The Express Adda made its debut in Pune with a special guest who needs no introduction, and certainly not in Maharashtra. A Bombay boy, and a rank holder chartered accountant and lawyer, Piyush Goyal was our special guest at Express Adda on 27th November, 2016 at the Turf Club House, Pune.
In a far reaching conversation that was moderated by Anant Goenka, Executive Director, The Express Group and Vandita Mishra, National Opinion Editor, The Indian Express, Piyush Goyal shared his views on the government's latest decision on demonetization and benefits of going digital and a cashless economy.
The Union Minister, also spoke on the possibilities of GST's success after demonetization and GDP growth. He engaged with audiences, on questions related to UP elections and on the way Prime Minister Narendra Modi functions and manages his cabinet.
The enthralled audience included corporates, artists, bureaucrats, policy makers, academicians and Industrialists, among others.
Among the guests, who attended the Adda in Pune were Pune Mayor Prashant Jagtap, Arun Firodia, Chairman, Kinetic Group, Actor Mrinal Kulkarni, Computer scientist, Vijay Bhatkar, Chancellor, India International Multiversity, Satish Mehta, CEO, Emcure Pharmaceuticals, Mahesh Zagade, Commissioner, Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority, Industrialist Zavaray Poonawalla, Poonawalla Group, Actor Mohan Agashe, Scientist R.A. Mashelkar, former CSIR Director General , Anant Sardeshmukh, Director General, Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture, Author Sudha Menon, Amit Paranjape, Director Paranjape Schemes, Ramarao Munde, Chief Engineer, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited, Oncologist CB Koppikar, BJP MLA Medha Kulkarni, Lalit Kumar Jain, Chairman and Managing Director, Kumar Builders, Farrokh Cooper, Chairman and Managing Director, Cooper Corporation, Milind Kale, Chairman Cosmos Bank and Christopher Benninger, Founder, Christopher Charles Benninger Architects Pvt Ltd.
The Adda, now a keenly awaited fixture on the social calendar of Delhi and Mumbai, has earlier featured politicians Kapil Sibal and Arun Jaitley, superstars Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan, ambassadors Richard Verma, cutting edge filmmakers Anurag Kashyap and Dibakar Banerjee, sportspersons Saina Nehwal, Viswanathan Anand and Virat Kohli, and intellectuals Dr. Amartya Sen, Thomas Friedman, Martin Wolf and Fareed Zakaria among others.