-India’s largest network of speakers and thought leaders, SpeakIn, releases the list of hottest speakers of the season. The men and women who are influencing our thoughts and actions. Read on!
New Delhi, June 2019 – India’s largest network of speakers ‘SpeakIn’ today announced the list of the top 10 trendiest speakers for the month of June, 2019. In line with the cricket fervour, former Indian cricket captain Saurav Ganguly tops the list as India’s voice of the season at the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
The list includes among others Tamal Bandhyopadhyay, one of India’s tallest financial authors, and business leaders like Ashish Harshraj Kale in Automotive and Retail and Rajdeep Sardesai, a revered journalist.
Deepshikha Kumar, Founder and CEO SpeakIn says “India is going through some very exciting times, from elections to cricket. And we are glad to present an array of speakers who can represent the depth of trending topics which are globally relevant.”
Here is the SpeakIn list of ‘hottest’ speakers for the month of June 2019:
10. Harimohan Paruvu – Management and Life Principles through Cricket
Harimohan Paruvu is a first-class cricketer, novelist, coach, and workshop facilitator. His first novel, ‘The Men Within – A Cricketing Tale’ is the first work of fiction on cricket in Indian Writing in English and has been made into a popular Telugu movie ‘Golconda High School’. As a speaker he has delivered talks on ‘Cricket, Creativity and Writing’”. On management principles learnt from Cricket, Harimohan comments, “Cricket reflects the best of management practices. It is a fun, interactive and experiential way to learn important management practices such as personal excellence, team building, and leadership”. Presently, Harimohan conducts workshops on the winning mindset, building champion teams and leadership.
9. Andrew J Ryder – The Art of Communication and Effective Speaking Skills
Andrew loves to liven things up and is mostly a conversation starter, thus quite apt to be spearheading the “Damn Good Speakers” workshop for SpeakIn. With more than 19 years in Learning and Development from leading Hotels to leading Consultancy firms in South East Asia, Andrew has captivated the audience from the stage to boardrooms with a mixed flair of communication styles and even required theatrics. Andrew believes “Trust is the basic part of a relationship, closely followed by good effective Communication”, he lives with the ideology that relations and rapport make communication interesting”.
8. Jasmeen Patheja – Sexual Violence
An artist, and the founder director of Blank Noise – a community of Action Heroes across India and beyond, united to eradicate sexual, gender based violence – Jasmeen works to break societal denial and to create collective ownership of the issue, by mobilising individuals and community to take agency in tackling the issue. She firmly believes, “To end the cycle of sexual violence, we have to end the systemic use of victim blame. I Never Ask For It”. She designs interventions that confront fear, initiate trust and empathy. Patheja initiated Blank Noise in response to street harassment, in 2003, as a graduation project. It was a result of her horrid experience of being harassed on the streets as a schoolgirl and equally because of her disgust in public apathy.
7. Sudhir Ahluwalia – Transforming Organizations
Author, Speaker, and Business Strategy expert – Sudhir Ahluwalia is a veteran and leading specialist in business advisory and strategic consulting for global corporations such as TCS. His expertise has enabled struggling companies to turn around their performance and profits. On transformation of an organization, Sudhir comments, “Transformation requires examining in an integrated manner people, processes and technology of an organization seeking to make a quantum jump in operational efficiency and that learning organizations survive and thrive in bad and good times.”. A former Indian Forest Services officer, Sudhir today writes for several Indian IT journals and has penned multiple books on herbs, food and nature-based health solutions.
6. Avijit Dutt – Theatre in the ‘Video on Demand’ Age
Popular Indian filmmaker, artist, theatre executive, and communications expert, Avijit has done over 75 plays in English, Hindi & Bengali. Dutt has also acted in eminent Hollywood and Bollywood films namely Gandhi To Hitler, Jolly LLB 2, No One Killed Jessica and others. On being asked about theatre in the present age, Avijit comments, “Theatre is the one form that’s been dying for the last few centuries…yet it still survives!”. He explains, “Video on Demand Age has thrown up great opportunities for Theatre actors. With most work happening in Bombay, production teams don’t mind paying for travel, board and a fee that’s respectable, from wherever Theatre talent be. The appearances in Web-series also gives the reason for the Celeb hungry audiences to come see Theatre they act in. So actually, the Age contributes to the wellness of the medium!”. Avijit is currently serving as the Chief Motivator & Director of Enable Advisory & Intervention working for the larger good with Creative solutions. He is credited with launching the Childline with UNICEF & National Human Rights Commission and directed a documentary and drove 18,000 km across South Asia with a peace initiative-‘Hands Across the Borders’.
5. Tamal Bandyopadhyay – Future of Non-Banking Finance in India
Tamal Bandyopadhyay is one of the most respected business journalists in India. His weekly column, Banker’s Trust, in India’s second-largest read financial daily Mint, is widely read for its deep insights into the world of finance and its unerring ability to anticipate major policy moves. He has authored four books – From Lehman to Demonetization: A Decade of Disruptions, Reforms and Misadventures, Bandhan: The Making of a Bank, Sahara: The Untold Story and A Bank for the Buck. Comparing today’s scenario of non-banking finance sector in India to that of August 2018, he says, “It seems things are far more serious — it’s probably close to a Lehman moment. Many of them [NBFCs] have problems with the quality of their assets. We will see a big churn in the sector; a few will fall and others will change their business model. And, most of them will aspire to become banks as fast as possible”. Tamal’s fifth book, HDFC Bank 2.0; From Dawn to Digital is set for July launch.
4. Deependra Singh Hooda – India-Pakistan Relations
A decorated army veteran, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishist Seva Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal awardee and the architect of the ‘Surgical Strikes’ carried out in Pakistan in September 2016, Lieutenant General D S Hooda (Retired) is amongst the most revered veterans of the Indian Army. He has also served on the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea for which he was awarded the UNMEE Medal. On being asked about his views on India-Pakistan relations he replies, “India-Pakistan relations are unfortunately held hostage to the issue of terrorism emanating from Pakistan. I think it will require a major attitude change from the Pakistan Army to create conditions for any normalization. India should also not shut the door to diplomacy because dialogue can promote a better understanding of each other’s positions.” In a military career spanning four decades, Hooda has handled numerous operational and leadership challenges along our borders and during internal conflicts and continues to inspire millions for service for the nation.
3. Rajdeep Sardesai – Role of Media in the ever-changing landscape
Padma Shri Rajdeep Sardesai is a well renowned Indian journalist and author. Sardesai has worked as the Managing Editor of the news channels NDTV 24X7 and NDTV India, directing the news schedule for both channels, as well as an Additional Director of Television Eighteen India Ltd. He comments on the role of media in the ever-changing landscape, “The rise of social media is both empowering and disruptive: it has democratised public opinion but also created a polarised news universe where complex issues are reduced to 180 characters on a medium like Twitter. Fake news always existed but now it travels at a speed that offers little scope for checks and balances.” Voted as the Person of the Year by Impact, Sardesai has won various awards including the “News Anchor of the Year” for the three consecutive years at the Hero Honda India Television Academy Awards and “Best TV News Anchor” at the India News Television Awards 2008. He also won the Journalist of the Year grant and won the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in 2007.
2. Ashish Kale – Changed Automotive Ecosystem in India
Ashish Kale is the Managing Director of Provincial Automobile, Nagpur, one of the Oldest Dealer partners of Mahindra and Mahindra. He is also the President of the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (F A D A) and Vidarbha Automobile Dealer Association since 2012. Ashish specializes in working with dealers and OEM’s on a broad range of strategy, operations, and organizational issues and is an expert on new mobility. On the changing automotive ecosystem, Kale comments, “With increasing spend-capacity, high levels of product awareness, rapidly evolving expectations and demand for personalised products & services, customers are taking the centre stage of the entire automotive ecosystem”. Ashish’s accurate forecasts about market shifting trends and his predictions for industry leading corporations have made him one of the most sought-after experts for the automobile sector in India. His insights on business growth and overcoming organizational obstacles continue to be featured in several dailies across the country.
1. Sourav Ganguly – The Game of Cricket
Sourav Ganguly is known as the Bengal Tiger of the Indian cricket team and is arguably one of the most successful captains ever in the history of Indian cricket. One of the greatest ODI batsmen of all time, his aggressive form of leadership heralded a new era in Indian cricket and helped the team secure many memorable wins at home and overseas in the early 2000s. Reminiscing about the game, Ganguly says “You are anxious before every game because you had to win it. If you didn’t you went down the ladder. I felt proud of the way we beat some teams in tough games”. Tenderly known as Dada, Ganguly is presently an Indian cricket analyst and the chief of the Indian national group. Currently, he is also delegated as the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal and President of the Editorial Board with Wisden India.
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