The 14th Wharton India Economic Forum presents India: Breaking Boundaries

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The student leadership committee of the Wharton India Economic Forum (WIEF) announced today that the 14th WIEF will be held at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia on March 27th, 2010. The committee invites the public to gain insights from some of the world's top business leaders including keynote speakers: Mr. Subhash Chandra (Chairman, Essel Group & Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited); Mr. Praful Patel (Minister of State of Civil Aviation, Government of India); Mr. Aditya Puri (CEO and Managing Director, HDFC bank); Mr. Sachin Pilot (Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India). Registration is available at http://www.whartonindia.com.

The student leadership committee of the Wharton India Economic Forum (WIEF) announced today that the 14th WIEF will be held at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia on March 27th, 2010. The committee invites the public to gain insights from some of the world's top business leaders including keynote speakers: Mr. Subhash Chandra (Chairman, Essel Group & Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited); Mr. Praful Patel (Minister of State of Civil Aviation, Government of India); Mr. Aditya Puri (CEO and Managing Director, HDFC bank); Mr. Sachin Pilot (Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India). Registration is available at http://www.whartonindia.com.

As has been the case in the past, the forum will be driven by business leaders, politicians and experts from across the world who will come together to share their outlook and vision for India. The forum will also be attended by some very senior people heavily involved in sectors from Finance, Healthcare and Technology, to Retail, Performing Arts and Social Entrepreneurship. Some of these well known speakers include Mr. David Smith (Head of Accenture’s Talent & Organization Performance Practice); Kunal Kapoor (Actor); Mr. Shankar Mahadevan (Indian Contemporary Musician); Mr. G.Raghavan (President, NIIT) and Mr. Praveen P. Kadle (Managing Director, Tata Capital Limited).

The Forum will also run about fourteen panel discussions on diverse topics covering every major aspect that is critical to the Indian economy. Many panels will be moderated by some of The Wharton School’s distinguished faculty members, like Professor Steven J. Hoch (Director of Jay H. Baker Retailing Initiative, The Wharton School), and the country's top journalists including Shweta Rajpal Kohli (Economic Affairs Editor, NDTV 24x7). Keynotes and speakers at the Forum include:

Keynotes Addresses:

  •     Mr. Subhash Chandra • Chairman, Essel Group & Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited
  •     Mr. Praful Patel • Minister of State of Civil Aviation, Government of India
  •     Mr. Aditya Puri • CEO & Managing Director, HDFC bank
  •     Mr. Sachin Pilot • Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India

Panel Speakers:

India - Breaking Boundaries

  •     Karan Thapar (Moderator) • Television Commentator & Interviewer
  •     Aditya Puri • CEO and Managing Director, HDFC Bank
  •     Kalpana Kocchar • Country Head-India, International Monetary Fund
  •     Praveen P. Kadle • Managing Director, Tata Capital Limited
  •     Naveen Jindal • Member of Parliament & Industrialist
  •     Atul Punj • Chairman, Punj Lloyd Limited
  •     Vikram Limaye • Executive Director, IDFC

Education & Employment: Training India’s Workforce

  •     David Smith (Moderator) • Head of Talent & Organization Performance Practice, Accenture
  •     Indraani Singh • CEO, NGO Literacy India
  •     G.Raghavan • President, NIIT
  •     Anand Sudarshan • CEO & Managing Director, Manipal Education
  •     K. Ganesh • CEO & Founder of TutorVista.com

India as an Emerging Market

  •     Saikat Chaudhuri (Moderator) • Assistant Professor of Management, The Wharton School
  •     Atul Punj • Chairman, Punj Lloyd Limited
  •     Roopa Purushotaman • Head of Research, Everstone Investment Advisors
  •     Chitra Ramakrishna, Jt. • Managing Director, National Stock Exchange of India
  •     S. Suryanarayan • Group CFO, Allcargo Global Logistics Limited
  •     Pankaj Munjal • Managing Director, Hero Motors

Entrepreneurship: At the Crossroads of Technology & Media

  •     Kartik Hosanagar (Moderator) • Associate Professor of Internet Commerce, The Wharton School
  •     Sudhir Syal • Senior Assistant Producer, “Starting Up” on ET Now
  •     Anjan Malik • Founder & Director, eClerx
  •     Amar Goel • Founder & COO, Komli Media
  •     Samir Patil • Founder & CEO, ACK Media
  •     Vin Bhat • Co-Founder & CEO, Saavn

Performing Arts & Entertainment

  •     Shankar Mahadevan • Indian Contemporary Musician
  •     Priyadarsini Govind • Bharatanatyam Dancer
  •     Unnikrishnan • Classical Musician
  •     Ustad Amjad Ali Khan • Hindustani Classical Musician (Sarod)
  •     Namit Malhotra • CEO, Prime Focus

Investing in India

  •     Alok Gupta • Managing Director, Axis Private Equity
  •     Rajesh Srivastava • Chairman & Managing Director, Rabo Equity Advisors
  •     Srinivas Chidambaram • Managing Director & CEO, JBC India
  •     Utsav Baijal • Apollo Investment Corporation
  •     Anurag Bhargava • Chairman, IREO
  •     Mukund Krishnaswami • Founding Partner, Lighthouse Advisors India Private Limited

Social Enterprises & Non-profits: Delivering Where it Matters

  •     Sandeep Pandey (Moderator) • Co-Founder, Asha For Education
  •     A. Nandakumar • Brandeis University, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  •     Indraani Singh • CEO, NGO Literacy India

Healthcare

  •     Stephen Sammut (Moderator) • Lecturer & Senior Fellow, Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
  •     Bhargav Dasgupta • Executive Director, ICICI Lombard
  •     Dr. Vijai Kumar, M.D. • President & Chief Medical Officer, Excel Life Science, Inc.
  •     Sangita Reddy • Director, Apollo Hospitals
  •     Homi Khusrokhan • Advisor, Tata HBM Healthcare Fund
  •     KJ Singh, M.D.,MBA • Global Health, Bill & Melina Gates Foundation
  •     Rajeev Dadoo, Ph.D • Partner, SR-One, GSK’s Venture Fund

Women in India: Breaking the Glass Ceiling

  •     Shweta Rajpal Kohli (Moderator) • Economic Affairs Editor, NDTV 24x7
  •     Farzana Haque • Global Head : Large Accounts SBU, Tata Consultancy Services    
  •     Ekta Kapoor • Creative Director, Balaji Telefilms Limited
  •     Vinita Jain • Chairperson & Managing Director, Biotique
  •     Roopa Purushothaman • Head of Research, Everstone Investment Advisors

Film: Globalization of Mainstream Indian Cinema

  •     Kunal Kapoor • Actor
  •     Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra • Filmmaker & Screenwriter
  •     Namit Malhotra • CEO, Prime Focus
  •     Shankar Mahadevan • Indian Contemporary Musician

Infrastructure

  •     Vikram Limaye (Moderator) • Executive Director, IDFC
  •     Srinivas Chidambaram • Managing Director & CEO, JBC India
  •     O.P. Agarwal • Urban Transportation & Mobility Advisor, World Bank
  •     Nikhil Gandhi • Chairman, SKIL Infrastructure
  •     Naveen Jindal • Member of Parliament & Industrialist
  •     Alok Gupta • Managing Director, Axis Private Equity

Technology & Outsourcing

  •     P.K. Agarwal (Moderator) • Chief Technology Officer, State of California
  •     Deepinder Bedi • Executive Director, Tulip Telecom Limited
  •     Mani Subramaniam • Vice President & Head, Retail, Consumer Goods, Transport and Government, Wipro Technologies
  •     Sudhir Agarwal • President (APAC and MEA), Aegis Limited
  •     Monty Singh • Senior Vice President, Genpact
  •     B. L. Bajaj • Managing Director, Dynamic Orbits

Fashion Retail

  •     Stephen J. Hoch (Moderator) • Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor and Director of Jay H. Baker Retailing Initiative, The Wharton School
  •     Sanjay Kapoor • CEO, Genesis Colors
  •     Manish Malhotra • Fashion Designer, Host of the Manish Malhotra Show
  •     Malini Ramani • Fashion Designer

Energy

  •     Anil Kane • Chairman, Indian Wind Energy Association (InWEA)
  •     Manish Bapna • Executive Vice President & Managing Director, World Resources Institute
  •     G. Rajeswaran • Chief Technology Officer, Moser Baer

Again this year, the Wharton India Economic Forum will team with India Knowledge @ Wharton, the Wharton School's award winning online journal of business analysis and commentary, to capture through audio and video interviews as well as print articles the insights provided by the high level speakers in attendance. For more information visit: http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/india/. For more information about the Forum, contact Mr. Saksham Karwal at skarwal@seas.upenn.edu or +1-215-350-3666. Complete details and registration are available at http://www.whartonindia.com.

The conference is being sponsored by some of the leading brands across the world. This year’s platinum sponsors include the Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, Indian School of Business (ISB), India Knowledge@Wharton, and Tata Sons. Aegis and eClerx are the Gold Sponsor with American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine – Manipal University affiliation, Hampshire Hotels & Resort, Jacob Ballas and Encore Capital Group coming in as Silver Sponsors. SKIL Group and Motilal Oswal Securities are the panel sponsors. The South Asian Times has been assigned as the Grand print media sponsor for the North East Coast.

About the Wharton School
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania — founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school — is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. The most comprehensive source of business knowledge in the world, Wharton bridges research and practice through its broad engagement with the global business community. The School has more than 4,900 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and an alumni network of 85,000 graduates.

For general inquiries:
Mr. Saksham Karwal (WIEF Public Relations)
skarwal (at) seas.upenn (dot) edu
+1-215-350-3666

Ms. Tanvi Goel (WIEF Public Relations)
Tanvi (at) Wharton.upenn (dot) edu
+1-609-516-2369

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