Advisory Board

Mr. C.P. Jain was the Chairman & Managing Director of NTPC Limited (National Thermal Power Corporation). He has had an illustrious career, spanning over four decades, in the fields of financial management, general management, strategic management and business leadership.

Mr. Jain joined the board of NTPC in 1993 as Director (Finance) and was elevated as Chairman & Managing Director in 2000. Before superannuating as the Chairman & Managing Director in 2006, Mr. Jain spearheaded a major capacity addition programme at the organization which culminated in NTPC becoming a 46,000 MW company by 2012. He led the transformation of NTPC into an integrated global energy major, dealing in all the links of the energy value chain covering coal, natural gas and LNG value chain, power trading, power distribution and hydro power development.

He also led the capital market entry of NTPC through its IPO in 2004, placing it among the top three companies in terms of market capitalization in India.

Appreciated widely across industries, Mr. Jain has been awarded Ernst and Young 'Entrepreneur of the year - Manager' Award 2005 and SCOPE Award for Excellence and Outstanding Contribution to the Public Sector Management Individual Category' for the year 2003-04.

Mr. Jain has been the Chairman of the Global Studies Committee of World Energy Council, London (world’s largest energy NGO with 90 member-nations) for a six-year term. He has also been the Chairman of Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), the apex organization of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) in India, for a two-year term. He has also headed CII’s National Committee on Energy. He has graced several important committees at the national level, including the Ad-hoc Group of Experts on Empowerment of CPSEs, the Audit Advisory Board of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, and the Standing Technical Advisory Committee of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

He has served as an independent director on the boards of Reliance Capital Limited and Reliance Infrastructure Limited. He continues to be an independent director on the boards of Adani Power Limited, IL&FS Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited, IL&FS Energy Development Company Limited & PCI Limited and is a member on the advisory board of Axis Infrastructure Fund

Mr. Jain is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and holds a bachelor’s degree in law and an advanced diploma in management.

Ms. Kamini Banga, in her illustrious career of 25 years spanning India, China, and emerging markets, has advised several multinational corporations such as Cadbury’s, Unilever, Nestle, GlaxoSmithKline, MTV, British Airways, WIPRO, Standard Chartered, Coca Cola, Ford, GE, De Beers, Taj Hotels, Omnicom, LOWE, JWT, Nokia, Ogilvy, the London Met, Thomson Reuters and the BBC.

During this tenure, she also worked with WPP as Vice President and Country Head (India), Qualitative Research Business, where she led projects for several companies such as Kellogg’s, Coca Cola, Mercedes and MTV, among others, that were entering India in the 90’s. Her primary focus has been on brand strategy, as well as innovation to lead growth, all with underpinnings of research and consumer insights.

This has helped her develop a wide-ranging perspective and the ability to see with an aerial view, as well as the up-close granularity of challenges and opportunities.

She has been working across emerging markets, studying lifestyles, social issues and culture, which has provided her a very good understanding of the similarities and differences across these emerging markets, answering a key need for global businesses. By writing regular columns and blogs for the Economic Times, India Today, BusinessWorld and Admap, teaching MBA students across leading b-schools, serving on editorial boards of business magazines, and talking at industry conferences, Ms. Banga has been able to crystallize and distil her learning to larger audiences.

Ms. Banga co-authored a book on business strategies in emerging markets - "The 86% Solution" - published by the Wharton Press and awarded Berry-AMA award for the Best Marketing Book 2007 by the American Marketing Association Foundation.

In the initiative ‘Dialogue with India’, Ms. Banga launched a series of conversations with Indian leaders from business, politics, civil service, academics, media and entertainment, that witnessed these guests sharing their views on challenges and opportunities facing India. Last year’s guest speakers included Mr. Narayana Murthy of Infosys and Mr. Sunil Munjal of the Hero Group. As a non-executive director and advisory board member with Indian listed companies, Ms. Banga has been providing invaluable expertise in strategy and corporate governance.

A Master's degree in Physics, followed by an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad has been the foundation for her career.