Categories & Nominees

Outstanding StartUp

A startup enterprise that has demonstrated an outstanding ability to carve out a distinctive niche for itself within the first four to six years of its existence and also established a strong, sustainable platform for future growth that includes its leadership pipeline, business model and innovation capability.

Eligibility Criteria

Enterprise with a maximum market presence of four to six years and an annual turnover of at least 100 crore. The company must have demonstrated outstanding innovation by creating a platform that is scalable.

The Nominees for 2018:
  1. Blackbuck
    Rajesh Yabaji, Chanakya Hridaya & Ramasubramanian B

    (Founders )
  2. Lendingkart Finance
    Harshvardhan Lunia & Mukul Sachan

  3. Nykaa
    Falguni Nayar

    (Founder & CEO )
  4. OYO
    Ritesh Agarwal

    (Founder & CEO)
  5. Power2SME
    R Narayan

    (Founder, & CEO)
  6. Swiggy
    Sriharsha Majety, Nandan Reddy & Rahul Jaimini


GenNext Entrepreneur

A GenNext entrepreneur from an Indian business family who has displayed the dynamism to revitalise an existing enterprise, and, in the process, redefined the rules of business and prepared the enterprise for a whole new vector of growth.

Eligibility Criteria

A leader under the age of 45, who has transformed his or her family enterprise through an innovative approach (either in technology, product or business model). The business should have a minimum turnover of 1,000 crore.

The Nominees for 2018:
  1. Adar Cyrus Poonawalla
    (CEO, Serum Institute of India)
  2. Harish Lakshman
    (MD, Rane TRW Steering Systems Pvt. Ltd)
  3. Nadia Chauhan
    (Joint Managing Director & Chief Marketing Officer, Parle Agro)
  4. Nisaba Godrej
    (Chairperson, Godrej Consumer Products Ltd)
  5. Ranjan Pai
    (Chairman, Manipal Education and Medical Group)
  6. Sudarshan Venu
    (Managing Director, TVS Motor Co & Sundaram-Clayton Ltd)

Best Company - Public Sector

A public sector (state-owned) organisation that has shown superior performance over the past three years in terms of business transformation through resource efficiency, financial growth, and strategic foresight, while effectively managing all key stakeholders.

Eligibility Criteria

Public sector enterprises/undertakings (PSUs) with a minimum turnover of 1,000 crore.

The Nominees for 2018:
  1. Cochin Shipyard Ltd
    Madhu S Nair
    (Chairman & MD)
  2. Energy Efficiency Services Limited
    Saurabh Kumar
  3. Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd
    Rajiv Kumar Gupta
    (MD & Executive Non-Independent Director)
  4. Indian Oil Corporation
    Sanjiv Singh
  5. Power Grid Corporation of India Limited
    I S JHA
    (Chairman & MD)
  6. Solar Energy Corporation Of India
    Anand Kumar

Best CEO - Private Sector

The head of a private sector organisation who has shown strategic foresight and leadership and delivered superior performance over the all key stakeholders, transformed the current organisation as well as prepared it for the next phase of growth.

Eligibility Criteria

CEO of a company with a turnover of at least 2,000 crore, and with at least two years at the helm. The ability to harness talent, to lead a diverse team and to build a leadership pipeline in the company.

The Nominees for 2018:
  1. Bhaskar Bhat
    (MD, Titan Company Limited)
  2. Tapan Singhel
    (MD & CEO, Bajaj Allianz)
  3. Rajeev Jain
    (MD, Bajaj Finance)
  4. Rajeev Nannapaneni
    (Vice Chairman & CEO, Natco Pharma)
  5. Vineet Agrawal
    (CEO, Wipro Consumer Care & Lighting)
  6. Vivek Gambhir
    (MD & CEO, Godrej Consumer Products)

Best CEO - Multinational

This award is to recognise a leader of a multinational company headquartered outside India that has successfully used the Indian market as a test bed for significant emerging market innovation and has, in the process, discovered a whole new way of doing business.

Eligibility Criteria

Leader of an organisation (in which the foreign shareholding is over 50 percent and/or the management control is vested in the foreign company), with an annual turnover of at least 5,000 crore. The business the Indian CEO leads has a significant impact on the MNC’s global business. The CEO would have created innovative ways of doing business in India, some of which have been taken to other markets overseas. The CEO must be at the helm for at least two years.

The Nominees for 2018:
  1. Amit Agarwal
    (SVP & India Country Head, Amazon)
  2. Keshav R Murugesh
    (Group CEO, WNS Global Services; Vice Chairman, Nasscom)
  3. Manu Kumar Jain
    (Vice President, Xiaomi, & MD, Xiaomi India)
  4. Rajan Anandan
    (MD, Google India, & VP, Southeast Asia and India, Google)
  5. Roland Folger
    (MD & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India)
  6. Sanjiv Mehta
    (Chairman & MD, Hindustan Unilever Ltd)

Entrepreneur with Social Impact

This award recognises the most innovative social entrepreneur who has combined passion and entrepreneurial chutzpah to bring dramatic solutions to a major social issue in India.

Eligibility Criteria

Leader of a social organisation with a significant contribution to society. Must have been in the for-profit business for at least five years and have a sustainable model.

The Nominees for 2018:
  1. Dhruv Lakra
    (Founder & CEO, Mirakle Couriers)
  2. Gayathri Vasudevan
    (Co-founder & CEO, LabourNet )
  3. Nand Kishore Chaudhary
    (CMD, Jaipur Rugs Company)
  4. Neha Juneja
    (Co-founder, Greenway Grameen Infra)
  5. Saloni Malhotra
    (Founder & Director on the Board, DesiCrew Solutions)
  6. Vineet Rai
    (Founder, Aavishkaar-Intellecap Group)
  7. Wilma Rodrigues
    (Founder & CEO, Saahas Zero Waste)

Entrepreneur for the Year

An outstanding individual who has set new benchmarks of sustained superior performance and transformational leadership backed by innate risk-taking ability, the discovery of new horizons of growth and the building of new organisational capabilities.

Eligibility Criteria

A top-notch professional who has founded and built a world-class enterprise with a market presence of at least 10 years and turnover of at least 5,000 crore. Who has demonstrated consistent performance and the ability to attract talent and retain it. Has a pioneering approach to the business, and is trusted industry-wide. Has carved out a successful growth strategy in a competitive market. Has very strong corporate governance norms. Has put in place a succession plan for the enterprise.

The Nominees for 2018:
  1. Anil Rai Gupta
    (Chairman & MD, Havells)
  2. Ramesh C Juneja
    (Chairman, Mankind Pharma Limited)
  3. Sanjiv Bajaj
    (MD, Bajaj Finserv)
  4. Siddhartha Lal
    (MD & CEO, Eicher Motors)
  5. Sunder Genomal
    (MD, Page Industries)
  6. Vivek Chaand Sehgal
    (Chairman, Motherson Sumi Systems)

Lifetime Achievement

This award recognises an extraordinary individual whose leadership skills have had a profound impact on building an enduring enterprise with a deep beneficial impact on the wider community and society. Equally, it recognises his contribution in pushing India Inc to improve standards and also raise its profile in the international arena.

Eligibility Criteria

An eminent person who leads an organisation and has, over the years, gained international stature. The nominee must have built an institution with enduring values as well as championed larger causes for Indian business. The individual should also have played a stellar role in setting policy framework for business.

Conscious Capitalist

This award recognises a company that operates with a higher organisational purpose beyond just maximisation of profits. It is focussed on aligning and harmonising the interests of multiple stakeholders — customers, employees, partners, industry participants, investors, the community and the environment. It is led by a team of conscious leaders who are aware of their deeper purpose; they are able to successfully balance between doing well and doing good.

Eligibility Criteria

An organisation with an annual turnover of at least 100 crore. The organisation must have demonstrated a higher purpose, apart from profit maximisation. This should be evident in the way the company deals with all its five stakeholders—employees, customers, suppliers, the community and shareholders.

The Nominees for 2018:
  1. Arvind Ltd
  2. Henkel Adhesives Technologies India
  3. Jain Irrigation Systems Limited
  4. Marico
  5. Narayana Health
  6. Tata Steel