Bollywood actor Richa Chadha paved her way to success on her own terms, often making unusual and bold role choices that received widespread acclaim and have been memorable characters. What has this journey in Bollywood been like for her? The actor last seen in the movie Madam Chief Minister will share her story.
Indian Foreign Policy – US-India the partnership of the decade. Quad, cooperation in defence, investment promotion for $5T economy, Make in India, Diaspora, China challenge, Opportunities for students and entrepreneurs in India. Benefits and limitations of Soft power.
• Kenneth Juster, Former Ambassador of USA to India, Former US Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security
• Palki Sharma Upadhyay, News Anchor WION
• Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Ambassador of India to US
• Samir Saran, President ORF
Climate as an overarching lens to achieve equity and access in cities through clean energy, sustainable mobility, green buildings, food security, nature-based solutions, and other sectors that build co-benefits like improvements in public health.
• Mr. Aaditya Thackeray, Cabinet Minister of Tourism and Environment, Government of Maharashtra
• Ms. Sunita Narain, Director General of the Centre for Science and Environment and Editor of Down to Earth
For a country with an immensely diverse cultural heritage, often only a select few have curated the idea of India and its billion people for the world. But in the world of ever increasing digital connectedness, India is finding its own authentic, raw voice. What is this voice, the stories it tells and who are the ones who hold it. In a panel that brings together voices from the media, streaming, Bollywood and independent creator economy, we will explore which voices get to tell the stories from the land of a billion voices.
• Parvathy Thirovothu, Actor
• Pooja Bhatt, Actor and Producer
• Prajakta Koli, Indian Youtuber (Mostlysane)
Come hear from industry and investing titans what they think about India’s journey to becoming a $5T economy by 2030. What sectors are hot? What are not? What do macro economics look like? What are they betting on? How to improve the ease of doing business in the country? And much, much more. Moderated by Harvard Business School professor, Vikram Gandhi.
• Gaurav Dalmia, Chairman Dalmia Holdings
• Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman and MD, Hindustan Unilever
• Vikram Gandhi, Harvard Business School Professor
Discussion on high-growth areas for the Indian economy — aviation, fashion and ecommerce — and how they stand positioned to transform India by 2030.
• Aditya Ghosh, Co-Founder Akasa Air
• Adwaita Nayar, CEO Nykaa Fashion
Innovations in renewables, energy storage and electric vehicles can not only reduce energy imports and improve sustainability but can also unlock new investments opportunities. Furthermore, India’s strong focus on enhancing manufacturing, and how its strong R&D capacity and emerging innovation ecosystems are well poised to identify and incubate breakthrough technologies, creating another opportunity for investments.
• Shekhar Gupta, Indian Journalist and Author, Founder and Editor-In-Chief, The Print (Panel Moderator)
• R K Singh, Minister for Power and Renewable Energy
• Sumant Sinha, Chairman and CEO ReNew Power
• Devarajan Nambakam, MD Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs
This panel will discuss the following:
Role – What is the role of these new media ventures? Can they rebuild public trust in the media?
Impact – What is the scope of their impact – are these media ventures bound to remain limited to an elite audience or can they hope to reach a wider audience across India?
Sustainability – What is the business model that can support such new ventures?
• Abhinandan Sekhri, Journalist and Co-Founder, Newslaundry
• Barkha Dutt, Journalist and Founder, The Mojo
Discussing the role of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 in transforming the education landscape of the country in the next 10 years. In doing so, we would like to explore the implications of the policy and its impact on K-12 to higher education. We intend to discuss measures within the policy to uplift students from all communities including marginalized communities.
• Sri M K Sridhar, NEP Drafting Committee Member
• Dr. John Kurrien, Director Emeritus, Centre for Learning Resources
• Mr. Pranav Kothari, CEO, Educational Initiatives
• Tara Beteille, Senior Economist, World Bank (East Asia Pacific region)
This chat with the former coach of Indian Women’s National Hockey Team shall discuss in depth what makes a winning team, the obstacles needed to overcome and the path to much deserved glory.
• Sjoerd Marijne, Former Coach for National Indian Women’s Hockey Team
“This roundtable brings together four Members of Parliaments under the age of 35, from across four different political parties, to ideals on the vision for India in the next decade.
• Ram Mohan Naidu (TDP)
• Mimi Chakraborty (TMC)
• Tejasvi Surya (BJP)
• Ramya Haridas(INC)
As India is slowly emerging out of the pandemic, the fireside chat will discuss India’s healthcare system and how India tackled COVID-19 – what worked for us and what did not. From that, the speakers will go on to discuss lessons from that experience and what can be done to develop a resilient health care system in the coming decade, in terms of pandemic preparedness and otherwise.
• Dr. Randeep Guleria, Indian Pulmonologist & Current Director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)” to “Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
• Prof. Dr Richard Cash, Senior Lecturer on Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health” to “Senior Lecturer, Department of Global Health & Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health”
This panel shall focus on some of the key gaps in the healthcare system currently in India, and ask what role can each stakeholder (Govt./hospitals/doctors/nurses/ healthcare providers, private sector, nonprofits) play in bridging these gaps? It shall discuss the importance of public private partnerships in building a more resilient healthcare system in India by 2030.
We will discuss how we can overcome the impediments for the private sector to work with the public sector and vice versa and also
how we can insulate India from the kind of healthcare system failure we witnessed during the COVID-19 pandemic by potentially improving infrastructure or manufacturing capacity, supply chain, International relations. Add Moderator – , Professor of Health Communication, Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)
• Shri R S Sharma, CEO, National Health Authority, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
• Ms. Mirai Chatterjee, Director, Self-employed Women’s Association
• Dr. Nachiket Mor, Visiting Scientist, Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health
• Ms. Ameera Shah, Promoter and Managing Director, Metropolis Healthcare Ltd
• Prof K. Viswanath, Professor of Health Communication, Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)
Olympics 2032 Brisbane: 10 years to a top-10 finish.
This panel will discuss what a cohesive strategy would look like to achieve a top-10 finish and discuss the roles of government, businesses and civil society to support our athletes in their race to ace this space!
• Sharad Kumar Yadav – Tokyo Paralympics Bronze Medallist, Paralympian, Para Jumper
• Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT
• Sunil Vachani, Founder & Chairman – Dixon Technologies
• Pranay Agrawal, Co-Founder & CEO – Fractal Analytics
• Neelkanth Mishra, Co-Head of Equity Strategy, Asia Pacific
“India is the fastest growing fintech market and the 3rd largest fintech ecosystem in the world. Enablers such as widespread internet penetration and growing awareness have allowed fintech solutions to thrive in the economy and churn 15+ fintech unicorns so far. India has also attracted a record $3Bn+ of fintech investment in 2021. The Indian fintech story has been unique, wherein technology disruptors, financial institutions, regulators, and the government have come together to form strategic alliances to chart its journey. But this is just the start – where is this ecosystem headed?”
• Jitendra Gupta, Founder & CEO Jupiter
• Upasana Taku, Co-founder & COO Mobiqwik
• Alok Mittal, Co-founder & CEO Indifi Technologies
• Ashish Agrawal, Managing Director, Sequioa Capital
A moderated discussion with Hon’ble Minister Piyush Goyal on a range of topics: the importance of industrialization and job creation; the role of domestic markets; the role of export markets and trade; the role of India-US relations.
Panel: Overcoming Caste and Religious Exclusion: A way Forward to Inclusive Development
As we make our way through this decade, India continues to be plagued by extreme forms of discrimination, and polarization around caste and religion. Gender and caste-based violence continues unabated, as do open public calls for the genocide of Muslims and religious minorities. Is this the inevitable future for India@2030? What are alternative visions of development and nation-building? What do we need to overcome to reach inclusive development?
These speakers with decades of both on-the-ground and analytical experience will consider ways forward to reach an India@2030 that will benefit majority of Indians. Wide-ranging solutions and innovations have been proposed including undertaking a caste census, prosecution of hate speech, expanding reservations, education reform, and protecting the public sector from indiscriminate privatization. The speakers will reflect on these issues drawing from their own experience as analysts and change agents who are fighting for an inclusive and equitable society.
Politician, Bahujan Samaj Party, Former Additional Director General of Police, Former Secretary TSWREIS, MPA HKS Mason fellow
General Secretary, Dalit Arthik Adhikar Andolan, National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, Executive Director, South Asia Dalit Women’s Economic Empowerment Program of Asia Dalit Rights Forum
Associate Professor, School of Arts and Sciences, Azim Premji University, Visiting scholar, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), Research Partner, SIMAGINE International Research Consortium
Corporate India’s role in achieving the $10T economy, leveraging the ‘new economy’ and finding the next set of S-curves, and building the platform/infrastructure for private sector growth.
• Karan Adani
India continues to make slow progress toward gender inclusivity and equity in politics. The national discourse has shifted from being largely centered on reservation in legislative bodies to alternative approaches to achieving a gender just polity.
In this panel, we talk about a few of these alternative approaches including providing gendered quotas in ticket distribution, creating accessible political campaign management skills, and increasing opportunities for lateral entry in policymaking.
• Apsara Reddy
• Meenakshi Lekhi, Minister of State for External Affairs
• Tanushree Goyal, Academy Scholar, The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and Research Fellow at WAPPP, HKS
The panel will discuss the variety of issues that the queer rights movement finds itself dealing with- The Trans Act, Marriage Petition, Conversion therapy, access to healthcare etc. It will discuss how queer communities struggled before and after the pandemic, and how that affects the queer rights movement.
• Santa Khurai
• Aqsa Shaikh
• Vqueeram Aditya Sahai
• Akhil Kang
Khalid Anis Ansari (he/him) is an academic activist presently working as Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Arts & Sciences at the Azim Premji University. Khalid acquired his Ph.D. from the University of Humanistic Studies (UvH), the Netherlands, supported by the Pluralism Knowledge Program-HIVOS fellowship, with the thesis title, “Pluralism, Democracy, and Internal Minorities: A Case Study of the Pasmanda-Muslim Counterpublic in India.” His broad research pertains to social and cultural theory, focusing on democracy and counterpublics, sociology of caste and religion, minority studies, and public policy.
Khalid is a passionate advocate of the anti-caste Pasmanda Movement within Indian Muslims. Before joining academics in 2013, he worked in leadership positions in the social sector for over ten years. He coordinated research and community development projects supported by international agencies such as the HIVOS (the Netherlands), Mensen Met Een Missie (the Netherlands), Action Aid (UK), and the Gandhi Foundation (United Kingdom).
Khalid has published and lectured widely in reputed academic and popular spaces. His work has appeared in the Economic & Political Weekly, The Women Philosophers’ Journal, The Indian Express, The Hindu, The Print, Outlook Magazine, The Wire, etc. Besides, he has delivered talks at prominent universities like Michigan University (US), Harvard University (US), the University of Free State (South Africa), the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (India), and so forth.
Since 2021, he has been a research partner with the SIMAGINE International Research Consortium and visiting scholar at the US-based advocacy and policy collective South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT).
Beena J Pallical is a Dalit women Leader and currently General Secretary, National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR)-DAAA. Over the last eleven years she is with the NCDHR working on Dalit Economic Rights. She has been passionately working towards policy changes within Central and State governments towards the marginalised communities (Dalits &Tribals ) and been demanding that Dalit Women be included in policy formulation. Her main focus continues to be on Economic Justice and specifically looking at Gender Equity. She also works around targeted budgets, fiscal accountability and governance. Her focus the last 5 years has been on how to enable youth to access their right to education, ensuring that the budgets allocated for them is effectively implemented. Through this campaign across 10 states has enabled many students to get their scholarships and complete their education. She also heads the Asia Dalit Women’s Economic Empowerment Program that works on empowering Dalit women in South Asia ( Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and India which is part of the Asia Dalit Rights Forum.
A large part of her work is focused on the UN mechanisms and has worked closely with both OHCHR at Geneva and the HLPF at NY. She has been involved in the sustainable development goals since 2015 and the inclusion of voices of the marginalised and taken this agenda to the High level political forum in NY. She has also been looking at how finances can be better managed to ensure that the SDGs can be achieved specifically from the perspective of the marginalised. She has worked with all the various mechanisms and has represented the Dalit Women’s rights at the UN platforms. She has contributed to the overall work of Dalit Rights in NCDHR and participated in several national and international seminars raising the voice of Dalits and Adivasis and advocating stronger policy measures with effective implementation.