Kamal Bali - Chairman

Kamal Bali is the Managing Director of the Volvo Group in India. With a career spanning three decades, predominantly in the Automotive (tractors) and the CE industry, Kamal has worked for well-known Indian brands and also established and developed multinational corporations in India. He has had a broad experience in the functional areas of sales, marketing, finance, human resources, and exercised significant P&L responsibilities.

An engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kamal began his professional career with Eicher Group in 1981. Later, he headed the Sales function for Escorts’ Tractors & Claas Harvestors nationally, followed by the position of CEO & Managing Director for Same Deutz -Fahr Group in India, and Escorts Construction Equipment.

Prior to joining Volvo India, Kamal was working as the President & CEO of LeeBoy India Construction Equipment Private Limited. Kamal is based in Bangalore and reports at the Volvo Group level in Goteburg to Niklas Gustavsson, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Volvo India.

Saija Korkala

Saija Korkala is the Chief Representative, India at SEB – a leading Nordic financial services group with a strong belief that entrepreneurial minds and innovative companies are key to creating a better world. In Sweden and the Baltic countries, SEB offers financial advice and a wide range of financial services.

In Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Germany the bank's operations have a strong focus on corporate and investment banking based on a full-service offering to corporate and institutional clients. The international nature of SEB's business is reflected in its presence in some 20 countries worldwide. The representative office in India, New Delhi, was established in 2008.

Saija has worked in banking for almost 18 years and with SEB for over 15 years. She has held different roles ranging from Markets Sales covering derivatives, FX, advisory, project management and recently Institutional Client Coverage. Prior to her assignment in India, Saija was Client Executive for a portfolio of largest Finnish financial institution clients as well as part of the country management group of SEB in Finland. She is a culture enthusiast and enjoys traveling and sporty family activities.

Peter Betzel

Peter Betzel is CEO, IKEA India. He joined IKEA Germany in 1993 because of its vision, culture, and values, which are the driving forces behind his passion for growth at IKEA.

In his last assignment, Peter was the Country Manager for IKEA Germany for 6 years and during this time, Germany became the best performing IKEA market. Prior to that, Peter was the Country Manager, IKEA Spain.

During his time in IKEA, Peter has had extensive store experience, which he believes is the best platform to understand the core of the IKEA business. He has in-depth experience in driving business growth in different markets. Peter now has ambitious plans to lead the India story to success. Both people and business growth are high on Peter’s agenda, as he takes on the challenge of expanding and leading IKEA’s growth in India. Peter lives with his family in Bangalore, India.

Manod Jinnuri
Manod Jinnuri

Manod Jinnuri is the EVP – Marketing for India at Saab, one of the world’s leading Defence and Security Company. Manod joined the Saab organization an year ago. Manod was born in France and he’s been working in India since 2006. Prior to joining Saab, Manod worked with organizations such as LVMH, THALES, VOSSLOH in Corporate Management positions. He is 43years old. He is married and has 2 daughters.

Shishir Joshipura

A mechanical engineer from BITS Pilani and an Advanced Management Graduate from Harvard Business School, Shishir is the Managing Director of SKF India Ltd. He is also the Country Head for SKF group’s subsidiaries in India. Shishir worked in various capacities with Thermax Limited for first 26 years of his career prior to joining SKF in December 2009.

SKF is listed amongst India’s 12 most admired companies to work for by Economic Times in 2017 and amongst 50 most admired companies in 2012 and 2014 by Fortune. In 2013 BusinessWorld and Business Today listed Shishir amongst India’s most valuable CEOs and top 100 CEOs in India respectively. Shishir has recently been awarded the “Hall of Fame” in the Manufacturing Category by ITP Group. He is the President of Ball and Rolling Bearing Manufacturer’s Association (BRBMA) currently and is also a founding director for Alliance for Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE).

In the past, he has served as Chairman of Process Plant and Machinery Association of India (PPMAI) from 2007-09, Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Pune chapter in 2015-16 and served as an independent member of the board for SBI Funds Pvt Ltd (SBI Mutual Fund) during 2011-17. He also serves as Co-Chair of innovation committee for CII western region and is a member of CII National Committee on Capital Goods. 

Shishir lives with his family in Pune and during his leisure time, he pursues his reading hobby.

Stefan Palskog

Stefan Palskog is the President of Scania CV India and Industrial Operations, headquartered in Bangalore. With a total stint of over three decades in Scania alone, he has held various positions as Managing Director - DynaMate AB, Managing Director - Scania Netherland BV, Logistic Director - Scania Netherland BV. Stefan graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from Malardalen University, Sweden. He has also undergone Leadership based Management Education and Training at Institute of Management IFL and Royal Institute of Technology.

Prior to his assignment in India, Stefan was holding the position of Regional Manager at Scania Bilar, Stockholm. He is an avid golf player, enjoys travelling, good food and gardening is his hobby.

PKSV Sagar
PKSV Sagar

PKSV Sagar is currently the Managing Director for Camfil Air Filtration India PTE. Ltd, a 100% subsidiary of Camfil AB, Sweden. Mr. Sagar had been heading Camfil first as its COO from April 2008 till he was drafted into the Board as the Managing Director in August 2011. Prior to this assignment, he was the Vice President for an Anand Group company, handling Operations of an Automotive component business for a South Korean JV along with one of the filter businesses of the group.

Prior to the Anand assignment, he spent 13 years in the Compressor industry starting with Ingersoll Rand and then with Elgi Equipments Limited; during which he gained invaluable experience in Sales, Marketing, and Manufacturing.With a 28 years experience across all functions in Industry, Sagar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi along with a Management Degree in Marketing from Indian Institute of Management (IIM, Kolkata).He also has added qualifications in the form of Advanced Management Program(AMP) from Oxford University, UK.

A sports enthusiast, he keeps himself active playing Tennis and Badminton. He loves traveling, watching movies and is a keen Cricket buff.

Sanjeev Sharma

Sanjeev Sharma is the Country Managing Director of ABB India Ltd., a part of ABB Group - one of the world’s leading engineering companies that helps its customers produce and use electrical power efficiently, to increase industrial productivity and to lower environmental impact in a sustainable way.

Group recorded revenue of US$ 35 billion in 2015 and has 1,35,000 employees. India is the seventh largest contributor to ABB group revenue and has around 9,000 employees.

Sanjeev has spent close to 30 years at ABB, having worked in different roles including business operations, sales and marketing, strategy and product management across Europe, South East Asia and India.

Prior to this appointment, Sanjeev was the global Managing Director for ABB’s Low Voltage Systems business unit, where he was based in Malaysia. He brings extensive experience in industrial automation and electrification across market segments and geographies and has led several successful change management initiatives across global operations.

Sanjeev is an electrical and telecommunications engineer and with various management degrees. His personal interests range from shaping young minds through mentoring to mountain climbing.

Kandarp Singh
Kandarp Singh- Chairman

Kandarp Singh is the Managing Director of Tetra Pak South Asia Markets, headquartered in Gurgaon, India and also covering Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan. Kandarp has spent close to 20 years in the Tetra Pak organization, in senior international positions in Dubai-UAE (Marketing & Sales Director), Lausanne-Switzerland (Global Director – Customer Satisfaction Program), Modena-Italy (Vice President – Product Strategy & Planning) and Malmo-Sweden (Managing Director – Tetra ReCart).

Kandarp is a graduate in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and a post-graduate in Business from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow. Prior to joining Tetra Pak, Kandarp worked with organizations such as HCL, Wipro, Procter & Gamble and HSBC in sales and marketing positions.

Kandarp is also an active guest speaker in educational institutions and business groups speaking on a wide range of issues such as leadership, sales, marketing, business strategy, and sustainability. Kandarp lives in Gurgaon, India and has a keen interest in music, theatre, tennis, golf, and cycling.

Giovanni Valent

Giovanni has a long background in construction, working for large international projects such as the metro system in Cairo, dams and hydroelectric power plants in Venezuela and Morocco and later on becoming more and more specialized in hydroelectric tunneling system with Tunnel Boring equipment, responsible for large tunneling construction in Morocco and in Ecuador.

In 1989 Giovanni joined The Robbins Company, Tunnel Boring equipment manufacturer in Seattle Wa, USA and after a period at the factory, he was working as Southern Europe and North Africa Sales and Marketing Manager up to 1994 when the company was acquired by Atlas Copco.

By end of April 1997, he was General Manager in Argentina, followed by Regional Manager positions in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Greece, Cyprus, Israel and Albania and up to 2015 as General Manager in Italy.

In June 2015, Giovanni took up his current position as Managing Director at Atlas Copco India.

Honorary Board Member- Josa Kärre

Ms. Josa Kärre, Counsellor, Head of Section for Trade Economic and Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Sweden in New Delhi has worked in the Swedish Foreign Service since 1999, mainly in the MENA region.

Before being posted to New Delhi in 2015, she spent 4 years at the MENA Dept, MFA, as Deputy Director, coordinating trade and promotion activities across the Middle East and North Africa. She has also handled Gulf Affairs at the MENA Dept, MFA and served in Embassies of Sweden in Turkey and the UAE.

Honorary Board Member - Ulrika Sundberg

Ambassador Ulrika Sundberg is the Consul General of Sweden in Mumbai, India since September 2016 and is currently also Sweden’s Special representative to the French Initiative on the Middle East Peace Process. She served as Ambassador to Ireland, to Belgium and to Pakistan between 2009 -2016. She was Ambassador and senior political adviser to the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe 2008-2009 and Head of the Swedish diplomatic mission in Khartoum, Sudan 2006 -2008.

Previous postings include Deputy Head of mission at the Swedish Delegation to the United Nations and International Organizations in Geneva 2000-2006 and exchange diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France 1999. She worked with UN-issues at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs 1996-1999. She served as Consul and Legal Advisor at the Swedish Consulate General in New York 1993-1996, at the Permanent Mission to the UN in New York 1992-93 and at Swedish Embassy in Lima/La Paz, Peru/Bolivia 1990-92.

She holds a masters degree in law (LL.M) and specialized in international law and conflict of laws at University of Stockholm. She is Vice President of the Siracuse Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights since 2015.

Advisory Board-Padmashree Lila Poonawalla
Advisory Board-Padmashree Lila Poonawalla

Ms. Lila Poonawalla is the Chairperson of Lila Poonawalla Foundation. Presently, she is on the Board of KPIT Technologies, NobleTek, Pragati Leadership and Blossom Industries and Strategic Advisor to Erehwon and SmartCloud Infotech Private Limited and on the Advisory Board of ThyssenKrupp Industries India Pvt. Ltd. Lila Poonawalla is the Former Chairperson and Managing Director of Tetra Pak India Ltd and Alfa Laval India Ltd, Former Chairperson of DeLaval India Pvt. Ltd. Her Past Directorships include Industrial Development Bank of India Ltd. as Nominee of Finance Ministry, Bank of Maharashtra as a Director and Neilsoft Ltd. as a Director.

She is a recipient of many awards both National and International including the prestigious Padmashree, in 1989, by the Indian Government, which was received at the hands of the then President of India, Dr. Venkatraman and recipient of International recognition from the King of Sweden in 2003, with the Polar Star Award and named as the Officer of the Royal Order.

Besides her professional success, she discovered the joy of giving and hence, started the “Lila Poonawalla Foundation (LPF)” in 1996, while she was still at her professional pinnacle. Girls who are academically outstanding but, economically needy are gifted with an outright grant (scholarship) to pursue either post graduation studies and under graduation studies. She also has a special program for school children being implemented. Since its inception, almost 3500 scholarships have been granted by the Foundation.


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