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Directors Dialogue Series (3rd Edition)

    Date & Time

    (Wednesday) March 10, 2021






    Preparing the Financial Services Sector for future: Board’s Opportunities and Challenges

Guest of Honour

  • Dr. Anup Wadhawan, IAS

    Dr. Anup Wadhawan, IAS

    Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India

  • Debasish Panda, IAS

    Debasish Panda, IAS

    Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India

  • Tuhin Kanta Pandey, IAS

    Tuhin Kanta Pandey, IAS

    Department of Investment & Public Asset Management (DIPAM), Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India


  • Keynote Address

    Vipin Anand

    Vipin Anand

    Managing Director
    Life Insurance Corporation of India

  • Keynote Address

    Yashish Dahiya

    Yashish Dahiya

    Co-founder & Group CEO

  • Chairman

    Shailesh V. Haribhakti FCA

    Shailesh V. Haribhakti FCA

    Chairman-Mumbai Region IOD, India
    Board Chairman, Audit Committee Chair & Independent Director on multiple, Boards in India & Chairman, Shailesh Haribhakti & Associates, India


  • M. K. Poddar

    M. K. Poddar

    Chairman & MD
    Agriculture Insurance Co. Of India Limited

  • Dr. S. Prakash

    Dr. S. Prakash

    Managing Director
    Star Health and Allied Insurance Co. Ltd.

  • Sharad Mathur

    Sharad Mathur

    Managing Director & CEO
    Universal Sompo General Insurance Company Limited

  • Ravi Krishnamurthy

    Ravi Krishnamurthy

    SBI Life Insurance

Concept Note

The Covid-19 pandemic began as a health crisis and quickly developed into a financial one, as all economic activity came to a sudden halt for a few months. It has been a wakeup call for all us to take proactive steps to remain financially protected and secure in the face of unforeseen exigencies.

The Hon’ble Union Cabinet Minister for Finance, Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman announced an increase in the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) limit in insurance from 49% to 74%. She also proposed to amend the Insurance Act, 1938 and launch a new ‘Investor Charter’ for investor protection in her Union Budget (2020-2021) speech on February 01, 2021. This move is poised to increase capital flow into the sector significantly, and positively impact the Indian economy as a whole.

Now is an important time for the insurance sector, a pivot point one may say, that will catalyse a structural change in the sector, also changing the way it functions and operates completely. We believe, a “Customer-Centric” and “digital-first” approach will be the way forward. Dynamic technologies such as IoT will enable analytics by capturing real-time data and drive decision-making. Customers will be more proactive than reactive in their insurance matter related decisions. Systems, processes and the very architecture of the insurance businesses will change. All, as large foreign capital flows into the sector now.

Considering the above, the Institute of Directors (IOD), India organizing the ‘Directors’ Dialogue Series’, with a focus on the Financial Services & Insurance Sector - a special webinar to deliberate ‘Preparing the Financial Services Sector for future - Board’s Opportunities & Challenges’, on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 1445 hrs onwards to discuss and deliberate the opportunities & challenges that are driving forces for Directors in the sector, as we move in the next normal.

Directors' Dialogue Series - 2021

Principal Partners


Platinum Partners

agriculture insurance company of india

Gold Partners


Silver Partners

spices board

Silver Partners

star health insurance