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CNBC-TV18 commences 15th year of India Business Leader Awards, launches 'Leadership Collective'

The initiative witnessed industry experts shedding light on economic successes via thought-provoking conversations

Celebrating 20 years of its excellence, business news channel CNBC-TV18, gearing up for its 15th edition of ‘India Business Leaders Awards’, launched the ‘Leadership Collective’ in Bangalore on December 11.

The India Business Leaders Awards will be scheduled sometime around January 2020, felicitating disruptors and visionaries who have led the nation and the industry towards continuous growth and success.


To identify the transformation of the ever-evolving industries of the Indian economy and markets, the channel invited industry veterans to throw light on the pertinent issues and challenges that would arise in meeting the ambitious $5-trillion economy.

The gathering saw industry heads congregate to deliberate on the current state of the economy. The show was launched by a keynote address by woman entrepreneur Kiran Majumdar Shaw, Chairman and MD, Biocon. 

Shaw raised some questions on gender inequality across industries, be it urban or rural and how it’s about time women get more voice, freedom and independence among their peers.

The keynote paved way for the larger thematic for the evening, the panel on “Mind the Gap: Going for equitable Growth”.  The panel saw a blend of experts comprising Nithin Kamath, CEO, Zerodha; Zarin Daruwala, CEO, Standard Chartered; Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, MD & CEO, Biocon; Shanti Raghavan, Founder & CEO, Enable India; Poonam Bir, Founder of Daily Dump and Arundhati Gupta, Founder, Mentor together.

Daruwala spoke on technology’s role in propelling the BFSI sector, better channelling resources and role of analytics in assessing credit-worthiness of applicants. Raghavan emphasised the need to empower the specially-abled populace of the country and make them contributors in the quest for enhanced economic development. Bir spoke about the need for environmental consciousness, changing the fundamental DNA of people’s apathy towards the earth’s finite resources. Kamath threw light on how entrepreneurial spirit in the country is being encouraged by regulatory bodies such as RBI and SEBI.  On a light-hearted note Gupta stressed the fact that role models among younger women need to change, and be more aspirational for a forward thinking millennia.

Summarising the discussion, Shereen left everyone with relevant thoughts around gender inclusion, disability inclusion, environmental sensitivity, viewing them with an impartial lens, as they pose a challenge as well as an opportunity that could put India back on the growth trajectory.


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