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Concept Note

The colonizers of the country gradually moved westward and each time they conquered new lands, they’d soon put up new fences to protect them. Thus, along with the conquerors, the fences too moved westward. One day when a new fence was being erected somewhere in the heartland, an Indian whose land it originally was, came up to the conquerors and asked

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"Like you are fencing us off from our land, are you also going to fence off the sky"?
This story took place a long time ago in the United States of America and that Indian was in fact a Native American. The Native American tribes had innate wisdom, but succumbed to their colonizers. Our wisdom has been resilient and adaptable. So we didn’t succumb. Instead, a whole generation rose with the Mahatma and won us our freedom.

The next generation was conservative. Independent India was still being built. Parents were cautious with their children and risk taking was never thought about. Opportunities were cautiously grabbed and many never took it.Much of the middle-class either became engineers and doctors, and not engineers and not doctors. In a way, the mind was closed, and life was taken as it came.

Our current generation wholeheartedly flocks to a movie that captures well the mood of Confident, Creative India. The world order is fast changing. With India now an inseparable part of the global economy, companies and communities across the world want to understand her role as a partner, customer and competitor. Indian skills and knowledge are in demand, its companies are competing at the highest level, and its consumers demand global products and services.

The CII Leadership Summit has a simple mission. We wish to bring together people so that their ideas may link to other ideas, so that inspiration may lead to perspiration that may lead to productivity which may ultimately lead to success.

The summit will have case studies / speeches / presentations on Technology, Innovation, Design, Environment & Entertainment, Spirituality & Sports [TIDES] which will kindle the spark of difference in you in many ways by the Political Leaders who have defined a new vision for the country, CEO’s who have given India the status of an emerging super power; those who quit their white collar job overseas to follow their passion in an Indian village; a bus driver who feeds orphans everyday and those who inspired people around the world through their spiritual wisdom. This summit will make you say, "Yes, I can" or "Oops, I must have tried that this way".

We seek common people who dream to make it a reality; budding entrepreneurs whose dreams could take better shapes; people from the small-scale industries who think big, people from the large corporates who have innovative thoughts to share and youngsters who are seeking to establish their passion in any form.

We look forward to welcoming you for the leadership summit on "Making the Difference"; we hope that this topic becomes your identity in any career you undertake. Come, lets sit together to experience difference, because that’s the only way to be different.

Meet Our Speakers

Steering Committee


0830 – 0930 hrs
(Musical Interlude)
0930 – 0933 hrs Welcome Address Ms Nethra J S Kumar
Chairperson – CII Coimbatore Zone
CMD, Lakshmi Electrical Control Systems Ltd
0933 – 0936 hrs Theme Address Mr Ravi Sam
Chairman – TIDES Leadership Summit 2016
MD, Adwaith Lakshmi Industries Ltd
0936 – 0937 hrs (musical interlude: Prayer song)
0937 – 1000 hrs
(Musical Interlude)
Stand Alone Session 1
0937 – 1000 hrs Bringing Home Our Gods
Restoring India's Pride
Mr S Vijay Kumar
Co Founder India Pride Project, Poetryinstone
1000 – 1002 hrs Session Changeover Visual Interlude
1002 – 1035 hrs Panel Discussion 1 – Out of the Box Thoughts for Leadership
Panel Moderator Ms Vijayalakshmi Rudrappan
ENNAR Engineering & Marketing
Mr Mahadevan M
B & M Hot Breads
Mr Abhijit Saha
Founding Director and Chef
Avant Garde Hospitality Pvt. Ltd
1030 – 1035 hrs Interaction
1035 – 1036 hrs Session Changeover
1036 - 1129 hrs
(Musical Interlude)
Plenary Session 1 – Changing the World from Within
1036 – 1039 hrs Welcome Address Mr S Narayanan
Vice Chairman, CII Coimbatore Zone
Whole Time Director, Bimetal Bearings Ltd
1039 – 1059 hrs Sulabh Sanitation Reform Movement Dr Pankaj Jain
Sulabh Sanitation Mission Foundation
1059 – 1119 hrs Address by Dr Vandana Shiva
Managing Trustee
Navdanya Trust
1119 – 1129 hrs Interaction
1129 – 1130 hrs Session Changeover
1130 - 1145 hrs Stand Alone Session 2
Address by Mr Karunamoorthy
Tavil Exponent
1145 – 1245 hrs
(Musical Interlude)
Panel Discussion 2 – The Future Perspective
Panel Moderator Mr P Ravichandran
Vice Chairman, CII Tamil Nadu
President, Danfoss Industries Pvt. Ltd
Mr Prashant Nair IAS
District Collector
Kozhikode, Kerala
Mr Mir Mohammed Ali IAS
District Collector
Kannur, Kerala
Ms Richa Singh
CEO & Co-Founder
YourDOST Health Solutions P ltd
Mr Nirnay John Chettri
Mankind in Action for Rural Growth
1245 – 1345 hrs Break for Lunch Visual Interlude
1345 – 1430 hrs
(Musical Interlude)
Special Plenary
1345 – 1348 hrs Welcome Address Mr Ramesh Kymal
Chairman, CII Tamil Nadu
CMD, Gamesa Wind Turbines Ltd
1348 – 1351 hrs Address Mr Ravi Sam
Chairman – TIDES Leadership Summit 2016
MD, Adwaith Lakshmi Industries Ltd
1351 – 1353 hrs Lighting of Kuthuvilaku Musical Interlude: Vedic Prayer
1353 – 1358 hrs Making the Difference Dr Jairam Varadaraj
Managing Director
Elgi Equipments Ltd
1358 – 1413 hrs Address by Chief Guest Mr Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu
Hon’ble Minister for Railways
Government of India
1413 – 1423 hrs In Conversation with Mr Shekhar Gupta
Founder & Editor-in-Chief
The Print
1423 – 1425 hrs Concluding Remarks Ms Nethra J S Kumar
Chairperson – CII Coimbatore Zone
CMD, Lakshmi Electrical Control Systems Ltd
1425 – 1430 hrs Session Changeover Visual Interlude
1430 – 1500 hrs
(Musical Interlude)
Plenary Session 2 – Corporates for Nation
1430 – 1435 hrs Welcome Remarks Mr Bharat Joshi
Deputy High Commissioner
British Deputy High Commission
1435 – 1450 hrs Village Buddha Initiative Mr G Sundararaman
Executive Vice President – Corporate Development
Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co Ltd
1450 – 1505 hrs Green Rameshwaram
Dr Kalpana Shankar
Managing Trustee
Hand in Hand India
Ms Jayshree Balachander
Green Pilgrimage Network, India
Dr T Satyamurthy
Founder Trustee
Reach Foundation
Mr G Vasudeo
Vivekananda Kendra - Nardep, Kanyakumari
1505– 1520 hrs
(Musical Interlude)
Stand Alone Session 3
Address by Mr Shekhar Gupta
Founder & Editor-in-Chief
The Print
1520– 1535 hrs Stand Alone Session 4
Sustainable Livelihoods:
Ms Archana Shah
Founder & Designer
Rang Bandhej Retail Pvt Ltd
1535 – 1650 hrs
(Musical Interlude)
Plenary Session 3 – Arts, Mind, Soul
1535 – 1540 hrs Welcome Remarks Dr Anil Srinivasan
Founder & CEO
Rhapsody Music Education
1540 – 1555 hrs Address by Ms Priyadarshini Govind
Kalakshetra Foundation
1555 – 1610 hrs Address by Mr Thukral & Mr Tagra
Visual Artist
1610 – 1625 hrs Address by Mr M Nasser
Actor, Director, Producer & President
Nadigar Sangam
1625 – 1635 hrs Interactions
1635 – 1637 hrs Session Changeover
1637 – 1700 hrs
(Musical Interlude)
Stand Alone Session 5 – Mute & Unmute
1637 – 1652 hrs Address by Mr Ram Subramanian
Founder & Director
Handloom Picture Company
1652 – 1752 hrs
(Musical Interlude)
Panel Discussion 3 – Transformation Begins at Home
Panel Moderator Dr Kezevino Aram
Shanti Ashram
Mr Madhu Chandan S C
Organic Mandya
Mr Ankit Agarwal
Helpusgreen LLP
Mr P Shanthakumar
Managing Director
Thozhar Trust
Mr Padmanaban Gopalan
No Food Waste
1752 – 1805 hrs Stand Alone Session 6
Personality of the Monument Mr Nizamuddin Taher
Superintending Archaeologist
Archaeological Survey of India
1810 hrs End of TIDES Leadership Summit 2016


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