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India Conference at Harvard
February 15-16, 2020

About Conference

The India Conference is one of the largest student-run conferences focusing on India in the USA. It is hosted at the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School by the graduate students of Harvard University. In 2020 we will be celebrating our 17th anniversary. The conference will bring together business leaders, entertainment professionals, government officials, philanthropists, and many other leaders to engage in a conversation about India's path to global leadership. Our 2019 conference had 1000+ attendees and was a resounding success.

2
Days

100

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Speakers

1000

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Attendees

Agenda

07:15 AM - 08:15 AM

Registration and Breakfast


08:30 AM - 08:35 AM

National Anthem by Kashish Shamsi


08:35 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

Watching the Watchmen - Citizen and Media oversight in a democracy


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 in India


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

Diaspora Activism


02:45 PM - 03:40 PM

Policy convergence in first 2000 days for children


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

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


08:00 AM - 09:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast


09:00 AM - 10:20 AM

India's Macroeconomic Story


10:25 AM - 11:10 AM

State of Indian Media in conversation with Rahul Kanwal


11:20 AM - 12:10 PM

Reimagining Indian Healthcare


11:20 AM - 12:10 PM

Smart Cities in India: Challenges and Opportunities


11:20 AM - 12:10 PM

Creating value for Indian Farmers


12:20 PM - 01:10 PM

The past decade of India Investing: Expectation vs Reality?


12:20 PM - 01:10 PM

India-US Economic Relationship


12:20 PM - 01:10 PM

Diversity and Inclusion in India: The future of activism, and the Costs of Inaction


01:10 PM - 02:00 PM

Lunch Break


01:20 PM - 01:50 PM

Fireside Chat with Ritesh


02:00 PM - 02:50 PM

Indian Unicorns


03:00 PM - 03:50 PM

Digitization of and disruption in traditional business models in the Indian Consumer landscape?


03:00 PM - 03:50 PM

Role of Technology in Providing Quality Education


03:00 PM - 03:50 PM

Can India lead the world on climate action?


03:50 PM - 04:10 PM

Mini Break


04:10 PM - 04:35 PM

Conversation with Jayant Sinha


04:45 PM - 05:25 PM

Conversation with Gary Kirsten on Leadership Lessons and India’s World Cup Winning Journey


05:35 PM - 06:15 PM

Closing Event: Anupam Kher


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

Kabir Khan

Indian film director, screenwriter and cinematographer

Ruma Devi

President, Gramin Vikas Evam Chetna Sansthan, Barmer (Raj.)
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Logistics

Day - 1

LOCATION
Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy St,
Cambridge, MA

Day - 2

LOCATION
Harvard Business School
117 Western Ave
Boston, MA

CHECK IN
Check in for the conference will occur in the Williams Room at Spangler Center.

Hotel Recommendation

DOUBLETREE SUITES BY HILTON HOTEL BOSTON
Cambridge, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA, 02134
Tel: (617) 783-0090

THE CHARLES HOTEL
1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: (617) 864-1200

HARVARD SQUARE HOTEL
110 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: (617) 864-5200

SHERATON COMMANDER HOTEL
16 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: (617) 547-4800

COURTYARD BOSTON CAMBRIDGE
777 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139
Tel: (617) 492-7777

Getting to Us

BY CAR
WHAT DO I PUT IN MY GPS?
117 Western Ave
Boston, MA

FROM LOGAN AIRPORT:
Follow signs for I-90 West (Massachusetts Turnpike/Ted Williams Tunnel). Take I-90 West to exit #20 for Brighton/Cambridge. See below.

BY RAPID TRANSIT
Coming by MBTA, take the Red Line to Harvard Square. John F. Kennedy Street runs through the center of Harvard Square. Walk south on John F. Kennedy Street, crossing over the Charles River on the Anderson Bridge. The Harvard Business School is on the left, after the bridge. Take the first entrance leading into the campus.

The #66 bus runs down JFK Street and North Harvard Street between Harvard Square and Western Avenue.

Past Speakers

Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee

Politics

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Shashi Tharoor

Politician

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Sachin Pilot

Politics

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SS Rajamouli

Film

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Karan Johar

Film Director

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Asaduddin Owaisi

Politician

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