Columbia University to host India Business Conference on Feb. 23

(Courtesy: Columbia University)

Influential and insightful voices will be discussing the ‘Future of India’ and its ability to ‘take the winning leap’ at an important time for the country, at Columbia Business School’s annual India Business Conference, to be held at Columbia University, on February 23, 2019.

The conference is New York’s most premier India-focused event that brings top influencers to congregate on the country’s most important issues.

The 15th student-led conference will feature Ram Madhav, National General Secretary, Bhartiya Janata Party; Doug Peterson, President & CEO of S&P Global; Sanjay Jha, Congress Spokesperson; Dr. Viral V. Acharya, Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India; and Dr. Arvind Gupta, CEO of MyGov.


Among other confirmed speakers are Prof. Raju Narisetti, founder of Mint; Manu Jain, MD of Xiaomi India; Sneha Rajani, Deputy President, Sony Pictures; and Amrish Rau, CEO of PayU India.

The speakers will be covering the future of India from many angles including private equity, technology, early stage entrepreneurship, and value creation through customer centricity. As India is walking into a crucial election time, the theme is apt for discussions on critical success factors for business and governance.

“India continues to lead global economic growth despite being the largest democracy and it is positioned for tremendous growth,” said Pranav Chachra, chair of this year’s India Business Conference, in a statement. “In this conference, we are bringing influential voices from tech, business, policy, and financial sectors to understand what makes India so unique and discuss how to unlock its massive potential for rapid and sustainable growth.”

The conference attracts more than 400 attendees each year from all walks of life including the student community, Indian diaspora, business world, and development workers. The conference is organized by South Asian Business Association with active contribution by students from Columbia Business School and Columbia community.

The student organizers are extremely excited about the potential impact of this year’s conference – adding to the thought-leadership and developing discussions around the business, social, political, and creative undercurrents that permeate Indian life, according to a press release.

“India is at a critical inflection point with tremendous opportunities ready to unleash the growth, but certain obstacles are holding it back from taking the winning leap. We aim to demystify that at the conference with the tallest thought leaders debating opportunities as well as challenges for the fastest-growing trillion-dollar economy in the coming decade”, said Tarin Poddar, one of the co-presidents of South Asian Business Association.

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