Fireside Chat with Rohan Silva
London, Second Home
6:30PM – 9:30PM Tue 21 Jun 2016
Further continuing with series of our Fireside Chats, on 21st June 2016, IIMA Alumni London chapter hosted Rohan Silva, co-founder of Second home and former policy advisor to UK Prime Minister.
The event was held at Second Home office – London’s most iconic and innovative workspace and a cultural venue that brings together a global community of thinkers, makers, artists and entrepreneurs. The discussion with Rohan was led by Swastik Nigam, IIMA Alumni London Chapter Co-ordinator.
During the discussion, Rohan shared his journey as how he moved his career from a civil servant to an entrepreneur, the challenges he faced and story behind the ‘creative concept’ of Second Home. Rohan was open and candid about his entrepreneurial spirit and also on his views on how the government could be a facilitator in creation and development of entrepreneurial eco-system.
Fireside Chat with Andrew Fisher
London, Unilever PLC
6:00PM – 9:00PM Mon 23 May 2016
IIMA Alumni London chapter hosted Andrew Fisher and Stuart Sunderland on May 23rd at the beautiful conference hall in Unilever House in the City of London. Andrew Fisher is the Executive Chairman of Shazam. Stuart Sunderland is founder of City Pantry, a B2B catering startup in the UK.
Andrew has led the successful growth of a number of technology focused enterprises such as TDLI.com, InfoSpance Inc and Shazam over the last 20 years. Today, the company is valued over $1 billion and has 750 million users in more than 200 countries worldwide.
He took us through his journey in joining Shazam as the CEO is 2005, steering it through challenging conditions and establishing Shazam as a well-known Brand. Through the chat and the Q&A session, Andrew gave us an insight into what it takes to build and run a billion-dollar company, do’s and don’ts for a startup and trending topics in digital startup space.
Fireside Chat with Karun Chandhok
London, Tata Communications
6:00PM – 9:00PM Wed 06 Apr 2016
The first Fireside chat event for 2016 kick-started with an energetic chat with former Formula One Racer Karun Chandhok on Apr 6th. The event happened at the delightful office of Tata Communications located along Thames in Central London. Karun conversed with Rahul Joglekar, former BBC journalist and a famous TV personality.
Karun Chandhok is one of the only two Indian Formula 1 drivers ever. He has worked with F1 teams such as Red Bull, Hispania and Team Lotus and has built up a name for himself as a commentator and analyst of the motorsport. As a motorsport consultant, Karun has also worked closely with Bernie Ecclestone in Formula 1 Management, as well as for the Jaypee Group in the Indian Grand Prix, amongst other names.
Rahul and Karun’s conversation painted a good picture of life and challenges of a Formula one racer. The audience were enthralled with the discussion and used the Q&A session to understand what Karun has brought forward from his Racing experience into the world of business.
Fireside Chat with Dr. Raghuram Rajan
London, London Stock Exchange
6:00PM – 8:00PM Thu 25 Jun 2015
Dr. Raghuram Rajan in conversation with Lord Adair Turner
Raghuram Rajan is the current Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, having taken charge of India’s central banking institution in September 2013. Rajan was chief economic adviser to India’s Ministry of Finance during 2012-13 and chief economist at the International Monetary Fund from 2003 to 2007. He has been a member of the faculty at the graduate business school at the University of Chicago, where he has been since 2011.
Lord Adair Turner has combined careers in business, public policy and academia. He became Chairman of the United Kingdom Financial Services Authority as the financial crisis broke in September 2008, and played a leading role in the redesign of the global banking and shadow banking regulation as Chairman of the International Financial Stability Board’s major policy committee. He is now a Senior Fellow of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, and at the Centre for Financial Studies in Frankfurt.
Fireside Chat with Ivan Menezes
London, Diageo, Plc.
6:00PM – 8:00PM Mon 11 May 2015
The London Chapter organized a sold out fireside chat with Ivan Menezes, chief executive of Diageo and PGP ‘81. The event was held at the Diageo offices in Central London on 11th May. Ivan was in conversation with Nikhil Rathi, Chief of Staff and Director of International Development at the London Stock Exchange Group, who has also previously been a Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of the UK. Ivan braved a barrage of questions in the 55-strong gathering that followed Chatham house rules.
Ivan later took a number of personal questions including his favourite personalities in business and sports.
An Aam Story
London, The India Club
6:00PM – 8:00PM Wed 29 Apr 2015
On 29th April a uniquely diverse group of alumni, featuring members from both the first and 2016 batches of IIMA graduates, attended a lively conversation between Mehmood Khan and Sidin Vadukut. Held at the historic India Club Bar, a stone’s throw from the Indian High Commission’s India House at Aldwych, the event allowed alumni to get unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the story behind the Aam Aadmi Party’s rise to power in Delhi.
Mehmood Khan, a founding member of the Aam Aadmi Party and an alumnusi from the 1977 batch, gave us a blow by blow account of how the party grew from a small protest in Delhi to a pan-Indian political upheaval unseen in recent Indian history. Mehmood was candid enough to admit the party’s challenges, past mistake and tense future.
While the evening was good-natured throughout, Mehmood was frequently posed with tough questions by Vadukut, an alumnus from the class of 2005 who works as the UK foreign correspondent for the Mint. Later Mehmood answered questions from the audience.
The event also coincided with the visit of the IIMA interns in London and was organized in line with the annual global ritual of Synchrony.
Fireside Chat with Harish Salve
London, Allen and Overy
6:00PM – 8:00PM Wed 25 Mar 2015
A fireside chat with the eminent lawyer, Harish Salve held on 25 March at the offices of Allen & Overy LLP. The 40-strong gathering was given a surprise treat with Vindi Banga, PGP ’77 and one of IIMA’s most illustrious alumni holding the conversation with Harish. The event generated significant interest beyond the IIMA community and many from the broader London legal fraternity attended the intimate but informal discussion. No topic was taboo.
Answers and opinions were sought on the Modi government’s performance, the outlook for India in the near future, its relationship to the world, as well as the hurdles foreign companies face in entering India (and possible solutions). Vindi added a slice of business wisdom to the conversation. As one of the attendees commented, ‘it was like stepping into the drawing rooms of the movers and shakers of India.’