17-18 November 2023

Theme: Association Renaissance: Rediscovering Purpose

Taking inspiration from the historical renaissance period, this theme encourages associations to rediscover their core purpose, redefine their vision, and reimagine their impact on society.
1200 Onwards

Arrival Bengaluru

1300 – 1430

Networking Lunch

1430 – 1435

Welcome Delegates

Dr Monica Sood Bhatia

1435 – 1445

Welcome Address

Ramesh Chandra Lahoti President
Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI)
1445 – 1500

Experiences Made in the City in Nature

By the Singapore Tourism Board

1500 – 1530

1530 – 1600 (Keynote Session)

The Great Indian Story

This captivating keynote will showcase inspiring success stories of India that have achieved significant milestones, driven positive change, and made a difference in their respective domains. Learn from these exemplary case studies and draw inspiration for your association’s journey. 

Speaker: TBD

1600-1630 (Panel Discussion)

Relevance of Association!

In this thought-provoking keynote address, industry leaders will examine the evolving landscape of associations and their continued relevance in today’s fast-changing world. Gain insights into reimagining the role and purpose of associations to remain impactful and meaningful. 

Sajai Singh International Bar Association
Shekhar Sanyal Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET)
Arindam Mookherjee Society of Actuaries
1630 – 1700


1700 – 1730 (Plenary Session)

Whats’s Brand got to do!

What does your association’s brand say about the organization? Ideally, it should represent the leader for your industry or profession, locally, regionally, or nationally.

For years associations have relied on word of mouth (WOM) to play a role in creating that awareness. To stay relevant, Professional Associations must actively work on their brand. Associations have the opportunity to become the kinds of leaders and visionaries that attract people to them and advance their industries. Focussing on brand is just the beginning.

Prahlad Kakar Film Director & Author of Adman Madman
1730 – 1815 (Plenary Session)

Surviving to Thriving

In this Special address, renowned industry expert will share insights on how associations can evolve from merely surviving in a dynamic and ever-changing landscape to thriving amidst challenges. Discover strategies to adapt, innovate, and seize opportunities for growth. 

Pradip Amladi Mynd Storm
1815 – 1830

Group Photo

1830 – 2130

Cocktail/ Gala dinner/Networking


End of Day 1

0930 – 1000 (Wellness Session)

Cultivating a Resilient Mindset

Our wellness coach will be exploring the concept of resilience, how to boost your resilience to increase your well-being, and deal with overwhelm, as life throws curveballs and challenges your way. This is a great way to start the day and connect with each other to form a stronger, healthier team.

Sujata Kelkar Shetty Resilience Coach & Author of 99 Not Out!
1000 – 1030 (Panel Discussion)

End of Memberships !

With changing member expectations and the rise of alternative engagement models, associations are re-evaluating their membership structures. Join this thought-provoking discussion to explore new approaches to membership models and how to adapt to shifting member needs. 

Arindam Mookherjee Society of Actuaries
Daman Dev Sood IEEE
1030 – 1100 (Panel Discussion)

Effective Advocacy

Advocacy plays a pivotal role in influencing policies and driving change. Join this session to understand the art of effective advocacy and how associations can leverage their collective influence to advocate for their members’ interests and contribute to the development of a conducive business environment. 

Dilip Cherian Image Guru & Public Policy Expert
1100 – 1130 (Plenary Session)

Leveraging AI and How!

Artificial Intelligence (AI) presents exciting possibilities for associations. This session will uncover practical use cases of AI implementation, from enhancing member services to automating processes, enabling you to harness AI’s potential effectively.

Kingshuk Hazra LeadStrategus
1130 – 1200


1230 – 1300 (Panel Discussion)

Changing landscape of Chambers

Chambers are facing difficult obstacles to successful recruitment and retention. However, predicting challenges (and planning for them) is one of the best ways of surviving through them. As the voice of business, chambers must not just survive these challenges for their own sake, but for that of their members as well. Identifying potential struggles makes it easier to create an action plan to survive them.

Where: Scarlet Ballroom

Meera Venkat The Import Export Chamber of Commerce (IICCI)
Renu Shome The Council of EU Chamber of Commerce
1230 – 1300 (Keynote Session)

Vision to Innovation

In this concluding keynote, visionary leaders will share insights into driving innovation within associations. Gain valuable perspectives on fostering a culture of innovation, identifying opportunities, and positioning your association as a trailblazer in its field. 

Speaker: TBD

1300 – 1430

Networking Lunch & Closing


End of Day 2

Note: Above program is tentative


Pradip Amladi

Mynd Storm

Known for his exceptional ability to inspire, entertain and mystify, meet your host, Pradip Amladi. Motivational speaker, corporate mentalist, purveyor of mind games…. Pradip is all this and more.

In Mynd Storm, his signature presentation, you will see and participate in engaging interactive experiments that cleverly simulate certain lesser known quirks & oddities, forces & abilities of the adult human mind.

Pradip Amladi lives and works out of Mumbai, India and is a qualified chartered accountant. He comes with many years of work experience at two of India’s largest and most respected corporate houses. He has held senior management positions in both support and line functions, including those of Vice President Group Internal Audit and Vice President Materials.

Mind games are Pradip’s hobby and passion. His presentations are not just entertaining and mind-boggling. They are also warm, insightful and empathetic. Pradip has a strong faith and belief in people. He believes in the dictum ‘we are what we think we are’ and seeks to empower his audiences with confidence and awareness. ‘Mynd Storm’ almost represents his coming of age in the field of inspirational (para) psychological entertainment.

Karthik Ramesh

Saima Labs

Daman Dev Sood


Jaideep N. Malaviya

Intl Solar Energy Society

Gaurav Sood

Director Asia Pacific Institute of Management

Arindam Mookherjee

Society of Actuaries

Uma S Nair

Regional Director, The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), Bengaluru

Regional Director at ASSOCHAM Southern Region ( Public Policy, Regulatory Compliance, Government Affair/Liaisoning, Strategic Plg)Regional Director at ASSOCHAM Southern Region ( Public Policy, Regulatory Compliance, Government Affair/Liaisoning, Strategic Plg)

Sujata Kelkar Shetty

Resilience Coach & Author of 99 Not Out !, Bengaluru

She helps organizations and individuals achieve their wellness goals by using a unique evidence-based approach to wellness.

She is also the author of the book ‘99 Not Out’, which is a guide to living a long and healthy life. For many years, she wrote a mind-body health column for the Mint Business Newspaper.

Shekhar Sanyal

Global Strategy Lead, Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), Bengaluru

Shekhar Sanyal joined IET India in 2009 and under his leadership, IET India has grown from 800 members to 13,000. He continues to oversee the Indian branch of the organisation and has been referenced for his work in many mainstream publications.

Before joining the IET, he was the Sales Training Head for the Asia Pacific branch of Nortel. Shekhar has also worked as a regional Business Development Director, Special Projects Manager and Trainer with AchieveGlobal, the world’s largest soft skills training organisation.

Other roles have included Head of Region (South) for Business World and Head of Sales (Directories) for the Chennai branch of Tata Infomedia.

He has a BA (Hons) in English Literature from Delhi University and an MBA from the Institute of Management Studies.

Shankar Shinde

Chairman, Intl Fed of Customs Brokers Asso.(IFCBA), Mumbai

Highly accomplished, versatile and results driven Management executive with more than several years of experience in Logistics Management, Sales & Marketing Operations. Extensive background in all aspects of international Supply Chain Management including: logistics operations, import / export operations, distribution, warehousing, transportation and general Freight functions to name a few. Excellent Freight Forwarding skills coupled with proven track record of establishing strong client relationships within various countriesHighly accomplished, versatile and results driven Management executive with more than several years of experience in Logistics Management, Sales & Marketing Operations. Extensive background in all aspects of international Supply Chain Management including: logistics operations, import / export operations, distribution, warehousing, transportation and general Freight functions to name a few. Excellent Freight Forwarding skills coupled with proven track record of establishing strong client relationships within various countries

Sajai Singh

Lawyer & LPD Council Member, International Bar Association, Bengaluru

Sajai’s broad-based practice focuses on Mergers, Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, strategic alliances, restructurings and financings (whether debt or equity), with particular emphasis on cross-border transactions. Sajai regularly counsels overseas clients interested in investing, contracting or otherwise engaging with India, Indian business and entrepreneurs.

He is an acclaimed transactional lawyer with more than 32 years of experience representing a wide variety of industries, businesses and sectors funnel investments into India. This wealth of experience means that he understands the issues that arise in major transactions and can provide solutions to resolve these issues; providing advice that goes well beyond legal and contractual matters, and into the technical and commercial heart of the success of the transaction.

Sajai also conducts internal investigations, conflict resolutions and advises on regulatory aspects, including:

  • all aspects of white-collar crime, government investigation and compliance with the Prevention of Corruption Act, the Money Laundering Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), UK Bribery Act and other local and international anti-corruption laws.
  • Indian employment law, industrial relations, whistle blower complaints and executive compensation practices.

In terms of industries, while Sajai works across a wide variety of industries, he maintains an active practice in the Knowledge based industries sectors. He is known as a pioneering lawyer supporting the development of the Information Technology sector in India.

He regularly publishes and speaks on a variety of legal, regulatory and transaction related topics, specially focused on cross-border trade.

Sajai is passionate about education, and regularly conducts client education seminars, executive education programs and boot campus for young lawyers. The Cyberspace Camp™ program is one such program he has patronized and promoted in several developing nations. Sajai is the Past President of ITechLaw, the International Technology Lawyers Association. This is a first for any Asian. Sajai is also the past Chair of the International Bar Association (IBA) Technology Law Committee. Again, a first for any Asian.

Sajai currently serves as a Council Member of IBA’s Legal Practice Division.

Ramesh Chandra Lahoti

President, Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) Bengaluru

Shri Ramesh Chandra Lahoti took charge as Sr. Vice President of Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FKCCI) on 1st October 2022 for the year 2022-23.

Shri Ramesh Chandra Lahoti is a Senior Member of FKCCI who has actively involved as Chairman of APMC and Internal Trade and other Committees involved with Trade at FKCCI.

Prahlad Kakar

Film Director & Author of Adman Madman, Mumbai

Prahlad founded Genesis Film Production in 1977 and virtually invented a new genre of television Advertising in India in the years that followed. Prahlad Kakar is the main Advertising Film Director, for Genesis Film Production, one of India’s oldest and foremost ad film production houses since its inception in 1977. Prahlad has ruled the advertising world with his brand of universal humor, memorable brand building campaigns and has created Award winning commercials for the most reputed Corporates, Brands and agencies in India and the Asia Pacific region. “To tell a story in 30 secs in the most engaging way possible” remains Prahlad’s USP and reason for his continued passion as a Media professional in Marketing Communication and ad filmmaking, even 40 years later. Known as the “Ad guru” he has been instrumental in changing the face of advertising in our country bringing in the appropriate “regional Indianess” and values into an urban context through his films, creative workshops, PR and communication skills, articles and interviews.

Prahlad has helped create memorable campaigns for brands like Pepsi, Gold spot , Maggie Noodles, Britannia Biscuits, Limca and Maggi Sauces “Its different!”. After over 40 years in the Advertising Film business Genesis have worked with National and International clients like PepsiCo (India, Pakistan, NY and the Asian region), Nestle, HLL, ITC, Videocon, Dabur, Emami and Britannia etc. Through the years, these corporates have continued to communicate their brand stories through Prahlad making films that capture the dreams and aspirations of his vast target audience, Prahlad has ruled the ad film making business and has won several awards for technical excellence, Innovation and creativity in communication and advertising over the years in India. Prahlad has directed award winning Ad Film campaigns for these organizations in the last 40 years, some which have won awards in International Advertising festivals like Cannes and Lions Awards.

Meera Venkat

Chairperson, The Import Export Chamber of Commerce (IICCI), Bengaluru

Meera Venkat is globally recognized as a leading futurist, speaker, strategy advisor, and C-Suite professional.

She is President of Raise Global and founded Raise Global C-Suite Thought Leaders Networks ,which includes CEO,CFO, CHRO,CMO,CIO/CTO, CPO, which helps leading organizations act today to create a successful tomorrow.

Meera Venkat works globally as a strategy advisor to leading organizations, SME/MSME, Funded startups. She works with C-Suite executives, boards of directors, senior executives, and strategy teams to lead and stimulate effective strategic planning and thinking. She has deep expertise in facilitating strategic thinking among executive teams, provoking valuable insights and bringing to bear high-level perspectives on the future, disruption, industry shifts and opportunities.

Meera Venkat is the President of RAISE GLOBAL , unique research based reputation consulting firm, which works with the C Level Executives. She is the recipient of

  1. “Women Economic Forum Award” – 2018
  2. “Global Women of Excellence Award” – CIAC Global – 2018
  3. “Women of Substance” – NEFD Award for women – 2017
  4. “Business Excellence Award – 2016” by Future of India and CNBC
  5. “The Best Women Achiever Award” for the year 2013 by PRI.

She holds the following honorary positions

  1. Chairperson WeLEED – Women Economic Forum
  2. Chairperson ISTD(Indian Soceity of Learning and Development), Bangalore, Karnataka
  3. Chairperson International IChamber of Commerce and Industry, Karnataka
  4. Special committee – Aerospace , BCIC(Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce)

Meera is a regular commentator and speaker in many forums and top colleges and universities in India, on many events and conferences. She has written and co-authored many articles in the books and magz and also featured in many of the top news report magazines.

Kingshuk Hazra

Digital Transformation Expert, Bengaluru

I run LeadStrategus – a sales & marketing consulting firm. Talk with me if you need ideas or help in setting-up a Digital Sales/Marketing engine. In times like now our webinar-as-a-service can gather your target audience, run the webinar (including content) for you, & create a GDPR compliant list for you.

I have been fortunate to be hands-on in almost all areas of Marketing & Sales – CMO, Business Development, Thought Leadership, Demand Generation, Closed Loop Lead Management, Database & CRM, Inside Sales, Market Research, Analyst Relations, and Sales/Marketing Operations across some interesting brands – Amazon, SAP, Gartner, Naukri, Pluralsight, Oracle, IBM, IMRB. What I am proud of most is having created some very effective & resource-light Pipeline Generation, Outbound Tele-center, KPO & Research programs that generated very high ROI for my employers. My vision for LeadStrategus is to do the same for our customers.

In my last role I was Head Marketing – Amazon Web Services helping establish the beachhead for AWS in India.

At SAP, as the Demand Generation Head reporting to the CMO, I was responsible for achieving the India Marketing Deal contribution & Pipeline build targets. I setup a lead flow system that tracked leads from Campaign Planning to deal closure; hired, trained & managed on-ground Business Development + Outbound Tele-marketing teams that ‘farmed SME ERP customers from the Great Indian hinterland’ – where competitors got to hear about their un-prospected opportunities after our win announcement.

I enjoy smarketing & inside sales coaching, training & mentoring – and I am loving the opportunity to design LeadStrategus around my passions!

Dilip Cherian

Image Guru & Public Policy Expert, Delhi

Dilip Cherian, Consulting Partner at Perfect Relations, is Founding Partner of Perfect Relations, South Asia’s largest communications consultancy with 14 offices and over 550 professionals on the team. Known as India’s “Image Guru”, he is one of India’s foremost Public Affairs consultants and strategic Election advisors. He is also a syndicated columnist and his writings appear in several newspapers. He is also an Independent Director on several Media Boards. Dilip lives in NCR but considers India his “home turf”. He is intrigued and inspired by the new forces of change being unleashed everywhere from politics to business.

Anil Chauhan

Founder Director, Intl Contract Pharma Association (ICPA), Bengaluru

Experienced professional with a demonstrated history of delivering results in the life sciences industry. Strong business and operations management skills. Experienced professional with a demonstrated history of delivering results in the life sciences industry. Strong business and operations management skills.