Executive Committee

President
Ashok Sharma
Former Chief General Manager (Law), MMTC Limited

Secretary General
Bhargav Bhushan Bhuyan
Secretary General , Indian Corporate Counsel Association (ICCA)

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Dr. Akhil Prasad
Country Counsel India and Company Secretary
Boeing International Corporation

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Amar kr. Sundram
General Counsel, E & Y

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S. S. Fonia
Former Legal Head , Engineers India Ltd

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Prabhakar Sastry
Legal Head , Cairn India Limited

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Neera Sharma
Associate Director Legal
Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd (MTS )

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Sanjay Khanna
Legal Head & Secretarial Department
VST Industries Limited

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Naina Chhugani
Associate Director Legal
The Walt Disney Company (India) Private Limited

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Shujath Bin Ali
Sr. Legal Counsel & Corporate Secretary
International Paper

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Amit Thukral
Assistant General Counsel-Legal & Regulatory Affairs
Tata Sky Limited

President
Ashok Sharma
Former Chief General Manager (Law), MMTC Limited

Shri Ashok Sharma has retired as the Chief General Manager (Law) of MMTC Limited, India’s first Golden Super Star Trading House and leading International Trading Company having turnover of over US $ 15 Billion and having a subsidiary Company in Singapore and a Steel Plant (Neelachal Ispat Nigam Limited) in Orissa.

His track record of 36 years in the legal profession stands amply acknowledged by his being a member of the Executive Committee, ICC India [ Indian Chapter of International Chamber of Commerce, Paris ( ICC)] ; the ICC Commission on Arbitration; General Committee, Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA); Governing Body, Indian Council of Arbitration (ICA); Maritime Committee of ICA ; Governing Council, International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ICADR) New Delhi; Governing Body, SCOPE Forum of Conciliation & Arbitration [SFCA]; Corporate Affairs Committee, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Standing Legal Committee, SCOPE, Director, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb. India).

He was conferred the prestigious `National Law Day Award, 2008' for his `Outstanding Contribution to Practice of Law relating to Public Sector Undertakings by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh in December, 2008 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

Founding Vice President
Girish Gokhale
Former President & Legal Head , JSW

Girish Gokhale was with JSW as President & Head Legal .Prior to it knows as Senior Vice President, Legal and Secretarial for Lafarge India Private Limited.

He has gained extensive legal experience over three decades at some of India’s leading companies including the last nine years as Chief Legal Advisor for Larsen & Toubro Limited . Gokhale originally started his legal career at the Mulla and Mulla and Craige Blunt and Caroe. Gaining considerable experience with various partners. Litigation work required working with various Counsels such as F.S. Nariman, Ashok Desai, K.Parasaran, K.K.Venugopal, V.R. Manohar, Arun Jaitley, G.E.Vahanvati, Altaf Ahmed amongst others.

Prior to that Gokhale worked as Legal manager and then Senior Legal Manager of TATA Industries Limited. During this period, the work involved co-ordinating various activities of the Group Companies and the work of newly promoted Joint Ventures. He was heavily involved in advising Corporate Management on strategic issues with Government / Industrial / environmental policies and guidelines for foreign collaborations and joint ventures.

Secretary General
Bhargav Bhushan Bhuyan
Secretary General , Indian Corporate Counsel Association (ICCA)

Bhargav bhushan bhuyan is an marketing MBA and started his career with Tej Bandhu Group in 2005. Then he worked with organizations like Times of India and Indian Chambers of Commerce (ICC). From 2009 to 2011 he was responsible to manage ICC Legal Forum and conducted two In-house Counsel Summit and many theme based conferences for legal fraternity.
In April 2011, he took the initiative to form ICCA and organized the inaugural Summit of ICCA on 15th and 16th July'2011 at New Delhi.
He is the key person behind the formation and the functioning of ICCA.

Madan Mohan Sharma
Former Director (Personnel & Law) , State Trading Corporation of India Ltd.

Shri M M Sharma has retired as the Director, Personnel & Law, state trading Corporation of India Ltd. He has headed the legal department of MTNL for more than 18 years and was responsible for handling of legal matters and monitoring cases before Trial court to the Supreme Court, TDSAT and other FORA. He joined MTNL after serving 10 years in National Textile Corporation (NTC) as Law Officer and has been instrumental in setting up of legal department in MTNL after Delhi Telephone was converted from Govt. Department to Navratna PSU. At present he is Director ( Personnel & Law) in the State Trading Corporation of India Ltd., a PSU under charge of Ministry of Commerce & Industry.
He has acted as arbitrator in large number of cases of Deptt. Of Telecommunication (BSNL), Food Corporation of India, SAIL etc. and has attended various International meets on different laws e.g. ‘Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Electronics Commerce’ at Rome, ‘Definitions meet’, ITU, Geneva.
A brief overview of his involvement in other activities are as under:

  • Former Chairman- SCOPE’s Standing Legal Committee. Conducted various seminars on Alternate Dispute Resolution Mechanism and assisted PSUs to resolve complex legal issues.
  • Governing Council Member of International Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ICADR).
  • Member of Executive Board of SCOPE (Standing Conference of Public Enterprises).

Dr. Akhil Prasad
Country Counsel India and Company Secretary, Boeing International Corporation.

Dr. Prasad is the Country Counsel India and CS of Boeing International Corporation. Earlier he was the Head of Legal, Oversight & Company Secretary at Fidelity Worldwide Investment, India (FIL India Business Services, since September 2007) and is based at Gurgaon. In past he has held offices as Director India Legal Affairs & Company Secretary of The Walt Disney Company India (2005 to 2007); as Senior Attorney & Company Secretary of General Motors India (2003 to 2005); and as Assistant General Manager Legal with Electrolux Kelvinator (2000 to 2002). Prior to these assignments, he has also worked with the legal teams in Modicorp Group (including Modi Xerox and Graphtech India from 1995 to 2000). Akhil has about over 18 years’ experience as an In-house Counsel and has worked with legal teams spread across different countries.
Akhil is the Vice – Chairman and an Advisory Board member to the Corporate Counsel Committee of the International Bar Association.

Amar kr. Sundram
General Counsel, E & Y

A senior In House Corporate Legal Professional having rich experience of 17 years across various sectors including Manufacturing, Power, Chemicals, Cement, Telecom, Financial, Banking and Insurance Sectors.
Has worked with the best of the Indian and Multinational business houses like DCM Shriram, Birla, TATA, AT & T, Reliance and Citi.

Has done B.A (Hons) from Kirori Mal College (Delhi University); LL.B (Campus Law Centre, Delhi University) and a University Topper in LL.M from Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi. Also, has done Industrial Relation and Personnel Management from Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Delhi.
Has written various articles published in leading law journals of India.

S. S. Fonia
Former Legal Head , Engineers India Ltd

A law graduate from Symbiosis Law College, Pune, having served in Border Roads Administrative Services and presently heading the legal department of Engineers India Ltd. Have varied experience of over 35 years in service law, labour laws, commercial law and Army Act. Has also gained hands-on experience of handling domestic and international arbitration in civil works besides dealing with legal issues peculiar to the hydrocarbon sector and offshore engineering. Empanelled as arbitrator by CIAC.

Prabhakar Sastry
Legal Head , Cairn India Limited

He Did Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, AP. Practised at AP High Court during 1979-84.He Worked as Legal Adviser at Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited during 1984-98.Now, he is Working as Head – Legal at Cairn India Limited since 1998. Both ONGC and CIL are upstream oil and gas companies. While He had the opportunity to argue on matters involving Constitutional Law and other laws during his days at bar, he had the opportunity to work on several arbitration matters in India and abroad, including Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, and also a mediation matter in UK during my tenure in service. He is a member of Indian Council of Arbitration, New Delhi since 1995. Several miles passed by and more are ahead...

Neera Sharma
Associate Director Legal , Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd (MTS )

Law Graduate from Panjab University, have done PGDPMIR & a course in Cyber Law; MBA in Finance with total 14+ years of experience in the diversified fields and have worked with leading Companies like DCM Data Systems Limited, HCL , Idea Cellular limited, Emaar MGF Land Private Limited, HFCL Infotel, Dishnet Wireless Limited (Aircel). Presently associated with Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd (MTS ) as Associate Director. Main areas of expertise includes deft at drafting, vetting and negotiating all kinds of commercial contracts, expertise in litigation in areas such as Civil & Criminal matters, Telecom related disputes, labour matters, winding up, arbitration and Proficient in steering bottom line profitability by ensuring optimal Utilization of available resources & a keen analyst with exceptional relationship management & negotiation skills with proven abilities in liaising with government departments, regulatory authorities & external agencies, bankers, financial institutions.

Sanjay Khanna
Legal Head & Secretarial Department , VST Industries Limited

Mr.Sanjay Khanna is presently the Corporate General Counsel and the Head of the Legal & Secretarial Department of VST Industries Limited, based in Hyderabad. He is a graduate from St. Xavier's College, Bombay and did his LLB from the College of Law, Osmania University. He began his career practising in the Civil Courts in Hyderabad and the A.P.High Court, before joining VST as a Management Trainee in the Legal Department of VST. He has over 30 years of experience in dealing with Corporate issues including Indirect Taxation, Intellectual Property, Real Property etc.

Naina Chhugani
Associate Director Legal , The Walt Disney Company (India) Private Limited

Naina Chhugani is presently an Associate Director- India Legal Affairs with The Walt Disney Company (India) Private Limited . As a senior in house counsel with Disney India her work varies from structuring deals, regulatory advise from time to time, and basically to provide legal advice to all line of business of the Company. Naina completed the five-year LL.B program from Indian Law Society, one of India’s leading law schools in India. Upon completing the LL.B program, she got placed through campus recruitment in a leading law firm in Mumbai called Thakker and Thakker. Since completion of her LLB she has have worked with some leading law firms in India i.e. AZB & Partners, and J. Sagar & Associates.

Shujath Bin Ali
Sr. Legal Counsel & Corporate Secretary , International Paper

Shujath is working as the Sr. Legal Counsel and CS AT International Paper, Hyderabad. Shujath joined the Deloitte US Firms subsidiary in India in April, 2005 as Assistant Manager Corporate Affairs, Legal. He has in addition assumed to be part of Firm Tax Group role in August 2006 and promoted as Manager in 2007 and now is the Legal Counsel & Company Secretary .Deloitte US firms now employ over 15000 professionals in India. Before Joining Deloitte he was working as Company Secretary with Fanuc India Limited, Bangalore. Prior to Fanuc Shujath had a stint with Valtech Systems, Bangalore as Company Secretary and Granules India Limited, Hyderabad. Shujath has overall 12+ years of varied work experience and has at different points of time in career worked in area(s) of Corporate Laws, Economic Laws, Accounting, Direct and Indirect taxes, Corporate Restructuring. He was recognized as Star Performer of Deloitte for the year 2008 for all round performance and more recently recognized as one of Face of Excellence of Deloitte. Shujath has been instrumental in handling the Corporate and Board Affairs and Legal Compliance Management of Deloitte US Firms Subsidiaries in India. He is the Member of the India Tax group which looks after the Tax Compliances, Tax Planning & Structuring. Shujath has developed an online tool for Legal Compliance Management of Region 10 using eRoom technology and the same was showcased as Best Practice within the firm.

Amit Thukral
Assistant General Counsel-Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Tata Sky Limited

As Assistant General Counsel at Tata Sky Limited, Amit Thukral is responsible for managing Legal, Regulatory and Government Affairs. In this capacity, Amit leads Regulatory- advocacy, interface and litigation initiatives for Tata Sky in areas of Broadcasting, Satellite Communications, Taxation, Intellectual Property Law and Policy. He engages the Licensor (Ministry of Information and Broadcasting) & Regulator (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India), TDSAT, Competition Commission, Industry associations, trade groups etc to influence policy evolution in alignment with business goals, on issues ranging from Tariff regulation, Interconnection, Interoperability, Technology Neutrality, Taxation, standards of service, License conditions, Revenue share and Competition issues.
Amit has over 11 years of multidimensional work experience as a TMT Lawyer. Prior to joining Tata Sky, Amit has worked and advised at a large FM radio network during its launch phase and played a role in the successful launch of 45 FM Radio stations across India. Prior to that, Amit has worked and advised at a specialist Intellectual Property Law Firm representing the Motion Pictures Association of America and host of Fortune 500 brands.
Amit has acquired a Masters degree in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick and a Post Graduate Diploma in IT Laws from Amity University. Amit is admitted to the Rolls of Solicitors of England and Wales and as an Advocate in India.