The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

About the Speaker:

S.V.Padmanabhan [A Passionate Student Of Life & President (Finance), OLAM Group]

Mr. Srinivasan Venkita Padmanabhan’s Venkat’s (known as Venkat) first job was as a finance manager at a small company in India. It was there that he started learning on-the-ground skills, eventually working his way up the company ladder. In 1994, he joined Olam Group and has been with the organisation ever since. After becoming the Director and Finance Controller for Olam Group’s India operations, he moved to Jakarta, Indonesia as the Regional Finance Controller for the Southeast Asian region. From then on, he went through a succession of promotions, moving from Regional Finance Controller to Global Head of Corporate Finance. In 2014, Venkat was made President and Global Head of Corporate Finance for the company. With over 24 years of continuous service for Olam Group, Venkat has also been able to branch out and expand his involvement in other roles and contribute to society. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the Meyer Neighbourhood committee (a grass roots organisation), the Chairman of Strategy and Investment Subcommittee of the Governing Council at the Management Development Institute of Singapore, and was the Director of the Indian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore which he served with distinction from April 2014 to April 2018. He is also the past chairman of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Singapore Chapter and Immediate past chairman of Meyer Neighbourhood committee, Mountbatten grass roots organisation.

About the Book:

A special 25th anniversary edition of the extraordinary international bestseller, including a new Foreword by Paulo Coelho.

Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.

Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

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