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Young Bombay Forum initiative, showcasing philanthropy through leadership



( Sitting from left to right)Amit Sarda,co-founder Soulflower_Ravi Kirpalani,-MD, Castrol India_ Govind Shrikhande, MD,Shoppers Stop_Ashith Kampani,Chairman, YBF, BCCI_Vikas Gadre,Director Gen, BCCIYoung Bombay Forum, the youth wing of Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry today announced the launch of “Shadow the Leader Program”, an innovative and unique program for promising entrepreneurs, professionals and management students across the country to meet some of the biggest names in corporate India.

The program provides an opportunity for aspiring youngsters to follow a business leader for a day or for a few hours and to understand what it takes to succeed as a leader. The leader will be a guide for one day to the promising entrepreneurs, professionals and management students for business and augment art of giving.

Eminent corporate personalities who are participating include Industry stalwarts like Mr. Govind Shrikhande, MD, Shoppers Stop Limited; Mr. Anil Jain, MD, Jain Irrigation System; Mr. Ravi Kirpalani, MD, Castrol India Ltd; Mr. Ranjit Shahani, MD & Vice Chairman, Novartis India Ltd; Mr Ashok Barat, MD & CEO Forbes & Company Ltd; Mr. Cyril Shroff, Managing Partner, Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co.; Mr. R Mukundan, MD, Tata Chemicals Limited;   Mr. Sunil Mathur, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Siemens Ltd.;  Ms. Zia Mody, Founder & Senior Partner of AZB & Partners.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Ashith Kampani, Chairman, Young Bombay Forum and Member, Managing Committee – Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry said, “Shadow the Leader program is a key initiative both in terms of learning & philanthropy. Through this initiative BCCI is serving the dual purpose of mobilizing funds for charity and providing promising youngsters with once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and learn from these global leaders.”

Participants for the program would be chosen through an online bidding process allowing each participant to bid for no more than three CEOs in the program. The bidding process is in association with eBay India and begins from 22nd April, 2015 and closes on 29th April, 2015 .

Activities for the forum designed around the theme “Shadow the Leader” aspire to bring forth & overcome day to day challenges revolving around people management, overcoming obstacles while working for a common goal. Purely philanthropic and designed as a learning program, all the net proceeds after defray expenses will be used for the benefits of the underprivileged children through the partner NGOs.


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