The dawn of the second quarter of 2020 saw an event unprecedented in the history of humankind. The COVID19 suddenly became a dreaded term for people and businesses alike. While there has been a tremendous harm caused by the virus, many businesses have seen “devastation”. In wake of the ongoing crises, SpeakIn has kept its spirits high and has launched its highly rated #ManagingChange series. The #ManagingChange webinar sessions are a series of live online events in the form of discussions where some of the tallest names from different industries address some of the most pivotal questions of the masses. Sharing her thoughts on the major transition to online events, Deepshikha Kumar Anand, Founder and Managing Partner, SpeakIn says, “When the COVID19 hit us, it was bad. It was a time when there was no clear direction as to what should be the next step. However, one thing was clear – that no one had any idea about how to sail through these times. That’s where we decided to reach out to our network and bring industry leaders and Expert Speakers to a platform where they can share their insights on how to best cope with the ongoing crisis and help as many people and businesses as possible”.
These discussions are also a source of the most credible and reliable information, coming directly from the industry leaders themselves. The aim of these discussions is to educate and inform the audiences to make the correct decisions during the current times, and to equip them with the knowledge that will help them in the times to come. Taking the leaders’ thoughts public have positively impacted many people and have inspired them to sail through the current times. The top 10 expert speakers who have made a huge difference through their excellence in speech are:
Manoj Kohli (Country Head, SoftBank India)
Fondly named as “Mr. Dependable” by the telecom czar Sunil Mittal, Manoj Kohli has come a long way from expanding Airtel’s network across the country to becoming a rainmaker for one of the world’s most popular conglomerates. He shares his timeless wisdom in the backdrop of the ongoing COVID19 crisis, “The world is ready for a huge transformation. We had lost sense of some lessons over the years and now we’re getting back those lessons. That includes caring for nature and environment. There is suffering also. Overall, there are many lessons that can be learnt for the people, nations and businesses to reset our lives and reset our future”.
- Manoj Kohli, Country Head, SoftBank India
Tracy Enos (LinkedIn Expert Speakers and International Bestselling Author)
Tracy is a world-renowned LinkedIn Consultant and a profile makeover specialist. She is an expert speakers and she is a professional expert in teaching proven LinkedIn methods that reduce the Learning Curve & helps in generation of more sales and revenue. Best known for her book ‘LinkedIn Publishing to Profits: A Simply 5-Step System to Attract High Paying Clients’, Tracy summarizes how to generate content that sells and strategies to promote you and your products and services through the path of – Prepare, Perform, Publish, Promote, Profit. She adds “ The easiest way to start in content is in your business is to ask what are the 10 faq’s that people ask you about your business & from there only you got 10 videos”
- Tracy Enos, LinkedIn Speaker and International Bestselling Author
Suhel Seth (Author, Columnist and Founder and Managing Partner, Counselage India)
Popular personality and TV Pundit – Suhel Seth has always been recognized for his unadulterated views. In a candid conversation, Suhel shared his views about the socio-economic impact of the ongoing crisis and what the role of the Supreme Court has been in tackling the situation. He comments, “To my mind Reserve Bank of India and its Governor Shaktikant Das are one of the saving graces of this administration. And I think that RBI has done more to provide support to India’s financial woes than anyone else”.
- Suhel Seth, Author, Columnist and Founder and Managing Partner, Counselage India
Mahavir Pratap Sharma (Chair of the Board of Trustees at TiE Global)
A serial entrepreneur who is part of umpteen businesses and social organizations, Mahavir exudes passion in angel investing, leadership and mentoring. He is a strong advocate of a liberal policy environment for the startups in India and has been stressing on inclusion of Non-Profits, Angel Investors and VCs in policy making process for the states and the country. He advises the start-ups that have been impacted by the COVID19, “If your start-up is not pivot table, cutdown on expenses, lie low, maybe look for some bridge funds in the next 5-6 months when you need it. Survive and duck down the crisis”.
- Mahavir Pratap Sharma, Chair of the Board of Trustees at TiE Global
Harish Bijoor (Owner, Harish Bijoor Consults Inc.)
‘Brand Thinker’, Expert Speakers and practitioner Harish has always been ahead of the consumer thinking curve. With a consulting presence across the markets of Hong Kong, Seattle, London, Istanbul, Dubai and the Indian subcontinent, he has advised corporate audiences across the globe in the realm of motivation, people-management issues, brands, marketing and business at large. On the current ‘COVID-kaal’, he comments, “COVID19 is a defining point in our entire sense of life. First of all, it’s about life itself – it’s shaking life. Secondly, it is about the subset of life, which is the economy. It’s a subset of the economy which is called business. It’s a subset of the business called marketing and it’s a subset of marketing that is branding. And at the end of the chain are consumers and COVID19 has shaken and stirred consumers like never before”.
- Harish Bijoor, Owner, Harish Bijoor Consults Inc.
Shashank Srivastava (Executive Director, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.)
One of the most popular expert speakers and voices in the Indian automobile industry, Shashank is a respected figure and is currently heading the country’s biggest carmaker. He has formerly served as the Chief General Manager and Second-in-Command in the Sales and Marketing till 2012 and has spent his entire career in the same vertical. Commenting on the scenario in the Indian automobile industry, Shashank shares his views, “At Maruti Suzuki, we’re quite bullish about India’s long-term future. The penetration of cars in India is less than 27 cars per 1000 – one of the lowest in any of the developing countries”. He adds, “GDP growth and car sales have a very high correlation. The scene in the short run will depend on the sentiments that prevail, and sentiments can change very quickly”.
Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.
Dr. Aseem Chauhan (Chairman and Chancellor, Amity University)
Dr. Aseem Chauhan is the Chairman and Chancellor of Amity University as well as Founding Promoter of the Amity Education Group and a Founding Trustee of the Ritnand Balved Education Foundation, which currently have over 120,000 students in 250 programs at 150 institutions. Having 30 Campuses in India as well as campuses in London, Singapore, Dubai, Mauritius, South Africa and China, Amity University and Amity Institutions have consistently been ranked amongst the top in the country. On the long-term direction of education, Dr. Chauhan comments, “Discussions are happening at two different levels. One is within the institutions themselves – what are the best solutions that we can provide to address the issue. The other is within government departments and examination office departments. I’m very sure that we will very soon have some answers in hand”.
- Dr. Aseem Chauhan, Chairman and Chancellor, Amity University
Radhika Gupta (CEO, Edelweiss Asset Management Company)
An asset management professional, who enjoys leading teams and building businesses, Radhika’s journey has been a tale of inspiration. Once known as the ‘girl with broken neck’, she has built a Rs. 30,000 crore Indian mutual fund house. At a young age, Radhika has already been recognized as one of India’s top 30 most powerful women in business. She says “My advice to my 20 year old self would be to chase after experiences, just learn & assimilate all that you can.”
- Radhika Gupta, CEO, Edelweiss Asset Management Company
Venkatesh Iyer (Founder, Goli Vada Pav)
From finance to food, from numerary to cookery, Venky has taken a big plunge. With over 15 years of work exp in the financial services, he has been instrumental in helping entrepreneurs translate ideas into business in the Modern Retail, Fashion & Computer education space. But one fine day, Venky decided to change his course and create what was then called a very creative food revolution – “Corporatization” of the humble Vada Pav and to see it as a brand amongst the Pizzas & Burgers of the world. He shares his humble beginnings as an entrepreneur, “After 15 years of working in corporate finance, if I’ll do something, that’ll have to do something for the underprivileged. That’s why education, employment and entrepreneurship for the underprivileged was my motivation”.
- Venkatesh Iyer, Founder, Goli Vada Pav
Ravi Bhoothalingam (Founder and Chairman, Manas Advisory)
Ravi heads Manas Advisory – a consultancy practice focusing on leadership coaching as well as on business and cultural relations with China, Myanmar and Mongolia. Previously he has served in important positions while working with Oberoi Group of Hotels, VST Industries and BAT Plc (London). He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London and on the Governing Council of the Institute of Chinese Studies, India. He is in the editorial boards of World Affairs and China Report. On India’s position in South Asia during the COVID19 era, Ravi shares his views, “Every market has turned much riskier. However, India has a more stable market compared to many of the markets in central Asia”. He however adds, “India needs trade and India needs investment if we want to recover quickly.”
- Ravi Bhoothalingam, Founder and Chairman, Manas Advisory