Central Theme of the Conference

Innovation is no longer a concept in the exclusive domain of managers and engineers. In the 21st century, there is a need to apply the concept of Innovation to raise the apogee of effectiveness in all areas-Business, Government and Society. The punishing aspect about innovation is that the contest never ends. When firms create a new market, others join the race. When one remedy is prescribed, out comes another social evil. Parry one threat up props another-even a pandemic. The third in the series of leadership conferences, the virtual conference will focus on how organisations can survive and thrive in this environment.

Conference Sub-Themes

The sub-themes listed below include multiple facets of innovation that would be covered in the conference. The list is an indicator of the broad nature of the topic, other titles that are aligned to the overall theme can also be included.



Future of Work and the Future Employee

Rapid Changes in the Business Environment

Transformation towards Responsible Marketing

Changes in Customer Preferences and Needs

Innovative Models for Operations, Finance and Investment

Changes in Leadership Perceptions in Government, Business & Community

Role of Jugaad, Need to Reach the Bottom of the Pyramid

Purpose Driven Businesses During Challenging Circumstances

What is Covid New Normal and its Leadership Requirements?

Impact for Organisations in an Age of Disruption

Conference Speakers

SJIM Leadership Conference 2021

Keynote Speakers

Mr. David Keynan,

Vice Chairman -
Federation of the Indo Israeli
Chambers of Commerce (FIICC)

Mr. R Gopalakrishnan,

Chairman-Castrol India,
former chairman Tata Sons

Mr. Marten Pieters,

former CEO Vodafone India

Mr. Narendra Pasuparthy,

CEO and Founder
Nandu's Chicken

Prof. Rishikesha T Krishnan,

Director IIM Bangalore

Mr. Rudra Shankar Roy,

GM- Process Automation & Industrial Products Consulting Leader, CBDS, IBM Global Business Services - CIC

Mr. Sudhindhra V,

Chief Design Officer
IBM iX India

Mr. Sridhar Raj,

Founder and CEO,

Expert Panel

Mr. Ajit Rao,

Corporate Trainer-Employee Engagement

Mr. Anand Kumar Padmanabhan

Co-founder Witmer Health

Mr. Anand Kurien,

Head - Innovation & Sustainability,
Larsen & Toubro

Mr. Anil Nair,

MD – Country Digital Acceleration
APJC, Cisco

Mr. Hanumat Sastry V Malladi,

Senior Purchasing Manager,
Britannia Industries

Mr. Harsh Kumar Johari,

Change Leadership Coach;
Former Senior Vice President Goldman Sachs

Ms. Nandita Manwani,

The Studio by Nandita Manwani

Mr. Naveen Lakkur,

Chief Innovation Coach,
Institute of Inspiring Innovation

Dr. Pavan Soni,

Founder and Innovation Evangelist,
Inflexion Point Consulting

Mr. Rajesh Srivastava,

The New Rules of Business,
former CEO - J.K. Helene Curtis)

Mr. Rohit Sobti,

Founder & CEO,
Brand Monk Licensing

Mr. Sajit Jacob,

Associate Director (Management Consulting),

Mr. Shankar Venugopal PhD,

Vice President Mahindra & Mahindra

Mr. Sovan Sunil Panda,

Product Labs Coach

Mr. Vishal Bansal,

Regional Lead - Talent Acquisition,
HP Inc

Mr. Vishal Jain

Founder and Product Leader

Mr. Yogesh Agiwal,

Founder & CEO,
Crossover Leadership

Schedule of EVENT

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM
9:05 AM - 9:15 AM
Welcome Address by Director, SJIM
9:15 AM - 9:55 AM
Inauguration by Prof. Rishikesha T. Krishnan, Director IIM Bangalore
9:55 AM - 10:30 AM
Inaugural Address by R. Gopalakrishnan
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Panel Discussion on Innovations in Sustainability (Shankar Venugopal; Dr. Aravind Chinchure; Mr. Anand Kurien)
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Mr. David Keynan: The role of government and private sector partnerships in encouraging innovation: the example of Israel
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch Break
1:30 PM 2:00 PM
Ms. Nandita Manwani: Innovations in Design in the Current Environment
Mr. Vishal Bansal: The future of work and the evolving nature of employment- lessons from the IT industry
2:00 PM 2:30 PM
Mr. Hanumat Sastry: Current Trends in FMCG supply chain management
Mr. Sajit Jacob: Dimensions of digital busines innovation
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Mr. Rudra Shankar Roy: Re-inventing operation management and supply chain in the new normal
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Mr. Rajesh Srivastava: The New Rules of Managing Business
Mr. Rohit Sobti: Innovations in business and brand growth
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mr. Anil Nair: Fireside Chat: The Digital Transformation of India
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Mr. Sudhindra V: Leadership by Design
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sarod Recital by Debanjan Bhattacharjee

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Dr. Pavan Soni: Design Thinking for Contemporary Problem Solving
Mr. Anand Padmanabhan: A model based approach to New Business Building - A Post Pandemic Organic Growth Approach
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Mr. Sridhar Raj: When a Crisis is an Opportunity
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Integro TIA Summit - Panel Discussion
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch Break
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Mr. Vishal Jain: History of Innovation
Mr. Sovan Panda: Pitfalls in Product Innovation
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Mr. Naveen Lakkur: A Little Extra for Extraordinary Times
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Mr. Yogesh Agiwal: Purpose Driven Businesses During Challenging Circumstances
Dr. Sukhendu Roy: Innovation and Systematic Inventive Thinking
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Mr. Harsh Kumar Johari: Leadership in the new normal
Mr. Ajit Rao: What can the Gita teach managers about overcoming a difficult time?
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Mr. Marten Pieters: Structuring organisations for innovation
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Closing Address: Mr. Narendra Pasuparthy
5:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Vote of Thanks: Dr. R. Narasimhan


Corporates: The conference will provide an opportunity to interact online with some of the leaders in the industry and deliberate on the nuances of handling business challenges. The SJIM Leadership Network provides a solid platform for insightful discussions on society and business.

Faculty: The event offers an intellectually stimulating environment that bridges the gap between academic frameworks and industry expertise. The lectures and discussions will help you add value to your institution and also enrich classroom discussions.

Researchers: As a researcher, there is a need to understand evolving tools and techniques and a chance to present topics that you are currently working on. The conference enables you to put your ideas across in front of a panel of experts, garner objective feedback and gain renewed knowledge. Papers can be presented virtually.

Students: While the times are challenging, there has never been a greater time to graduate. The world needs your passion, energy and focus to solve the problems that affect society. Don’t miss this chance to listen to some of the best minds in the industry and build contacts.

Registration Fee



Research Scholar


Rs 500

Rs 500

Rs 200

Rs 200

Registration Fees may also be sent by NEFT or RTGS to the savings bank account in the name of ST.JOSEPH'S INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (Account No: 50100196703228; Name of the Bank: HDFC BANK LIMITED; Branch: R.T.NAGAR, BENGALURU; IFSC Code: HDFC0000140) Kindly include the Transfer Description as SJIMLC21 Fees.

Once the transfer is completed, kindly send an email to intconf2021@sjim.edu.in with the following details to register for the conference: Full Name, Designation, Name of Organization, Mobile Number and Fee Payment Details (UTR No; Date; Bank; Amount)

Opportunities For Publication

Full Papers of authors that are accepted and having duly completed the registration process will be published in the form of Book with ISBN Number.
Select papers will be considered for submission to the open-access Scopus indexed International Journal of Systematic Innovation (https://www.ijosi.org/index.php/IJOSI) published by the National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. In case an article is selected, authors will have to meet the specific requirements of the journal for submission of articles.

Submission Guidelines
Papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference.
All papers must follow the submission guidelines given here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_oIGnWyt1eYIpS1xLSPOOB-RO_oW8D_v/view?usp=sharing

The accepted forms of submission for the initial submission are:
1. Full papers : there is no word limit but it must be complete in all aspects, including but not limited to, full literature review, complete description of the method, findings, analysis and conclusions.
2. Extended abstracts : these abstracts should be at least 5 pages in length (single line space, 12-point font Times New Roman, 1" margins all around) and should include an introduction, brief literature review, method, findings, discussion.

For final submission, only full papers are accepted. Manuscripts will be reviewed by peer-reviewers whose decision will be final and binding. As the submission window is over, the conference is no longer accepting papers. We thank all authors for their timely support.

Full Papers Submitted To The Conference



Paper title


Anuja Thakar and Swaty Wadhwa

Innovation Seeks No Stereotypical Ways: The Evolving Business Perspective In Corona Times


B.Suresh Kumar and M.S.Vijaya Rao

A Study on Human Resource Accounting – An Empirical Approach


Gopikrishnan P.

Disruptive Innovation & Incumbent’s Innovation Impacting Factors


J. Poornima and Rakshitha K.

A Study on Analysis of Selected Merchant Banks Services with Special Reference to Bangalore


Naseer Mohamed Jaffer and Datta Indrani Karanam

Hatecariat - Crony Capitalism’s Innovation Strategy


Nasina Balasubrahmanyam and M. Muthumeenakshi

Impact of Supply Chain Management Issues in Handloom Industry in Chittoor District


Nimble O. J. and A.V. Chinnasamy

A Conceptual Business Model Canvas for Innovative Healthcare Delivery


Pradyut Priyadarshini Mishra

CSR in the Age of Sustainable Development- a Literature Review


S.Gokilavani, Uma Maheswari Sankar and R Rajasekaran

Leverage Emerging Trend Of E-Vehicle– Response of Passenger Car User


Shafaque Noor

What is Covid New Normal and its Leadership Requirements?


Sindhu R. Menon and Naseer Mohamed Jaffer

Diffusion of Innovation and Viability of Hospitals - An Empirical Study


Sivarethinamohan R, Kavitha D, Elizabeth Renju Koshy, and Biju Toms.

Reimagining Future of Future by Redesigning Talent Strategy in the Age of Distraction and Disruption


Sudeep Kumar and Vishwanathan Iyer

Innovative Insurance pricing: The Real Need in Indian Automobile Insurance Sector


V. Vidya Chellam and J. Saranya

Big Five Personality Traits for Entrepreneurs


Vaishali Singh

Technology, Future of Work and Ageing Workforce Readiness


Vichithra Somasekar and Gayathri Reddy

The Potential of Sustainable Value Creation of B2B Startups

Important Dates

Conference Dates

26, 27 February 2021

Conference Registration Deadline

20 February 2021

Initial Submission Deadline (Extended Abstract or Full paper)

15 January 2021

Notification of Acceptance

25 January 2021

Full Paper Submission Deadline

15 February 2021

Conference Organizing Committee

Chief Patron:

Rector, St. Joseph's Group of Institutions


Director, St. Joseph's Institute of Management

Conference Chair:

Dean, St. Joseph's Institute of Management

Conference Convenor:

Dr. Thomason Rajan, St. Joseph's Institute of Management

Contact Us

SJIM International Leadership Conference, Organizing Committee
St. Joseph's Institute of Management
28/1, Primrose Road, Off MG Road, Bengaluru 560 025

Write to us at intconf2021@sjim.edu.in