Launched at the hands of a charismatic youth icon, Mr. John Abraham on 21st September, 2007. The Young Bombay Forum (YBF) is the Bombay Chamber’s response to the emergence of young leaders in various spheres of business. The Forum is a youth wing of Bombay Chamber seeks to harness the energy and leadership potential inherent in its membership by encouraging participation in developmental and leadership activities, offering mentoring opportunities and creating a framework for networking outside industry fora.

Mrs. Manju Sood, ED-Bombay chamber, Ms. Devita Saraf, Founder-Chairperson, YBF, Mr. John Abraham, Mr. Ranjit Sahani, President-Bombay Chamber and Vice Chairman and MD- Novartis India Ltd., Mr. Monteksingh Ahluwalia, Chairman, Planning Commission, GoI

VISION Nurturing Young Leaders in India to become globally competitive and contribute towards Nation - Building. MISSION Creating a forum of choice for Young Leaders to - Achieve Professional Excellence -Act as change agents for inclusive and sustainable development

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Bombay Chamber -Young Bombay Forum
Chairman:- Ashith Kampani Co-Chairman:- Anup Das

Leadership Development Group
Chairman:- Jaideep Devare Co-Chairman:- Manoj Kumar

Professional Development Group
Chairman:- Anup Das Co-Chairman:- Randhir Sawant

Social Development Group
Chairman:- Akalpit Gupte Co-Chairman:- Huzaifa Khorakiwala



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Leadership Development Group -Activities
A. Eight Weeks Programme
Making Sense Out of Leadership Strategies for Enhancing Executive Influence Developing Strategic Thinking and Achieveing a Sustainable Competitive Advantage Understanding the Competitive Dynamics of your Industry Managing People for Maximum Performance Managing the Human Side of the Organisation Developing Creative Growth Strategies Organisational Structuring for Enhancing Performance Building Organisation

Mr. Ranjit Shahani, Vice Chairman & MD, Novartis India Ltd Mr. P. Kishore, MD, Everonn Systems Mr. Daljit Singh,COO, Fortis Health Care Mr. Homi Khusrokhan,MD, Tata Chemicals Mr. Yateesh Prahlad, Head HR, GoAir Mr. Alex Rajan,Director HR, Wyeth Mr. Gautam Vir,MD, Development Credit Bank Mr. Puneet Chadha,MD,SME Banking, HSBC India



1. Leadership Requisites 2020 by Mr. Sajjan Jindal, Vice Chairman & MD,JSW –Participants were
told how during the tough times, when no one had faith on Mr. Jindal’s business plans for growth and expansion, it was sheer grit and passion for achieving success that kept him going. His sharing of the belief that along with business, it was important to care for families of workers and give them stable housing, education opportunities convinced all to have a balance between professional and personal life.

2. India Leadership Lecture Series by Mr. Kewal Handa,MD & CEO,Pfizer India Ltd. -

Explaining the concept of Thought Leadership, Mr. Handa emphasized that in today’s era needs leader who sacrifice for other great icons to transform into great leaders. Stating various reasons of economic turmoil, he asked the youngsters to use the downturn to come out on top. Sleeves Rolled Up………Learnings on Job by Mr. Bhargav Dasgupta, MD & CEO, ICICI Lombard General Insurance Co. - Learning starts from birth and continues till death. Mr. Dasgupta shared his thoughts by aiming on the learning in management and the learning in leadership. He brought into limelight the key lessons in management which comprises of “strategy” but is not Page 3


executed or implemented properly, thus becoming root of every problem. Further creating the right team and empowering them, shall ultimately result in execution, which is the need of the hour.

4. Change

Your Thoughts and You Change Your World - Change Management by Mr. R. Mukundan, MD, Tata Chemicals - Explaining the fundamentals of why change is needed the discussion was around three hypothesis which are i) Leaders have no choice but to change constantly. ii) One cannot change if he is not convinced and passionate about it. iii) As leaders, you need to nurture future leaders. Challenge of Fast Changing Consumers by Mr. Shipad Nadkarni, Founder Director Market Gate Consulting- The Session described the process of change in Indian consumer over a period and how does one address the issue of this fast changing consumer. To design a strategy, the key question to be asked is “who are we here for”? Marketers should understand consumer

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and their cultural context. Comparing the culture of east and west he said that the west emphasizes on individualism and not collectivism whereas east believes in that your own action determines your destiny.

Professional Development Group -Activities


B. Secrets of Executive Development C. Enhancing Personal Effectiveness
organized by Young Bombay Forum with an objective to gain insights into factors impacting success, which inspires young leaders in their own journey of achieving excellence. The Conclave was designed in two parts. It was Inaugurated by Mr. Bharat Doshi, President, Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chairman, M & M Financial Services Ltd. 1. Capturing insights into Factors impacting Success: What does it take to be Young Leader & Perspective for the Future? Mr. Ravi Kiran, CEO, South Asia and Emerging Market Leader- Specialist Solutions at Starcom Media Vest Group
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“Young Leaders Conclave” June 8, 2010

Ms. Priya Kumar, Corporate Trainer and the CEO & Chief Facilitator of Priya Kumar's Training Systems. Ms. Ashni Biyani, Design Manager, Future Group 2. A
Panel Discussion: How young Leaders can Help Sustain India’s Growth in the next Decade?

3. Moderated by Ms. Shaili Chopra, News Anchor & Senior Editor, ET NOW, addressed by Jaideep Devare, M.D. Mahindra Ins. Brokers Ltd. Mr. Rahul Bose, Film Actor and Activist. Ms. Apurva Purohit, CEO, Radio City 91.1 (FM). Ms. Devita Saraf, CEO, Vu Technologies. Mr. Saugata Gupta CEO, Consumer Product Division, Marico India.

Social Development
YBF supported an initiative Bhavishya-Yaan of VIDYA an NGO in the year 2012 Bhavishya-Yaan is a programme that fast-tracks the education of regional municipal school students by aiding them with Spoken English skills, computer skills and life skills. Total of 720 students that is 120 from each of the affiliated six municipal schools benefitted from this programme which aims at creating better employment avenues and equipping students for higher education. YBF supported this programme.

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As part of Young Bombay Forum development initiatives, it was decided to identify the broader issues faced by the young working youth in Mumbai. YBF Approached IMRB International to conduct a study to understand the gamut of issues facing young working individuals employed across small, medium and large organizations in Mumbai.

Key Objectives
Gaining insights on youth’s opinion about life in Mumbai city work life as well as beyond work life. To gauge awareness about the youth towards YBF and inclination to opt for its membership. To gain knowledge on youth’s membership and participation in activities of Bombay Chamber.

A total of 1004 respondents across more than 560 companies spread across locations, gender and socio-economic class were interviewed.

Launched by ………….. 1. Mr. Uday Khanna, President Bombay Chamber and Chairman, Lafarge India Pvt. Ltd. 2. Mr. Ashith Kampani, Chairman, YBF and CosmicMandela15 Securities 3. Dr. Jaideep Devare, MD, Mahindra Insurance Brokers Ltd. 4. Ms. Shalini Kamath, MD and Head of Corporate Communication and HR, Ambit Capital 5. Mr. Anil Salvi, Group Head-Human Resources & Administration, J M Financial Consultants Pvt. Ltd. 6. Mr. Vikas Gadre, Executive Director, Bombay Chamber

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Young Bombay Forum is a melting point for youth, join YBF as members. Youth icons with magnetic personalities will be invited to be part of YBF.

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