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CXO Summit

Leverage the power of innovation at the CXO Summit, hosted by ISB Executive Education. Under the overarching theme “Innovate to Accelerate,” this ground- breaking summit will convene top executives, industry leaders, and visionaries to delve into the pivotal strategies shaping the future of business and technology. Join us for a transformative experience as we explore compelling themes. This summit promis- es to equip attendees with the insights, knowledge, and strategies necessary to drive business growth and transformation in an era of rapid change and disruption.

At the CXO Summit, you will have the opportunity to engage in thought-provoking discussions, gain actionable insights, and network with industry pioneers. Whether you are a C-level executive, technology leader, or forward-thinking strategist, this summit will provide you with the tools and perspectives to innovate, adapt, and accelerate the trajectory of your organisation in an ever-evolving landscape.


The CXO Summit brings together a diverse array of accomplished individuals who have driven innovation, spearheaded transformative initiatives, and demonstrated unparalleled expertise in their respective fields. As keynote speakers, panellists, and workshop facilitators, these industry visionaries will share their invaluable insights, strategies, and experiences, providing attendees with the inspiration and knowledge to navigate the dynamic landscape of modern business.


Ananth V Nageshwaran

Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Government of India


Vikas Swarup

Former High Commissioner of India to Canada, Award-winning Author


VS Parthasarathy

Independent Director, Multiple Companies


Sunitha Cherian

Chief Culture Officer, Wipro


Dr Ritu Mittal Garg

Chief Growth & Innovation Officer, Fortis Healthcare


Vikram Ahuja

MD, ANSR and CEO, Co-Founder Talent500


Venkat Varadarajan

Director & Head- Cloud and Digital, Intel India, Intel Corporation


Satyanandan Atyam

Chief Risk Officer, Tata AIG General Insurance Company Limited


Eapen Alexander Muthoot

Executive Director at The Muthoot Group


Arindam Sen

Global Business Services & Operations Partner, EY India


Madan Pillutla

Dean and Professor, Organisational Behaviour, ISB


Deepa Mani

Professor of Information Systems, ISB


S. Ramnarayan

Professor of Organisational Behaviour (Practice), ISB


Prakash Bagri

Associate Professor (Practice), Marketing, ISB


Bhagwan Chowdhry

Professor, Finance Executive Director – DIRI, ISB


Nishant Chadha

Director, ISB Executive Education


Session Outline

Keynote Session:
Accelerate with India: Forces that Shape the Vision of Tomorrow

  • Realise and take advantage of the world’s largest consumer market that offers attractive prospects in all fronts - market growth, asset utilisation, and profitability
  • Explore how India is positioned as a nexus for emerging technologies and a catalyst for market disruption
  • Explore the unique strengths and capabilities that India brings to the forefront of technological advancements and discuss how these factors are shaping the global vision of tomorrow


The Role of DEI in Innovation and Profitability

  • Explore how fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion within the workplace strategically contributes to innovation and creativity
  • Examine the pivotal role of inclusive leadership in building a diverse workforce and creating an organisational culture that supports innovation
  • Learn how to measure the impact of DEI initia- tives, identify key performance
    indicators, and understand the direct link between diversity, innovation, and overall profitability

Fireside Chat

Why Inclusive Leadership is Essential for Innovation

  • Explore how inclusive leadership encourages a diverse range of per- spectives and experiences within a team or organisation
  • Discuss how leaders can create an environment where individuals feel valued and empowered to share their ideas, fostering a sense of belonging and teamwork that enhances innova- tion
  • Explore the connection between empathy, inclusivity, and innovation in leadership

Analyst Talk

Geopolitical Risk Management: Adapting to a Shifting Global Landscape

  • Need to build resilient supply chains that can circumvent geopolitical shocks, such as the Ukraine-Russia conflict.
  • Examples from India’s foreign and economic policy - what’s good, what gaps need to be filled to minimise impact of major global events, eg. leveraging semiconductor industry disruptions
  • How global businesses can leverage India’s favourable geopolitical position and its robust domestic market to mitigate business risks elsewhere and increase investments in the Indian market

Spotlight Event

Global Capability Centres: Leveraging Next-Generation Technologies for Hyper-Connected Collaboration

  • Learn how emerging trends revolutionise global capability centres
  • Discuss actionable insights for streamlining workflows, fostering cross-functional collaboration, and driving innovation through the adop- tion of agile methodologies and inte- grated digital platforms
  • Delve into strategies for harnessing digital transformation and agile integration practices to maximise collaboration efficiency within the global capability centres

Panel Discussion

Disruptive Fintech Models: Innovating the Digital India Stack

  • Explore how disruptive fintech models are driving financial inclusion and reshaping the digital India stack
  • Discuss the role of fintech innovations in expanding access to financial services, empowering underserved communities, and fueling economic growth across India
  • Explore the transformative potential of emerging technologies such as block- chain, AI, and digital identity solutions in driving fintech innovation within the Digital India stack


  • Radio taxi services are provided by leading service providers Meru / Easy cabs from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport and Hyderabad and Secunderabad railway stations. This is an air-conditioned, GPS enabled cab service with the charges payable in cash, on the basis of meter reading at the end of the journey.  
  • Approximate fare will be around Rs.1000 - Rs.2000 (depending on the location you are coming from) 
  • Airport drop / Railway Station drop bookings are advised at least 3 hours in advance to ensure availability .


Contact Details

For queries, contact:

Vaidehi Parve
+91 92841 92518

Navigating India's Growth Ascent with Innovation in Technology and Talent: ISB Executive Education's Inaugural CXO Summit

Hyderabad, India – January 25th 2024 – ISB Executive Education recently hosted the inaugural edition of the CXO Summit, under the theme "Innovate to Accelerate". Held at the Indian School of Business’s Hyderabad campus, the event was a confluence of a diverse group of top executives, industry leaders, and thought leaders facilitating meaningful discussions on various business and leadership topics. Experts brought to the fore strategies to innovate and adapt, to accelerate the growth trajectory of organisations.

The summit featured keynote sessions from industry experts, panel discussions on innovation and leadership, and opportunities for networking. These sessions provided attendees with insights into contemporary strategies and approaches relevant to the modern business environment.

The event was flagged off by Professor Deepa Mani, Deputy Dean, ISB Executive Education and Digital Learning, and Professor of Information Systems at ISB, who emphasised the importance of adaptable leadership in response to economic, geopolitical, and technological changes, saying, “In this dynamic business environment, when people experience you as a leader, they will experience you as someone with superior judgement. This judgement calls upon leaders to think analytically, critically, and incorporate diverse perspectives. With the CXO Summit, our goal is to equip you with the insights, knowledge, and strategies necessary to drive business growth and transformation in this era of rapid change and disruption."

In his keynote address, Shri Anantha V Nageswaran, Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India, conveyed a vision of India's burgeoning potential. He highlighted the country's youthful aspirations, innovation, and resilience in the face of global challenges. Emphasising the importance of adapting to technological advancements and ethical business practices, he highlighted the role of Indian businesses in fostering sustainable and inclusive economic growth. His optimistic outlook reflected confidence in India's ability to navigate and capitalise on current global trends, backed by the nation's promising demographic dividend.

Sujatha Kumaraswamy, Executive Director, Executive Education and Digital Learning, ISB, emphasised, “The CXO Summit – Innovate to Accelerate focuses on three tracks in the Indian growth story: India’s Emergence on the Global Stage, the Technology Innovation Ecosystem, and Nurturing and Leveraging Talent. Conversations and experiences such as this reinforce the need for a platform where senior leaders engage and learn and look at ways to innovate and accelerate their growth stories.”

The summit hosted six knowledge sessions over three tracks, India’s Emergence on the Global Stage, the Technology Innovation Ecosystem, and Nurturing & Leveraging Talent. The first track set the context for the India story, through the Keynote and Analyst Talk sessions, discussing the impact of geopolitical volatility on organisational strategy and planning this year. From building resilient supply chains and manufacturing hubs to tapping into Indian consumers’ spending power, the speakers explored strategies to mitigate business risks and enhance investments in the ever-shifting global landscape.

The second track, focusing on Nurturing & Leveraging Talent, revealed insights from a fireside chat on inclusive leadership and a masterclass on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). It was concluded that nurturing a diverse workforce and practicing inclusive, empathetic leadership are crucial not just for fostering innovation and empowerment, but also for driving organisational success.

The third track delved into technology and innovation ecosystems. Participants in the spotlight session discovered how global capability centres (GCCs) are revolutionising businesses by streamlining workflows and promoting cross-functional collaboration with agile methodologies. The fintech panel further explored the significant role of blockchain, AI, and digital identity solutions in spurring economic growth and enhancing financial inclusion nationwide.

The inaugural CXO Summit saw the participation of more than 250 senior leaders as delegates and highlighted ISB Executive Education’s commitment to fostering future leaders of tomorrow.  

About ISB Executive Education:

ISB Executive Education offers a range of executive education programs designed to enhance leadership capabilities and strategic thinking. With a focus on high-quality, industry-relevant education, ISB Executive Education prepares professionals to address complex business challenges effectively.