India Leadership Summit 2018
Is Great Good Enough?
19-21 October, 2018
Leadership is much studied and researched topic, and sometimes it can be confusing. J. Oswald Chambers’ definition- “Leadership is influence”, helps us demystify leadership. For Christians in the marketplace, this means influencing others using and demonstrating Christ like qualities.
There is no dearth of great leadership advice out there. There are a zillion resources on Leadership available across various avenues including internet. But is that enough? Is “Great Leadership” sufficient to meet the complex needs of the world today? Does the world require a different leadership style? And is that style not Christ-like leadership?
The India Leadership Summit 2018 is an attempt by the Center for Leadership of the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS) to answer these and many related questions. We have chosen an array of businessmen, who have succeeded in the marketplace while staying true to their faith and demonstrated Biblical leadership principles. They will share tips and practical advice on the topic, based on their own experiences and what they have seen in the marketplace. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in the topic of Christ-like leadership in the marketplace.
Promod HaqueSenior Managing Partner, Norwest Ventures Partners
LaVon KoernerPresident & Chief Revenue Officer, Revenue Storm
Tehmina AroraSenior Legal Consultant, ADF International
Deepak MahtaniManaging Director at Winning Communications Partnership Ltd.
Prabhu SinghBible Expositor, Principal of SAIACS College
Idicheria NinanBible Expositor, Professor of New Testament, SAIACS
Thomas ChandyFormer CEO, Save the Children, Former top-level manager w/ Coca-Cola and Parle
Madana KumarAnchor, VP & Global Head, UST. Director, CFL, SAIACS
Throughout his 25 years of experience in the VC industry, Promod has invested in more than 60 companies, which have produced more than $40B in exit values to date. In 2014, Forbes recognized Promod as a “Hall of Fame” investor. 2015 marked his eleventh appearance on the Forbes Midas List, including 2004, when he was ranked the #1 venture capitalist based on performance over the previous decade.
Recent liquidity events in Promod’s portfolio include cyber security leader, FireEye (Nasdaq: FEYE); high fidelity imagery and infinite analytics company, Skybox Imaging, acquired by Google for $500 million; and API management leader Apigee (Nasdaq: APIC). In addition, NTT Communications recently acquired Virtela, a company where Promod was the founding investor and Chairman of the Board, for $525 million.
Promod received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delhi, India. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, where he serves on the advisory board.
With over three decades of international consulting in sales and marketing effectiveness, LaVon Koerner is recognized worldwide as a leading subject matter expert in diagnosing and transforming sales and marketing organizations.
Since co-founding Revenue Storm in 2000, LaVon remains zealous in his pursuit to provide organizations with a comprehensive suite of proven tools and techniques that drive profitable revenue growth.
In demand as a speaker, LaVon’s passionate and entertaining style endears him to his audiences whether at private workshops, annual sales meetings, or industry conferences — including the Strategic Account Management Association, the International Conference on Organizational Development, the Society for Human Resource Management, and others.
Tehmina Arora is a human right lawyer practicing in Delhi. She serves as Senior Legal Consultant for ADF International and Senior Fellow, South and Southeast Asia Action Team, Religious Freedom Institute. She is an active advocate for the rights of religious minorities. Some important litigation that she has been a part of was the successful challenge to the anti-conversion law in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh and providing assistance to the victims of communal violence in Odisha. Tehmina earned her LLB from the Faculty of Law and her Bachelor in Arts from Delhi University. She also served previously as the Advocacy Director for the Evangelical Fellowship of India and as the General Secretary for the Christian Legal Association, India.
Formerly commercial director for large multinational in Geneva involved in strategic diversification. Wide experience of global business dealings in Far East, South Asia, Africa and Europe.
Currently is an award-winning management training consultant specializing in understanding culture and working with different cultures, especially India, Japan, and China. He has coached and trained hundreds of senior managers in Creative Thinking & Action, LeadershipEdge, and Developing High Performing Teams and assisted in developing strategic frameworks for large multinationals to move into emerging markets successfully. Most of his clients are FTSE100 or Fortune 500 companies.
Regular speaker at conferences and training seminars throughout Europe on cross-cultural negotiation and management, including “The New Economies”, “Improving your Remote Relationships”, “Using Cultural Intelligence CQ for Business Success”, “International Negotiations”, “Winning the Talent War” and “Diversity Matters”. Co-author of “The British and how to deal with them: Doing Business with Britain’s Ethnic Communities” (Middlesex University Press, Oct. 2001) and contributing author to “Doing Business with India” (Global Market Briefings, Feb. 2007). Regular contributor to UK radio/TV and has written articles in the Financial Times and major UK papers.
Deepak is of Indian origin, lived in the Far East for 14 years, Switzerland for 14 years, and speaks English, French, Spanish, Japanese, and 2 Indian languages. He is married and has 2 boys.
Apart from his business interests, he is actively involved in a number of charities both in the UK and South Asia raising funds for health, development and education in developing countries. He serves as a Trustee and Board Member of numerous organisations and was included in the International Who’s Who of Professionals (2001).
Prabhu Singh is a trained missiological anthropologist with a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Seminary, Kentucky, USA. He is a consultant for various mission agencies in India and other parts of the world. He is also a frequent speaker in conferences and seminars around the world on issues related to missions. Currently, he is the Principal of SAIACS and the Director of Centre for Intercultural Studies at SAIACS.
Dr. Idicheria Ninan was trained for ministry at Union Biblical Seminary (UBS) at B.D. and M.Th. levels. He then earned his Ph.D. in 1994 from Coventry University for research done at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford, U.K. He had been a staff worker with Union of Evangelical Students of India (UESI), Dean of Degree Programmes with The Association for Theological Education by Extension (TAFTEE) and former General Secretary and Vice-President of Inter Collegiate Prayer Fellowship (ICPF). From 1997 to 2002, he was Professor of New Testament and Head of Doctoral Studies Programme at South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS). He was the Principal of IPC Theological Seminary since 2002. In 2010, he returned to SAIACS and currently, he is the professor of the New Testament. He is married to Carol and they are blessed with two daughters, Charis and Irene.
Thomas Chandy is a Development/Management professional with experience spanning 34 years in leadership positions, both in the non-profit world as well as the Multi-National Corporate environment. Mr. Chandy is the first employee and the founder CEO of the Save the Children. This organization exists as the most significant child rights organization spreading across the 20 states in India. The organization works across the theme of health and nutrition, education by partnering with 80 grass root level civil society organizations. The organization impacts the lives of millions of children and have strongly advocated for effecting some important policy changes and legislations for children in India. On the strength of its fantastic performances, Save the Children got a seat at the global table within 2 years of its inception in 2010. Mr. Chandy, being the member of a global leadership team, he has led on 2 global initiatives; knowledge management and the urban initiative. He has represented the movement in several national and international forays as a speaker; 4 UN convened meetings being the highlight of it. The most important one was at the UNCRC 25th anniversary meetings at the UNGCA in November 2014 in New York. Mr. Chandy served the boards of many organizations. The most significant one being the member of the national advisory council of RBSK, the Government of India’s flagship health initiative addressing birth defects, development delays and the diseases among children. He also serves as the member of board of directors in several prestigious educational institutions.
Before save the Children, he worked for 11 years with the Coca-Cola company on various roles. He was heading a business worth 100 million USD with an employee strength of 1200. His early years of his career, he spent with Parle International. He started work as a QA executive and rose up to the General Manager of the Delhi Business Functions in 10 years.
A Passionate Professional and Leader with more than 35 years of experience, he is currently balancing two roles – one in as the Vice President and Global Head of L&D at UST Global and the second in Theological Education as Director- Center for Leadership at South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies. He has shaped the learning strategy of the growing organisation to create and nurture a learning culture in the organisation and to accelerate the Digital Culture within the organisation. He has strategically transformed the L&D function at UST and brought in a huge focus on Business Impact. His work has got him and the organisation many accolades in the L&D field. Prior to joining UST he was as an Associate Director at IBM Corporation, impacting the Learning and Development of IBM employees in 170 countries across the globe including India.
Dr. Madana is a passionate Thought Leader and Strategist on Leadership, and Organisational Learning having spoken at various forums like the NHRD, HR summit, CLO summit, ATD etc. His thoughts are sought after and published by the student publications in some IIMs, and other first tier Management institutes.
He holds a PhD in Business Administration. He has dual bachelor Degrees , a B.Sc (Physics) and a BE from Indian Institute of Science and holds an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration and Certificates on Leadership awarded by the Cornell University , USA.
An initiative by SAIACS, to reach out to the professionals and businessmen and equip them with skills, techniques , courage and willingness to contribute to the Kingdom through demonstration of Christ-like leadership wherever God has placed them, while being successful at their workplace or business