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Dhruv M Sawhney
Chairman, IIM Kashipur & Former President of CII, India

Mr. Dhruv M. Sawhney, Graduated with a Masters in Mechanical Sciences from Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, U.K. and M.B.A with distinction from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A. He was on the Dean's list for all terms, came second in the University, and is a life member of Beta Gama Sigma. Mr. Sawhney has received the highest civilian award "Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur" from President Chirac of the French Republic.

Mr Rajeev Kumar Aggarwal
Whole Time Member SEBI.

An IIT Roorkee alumnus, he is a 1983-batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) Officer and prior to this assignment, he held the position of Commissioner, Income Tax. He has wide experience in investigation and regulation of financial markets.

Justice A Pasayat
Former Chairman of COMPAT & Vic Chairman, SIT on Black Money.

Ms Ania Thiemann
Global Relation Manager, OECD Competition Division.

Mr. Anurag Goel
Senior Fellow, CoEC & Member, Competition Commission of India.

Mr. Anurag Goel is a career civil servant, who joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1972 and has now been Member, Competition Commission of India (CCI) for three and a half years. He brings rich experience of corporate governance and competition regulation to this assignment, including nearly 3½ years as Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Corporate Affairs and varied earlier assignments in the Ministries of Finance, Home, Defence, Civil Aviation etc.

Dr. B. S. Sahay
Director, Indian Institute of Management Raipur, India.

Prior to joining IIM Raipur, he was the Director of two top level national institutes, Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon, India and Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad, India for about six years. He did his B. Tech. from BIT Sindri, M.Tech. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, India.

Mr Dave Poddar
Partner, Head of Antitrust, Asia Pacific Head of TMT, Clifford Chance.

Dave Poddar has over 20 years' experience in competition/antitrust law and heads the firm's Asia-Pacific antitrust practice. He has worked on significant clearances for Australian M&A and international joint ventures and alliances. Dave has also worked on infrastructure access and regulatory matters as well as advising on competition agency investigations and cartel matters.

Mr. Devdas Baliga
Legal Counsel, The Coca Cola Company.

Prof. G. Ramesh
Chairperson, Centre for Public Policy, IIM Banagalore

Dr Gautam Sinha
Director, Indian Institute of Management Kashipur, India

Prof. Gautam Sinha is the founding Director of IIM Kashipur. He has extensive experience of over 3 decades in academia and industry. He has received "Best Teacher Award in Operations Management" in Asia’s B-school Awards in 2011 at Singapore and "Thought Leader Award" in World Education Congress 2013 at Mumbai.

Mr. John Pecman
Commissioner of Competition, Competition Bureau, Canada.

John Pecman was appointed Commissioner of Competition on June 12, 2013 for a five-year term. Mr. Pecman is an economist with an M.A. from McMaster University who has worked at the Competition Bureau as an investigator, manager and executive for more than 30 years.

Mr. Marc Reysen,
Competition Advice & Advocacy, Brussels

Dr Marc Reysen LLM is a co-founder of Reysen Competition Advice & Advocacy (RCAA), a competition boutique that aims to reintroduce a sense of personal commitment to the provision of competition law advice. Brussels based,

Prof. Gilormini Patrick,
ESDES Universite Catholique de Lyon.

He worked as an Economic advisor, French Embassy in Norway Accenture, Information systems consulting BPI, Human resources consulting CEGOS, Professional training and management consulting.

Mr. Ramji Srinivasan
Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India

He has pioneering experience in India in Competition Laws and has advised and appeared not only for contesting private parties, but also appeared as Senior Counsel representing the Competition Commission of India in various courts, including the High Court and Competition Appellate Tribunal. He is also the Chairman of the National Competition Committee of ASSOCHAM, which is the Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in India.

Mr. Samir Gandhi Partner
AZB & Partners

Samir R Gandhi heads the competition practice at AZB & Partners and deals with a broad range of competition law and policy issues, as well as international trade and WTO matters.

Prof. Shekhar Chaudhuri
Director, School of Management & Entrepreneurship, Shiv Nadar University

Professor Chaudhuri’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of strategic management, management of technology and innovation and international management. Professor Chaudhuri was the Director of IIM, Calcutta before joining as Director of the School of Management and Entrepreneurship, SNU. He has held faculty and administrative positions in several institutions of higher learning in his long career including IIM Ahmedabad, College of Business and Administration, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois, USA, IIT Kharagpur and IIM Calcutta.

Ms. Zia Mody,
Founder & Senior Partner, AZB & Partners.

Ms. Zia Mody worked as a corporate associate at Baker & McKenzie in New York for five years before moving to India to set up practice, establishing the Chambers of Zia Mody in 1984, which then became AZB & Partners in 2004. The firm has offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Chennai with an integrated team of approximately 250 legal professionals.

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Dr. Ajit Ranade
Chief Economist, Aditya Birla Group India

Dr. Ajit Ranade serves as the President and Chief Economist of the Aditya Birla Group. Dr. Ranade served as the Chief Economist at ABN AMRO Bank. His professional career has spanned academic and corporate assignments, including teaching in universities in India and U.S. He served as an Equity Analyst of ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Research Division. Dr. Ranade serves as a Director on the Board of Hindalco Almex Aerospace Limited, a joint venture company of Hindalco and Almex Inc. of USA. He has served on various committees of the Reserve Bank of India, most recently in the committee for Fuller Capital Account Convertibility. He is a member of the Board of India Today Economists, Chairman of the CII West Zone Sub Committee on Economic Affairs and the Research Advisory Panel of the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance. Dr. Ranade is a member of the Senate and Advisory Council of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Dr. Ranade earned a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay, a PGDM from IIM Ahmedabad and holds an MA and PhD in Economics from Brown University, U.S.A.

Mr. Anurag Goel
Member, Competition Commission of India

Mr. Anurag Goel is a career civil servant, who joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1972 and has now been Member, Competition Commission of India (CCI) for three and a half years. He brings rich experience of corporate governance and competition regulation to this assignment, including nearly 3½ years as Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Corporate Affairs and varied earlier assignments in the Ministries of Finance, Home, Defence, Civil Aviation etc.

The corporate world perhaps knows Mr. Goel best for his management skills as Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, in handling the crisis in 2009, arising out of a US $1.50 billion fraud by promoters of Satyam, one of India’s largest I.T. companies. He was the Government’s pointsman in this globally unique success story, in which a Government saved a company hit by a major fraud, without any funding and within a period of 99 days. India’s success in saving Satyam won international acclaim.

Mr. Goel was instrumental in setting up the innovative Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, for taking up major government-corporate partnership initiatives. He also set up and operationalized the hugely successful and widely appreciated MCA-21 e-governance system for corporate compliance.

Mr. Goel has a science background, being a gold-medalist in M. Sc. (Physics) from the University of Allahabad. He has received a number of awards during his service period, including the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration (being the highest award for civil servants in India), National Citizen’s Award for outstanding contribution in the field of civil aviation, International Quality Summit Award for Excellence and Business Prestige as CMD/CEO, Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd., and a large number of other awards for the MCA- 21 e-governance initiative.

Mr. Anurag Goel is the only person in India who has been involved in all stages of introduction and enforcement of competition regulation in the country. Earlier, as Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs he was deeply involved in the drafting and piloting of the game-changing Competition (Amendment) Act, 2007 and in deciding the structure and manning of the Competition Commission of India (CCI). Now, as Member, CCI he is part of the collegium responsible for enforcement, deciding cases, taking up advocacy initiatives etc. As Member directly responsible for regulation of Mergers & Acquisitions, he has also ensured setting up of an effective merger review regime in the Commission.

Eleanor M. Fox
Walter J. Derenberg Professor of Trade Regulation at New York University School of Law, New York, USA

ELEANOR M. FOX is the Walter J. Derenberg Professor of Trade Regulation at New York University School of Law. Before joining the faculty of NYU Law School, Fox was a partner at the New York law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. She has served as a member of the International Competition Policy Advisory Committee to the Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice (1997-2000) (President Clinton) and as a Commissioner on President Carter’s National Commission for the Review of Antitrust Laws and Procedures (1978-79). She has advised numerous younger antitrust jurisdictions, including South Africa, Egypt, Tanzania, The Gambia, Indonesia, Russia, Poland and Hungary, and the common market COMESA. Fox received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Paris-Dauphine (2009). She was awarded an inaugural Lifetime Achievement award in 2011 by the Global Competition Review for "substantial, lasting and transformational impact on competition policy and/or practice."

Her books include THE DESIGN OF COMPETITION LAW INSTITUTIONS: GLOBAL NORMS, LOCAL CHOICES, with Michael Trebilcock (Oxford 2013), U.S. ANTITRUST LAW IN COMPARATIVE CONTEXT, cases and materials (3rd ed. West/Reuters 2012), THE COMPETITION LAW OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, cases and materials (West 2009), GLOBAL ISSUES IN ANTITRUST AND COMPETITION LAW with Dan Crane (West 2010), and Readings on Developing Countries and Competition with Abel Mateus (Elgar 2011). Her recent papers include Imagine: Pro-Poor(er) Competition Law (OECD Global Forum on Competition Feb. 2013 and UNCTAD Competition Branch International Group of Experts July 2013), and, with Deborah Healey, When the State Harms Competition – The Role for Competition Law, forthcoming in the Antitrust Law Journal.

Prof. Frederic Jenny
Chairman, Competition Committee, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD

Frederic Jenny holds a Ph.D in Economics from Harvard University (1975), a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Paris (1977) and an MBA degree from ESSEC Business School (1966)

He is professor of Economics at ESSEC Business School in Paris. He was also a Judge on the French Supreme Court (Cour de cassation, Economic Commercial and Financial Chamber) from 2004 to August 2012. He is Chairman of the OECD Competition Committee (since 1994), Non Executive Director of the Office of Fair Trading in the United Kingdom (since 2007), and Co-Director of the European Center for Law and Economics of ESSEC ( since 2010).

He was previously Vice Chair of the French Competition Authority (1993-2004) and President of the WTO Working Group on Trade and Competition (1994-2003). He has been a visiting professor at Northwestern University Department of Economics in the United States (1978), Keio University Department of economics in Japan (1984), University of Capetown Business School in South Africa (1991) and Haifa University School of Law in Israel (2012). He is currently Visiting Professor at University College London Law School (since 2005).

He is member of the editorial board of several scientific journals (“Concurrences”, “ Journal of Competition Law and Economics”, “World Competition”), member of the advisory board of the “Interdisciplinary Center for Competition Law and Initiative, Middle East Initiative” and Chairman of the scientific board of Consumer Unity Trust of India (CUTS), the largest consumer organization in India. Frederic Jenny has written extensively about trade, competition and economic development and has served as an adviser to many developing countries on competition and trade issues.

Giovanni Pitruzella
President, Italian Competition Authority, Italy

Giovanni Pitruzzella was appointed President of the Italian Competition Authority by the presidents of the two Chambers of Parliament on 29 November 2011. Before his appointment, he was an administrative law lawyer. He has been full professor of Constitutional Law since 1994. From 1986 to 1993, he was associate professor of Institutes of Public Law.

Throughout the years, he has been President of several Governmental Commissions, such as the Public Strike Regulatory Commission, obtaining high regard for the institutional accomplishments achieved. He has been legal consultant of parliamentary bodies, ministers and regional presidents. On 2 April 2013, he has been appointed as one of the ten experts on economic, social and European issues called to identify a series of reforms aimed at weathering the current crisis. Recently he has been appointed as member of the group of experts of law that will advise about the envisaged Constitutional reforms.

He has published six monographs, edited several miscellaneous volumes, and his many articles are regularly published in law journals. He is also co-author of a textbook on Constitutional Law, at its eleventh edition, used in the main Italian Universities.

Gautam Sinha
Director, Indian Institute of Management Kashipur, India

Prof. Gautam Sinha is the founding Director of IIM Kashipur. He has extensive experience of over 3 decades in academia and industry. He has received "Best Teacher Award in Operations Management" in Asia’s B-school Awards in 2011 at Singapore and "Thought Leader Award" in World Education Congress 2013 at Mumbai

He has a decade long experience with Vinod Gupta School of Management (VGSOM) at IIT Kharagpur , India where he was Professor of Operations, Supply Chain Management and Manufacturing Strategy. Additionally, as Professor In-Charge, Training & Placement, IIT Kharagpur, he has successfully organized final and summer internship placements for all students 1300 plus students. He also launched the new Executive MBA Programme for IIT Kharagpur at Kolkata and Bhubaneswar campus in 2010.

In addition, he has spent 25 years in the steel and engineering industry with SAIL. Prior to IIM Kashipur, he was Director at Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, Delhi where he initiated several educational innovations such as the programme on ‘Knowing the real Bharat’ – village based projects for PGDM students of the school. Prof. Sinha has been trained as TQM Trainer by Institute for Resource Development, Columbia, USA in 1991 and received his ISO Lead Assessor Certificate from BSIQA, UK. He has co-authored one book in Management Research. He regularly conducts international and national MDP programs for Senior Management and Middle Management executives for reputed companies such as Tata Motors, CIL, Voltas etc. His publications have appeared in several international and national journals.

G. R. Bhatia
Partner and Head of Competition Law Practice, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, India

Mr. G. R. Bhatia is a Partner and Head of Competition Law Practice Group of Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, New Delhi. He advises and appears before the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and the Competition Appellate Tribunal (CAT) on competition issues. He has been appointed as the Competition Law expert for the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and is an Ombudsman on Antitrust issues in India for several MNCs. He has been ranked as Lead Anti-trust Counsel in Asia by Chambers & Partners, 2011-12. Mr. Bhatia is a Former Additional Director General, CCI and of the erstwhile Monopolies & Restrictive Trade Practices Commission, New Delhi. He is former Registrar of Companies, Jammu & Kashmir and Official Liquidator, High Court at Patna. He was associated with the formulation of Companies Bill, 1997 and 2003.

While in the MRTP Commission and later in the Competition Commission of India, he was nominated by the Government of India to undergo an extensive training on competition law dimensions with Japanese and Korean Fair Trade Practices Commissions. Mr Bhatia assisted the Raghavan Committee and later on was associated with the Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2007. He was the key personnel involved in formulating various CCI Regulations which inter-alia set out the procedure to be followed in enquiries and regulation of mergers.

Mr. Bhatia spearheaded the Luthra team that advised the FTC and the DoJ (under the USAID program) in aligning the U.S. antitrust Internal Reference Materials in relation Mergers & Acquisitions to Indian laws and circumstances. The Government of India nominated him in 2011 as a Member of Expert Committee to assist in the making of the draft National Competition Policy (NCP) and the amendments to be made in the Competition Act, 2002. Both the NCP and amendments are under consideration of Government.

He is Consulting Editor of Manupatra Competition Law Reports and a Member on Editorial Board of Chartered Secretary. Mr Bhatia regularly contributes his articles on various dimensions of Modernised Indian Competition Regime besides being a faculty with ICAI, ICSI, IICA and several leading law/management institutes. Mr. Bhatia’s article ons “Public Procurement- Issues and Challenges’ and ”Dawn Raids- Issues under the Indian Competition Act, 2002” have been judged as the best articles published in Chartered Secretary in 2010 and 2011 respectively. He is a knowledge partner in the Competition Law Compliance Program initiated by a global tyre major in India.

Mr Bhatia provides specialised and innovative solutions on a multitude of antitrust/competition law issues for clients across industry groups including IT, ITeS, glass, steel, cement, tyres, automotive components, liquor, aviation, telecommunications, healthcare, bio-technology, pharma, retail, transport, infrastructure, media, multiplexes etc. He has dealt with NERA, RBB, Genesis and Nathan Associates etc.(renowned economic analyst firms) to supplement his legal arguments.

Hassan Qayaya
Chief, Competition and Consumer Policies Branch, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Hassan QAQAYA is the Head of United Nations Competition law and Consumer Policies program. He has been with UNCTAD since 1981, first in the division on Money, finance and Development, Globalization division and later in the Division on International trade in Goods and Services. He was the Chief of UNCTAD's Competition law and policy advisory services for 15 years.

He has advised developing countries on the formulation and enforcement of national Consumer protection and competition laws, setting up competition and Consumer protection agencies, institutional building, application guidelines and training of trainers for case handlers and adjudicators. In this capacity he worked over the last thirty two years in Africa ( Angola, Botswana, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tunisia, Tanzania, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Uganda ), Asia ( Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China People Rep of, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and the Middle East (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Syria and North Africa (Mauritania, Algeria and Tunisia ), Latin America ( Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Rep, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru).

He has written extensively on competition law and Consumer Policies, particularly on the development dimension of consumer protection and competition laws. See www.unctad.org/competition. This work includes drafting consumer protection laws, competition laws, commentaries on revisions of existing laws, application guidelines and institutional arrangements for the enforcement of consumer protection and competition laws; reports and studies for the UNCTAD Annual Intergovernmental Group of Experts Competition law and Policy; prepared training material for trainers in this area; advise on handling consumer protection and competition law cases; lectures in international conferences. For over a decade, he was the team leader of the advisory services and capacity building work programme which UNCTAD extended to developing countries during the WTO negotiations on Singapore issues

John Davies
Head of Competition Division, OECD

John Davies is an economist specializing in the areas of competition policy and economic regulation. After taking degrees in economics from Cambridge and Oxford, he worked as a consulting economist from 1994 to 2003 for various firms. In this role he advised clients in the private and public sectors on mergers, abuse of monopoly, network regulation, privatisation and optimal tariff-setting. In 2003 he joined the UK Competition Commission as Deputy Chief Economist, becoming Chief Economist in 2005. He managed a team of 20 to 30 economists and was responsible for the quality of the economic analysis on investigations. This was a period in which the CC took on new responsibilities under the 2002 Enterprise Act and undertook major investigations involving significant economic analysis

Notable cases included the market investigations of Groceries and Airports, the BskyB/ITV merger inquiry and a regulatory inquiry into mobile telephony. At the start of 2009 John took up a two-year post to establish the new Competition Commission of Mauritius as its first Executive Director. This is a chief executive role, responsible for all aspects of running the institution, and carries with it formal responsibility for initiating, carrying out and then reporting on competition investigations, for final decision by a board of commissioners. The CCM became fully operational before the end of the year, and he led the new institution through its first year of work, investigating sectors including meat imports, insurance, travel agents, banks and telecoms.

In May 2011, John became Head of the Competition Division of the OECD in Paris. The division supports the work of the Competition Committee of the OECD, through analytical work for discussion at the Committee as well as advisory and assistant work to member countries and ‘outreach’ work to non-member countries. The division supports an annual ‘global forum’ for competition officials from around 100 jurisdictions.

John Pecman
Commissioner of Competition, Competition Bureau, Canada

John Pecman was appointed Commissioner of Competition on June 12, 2013 for a five-year term. Mr. Pecman is an economist with an M.A. from McMaster University who has worked at the Competition Bureau as an investigator, manager and executive for more than 29 years. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Mr. Pecman held the position of Interim Commissioner from September 2012 to June 2013. As Interim Commissioner, Mr. Pecman provided stewardship for the Bureau's continued investigation and litigation of significant merger cases, deceptive marketing practices and other important criminal and civil matters. This stewardship resulted in consent agreements in the Air Canada/United Continental joint venture, the Waste Management/RCI merger, and the Bell/Astral merger; ongoing litigation against Rogers, Bell, TELUS and the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association regarding premium text messaging services; the successful response to the appeal of the CCS decision (regarding hazardous waste disposal in British Columbia); guilty pleas and the successful prosecution of participants to the retail gasoline price-fixing in Quebec, as well as additional charges against Irving Oil; record fines being imposed under the bid-rigging provisions against the suppliers of motor vehicle components; the recommendation of further charges in a price-fixing conspiracy involving the construction industry in Quebec; the completion of the Competition Tribunal proceedings against the Visa/MasterCard and the Toronto Real Estate Board; and the commencement of proceedings against Direct Energy and Reliance Comfort for anti-competitive practices in the water heater market. Mr. Pecman is also responsible for reinvigorating the Bureau's role in conducting strategic regulatory interventions, including a submission to the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission on its proposed Wireless Code of Conduct. He also introduced an Action Plan on Transparency that aims to promote the development of a more cost-effective, efficient and responsive agency, all the while providing Canadians with more opportunities to learn about its work.

Mr. Pecman is currently a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Competition Committee and the Steering Group of the International Competition Network. Before he became Interim Commissioner, Mr. Pecman held the position of Senior Deputy Commissioner of the Criminal Matters Branch, where he directed significant criminal investigations, including an investigation into a price-fixing conspiracy in the chocolate industry, which resulted in charges and the retail gasoline cartel investigations in Ontario and Quebec, which resulted in multiple charges, guilty pleas, and jail sentences. He also worked closely with foreign competition authorities in the enforcement of multi-jurisdictional cartel cases, such as the Air Cargo and Foam price-fixing conspiracies. In his position as Senior Deputy Commissioner, he also served as the Co-Chair of the Enforcement Techniques Sub-Group of the International Competition Network's Cartel Working Group. In addition, Mr. Pecman's enforcement experience includes a number of years as the lead Bureau officer in the highly contested Superior Propane merger.

Jyoti Pawar
Director Legal and Regulatory (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel Limited, India

JyotiPawar is the Director Legal and Regulatory (India & South Asia) of Bharti Airtel Limited and a member of the Airtel Management Board. She started her career as a Lawyer with Mulla & MullaCraigie Blunt & Caroe (Solicitors & Advocates, Mumbai). In 2000 she joint GE Capital India where she worked as General Counsel till 2008. Jyoti has over19 years of work experience which spans across varied aspect of Law including Corporate Laws/Joint Ventures. Mergers & Acquisitions, civil/criminal litigation, commercial & transactional contracts, Regulatory, compliance and Public Policy.

She holds a law degree from Mumbai and a Solicitors degree from UK College of Law and is a member of the UK Bar Association.

Mark Pearson
Deputy CEO, Regulation Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Australia

Mark Pearson is the Deputy CEO, Regulation, at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Prior to taking up this role he was the Executive General Manager of the Regulatory Affairs Division and earlier held a similar position in the Enforcement & Compliance Division. Mark was also the General Manager, Mergers & Asset Sales Branch and General Manager of the Gas Group. After several years in the retail sector in the United States Mark held a number of policy related positions in various Commonwealth Government departments, including the Department of Primary Industries and Energy and the Department of Finance.

Mark is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the East Asian Infrastructure & Regulatory Forum (EAPIRF); is on the advisory group for the OECD’s Network of Economic Regulators (NER); was a co-chair with Canada of the cartel working group of the International Competition Network (ICN); and was a member of the merger working group that developed the initial set of recommended best practises for merger investigation under the auspices of the ICN. He has a Bachelor degree in Economics and a Masters in Accounting.

Philip Collins
Chairman of the Office of Fair Trading, United Kingdom

Philip Collins became Chairman of the Office of Fair Trading on 1 October 2005. He is a solicitor who has practiced in the UK and EU competition law field for more than 30 years, initially in London and latterly in Brussels. He was formerly a partner in Lovells where, in 1978, he was the first partner appointed to specialize in competition law. With the subsequent development of the practice, he was made head of the firm's competition and EU law practice. Subsequently, and until 30 September 2005, he was Senior Counsel at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP, based in Brussels. Philip was one of the founders of the Competition Law Forum established at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and a member of its Advisory Board from its foundation in 2002 until 2005. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the European Competition Journal.

Samir Gandhi Partner,
AZB & Partners, India

Samir R. Gandhi heads the Competition practice at AZB & Partners and deals with a broad range of competition law and policy issues, as well as international trade and WTO matters. Samir advises on competition law and policy and has worked closely with the Competition Commission of India as its counsel in all its major litigation at various courts and tribunals, including the Competition Appellate Tribunal and the Supreme Court of India. He has also advised clients, both as complainants and as defendants, in several behavioral cases before the Competition Commission of India and the appellate courts.

Samir has also worked on numerous merger filings since the enforcement of the merger control provisions in India. He was part of the advisory team to the Commission that helped give shape to the 2011 merger regulations. The Firm has one of the top merger filing practices in India and Samir’s merger related work includes acting for transaction parties on the global asset acquisition of a mobile handset manufacturer; acting for the acquirer in the share acquisition of a leading asset management company; and acting for the sellers in the acquisition of the nutrition business of a multinational company.

Samir also routinely advises a number of Indian companies, multinational corporations and industry associations on their competition compliance programmes and has also been involved in formulating competition policy for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Samir is a graduate of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar and Mahindra Trust Fellow. He was a visiting fellow at Columbia Law School and is admitted to practise in India.

Ms. Savitri Parekh
Chief (Legal and Secretarial), Pidilite Industries, India

She is presently employed as Chief Legal & Secretarial of Pidilite Industries Ltd. Earlier has been the Head Legal & Secretary of VFS Global Services Pvt Ltd which has operations in over 40 countries. Ms Parekh has also worked in Private Equity Fund of the Future Group, Media House (publishers of Bussinessworld, Telegraph, AnandabazarPatrikaetc), textile, chemical and pharmaceutical sector. She has been a Guest faculty at IIM - Calcutta for over 10 years and a regular faculty at the Secretarial Modular Training Programme of the ICSI

She has also delivered lectures at Management Development Programmes and Advanced Management Programmes conducted by IIM Calcutta. She was a Government Nominee on the Central Council of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) (February 2003 to January 2006) and has been associated with an NGO and involved in developing and deploying a module on value based education for children. Ms Parekh has been a recipient of Chevening Scholarship for young Indian Lawyers – which is fully funded by the Foreign Commonwealth Office, UK and gained exposure to European law. Interned with Richards Butler LLP, a law firm in UK (now known as Reed Smith) she has gained hands on experience in handling notifications under the UK Competition Act, 1998. She has an Industry experience of over 20 years

Justice Swatanter Kumar
Chairperson, National Green Tribunal, India

Justice Swatanter Kumar, is Chairperson, National Green Tribunal (NGT). He also served as Chief Justice of Bombay High Court, India and was later appointed as Judge, Supreme Court of India. He has dealt with and disposed of large number of cases in various High Courts and the Supreme Court. Various judgments delivered include cases relating to land acquisition, Public Interest Litigation, Environment, both under Criminal and Civil jurisdiction. Upon being appointed as Chairperson, NGT, resigned as Judge of the Supreme Court of India on 20.12.2012. He has practiced in various High Courts and the Supreme Court and also served as an Additional District Sessions Judge in the Himachal Pradesh High Court. He was Legal Advisor/Standing Counsel for the Central Pollution Control Board for a number of years and has practised in various High Courts, particularly in Delhi High Court on the Original Side, Appellate Side, Extraordinary Ordinary Jurisdiction (Writ) and other different fields including environment. He was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Delhi High Court and later appointed the permanent Judge.

Zia Mody
Founder and Senior Partner, AZB & Partners, India

Zia Mody is the Founder and Senior Partner of AZB & Partners. Zia Mody passed her Law from the University of Cambridge, UK in 1978. She was enrolled with the Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa in 1978 and did her LLM from Harvard Law School. Zia was admitted as a member of the New York State Bar by examination in 1980. She started her practice with Baker & McKenzie, New York before returning to India to start her own practice which is today AZB & Partners, Advocates & Solicitors. Her expertise includes corporate mergers and acquisitions, securities law, private equity, litigation and dispute resolution.

Zia is a non-executive director of HSBC, Hong Kong. She was a Vice President and member of the London Court of Arbitration (LCIA) (2008-2013), and a member of several CII Committees. Zia has received numerous awards and acclaim in various practice areas and from various publications including being listed by Forbes Asia as one of Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen (2012). She has also been selected as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Indian Business by Business Today from 2004 through 2012 and was awarded the Legal Icon of the Decade – 2013.