Manipal Global Round Table on Developing Next Generation Leaders

Senior corporate leaders from across the region gathered to attend the two-day Manipal Global Round Table on Developing Next Generation Leaders at Renaissance Marriott, Kuala Lumpur November 22-23.

Over 20 leaders from 19 Indian corporations, including ICICI bank, QuEST Global, Avantha group, HP flew in from India for the conference, which was also attended by 10 leaders from Malaysian corporations including the head of sales at Air Asia.

In his opening remarks, Mr Mohandas Pai, Chairman of the board, Manipal Global Education and Chair of the round table, brilliantly connected global economic events to the need for developing the next generation of global leaders.

The first panel discussion on leadership started with a presentation on a Harvard Case study on the former manager of Manchester United Football Club, Sir Alex Ferguson’s leadership style.

This was followed by an engaging and thought provoking panel discussion moderated by Mr Vikram Bector, Chief Talent Officer, Tata Motors.

The five-member panel comprised Mr Sailesh Menezes, Country Manager-HR, Hewlett Packard (HP) India, Dr Murali Padmanabhan, Sr Director & Global Head of Learning & Leadership Development, Virtusa, Mr Neelmani Singh, Head – Leadership Development, Reliance Industries, Mr R Nanda, Chief Human Resources Officer, Tata Chemicals.

Mr T K Srirang, Senior General Manager & Head HR, ICICI Bank Ltd gave a very insightful presentation on the unique talent development philosophy at ICICI bank.

“Talent shortage is a myth,” he said, stressing the need to take risks in the design of a talent development program. He spoke about the ICICI Manipal Academy, a visionary corporate university that has trained over 7,400 POs to date.

The panel discussion on innovation was moderated by Dr Shubhro Sen, Director – Tata Management Training Centre. The industry leaders on the panel were Mr Manoj Kumar Jaiswal, Sr VP & Head Management Development Centre, Murugappa Group, Mr Sanjib Kumar Parida, Sr VP, HR, Tech Mahindra, Mr Ramesh Shankar, Executive VP & Head – Human Resources, South Asia, Siemens and Mr A S Param, Dewalaxhmana, HR Head, Hewlett Packard (HP).

Day 1 closed with a deeply insightful keynote speech on ‘The Making of Champions’ by Mr Greg Chappell, former captain of the Australian Cricket team and former coach of the Indian cricket team. 

He kept the gathering spellbound with his impassioned speech on his years as captain of the Australian team, connecting each anecdote beautifully to a lesson in talent and leadership development. He offered the audience an inside view into what he did with the Indian cricket team and the strategic reasons behind his decisions.

Day 2 began early with a trip to the beautifully lush, sprawling green acres of the Manipal International University, Nilai Campus.

The guests were personally welcomed by Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Mohamed Salleh, Vice Chancellor of Manipal International University, and taken on a campus tour before the start of the Round Table sessions.

Mr Ajay Sardana, Asst Vice President and Head-Global Customers & Market Intelligence, Grasim Industries Ltd, received his PGDBM degree certificate from Dr Wing Lam, Vice Chancellor of GlobalNxt University. In his speech, he spoke about his experience with the GlobalNxt MBA program and how “the fantastic learning platform, the interaction with professors and peers from around the world” merged to provide an enriching and transformational learning experience.

The first presentation for the day was by Dr Roshan Joseph, Vice President – Learning & Development, QuEST Global who spoke on what it takes to develop a Successful Leadership Development Program. She spoke about the success and results of unique leadership development program at QuEST Global, built in collaboration with and delivered by GlobalNxt University.

The conference ended with a presentation by Mr Prashant Verma, Joint General Manager and Business HR Head – Wholesale, Banking, & Practice Head for Recruitment and Performance Management, ICICI Bank Ltd, who discussed the expectation of industry from academia while building leaders within organisations.

This unique CXO roundtable helped initiate fruitful and important discussions between leaders managing HR and L&D functions across people intensive industries. The powerful insights into the real issues faced by companies across the world today enabled the participants to explore new ideas and understand the latest best practices in leadership development.