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  • ‘CEOs Sing for GF Kids’ has always attracted business professionals who outside the corporate world, have a passion for singing and music and volunteer their time for this annual fund-raiser which takes place in three cities across India. So, why not invite your friends, family and colleagues and contribute to the cause, as we promise a great night! This event has gathered momentum over the past few years – so, we expect a fairly large, select gathering of guests, who add to the good vibe.

    For more information, contact Dolly Malvai +91 9811268189

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V Vaidyanathan

Chairman, Capital First

Mr V Vaidyanathan founded Capital First Ltd, by first acquiring an equity stake in an existing NBFC, changing the business model, and then executing a large Management buyout of the listed company. He has since built it to a large community with over Rs 20,000 crores in assets. He was earlier on the board of ICICI bank and MD of ICICI prudential life insurance company. He is a regular contributor of Financial and Banking matters in India and International forums. He is a regular marathoner and has run 23 marathons including seven full marathons.

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Kuldeep Bhartee

Area Manager (West) – ITC Hotels and General Manager - ITC Maratha

Mr. Kuldeep Bhartee is the Area Manager (West) for ITC Hotels & the General Manager at ITC Maratha, Mumbai since April 2016. Prior to his appointment at ITC Maratha, Mr. Bhartee was associated with ITC Grand Central as the General Manager of the hotel. An Alumnus of IHM Mumbai, Mr. Bhartee is also a Certified Hotel Administrator from American Hotel & Lodging Association - USA and a Member of Institute of Hospitality, UK.

Mr. Bhartee started off his career with Indian Hotels Company Ltd. with Taj Mahal Palace & Towers and the Taj Intercontinental, Mumbai. He later moved to Muscat, Oman to work with them internationally. After a brief tenure in Egypt and Germany, he returned to India and joined ITC Hotels in 2000.

During his leisure time, Mr. Bhartee likes to travel and explore new places in India and around the world.

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Geetu Verma

Executive Director, Foods- HUL India, Regional VP Marketing- Foods – South Asia

Geetu Verma is on the Management Committee of Hindustan Unilever Ltd. as the Executive Director & Regional VP Marketing Foods –South Asia. Geetu has over 30 years of marketing,new business development and general management experience in leading FMCG companies.

A committed friend of Genesis Foundation, Geetu believes the Foundation’s purpose helps her move forward in her own purpose and passion to impact the health landscape for India’s needy.Geetu actively supports causes related to underprivileged children and is also a strong proponent of an inclusive culture that helps diversity thrive.

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Rajeev Raja

Founder, Brandmusiq

Creator of the concept of MOGOTM or 'musical logo', Rajeev Raja conceived BrandMusiq along with the late JS Mani. Rajeev brings on board over 25 years of experience in branding on the one hand, and music on the other. He was ex-National Creative Director of DDB Mudra and is also known as one of India's finest Jazz and Fusion flautists. This unique combination helps BrandMusiq merge brand understanding, consumer insight and musical expression in a manner that delivers tremendous value for clients.

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Brian Tellis

Co-Founder & Group CEO, Fountainhead

In 1995 Brian co-founded Fountainhead Promotions and Events Pvt Ltd. A much-in-demand voice-over exponent, Brian has hosted over 1500 high-profile awards nights and also lent his voice to TV commercials.

When FM first came to India in the early nineties, he was amongst the principal RJs on the leading radio station – Times FM (later Radio Mirchi), and also for other channels including HMV FM, Radio One and Jaago Mumbai. Brian has also founded his very own outfit Radio-Active, a company in the music entertainment space, which has produced programming software for the likes of Times FM and HMV FM in the past. He has also played a pivotal role in the setting up of Jaago Mumbai – a pioneering concept of community radio in India.

Vastly respected for his experience around media circles, Brian has been invited to sit on prestigious jury panels including Cannes!

An influential name in the event management industry, Brian is a founder member of the industry’s pinnacle body EEMA, which represents the interests of its members even at the highest level of Government.

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Pankajj Chaturvedi

Executive Director& CEO, Rich Graviss Products

Pankajj Chaturvedi has vast experience in the Hospitality, Manufacturing and Food Retail Business. Working with Baskin Robbins as the CEO, South Asia operations, he moved to the position of CEO & Executive Director at Rich Gravis Products Pvt. Ltd.

Singing has been his passion since childhood and his album with the living legend Pyarelal Sharmaji is an apt representation of the point that he has been bequeathed with the gift of melody. He was the first runner up on the show CEO’s got talent and won the most popular CEO’s award. Apart from this he has been a part of numerous singing events. He even organized a solo show last year where he paid his tribute to the legendary Kishore Kumar. This show was attended by some eminent personalities of the film industry. Pankajj continues in his endeavor of entertaining the world with his energetic voice.

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Radhika Taneja

Managing Partner, Savitar Search Solutions

Alumni of St Xavier's college and a postgraduate in economics and MBA from Kolata University, Radhika has rich experiences across industries. A seasoned search professional she currently runs her own search firm "Savitar Search Solutions." She is involved in numerous community service activities and believes in doing at least 'one good deed a day'. Hindustani, light, classical music has been her passion and she is also an avid reader and loves to travel.

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Vinodini Lulla

Trustee, CMCA

Children's Movement for Civic Awareness. CMCA is a not for profit organisation that works in schools in India, in the field of Citizenship & Life Skills education. She loves music and continues to be a student, learning Hindustani and semi classical music.

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Ramesh Iyer

Vice Chairman, Managing Director& President, Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Ltd.

Mr. Ramesh Iyer is the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Limited (MMFSL) and is the President – Financial Services Sector and a Member of the Group Executive Board of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited. He has been associated with MMFSL since 1994. He also looks into the operations of Mahindra Finance USA, LLC., which is a U.S. joint venture with De Lage Landen Financial Services Inc., (DLLFS) a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Rabobank Group.

Mr. Iyer is also a Director of various Companies in the Mahindra Group. He is a member of various Committees in the Industry like CII, FICCI, BCCI, FIDC and IMC Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He has also been recently appointed on the Board of Advisors of Vidyalankar Institute Of Technology – School Of Management and on the College Development Committee of Vivek College of Commerce.

He is also a recipient of various prestigious awards, the most recent ones being: Received the prestigious Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award (APEA) 2017 INDIA ‘Best CEO – Financial Services Sector Mid Cap’ award by Business Today, ‘CEO – FINANCIAL SERVICES’ at the CEO AWARDs organised by CEO India magazine. Mr. Iyer was also one of the finalists in the CNBC 15th Asia Business Leaders Awards 2016 held in Jakarta, Indonesia and has been recently featured in Business Today magazine in the top 40 BFSI CEOs of India.

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Vinit Store

CEO, The Quadron Business Park

Vinit Store is the CEO of the 100% Blackstone owned Office Parks' portfolio in India. The portfolio comprises of over 8 million sqft. of A-grade commercial real estate in Pune,Mumbai and Noida.Blue chip global IT/ITES corporations have leased space in the Blackstone Office Parks Portfolio.

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Kerman Lalkaka

General Manager, ITC Grand Central

Kerman is General Manager at ITC Grand Central, Mumbai. Mr Lalkaka brings a wealth of hospitality operations and management experience spanning an international career more than 20 years, with brands such as Marriott, Hilton & Radisson. He has held several other executive positions, including Director of Operations, Front Office, Food & Beverage, and Social Media. He is currently responsible for overall operations at ITC Grand Central.

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Sanjay Tandon

CEO, Music Composers Association of India and Singers Association of India

Sanjay is the CEO of the Music Composers’ Association of India and the Singers’ Association of India. He has been in the Industry for the past 25 years and is well known as the one who started the movement of Music Copyright in India. He was instrumental in strengthening the Indian Performing Right Society Limited, (IPRS) – the Music Royalty Collecting Society of India. It was his relentless fight for the Singers’ Copyright since 1992 that the Singers have now at last got the Right to Royalties for their Performances. He is now also the MD of ISRA-Indian Singers' Rights Association .

Mr. Sanjay Tandon is also a great singer, sings in the voice of Mukesh and has sung under the baton of many legends. He has been conferred with many awards and recognition like the Lata Mangeshkar Award, Rimjhim Madhur Sangeet Puraskar, Rhythm 2003 Award, Sangeet Award – Zee TV, Mukesh Award and several others.

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Subhash Kamath

CEO & Managing Partner, BBH INDIA

Subhash has been a professional advertising & brand practitioner for 30 years, having worked with global creative agencies like Ogilvy, Grey & Publicis, eventually to become the Group CEO of Bates 141, a WPP company. Subhash then joined BBH as a founding managing partner & CEO in January 2009 and has been busy since then building his dream agency.

Subhash has always loved his music. From Indian classical to popular Hindi music to jazz, blues and classic rock, his music collection is diverse and vast. He is also the lead singer & rhythm guitarist in a retro band called ‘Wanted Yesterday’ .

His favorite quote is one of Bob Marley, who said, “The great thing about music is, when it hits you, you don’t feel any pain.”

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DINESH MIRCHANDANI

Managing Partner, India

Dinesh Mirchandani has been with Boyden since 1994. During his distinguished executive search career, he has completed numerous senior-level search assignments across industries and functions. Dinesh is highly proficient in cross-border search, and has a deep understanding of both Indian and Western business cultures, from having lived in the US for more than a decade.

He has made made critical contributions in distributed computing and software quality, and has infused some of the best practices in software quality assurance into the India search practice

He has an MBA in general management from Boston University, an MS in computer science from the North Carolina State University and a BE in electrical and electronic engineering from BITS Pilani

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Mehmood Curmally

CEO, J n Y Entertainment

Mehmood, has spent all of his working life in music. After graduating from Sydenham College, Mumbai, he joined the family business – Rhythm House. A music and video retail store which was established in 1947. At a very young age - Mehmood was introduced to various genres of Western music by his father, including Broadway Jazz and both Indian and Western Classical. Though he was never formally trained, his passion has always been for music and singing.

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