Chef Sanjeev Kapoor
A recipient of Padma Shri and ‘Best Chef of India’ award
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, unarguably is one of the most recognised faces of Indian television. He was in people’s living rooms for almost two decades introducing them to the delights of Indian and International cuisine in his inimitable cheery manner. The show Khana Khazana was one of those trailblazing cookery shows on Zee. No wonder, he has a massive fan following across all age groups, genders and countries and has also been conferred the ‘Best Chef of India’ award by the Government of India. He represented India in the World Association of Chefs’ Societies in South Korea where he introduced people to the wonders of the ancient Indian way of Ayurvedic cooking. He was the Indian ambassador for UN’s Clean Cook Stoves campaign for the underprivileged of developing countries and also represented India as a Food ambassador in Spain under the Spanish Government’s Indian Future Leaders Programme (IFLP). He has done cookery shows all over the globe with famous culinary personalities like Rachel Ray, Richard Quest and Rene Redzepi. He has also cooked for many dignitaries, including the Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and has achieved the Guinness World Record by cooking 918 kg khichdi live at World Food India 2017, New Delhi. His business of world class kitchen gadgets, Wonderchef has enabled and continues to empower women, a cause close to his heart.
DR. P. Sadananda Maiya
Promoter and Director, Maiyas Beverages and Foods Pvt. Ltd.
Belonging to a well-known hotelier family of Yajnanarayana Maiya from Dakshina Kannada, Dr. Sadananda Maiya, learnt the sophisticated art of making new items of food products at an early age from his father at MTR Restaurant. In 1971, he joined the management of MTR Restaurant. In no time, with his strategic approaches and innovative ideas, he made 'MTR' a brand name to echo. Dr. Maiya is a recipient of several awards/recognitions from various Institutions/Organizations such as Narasimha Award from Koota Maha Jagath, Saligram Udupi, Bharagava Prashathi from Dakshina Kannadigara Vdeike, K.M. Karanth Award for his multifaced achievements. He was a keynote speaker at various National/International conferences of Food & Nutrition and also the Editor-In-Chief of the Recent Trends in Food Science & Technology, Tumkur University.
Sahil is one of the founders and serves as CEO of Delhivery.
Sahil began his career in management consulting at Bain and Company, working across the London and New Delhi offices. At Bain he worked on growth strategy, M&A and performance improvement across the private equity, telecommunications, healthcare and consumer products spaces. He quit Bain in 2011 to start Delhivery, which has now become the largest and fastest growing e-commerce enabler in India. As CEO Sahil sets the strategic direction for the company and plays an active role in the company’s operations and engineering efforts. Sahil is a Gold Medalist from IIM Bangalore and has a B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Surathkal.
EX Managing Director of Compass Group (India)
“Sandeep Banerjee is the ex Managing Director of Compass Group (India), the world’s largest institutional food services company. An Honors graduate in Science, followed by a Master’s in Business Administration and an Advanced Management programme on Global Leadership from ISB- Kellogg, Sandeep has had successful stints in large organizations in India and overseas, spanning over twenty five years. Currently on a sabbatical, Sandeep is nurturing some new ventures and associating with social causes for the larger good. He is a business architect and transformer and a firm believer of building Purpose led, Values driven, enduring organisations at scale. Prior to Compass Group, Sandeep was with Accor ( Services) as their Managing Director and CEO (India). His earlier stints have been with Thomas Cook, Blow Plast, IFB Bosch and Bata. He loves travelling, meeting people and is keen on the social impact of food, education and health.“
Chairman, Bain India
Sri Rajan is the Chairman of Bain India, with over 21 years of management consulting experience in India and the US. He has been a founder of the Indian operations of Bain & Company and has served as its Managing Partner. Sri also has significant experience working with Private Equity firms and companies across various sectors. He has been responsible for the creation and execution of turnaround strategies for multiple diversified firms. Sri has been the co-founder of a tech startup in Silicon Valley. He is currently on the board of Delhivery, an e-commerce logistics startup as well as Central Square Foundation, a leading foundation focused on education. He is also on the Board of Bridgespan India, which is an affiliate of Bain & Company that focuses on advising foundations, philanthropists and non-profit organizations. He has invested in and is on the advisory boards of various startups in India. Sri earned his MBA from Wharton where he was a Palmer Scholar for distinguished academic achievement and has a PGDM from IIM Calcutta, where he has been nominated as a Distinguished Alumnus. He has also received a BS degree in Physics. He writes regularly for top-tier publications such as Mint and The Economic Times. He is the Vice-Chair of the Regional Strategy Group on South Asia of the World Economic Forum.