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GBTA Conference 2017 | New Delhi

18 August 2017
Pullman Hotels and Resorts, New Delhi

This event is the annual flagship education and networking event of GBTA India. The Conference will deliver a knowledge forum on best practices across the business travel lifecycle through a mix of panel discussions and presentations.

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18th August 2017
Hotel Pullman Aerocity New Delhi

09.00 AM Expo Opening & Registrations
10.00 AM Welcome Address - GBTA in India
Presenter - Gaurav Sundaram, President ProKonsul & Regional Director GBTA India
10.20 AM GBTA BTI™ Outlook India - H1 2017
Presenter - Gaurav Sundaram, President ProKonsul & Regional Director GBTA India
10.45 AM CXO Roundtable - The Future of Business Travel in India
Corporate Buyer CXOs & Industry leaders deliberate on the future or business travel in India. What are the key expectations and demands from Corporate CXO’s and how is the industry equipped to meet these aspirations?

Moderator :
Gaurav Sundaram - President ProKonsul & GBTA Regional Director India

Ms. Pariva Rustagi, Regional Director of Sales - India, Hilton
Mr. Sunil Sirohi, Chief Information Officer, NIIT Limited
Mr. Subhrajit Basu, Global Business Development Director, South Asia, Singapore, Philippines, Diners Club International
Mr. Arun Rao, Director Human Resources, DXC Technology India
Mr. Ashish Kishore, Country Head, dnata & Advisory Board Member, GBTA India
11.35 PM Goods & Services Tax (GST) - Impact on business travel
The implementation of GST is one of the most far-reaching tax legislations to be executed in India. What impact does GST implementation have on business travel operations? Will this make life simpler of more complex?
What changes do business travel managers need to make to accommodate GST, internally & with vendors and business partners?

Gaurav Sundaram - President ProKonsul & GBTA Regional Director India

Ms. Smita Roy, Partner Indirect Tax, BDO India LLP
Mr. Joe Healy, Director Strategic Partnerships, TaxBack International
Mr. Arif Patel, Vice President - VP Sales, Marketing, Distribution & Loyalty, South Asia, AccorHotels
12.30 PM Networking & Lunch Break
2:00 PM 2017 Asia Pacific - Business Travel Service Awards presentation

Two of GBTA India’ advisory board members were awarded as the first Indian recipients of the prestigious GBTA Business Travel Service Award for 2017. We will honour Mritunjaya Chandra Mohan & Arif Patel for this achievement.
2.30 PM Phocuswright Innovation Spotlight
This session will feature Phocuswright Innovation Platform alumnus, presenting travel industry’s most innovative, award-winning solutions and ideas. Innovators go through a rigorous screening process by Phocuswright analysts before demonstrating their solutions at various Phocuswright conferences worldwide.

Chetan Kapoor, Research Analyst - Asia Pacific, Phocuswright

Gaurav Chiripal, Founder and CEO, Travog and Quadlabs
Balaji Ramakrishnan, Co-Founder and CEO, Insteract
Sakshi Vij, Founder and CEO, Myles
3.15 PM Employee mobility - Achieving business objectives in a constantly changing environment
Changes in H1B locations, Australia changing the 457 visa system, Brexit - The pressure of global changes is never ending. How do corporations effectively manage employee mobility when con-fronted with the magnitude of flux globally - in visa regulations, taxation? This panel addresses some of the most immediate concerns & suggests the best way forward.

Moderator :
Ms. Shveta Chakraborty, GBTA India Volunteer Board
Manager Global Travel, Fiserv

Panelists :
Mr. John Steve Rao, Director - Global People Movement, Publicis.Sapient
Ms. Sheetal Sehgal, Associate Director Administration, Nagarro Software
Mr. Harsh Bidani, Managing Director, International Mobility
Mr. Brendan Ryan, Managing Director, Global Operations & Regional Managing Partner, Americas , Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
Mr. Arbind Kumar, Manager Travel - India & APAC, Mastecard
4.10 PM Networking / Tea & Coffee
4.45 PM Mantra’s for Success in Hotel Contracting
Conducting a successful hotel RFP & Rate contracting is a complex process. Access to relevant data, effective forecasting of demand, assessing supply dynamics and selection of key partners are all important components. More importantly, ensuring that your contracted hotels get the adequate business share and growth to deliver YOY cost arbitrage is equally important. This panel will evaluate success strategies & execution approaches.

Mr. Chandresh Natu, GBTA India
APAC Procurement Leader, Alight Solutions

Ms. Jasminder Brishan, Senior Manager Global Travel, Ocwen Business Solutions
Mr. Mritunjaya Chandra Mohan, Travel Manager Global Procurement, Adobe Systems
Mr. Krishnamoorthy Balasubramaniam, Director Global Travel Procurement, Cognizant Technology Solutions
Mr. Patrick Tong, Senior Director Global Sales, Business Transient, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Mr. Firdaus Rana, Associate Vice President - Sales, West India, Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris
5.40 PM Is L1 a Myth - Smart Buying Strategies with Airlines
The standard perception is that Indian buyers only focus on the Lowest (L1) fare level when choosing an airline. Is this smart?
The standard perception is that Indian buyers only focus on the Lowest (L1) fare level when choosing an airline. Is this smart? What are some of the best tactics to get best value from airlines, while leveraging local & global contracts, network & frequent flier programs? How can corporations leverage airline products features & innovations to drive greater compliance with strategic air contracts? How can you secure collaboration and long term value in your air contracts.

Mr. Mritunjaya Chandra Mohan, GBTA India Advisory Board & Travel Manager Global Procurement
Adobe Systems

Mr. Arun Pandeya, Country General Manager, Air Canada
Mr. Neal Rogers, Global Travel Lead - APAC & Middle East, DXC Technology
Major (Retd.) Pramila Mohite, Head of Operations (Travel & Hospitality, Mahindra & Mahindra
Mr. Paurus Nekoo, General Manager Sales, India, Lufthansa
6.30 PM Networking Cocktails
8.30 PM Dinner
11.00 PM Close of event


The GBTA Conference 2017 – New Delhi will be held at the Hotel Pullman New Delhi Aerocity , the upscale 5-star hotel is located adjacent to both international and domestic Airport terminals and is well connected through the Airport Express Line which is 5 minutes away. The Pullman New Delhi Aerocity is near the Business Hubs of Gurgaon, New Delhi and Cybercity.

Hotel Information
Hotel Pullman New Delhi Aerocity
Asset No 2
Aerocity Hospitality District
IGI Airport New Delhi
110037 NEW DELHI

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Mr. Ashish Kishore
Country Head, dnata & Advisory Board Member,
GBTA India

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Mr. Brendan Ryan
Managing Director, Global Operations, Fragomen Global LLP
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Mr. Gaurav Sundaram
President,ProKonsul & Regional Director,
GBTA India

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Mr. John Stephen Rao
Director – Global People Movement
P U B L I C I S . S A P I E N T
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Mr. Krishnamoorthy Balasubramaniam
Director - Global Travel Procurement at
Cognizant Technology Solutions
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Mr. Neal Rogers
Global Travel Lead, DXC Technology
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Mr. Patrick Tong
Senior Director Global Sales, Business Transient, Asia Pacific Carlson Rezidor
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Major (Retd.) Pramila Mohite
Head of Operations (Travel & Hospitality, Mahindra & Mahindra
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Mr. Chandresh Natu
Senior Director - Global Spend Management & Real Estate,
Alight Solutions
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Mr. Arun Pandeya
General Manager India & South Asia,
Air Canada
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Ms. Pariva Rustagi
Regional Director of Sales - India,
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Ms. Smita Roy
Partner/ Indirect Tax,
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Mr. Joe Healy
Director Strategic Partnerships,
Taxback International
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Mr. Vishesh Khanna
Vice President – Sales (India and Overseas Markets)
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Mr. Firdaus Rana
Associate Vice President - Sales, West India
Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris
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Mr. Subhrajit Basu
AGlobal Business Development Director, South Asia, Singapore, Philippines
Diners Club International
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Mr. Balaji Ramakrishnan
Co-Founder and CEO
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Mr. Gaurav Chiripal
Founder and CEO
Travog and Quadlabs
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Mr. Chetan Kapoor
Research Analyst
Asia Pacific, Phocuswright
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Mr. Mritunjaya Chandra Mohan
Travel Manager, Global Procurement
Adobe systems
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Mr. Arif Patel
Vice President Sales, Marketing, Distribution & Loyalty India & South Asia
Accor Hotels
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Mr. Arbind Kumar
Corporate Travel Manager
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Ms. Sakshi Vij
Founder and CEO
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Mr. Harsh Bidani
Managing Director
International Mobility

Mr. Sunil Sirohi
Chief Information Officer
NIIT Limited

Mr. Paurus Nekoo
General Manager - Sales India
Lufthansa German Airlines
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