Aakash Ambani, Karan Johar among speakers at IIMB alumni association’s leadership conclave

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The Alumni Association of IIM Bangalore plans to hold the third edition of IIMBue , its Annual Leadership Conclave, on July 20 and 21 in Bengaluru. Saif F Qureish, President of the IIMB Alumni Association said: “IIMBue is a unique event organised entirely by IIMB alumni volunteers, who are themselves successful entrepreneurs and professionals.”

The two-day event will host thought-provoking sessions with policy-makers, corporate bigwigs and visionary leaders, including Ravi Venkatesan, Saul Singer, Dr Devi Shetty, Sadhguru, Prakash Padukone, Aakash Ambani, Karan Johar and Ranveer Singh, among others. Over the years, the annual leadership conclave has become a global platform for exchange of ideas and discussion.

IIMBue 2018 aims to encourage invigorating conversations and exciting opportunities, with a dash of entertainment and nostalgia. One of the highlights of the two-day event would be a conversation between celebrated yogi, mystic and visionary Sadhguru and Bollywood superstar Ranveer Singh, on the DNA of success in the future.

From panel discussions on executing leadership and power differently in the 21st century to breakthrough technologies and innovations across science, space and sports, the unique alumni-led leadership conclave promises an impressive line-up of global thought leaders, entrepreneurs, business honchos and policy makers to address complex leadership challenges of the future.

Nirmala Sankaran, co-convenor of the leadership conclave, said, “Since its inception in 2015, our vision has been to make IIMBue (means ‘to inspire’) the leadership conclave of southern India. The overwhelming response to the first two editions gave us the confidence to scale this year’s event to a truly international one, with participation from renowned global speakers. From fragile five to a five-trillion-dollar economy, the Indian narrative has come a long way, with the current focus being digital economy and young business leaders. We have got the best and the brightest minds across domains on one platform, to help sense the future and develop a shared understanding of the tectonic changes we are experiencing geopolitically, economically, technologically and societally.”

IIMBue 2018 will also host theme-based networking sessions, where groups of 30-50 delegates will have the chance to interact informally with special invitees. From ‘Woman Leadership as an Emerging Force’ to ‘Behind the scenes in Startups’ and ‘How marketing is changing in the digital age’ to ‘Managing careers for the long term – marathon or sprint?’, the stage is set for engaging discussions and fresh networking opportunities.

Speaking about the event, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chief Patron of the Leadership Conclave, said, “Over the last 45 years, IIMB has consistently strived to create impact through thought leadership. IIMBue is an earnest effort to bring the IIMB family – alumni and students – as well as global leaders on a common thought leadership platform to address future challenges and solutions. IIMBue 2018 offers a unique opportunity for the IIMB alumni across the world to foster old connections and make new ones for a better tomorrow.”

IIMBue 2018 promises to be an inspiring, fun-filled event with open cocktail dinners as well as a music concert by the talented trio Ambi Subramaniam, Bindu Subramaniam and Mahesh Raghavan. Over 1,000 alumni members and guests – CEOs, CXOs, senior management of corporates, VCs and social entrepreneurs from all over the world – are expected to attend IIMBue 2018.

The first two editions of IIMBue in 2015 and 2016 – with the themes ‘Engage, Energize and Enhance’ and ‘Multiple facets of leadership: start, scale and disrupt’ respectively – attracted over 2,000 IIMB alumni and speakers across diverse fields including Shah Rukh Khan, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Piyush Goyal, Amitabh Kant, Vijay Amritraj, Deepika Padukone, Azim Premji, Mohandas Pai and others.


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