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.

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Route to Resurgence: Shaping India’s New Destiny’. After 25 years of economic liberalization, India as a nation has finally realized that the ingenuity of its entrepreneurs and the market potential of its billion plus people are the keys to its prosperity. With one of the largest number of start-ups in the world, today’s India is thriving with opportunities and its lure is hard to ignore. The India of today is more confident and knows that it holds the key to its destiny. We believe this shift in thinking, despite India’s many problems, is perhaps one of the most interesting ideas to explore and has implications not just for India but also for those who wish to do business in the country.

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, Bombay Stock Exchange CEO Ashish Chauhan, Infosys Co-Founder and CEO S.D Shibulal and Nobel Laureate Dr. Joseph Stiglitz among others.

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