STRATEGYEDGE is an annual flagship initiative of the CII that features some of the world’s renowned thought leaders on Strategy and Innovation sharing the latest insights with the Indian business community. The successive editions of the Masterclass have been attended by over 1500 delegates from across India and beyond.


The 6th edition of STRATEGYEDGE featured two of the world's foremost thinkers - Rita McGrath and Alex Osterwalder. The theme of the session was Building invincible companies with leaders who see around corners.

Rita McGrath

Rita McGrath is a best-selling author, a sought-after advisor and speaker, and a long-time professor at Columbia Business School. Rita is one of the world’s top experts on strategy and innovation and is ranked No. 2 on Thinker50. McGrath’s recent book on strategic inflection points is Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen. Rita is the author of four other books, including the best-selling The End of Competitive Advantage.

Dr. Alexander Osterwalder

Dr. Alexander Osterwalder is one of the world’s most influential innovation experts, a leading author, entrepreneur, and in-demand speaker. Ranked No. 4 of the top 50 management thinkers worldwide, Alex is the inventor of the Business Model Canvas, Value Proposition Canvas, and Business Portfolio Map – practical tools which have changed the way established companies do business and how new ventures get started. His books include the international bestseller Business Model Generation, Value Proposition Design, Testing Business Ideas, The Invincible Company, and the recently launched High-Impact Tools for Teams.

Session Moderators:

R Mukundan

Chairman, CII-Institute of Quality Advisory Council; CII National Committee on Environment and Industrial Relations and Managing Director & CEO, Tata Chemicals Limited


The fifth edition of STRATEGYEDGE was held virtually in 2020 spanning over 5 days under the theme Strategy & Innovation in Uncertain Times. The sessions included keynote addresses and fireside chats featuring thought-leaders of global acclaim and captains of Indian Industry.

Keynote Speakers:


Venkat Ramaswamy
Professor of Marketing, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Becoming a Living Enterprise: Experience Innovation and Lived Value Co-Creation in a Post-COVID World


Anindya Ghose
Heinz Riehl Chair Professor of Business, NYU Stern School

Using AI to Monetize the Mobile Economy


Jaideep Prabhu
Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business & Enterprise, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

Fostering a Culture of Innovation: The Role of Leadership


Stephen Wunker
Managing Director, New Markets Advisors

Strategic Planning in a Time of Crisis - Business Beyond COVID


Michael Raynor
Managing Director, Deloitte USA

Strategy, Innovation and Uncertainty: An Eternal Golden Braid

Session Moderators:

Kris Gopalakrishnan

Past President CII and Chairman, Axilor Ventures & Co-Founder, Infosys

Shiv Shivakumar

Group Executive President, Corporate Strategy & Business Development, Aditya Birla Group

Dilip Sawhney

Managing Director, Rockwell Automation India

Vipin Sondhi

Managing Director, Ashok Leyland

Ganesh Natarajan

Executive Chairman and Founder, 5F World

2017 – 2019

Vijay Govindarajan

Coxe Distinguished Professor
Dartmouth College
Tuck School of Business

Prof Vijay Govindarajan was the Keynote Speaker across the first 4 editions held between 2017 & 2019 across Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on strategy and innovation and has been ranked as the #1 Indian Management Thinker in Thinkers 50. The theme of the sessions was Winning through Innovation: The Three Box Strategy where he focused on successfully creating the future even while managing excellence in the present.


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