The world has changed in 2020 and while organizations could do without a technology before the whole COVID-19 pandemic, now technology and digitalization are a must-do that no organization can afford to ignore.

Professional communities around the globe are struggling. While in-person events are still the best way to bring people together to build solid relationships, organizations across the world may not be able to host in-person events anytime soon and they need to find new ways to provide value to their communities. 

In this sudden new time of 'social distancing', everyone is stumbling through the motions in a daze. Connecting and engaging with your community is more important than ever. During this difficult time, it is imperative that members of a community come together to help one another. But how do you enable your community to thrive?

Key takeaways:

  • The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on professional communities in India
  • Strategies on how to grow your professional community
  • How to manage your community through digital
  • The importance of digital communication during crisis


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Panel Discussion


  • Sh. Rajesh Agrawal (Executive Director of India Trade Promotion Organisation)

    Sh. Rajesh Agrawal

    Executive Director of India Trade Promotion Organisation

    Administrator with 25 Years of proven track record as a leader, practitioner and policy maker in varied and complex fields like skilling, human resource development, apprenticeship, power, fertilizer, agriculture and MSME sectors. Have experience of working right from the lowest field level to the highest policy formulation level in the Government of India. Have been instrumental in shaping up of policy, guidelines for skill development initiatives in the country and has been a focal point for overseeing implementation of the same. Represented India as an official delegate in WorldSkills Governing Council. In past, have institutionalized and steered sectoral reforms in the states of Manipur, Jharkhand, Bihar across power, fertilizer, agriculture, MSME sectors. Presently, involved in transformation of Pragati Maidan in a world class iconic International Exhibition cum Convention Complex (IECC) and promoting trade through Exhibitions within India and Abroad.

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  • Priyashmita Guha (Director of Digital Lenders Association of India (DLAI))

    Priyashmita Guha

    Director of Digital Lenders Association of India (DLAI)

    Priyashmita Guha is Director, DLAI (Digital Lenders Association of India), India’s only trade body for Digital Lenders. Priyashmita manages the entire operations staring from membership acquisition, member outreach plan, event management, research and overall operations of the trade body. She has been instrumental in ensuring a steady growth of the organisation since its inception. Prior to joining DLAI, Priyashmita headed the Software Adoption Initiative at iSPIRT. She has occupied senior positions at Times Business Solutions, CareerBuuilder and Monster India and has always been part of the digital start up eco-system.

    Priyashmita holds a Master of Business Management and a Bachelors in Physics, from Calcutta University. She does a lot of online social initiatives which have been featured by media, like #DurgaPuja4All, an online campaign to promote harmony between communities during Durga Puja, #BARI (Bengal Amphan Relief Initiative) to raise funds for families affected by Amphan. In her spare time she paints, writes stories and also designs sarees.

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  • Manish Kothari (Founder & Managing Director of ISBR)

    Manish Kothari

    Founder & Managing Director of ISBR

    Manish is the receiver of various awards like Jewels of Rajasthan award for his contribution to the field of Business & Education, “Business Excellence” award through the K.L.E Group for his Business Acumen, The “Godwad Gaurav” award, a prestigious award awarded as the “Achievement of Excellence” in the Jain Community and awarded the “Young Achievers
    Award” by the ‘Lions Club International’.

    He was invited to be a part of the South Indian Leadership delegation to Israel. He was invited to Chengdu, China by the India China Economic & Cultural Council as a speaker. His Group of institutions under his leadership has 16 international university partners across the globe.

    His Business School has received the National Excellence Award as the
    “Most Upcoming Business School of the Year” for Higher education by Assocham and Association of Indian Universities, Awarded “Business Excellence” award by the Bharti group, Rated A+ by various surveys across the country, Rated “Platinum” by the AICTE – CII Survey for consecutively 4 years.

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  • Chandrakant Salunkhe (President at SME Chamber of India)

    Chandrakant Salunkhe

    President at SME Chamber of India

    Being a serial entrepreneur, Mr Chandrakant Salunkhe has Founded “SME Chamber of India” in 1993 to support & empower SMEs for better business growth, export promotion, imparting knowledge & education, capacity building & transformation of SME Businesses, business expansion & diversification, channelising finance & investment, opportunities in joint ventures, technology transfer, Contract Manufacturing Tie-ups, mergers & acquisitions, Import Facilitation, Commercialization of inventions & innovations, Government Services, Setting up new manufacturing Industries, Marketing, promotion, Franchise and Distributorship business activities in India & abroad. He has also been supporting start-ups, Young & Women Entrepreneurs to explore emerging business opportunities and convert their business ideas into profitable ventures.

    As the “SME rights activist”, Mr Salunkhe has been on the forefront for policy change & policy implementation, regularly interacting With Hon Prime Minister & his office, various Ministries, regulatory authorities, financial Institutions to resolves issues of SME sector, advocacy for new policy, schemes & advantages, Ease of doing Business for SME. He is instrumental to initiate “SME Stock Exchange”, TReDS – Electronic platform for Trade Receivables, National Skill Development Corporation, Change of Definition of SMEs, exclusive SME divisions in all Indian missions in various countries, Start-up India, Collateral loans and revival of sick manufacturing units.

    Under his dynamic leadership, SME Chamber of India, India International Trade Centre, Federation of Indian SME Associations, Start-Ups Council of India, SME Export Promotion Council, SME Business Management Institute, Packaging Industry Association of India (PIAI), SME Business Forum and Women Entrepreneurs Development Council are successfully providing support services for business growth and organising various National & International level trade promotion activities & events, conferences, Seminars, Webinars, Interactive round table discussions, study tours & delegations.

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  • Kenny Holroyd (Senior Sales Director of EventBank)

    Kenny Holroyd

    Senior Sales Director of EventBank

    Kenny has over 20 years international sales experience within Media, Events and Sponsorship. He is a passionate executive with a track record of developing and executing digital sales strategies globally.

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