Profiles

(Sequenced Alphabetically Surname wise)
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Kapil Chopra

Chairman On Board, EazyDiner

Kapil Chopra has been the President of The Oberoi Group and was responsible for all The Oberoi and Trident Hotels in India.  With over two decades of experience, an alumni of The Oberoi Centre for Learning and Development , Mr. Chopra has worked with premium hotel chains in the country. Mr. Chopra was also voted 'Hotelier of the Year' by Hindustan Times in 2012.  The Oberoi Group was voted Asia's Leading Luxury Hotel Brand in the 2017 by the World Travel Awards and World's Best Hotel Brand for the second consecutive year by the readers' of Travel + Leisure in 2016 World's Best Awards. Besides being an hotelier, Mr. Chopra is an avid collector of Indian contemporary art and writes regularly for various national and international publications.  He has also founded the country’s first e-magazine on art, ‘The Wall’ and is the mentor for Art District XIII and Bestcollgeart.com art galleries in New Delhi.  In an endeveour to contribute to our society, Mr. Chopra has two projects close to his heart that he has channelised.  The Dr. Ashok Kumar Chopra Memorial Clinic which operates from the Ferozeshah Kotla Market was initiated in the memory of his father. The clinic provides medicines free of charge and has a MBBS doctor available.    The second initiative is charitybeds.com for the Economically Weaker Sections, this project works to facilitate admission in over 43 private hospitals and with a constant effort to provide and fill the 653 beds available. The present phase of his engagement that defines Kapil, is that of an entrepreneur, as he takes charge of the online portal ‘EazyDiner’ as its Chairman.

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Lester F Coutinho

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Deputy Director
Family Planning Programmes

Lester began his career with Times of India as a Staff Reporter and eventually gravitated towards covering developmental and policy related advocacy issues. Now he works with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as Deputy Director and is based at Seattle, USA. His current area of focus is on family planning programs. He has covered South Asia extensively as an M &E specialist and also served as a mentor to different organisations dealing with public health interventions around the world. Lester hails from India, where he spent over a decade with the David & Lucile Packard Foundation in multiple roles including that of being Country Advisor to India . He is an alumnus of Delhi School of Economics from where he completed his M Phil in Sociology and Anthropology , prior to which he did his Masters in Political Science from University of Gujarat. Lester takes special interest in helping families dealing with paediatric leukaemia. He also likes writing in different forums of social media on various contemporary issues of public and political interest .

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Ratan Jalan

Founder
& Principal Consultant
Medium Healthcare
Consulting Pvt. Ltd.

Ratan Jalan is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Medium Healthcare Consulting, a business advisory firm based at Hyderabad . It focuses on working in emerging and niche areas of the healthcare sector , like new format business modelling or patient experience management. He is now considered as one of the top 100 global thought leaders in the healthcare industry . Ratan is an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and Harvard Business School. In the early days of his career, he was with HCL Computers , followed by an enriching stint with Lintas for over ten years. Since 1999, he was the CEO of Apollo Health and Lifestyle Limited, part of the Apollo Hospitals Group for almost a decade. Ratan created some of the most successful and innovative healthcare formats in the country such as a nationwide network of The Apollo Clinic and The Cradle. Ratan was awarded the Marketing Impact of the Year Award by S P Jain Institute of Management, a leading business school in India. He is also a frequent speaker at leading management institutes and various industry forums and was one of few panelists invited from India to the Harvard Business School Global Centennial Summit.

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Basant Jhawar

Chairman Emeritus
Usha Martin Group

Popularly addressed as BKJ, Shri Basant Jhawar hails from a traditional business family in Kolkata . An alumni of St Xavier’s College, BKJ graduated in commerce. He holds the credit of creating a billion dollar company Usha Martin Ltd, right from the scratch . The group’s cable & wire division under his visionary leadership, went on to become the second largest such facility in the world. He continues to guide the company as its Chairman Emeritus and also serves as a mentor to other industry leaders. BKJ has received global recognition for his pioneering efforts in creating sustainable social ventures through a non profit entity KGVK, based at Ranchi and Jamshedpur. HBR carried a case study narrating the exceptional journey of this visionary, in his pursuit of rural development using modern management practices and through adopting cutting edge technology. BKJ’s work has been much appreciated within the country too as KGVK won ‘ The Best CSR Award ‘ in 2006 from the President of India.

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Deep Kalra

Founder & Group CEO
MakeMyTrip (India) Pvt. Ltd

Deep Kalra, the original poster boy of the dot com era, is one of the very few entrepreneurs to survive the carnage in online business that followed the 'boom' and how! Deep redefined the way the startups were created and managed in India. He started his career with ABN Ambro Bank and worked there for three years. Deep took a brief sabbatical in between as he wanted a breather to decide in doing something more meaningful in his career. While on his break, Deep got a number of well-paying marketing jobs but he decided to pick the most challenging of all and took up the onus of bringing AMF Bowling Inc. to India. Eventually, Deep took the most decisive leap of faith, with his entry as an entrepreneur in the world of dot coms. An unprecedented epitome of success in the online business industry, Deep founded MakeMyTrip.com in 2000 and history was in the making ! He conceptualised an unique business model through offering the Indian diaspora an online option of booking air tickets. The portal went on to become a runaway success. .He is the Co-Founder and serves as Group Chief Executive Officer of MakeMyTrip (India) Private Limited since August 2013. Deep holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a Bachelors Degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi.

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Gulpreet Kohli

Founder
Mylen Investment

Gulpreet Kohli is the Founder of Mylen Investment and he continues to lead the VC Firm since it's inception in 2016. Gulpreet joined ChrysCapital in May 2000 and served as its Principal. He focused on client relationships and investments in the consumer and real estate sectors and also leads the fund raising effort for ChrysCapital. He was responsible for fundraising and investor relations. Previously, he served in the Remote Services Group at GE Capital in India and was selected into the two-year global leadership program. He serves as a Director on the board of CavinKare Pvt. Ltd. Kohli received an M.B.A. from Clark University and a B.Com with honors, from Delhi University. He is an avid collector and connoisseur of contemporary arts and has a sizeable and meticulous selection of paintings and in other forms.