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Game Time

Day 1

19

FEB

9:30-9.50 pm ET

20th Feb 8:00-8:20 am IST

Opening Address

9:50-10.00 pm ET

20th Feb 8:20-8:30 am IST

Address by Nadir Godrej

10 - 10:45 pm ET

20th Feb 8:30-9:15 am IST

Opening Keynote: A journey in Bollywood: Actor Richa Chadha tells her story

Bollywood actor Richa Chadha paved her way to success on her own terms, often making unusual and bold role choices that received widespread acclaim and have been memorable characters. What has this journey in Bollywood been like for her? The actor last seen in the movie Madam Chief Minister will share her story.

Game Time

Day 2

20

FEB

9:00-10:00 am ET

7:30-8:30 pm IST

Big bets: Where should India's big bets (in the manufacturing sector) be in the next 10 years?

In the interest of broad-based economic development and poverty reduction, India needs to rapidly grow its manufacturing sector in order to create 90-145 million new jobs by 2030. The urgency of this need is heightened by technological trends (e.g., increasing rates of automation), a closing window of opportunity to capture the low-skills manufacturing base that is currently exiting China, and geopolitics (e.g., the need to quickly strengthen our economy in the face of growing external threats). In order to contribute towards current policy-making momentum in India, this panel of leaders and experts will discuss key constraints and responsive policies needed for high-potential manufacturing sectors.

9:00-10:00 am ET

7:30-8:30 pm IST

Caste in Business : Are businesses doing enough to have equitable caste representation?

Despite its constitutional abolition in 1950, the practice of "untouchability"-the imposition of social disabilities on persons by reason of birth into a particular caste- remains very much a part modern-day India. Despite numerous strides, caste shadows the definition of your identity, and persistent discrimination and caste related stigma remains pervasive in the corporate sector. In this discussion moderated by Prof. Suraj Yengde Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, Chandra Bhan Prasad (Indian journalist, writer, activist and political commentator), Nageswari Cherukonda (President at Sigmaintel, Naperville, Illinois, United States) and Arun Khorbagode (CEO, Biocare, India) attempt to peel the layer on how businesses can ensure equitable caste representaion.

9:00-10:00 am ET

7:30-8:30 pm IST

Improving the ease of doing business in India

Free enterprise is slated to be among the key underpinnings to drive growth in India for the next 20-30 years. Ensuring that its easy to do business in the country, therefore, should be among the key objectives of any central or state government in power. What can those in positions of power do? From market incentives to bureaucratic reform, improving the tax code to making dispute resolution faster and efficient, come hear Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and MP and member of the opposition Dr. Shashi Tharoor outline their vision on how to make India a great place to do business.

10:15-11:15 am ET

8:45-9:45 pm IST

Masterclass by a Harvard Professor: Why do great companies derail?

To achieve success in today’s volatile economy is not an easy undertaking. There are few templates or models for sustained success. This talk will explore why great companies (large and small) derail in turbulent times and delineate some of the underlying reasons. We will look at both market-based and internally oriented issues that may drive these outcomes. We will distill lessons for present-day organizations to avoid derailing and pursue market success.

10:15-11:15 am ET

8:45-9:45 pm IST

Masterclass by a Harvard Professor: Digitising government - Lessons from India for the World

To achieve success in today’s volatile economy is not an easy undertaking. There are few templates or models for sustained success. This talk will explore why great companies (large and small) derail in turbulent times and delineate some of the underlying reasons. We will look at both market-based and internally oriented issues that may drive these outcomes. We will distill lessons for present-day organizations to avoid derailing and pursue market success.

11:30am-12:15pm ET

10:00-10:45 pm IST

Keynote: Chief Ministers' round table (Hindi)

Join Hemant Soren (Jharkhand) in a candid discussion with Harvard Kennedy School Senior Fellow, Suraj Yengde, about navigating center-state relations, the impact of COVID-19 on Jharkhand's economy and the major challenges facing the state today. 

9:30-10:30 pm ET

21st Feb 8:00-9:00 am IST

Role of the Opposition in India's inclusive development

As India's national politics went from being multipolar to effectively unipolar with the rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Narendra Modi, the Opposition has struggled to counter the BJP's narrative in two consecutive elections. While some parties have performed well in state elections, they are unable to repeat this feat in national elections. Dominance of a single party over a country's politics often leads to an erosion of democratic principles and institutions over time, which can jeopardize the goal of inclusive development. Are we seeing signs of such a crisis in India? What are Opposition parties doing to change this? What is their role in India's inclusive development?

9:30-10:30 pm ET

21st Feb 8:00-9:00 am IST

Is Edtech a 'Bharat' or an 'India-only' phenomena

The current pandemic has forced basic lifestyle needs, such as education and healthcare to adopt technology at scale. We are seeing massive waves of innovation drive growth in the current education ecosystem. But is this technology scalable to the rural areas of our vast country? Are we really able to serve the 1.3B Bharat populaiton, or are catering to select privileged families? In this conversation, we aim to take a step back and see how really scalable have ed-tech solutions been. Join us, in this discussion with Pratik Poddar from Nexus Ventures, Nishant Baghel from Pratham, to gather their first-hand perspectives on access of edtech, customers’ willingness to pay, societal readiness for online learning and the impact of the recent NEP in India.

9:30-10:30 pm ET

21st Feb 8:00-9:00 am IST

Reforming the agri supply chain in India : Are the agriculture reforms enough?

Discussion on the Agri Sector in India, value creation for stakeholders across the supply chain, trends that we have seen over the past few decades, and what we can expect for the industry moving forward. Will also touch on the recent agri reforms and request the views of the panelists. 

10:45-11:45 pm ET

21st Feb 9:15-10:15 am IST

Future of Work in India

As India grapples with the Pandemic, companies are quickly adapting to new ways of working with Technology and Human Resource Policy reforms among other organizational changes. Tune in to hear HR and Business leaders uncover their vision of Future of Work in India.