Harvard’s Annual India Conference Set for Feb. 15-16, Themed “India 2020”: Foresight & Hindsight


CAMBIDGE, MA–Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School are hosting the 17th edition of the India Conference at Harvard University on 15-16th February 2020.

The theme of the conference this year is “India 2020: Foresight, a play on India 2020: Hindsight,” where renowned speaker will present their views analyzing various sectors, industries, opportunities and challenges facing India in the decade that has passed, as well as what the next 10 years are likely to hold, organizers said in a statement.

Tickets can be purchased here with code NEWENGLAND for 25% off on tickets.

The India Conference at Harvard is the most celebrated India focused event hosted in the US, attended by about 1000 professionals, students and faculty of educational institutions and 120 eminent speakers from India.

The conference attracts esteemed speakers and guests from across industrial, entertainment, media, sports, political and other spheres of India. In the past, speakers such as Omar Abdullah, Sachin Pilot, Barkha Dutt, Sadhguru, Amartya Sen, Aruna Roy, Azim Premji, Kamaal Hassan, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, and Shashi Tharoor among many others have attended and spoken at the event.

This year, the Conference boasts of a stellar line up of speakers including celebrated actor Anupam Kher, former international cricket coach Gary Kirsten, media baron Aroon Purie, economist Arvind Subramaniam, senior politicians Jayant Sinha and Varun Gandhi, film maker Kabir Khan, CEO of Flipkart Kalyan Krishnamurthy, Invest India CEO Deepak Bagla, standup comedian Vir Das, and leading technology entrepreneurs including Ritesh Agarwal of Oyo and Girish Mathrubootham of Freshworks.

The conversation will pan various topics including the India’s economic model, Implications of the National Register of Citizens and The Citizenship Amendment Act, Ease of doing digital business in India, Indian youth and their political re-alignment, Experiences and outlook of Muslim communities, Expectation vs Reality of Investing in India, India’s role in fighting Climate Change, Building businesses for the next 500 million digital consumers, Journey of global technology giants being built out of India, Diversity, inclusion and the change face of activism, amongst many more. Moderated by leading industry experts and senior Harvard faculty, the conversations will spark candid opinions from speakers who are thought leaders in their fields and stir engaging debates.

The conference pans two days, with the first day, 15th February, hosted by the Kennedy School, and the second day, 16th February, hosted by the Business School.

Details about the conference, agenda and speakers can be found here. The India Conference at Harvard presents an excellent opportunity for those with an interest in India, and the role the world’s largest democracy will play in the 2020s, to spend the President’s Day weekend learning from India’s opinion leaders.

Tickets can be purchased here with code NEWENGLAND for 25% off on tickets.

Here are more details from India Conference website:


15th February 2020

Harvard Kennedy School

07:15 AM – 08:15 AM

Registration and Breakfast

08:30 AM – 09:30 AM

Inspire Opening Address

09:35 AM – 10:30 AM

Intent to Impact: State Capacity and Public Service Delivery in India

09:35 AM – 10:30 AM

Advancing the primary healthcare agenda

09:35 AM – 10:30 AM

Women of India : Leaders, Enablers, and, Influencers

09:35 AM – 10:30 AM

Diaspora Activism

10:35 AM – 11:30 AM

Who is Indian? Implications of the National Register of Citizens and The Citizenship Amendment Act

10:35 AM – 11:30 AM

Beyond Dynasts and Despots: Improving the Quality of Elected Representatives

10:35 AM – 11:30 AM

Caste and Media

10:35 AM – 11:30 AM

Environmental Justice in India

11:35 AM – 12:10 PM

A conversation with Varun Gandhi

01:05 PM – 01:50 PM

Caste and Politics

01:55 PM – 02:40 PM

India’s Economic Transitions: Leaving No One Behind

02:45 PM – 03:40 PM

Doing Digital Business in India: Opportunity, Obstacles, and Optimization

02:45 PM – 03:40 PM

Policy convergence in first 2000 days for children

02:45 PM – 03:40 PM

Watching the Watchmen – Citizen and Media oversight in a democracy

02:45 PM – 03:40 PM

India’s Tier 2 and 3 Cities : The next growth frontier ?

03:45 PM – 04:40 PM

Being Muslim in contemporary India

03:45 PM – 04:40 PM

Vision 2030: Technology in Education

03:45 PM – 04:40 PM

Making Sense of India’s Political Realignments: What does young India want?

03:45 PM – 04:40 PM

IAS Panel — SDGs and the People on Margins

03:45 PM – 04:40 PM

Cinema, Celebrity and Society: The Power of Bollywood

04:45 PM – 05:30 PM

Arvind Subramanian in Conversation with Shaurya Doval

05:30 PM – 06:10 PM

Keynote: Fireside Chat with Vir Das

16th February 2020

Harvard Business School

Current Speakers

Anupam Kher

Award Winning International Actor and Author

Arvind Subramanian

Visiting lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and former Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India.

Gary Kirsten

International Cricket Coach, Leadership Consultant, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur.

Mini Mathur

Mini Mathur is an Indian television host, actress and model.

Vir Das

Stand-up comedian and a Bollywood star


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