The MBAEx curriculum has been active with a special feature of the programme – the Leadership Lecture series. Industry / Corporate / Social Leaders are invited to share sessions with the students. Interactions from the industry stalwarts enable the students to gain valuable knowledge, insights, and expertise during these interactive sessions and they also learn an “immense wealth of experience and wisdom” from the guest speakers.

Table 1: The special leadership lecture series coordinated by the Social Networking Student team, had the following Industry / Corporate / Social Leaders sharing their knowledge with the cohort as catalogued in Table 1.

prakash_bhartiMr. Prakash Bharti SahManaging Partner - Data & AnalyticsTCS
krishnakumarMr. Krishnakumar SankaranaryananIndependent Consultant 
kamesh_goyalMr. Kamesh GoyalFounder and ChairmanDigit Insurance
tushar_zadeMr. Tushar ZadeCIO & CDO (Chief Information Officer & Chief Digital Officer)Aurigene Pharmaceutical Services Limited
puneeth_bekalMr. Puneeth BekalDirector of MarketingMastercard
prateek_indwarMr. Prateek IndwarManaging Director and Head Capital MarketsIncred Capital
manojpal_reddyMr. Manojpal ReddyVice PresidentMerilytics
samik_biswasMr. Samik BiswasPartner and Associate DirectorBCG
jasbir_singhMr. Jasbir SinghVice PresidentGenpact
ardi_kolahMr. Ardi KolahFounding Editor in ChiefJournal of Data Protection & Privacy

April 25, 2023

The afternoon of April 25, 2023 (the orientation day itself) witnessed the first Leadership Series lecture by Mr. Prakash Bharti Sah, MBAEx alumnus – Batch 1, currently Managing Partner, Data & Analytics, TCS, speaking on Scaling up Analytics at Enterprise.



May 20,2023

Mr. Krishnakumar Sankaranaryanan MBAEx Batch 1 alumnus. Mr. Krishnakumar Sankaranaryanan is now an independent consultant providing consulting support to organizations in non-profit and healthcare sectors. Shared invaluable insights on the past, present & future of consulting.



June 23,2023

The guest speaker Mr. Tushar Zade, CIO & CDO (Chief Information Officer & Chief Digital Officer) at Aurigene Pharmaceutical Services Limited conducted a thoughtprovoking session on the pharmaceutical industry's 3Ds - Data, Design, and Digital with emphasis on aligning digital strategy with business strategy and integrating design thinking in product and solution development.

July 14, 2023

Mr. Puneeth Bekal, Director of Marketing, at Mastercard, spoke on marketing strategies in the Indian context. A commendable session that enriched the class's learning on various aspects of marketing from research to execution. The emphasis on the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in marketing strategies was particularly intriguing, revealing the transformative potential of these technologies


July 27, 2023

The latest emerging trends in the insurance industry were delved into by the guest speaker- Mr. Kamesh Goyal, Founder, and Chairman of Digit Insurance, as part of its Leadership Speaker Series. Kamesh. His incredible journey epitomizes resilience and provides a vital lesson for future leaders at IIM Calcutta. MBAEx Batch 17 looks forward to benefiting from his phenomenal leadership story and gaining insights into the latest trends in the insurance industry.




August 12, 2023

The students gained great insights into India’s growth and equity capital markets from the leadership story of Mr. Prateek Indwar, Managing Director and Head Capital Markets at Incred Capital and an Alumnus of IIM Calcutta (Class of '92). The KPI was the movement of capital markets into microfinance.


September 29,2023

Mr. Manojpal Reddy, Vice President of Merilytics, an Accordion Company, presented, “Data-Driven Disruption: Leading and Transforming Private Equity through Analytics,” which was quite insightful and provided helpful tips to the students for using data to make intelligent business decisions.



October 6,2023

Mr. Samik Biswas, Partner and Associate Director at BCG, He had shared his insightful knowledge on “Current Procurement Trends and Challenges”. He shared his insightful knowledge of procurement trends and issues. The discussion and subsequent Q&A session motivated the students




October 7,2023

Mr. Jasbir Singh, VP of Genpact, chose to discuss about “Navigating in the Digital Transformation Era”. A fascinating session was taken by Mr. Jasbir Singh on “Navigating in the Digital Transformation Era” as a part of the MBAEx leadership speaker series. The interactive session was filled with real-life examples, making the learning experience fascinating, entertaining, and meaningful.



October 9, 2023

Mr. Ardi Kolah, Founding editor-in-chief of Journal of Data Protection & Privacy. He spoke on “What can India learn from the regulatory approaches to AI in the EU, UK, and USA?”, revealing the complexity surrounding comprehensive AI regulations and the lacunae in AI regulations where laws currently exist. Businesses are racing to develop cutting-edge AI solutions, but AI comes with its own ethical dilemmas, and India has the unique opportunity to leapfrog challenges around AI regulations by learning from global experiences and crafting agile and ethical AI regulations that foster innovation.


SheAscends: Leadership Talk (Speaker Series)

First time with Leadership Talk having a special chapter for just Women Leaders – initiated by Cohort – 17. Distinguished and esteemed women from various industries who have made significant contributions to their fields are invited for an interactive session with the students where they share their valuable experience and insights from their respective industries

Table 2: The special She Ascends Leadership speaker series coordinated by the She Ascends team members, had the following eminent personalities sharing their knowledge with the cohort as catalogued in Table 2.

Ms. Renuka MishraDirector General of Police, Training, UPUP Police
Ms. Somya ShahiSales Centre of ExcellenceAccenture
Ms. Nivedita SinhaPrincipalKearney

May 24th, 2023

Ms. Renuka Mishra, (I.P.S.) Director General, Training, Uttar Pradesh, as the Chief Guest of the event. She shared her aspirational life journey and insights on Women in Leadership. This was the first bifurcated Woman in Leadership Speaker Series from the MBAEx Leadership Series, and with the newly elected Women in Leadership positions.


July 1, 2023

The MBAEx SheAscends-Women in Leadership Team, in its ongoing Women in Leadership Speaker Series, organized the second session of the year by Ms. Somya Shahi, who is a Strategy and Growth Professional with over 14 years of experience and is currently associated with Accenture in Corporate Functions - Sales and Excellence, Gurugram. During this session, Ms. Soumya Shahi shared valuable insights from her career journey and experiences. She spoke on the impact of digital space and how it is penetrating almost every sector. She also conducted a case study analysis workshop for consulting aspirants.





Oct 14, 2023

Ms. Nivedita Sinha, Principal at Kearney and an alumnus of IIM Calcutta. Session by her primarily focussed on the growth and future perspective of the Consumer Product and Retail Sector in India, with special emphasis on how the rural economy is shaping the sector's trajectory. The discussion encompassestopics such as start-ups based on the rural economy, supply chain dynamics, and boardroom strategies