27-29 March 2019
The Ashok, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

Organising Committee

Mr Siddharth Singh

A seasoned bureaucrat, with 35 years of distinguished track record in government at senior positions. He worked for over 20 years in the economic ministries and departments, including 12 years in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.

He is presently Chairman of WICS Connect Group. WICS Group, with highly talented pool of analysts and consultants, offers country and industry specific advisory and implementation services for business expansion in the rapidly changing global economic scenario in varied fields such as: Project consultancy, Business Development, Merger and Acquisition, Marketing and Branding, Country and State Promotion, Private Equity, etc.

Some of the prominent positions held by him include:

  • Principal Advisor Industry and Chairman Bengal Industrial Development and Promotion Board, Govt. of West Bengal (2015-2017)
  • Director General, DGS&D, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, GOI (2014-2015)
  • Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, GOI (2010-2014)
  • Principal Secretary, IT and Biotechnology, Govt. of West Bengal (2006-2010)
  • Principal Advisor, Agriculture and Marine Products, and Commercial Counsellor, Indian Mission to the EU, Brussels (2002-2006)
  • Director, Department of Commerce, GOI (1999-2002)
  • Member Secretary, Wool Development Board, Ministry of Textiles, GOI (1988-1992)

Mr Babulal Jain

A distinguished entrepreneur Babu Lal Jain, is the Founder of WICS Connect Group and presently its Chairman Emeritus. He was Senior Advisor to the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), where he advised the UN on forging key partnerships and alliances with the private sector to promote the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.

Having enjoyed an extensive career in international business consulting and entrepreneurship, he successfully guided and nurtured world-class businesses. As a business consultant, he has conducted risk management seminars for various public and private sector banks and financial institutions. His reputed consulting services in the Energy, Fashion, Pharmaceutical, Gem and Jewellery industries have added value to clients in Europe, the United Arab Emirates, and the US.

Some of the positions held by Mr. Jain include:

  • Chairman, Foundation of Millennium Sustainable Goals (MSDG)
  • Co-Founder & President, World BPO Forum (Since 2007)
  • Chairman, Cyber Security Integrator (India) Pvt Ltd (Since 2014)
  • Co-Chairman, Entrepreneurship Committee of ASSOCHAM (2010)
  • Co-Chairman, Cyber Security Council, ASSOCHAM (2015)
  • Senior Member, Managing Committee, ASSOCHAM (Since 2008)
  • Partner, German-India Business Centre (GIBC), (Since 2008)
  • Strategic Advisor, Global Partnerships Forum, (Since 2011)
  • Senior Member, The Kins Group, New York (Since 2009)

Dr D S Rawat

The Former Secretary General, Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), began his career in the regional apex chamber the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industries. His sincerity, commitment, hard work and zeal towards his professional assignment soon made him one of the key persons of the institution which he served for two decades. In this assignment he was also deeply involved with policy matters and formulating perspective plans.

He is nationally acclaimed for his irreplaceable contribution in providing leadership to the ASSOCHAM, which helped the institution to position be positioned as the country’s Knowledge Chamber. Dr Rawat is known internationally for his acumen ship in spearheading knowledge management for trade and industrial development of India at a time when economic growth of country was passing through challenging time.

The ASSOCHAM was established in 1920 by promoter chambers, representing all regions of India and acknowledged as the Chambers of Chambers. Presently, it has a membership count of over 4.00 lakh companies and professionals across the country.

Mr. Rawat has travelled extensively -within and outside the country. He has supervised publications of a vast number of studies, periodicals, books etc. He has also received many awards and appreciations for his excellence and professionalism.

Mr Rahul Gupta

Chairman, Export Promotion Council for EOUs & SEZs. He is also Chairman & Managing Director of:

  • P.P. Jewellers and Diamonds Pvt Ltd
  • Itsmyname Pvt Ltd

Dr M P Narayanan

An eminent administrator and technocrat with a long and successful innings behind him holding important official positions. Apart from running a prominent scientific NGO, he presently contributes his expertise to various high power think tanks/committees. His strong area of interest is planning for sustainable development. In this quest, he has been active in projects in diversified areas such as: disaster management, environmental rehabilitation, freedom of information, IT for the common man, etc.

A Mining Engineer by profession, committed to Public Sector Management ethos and a proponent of Innovative Man-Management approach of functioning. Has served the Public Sector and its sustainable development for over 33 years.

Dr Narayanan pursued his initiatives in developing public awareness in the field of Information Technology and involved himself with 2 NGOs: Centre for Science, Development and Media Studies (CSDMS) and GIS Development.

Dr Narayanan has been very actively involved in the activities of World Mining Congress. He was one among the leading personalities who took part in bringing up a very grand success of World Mining Congress-2003 held in New Delhi. He was also one among the active persons who took part and bringing up successfully World Mining Congresses in Iran, Turkey and Poland subsequently.

Dr Narayanan believes in creativity in work, practices inter-disciplinary approach in decision making and is rooted in Indian tradition and culture. Always in Quest for Excellence.

Mr D S Solanki

A seasoned bureaucrat, who joined Indian Customs and Central Excise Service in 1965 and risen to become the chairman of Central Board of Excise and Customs, Government of India. He has represented Indian Customs at the international level at several occasions like in the committee of World Customs Organization (WCO) on Nomenclature, Harmonized System and Enforcement, as Member of the official delegation of the Govt. Of India to the Ministerial meeting of Global System of Trade Preference (GSTP) in 1986, to name a few. For his distinguished work, he was awarded President of India`s Certificate of Appreciation for Distinguished Record of Service on Republic day, 1994, as well as a Certificate of appreciation for distinguished record of service in Customs Administration by the World Customs Organization in 1995.

Mr S C Aggarwal

Mr Aggarwal Co-founded SMC Global Securities Ltd. in 1990 and has been its Chairman and Managing Director since 1995. He is the Founder and Promoter of SMC Wealth Management Services Limited- a subsidiary of SMC Global Securities Ltd. He also serves as a Director SMC Finvest Limited.

His vast experience, in-depth knowledge and strong understanding of various intricacies of the Securities Market and Financial Services, exhaustive and rich experience of securities business of more than 20 years coupled with his exceptional leadership skills and outstanding commitment have made this group one of the leading brokerages and distribution houses of the country.

Under his leadership, SMC has diversified its business from Stock Broking and arbitrage to Commodities Broking, Distribution of Mutual Funds, IPOs, Insurance products, Wealth Management and Advisory Services. Mr. Aggarwal is a Fellow member of ICAI, Chairman of India- EU Business Promotion Council and Co-Chairman of the National Council on Commodity Markets of ASSOCHAM.

Ms Chhavi Rajawat

An Eminent social worker and the sarpanch of her village Soda, located 60 kilometres from Jaipur. She is not affiliated to any political party though she is holding an elected post. Moreover, the Panchayath of the village is officially supposed to be non-partisan, with that, the Panchayat elects the representatives which will not fit into the bracket of any mainstream politics.

Today, she the youngest who holds the office of sarpanch.

Mr Amit Dev

An Inspirational evangelist, an enthusiastic learner and motivating networker, involved in trend-setter positions, with key-constituents of Digital convergence scenario: Broadcast, Telecom and Infotech. Played critical role for augmented knowledge-driven inputs in global conferences since 1991 and has gathered knowledge of emerging technologies, from 79 visits abroad during past decade or so, for assimilating the innovative landscape. Privileged as Trade Advisor, taken by large segment of visionary trade-leaders as techno-mentor, covering the target focus sectors of cyber atrocities, where Stealth-mode intrusions evaded most of the standard defence mechanism usually utilised by corporate.

Involved as Project Director DigitalASSOCHAM in transformational journey of ASSOCHAM- the national apex Trade-body of India, to move concurrently into virtual avatar; has been the global thought-leader to over 19 nations for major IPR: Intellectual Property Right efforts, Producer's Guild of India, IPTV India Forum: first Society of Internet business & related industry & CMAI; as pioneer- activist in convergent new media and digital domains, such as Immersive AR, VR, AI, ML and Blockchain emerging possibilities, for pushing all-round trade development with innovation focus for value-creation.

Mr Prem Behl

The Chairman & Managing Director of Exhibitions India Pvt. Ltd. (EIPL), Mr. Behl founded Exhibitions India Group in 1987 as a trade promotion organisation creating opportunities for investments, joint ventures and technology transfers. He led groups of Indian exhibitors to trade shows around the world.

He is globally recognized for his path-breaking and visionary contributions to the exhibitions industry. Through his pioneering role, he sets new standards to attract unparalleled levels of foreign and domestic investment inflows, generating new employment opportunities and changing lifestyles. Innovation is one of his core values. He is committed to provide best-in-class solutions to create a seamless experience for exhibitors. His concepts and strategies are very specific, and he takes a deep dive approach.

He is the Managing Director of the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers (CGLSLGP) India office, which assists companies under the banner of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (State of Wisconsin, USA) access the Indian market.

His prominent industry accolades & coveted awards conferred include:

  • Outstanding Contribution to Exhibition Industry Award by Exhibition Showcase
  • Outstanding Company to Promote Indo-Us Trade Award by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce
  • Lifetime Achievement Award for his Outstanding Contribution to the Exhibitions Industry by the Indian Exhibition Industry Association.

EIPL is today a well-established entity, having grown phenomenally over the years. Its robust growth has been supported with the expansion of co-located conferences, content-rich seminars and workshops, and other industry related initiatives. The Group has organised over 100 international trade shows and offers India’s largest portfolio of exhibitions servicing business to business sectors of the Indian economy. The current portfolio of expos includes Convergence India co-located with IoT India; One Mega Event incorporating Buildings India, Solar India, Transport India, Smart Cities India, Water India; Wellness India combining Organics India, Health India, Biotechnology India and Krishi India.