Ms. Valarie Pinto, CEO, Weber Shandwick, India

Valerie Pinto is CEO of Weber Shandwick in India. Valerie has over fifteen years of experience in the field of communications and image management. She has been a strategic counselor to Fortune 500 companies and C-suite executives on shaping their reputation with influential stakeholders.

During her tenure with Perfect Relations, she has relentlessly built the agency to become one of the largest public relations consultancies in India with over 400 professionals and 200 prestigious clients. Under her leadership, the firm has grown to become a force to reckon with in business sectors such as consumer and lifestyle, corporate and finance, technology, litigation management, crisis communications and digital PR. Perfect Relations has won the Holmes SABRE Award for Agency of the year 2013 and several awards for consumer brand campaigns as well as for crisis communications.

She has a successful track record of entering new markets/businesses in India and turning them around and placing them on a growth and profitability trajectory.

Valerie holds a post graduate degree in communications from Xavier’s Institute of Communications. She has been a topper in Economics from Mumbai University. A National Level Heptathlon Athlete and a State level Basketball Player are her achievement in sports. In her personal life, she is described as an avid traveler for food, an animal lover and a talented pastry chef.

Sarang Deo, PhD, Assistant Professor, Indian School of Business

Sarang Deo is Assistant Professor of Operations Management at the Indian School of Business. His primary area of interest is health care operations with special emphasis on investigating the impact of operations decisions on population level health outcomes. He has studied the influenza vaccine supply chain and the phenomenon of ambulance diversion (in the US), the adult HIV treatment supply chains and the infant HIV diagnosis networks in sub-Saharan Africa, and more recently the TB diagnosis pathway in rural India.

He frequently collaborates with international agencies such as the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and his research has been funded by the US National Science Foundation and Grand Challenges Canada.

Prior to joining the ISB, Sarang was Assistant Professor at the Kellogg School of Management. He was a management consultant in the Accenture’s Mumbai office before embarking on an academic career. Sarang has a PhD from UCLA Anderson School of Management, MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, and BTech from IIT Bombay.