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DELPHIQUE 2016:

Alumni Delphique is MDI’s Annual National Management Convention. Delphique is India’s only B-school event which focuses on strong research in various domains of management. Derived from the famous ‘Delphi’ method, the event provides the perfect platform for practitioners & thought leaders from the industry, academia and the student populace to come together to discuss contemporary issues faced by the industry.

MDI Gurgaon organized Delphique – The National Management Convention at its campus partnering with 24 companies with the presence of more than 65 corporate leaders and industry stalwarts. This was the 20th year of Delphique and the convention stayed true to its theme of Research, Review and Resolve with the involvement of over 800 attendees & participants. Yes Bank and The Times Group Dare2Compete were the sponsors of the event which was also supported by IDBI Bank, Teakwood Leathers and BMW Bird automotive.

Famously known as the Red Carpet event of MDI, Delphique is a confluence of three events:

Research Panel Discussions – Faculty mentored research coupled with a high profile panel discussion
Vincenza - International Business Plan competition
Cerebro - National Case Study Challenge.

Delphique got extensive corporate participation from knowledge partners such as RPG, ICRA, Ericsson, Shoppers Stop, Equirus, Ogilvy & Mather and Kantar Millward Brown. The 3 day event was inaugurated on 17th evening with Mr. Rajeev Talwar, CEO and whole time director, DLF Ltd and Mr. Robert Menzies- Head- Strategy and Corporate planning, Godrej Industries Ltd. With many research panels on board, the research panel discussions provided a platform for students to present their ideas and research findings across to the corporates and thereby learn from their experiences.

Delphique also conducted a National Case study competition called Cerebro in association with The Times Group. More than 200 participants across top b-schools of India took part in the competition and teams from IIM Lucknow, XLRI Jamshedpur, SCMHRD Pune, IMT Ghaziabad and MDI Gurgaon made it to the finals of the competition. The final was conducted on 18th November in the presence of Mr. Suneet Johar – VP, BCCL, TOI Brand and Mr. Pancham Dogra – Head, Talent Acquisition BCCL.

Keeping up with the startup age, a B-plan competition in association with Indian Angel Network and VCCircle was organised wherein budding entrepreneurs and emerging start-ups presented their b-plan and were judged by Mr. Sandro Stephens – Head - North & South India, Indian Angels Network; Mr. Prateek Kathpal – Associate Vice President, VCCircle and Ms. Sakshi Vij – Founder and CEO, Myles. A startup from UK also participated in the competition.

Over the years, Delphique has had a healthy association with leading dailies and newspapers. Delphique 2016-17 got extensive coverage in Times of India and Economic Times. Other media partners such as InsideIIM, Your Story, ED and MBA Rendezvous also covered the event.

ILLUMINA

Alumni Illumina, the disguised market research festival organised by MDI has been providing companies the unique opportunity to study consumer behavior through creative disguised market research, designed by the students of MDI, under the guidance of faculty. With a successful track record of 20 years, Illumina is a cost effective medium of research conducted in the heart of Gurgaon attracting a footfall in excess of 8000. Illumina consists of four different formats. Urban Illumina is celebrated as a "Diwali Mela" in the MDI grounds with glimmering lights and huge fanfare. With an aim to gauge the mind-set of the rural consumer, Rural Illumina is conducted at the Dussehra Mela in the village of Pataudi. The other two formats, Expressions and Indulge target children and mall going audience respectively.

IMPERIUM

Alumni Imperium, the annual inter B-school management and cultural fest of MDI, is a confluence of the finest brains of the country. Organized independently by the students of the institute, the flagship event with its cartloads of activities and games provides the perfect opportunity to form networks, test managerial skills and put classroom knowledge into practice. The activities at Imperium include highly competitive case study competitions across all the management domains - Marketing, Strategy, Operations, Leadership etc, and engaging discussions by thought leaders and events for corporate executives. The stimulating event has garnered huge amount of attention over the past years and brings together talent from all over the nation, to celebrate everything from academics to management to music and arts.

Inauguration – 17th November, 2016

The 3 day event was inaugurated on 17th evening by Shri Rajeev Talwar, CEO and Whole-time director, DLF Ltd. and Mr. Robert Menzies, Head- Strategy and corporate planning, Godrej Industries Ltd. The platinum year of Delphique saw renewed energy and optimism which was also the focus of the two leaders when they addressed the gathering. Mr Talwar focused on speaking about wealth creation for our nation by urging the students to “dream big, constantly evolve and thereby make a difference to the life of others.” Mr Robert Menzies started with a divergent thought by urging the students to realise what makes a brand global & how many truly global brands has India produced. He had very focused insights about Godrej Industries on its transformation ‘from Desi brand to emerging market leader.’

  • CEREBRO: National Case Study Competition Judges:
    • Mr. Pancham Dogra, Head Talent Acquisition, The Times Group
    • Mr. Suneet Johar, Vice President, The Times Group
    • Prof. Vidhu Gaur, Professor, MDI Gurgaon
  • RPG – HR Panel Discussion Topic: International HR policies & reward and recognition design
    Panelists:
    • Mrs. Sneharika Mede, HR Performance, KEC International Ltd.
    • Mr. Ankur Hooda, Group Management Resource, KEC International Ltd.
    • Dr. Maninder S Khalsa, Vice President, HR, ATC Telecom Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd.
    • Prof. Nidhi Bisht, Professor, MDI Gurgaon
  • ICRA – Finance Panel
    Discussion topic: Develop alternate funding sources for infrastructure sector in India; steps to be taken to deepen bond markets
    Panelists:
    • Mr. Shubham Jain, Vice President, ICRA
    • Mr. Rohit Inamdar, Senior VP, ICRA
    • Mr. Anantbir Singh, Director, JLL
    • Mr. Pawan Singh, Director, PTC India Financial Services
    • Prof. P C Biswal, Professor, MDI Gurgaon
  • Ericsson – HR Panel
    Discussion topic: Employer branding: ROI from a social media perspective
    Panelists:
    • Ms. Sofia Eriksson, Global Head of Communications at Ericsson India Global services
    • Mr. Saurabh Sharma, Talent Acquisition Leader, Ericsson
    • Mr. Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Director, EY
    • Mrs. Tanvi Jain, SVP & Branch Head, Dentsu WebChutney
    • Prof. Jyotsana Bhatnagar, Professor, MDI Gurgaon
  • Shoppers Stop – Marketing Panel
    Discussion Topic: Digital Marketing Strategy for Beauty category of Shoppers Stop
    Panelists:
    • Mr. Devanshu Bhatia, CMO, Digital, India Today
    • Mr. Tarun Babbar, Senior Manager, User Growth Marketing, SnapDeal
    • Mr. Nishant Kaul, Manager, Sales, Times Internet
    • Mr. Prateek Agarwal, CoFounder & CEO, Stylofie.com
    • Prof. Vibhava Shrivastav, Professor, MDI Gurgaon
  • Vincenza – International B-Plan Competition
    This was in partnership with IAN VCCircle
    Eminent Members
    • Mr. Sandro Stephens, Head-North & South India, IAN
    • Mr. Prateek Kathpal, Associate VP, VCCircle
    • Mr. Sakshi Vij, Founder, Myles
  • Equirus – Finance Panel
    Discussion Topic: Analysis and Competitive bench marking of the India Cigarette industry in comparison to foreign markets
    Panelists:
    • Mr. Sandeep Anand, Head, Supply & Distribution, Delmonte Foods India
    • Prof. Sanjay Bakshi, Professor, MDI Gurgaon
    • Prof. Veena Iyer, Professor, MDI Gurgaon
  • KMB and Ogilvy & Mather – Marketing Panel
    Discussion Topic:
      KMB: Understanding the Why, How and What behind the success of Patanjali (KMB)
      OnM: How can e-wallets replace COD as the preferred mode of payment for Online transactions; How can E-commerce get its next wave of consumers
      Panelists:
    • Mr. Kiran Ramamurthy, Senior Vice President, Ogilvy & Mather
    • Mr. Sandeep Anand, General Manager, Marketing, Horlicks, GSK CH
    • Prof. Kirti Sharma, Professor, MDI Gurgaon

Chief Guest: The event ended on a high note with Mr. Rajnish Datta, Senior President – Human Capital Management, previously President of Small Business Banking, at Yes Bank addressing the students on the domestic and global impact of demonetisation and the Trump presidency. He also threw light on challenges being faced by the banking sector and the way forward.

The students at MDI realise the importance of an opportunity like Delphique when the brightest corporate/bureaucrat minds of the country, carrying with them many years of industry experience, visit the beautiful lush green campus. The students prepared a survey under the guidance of Prof Rohit Prasad, senior faculty in the Economics domain to gauge the industry sentiments about the effects of Trump Presidency and Demonetization on the Indian economy.

Delphique 2016 has been a great landmark in MDI’s successful journey this year with long steps towards its vision of “a confluence of In-depth research, Innovation through new thinking, and Industry expertise, to address the collective need of efficient problem solving.”

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