Ethisphere Forum, Live, Virtual

2023 South Asia Ethics Summit – Agenda Now Live

2 DAY(S) | OCTOBER 12, 2023 - OCTOBER 13, 2023 | 9:00 AM-1:30 PM | IST

A Community of leaders working towards identifying, measuring, and enacting meaningful progress.

The virtual 2023 South Asia Ethics Summit, now in its sixth year, will provide the opportunity for leaders across the region to share ideas and provide practical guidance around culture, ethics and compliance, new practices in PoSH compliance, data privacy, the evolving ESG landscape, as well as place a spotlight on companies working together to inspire and elevate business integrity across South Asia.

This education activity has been submitted to the Compliance Certification Board (CCB)® and is currently pending their review for approval of CCB CEUs.


BELA Members get up to 5 FREE passes,
ask your engagement director for more information


2 DAY(S)

OCTOBER, 12, 2023

9:00 AM-1:30 PM

Get To Know Our Speakers

2023 Faculty

The Mahindra Group

Ankit Todi

Lead, Group Sustainability Strategy & Partnerships

Re Sustainability Limited

Shujath Bin Ali

Global General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

Accenture Legal Group

Vasudha Sharma


John Deere India Pvt Ltd

Manjula Devaiah Kokkalemada

Regional Ethics & Compliance Manager – India/Africa Mdl.East


Faiz Rahman

IP Head & Assoc. Vice President


Clara Choo

Compliance Manager, SEA region

The Mahindra Group

Abanti Sankaranarayanan

Chief Group Public Affairs & Sustainability Officer and Group Executive Board Member

Baker Mckenzie (Hong Kong)

Gerald Lam

Senior Associate

Amazon Seller Services Pvt. Ltd.

Gaurav Ajmani

Associate General Counsel, Business Conduct & Ethics


Devdas Baliga

Country Group Head, Law Patents and Compliance (LPC), South Asia


Sonal Basu

Vice President & Global Head - Legal & Compliance


Kanika Bhutani

Head of Global Anti-Corruption, Centre of Exellence


Rajeev Chopra

Managing Director, Legal


Mona Dange

Chief Compliance Officer, APAC

The Mahindra Group

Ruzbeh Irani

President, Group HR

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

Rajesh Jejurikar

Executive Director and CEO, Auto & Farm Sector

Sequoia Capital

Kapil Kirpalani

Global Head of Compliance


Preet Kushalappa Kodira

Senior Principal – Human Resources Development


Mukesh Kumar

Regional Compliance Manager – India Region, Global Compliance Office

Mahindra Group

Sujata Nabar

DGM- Ethics and Governance


Anuradha Nj

Group Manager

Johnson Controls

Dinchu Oommen

Associate Legal Director, India

EY Forensic & Integrity Services

Arpinder Singh

Global Markets and India Leader

Tata Steel

Soni Sinha

Chief Ethics Counsellor


Kriti Tannan

Senior Director, Legal

Hoya Vision Care

Asif Usmani

APAC Compliance Head

Omega Compliance

Jon White

Managing Director

Beam Global Spirits & Wine (I) Pvt. Ltd

Manu Bal

Head of Legal & Compliance


Aarti Maharaj

VP & Managing Director, BELA South Asia


Kevin McCormack

EVP & Executive Director, BELA

2023 South Asia Ethics Summit


- ()

Welcome + Mahindra Executive Leader: A Way Forward to Rise Above the Competition

Welcome remarks by Aarti Maharaj, Ethisphere.

In an exclusive South Asia Ethicast interview, Ethisphere spoke to Ruzbeh Irani - President - Group HR, The Mahindra Group and Rajesh Jejurikar, Executive Director and CEO, Auto and Farm Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd on the topic of ethical leadership.

- ()

The Current State of PoSH: A Decade Later

It has been 10 years since the PoSH act was passed and given the new workplace environment, shifting demographics, new technologies, business leaders are collectively working to influence the scope and nature of the PoSH act. In this session, panelists will discuss how the act has evolved over the years, share more about their organization’s PoSH journey, and provide practical guidance on gender-neutral policies.

- ()

Break 1

- ()

Powerful Drivers of ESG Goals and Initiatives

Employees are your strongest brand ambassadors, and it is important to listen to your employees, customers, the communities in which you operate, and those impacted by your products and practices. In this session, learn how to define and prioritize stakeholders, focus on the “S” in ESG, and understand the risks and opportunities that exists while meeting the needs of an evolving stakeholder expectations.

- ()

Break 2

- ()

South Asia Perspective: Placing Ethics and Culture at the Core of Business Strategy

Leaders are increasing looking for ways to build a high-performing organizational culture with ethics at the core of all business decisions. In this session, learn from the panelists about the importance of including ethics in the conversation about business

strategy, holding leaders accountable for setting cultural expectations at the organization, and how to make ethical behavior a business goal.

- ()


- ()

India's Data Protection Bill in the light of Responsible AI + Closing Remarks

India now has a dedicated data privacy law called the Digital Personal Data Protection Act, 2023. 

Closing Remarks with Kevin McCormack, Ethisphere

- ()


- ()

Executive Keynote: How Ethical Leadership Enables Rapid Innovation

Welcome remarks & recap of Day 1 with Aarti Maharaj,

VP & Managing Director, BELA South Asia


Devdas Baliga, Country Group Head, Law Patents and Compliance (LPC), South Asia, Bayer

- ()

The Why and How of Measuring Ethical Culture

We’ve heard time-and-time again from our BELA South Asia members about what are the most effective approaches towards measuring an organization’s ethical culture? Ethisphere’s very own data suggests that 71% of World’s Most Ethical Companies administer a standalone ethical culture. This session will explore what the data tells us, and new and emerging practices to improve an organization’s bottom line.

- ()

Break 3

- ()

Effectively Managing the Third Party Due-Diligence Process

 Due diligence is something that needs continuous improvement. The process for the past 5 years should be often revisited and revised to meet specific requirements. This session speakers will discuss how organizations can increase their due diligence efforts, build on existing strategies for successful monitoring, establishing trust and
relationships with third parties, and leveraging data analytics to inform the due diligence

- ()

Break 4

- ()

Looking Ahead 2024: New and Emerging Risks Impacting Corporate India

The South Asia region is an expansive and, often, risk-filled region. Risks common to the region include geopolitical uncertainty, data privacy requirements, training, cybersecurity issues and now—moonlighting. This session will take a closer look at how leading companies are evaluating and addressing the current risks at hand.

Closing remarks with Kevin McCormack, Ethisphere

- ()

Final Networking