Business Leaders, Political and Film Personalities Discuss India Breaking Boundaries

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The Wharton School, Philadelphia becomes the center of discussion for India's present and future global leaders, reimposing faith in the bright future of the Indian economy.

HDFC Bank CEO & MD speaks to the 800-strong gathering in his keynote address at the 14th Wharton India Economic Forum

Outsourcing is no longer about off-shoring and has entered a new paradigm, we need to think global and act local. Nearly half of Aegis’ 40,000 employees are based globally

The student leadership committee of the Wharton India Economic Forum (WIEF) held the 14th WIEF at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia on Saturday, March 27th, 2010. The conference was successfully attended by over 750 people, including over 600 student and professionals from across the East coast. The theme for the conference was “India: Breaking Boundaries” and each of the 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) and Mr. Sachin Pilot (Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India), spoke about how India will break economic and social boundaries over the next decade. “When we started out, India had limited opportunities. But today India offers countless opportunities and I want to tell students this,” said Puri. As has been the case in the past, the forum was driven by business leaders, politicians and experts from across the world who came together to share their outlook and vision for India. “India’s economy could be 40 times bigger by 2050,” said Sachin Pilot, Minister of State of Information Technology, Government of India. He also highlighted the importance and need for double digit growth for India over the next few years to alleviate poverty. Students from universities such as New York University, Harvard University and Princeton University specially came for the conference.

There were 13 panels discussion covering diverse topics from Women in India to India’s infrastructure development. The outsourcing panel discussed the future of the BPO sector in India. “Outsourcing is no longer about off-shoring and has entered a new paradigm, we need to think global and act local. Nearly half of Aegis’ 40,000 employees are based globally," said Sudhir Agarwal, President, APAC and MEA at Aegis Limited. There was also an Indian cinema panel and a performing arts panel. The Indian cinema panel comprised of actors, singers, directors and businessman, including Anil Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Namit Malhotra, and Shankar Mahadevan. The panel discussed the globalization of India cinema and the importance of appealing to a wider audience across the world. Actor Anil Kapoor, who played the TV show host in Slumdog Millionaire and more recently the role of Kamistan President Omar Hassan in TV show 24, also spoke about his experiences of working in Hollywood. The panel was moderated by journalist Aseem Chhabra, who directed questions at each panelist. After the panel discussion, there was a question and answer session, where in student received the opportunity to directly ask questions concerning Indian cinema to the panelists. Overall the conference was a success as everyone, from the students to professionals to the speakers were extremely pleased with the lively debate and discussion that the conference initiated.

WIEF teamed up with India Knowledge @ Wharton, the Wharton School's award winning online journal of business analysis and commentary, to capture audio and video interviews as well as print articles the insights provided by the high level speakers in attendance. For more information visit:

The conference was 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, Encore Capital Group and CtrlS Datacenters Ltd coming in as Silver Sponsors. SKIL Group and Motilal Oswal Securities are the panel sponsors. Our media partners this year were The South Asia Times,, Little India, USINPAC, AUSIB, Saavn, ebc Radio, Filmy, Parikh Worldwide Media Group,, and

About the Wharton School

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania — founded in 1881by Joseph Wharton 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

Ms. Tanvi Goel (WIEF Public Relations)
Tanvi (at) Wharton.upenn (dot) edu


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