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Georgetown University India Initiative


9:00 A.M. | Registration

10:00 A.M. | Opening Keynote

Sandip Somany | President, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Krishnamurthy Subramanian | Chief Economic Advisor, Government of India

Moderator: Milan Vaishnav | Director and Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace South Asia Program

Sponsored by FICCI

11:00 A.M. | From the Campaign Trail: Jayant Sinha

        Jayant Sinha | Minister of State for Civil Aviation; MP, Hazaribagh 

11:30 A.M. | Keynote: The Modern Media Landscape

Barkha Dutt | Journalist; Author

Moderator: Irfan Nooruddin | Director, Georgetown University India Initiative; Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Professor of Indian Politics

12:30 P.M. | 2019 Elections

Rick Rossow | Wadhwani Chair in US-India Policy Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Seema Sirohi | Columnist, Economic Times

Moderator: Milan Vaishnav | Director and Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace South Asia Program

1:30 P.M. | Lunch Break


2:00 P.M. | Breakout Session:

Social Impact at Scale

Prerna Mukharya | Founder, Outline India

K. Thiagarajan | COO, Agastya International Foundation

Elizabeth Vazquez | CEO and Co-Founder, WEConnect International

Moderator: Roopal Shah | Education Advisor, Embassy of India; Co-Founder, Indicorps

2:00 PM. | Breakout Session: Philanthropy for Impact

Megha Desai | President, Desai Foundation

Suresh Shenoy | Board of Directors, WHEELS Global Foundation; EVP, Alyx Technologies

Smita Siddhanti | Founder, EnDyna

Moderator: Alex Counts | Former President and CEO, Grameen Foundation

Sponsored by Indiaspora



3:00 P.M. | Breakout Session:

Building India

Sujoy Bose | CEO and Managing Director, National Investment & Infrastructure Fund of India (NIIF)

Penny Ann Bodle | Partner, Head of EMEA IR, Softbank Investment Advisors

Rajan Bharti Mittal | Former President, FICCI; Vice Chairman, Bharti Enterprises

Moderator: Sunil Madan | Adjunct Faculty, Steers Center for Global Real Estate

3:00 P.M. | Breakout Session:

The Rise of Health-tech

Shelley Saxena | Founder, Sevamob

Sara Eapen | VP, Aetion Inc.

Moderator: Rajesh Veeraraghavan | Assistant Professor, Georgetown University

4:00 P.M. | Plenary Session: Crisis Diplomacy in South Asia 

Ambassador Hussain Haqqani | Former Pakistani Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the United States

Ambassador Teresita Schaffer | Former U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka

Dhruva Jaishankar |  Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies,  Brookings India and the Brookings Institution

Moderator: Ambassador Richard Verma | Former U.S. Ambassador to India 


Sponsored by McLarty Associates in memory of Ambassador Howard Schaffer

5:00 P.M. | Closing Plenary: The Significance of a Century 

Ramachandra Guha | Historian; Author

6:00 P.M. | Reception and Research Showcase