Global DEI Alliance

Diversity & Inclusion Summit 2022

Time (IST) Description
09:15 – 09:20 Opening by ET Edge
09:20 – 09:35 Welcome Address – Community building, mindfulness, and interculturality: The DEI Prism
The incredible disruption organizations faced over the past two years means the scope of inclusivity in the business environment today encompasses everything from gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, to religious and political beliefs, socio-economic backgrounds, a physically unconnected workplace, and virtual meeting rooms. This compound the challenges of forging a cohesive workforce
that is aligned with the organization’s identity. The address from the renowned
speaker will focus on below fundamental areas:

  • Embedding an Inclusive, equitable Culture in the organization
  • Creating a Mentally Healthy Workplace that where employees’ need for belongingness and uniqueness are completely fulfilled

Speaker: Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairperson & CEO, Salesforce India

Moderator: Madhavan Narayanan, Senior Journalist and Writer

09:40 – 10:35 Industry Leaders Discussion: Measuring ROI on diversity, equality and inclusion
DE&I has taken a larger role in corporate strategic planning. As trainings, education, hiring practices, and many other initiatives are consuming more and more internal resources, many companies hope to tie a tangible ROI to their DE&I initiatives. To successfully measure the results of corporate diversity work, it starts by reflecting first on internal data — like minority representation in leadership — and builds into solving for larger systemic issues like wage and

mobility gaps. The deliberations among the industry leaders will focus on below fundamental areas:

  • Developing a measurable and achievable D&I strategy
  • Challenges in driving a culture of equality and inclusivity


  • Rajeev Chaba, President and MD, MG Motors India
  • Sanjiv Navangul, CEO, Bharat Serums
  • Amit Paithankar, Managing Director – South Asia, Emerson
  • Anubhav Agarwal, Chief Administrative Officer & Operating Officer – India, UBS
  • Prasad Chavare, Managing Director and CEO – India & South-East Asia, Foseco
  • Venu Nuguri, Managing Director and CEO – India & South Asia, Hitachi Energy
  • RM Vishakha, Managing Director and CEO, IndiaFirst Life Insurance


  • Neetu Vasanta, Managing Director and Partner, BCG India
10:40 – 10:50

Keynote Address: Inspiring Leadership – Creating, Cultivating & Inspiring

A leader’s active, visible role in DEI efforts conveys the company’s values, sets an example for employees, and helps sustain momentum. Hear from leading
executives about how to lead change and embed D&I in an organization’s culture
and how to make it part of the fabric of the organization.

  • Reviewing the best examples of DEI initiatives and workplace culture
  • What are the key factors that have made these initiatives successful?
  • To get to this level of success, what do the D&I professionals and organizations do differently?


  • Vineeta Singh, CEO, SUGAR Cosmetics and Shark Tank India Judge
10:55 – 11:15 Fire Side Chat: Creating Responsible Advocates for DEI
Every employee, customer, and strategic partner needs to feel included. This requires an active, intentional, and ongoing effort to achieve the full participation and sense of belonging. A good leader is able to envision and enact new ways of leading, as well as implement policies and practices


  • Jyothi Menon, Global Head of Recruitment Operations and Head India Human Resources, UBS
  • Rachna Mukherjee, CHRO India and South Asia, Schneider Electric India


  • Roshni Rathi, Partner, BCG India
11:20 – 11:45

Keynote Address: Disability Inclusion and Accessibility – A Practical Approach

Is there a correlation between the success of employees with disabilities and positive organizational identity within the workforce? Are there any benefits of such a correlation?

  • What can an organization do to ensure employees with disability feel truly included and engaged?
  • Unconscious bias: how to recognize and avoid it?


  • Shanti Raghavan, Founder, EnAble India
11:50 -12:20 Fireside Chat: Preventing sexual harassment at workplace
From creating a positive workplace environment, advocating the organization’s policies through regular trainings to ensuring that employees feel confident and assured of reporting any instances of sexual harassment, this session will bring together practice leads to talk through the strategies and their experiences


  • Shalini Prasad, Head HR, Qualcomm India
  • Pooja Ramachandani, Partner, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas


  • Rahool S. Pai Panandiker, Managing Director and Partner, BCG India
12:25 – 13:00

Trialogue: Attracting Diverse Talent and Inclusive Recruitment

How does one embed a culture of inclusion, diversity and equality in each stage of the Employee Lifecycle?

  • What is the connection between true inclusion in organizational identity and employee retention?
  • Effective training strategies for driving an inclusive organizational culture?


  • Tanvi Rohatgi, People Director – India & South-East Asia, AB InBev
  • Lavanya Shriganesh, Corporate Social Responsibility, Diversity and Inclusion Leader, Genpact
  • Krishna Raghavan, Chief People Officer, FlipKart


  • Sreyssha George, Managing Director and Partner, BCG India
13:00 – 13:20

Spotlight Address: Thoughtful leaders to build an inclusive workplace and society


  • Sindhu Gangadharan, SVP & MD, SAP Labs India
13:25 – 13:45

In Conversation: Breaking the Stereotype – Inclusivity in Entertainment

As your world changes, your business can’t operate the same way as before. Business leaders, governments and society have a once-in-a-generation chance to reimagine how work gets done, reshape the workforce and empower people where they work. A new vision can only be realized through real cultural and workplace changes.


  • Vivek Krishnani, Managing Director, Sony India


  • Mandeep Kohli, Managing Director and Partner, BCG India
13:50 – 14:20

CEO Conversation: Inclusion for Organizational Growth

Diverse teams foster better employee engagement and productivity, and they allow for better problem-solving abilities as varying perspectives often approach business challenges in a new way.


  • Kalyan Ram Madabhushi, COO, Aditya Birla Group
  • Vani Manja, CEO, Boehringer Ingelheim India
  • Prashant Tripathy, Managing Director, Max life
  • Alok Bansal, Managing Director, Visionet
  • Umar Ali Shaikh, CEO, Atos India
  • Prashanth Doreswamy, President & CEO, Continental India


  • Sushma Vasudevan, Managing Director and Partner, BCG India
14:20 – 14:30

Chief Guest Address: Diversity & Inclusion through the Government Lens

Meenakshi Lekhi, Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture, Government of India

14:30 – 14:40 Closing Remarks: ET EDGE

*Program timing and agenda topics are subject to change

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