The Indian Institute of Management Udaipur announced a two-evening webinar event comprising a talk and panel discussions under the title D’Future. The webinars to be held on December 2nd – 3rd 2021, marking the institute’s pioneering efforts in digital technologies and frameworks. The event will also witness the decade anniversary of IIM Udaipur, which is growing to be a globally accredited and ranked management B-school, since its inception in 2011.

The D’Future event will bring together globally-renowned Professors and international authors in the digital domain to share insights on Digital Transformation. The event will also see the presence of industry leaders from India, Singapore and UK, who will participate in panel discussions on varied topics of current interest. The purpose of the panel discussions is to enable the audience - comprising business leaders, influencers, decision-makers, practitioners, and researchers, to get a broad perspective on the topic, and how it enables desirable transformations at strategy and execution levels.

The events will begin with an Inaugural address by Prof Janat Shah, Founding Director, IIM Udaipur.

Day one of the event will focus on Digital Transformation and its impact on customer experiences and journeys. Dr Sunil Gupta, Edward W. Carter Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, will deliver the keynote address based on his recent book " Driving Digital Strategy: A Guide to Reimagining Your Business." 

It will be followed by a panel discussion on ‘The Binary Switch - Digital transformation and the future of business’ which will be moderated by Prof Srinivas Pingali, Professor of Practice, IIM Udaipur, Ms Bidisha Nagraj, VP Marketing Global Marketing (CMO) Schneider Electric India & Board Director Schneider Infrastructure Ltd, Ms Kavita Chaturvedi, COO, ITC Snack Foods Business and Mr. Simon Thomas, Avanade, Singapore will be the panelists.

Keynote address on Dec 3 will be delivered by Dr Gerald Kane, Professor of Information Systems, Carroll School of Management, Boston College, which will be based on his forthcoming book "The Transformation Myth: Leading Your Organization through Uncertain Times”.

It will be followed by a panel discussion on the topic ‘Society 2.0 -The Rise of Digital Anthropology’. This session will be moderated by Prof Rajesh Nanarpuzha, Professor, IIM Udaipur. Ms. Kanika Sanghi, Partner & Associate Director, Center for Consumer Insight, Boston Consulting Group Mr. Sanjay Menon, MD, Publicis Sapient India and Mr. Simon Roberts, Board President, Epic People & Stripe Partners are the panelists.

The event is slated to start each evening at 5.40 pm (IST) and will end by 8:15 pm.

On staging of the event, Prof Janat Shah, Director, IIM Udaipur said, “It’s a great feeling when you complete 10 years of building a globally recognized management institute. The strong foundation and the achievements that we have built over a decade are noteworthy. The external indicators such as globally assessed MBA rankings have proved that we as an institute have done consistently well.”


“The institute has focused on digital trends and technologies that are shaping the way digital economies function, as a core area of research and teaching. We have taken path-leading, digital-centric initiatives such as establishing the Centers for Digital Enterprise and Fintech. besides a Consumer Culture Lab which is currently engaged in unique research on the digital rural heartland of India.”

“The D’Future online event will center-stage and trigger some thought-provoking discussions on the forever changed digital business landscape. Our endeavor is that its serves as a catalyst to benefit those who attend it”, he concluded.

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