The world has changed in 2020 and while organizations could do without a technology before the whole COVID-19 pandemic, now technology and digitalization are a must-do that no organization can afford to ignore.

Professional communities around the globe are struggling. While in-person events are still the best way to bring people together to build solid relationships, organizations across the world may not be able to host in-person events anytime soon and they need to find new ways to provide value to their communities. 

In this sudden new time of 'social distancing', everyone is stumbling through the motions in a daze. Connecting and engaging with your community is more important than ever. During this difficult time, it is imperative that members of a community come together to help one another. But how do you enable your community to thrive?

Key takeaways:

  • The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on professional communities in India
  • Strategies on how to grow your professional community
  • How to manage your community through digital
  • The importance of digital communication during crisis


11 AM - 12 PM
Panel Discussion


  • Sh. Rajesh Agrawal (Executive Director of India Trade Promotion Organisation)

    Sh. Rajesh Agrawal

    Executive Director of India Trade Promotion Organisation

  • Priyashmita Guha (Director of Digital Lenders Association of India (DLAI))

    Priyashmita Guha

    Director of Digital Lenders Association of India (DLAI)

    Priyashmita Guha is Director, DLAI (Digital Lenders Association of India), India’s only trade body for Digital Lenders. Priyashmita manages the entire operations staring from membership acquisition, member outreach plan, event management, research and overall operations of the trade body. She has been instrumental in ensuring a steady growth of the organisation since its inception. Prior to joining DLAI, Priyashmita headed the Software Adoption Initiative at iSPIRT. She has occupied senior positions at Times Business Solutions, CareerBuuilder and Monster India and has always been part of the digital start up eco-system.

    Priyashmita holds a Master of Business Management and a Bachelors in Physics, from Calcutta University. She does a lot of online social initiatives which have been featured by media, like #DurgaPuja4All, an online campaign to promote harmony between communities during Durga Puja, #BARI (Bengal Amphan Relief Initiative) to raise funds for families affected by Amphan. In her spare time she paints, writes stories and also designs sarees.

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  • Manish Kothari (Founder & Managing Director of ISBR)

    Manish Kothari

    Founder & Managing Director of ISBR

  • Chandrakant Salunkhe (President at SME Chamber of India)

    Chandrakant Salunkhe

    President at SME Chamber of India

  • Eric Schmidt (CEO & Co-Founder of EventBank)

    Eric Schmidt

    CEO & Co-Founder of EventBank

    As CEO of EventBank, Eric L. Schmidt is focused on delivering cloud solutions that transform the way professional communities enable and enrich relationships. EventBank has office in 10 countries and clients in over 50. Eric’s focus is to continue building the best product for EventBank’s clients and expanding the company’s presence in emerging and developing markets around the world. Over the last 18 years, Eric has founded and incubated several companies from the ground up; including China Entrepreneurs which was the top community organization for more than 50,000 entrepreneurs, hosting more than 100 conferences annually.

    Eric was an elected member of American Chamber of Commerce in China's Board of Governors for three years (2017, 2018 & 2019) and is recognized as an authority on digital transformation and business in Asia. He has been featured in media such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Baron’s, BBC, CCTV, China Daily, and numerous other outlets.

    Eric once traced Marco Polo’s route from Beijing, China to Venice, Italy, 100 days by bicycle – he was appreciatively sponsored by Nike and Philips. He also previously lived in China (17 years) and Guatemala.

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