We are excited to announce our keynote speakers and panels. A tentative conference schedule is available here.

Keynote Speakers

Dinesh Paliwal, Chairman, President, and CEO of Harman International

Dinesh Paliwal’s tenure at Harman began in 2007, and he has since expanded the company’s business in high-growth emerging markets, built a diverse board and strong leadership team, and instituted best-in-class operating processes. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Bristol-Myers Squibb. In 2010, E&Y named Mr. Paliwal ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ for the New York region. In 2012, the Asian American Business Development Center presented him with the ‘Pinnacle Award.’ In 2014, he was named to Fortune’s Business Person of the Year list.



 Ramesh Tainwala, CEO of Samsonite International S.A.

Ramesh Tainwala has served as an Executive Director of Samsonite International since February 2011 and as the company’s CEO since October of 2014. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Mr. Tainwala served as the company’s COO as well as the company’s President for Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. Mr. Tainwala previously worked in the plastic processing and consumer goods industries, including with Tainwala Chemicals & Plastics Limited. Mr. Tainwala has been recognized as an entrepreneur in the plastic processing and consumer goods industries.



Jagdish Bhagwati, Professor of Economics, Law, and International Affairs at Columbia University

Jagdish Bhagwati is a professor at Columbia University and a Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has been a Special Adviser to the UN on globalization and External Adviser to the WTO. The recipient of six festschrifts in his honor, he has also received several prizes and honorary degrees, including Padma Vibhushan from the Indian government. Professor Bhagwati’s book In Defense of Globalization was published by Oxford University Press in 2004 to worldwide acclaim.




Manufacturing & Infrastructure Panel: Make in India 

With the government’s new emphasis on value added manufacturing and infrastructure, how can we redefine our approach and best capitalize on India’s resources?

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Sumant Sinha, Chairman and CEO, ReNew Power

Sumant Sinha is the Founder Chairman and CEO of ReNew Power, one of India’s largest clean energy companies. Sumant is a passionate advocate for solutions to climate change through the intersection of business and public policy. He speaks extensively on global platforms and has authored more than 100 articles on subjects related to India’s economic scenario, entrepreneurship and issues related to climate change in leading publications. Prior to ReNew Power, Sumant held top management positions at some of India’s largest business groups. He was the CFO of the Aditya Birla Group for six years, and more recently the Chief Operating Officer of Suzlon Energy Ltd., world’s fifth largest wind turbine company. Currently Sumant serves as the founder Chairman of the Indian Wind Energy Alliance (IWEA) and Co- Chair, National Renewable Energy Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He was earlier on the SIPA Advisory Board at Columbia University.

Moderated by: Prof. Amit Khandelwal


Fireside Chat: Future of Indo-US Relations

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Dnyaneshwar Mulay, Consul General of India, New York, USA

Ambassador Dnyaneshwar Mulay has been recognized nationally and internationally as a prominent thought leader, diplomat, and author.  Prior to his appointment as Consul General of India in New York, he served at the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi and has also been posted in India missions in Tokyo, Moscow, and Port Louis. He served as Minister in Damascus and was High Commissioner of India to the Maldives from 2009-2013. Mulay is also an award winning writer in Marathi and Hindi and has a keen interest in education, the environment (particularly water security) and socio-economic issues.



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Ronak Desai, Attorney at O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Ronak Desai is a practicing attorney at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Washington, DC where he works on a wide range of litigation, regulatory, and public policy matters. He is an emerging scholar in the fields of law and foreign policy and has written and published extensively on US-India relations, international security, sanctions enforcement, global governance, and corruption. In 2006, Mr. Desai was involved in securing Congressional approval for the landmark US-India Civilian Nuclear Deal. Mr. Desai is a member of the Aspen India Strategy Group and a Fellow at the Truman National Security Project. He also teaches a course on US foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University.




Social Responsibility Panel: Inclusive Growth

Can India achieve inclusive growth?  What can the private, public, and social sectors do to help those being left behind in India’s economic boom?

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Sanjay Bhatnagar, Chief Executive Officer, WaterHealth International

Sanjay Bhatnagar has been with WaterHealth International (WHI) since 2009, bringing extensive global experience in infrastructure development and management into the fold of social enterprise. His organization WHI helps deploy large scale water purification strategies to underserved communities. Mr Bhatnagar is a leading expert on investment and development of large scale energy, power, gas, and telecom infrastructure, particularly in emerging markets such as India. He also holds leadership roles in the Global Agenda Council on Water, the World Economic Forum, and the UN Advisory Board on Water & Sanitation to name a few.



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Dinyar Devitre, Executive Chairman, Pratham USA

Dinyar (Dinny) Devitre serves as the Executive Chairman of Pratham USA; Pratham is the largest educational  movement in India helping to eradicate child illiteracy through innovative programs such as Read India. Mr Devitre is a senior international business executive who has held leadership positions over a 40-year period in the consumer products and banking industries in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the US. He is currently a Special Advisor to General Atlantic Partners and is a member of the Board of Directors of Altria Group, SABMiller, Markit, and The Western Union Company.



Mallika DuttMallika Dutt President & CEO, Breakthrough

Mallika Dutt is the founder and president of Breakthrough. More than a decade ago, Mallika resolved to bring the values of human rights out of the ivory towers and policy papers and into the lives and actions of real people. Prior to founding Breakthrough, Mallika served as Program Officer for Human Rights and Social Justice at the Ford Foundation’s office in New Delhi and as the Director of the Norman Foundation in NYC, which addressed human rights issues across the United States. Mallika currently serves on the boards of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Peace is Loud, and NEO Philanthropy. A graduate of NYU Law School, and Columbia University’s School of International Affairs, Mallika is also the recipient of an honorary doctorate from her undergraduate college, Mt. Holyoke.


Moderated by: Ritu Banga, Zoomdojo


Healthcare Panel: Quality, Access, and Outcomes

How can the life sciences sector, healthcare services and delivery, and policy meet to improve India’s healthcare quality, access, and outcomes?

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Ameera Shah, MD Promoter & CEO, Metropolis Healthcare Ltd.

Ms. Ameera Shah is the Managing Director and CEO of Metropolis Healthcare Ltd. Ms. Shah’s leadership has led the organization to become a fully integrated multinational chain of 125 diagnostic centers and 800 collection centers across the globe. She has revolutionized the pathology industry in India from being a doctor led practice to a professional corporate group in an extremely unregulated, competitive and fragmented market. An International & National Award winner, she has been honored with the Young Entrepreneur Award in 2006 & 2011 by GE and Bloomberg. She was also chosen as one of the most respected leaders under 40 years by Economic Times & Spencer Stuart in 2014. Forbes Asia has recently honored her in the Asia’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.



Ravi Limaye, President – Marketing, Biocon

Ravi Limaye has served as the President – Marketing at Biocon since 2014.  He has wide marketing experience in India, Emerging Regions and Asia Pacific.  Prior to joining Biocon he was with Novartis in India responsible for their Specialty Business Franchise as well as Business Development and Licensing.  He also spent 14 years in GlaxoSimithkline with responsibilities in India, Emerging Markets and Asia Pacific.





Ranu Dhillon, Adjunct Assistant Professor (SIPA) and Senior Health Advisor (Earth Institute), Columbia University

Ranu Dhillon is a Senior Health Advisor with the Earth Institute at Columbia University and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.  He has over ten years of experience in healthcare delivery and the design and implementation of health systems. He sits on the International Advisory Panel to the National Rural Health Mission in India, the Ministerial Working Group for Ministers of Health from Nigeria, India, China, Ethiopia and Kenya and the Board of Directors for Spark MicroGrants.