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Management Convention: KMA opens door to IT Sector

Kochi: The 35th Annual National Management Convention of Kerala Management Association (KMA) will begin on January 21 at Le Meridien Conventon Centre in Kochi. Like always, KMA’s flagship event, which is the largest meet of professional managers’ in Kerala, will see the coming together of over 1000 delegates, including entrepreneurs, practicing managers, government officials, B-School faculty members and management students.

This year the theme is ‘Nation on the Move: Dynamics for Growth.’ Tata Sons Director R Gopalakrishnan has consented to be the chief guest at the inaugural session. Dr. Rishikesha T Krishnan, Director, Indian Institute of Management, Indore will deliver the keynote address. This will be followed by the gala networking dinner.

Day two will have three technical sessions, a panel discussion and the valedictory session. In the session titled ‘Becoming a Global Digital Superpower’, State Industries and IT Principal Secretary P H Kurian IAS and others will share their views on India’s massive potential as the third largest internet population in the world to harness the power of ‘digital’ to re-engineer information flow and supply chain and address global needs. Shrikant P Gathoo, Director-HR, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd., Dilip Gaur, Deputy MD and Business Head, UltraTech Cement Ltd. and Prabhat Singh, MD and CEO, Petronet LNG Ltd. will deliberate on ‘Make in India’, the emergence of Indian professionals in the boardrooms of global businesses and what skills are required by the global manager of tomorrow, in the session aptly titled ‘Enabling India to become the Manufacturing & Global Leadership Powerhouse’.

Former Union Minister Dr. Subramanian Swamy will deliver the keynote for the session ‘Responsible Capitalism’ covering topics like wealth creation and inclusive growth and building a better world for the future beyond increasing per capita wealth.

The panel discussion on ‘Aspirations of Young India’ moderated by State Chief Secretary Jiji Thomson IAS will have Chitra Gurnani Daga, Co-founder and CEO, and others as speakers discussing their perspectives on the demographic dividend and whether it means boon or bane for the nation.

The valedictory session will have former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh as chief guest while R Seetharaman, Group CEO, Doha Bank will deliver the keynote address.

“This year KMA has attempted to include sectors like IT in the main proceedings so as to offer delegates a much wider perspective,” says KMA Sr. VP and chairman of convention committee Mathew Jose Urumbath (Managing Partner, UM Thariath & Co.).  “KMA has planned the convention in such a way that delegates get ample opportunity to interact with the best cross section of business leaders and professional managers and share their ideas and experiences,” he said.

Unlike last year, the KMA-Rajagiri Excellence Awards and the KMA-NASSCOM IT Awards will be presented at a separate event in May 2016. This is to ensure focussed attention and spotlight on the award winners and their initiatives. Members of KMA and students have discounts on the delegate fee. To register, call +91 484-2317917/2317966 or e-mail