreneur, an ideas person, a pioneer and a passionately creative person, Prema has led Genesis BCW since she founded it 27 years ago. Genesis BCW has since then been pushing boundaries and moving people using curiosity, vision, drive and integrity, to invent new and integrated communications products and services to meet evolving client needs.
Prema hasn’t just spearheaded the firm, she has also given the Indian public relations and communications industry some of its firsts—first to develop proprietary tools for reputation management, the first to create and put into practice service quality measurement, first to use technology in our industry, and more recently, first to develop the one-of-its-kind Live! Newsroom.
Always one to foster collaboration, Prema is the Founder-President of the Public Relations Consultants Association of India (PRCAI), an organisation that encourages the sharing of best practices in the industry. She is also the President and Founding Member of the Public Affairs Forum of India (PAFI), which was created to bring the same level of collaboration and knowledge sharing in the public affairs realm.
Recognising her impact on the industry, Prema was named PR Agency Head of the Year at PR Asia Awards 2019 and at the Campaign PR India Awards and felicitated with the Individual Achievement SABRE Award at Asia-Pacific SABRE Awards 2017. She has also been recognised by PRWeek among the most influential PR professionals as part of the Global Power Book 2016. She was named among the 50 most influential people in PR in their Asia Power List 2014 and has featured for eight consecutive years by the Impact magazine among the 50 Most Influential Women in India in the field of media, marketing and advertising. She is also on the board of the India Brand Equity Forum (IBEF). Prema was invited as the only Indian on the global jury for the first ever PR Lions at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival 2009. She has also been part of the jury for the Holmes Report’s SABRE Awards as well as the PRWeek Awards. She was inducted into the ‘ICCO Hall of Fame’ in October 2005, the first Asian to receive this rare honour, joining a select group of global personalities.
Inspired by Mother Teresa, Prema established Genesis Foundation, a trust created to facilitate medical treatment for critically ill, under-privileged children with congenital heart defects.
Rahul is presently the Managing Director of APCO Worldwide, India, and brings nearly 30 years of experience in media and public affairs to the table.
A former newspaper editor, Rahul has lived and worked in various countries. Starting his journalism career in India, he joined Reuters in early 1990s where he covered some of the biggest political and economic stories in the region before returning home as Editor, Delhi, Hindustan Times. In his last journalistic role, Rahul was Editor of the Dubai-based Khaleej Times, the oldest English-language daily in the Gulf region.
Formerly, President, Rediffusion Communications, Rahul was President, Public Affairs, South Asia, at Genesis Burson-Marsteller where he led policy and political campaigns. As a public affairs expert, he has worked with clients across sectors, advising them on policy and crisis issues. Rahul has written extensively on global and regional financial markets and economic issues. His subject interests include China, foreign policy and international relations, and he has contributed to various Indian and foreign publications.
An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Rahul has a Masters in International Relations and Security from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at the Tufts University and a Masters in International Trade and Economy from Flinders University, Adelaide.
As Managing Director, Public Affairs & Strategic Engagements, Cisco, India & SAARC, Harish leads Cisco’s strategic engagement with National and State Governments of India on wide range of policy issues that concern Cisco in India - as an investor, globalization hub, seller and as a corporate citizen.
Harish actively participates in public policy forums in India and is a member of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s National Committee on Telecom, Executive Council of MAIT, Vice Chairman, American Chamber of Commerce in India (Northern Region), FICCI’s National Committee on Telecom and USIBC’s digital task force.
With over 22 years of experience in Public Affairs, Harish worked in IBM & Confederation of Indian Industry before joining Cisco in 2007.
Ajay Khanna is the Chief - Strategic & Public Affairs & Group Ombudsperson of Jubilant Bhartia Group (https://www.jubilantbhartia.com/).
The Jubilant Bhartia Group, has presence in diverse sectors like Pharmaceuticals, Life Science Ingredients and Drug Discovery Services, Performance Polymers, Food Service (QSR), Food, Auto, Consulting in Aerospace and Oilfield Services. Headquarter in India, the Group has presence in the United States, Canada, Europe, China, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Jubilant Life Sciences Limited and Jubilant FoodWorks Limited are the flagship companies of the group. Ajay is a graduate in Commerce from Shriram College of Commerce & a Degree in Law from University of Delhi.
Ajay was founding Chief Executive Officer (2002-2006) of India Brand Equity Foundation (www.ibef.org). This was a unique Public Private Partnership initiative to Promote, Project & Position India’s growth story globally. The IBEF, under Ajay’s leadership, together with Confederation of Indian Industry led “India Everywhere” campaign at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2006. A number of high profile global initiatives were taken during Ajay's four-year stint as the CEO of IBEF, a joint initiative of Ministry of Commerce, Government of India & Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
Ajay was Deputy Director General (1999-2008) with the Confederation of Indian Industry (www.cii.in), an apex industry association. He held several leadership positions in his career span of over 27 years with CII & led several key functions at international, national & regional levels. One of the key function was the relationship with the World Economic Forum, which Ajay handled for over 20 years. This included participation at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos & arranging its annual India Economic Summit.
Ajay also worked with Accenture India as a Partner (2008-2009) responsible for managing relationships with the Governments & Corporates before joining Jubilant Bhartia Group. He has been member of several high level Government delegations, committees and task forces of the World Economic Forum. He was the Vice Chair of South Asia Regional Strategy Group (RSG) of World Economic Forum & is closely involved with the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneur of the Year- India Award. He is a regular at WEF annual meeting in Davos where he has been participating for over 30 years.
In 2008, Ajay Co-Founded Public Affairs Forum of India (www.pafi.in). Since its inception, PAFI has been actively promoting transparent Public Affairs, Advocacy & Policy making. It provides a networking platform and opportunities to exchange views and share experience between corporates and various stakeholders, through panel discussions, seminars, close-door dialogues and the Annual National Forum. PAFI is the only platform for corporate public affairs practitioners in the country. Its objective is to redefine the paradigm of engagement for businesses with external stakeholders, from Government to Media to Civil Society and Academia. PAFI is dedicated to raise and maintain standards in Public Affairs, Public Policy & Advocacy and to enable the industry to attain recognition and credibility.
Ajay is married to Renu, a Corporate Lawyer & a Social Worker. Their daughter, Dr Surbhi is a medical Psychiatrist & son Dr Ankur is a dentist.
A communications and advocacy specialist with nearly two decades of experience across public policy, public diplomacy and integrated marketing communications, Medha has a deep understanding of the policy making system and related processes in the government and uses her knowledge effectively to navigate the complexities in the system. At Mastercard she works closely with the South Asia leadership to support them in achieving business and policy goals via internal and external communications.
Previously with Edelman and Genesis bcw, her clients during her consulting years included leading names in FMCG, IT/ ITES, energy and infrastructure, consumer electronics, financial services, banking & insurance, space and satellite communications, chemicals, automotive, healthcare and also the development sector.
For them, she has managed regulatory affairs, policy advocacy, stakeholder outreach and legislative monitoring & research, facilitating government partnerships and issues & crisis management.
She studied Economics at Lady Sri Ram College, has a Masters in Business Administration from the International Management Institute, New Delhi and a certificate in Public Policy from the Takshashila Foundation.
He has served the Tata Group over 35 years. He joined Tata Steel as Management Trainee in 1978 and held positions in diverse areas of the Steel Company’s operations. Starting his career within the steel works, he went on to head Corporate Communication for Tata Steel, a position he held for over 10 years. During his tenure as the Chief of Corporate Communications, Tata Steel pushed through its path breaking change management programme and became the least cost producer steel in the world. Corporate communications played a vital role in keeping the stake holders engaged through the change process.
Sanjay moved to New Delhi in 2002 as the Chief Resident Representative for Tata Steel, a role which moved away from communications to Government relations & public affairs. In 2004, he was appointed Vice President – Public Affairs in Tata Services. He is primarily responsible for engaging the Tata groups key stake holders in New Delhi --- Parliament and Ministries, think-tank’s and policy advisors, the business and industry associations, besides the international business community. He has also taken the lead role in organizing the Tata Groups defence companies at the Aero India and the defence exhibitions in the last few years.
Sanjay has a Master’s in Business Administration and has been trained at INSEAD France. He is a keen observer of policy trends globally and in India.