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At MDI, it is our belief that experiences of corporate leaders provide invaluable learning to the students of management. The Business Thought Leadership Series has been designed to serve as a forum for exchange of intellectually stimulating ideas between business heads and future managers through the lecture format. Such sessions see students getting a practical perspective on the theoretical concepts learnt in class with the industry stalwarts gaining fresher and newer ideas. Continuing with this tradition, MDI saw the most successful managers, leaders, and thinkers descend on campus during the previous academic year.

Business Thought Leadership

Name Designation
Mr. Arun Maira Chairman, BCG India
Mr. Kurt Droeshout Director CBD, P&G India
Mr. Chris Oberoi Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
Mr. Venkat Ramaswamy Executive Director& Head‐Investment Banking, Edelweiss Capital
Mr. Jennifer McEnhill VP, Investment Banking, Morgan Stanley
Mr. David Butler VP, Design, The Coca-Cola Company
Mr. K.C. Chakrabarty Chairman and Managing Director, PNB and now, Deputy Governor, RBI
Mr. Narayana Murthy Chairman and Chief Mentor, Infosys
Mr. Anand Mahindra Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Mahindra Group
Mr. Azim Premji Chairman, Wipro Technologies
Mr. Ashish Gupta Director, Corporate Finance, ABN AMRO Asia
Mr. Dipankar Ghosh Associate Director, Ernst & Young
Mr. Mark Klender Principal Consultant, Deloitte Global Consulting
Mr. Karl Slym President and Managing Director, General Motors India
Mr. Harald Krueger Member of Board of Management, Human Resources Director, BMW AG
Mr. Navin Rao HR (Operations) Manager, IKEA South Asia
Mr. Olivier Blum Managing Director, Schneider India
Ms. Sangeeta Talwar CEO & MD, NDDB
Mr. Eric Rondolat Executive Vice President, Power Asia-Pacific Business, Schneider Electric
Mr. Pradeep Agarwal Head, Enterprise Business, Google India
Mr. Wolfgang Lehmacher CEO, GeoPost Intercontinental SAS
Mr. Janamitra Devan VP, World Bank
Mr. Ameet Nivsarkar VP, NASSCOM
Dr. C Rangarajan Chairman, Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council
Ms. Eloise Goulder Executive Director, Goldman Sachs
Mr. Sudeep Krishna Senior Manager, Deloitte Strategy & Operations
Mr. Rohtash Mal Executive Director, Escorts
Mr. Anoop Prakash Managing Director, Harley-Davidson India
Mr. Deepak Mukherjee Country Head, Corporate Affairs, Shell India
Ms. Rashmi Mohanty Head, Treasury, Religare
Mr. Mohapatra President, Financial Market Department, Ministry of Finance
Mr.Lakshmi Narayan Ramlingam Head BFS, Cognizant
Mr. Rakesh Malik Partner, Hewitt Associates 
Mr. Murthy Chebiyyan Pro Director Service Quality Research, IBM
Mr. Nitin Mohan CEO, Blackberrys
Mr. Mrityunjay Kumar Country Head, Retail and Sales, John Players
Mr. Prashant Agnihotri Head, GSM, Nokia Siemens
Mr. Tej Nirmal Singh Head, SCM, Ericsson

Apart from ‘Business Thought Leadership’ sessions we also have the Synapse series, apart from Workshops, Live Projects, and other corporate forums. The aim of the Synapse series is to have senior practicing managers share their functional expertise with students and provide them a practical view of the various functions of an organization. The series is conducted in a lecture format.

Workshops serve as customized avenues for organizations to interact with students. Simulation games, experiential exercises, and domain-specific training are some examples of the types of workshops that have been explored in the past.

Live Projects are an excellent opportunity for the students to assist managers in solving live business issues. These live projects could either be in the form of an independent project or a part of an ongoing project. For students, these projects are an opportunity to showcase their skills in the related areas in real business scenarios. For participating organizations, it is an opportunity to evaluate and leverage the caliber and intellectual capital of the students. At MDI, Live Projects are considered extremely serious assignments and hence each project is supervised by a faculty mentor who both guides the students doing the project and continually monitors the project’s progress. Our students have been appreciated in the past for their efforts in Live Projects at leading organizations such as ABN Amro, Bharti, Cadbury, Deloitte, CRISIL, HUL, McKinsey Consulting, Philips, ICRA, Motorola, Nestle, Nokia, Reckitt Benckiser, RPG, Apollo Tyres, Aditya Birla Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ranbaxy, etc.

Apart from the above, Delphique, the flagship research event of MDI has been a meeting ground for students and the industry for the last 14 years. Delphique strives to collaborate with various leading companies for knowledge partnership for different panels spanning all management verticals. Delphique provides a platform for the Knowledge Partner to highlight the upcoming trends in its industry to the students and give them an opportunity to work on a research project on a relevant topic.

Our Marketing Research Fair, Illumina, which is scheduled around Diwali (hence the name) offers organizations an opportunity to conduct extensive marketing research through the thousands of consumers who visit this fair annually. In the past, companies such as HUL, Pepsi, State Bank of India, the Aditya Birla Group, and Eureka Forbes have actively participated in this event and benefited from it.

We invite you to be a part of MDI through the various student initiatives described above to develop a mutually beneficial relationship with us.