India-EU Strategic Dialogue on Digital India

Delivering Smart Communities - An Economic opportunity for both India and the EU Roundtable.
Brussels, 15th April 2015

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India Inc. is carrying forward the Indian government’s Digital India drive with an exclusive India-EU Strategic Dialogue Roundtable in Brussels.

A keynote address by Indian IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will kick off a power-packed agenda bringing senior IT executives from across Europe around the table to delve into India’s leap forward as a global leader in the sector.

Some of the key players at the event:
• Think Tanks
• Investors
• Policy-makers
• Media professionals, with McKinsey on board as our knowledge partners

Senior representation from the European Commission will include the likes of Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market.

The Roundtable follows our hugely successful Digital India summits in New Delhi in Dec. 2014 and Washington DC in Jan. 2015.

India Inc’s Digital India initiative explores the Digital India vision from various perspectives to plug into this bold new programme of the Narendra Modi led Indian government.

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad 
Hon'ble Union Minister
Ministry of Communication & Information Technology
Government of India
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Ravi Shankar Prasad is an eminent lawyer and senior advocate in the Supreme Court of India. He has been a member of influential 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.

HE Manjeev Singh Puri 
Ambassador of India to European Union
Belgium and Luxembourg 
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Manjeev Singh Puri assumed charge as the Ambassador of India to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg in January 2014.He was formerly India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations for almost five years and a senior member of India’s Security Council team. He was actively involved with issues of sustainable development and environment and was a lead negotiator in India’s delegation at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012. He was also a key member of India’s delegation at various climate change negotiations, including the Major Economies Forum and the Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC in Copenhagen in December 2009.

Ambassador Puri has served on the Board of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate and is on the Advisory Board of India’s most well-known environment organisation, TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) in New Delhi.

Robert Madelin
Director-General, DG Connect - Communications Networks, Content and Technology
European Commission
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Robert Madelin is the Director General of DG Connect responsible for the Digital Agenda for Europe. DG CONNECT helps harness information and communications technologies in order to create jobs and generate economic growth; to provide better goods and services for all; and to build on the greater empowerment which digital technologies can bring in order to create a better world, now and for future generations.He previously served in a variety of postings in the EC.

R.S. Sharma 
Department of Electronics & Information Technology
Government of India 
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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.

Manoj Ladwa
Chief Executive, MLS Chase Group
Founder, India Inc.
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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.

Arvind Gupta
National Head
Bharatiya Janata Party IT Cell
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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.

Eric Hazan
Principal and Leader-EMEA, TMT Sector
McKinsey & Company
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Eric Hazan is a principal in McKinsey’s Paris office, and is one of the global leaders of the firm’s work for clients in the telecommunications, media, and technology sector.

Focusing on strategic and operational issues, Eric Hazan counsels top management in media, entertainment, communications, and private equity across several European countries. His clients operate within telecommunications, high tech, digital media, and entertainment—particularly radio and television broadcasting, television production, consumer publishing, video and online gaming, Internet, and sports. He dedicates a significant time to capital and investment funds interested in investing in the telecommunications, media, and technology sector.

Eric Hazan has contributed to numerous McKinsey research programs, including one on the impact of the Internet which led to the publication of the Internet Matters report for the eG8 global summit of 2011. He co-leads research initiatives on digital media consumer trends.

John Higgins
Director General
Digital Europe
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John Higgins CBE was appointed Director General of DIGITAL EUROPE, the association for the digital technology industry in Europe, in November 2011 following nine years leading its UK member association, Intellect.

After graduating from the University of East Anglia with an honours degree in Mathematics and then gaining a post graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance, John began a career in IT. He trained as a systems analyst, held senior positions with Ernst & Young and worked in Chicago with leading software company SSA. In 1995 he was appointed CEO of the Rocket Networks, a California based dot.com that provided the world’s first online recording studios.

He returned to the UK in 1998 and became Director General of the Computing Services and Software Association, one of Intellect’s predecessors.

John is a member of the governing body of the University of Warwick and recent chair of its audit committee. John is President of the European Commission’s Strategic Policy Forum on Digital Entrepreneurship and was recently elected to the Board of the European Internet Foundation. John’s other recent committee chair roles include the cross industry association council of the CBI, a government/industry space committee and the global policy action committee of the World IT Services Association, WITSA.

He was board member of e-skills, the UK’s digital sector skills council and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was presented with two personal awards for outstanding contributions; first to the association sector in 2004 and then to the IT industry in 2008. The Queen appointed him a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2005 for his services to the UK IT industry.

Aditi Khanna
Editor and Content Director
India Inc.
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Aditi Khanna has been the Editor of India Inc. since its inception in 2011. She works as a London-based Special Correspondent for the Press Trust of India (PTI).

She was recently voted in as President of the Indian Journalists' Association (IJA) in Britain, becoming the first woman to head the organisation in its 67-year history.

She is a History post-graduate from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, and has over 18 years' experience in the field of journalism, having worked with a wide spectrum of Indian and UK-based media over the years.

Mark Lange
EU institutional Relations
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Mark is Director, EU Institutional Relations, in the Microsoft Legal and Corporate Affairs department in Brussels.  He has been based in Microsoft’s European offices in Paris and Brussels since 1998.  Mark’s roles in Europe and EMEA have focused on regulatory affairs and business strategies with respect to cloud computing, standards, intellectual property, and international trade.  

Prior to joining Microsoft, Mark worked for the law firm of Covington & Burling in its Washington, D.C. and Brussels offices from 1989 to 1998.  He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1981, and from Northwestern University Law School in 1989. Mark became a French citizen in 2010.

Mark’s current work on cloud computing focuses on the policy framework and business services that will enable Europe to capture the economic benefits of this technology evolution in a digital single market.  He is also a Board Member of the Ideas Matter consortium, which focuses on the positive contributions of ideas and innovation for society and the enabling role that intellectual property plays.

Anu Madgavkar 
Senior Fellow
McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) 
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Anu Madgavkar 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.

Dr Colette Maloney
Head of Unit Smart Cities and Sustainability unit
European Commission
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Dr Colette Maloney is Head of Unit Smart Cities and Sustainability unit at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology.

The unit is charged with developing policy around ICT contributions to smart cities, and to delivering triple-bottom-line sustainability in response to societal challenges in resource efficiency, climate, transport and energy as well as being responsible for R&D activities on ICT and sustainability.

From 2004-2008, Dr Maloney was Head of Unit Cognitive Systems and Robotics and was responsible for building up a substantial R&D initiative in this domain.

Ray Pinto
Senior Manager
EU institutional Relations
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Ray’s primary role is engaging with governments, business partners and non-governmental organizations to better understand the impact of the information and communication technology (ICT) industry can enable solutions for the planet’s biggest challenges.

Ray leads Microsoft’s government policies in the area of environment, energy, education and healthcare policy for the regions of Europe, Middle East and Africa. Microsoft invests in research and development to provide tools and solutions for energy efficiency and protecting and understanding nature’s fragile ecosystems as well as reducing the companies own operational, supply chain and product carbon footprint and resource needs. The company is accelerating technology trends to move healthcare to be more patient centric and preventive to empower people to live healthier lives and to reduce cost for economies. Microsoft has also developed programs to make education more accessible across diverse populations and cultures and increasing the availability of much needed skills. Microsoft has initiated an Enabling Technology Coalition for academia, NGOs, government and industry to develop data, methodologies and indicators to better measure the exact nature of the impact of ICTs on these challenges. For more information please visit www.enablingtechnology.eu.

Ray chairs the Sustainability Taskforce for TechAmerica Europe leading a delegation of global companies to the COP process of the UNFCCC engaging governments to better understand the role of energy and resource efficiency technologies. He is also the vice-chair of the BIAC Task Force on Health Care Policy which is an advisory body of industry to the OECD.

Andreas Tegge
Head of Global Government Relations
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Andreas Tegge is Head of Global Government Relations at SAP SE, based in Brussels. He is in charge of managing the company’s relations with governments around the globe and heads up a global team of Government Relations professionals with offices in major capitols in Europe, North America, the Middle East and and Africa.

Andreas has 25 years of experience in the IT industry and serves on a number of Executive Boards including the Board of Digital Europe, the Board of the European Internet Foundation and the Board of the Transatlantic Business Council.

Andreas has been appointed to EU advisory platforms such as the Sherpa Group of the European Cloud Partnership and the Sherpa Group of the EU High Level Group for Smart Cities and Communities. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Programming Committee of the European Internet Foundation, as Associate in the European Roundtable of Industrialists and as Rapporteur of the WG Digital Economy of the European Ideas Network (EIN), a network of European policy-makers and major European think tanks.


India-EU Strategic Dialogue on Digital India

Delivering Smart Communities - An Economic opportunity for both India and the EU Roundtable.
Brussels, 15th April 2015

Session timings Agenda
1:30 pm Delegate Registration
2:00 pm Digital India – An opportunity for India and the EU

Moderated by:
Aditi Khanna
Content Director & Editor, India Inc.

Welcome & Scene Setting
Manoj Ladwa
Founder & CEO, India Inc.

Special Message: via video
Ravi Shankar Prasad
Hon'ble Union Minister
Ministry of Communication & Information Technology
Government of India

Keynote Speech:
His Excellency Manjeev Singh Puri
Ambassador of India to European Union 
Belgium and Luxembourg

2:20 pm Panel Discussion - Partnership for tech and innovation: opportunities for India-EU collaboration
  • Why is the collaboration between EU and India increasingly important to both regions?
  • Why is this relationship increasingly mutually important?
  • What does EU bring to the partnership? What does India bring to the partnership?
  • How best can these be harnessed to deliver benefits for both parties?
  • Any best practices to be picked from each other or from other regions?

Moderated by:
Manoj Ladwa
Founder & CEO, India Inc.


  • Robert Madelin, Director-General, DG Connect - 
    Communications Networks, Content and Technology, 
    European Commission (with Keynote speech)
  • RS Sharma, Secretary, Department of Electronics 
    & Information Technology (DietY), Government of 
    India (with Keynote speech) via video link
  • Eric Hazan, Principal and Leader-EMEA, TMT Sector, 
    McKinsey & Company
  • Mark Lange, Director, EU Institutional Relations, Microsoft 
3:20 pm Comfort Break
3:35 pm Panel Discussion - Digital India: Developing Smart
Cities & Smart Villages
  • Where and how can India use EU’s expertise & skills to 
    deliver truly smart communities? 
  • Where do the low hanging opportunities lie in 
    connectivity, infrastructure, data, cloud etc? 
  • Where do the challenges lie in achieving the 
    opportunities and how can they be best tackled?

Moderated by:
Arvind Gupta
National Head
Bharatiya Janata Party IT Cell
(with Introductory Keynote)


  • Dr. Colette Maloney, Head of Unit Smart Cities and 
    Sustainability unit, European Commission
    (with Keynote speech)
  • Andreas Tegge, Head Global Government Relations , SAP 
  • Anu Madgavkar, Senior Fellow, McKinsey Global Institute
  • John Higgins, Director General, Digital Europe 
  • Ray Pinto, Senior Manager, EU Institutional Relations, Microsoft
5:10 pm Wrap up & Concluding Remarks
Manoj Ladwa, Founder & CEO, India Inc.
5:20 pm Networking Reception
6:00 pm Event Ends

 *Subject to change


Date: 15th April 2015

Executive Briefing Centre
51 rue Montoyer
Brussels, Belgium 1000

For more details about the event please contact:

India Inc

Rajvi Singhi
Tel : +91 (0)7940063339 (India)
Email : rajvi.singhi@indiaincorporated.com

Chase India

Mr. Manash K Neog
Tel : +91 (0)9811307549 (India)
Email : manash@chase-india.com

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