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Indore: Two day colloquium at IIM ends on inspiring note

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Indore: The two-day annual colloquium organised by Indian Institute of Management Indore to provide a forum for students to interact with experts of various industries concluded on inspiring note on Sunday.

The second day and the last day of event saw lectures by five experts. The day was also attended by the participants with a lot of enthusiasm and zeal to learn from the prominent speakers who were present there to share their knowledge with the PGP and IPM students of IIM Indore.

The second day of colloquium witnessed lectures by eminent guests such as Badri Raghavan (SVP & chief data scientist, OLA); Achint Setia (head-strategy, business development & data science, VIACOM 18); Nitin Seth (EX-COO, Flipkart); Rajib Sen (banking professional); Manish Jain (partner-banking & financial services, IBM).


A case study workshop was also held by Shajan Ninan (founder & CEO of Kaizen Centre for finance & entrepreneurship).

While Raghavan started the event with his insightful talk, Setia discussed about “The Media War of the Worlds” and what are the challenges ahead.

Seth talked about his experiences of leading in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) world and how leaders can create breakthrough opportunities from disruption. Sen talked about digitisation (or moving online) of all the traditional banking activities and programmes. Jain (partner-banking & financial services, IBM) gave insights about role of cloud computing and technology in finance and how user experience is of utmost importance.

This year too, the two-day event was marked by presence of dignitaries of different backgrounds who gave industry insight to the students.

The event was attended by more than 500 students eager to learn from the experts.

During the colloquium, IIM Indore director Prof Rishikesha T Krishnan had talked about the challenges being faced by the industry by quoting many recent examples.

Students got chance to interact with eminent personalities like Shirish Joshi, who has over 28 years of experience in firms like Procter and Gamble, Godrej, Pepsi Co, etc at multiple positions. He shed light on what actually is the core difference between a choice and a strategy for a business firm.

He quoted examples from the Airline, FMCG and telecom industry to explain how marketing strategies differ for incumbent and new companies.

Talking about digital strategy of Nykaa, chief marketing officer Hitesh Malhotra gave insights to the students on the digital marketing strategy adopted by Nykaa and the challenges faced by the company on the way to becoming a formidable force in the e-commerce sector.

Providing a whole new angle to the event, Kirti Sharma, who boasts of more than 22 years of experience in strategising and implementing Sustainable Business Models (SBM), spoke about the potential of the sanitation sector and how it’s being valued by various FMCG giants today as well.

Deloitte senior manager Amit Gupta touched upon a range of domains while addressing the audience including rural India, LGBT rights et al and provided in-depth knowledge to students regarding how the consulting industry works.