About Conference

The annual India Business Conference, hosted by the South Asia Business Association at Columbia Business School, is the premier India-­focused conference in the City of New York and is a powerful forum that inspires thought-­leadership and generates discussions around the business, social, political, and creative undercurrents that permeate Indian life. The goal of the conference is to bring together decision makers and opinion shapers from across the business, social, political, and creative spectrums of India.

The India Business Conference has enabled discourse around varied topics including driving growth on the foundation of structural reforms, maintaining the momentum provided by the sustained success of the Information Technology sector, and having an honest conversation about the challenges inherent in the Indian political and democratic system. The ideas exchanged during past conferences have permeated academic, political, and social circles, and have earned both acclaim and extensive media coverage.

This year’s India Business Conference will focus on India 2020: The Way Forward, as we discuss the changing landscape of opportunities in India today that have the potential to bring about a rapid change over the next 5 years, and can position India on a much stronger footing for the decade to come. We believe this is a pivotal moment for us to take a pause and rethink how we as a country can capitalize on these opportunities and the steps we need to take to address the challenges we face.

Past Speakers

Over the last decade, the India Business Conference has drawn thousands of attendees, as well as several leaders and visionaries including the Railway Minister of India Mr. Suresh Prabhu, MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga, Deputy Chairperson of the Planning Commission Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Samsonite CEO Ramesh Tainwala, Harman International Industries CEO Dinesh Paliwal, Infosys Co-Founder and CEO S.D Shibulal, and Nobel Laureate Dr. Joseph Stiglitz among others.

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