JURY

Mr. Prahlad Kakar
Advertising and Branding Guru, Genesis Film Production Pvt. Ltd.
Prahlad Kakar founded Genesis Film Production Pvt. Ltd. in 1977 and virtually re invented regional television advertising, after having assisted Shyam Benegal, one of India’s most renowned filmmakers. “To tell a story in 30 seconds in the most engaging way possible” remains Prahlad’s raison d’etre for remaining passionate about ad filmmaking even 30 years later. Genesis, as is common knowledge in the business, continues to train generations of talented, dedicated filmmakers.
Through the last few decades , corporates like Nestlé, PepsiCo, Britannia, Uni Levers have continued to communicate their brand stories through Prahlad Kakar. 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 advertising & marketing over the years in India.
Dr. Anup K Pujari IAS
Ex - Secretary
Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Government of India
Dr. Anup K Pujari, IAS superannuated as Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise, where he was involved in policy making at the highest level, in end of January 2016. He is a 1980 batch officer of Karnataka cadre. He has served as the Secretary in the Ministry of Mines and held additional charge of Secretary, Ministry of Steel & CMD, Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL). Dr. Pujari with his sound knowledge of economics has expertly handled Foreign Trade as the Director General of Foreign Trade, for which generalist IAS officers usually bank on trade service officers blindly. Dr. Pujari has the experience of public sector management in the State of Karnataka for several years. His notable postings include Principal Secretary, IT & Biotechnology; Managing Director, Karnataka Food & Civil Supplies Corporation; Registrar, Bangalore University; Addl. Commissioner, Commercial Tax; Addl. Secretary, Finance; Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kanada District & Shimoga District. Dr. Pujari has done Ph.D in Economics from Boston University and holds a post graduate degree in Economics from Delhi School of Economics.
Dr. J.S. Juneja
Chairman Global Projects & Services (P) Ltd.
Dr. J S Juneja has a unique experience in the public & private sector managements and worked diligently for the SME development, policy formulation & advocacy, institutional capacity building & restructuring, entrepreneurship development for over three decades. Promoting investments and joint ventures from India to other countries of Asia and Africa especially to Mauritius and Botswana. Provided management consultancy to the Governments of Egypt, UAE (Dubai), Kenya, Sri Lanka and several other countries of Asia & Africa, United Nations organizations, Commonwealth Secretariat etc. He is Vice President of WUSME, Chairman of SME Committee & Past President of AIMA and former Chairman of NSIC. An MBA from University of Oregon, USA and Doctoral Degree in Applied Economics from the University of Bombay. He has been Visiting Professor to the University of Rhode Island, USA and IIT, New Delhi. Dr Juneja has written extensively and recently authored ‘SMEs in Asian Region- Harnessing the Growth Potential’ and ‘Policy Guidebook for SME Development in Asia and the Pacific’ edited and published by United Nation ESCAP.
Mr. Tilak Raj Bajalia
Ex- Deputy Managing Director SIDBI
Mr. Bajalia is an Economics graduate with ICWA and Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers. He started his career in a commercial bank in 1974 and moved to IDBI in 1983. During his 30 years stay in IDBI he handled varied portfolios viz. Corporate & Retail finance, Recovery & NPA Management, Restructuring, Human Resource Management, etc. He set up Recovery Vertical and SME Vertical in IDBI. In Corporate Banking he handled Infra projects, Paper, Textile, Engineering, Mining Industry. He headed the Branch Office at Jaipur & Largest Branch of IDBI Mumbai. He headed HRD function of IDBI during its transformation into a Commercial Bank portfolio after 2011. Prior to appointment as DMD in SIDBI, Shri Bajalia was the Executive Director of IDBI Ltd. He retired this year with an overall experience of about 40 years in banking.
Mr. Sunil Alagh
Former MD & CEO, Britannia
Sunil Kumar Alagh is the Founder and Chairman of SKA Advisors – a business advisory and consultancy service with an emphasis on Marketing and Brand management strategies. He is a recognised thought provocateur who enables teams to realise their full potential and partners them to build a sustainable profitable business model. Sunil Alagh has 40 years of hands on experience and has developed and incubated several successful brands like Britannia Tiger. He also spearheaded Britannia's successful foray into Dairy through branded cheese and milk. He has a wealth of rich experience in marketing and brand building strategies. Sunil’s rich experience in multiple stakeholder management helps him mentor the top most executives plough through business objectives amidst conflicting personal objectives, fractured governance and challenging needs for succession planning.
Mr. Durbar Ganguly
Publisher and Editor in Chief Millennium Post
Former Vice-Chairman and Joint Managing Director, of the Pioneer Group, Shri. Ganguly is a highly respectable media veteran and heads the Millennium Post as well as publishes the Airport India fortnightly.
Mr. Vinod Kumar
Country Manager & Senior Partner - India & Middle East, SDRC India Advisors LLP
Starting his career in international collaborations and projects, in 1989, saw Vinod at the nerve centre of various successful Joint Ventures and Colllaborations in Electronics & Telecom, Media & Publishing, Industrial & Consumer Electronics, Hospitality and Finance, with Multinational corporations entering India through the FDI route.
In his corporate honcho avataar, Vinod, continued to helm important and visionary new ventures and projects including the first email service in India and went on to launch Microsoft first exclusive distribution in India, followed by SUN & IBM certified IT Training with a network of over 140 centres across India, training over 1,25,000 engineers in IT in the next four years.
Vinod, led a Big 4, IT Consulting organisation in India, setting up its wholly owned subsidiary in the US, after securing venture alliances with Baan, Lotus IBM, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the XML World Group and executed multi million contracts for Texaco, DST Systems and other large corporations throughout the world, before overseeing the buyout of the company by a US based corporation, in an all cash deal. Vinod went to lead the development & successful sale of an indigenously developed navigation and geographic information system, based tracking patent and business.
As the Managing Partner for India and Middle East at SDRC India Advisors, he presently invests in profitable, innovative, Small and Medium Companies. Vinod leads the SDRC team in Risk Profiling, Assessing Growth Potential and deciding on Investment for Seed and Venture Financing to MSMEs in innovative and disruptive technologies, apart from day to day overseeing and leading extensive research and analysis of linkages, growth potential and market factors of SMEs involved in over 29 clusters across 11 Sectors including Food Processing, Dairy, Leather, Pharma, Engineering and Automotive in over 19 states of India.
As an investor and mentor, with a passion for growing innovative and disruptive brick and mortar, Small and Medium companies with a high growth trajectory, Vinod, supervises and mentors investments of over 135 m $ apart from mentoring over a thousand Entreprenuers, across various sectors under the India SME Forum’s Mentor 4 Entrepreneur Program. Vinod’s experience in startups, seed, equity & development financing and capacity building of MSMEs has successfully lead to innovative strategies in equity & growth capital investments in SMEs apart from the development of successful strategies for a nationwide Capacity Building Framework at the India SME Forum.
Vinod passionately addresses and conducts workshops, motivational seminars and leadership sessions for Small and Medium Entrepreneurs and currently serves as the Honorary President at the India SME Forum, apart from advising various government agencies and institutions to strategize and deal with current issues and future challenges
Vinod is member of the Board of World Union of SMEs headquartered in San Merino, nominated as a Member of India’s Central Bank, the Reserve Bank of India’s Standing Advisory Committee on Flow of Institutional Credit to MSME Sector under the Financial Inclusion Development Department and is also a nominated member on the High Powered Monitoring Committee under National Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Hub under StandUp India of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises of the Government of India.
Vinod has a Graduate Engineering Degree in Electronics and Telecommunication & a Masters in Business Administration.
Mr. Ravinder Bhan
Business Leader and Consultant
Internationally experienced Business Leader and Consultant having contributed to Growth and Value at businesses from India, Europe and Middle East,  For over two decades, Ravinder, contributed at several companies in the region to grow and deliver real business results year after year. This included small, medium and large organization  spread over 25 years, be it big giants like Crompton Greaves, Larsen & Toubro, Schneider or GE; medium  sized manufacturers like Jyoti Ltd. Voltamp Switchgear, or small organizations like Delta Engineering, Uptime  Engineers, High Volt Electricals &  Hirect Engg.
Extensively experienced in Strategic Marketing, Change Management, Human Capital, Finance, Supply Chain, Project Management and Manufacturing processes, Ravinder is an Effective Team Builder, Trainer and mentor with a passion to bring out the best out of People. A top level professional net-worker – linked personally with over a thousand top notch professionals from across the globe.
Aggressive Initiative leader for making quick, visible and yet seamless transformation from ‘business as usual’ to “businesses that matter” even in a Not for Profit Organization/ Industry Association bringing enhanced value to all stake holders.
Mr. Hemendra Mathur
Investor & Former MD, SEAF India
Mr. Hemendra Mathur the Former Managing Director for SEAF India Investment Advisors, managed a sector dedicated private equity fund for food and agribusiness sector called “SEAF India Agribusiness Fund”. Hemendra has about 16 years of experience in management consulting, investment banking and private equity. Prior to working for SEAF, Hemendra has worked with Yes Bank, Rabo India Finance (a 100 percent subsidiary of Rabobank International), KSA Technopak, and ORG MARG (now part of The Nielsen Company).
Mr. Parag Patki
Ex- CEO, SMERA Ratings Ltd.
Parag Patki, Chief Executive Officer, has been involved with SMERA in the current position for over 6 years. Mr. Patki is a commerce graduate and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with over 32 years of experience, out of which 20 years of total work experience is in Credit Information/Credit Rating/ Risk Management in India and Middle East/North Africa. Mr. Patki was involved in setting up D&B’s Risk Management Practices in Middle East and North Africa while he was working with Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) - a USA based MNC. While in India, he was also part of D&B’s senior management in making D&B services popular amongst the financial as well as the corporate sector.
Mr. Nitin Wali
Head Business Development - Asia Pacific
Verisign Services India Pvt. Ltd
With over 17 years in the technology industry, Nitin has worked with leading multi national organizations such as IBM, Intel and Oracle where he has held various roles across Marketing, Project Management, Sales and Alliances. In his present role at Verisign, Nitin is responsible for business development to drive mobile internet growth in the Asia Pacific region. His key focus has been on identifying innovative technology solutions and business models which could enhance the end user Internet experience. Nitin has been leveraging his strong network in the Asia Pacific region which includes telecom carriers, e/m-commerce companies, technology leaders, digital media, PR, industry associations and governments to pilot out services, build new revenue streams and chart out a sustainable strategic road map for growth in the region.Entrepreneurial and passionate in spirit, he is keen to talk to anyone with a good business idea and is also a pro bono advisor to technology start ups.
Mr. Ajay. Sehgal
Sr.VP & Head SME
Vodafone India Ltd.
Ajay Sehgal is SVP & Head of SME Business. As SME Head, Ajay is responsible for the design and execution of the national SME business success plan - build and deploy the right strategies to improve Market share, Profitability & Customer experience in the segment. Ajay and his team works closely with circle teams to see success of the SME business in their geography as well. Ajay has over 20 years of experience with extensive business background in International / multi-cultural environments achieving revenue and business growth objectives in start-up, established and highly competitive environments. He has extensive experience to build business models which are required to meet & exceed organisation’s growth objectives. He has also managed to build and maintain relations with numerous key corporate decision makers across industries during his career. Before joining Vodafone Ajay worked with Hewlett-Packard as Country Sales Head where he was responsible for leading & developing a team of employees to gain market share, grow revenue with healthy gross margin for Printing & Personal Systems Group business. He was instrumental in creating Channel eco system for HP’s enterprise business which has helped HP to deliver double digit growth consistently for last 5 years. Ajay is an Electrical Engineer and MBA in General Management from Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata and has also completed the 1 year program of “Accelerated Development for Managers” from Stanford University, USA (2014)
Dr. J.P.Singh President & Head-SME business
Axis Bank
Dr. J.P.Singh, President & Head-SME business at Axis Bank ,earlier a career  banker and who has a rich experience in Indian banking sector of approx. 30 years began his career in 1986 with State Bank of  Bikaner & Jaipur as a Probationary Officer and moved to Axis Bank (then UTI Bank Ltd.) in March, 1995 as Manager. From 1995 to 2010, Mr. Singh has worked in Axis Bank branches across various geographies, the last being New Delhi Main Branch as Branch Head Before  moving to Central Office in 2012 as Head- Business Banking he was Circle Head of Delhi Circle from 2010 to 2012. He is a Science graduate from Kanpur University and holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from FMS, Delhi University, Delhi. Currently Mr.Singh is on the Board of Indian Highway Management Co. Ltd. (IHMCL), a subsidiary  of  National Highway Authority of India (NHAI),Govt. of India.
Mr. Nikesh. Sinha
Head Medium Enterprises Group (segment within SME department)
Axis Bank
Nikesh is a career banker for more than 20 years now. He brings with him a wealth of multi disciplinary experience across various banking fields mainly branch banking, corporate liabilities, International Banking, Credit and now SME. He has been heading the Medium Enterprises Group within the SME in Axis Bank since January 2014.
Mr. Ajay Thakur
Head, BSE SME
A professional with more than 2 decades of experience in Capital Market spanning India’s biggest Custodian to India’s biggest and largest Stock Exchange. The key roles have been setting up the depository by the regional stock exchange, developing derivatives market and setting up SME Platform. Ajay started the career way back in 1994 with Stock Holding Corporation Ltd as Senior Executive - Market operation. After working for one year joined Vadodara Stock Exchange in 1995 as Senior Management Executive looking after various departments viz Market Operations, Bad Delivery Cell and Auction. He was also assigned with the role to set up depository by VSE Ltd.
He joined BSE Ltd in December, 1996 as Head – Arbitration and Business Development. He has developed the derivatives segment of BSE Ltd and also actively involved in opening of regional centers across the country. Presently as Head - BSE SME, responsible for the development of this segment of BSE Ltd. He very successfully launched the SME Platform on 13th and thus BSE Ltd became the first Exchange to launch the Platform. Today BSE Ltd is the market leader in this segment with ninety two percent market share. Within a year this platform has 63 companies listed and another 15 companies are to be listed. The success of this platform has brought a lot of enthusiasm in the market and more and more companies and market intermediaries are coming forward to get the companies listed on this platform.