CONFLUENCE – The 1st Annual Alumni Conclave

CONFLUENCE, the 1st Annual Alumni Conclave event was held at the K.J.Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research(SIMSR), Mumbai on Saturday 17th September, 2011. SIMSRites got the golden opportunity to listen to words of wisdom from some of the biggest names in the corporate world. It was an initiative by which SIMSR attempted to connect with the alumni who are an integral part of its 25 year long professional existence.
The event commenced in the Red Auditorium packed with an eager audience consisting of students as well as faculty members. Mr. Anuj Bhargava, the president of the SIMSR Alumni Association delivered the keynote address.
The plan was to engage elite alumni from diverse sectors in two separate Panel Discussions. Panel A consisted of –

Mr.Makrand Teje, VP – Capgemini – 1989 batch,

Mr. Nimish Danani, Account Head – CISCO – 2001 batch,

Mr. Anuj Bhargava, CEO – AB Associates – 1985 batch,

Mr. Viddyesh Raje, AVP – Ernst and Young – 2004 batch,

Mr. Ankur Mehta, AVP- Marsh India – 2006 batch,

and Mr. Dhananjay Parchure, Entrepreneur – 1993 batch.

The moderator for this panel was Prof. C.P.Joshi, full time faculty member at SIMSR. Panel A was then introduced to the audience and welcomed on stage. The topic given to them was “Is Management a Profession”? Each speaker was to speak for approximately 10 minutes after which there was a 15 minute Q&A session. The students got a deep insight of what they should expect once they become professional.
After a short break the second panel was called upon stage and

asked to speak on “Times have changed. Isn’t it time we change the way we lead and manage?”. The moderator, Prof. Isaac Jacob, HOD Marketing – SIMSR, had made this session a more thought provoking one by shooting questions to each of the panelists. Panel B consisted of:

Mr. Harsh Bhonsle, Head HR – Essar Steel – 1986 batch,

Mrs. Smita Bhonsle, Head South Asia – Unilever – 1986 batch,

Mr. Rahul Pitale, Sr. Manager(Asia Strategy), Pfizer – 1997 batch,

Mr. Darayus Mehta, VP- Reliance Communications – 1993 batch,

Mr. Shashank Pore, Head Marketing – Tata TeleServices – 1993 batch,

Mr. Anand Ramaswamy, Asst. GM – ICICI Bank – 1997 batch

and Mr. Ashok Desai-, Senior Manager- Air India – 1989 batch.

By the time it ended there was a palpable feeling of the audience wanting more!
Prof. C.P.Joshi, Prof.Isaac Jacob, Prof. Monica Khanna and Prof. Anjali Chopra were constant pillars of support throughout the preparations and conduction of the event by the Alumni Committee. The Alumni Committee had done an excellent job of conceptualizing and executing this event.

A perfect precursor for NOSTALGIA 2011 to be held on 15th Oct 2011!!!

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