US-India strategic dialogue series
Digital India Conclave 2014
5th December, 2014
Longchamp Hall, Hotel Taj Mansingh, New Delhi
The Narendra Modi led Indian government officially clicked through the ambitious Digital India programme a few months ago. The vision is simple: to usher India into the digital age where each and every citizen can experience the impact.
But this simple vision will require a lot of hard graft and investment towards the right kind of infrastructure.
As a bridge between this vision and reality, India Inc. has created its own Digital India initiative which ties in with the India-US Partnership Hub to bring a series of online and offline programmes. It will explore the Digital India vision and trigger dialogue to plug into this bold new programme.
A key aspect of this initiative is our first Digital India Conclave to be held in New Delhi on December 5, 2014.
The conclave will bring together around 100 -150 key stakeholders across government/public sector, the private sector as well as think tanks, media and specialist experts.
The programme will involve key stakeholders and influencers who focus on the potential of India-US collaboration around some of the key initiatives of the Indian government.
This online-offline integrated programme brings in perspectives and participation from senior policy decision makers within government and industry around a discourse to achieve the following objectives:
• Identify the challenges and opportunities in the Digital India initiative
• Identify synergies that can be created between industries and the government to successfully implement the initiative
• Explore how the India US collaboration could help achieve the Digital India vision
• Involve key stakeholders in defining a roadmap that will lead to a truly Digital India
• Produce a series of online and offline activities to facilitate discourse culminating in a bespoke online publication
• India is finally coming of digital age and we aim to provide an incisive new digital hub for this new age.
Digital India Conclave 2014
Potential of India US collaboration
5th December, 2014
|10:00 am||Opening remarks: “Setting the Scene: Why Digital India?”
|10:10 am||Inaugural session on “Digital India- Transforming India into digital empowered society and knowledge economy.”
Session to explore:
Welcome Remarks: Dr. Avneesh Agrawal, President, Qualcomm India & South Asia
Chief Guest Address: “Roadmap for delivering Digital India”
Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad
• R S Sharma, Secretary, Department of Electronics & Information Technology*
Q&A session moderated by Manoj Ladwa
|11:10 am||Session on “Digital India & Smart Cities”
Session to Explore:
Thematic address: Role of Smart Cities in 21st Century India
Mr. Munish Kumar Garg
• Dr. Govind, CEO, National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI)
Q&A session moderated by Arvind Gupta
|12:10 pm||Network Tea/ Coffee Break|
|12:30 pm||In conversation with Shri Piyush Goyal
Shri Piyush Goyal
Moderated by Ashok Malik
|1:00 pm||Networking Lunch Break|
|2:00 pm||Session on “Makeinindia for Digital India”
Session to Explore:
Welcome Remarks: Amit Agarwal, Vice President and Country Manager , Amazon India
Keynote address: Digital India & MakeinIndia – How they fit with each other & PM’s wider economic agenda?
Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman
• Ajay Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Electronics & Information Technology
|3:00 pm||Networking Coffee/Tea break|
|3:15 pm||Session on “Digital India - Electronic Commerce & Service Delivery”
Session to explore:
• How can eCommerce help unleash business opportunities for Indians across urban & rural areas to take part in the global digital/knowledge economy?
Thematic address : eCommerce & it’s socio-economic impact
Nitin Bawankule, Director for Ecommerce and Online Classifieds, Google India
• Vineet Pandey, Chief General Manager (Business Development), Department of Post
Joint Q&A session by Manoj Ladwa
|4:15 pm||Vote of Thanks & Summing Up:
|Networking Coffee / Tea|
*Subject to change
Communication & Information Technology, India
Ravi Shankar Prasad is an eminent lawyer and senior advocate in the Supreme Court of India. He has been a member of important parliamentary committees such as Finance, Communications & IT, and Petroleum & Chemicals.
As a Cabinet Minister for Communications and IT, he has been spearheading the task of reviving India’s telecom sector and also actively leading the initiative to make India a global electronics manufacturing hub. The flagship program of Digital India, which aims to bring about good governance by extensive use of information technology, is being implemented under his leadership. As an all-rounder in charge of the government’s reform agenda, he is also overseeing the reforms in the Indian legal and judicial system.
Hon. Minister of State (Independent Charge)
Ministery of New & Renewable Energy
Power & Coal Government of India
Piyush Goyal is a prominent political leader who is in charge of the ministry for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy in the Government of India.
During his 28-year-long political career, he has held several important positions at different levels in the BJP and is in the national executive of the party.
The minister was earlier the National Treasurer of the BJP and headed the Information Communication Campaign Committee, overseeing the publicity and advertising campaign of the party. As a chartered accountant and an investment banker, he has advised top corporates on management strategy and growth and served on the board of the State Bank of India and Bank of Baroda.
Commerce & Industry, India
Nirmala Sitharaman is a prominent female politician and minister of state in the ministry of commerce & industry as well as a minister of state for finance and corporate affairs within the ministry of finance, headed by Arun Jaitley.
She joined the BJP in 2006 and has held several positions in the party. Her appointment at the National Commission for Women carved her path into the BJP hierarchy. She later joined the National Executive Council and has until recently served as the national spokesperson for the BJP.
Chief Executive, MLS Chase Group
Founder, India Inc.
Manoj served as a member of the hugely successful Narendra Modi for Prime Minister campaign team. Manoj headed the campaign’s Research, Analysis, and Messaging team in New Delhi working closely with the top BJP leadership and spokespeople to conceive and coordinate the national communications and advertising strategy.
Manoj is the founder and chief executive of the MLS Chase Group. He has interests in India focused advisory services, corporate affairs, and media. He is a Non-Executive Director of leading biotech firm Helperby Therapeutics Group and India Infrastructure Finance Company.
Manoj divides his time between his businesses and pursuing charitable and political interests in the UK and India. Manoj’s specialist areas are structuring international ventures and resolving complex disputes. He is a recognised expert on foreign direct investments into India.
In 2010 he founded India Inc. www.indiaincorporated.com a media organisation which includes platforms such as the India Global Business magazine, India Investment Journal and Policy India. Manoj was also a founder of Saffron Chase, a government relations and corporate communications consultancy which merged with his MLS Chase Group in 2012.
Manoj serves on the Advisory Boards of the Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (UK).
He is an accomplished media commentator and is frequently invited to speak at international conferences. Manoj has authored over 100 articles and publications. He writes a popular weekly blog called “Globally Speaking” and is active on Twitter @manojladwa.
Manoj is founder Trustee of international volunteering charity SEWA Day and has recently been appointed to the Governing Council as a Trustee of the Avanti Schools Trust.
Manoj is a graduate of the London School of Economics. He is dual qualified as an English solicitor (non practising) and Indian advocate.
Bharatiya Janata Party IT Cell
Arvind has over 20 years of industry experience, having worked in diverse sectors across a variety of leadership, policy and entrepreneurial profiles. He has worked in large global consulting, software firms, banks and start-ups, both in India and the Silicon Valley. His forte is technology and business strategy, e-governance and technology entrepreneurship. He is an active member of NASSCOM, TiE and founding-member of Indian Software Products Industry Round table.
Arvind Gupta is also a frequent speaker at the CxO forums, CMO Academies and is guest faculty at international management schools. He is currently the National Technology Head for BJP and advises on policies at the national level and for the states where the BJP is in government. He promotes use of technology within party for modernisation, handling digital assets, providing high speed connectivity along with video conferencing units, development of apps and use of social media to reach out to young voters.
VP & Country Manager
Amit Agarwal is responsible for Amazon’s consumer and seller businesses in India, including operations of two websites: Junglee.com (launched in February 2012) and Amazon.in (launched in May 2013). Prior to taking on this role, he was responsible for Amazon’s country expansion efforts including launching Amazon’s retail presence in Italy and Spain.
Agarwal joined Amazon.com in 1999, and has led several new initiatives in the formative stages of Amazon’s seller, web-services and external payments businesses, and played a crucial role in Amazon’s recent international expansion efforts. He has served in a variety of leadership positions including: Director of Technology Amazon Web Services (AWS), Managing Director for Amazon’s development center in Bangalore, Global Technical Advisor to Jeff Bezos, and Vice President International Expansion.
Agarwal holds a Masters in Computer Science from Stanford University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in India. Agarwal lives in Bangalore with his wife, daughter, and son.
Global Head, Telecom Products division
Ankit Agarwal heads the Telecom Products division at Sterlite Technologies. This includes the Optic Fiber, Optic Fiber cable, Fiber connectivity and Copper cable products.
In addition, he is responsible for identifying and executing strategic opportunities globally for Sterlite, including Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Greenfield projects.
He has been instrumental in expanding the global footprint of the Telecom business by successfully executing and managing Joint Ventures in China and Brazil.
Prior to Sterlite, Mr. Agarwal led the Corporate Strategy of Vedanta Resources. Mr. Agarwal played a key role in Vedanta’s recent strategic transactions including its $8.6 billion acquisition of Cairn India, and $2.6 billion bid for ASARCO.
Prior to Vedanta, Mr. Agarwal was an Analyst for 3 years at the Investment Banking division of Deutsche Bank (London). He played a significant role in key cross-border transactions such as Tata Steel’s acquisition of Corus for US$12 billion & Eurasian Natural Resources $2.7 billion IPO.
Ankit holds a Bachelors degree from University of Southern California and an MBA degree from London Business School.
Qualcomm India & South Asia
Dr. Avneesh Agrawal is President, Qualcomm India and South Asia providing leadership and oversight of Qualcomm’s business operations in the region. Dr. Agrawal began his career at Qualcomm in 1994. Since then he has held leadership positions in various divisions at Qualcomm’s headquarters in San Diego. This includes leading Qualcomm Ventures, Corporate R&D and Qualcomm’s 4G research and development effort. He moved to India in 2011 to head the operations for India and South Asia.
Dr. Agrawal has been granted more than 100 U.S. patents. He holds a bachelor of science degree in computer systems engineering and master of science and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering, all from Stanford University.
Director - Corporate Affairs
Hewlett Packard India sales Pvt. Ltd.
Ambrish Bakaya is the Director of Corporate Affairs at Hewlett-Packard India.
Ambrish manages HP’s Corporate Affairs function, which is responsible for shaping public policy and building strategic relationships with governments, international funding institutions and non-governmental organizations, as well as managing HP Living Progress initiatives across India. He is also responsible for Corporate Social Responsible initiatives and he is in CSR committee.
Ambrish has more than 25 years’ of experience in India, of which a significant time was in the telecom and electronics space. Before joining HP in April 2014, he was Vice President Corporate Affairs for India at Samsung India Electronics from 2011 to 2014. Ambrish was responsible for Corporate Affairs for Samsung’s mobile business and also handled its engagements with the telecom operators. He helped build Samsung’s corporate reputation through advocacy initiatives as well as built strong alliances with the large Indian operators. Prior to this Ambrish worked in various leadership roles with Nokia India for 14 years in their sales company as well at their manufacturing unit, his last role being Director of Corporate Affairs where he helped establish and develop a government and public affairs function for Nokia in India.
Ambrish holds a B.Com degree in Accountancy from Mumbai University in 1982. He is also qualified Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary.
Director for Ecommerce & Online Classifieds
Nitin is currently industry director leading the E-commerce (Online Retail) and Online Classifieds (Local, Real Estate, Jobs and Matrimonial) verticals in Google India. He was earlier director of Dell for Asia Pacific Japan Region, managing their software and peripherals portfolio. His earlier roles include Regional Sales Manager in Motorola and Sales Manager at Whirlpool and Godrej-GE Appliances.
He works closely with E-commerce, retail, online classifieds (real estate, matrimonials, local and jobs) and entertainment industry players to grow the Indian online ecosystem and scale their businesses through digital marketing in the internet era. He is working on initiatives such as the Great Online Shopping Festival (GOSF) towards this goal.
National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI)
Dr Govind is a scientist in the Department of Information Technology within the Indian government’s ministry of communications and information technology. As Senior Director, he heads the e-infrastructure and internet governance division in the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India. He also holds the position of CEO of the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI).
He has 24 technical research publications and articles in international and national journals and his experience covers the fields of policy and technology development in e-infrastructure, broadband internet space and internet governance.
He is working towards the use of the internet for inclusive growth and development of multi-lingualisation within the Indian context. He is also leading NIXI in the roll out of internationalised domain names (IDNs) in Indian languages.
Country Head - Public Policy
Chetan is country head for public policy at Google India since June 2013 and also serves as director of corporate affairs at Dell India.
His credentials in the field go back to his association with Intel India and assistant editor and chief of bureau for IT at ‘The Times of India’.
He is behind Google’s ‘Good to Know’ campaign to help equip millions of new Internet users coming online in India with the knowledge and tools needed to become responsible digital citizens.
The campaign, launched as part of the Safer Internet Day in February this year, is a joint effort with the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) and the Voluntary Organization in the Interest of Consumer Education (VOICE).
Department of Electronics & IT
Dr Ajay Kumar is Joint Secretary in the Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Telecom and IT, government of India.
His experience in the field dates back to almost three decades in the state government of Kerala, where he steered the industrial and technological initiatives of three departments.
The IIT Kanpur alumni has been sub-divisional magistrate and district magistrate of Tellicherry and Palakkad districts respectively.
He is credited with guiding the restructuring of several state public undertakings under Asian Development Bank programs, providing leadership to KELTRON during a critical period, and putting Kerala firmly on the path to e-governance, citizen empowerment, and full Internet connectivity.
Director-Technology Sales Consulting
Rajesh has more than 19 years of IT industry experience and has successfully demonstrated his capabilities of conceptualizing and delivering complex multi-million dollar IT projects in current and previous organizations. He is Director- Technology Sales Consulting at Oracle leading a team of Architects and Sales Consultants.
He is also an Enterprise Architect and expert in IT strategy consulting area. He has been working with various government departments, helping them to achieve meaningful transformation and address challenges of mission-mode IT projects.
Dr Suraj is chief mentor at Neeti Foundation. He comes with more than 17 years of experience in international development institutions, such as the UN Women India MCO, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA and WHO based in various countries.
During his career, he has been handling projects related to governance, women’s leadership and human development and policy dialogue on rights-based development.
He holds a PhD in Sociology from State University of New York at Binghamton. He is also Visiting Fellow at Heras Institute, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, and Fellow at American Institute of Indian Studies from 1991 – 1992.
McKinsey Global Institute (MGI)
Anu is a senior fellow with the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm. Anu joined MGI in 2011 and leads teams based in India, working on global as well as India-focused research.
Her recent research has focused on economic development, growth, and poverty alleviation in India and developing countries, applying technology to solve growth and economic development challenges in India and developing countries, and global labour market trends.
Previously, Anu was a partner at McKinsey based in Mumbai, where she co-led McKinsey’s financial institutions practice in India. She also led McKinsey’s India research on infrastructure financing and co-authored ‘Building India: Financing and investing in infrastructure and India Insurance 2012: Fortune Favours the Bold’. She has authored several reports and white papers on India’s economic growth and financial sector development.
Professor of Programm
School of Planning & Architecture
Prof. Dr. Vinay Maitri is Professor of Programming and Head, CASS, GIS and Remote Sensing in School of Planning and Architecture with an experience of more than 35 years in the field of intelligent systems. He has done Ph.D in computer Science from IIT Delhi after doing M. Sc from Delhi University; his fields of interest are, in System Analysis and Design, Software Development, System Testing, Data base Management, EDP Auditing, GIS, Project Monitoring & control, Resource Estimation, Requirement Analysis Market Research, Quantitative Techniques, Transport Economics and Intelligent Transport System.
He has handled about fifty projects sponsored by Central Government, State Governments, PSU & Pvt. Cos. in the field of Computers , Traffic and Transportation system.
Member, India Inc. Policy Xchange Advisory Board
Ashok Malik is a senior journalist with over 20 years of experience. He writes for leading Indian and international publications including the ‘Times of India’, ‘Hindustan Times’, ‘Asian Age’, ‘Pioneer’ and ‘YaleGlobal Online’.
He focuses on Indian domestic politics and foreign/trade policy, and their increasing interplay, as well as on the broader process of globalisation and how it is influencing policy choices in not just the economy but in social sector spheres such as health, education and urbanisation. He co-authored a paper, ‘India’s New World: Civil Society in the Making of Foreign Policy’ and has written a book titled ‘India: Spirit of Enterprise’.
Nitin Mantri is the CEO and Business Partner at Avian Media. In his current role, he is leading the company's overall growth strategy, international relations / affiliations and marketing of the firm. Under his leadership, the firm has consistently grown in its network and clientele.
Nitin has almost 17 years of experience in corporate and high-tech PR and marketing communications. He has extensive experience in strategising, planning and implementing global PR campaigns, having worked with technology/e-commerce, telecommunications, security, management consultancy and corporate clients.
Nitin along with his business partner founded Chase India, an Avian associate company, in 2010 to work on public affairs and government relations mandate for leading Indian and multinational companies.
Prior to Avian, Nitin was Director at Pleon, a leading PR agency in Europe (part of the Omnicom group). At Pleon, he was responsible for the UK operations as well as heading the corporate and technology B2B practices with direct responsibility of Pleon's key accounts – IBM, Nortel, COLT Telecom, Hughes Network Systems and Infosys.
Before Pleon, Nitin worked with Microland as their Manager, Communications, for ITspace.com in Bangalore. He started his career at Genesis PR where he was heading the technology and corporate practices in Mumbai. He managed a diverse range of clients including Symantec, Intel, IBM, TATA Interactive Systems, Accenture, HLL, PowerGen and JM Morgan Stanley.
Nitin is a post-graduate in business administration. He lives in Delhi with his wife and two children. He loves playing badminton, tennis and squash.
Saloni Nangia has spent over 19 years with Technopak. She has worked in the areas of business strategy and India entry strategy with a wide range of Indian and International clients. She was earlier heading the Retail & Consumer Products division of Technopak.
Saloni has worked on consumer insights, market research, business planning, strategy , implementation and project management for consumer products, brick & mortar retail and e-commerce for clients in India, Asia, Europe and North America.
Saloni has done Master’s in International Business from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi and is a Science Graduate from Lucknow University, India StartFragment EndFragment.
CIDCO Smart City Chair
National Institute of Urban Affairs
Siddharth Pandit currently leads the CIDCO Smart City Chair project at National Institute of Urban Affairs. The project involves working with City and Industrial Development Corporation, Navi Mumbai to research and document sustainable urban planning practices along with building capacities within CIDCO to undertake Smart City Initiatives. Prior to joining NIUA, Mr. Pandit has worked on urban policy focusing on transportation policy in developing countries.
He has work experience in long range metropolitan planning as a consultant to New York Metropolitan Transportation Council. He has background in technology, data and public policy and a degree in urban planning from NYU Wagner School of Public Policy.
Chief General Manager
Business Development & Marketing Directorate
Department of Posts
Mr. Vineet Pandey has more than 25 years of experience in India Post. He is currently working as Chief General Manager, Postal Business Development & Marketing.
Postal Services Board
Mr. Alok Saxena is the Secretary of the Postal Services Board and as Deputy Director General (PMU), he is also in-charge of the Project Management Unit.
Since 2010 he is spearheading the Government’s ambitious India Post IT Project. He has been involved with all the aspects of this Project from its conceptualization to on-boarding to the implementation stage.
The Project is presently in its implementation stage with most of the infrastructure pieces (Data Centre, Disaster Recovery Centre, WAN) having been implemented and the software solutions like Core Banking, Core Insurance and Core Postal Solution in the rollout phase.
The implementation of the most important segment of the Project i.e. the Rural ICT Project has just commenced and it is likely to be completed in the next 15 months. The Rural ICT Project aims to connect more than 1.3 lakh Rural Post Offices in the country electronically, thereby providing a seamless on-line capability to the last mile physical reach of the Post Offices. Once the Project is fully implemented, all the users like Central and State Governments and e-Commerce entities etc. can use it to leverage the last mile reach of the Post Offices having an all-India foot print.
Department of Electronics & Information Technology
R.S. Sharma is Secretary in the Department of Electronics and Information Technology of the Government of India. Prior to this assignment he has worked as Chief Secretary to the State Government of Jharkhand (India). His other assignments include Director General & Mission Director of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), where he was responsible for the overall implementation of this ambitious and challenging project undertaken by the Government of India to provide a unique identification to all its residents.
Before his posting with UIDAI, he worked with the Government of Jharkhand as Principal Secretary of the Departments of Science and Technology, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Information Technology (IT), Rural Development and Human Resources Development. As Principal Secretary of the IT Department, he was responsible for the formulation of state policies in the IT and e-Governance areas. He also over-saw the implementation of various e-governance projects in all the departments of the state government.
His contributions in the field of IT and e-governance have been widely recognised, both within India and outside.
Vipin Tyagi is an Innovation and Business Leader from Information Technology and Telecommunication Industry for over 3 decades. He had founded and led a Company in private sector working in area of broadband & telecom for 12 year as Board Member and Global CEO. He has developed global business through companies in India, Japan, Australia, USA and Europe. He has actively worked towards Research and Development of large systems, Organizational Development and creation of high performance teams. In October, 2009, Vipin decided to promote National level R&D and joined C-DOT as Executive Director.
He has worked on World's first VoD System, India's first indigenous G-PON Development, C-DOT Exchanges and Indigenous Message Switching System. He has been involved in Development of over 35 Products in area of Enterprise and Telecommunications Industry. He has worked in C-DOT, ECIL, Siemens Information Systems Ltd. and Network Programs Group of Companies. Presently he is involved in projects like NOFN, Network Security which are of strategic importance to the Country.
He completed his education in Master of Technology (Computer Science and Engineering) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT,Delhi) and Bachelor of Electronics & Communication Engineering and Post Graduate Diploma in Management.
Chairman & MD
Telecommunication Consultants India Limited(TCIL)
Vimal has 37 years of experience in the field of telecom, including e-networks, mobile communications, satellite communications including VSAT-based networks, optical communications, troposcatter communication, data transmission, maritime communications, international telephony, microwave systems, co-axial systems and multimedia transmission.
At TCIL, he has been instrumental in the successful implementation of the prestigious Pan African e-network project.
He has been a visiting faculty on the Business of Telecom Management at the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management and Advanced Mobile Communications systems in the University of Mumbai, Pune University and Advanced Level Telecom Training Centre (ALTTC).
He is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) of the Project Management Institute (PMI) of the United States.
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