14th October, 5:30pm NSCI, Worli

Leveraging the Liquid Workforce

Register Agenda

The emergence of the professional gig economy in the corporate sector is in its infancy. With the pandemic driven upswing in the job changes, rise in entrepreneurial mindset, and ease of working from anywhere, the future of the corporate workplace is all about leveraging the gig workforce.

  • The experiences of Business Leaders
  • What are the existing challenges?
  • Case based scenarios shared first hand
  • What does the future look like?
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Chief Guest

Harsh Mariwala

- Chariman, Marico Limited

Mr. Mariwala leads Marico Limited as its Chairman. He is also Chairman & Managing Director of Kaya Limited.

Mr. Mariwala’s passion for innovation, enthused him to establish the Marico Innovation Foundation in 2003 which works towards nurturing innovations in India. In 2012, Mr. Mariwala started ASCENT Foundation, a peer-learning entrepreneurial platform.

Sharp Ventures is the Family Office of the Harsh Mariwala Family. He also founded the Mariwala Health Initiative (MHI) in 2015, with the philanthropic aim of giving back to society.

Mr. Mariwala was recently awarded the All India Management Association (AIMA) Life Time Achievement Award 2021. He was also bestowed the EY Entrepreneur of the year award 2020 for India which is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs.


Anita Ramachandran

- Founder & CEO, Cerebrus

Anita is one of the first generations of women professionals to become an entrepreneur and run a highly successful HR consulting and services organization.

She founded Cerebrus Consultants in 1995 to focus on HR advisory services, including Organisation transformation. Her reputation and innovative work helped her build Cerebrus into a national presence.

Cerebrus has over the last 25 years worked with over 700 companies in South Asia on a wide variety of HR projects.

She has been an Independent Director on company Boards for the last 20 years - including the boards of Godrej & Boyce, Aditya Birla Retail, Geometric software, Rane (Madras) and SwadhaarFinServe

Anita Ramachandran

Madhav Joshi

- Chief Executive Officer, India Health Fund

Madhav is Chief Executive Officer of India Health Fund – a Tata Trusts initiative which is the only organization in India that funds the development, de-risking and adoption of science and technology-led solutions which can help improve outcomes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of communicable diseases to create impact at scale.

Madhav has extensive global experience in building and running healthcare and nutrition businesses from working with Nestle, Abbott and Pfizer.

He has a keen interest in collaborative approaches which enable public-private partnerships and private sector involvement to strengthen the delivery of healthcare.

Madhav Joshi

Sameer Bendre

- Chief of Operations, Persistent Systems

A deeply passionate business leader with over three decades of overall industry experience in technology, finance, business operations, talent management and people development.

He is now the Chief of Operations for Persistent Systems, responsible for Persistent’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives and Risk Management.

He joined the company in 2004, and later took over the role as Chief People Officer, where he led the transformation of HR into a strategic function. As an active member of the entrepreneurship and social community, he was responsible for hosting the TiECon in Nagpur for five consecutive years and was co-founder of the TiE Nagpur Chapter.

Widely admired as a people person bringing to life a human centric corporate culture

Sameer Bendre

Santoshi Kittur

- Chief Technology Officer, IIFL Wealth

A seasoned entrepreneur with profitable exits to her credit, she has been deemed among the Leading Women in Tech and Diversity & Inclusion leaders.

Currently working as the Chief Technology Officer at IIFL Wealth & Asset Management, she has worked with global majors PwC, McKinsey & Co., Gartner Consulting and Infosys in the past garnering over 22 years of experience spanning business strategy and digital transformation.

She has advised the world's largest technology brands IBM, HP, Oracle amongst others on market entry, growth, pricing, product and portfolio strategy, across multiple geographies.

Santoshi Kittur
Chief Guest

The Entrepreneur & the Professional : Building an Institution

  • Harsh Mariwala
Panel Discussion

Learnings from the front-line: Leveraging the professional gig-economy

    with -
  • Anita Ramachandran
  • Madhav Joshi
  • Sameer Bendre
  • Santoshi Kittur

Leveraging the Liquid Workforce

How organizations are adapting their talent strategies to the “future of work”

The emergence of the professional gig economy in the corporate sector is in its infancy. With the pandemic driven upswing in the job changes, rise in entrepreneurial mindset, and ease of working from anywhere, the future of the corporate workplace is all about leveraging the gig workforce.

Digitisation & Lifestyle changes propelling the rise of gig-economy across all work-categories

    The Gig-Economy in India is a growing rapidly across sectors & skill levels
  • Current projections of the gig-workforce in India are between 8 -15 million (BCG, IBEF)
  • IBEF projects gig-workforce growth to be at a CAGR of 17%

Companies looking to hire gig workers by sector

Industry 2020 Future (2-5 years)
FMCG – Pharma 15% 69%
BFSI 32% 56%
Manufacturing 35% 65%
Technology & BPO 57% 60%
Services 47% 76%

*IBEF study - 2020

The Gig-Pyramid

We at IndusGuru recently conducted a research study aimed at sharing learnings and creating benchmarks for Leading Practices in leveraging the Professional Gig Economy, will provide insights to organizations on adopting the gig workforce or scaling it in the immediate term – as well as reflections for fundamental changes for the longer term.

We gathered inputs from hiring decision makers in the corporate world on the shift they are seeing in the traditional hiring approach and understood from them how they have been sourcing and onboarding gig professionals, what policies and benchmarks they have set so far and what future needs they see emerging in their organization context for gig-hiring.

We also held detailed case study interviews which helped us dive deep into the gig-hiring instances when these organizations first adopted it.

With these findings and insights from the research, we are now holding an event where this theme can be further unraveled through esteemed speakers from the industry. This will provide valuable takeaways to an audience of corporate and business leaders.

Glimpse of trends in the Gig-Hiring World

Current Corporate Practices

  • Traditionally companies have relied on contracting agencies or Consulting firms – where workforce is employed full time. These typically entail bench-time overheads and higher margins
  • Over the last few years, several Freelancer Platforms have emerged, which cater to different levels and functional skills of the talent market. These can broadly segmented based on:
    • Type of skills – Technology / Media/content (Upwork, Freelancer) vs enterprise business functions
    • Level of experience – targeted at entry/junior levels vs mid-senior level professionals
    • Level of curation – Mass-focus vs personally curated

Leading Practices / Emerging Trends

  • Online Access to Freelance Platforms to post role / project requirements
  • Access to dedicated Account Manager facilitate the selection process
  • Rapid Turnaround time (3-4 days) to get potential candidate profiles for 90%+ requirements



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