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India Ideas Conference 2019

Georgetown India Initiative

Friday, April 12, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

India Ideas Conference 2019

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The India Initiative launched the India Ideas Conference in 2017 as a platform to convene scholars, practitioners, diplomats, and thought leaders for a high-level dialogue on key issues related to India. On April 12, 2019, the initiative will host the third annual India Ideas Conference.

Given India's rising prominence in the global economy, democratic culture, and rapidly growing population, India's role in key global affairs is of great significance. Additionally, in a country with over 20 major languages, the largest film industry in the world, and a large diaspora population, India's socio-cultural impact is remarkable. The 2019 Ideas Conference will bring together thought leaders across industries ranging from arts and fashion to politics and sustainable business practices, and dissect these themes in a collaborative, solutions-oriented manner.

Keynote speakers:
Krishnamurthy Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor, Govt. of India

Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Govt. of India 

Barkha Dutt, Journalist, Author 

Ramachandra Guha, Historian, Author 


9:00               REGISTRATION (Riggs) 

10:00              OPENING KEYNOTE (Riggs) 
                       Sandip Somany – President, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
                       Krishnamurthy Subramanian – Chief Economic Advisor, Government of India
                       Moderator: Milan Vaishnav – Director and Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace South Asia Program
                       Sponsored by FICCI. 

11:00              FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL: JAYANT SINHA (Riggs, via Skype) 
                       Jayant Sinha – Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India; MP Hazaribagh, Jharkhand

11:30              KEYNOTE: THE MODERN MEDIA LANDSCAPE (Riggs) 
                       Barkha Dutt – Journalist; Author
                       Moderator: Irfan Nooruddin – Director, Georgetown University India Initiative; Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Professor of Indian Politics

12:15              2019 ELECTIONS (Riggs) 
                       Rick Rossow – Wadhwani Chair in US-India Policy Studies, Center for Strategic and International                              Studies (CSIS)
                       Seema Sirohi – Columnist, Economic Times
                       Moderator: Milan Vaishnav – Director and Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International                                  Peace South Asia Program

1:30                LUNCH BREAK (Riggs) 

                       Prerna Mukharya – Founder, Outline India
                       K. Thiagarajan – COO, Agastya International Foundation
                       Elizabeth Vazquez – CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International
                       Moderator: Roopal Shah – Education Advisor, Embassy of India; Co-Founder, Indicorps

2:00                BREAKOUT SESSION: PHILANTHROPY FOR IMPACT (Old North 205
                       Megha Desai – President, Desai Foundation
                       Suresh Shenoy – Board of Directors, WHEELS Global Foundation; EVP, Alyx Technologies
                       Smita Siddhanti – Founder, EnDyna
                       Moderator: Alex Counts – Former President and CEO, Grameen Foundation; Consultant to Mission-Driven Organizations, Professor of Public Policy, Public Speaker, Blogger & Author
                       Sponsored by Indiaspora. 

3:00                BREAKOUT SESSION: BUILDING INDIA (Riggs) 
                       Sujoy Bose – CEO and Managing Director, National Investment & Infrastructure Fund of India (NIIF)
                       Penny Ann Bodle – Partner, Head of EMEA IR, Softbank Investment Advisors                                                       Rajan Bharti Mittal – Former President, FICCI; Vice Chairman, Bharti Enterprises 
                       Moderator: Sunil Madan – Adjunct Faculty, Steers Center for Global Real Estate

3:00               BREAKOUT SESSION: HEALTH-TECH (Old North 205) 
                       Shelley Saxena – Founder, Sevamob
                       Sara Eapen – VP, Aetion Inc.
                       Moderator: Rajesh Veeraraghavan – Assistant Professor, Georgetown University

                       Ambassador Hussain Haqqani – Former Pakistani Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the U.S.
                       Ambassador Teresita Schaffer – Former U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka 
                       Dhruva Jaishankar – Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies, Brookings India and the Brookings Institution
                       Moderator: Ambassador Richard Verma – Former U.S. Ambassador to India
                       Ramachandra Guha – Historian; Author

6:00                RECEPTION AND RESEARCH SHOWCASE (Bioethics Library)

Have questions about India Ideas Conference 2019? Contact Georgetown India Initiative

When & Where

Georgetown University
3700 O Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20057

Friday, April 12, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

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