E-Conclave 2020 Day 1

Future of Work Post Pandemic in Diplomacy

The first day of SIIB’s E-Conclave 2020 took place on the 30th of October, 2020. The theme of session 1 was 'Future of Work Post Pandemic in Diplomacy'.

The moderator for the session was Amb. Gautam Bambawale, Former Indian Ambassador to China. The keynote speakers for the session were Amb. Talmiz Ahmad, Former Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, and Dr. Jürgen Morhard, Consul General Federal Republic of Germany, Mumbai. The session started with the student coordinators welcoming the moderator and the eminent guest panel along with Pro-Chancellor, Chancellor, Director, Deputy Director, students all over the country, and industry professionals present in the audience. Later, a short video was played that captured the essence of the topic. It was followed by an introductory note by our director Dr. Asmita Chitnis. After this, the Pro-Chancellor of SIU, Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar spoke about the future of work during the pandemic, especially how SIIB’s pedagogy embraced the digitalization with the shifting tides which was further corroborated by the Chancellor of SIU, Dr. S.B. Mujumdar.

The moderator was introduced who went on to deliver a welcome note where he spoke about the remote working trends and how virtual interaction became the new normal by citing PM Modi and his G20 Meeting & SAARC meeting. He also stressed the importance of technology and how it is going to shape lives in the future. He further went to introduce the first speaker of the session, Amb. Talmiz Ahmad. Amb. Ahmad spoke about innovation and highlighted the gap in technology that exists between the developing and developed countries. He mentioned how the supply chain has changed the face of business and its importance was brought out with the pandemic. He mentioned the need for better cybersecurity with govt. data which has become more predominant. Further, he spoke about the role of conventional economic diplomacy and how diplomats all across the country have been working during this time of anxiety. He also stressed how communication plays an integral role in diplomacy and further spoke on transnational partnerships. He concluded his speech by talking about the growing popularity of online collaborations and media. Further, the moderator introduced Consul General Dr. Jürgen Morhard. Dr. Morhard started his address with how student interactions are very important. He then elaborated on how diplomacy is a broad aspect and how classical diplomacy prevents conflicts. Dr. Morhard proclaimed that we will continue on digital platforms, but physical representations are something that still needs to happen. He spoke about the need for bilateral diplomacy and how the pandemic has affected both people and economies. Lastly, he talked about the effects on the people on the ground and summed up the entire discussion comprehensively. After this, the floor was declared open for a question and answer session for the students and the speakers were met with some acute and pertinent queries. The session was later concluded with a thank you note by the Dy. Director, Dr. Prakash Rao.





Future of Work Post Pandemic: Global Perspective

The theme for the second session of Day 1 of E-Conclave 2020, was “Future of Work Post Pandemic in

Global Perspective”.

The moderator for the session was Dr. Sandip Solanki, Associate Professor and Head of International Business. The keynote speakers for the session were Mr. Vaibhav Pitale, Managing Director, Belimo India, Mr. Jivesh Govil, Sr. Director, Veritas, Mr. Ashish Chhabra, Vice President, Deutsche Bank, Dr. Abhay Sinha, Deputy Director-General, Services Export Promotion Council. The event started with the student coordinators welcoming the moderator, speaker, guests, and students all over the country and industry professionals present in the audience. Then a short video was played that captured the essence of the topic in a beautiful way. The moderator was then introduced who went on to deliver a welcome note and introduced the first speaker of the session, Mr. Vaibhav Pitale. Mr. Pitale spoke about the pandemic and how it can be seen both as a crisis and an opportunity. He then elaborated on how important it is for global leaders to carve a way for the future and have a sense of optimism. Mr. Pitale then listed the three major global trends that accelerated in this situation and the need to upgrade yourself for when the market eventually reopens. Next, Dr. Solanki introduced Mr. Ashish Chhabra. An alumnus of SIIB, Mr. Chhabra started his address by quoting President John F. Kennedy’s famous words, “The word Crisis is composed of two characters, one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” He then touched upon how with digitalization, a lot of businesses across various sectors will get outdated, and new skills are required to meet the new demands. Mr. Chhabra then elaborated on how in virtual environments, the reception of social and emotional cues, and communication becomes much more difficult. He also stressed how working from home may affect productivity, and one needs to be adaptable, inquisitive, flexible and fluid to match what the world demands in the future. 

Then Dr. Solanki welcomed the next speaker, Mr. Jivesh Govil. Mr. Govil spoke about digital transformation and automation touching all sectors and how this will affect us only in positive ways; be it income, business or skill set. He then touched upon the importance of having the correct mindset towards change, focusing on developing skills that are least susceptible to automation and figuring out how one can contribute to the entire process. Then the moderator introduced the final keynote speaker for the session, Dr. Abhay Sinha. Dr. Sinha touched upon how initially, we thought the pandemic was not all that bad, and the climate hit a reset. He raised an important question on whether we have enough resources to take virtual education to the rural sector as well or will it be confined to urban areas only. He then pointed out that even though tourism and film industries were hit hard by the pandemic, the service sector is 92% as compared to the previous year, and has emerged as one of the most resilient sectors. Lastly, he touched upon how language barriers and time zone management has become a challenge in today’s world. Physical seminars have been replaced with virtual ones, and even though they cannot take place of the traditional ones, this is the best way to meet the demands of the current times. The floor was then opened for a question and answer session for the students and the speakers were met with some acute and pertinent queries. After the session was concluded, the winners of the various pre-event competitions pertaining to the business specializations of Marketing, Finance, HR and Supply Chain Management were announced. Participants included students from various corners of the country. The session was concluded with a thank you note by the moderator, Dr. Sandeep Solanki and the launch of the “Catalyst” magazine by Markadiction, the Marketing club.