Bangalore Business Literature Festival



9:00 AM To 6:00 PM

WeWork Galaxy , Central Bangalore

Event Description

10 a.m. 10.15 a.m.


Welcome by BBLF Chair Dr. V. Raghunathan, Director, Schulich School of Business, India Campus, Hyderabad, and CEO, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation; Formerly, Professor of Finance at IIM Ahmedabad and President of ING Vysya Bank. He is also an Author and a Columnist. His books, mostly non-fiction, include Games Indians Play, with Return to Jammu being the latest and his only novel.


10.15 a.m. 10.45 a.m.

The Future of Work: Unasked Questions, Likely Answers

Prof. Vasanthi Srinivasan, Faculty, IIM Bangalore, brings insights from books on the subject. Her research interests include multi-generations in the workplace, women in management and boards, and ethics teaching at business schools.


10.45 a.m. to 11.15 a.m.

Human + Machine – Will Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Take Away Jobs or Add New Ones?

Dr. Lalitesh Katragadda, Founder, Indihood, a crowd-sourcing platform for social good; founder of Google India and co-founder of Google Map Maker; and Advisor on AI & Machine Vision, Andhra Pradesh government.


Networking Break


11.30 a.m. to 12.15 p.m.

Emerging Innovations in Business-Work Models

Prof. Rishikesha Krishnan, Director, IIM Indore, Author of 8 Steps to Innovation.
Aarti Wig, Co-founder, Yunus Social Business India, inspired by Nobel laureate Prof. Mohammad Yunus.
Anchor – Sangeeth Varghese, Author of Open Source Leader: The Future of Organizations.


12.15 p.m. to 1.00 p.m.

Climate Change and Green Jobs. How Big is the Potential? How can India Tap It?

Kolluru Krishan, CEO, Skills Council for Green Jobs, Government of India.
Mridula Ramesh, Author of The Climate Action; Entrepreneur; Angel Investor.
Anchor – P.S. Narayan, Head Sustainability Program, Wipro Ltd.


1.00 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.

How to Succeed in the New World

Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman, Bank of Baroda; Former Chairman, Microsoft India; Author of Win in India Win Everywhere: Conquering the Chaos.


Networking Break


2.15 p.m. to 2.45 p.m

CK Prahalad Best Business Book Award
Conversation with the Award Winning and Short-listed Authors


2.45 p.m. to 3.45 p.m.

Time-tested Learning Tools: Music, Handwriting, Theatre. Creative Solutions to Learning that Matters

Srini Ramaswami, Head, Inclusion and Collaboration, Cisco India and APJC; Advisor, TEDx. Founder, an initiative to make sending handwritten letters special, fun, effortless and empowering.
Anil Srinivasan, Writer, Founder, Rhapsody Music Foundation, Promoting Education Through Music
Play on Future of Work by Dramatics Club of IIMB
Anchor – Sandeep Das, Asst. Director, PWC Bangalore, Author of Yours Sarcastically.


3.45 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Future Work Spaces Office, City, Home

Francois Gramoli, Creative Director, wework
Sridhar Pabbisetty, CEO, Namma Bengaluru Foundation
Smart Homes, Smart Cities, Smart Village
Anchor – Priya Chetty-Rajagopal, Founder Multiversal Advisory


Networking Break


4.30 p.m. to 5.45 p.m. 

Future of Jobs in Healthcare, Wellness, Farming, Start-ups. How Entrepreneurs are Shaping Tomorrows Jobs

Dr. Ashwin Naik, Founder, Vaatsalya Healthcare; Ashoka Fellow; author in the making.
Ankit Nagori, Co-Founder, CureFit; Angel Investor.
Nagaraja Prakasam, Mentor, NSRCEL IIM B; author in the making.
Nikhil Kumar, Fellow at iSpirit Foundation, a professional with leadership experience in Startups, Strategic Partnerships, Policy, Platforms and Developer Ecosystems.
Anchor – Benedict Paramanand, Author and CEO Bangalore Biz LitFest

About the Organizer

The Bangalore Biz LitFest is organized by a team of distinguished authors and editors. They are:

  • V. Raghunathan – CEO, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation, Author of bestsellers like Games Indians Play, Locks Mahabharata & Mathematics, Ganesha.
  • Benedict Paramanand, Author of C K Prahalad The Mind of the Futurist and Editor of SustainabilityNext
  • Shankar P – Editor at Knowledge @ Wharton Former resident editor,
    The Economic Times, Mumbai & Bangalore.
  • Shinie Antony – Columnist with The Economic Times, co-founder of the Bangalore Literature Festival and author of The Orphanage for Words.
  • Sangeeth Varghese – Sangeeth Varghese is a management thinker and author of bestsellers ‘Open Source Leader’ and ‘Decide to Lead’.

The team has so far organized three editions (2015, 2016, 2017) of Bangalore Biz Litfest. The three editions hosted more than 50 authors and nearly 1,000 readers.

Prominent Speakers of the past BBLF were

  • Gurcharan Das – Author of India Unbound, India Grows at Night
  •  Rashmi Bansal Author of Say Hungary, Stay Foolish
  • Devdutt Pattanaik Author of Business Sutras: A Very Indian Approach to Management
  • Prof. Anil Gupta Author of Grassroots Innovation: Minds on the Margin are not Marginal Minds
  • Alan Rosling Author of Boom Country: A New Wave of Indian Enterprise
  • Ajay Nanavati Former MD at 3M India
  • Captain Gopinath Founder Air Deccan, Author of Simply Fly
  • R Raghuram – IIMB Director
  • Vinita Bali former MD Britannia
  • Manish Sabharwal Founder TeamLease
  • Mukesh Bansal  – Co-founder Myntra
  • Sahil Barua Founder Delhivery
  • Naga Prakasam Mentor NSRCEL – IIMB
  • K Jairaj Former Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka
  • Vitheeswaran K Author of Failing to Succeed The Story of Indias First E-commerce Company
  • Rakesh Godhwani Faculty IIM Bangalore and author of What to Say and When to Shut Up
  •  Ramya Ranganathan Faculty at IIM Bangalore
  • Tamal Bandyopadhyay Financial Journalist
  • Walter Viera Author of The Impatient Manager
  • Gautam Mahajan – Customer Value Investment, Total Customer Value Management, and Value Creation
  • Vivek Mehra MD of Sage Publishing India
  • Harish Bijoor Branding Guru
  • Subroto Bagchi
  • Aakar Patel Popular Columnist

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