programme committee

François Arpels is the Managing Partner of IndEU Capital, a fund dedicated to investments in the branded premium and luxury goods industry in India. With 25 years of experience, he is on the Board of several fashion and luxury companies in Europe and India. He has also served on the executive committee of his family owned jewellery company Van Cleef & Arpels.

Anchal Jain, Visiting Faculty, IIMA has over 30 years of learning from fashion and retail industry. Educated in India, but professionally developed in 16 years of operations in Paris, his particular expertise is the subject of Emotional consumer intelligence for enhanced results in branding and product decisions. He is an alumnus of IIMA and a co-founder at Trenspott.

Prof. Ashok Som, Faculty, ESSEC, France is interested in the interplay between strategy process and the shaping of human resource practices in turbulent environments. His current project is on creative industries focusing on luxury, movie and art industry. He is currently working on a Project on Logic of Luxury in Emerging Markets.

Ms. Shilpa Sharma, Ms. Shilpa Sharma is an entrepreneuco-founder of curated online retail platformJaypore and a French-Bengali concept restaurant in Goa called Mustard. She is founder of boutique experiential travel venture Breakaway. Before venturing into her entrepreneurial journey, Shilpa was an independent consultant for retail start-ups and established brands in the fashion & lifestyle space.She spearheaded expansion at Fabindia over 12 years and also worked in consumer goods for over 8 years.

Prof. Vijai Singh Katiyar , has 25 years of experience in design education and practice. A Principal Designer at NID, currently he chairs the Research & Publications and Heads the PhD programme. He also serves on the advisory board of the National Design Business Incubator. He is the founder of the International Center for Indian Crafts (ICIC) at NID.

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