Arun Arora is the Chairman of Edvance Pre-schools Pvt. Ltd., a joint venture with EtonHouse International -Singapore. He is the former President and Executive Director of Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. (The Times of India Group) and ex-CEO of The Economic Times. Arun has a long and varied media experience of over 35 years and sits on the Boards of several companies.
He was involved in setting up many new businesses. Some of the brands launched by him include Sony Entertainment Television, Planet M, Times Music and Zoom. He spearheaded joint ventures with BBC Worldwide and Reuters to form Worldwide Media and Times Now.
In the past, Arun was CEO of brands like The Times of India and Sony Entertainment Television. He was Vice-Chairman of ENIL (Radio Mirchi), Chairman of United News of India and Vice Chairman of TimesofMoney Ltd.
Arun is a Chemical Engineer, fellow of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers and a Harvard alumnus.
Anantshree, also called fondly as Audi internally in UFlex has been with the organization close to 8 years and has worked from the ground up in every unit of UFlex and in almost every category. He learned the trade both domestically and internationally by being a trainee and apprentice in India, Mexico, Poland, Egypt, Dubai and the USA. He spearheaded the expansion of UFlex in the US and is currently in charge of the NAFTA region for the Films’ business. Anantshree also looks after Global product stability, R&D and HR protocols and is the Chief Cultural Officer for all standards of operation for UFlex and its sister concerns. He has a vast array of previous experience starting from his first job at the age of 15 as an intern and assistant to the late US senator Edward Kennedy followed by stints at Dreamworks, TJ Maxx, Accenture, Mubadala and his own Venture Capital firm which is cofounded in college. He graduated from Babson College with a triple major (Finance, Global Strategic Management and Economics,) and did his schooling from the prestigious Institute Le Rosey where he was the youngest student body President ever.
Anantshree lives firmly by the principle that where Focus goes Energy Flows (Tony Robbins Education UPW session.) He is a voracious reader and an active learner. Firmly rooted in the belief that happiness comes from within he directs his optimistic positive attitude to focus on solutions instead of issues and is positive without being pollyanna. His spiritual nature of approaching business concepts allows him to create a unique synergy that combines a “can do” roll up your sleeves aptitude with an impossible is nothing attitude. Audi enjoys watching movies and listening to all kinds of music during his downtime. He is an avid foodie and addicted to the experiences offered by travel whether is by a quick drive around his current hometown or a flight across the world. Most of all he believes that progress in every front: mental, physical and spiritual is the material definition of human happiness and this must be the core focus of every human being. By raising this standard evermore higher our society leaves its outstanding mark during our short existence on this physical plane. He strives to raise his and UFlex’s standards every higher every waking moment.
Cavelle Joseph is a versatile human resources executive with hands-on experience in public and private sector Human Resource Management. With over fifteen years experience she is a strategic professional who deploys a participative management style in a fast-paced and diverse work environment. As the Head Human Resources at the National Insurance Property Development Company Limited, she is an excellent team builder and consultant on personnel issues and organizational development. In addition to the HR function, she has responsibility for Health and Safety and Security.
Her core competencies and training includes General and Administrative Management, HR Planning, Organizational Design, Organizational Development, HR Audits, Training and Development, Performance Management, Training and Instructional Design Skills, Employee and Labour Relations and Services, Recruitment and Selection, Policy Design and Administration, Conflict Resolution, Consultancy Skills.
She has delivered presentations at the Human Resource Management Association of Trinidad and Tobago (HRMATT) biennial conferences, in 2013 and 2015. She has also published articles all within her areas of expertise.
Ms. Joseph is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Human Resource Management Association of Trinidad and Tobago. She is also the President of the Association of Female Executives of Trinidad and Tobago, and previously served on the Boards of South AIDS Support and the Pest Management Association of Trinidad and Tobago, both in the capacity as Secretary. Ms. Joseph is also a member of the of the Gender Advisory Board, The Institute of Gender and Development Studies, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine; and a member of the Sub-Committee for the Women’s City Centres Programme in Trinidad and Tobago, Design Module: Economic Empowerment and Design Module: Governance.
Ms. Joseph was recognized for her contribution to South AIDS Support at its 10th anniversary function in 2011. She was also bestowed with the award of Spirit of AFETT by the AFETT at the International Woman’s Day Function 2015, having served the association on two previous boards in the capacity of Fundraising Director and President – Elect.
Ms. Joseph is presently pursuing Doctoral studies at Walden University in the field of Leadership. She is the holder of a Master’s of Business Administration with Distinction, specializing in Human Resources Management, from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and Law (Double Major); Diploma in Labour Laws and is SHRM certified as SHRM – Senior Certified Professional.Cancel OK
David S. Cohen is a seasoned management consultant passionate about building organizations through the successful alignment of their people to the corporate values and corresponding behaviours enabling the sustainable execution of the strategic business plan. He works with organizations and their leaders to ensure the clear articulation of the culture and the application of that knowledge to building integrated talent management processes and practices and improving employee engagement. David has over 28 years of consulting experience working with organizations across all industry sectors. He has worked with companies on five continents.
He has extensive experience and success working on helping organizations build:
clearly articulated values, employee engagement, leadership development, structure behavioural interviewing processes, on-boarding, performance management programs, programs on accountability to meeting business commitments, succession planning processes, 360˚ Feedback systems, company wide behavioural competency models, career planning processes, and teambuilding activities, organization culture initiatives
In addition to the above David has authored two books: The Talent Edge and Inside the Box.
David has worked with clients in India and in 2008 was awarded the presented the Global HE Excellence Award by the World HRD Congress.
Topic : Can You Build an Employee Brand or Do You Have One and not Know It
A brand is nothing more then a reputation. Your leadership, over time, has already built an employee brand. Trying to change your employee brand only aggravates your employees and often drives away some of your most engaged employees. The trick is to employee branding is finding what makes your company great, the actual covert values, and celebrating them and integrating them into every aspect of talent management.
Urvi Aradhya- Senior Vice President, Human resources is heading HR at the Group level for K Raheja Corp for their Real estate, Hospitality, Shopping Centers and Asset Management Company and thereby managing nearly 1400 people spanning across various locations. A graduate in Statistics and a Management Graduate in Human Resources from Mumbai University with 18 years of experience, she has been with the Group since February 2007. Prior to that she was CHRO with Parle Bisleri Pvt. Ltd.
She has been writing regularly at various publications and blogs on HR topics and her articles have been published in Times Ascent, Greatness Diary etc. She has been on a panel of selection for Management students at We School, Mumbai. She has also been speaking at various industry forums like IRF (India retail Forum), MMR (manning Modern Retail) etc as a Panelist on HR Topics.
She has been a recipient of many awards in her domain of HR, some being;
You are advised to contact the Indian Embassy / High Commission / Consulate in your country in order to obtain a visa of entry. Please apply for your visa well in advance. Your travel agent may also be able to help you. Delegates from Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka should apply minimum 6 weeks in advance. The Government of India has announced a scheme of granting Tourist Visa on Arrival for the citizens of:
Foreign passengers of countries not mentioned in the above list should ensure that they are in possession of a valid Indian Visa before they start their journey to India except nationals of Nepal and Bhutan who do not require visa to enter India and nationals of Maldives who do not require visa for entry in India for a period up to 90 days. A separate Visa regime exists for diplomatic/official passport holders.
The Consular Passport and Visa (CPV) Division of the Ministry of External Affairs is responsible for issuance of Indian visas to the foreign nationals for their visit for various purposes. This facility is granted through various Indian missions abroad.
Visa fees are non-refundable and subject to change without prior notice. The High Commission reserves the right to grant and decide the type/duration of visa irrespective of the fees tendered at the time of making application. Granting of Visa does not confer the right of entry to India and is subject to the discretion of the Immigration Authorities.
The instruction and information given here is general in nature, however for specific information, you may contact the respective Indian Mission.
Visa application form is available at the Indian Mission in the country where the applicant resides. Visa form for nationals of Pakistan and Bangladesh are generally different. All NRIs/PIOs, including children (who do not possess OCI or PIO card) need to apply for Visa in separate visa forms
Visas can be applied for in person or by post at the High Commission of India based in the country from where the candidate intends to depart for India. Specific visas are granted for a variety of purposes that are mentioned below:
Validity: 6 months. The applicant is required to submit documents in proof of his financial standing. Tourists traveling in groups of not less than four members under the auspices of a recognized travel agency may be considered for grant of collective tourist visa.
Conference Visas are issued for attending conferences / seminars / meetings in India. The letter of invitation must be submitted along with the visa application. In addition, you should augment you application for a conference visa by enclosing copy of permissions received from the Indian authorities. You may download the same here.
Delegates coming to attend conferences may combine tourism with attending conferences.
Visa with validity six months : US$ 30
Visas with validity one year : US$ 50
Visas with validity one to five years : US$100
Personal applications are processed the same day. Postal applications will take approximately two weeks.
New Delhi & Mumbai are the most used entry points for India and many International airlines connect them to all parts of the World. Other international airports at Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Goa, Amritsar, Trivandrum, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Mangalore, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Pune, Jaipur, Trichy, Kanpur and Lucknow too offer numerous options for travelling to India.
230-240V, 50 HZ. Sockets accept round pins. Should you wish to use appliances of 110 volts, some hotels may provide adaptors on request. It is advisable to carry universal adaptors.
A host of languages are spoken in India. English is widely spoken or understood except in rural areas.
The currency in India is the Rupee, which comes in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000. You are requested to use authorized money changers and banks to change currency. They will issue a certificate of exchange which is required at the time of re-conversion of any unused currency. Under the Foreign Exchange Management Act 1999, it is an offence to exchange foreign currency other than through authorized money changers or banks. The currency may be exchanged at the airport on arrival.
Most bank ATMs honor Visa, Visa Electron, Master & Maestro cards and you may use these ATMs also to withdraw money.
Most hotels, shops and other establishments accept credit cards. Master & VISA cards are accepted at almost all such establishments whereas some of them accept Diners and American Express cards as well.
If the visa, for stay in India, is for more than 180 days, following is the requirement:
All persons, except nationals of Bhutan & Nepal, leaving by air, road or rail have to fill in an Embarkation Card at the time of departure.
Every foreigner who is about to depart finally from India must surrender his Certificate of Registration either to the Registration Officer of the place where he is registered or of the place from where he plans to depart or to the Immigration Officer at the Port / Check-post of exit from India.
Passengers embarking on trips to any place outside India from a Customs airport/seaport will have to pay a Foreign Travel Tax (FTT) of Rs. 500 and Rs. 150 (subject to revision) on trips to Afganistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Srilanka and Maldives. No tax is payable on trips performed by ship from Rameshwaram to Talaimanar and in case of transit passengers, provided they do not leave the customs barrier. Transit passengers travelling by air who have to leave the airport on accout of mechanical trouble but continue their journey by the same aircraft and the same flight number by which they arrive are also exempt from FTT. Transit sea passengers leaving the ship for sightseeing, shopping etc. during the ships' call at any of the Indian ports will not be required to pay FTT.
Visitors are generally required to make a baggage declaration in respect of baggage and foreign currency in their possession. They are also required to obtain the Currency Declaration Form from the Customs. They should fill in the Disembarkation Card handed over to them by the airline during the course of the flight.
For passengers not in possession of any dutiable articles or unaccompanied baggage
For passengers with dutiable articles or unaccompanied baggage or high value articles to be entered on the tourist Baggage Re-Export Form. Dutiable articles or unaccompanied baggage or high-value articles must be entered on a Tourist Baggage Re-Export Form (TBRE). These articles must be re-exported at the time of departure. A failure to re-export anything listed on the TBRE becomes a payable duty levied for each missing item. The following duty-free possessions are permissible
For more and updated information kindly visit the Central Board of Customs & Excise website :http://www.cbec.gov.in/travellers.htm
There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency or travellers' cheques you may bring into India provided you make a declaration in the Currency Declaration Form given to you on arrival. This will enable you not only to exchange the currency bought in, but also to take the unspent currency out of India on departure. Cash, bank notes and travellers' cheques up to US$ 1,000 or equivalent, need not be declared at the time of entry. Any money in the form of travellers' cheques, drafts, bills, cheques, etc. in convertible currencies, which tourists wish to convert into Indian currency, should be exchanged only through authorised money changers and banks who will issue an encashment certificate that is required at the time of reconversion of any unspent money into foreign currency. Exchanging of foreign currency other than banks or authorised money changers is an offense under Foreign Exchange Regulations Act 1973.
Indian Rupees are not allowed to be taken out of India. Exchanging them before you depart is the best option. Banking facilities, for the conversion of rupees into foreign currency are usually located in the same airport hall as the check-in counters. It’s best to access these facilities before immigration as they are not available thereafter. All animal products, souvenirs, and trophies are subject to the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. The export of skins made from protected wildlife species is not allowed. As a general rule, avoiding such souvenirs that could be made of animal skins (except crocodile-leather goods) is best. Generally, items more than 100 years old cannot be exported without a permit from the Archaeological Survey, which has an office in Delhi. Reputable shops will provide you with the required permit or help you procure it. Items without permits will be detained by Indian Customs if they are believed to be over 100 years old.
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Please consult with your physician regarding health precautions prior to visiting India. If you are coming from or have visited Africa, South America or an area infected with Yellow Fever within five days prior to your arrival in India, proof of inoculation against Yellow Fever is required. The Organizers do not take responsibility for any individual, medical, travel or personal insurance. Participants are advised to secure their own insurance policies as necessary.
The Country Code for India is `91´. Landline numbers in major cities like Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore & Chennai have eight digits whereas the numbers in smaller cities could have only 4-7 digits. All mobile numbers are 10 digits.
Area Codes in India are referred to as STD codes.
International access code (`00´ or `+') followed by 91 and the 10-digit MOBILE NO., eg. +91 XXXXXXXXXX.
Dialing Within India
Local call - Landline no.
Long distance call - 0 then STD Code followed by Landline No.
Local call -10 digit Mobile No.
Long distance call - 0 followed by 10 digit Mobile No.
Local or Long distance calls
0 followed by STD Code, followed by Landline No.
Local Call - 10 digit Mobile No.
Long distance call - 0 followed by 10 digits Mobile No.
The international access code when dialing out of India is "00" (or `+' when dialing from a mobile phone).
In India both GSM & CDMA (WLL) mobile systems are present. Please contact your mobile service providers to check their roaming partners & tariffs in India. Indian SIM cards may not be easily available due to security restrictions.
Indian cuisine differs from region to region. The variety of food you get in India is outstanding. Generally Indian food is spicy and hot. The waiters can be told to make it less spicy. Many restaurants serve Continental, Chinese, Thai, Spanish, French. Mexican, Italian, Lebanese, Mediterranean, and other cuisines. American fast food is very popular and outlets are present in most cities and towns. Tipping is optional but a common practice in India. The usual practice is leaving a 5-10% tip for the services provided.
Tap water is not purified for drinking. Unless you have access to a water filter, or are sure water has been boiled, it is safer to stick to bottled water. Avoid ice in your drinks outside your hotel.
Dear Dr Bhatia,
First of all let me congratulate you for organizing such a wonderful event and bringing together the whole HR fraternity under one roof for the 4 days. I would definitely be associated with the organization now onwards as it brings together the best HR professionals thereby enhances the knowledge on latest HR trends.
I purchased the book CHRO Asia and it is written wonderfully.
Once again heartfelt thanks to you for recognizing and bringing us together.
Sunil Kumar Bhandary
Assistant Manager – HR (C&B)
A. A. Bin Hindi Group of Companies
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