Agenda - 2013

The "One Globe: Uniting Knowledge Communities" conference is an annual conference focused on what it takes to build a 21st century knowledge economy in India and South Asia. The topics covered focus on the linkages between economic development and the following themes with education being the core focus:

  • Higher Education
  • K-12
  • Skills Development (Skills needed to be successful in the 21st century)
  • Technology
  • Innovation
  • Future Cities/Physical Infrastructure for creating knowledge cities/hubs

Topics are divided into an interesting fast paced format that includes keynote speeches, panel discussions, "fireside" chats and Spot Light sessions that will allow a meaningful and interesting dialogue from both the speaker and the audience perspective.

Overarching Theme: Creating a 21st Century Knowledge Economy


February 7 – 8, 2013

Imperial Hotel, Delhi

Day 1 | Friday Feb. 7th, 2013 | Day 2 | Saturday Feb. 8th, 2013


09:00 - 09:35


9:35 - 9:45

Introduction to One Globe

Mr. Harjiv Singh, Founder and CEO of Salwan Media

9:45 - 9:50

Inaugural lamp lighting

9:50 - 9:55

Introduction to Hon‘ble Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri. Pallam Raju

9:55 - 10:10

Inaugural Address by Hon‘ble Minister of HRD, Shri. Pallam Raju

10:10 - 10:15

Introduction to Dr. Karan Singh, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha); President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)

10:15 - 10:35

Keynote Address by Dr. Karan Singh, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha); President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)

10:35- 10:40

Introduction to Guest of Honour, Hon‘ble Minister of State for External Affairs, Smt. Preneet Kaur

10:40 - 10:55

Opening Remarks by Guest of Honour, Hon‘ble Minister of State for External Affairs, Smt. Preneet Kaur

10:55 - 11:25


11:25 - 11:55

Session Topic: "Creating World Class Universities: Perspectives from US, Japan, China & Russia"
With a population of 1 billion people, largely in rural areas, India is uniquely challenged in terms of the scale it needs to reach universal education for all under the Right to Education Act. While strides are being made in terms of increasing the number of teachers and schools around the country, do we have enough? At the same time, how do we ensure quality and increase education outcomes?

Moderator :

Dr. Shailendra Mehta
Visiting Professor of Business Policy
IIM, Ahmadabad

Speakers :

  • Jerry M. Hultin
    President, NYU - Poly
  • Fumio Isoda
    Executive Vice President, The University of Tokyo
  • Robin Lewis
    Professor and Director, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), Moscow & Professor, School of Social Development and Public Policy, Beijing Normal University

11:55 - 12:10

Spotlight Session: "The Art of Storytelling"

Moderator :

Lisa Heydlauff
Chief Executive Officer
Going to School

Speakers :

  • Lakshmi Pratury
    Host & Curator, Ink conference
  • Nancy Silberkleit
    Co-CEO, Archie Comics Publications

12:10 - 12:35

Session Topic: "Global Perspectives on Creating A Skilled Workforce"

Moderator :

Amit Bhatia
Founder and CEO
ASPIRE Human Capital Management

Speakers :

  • Khozem Merchant
    President, Pearson India
  • Chris Sims
    Head, Manipal City & Guilds Joint Policy Advisory Group
  • Sherena Mistri-Yiannouka
    Founder and Country Manager, Dynargie Singapore

12:35 - 12:37

Introduction to Hon‘ble Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Shri. Shashi Tharoor

12:37 - 13:00

Special Keynote by Hon‘ ble Minister of State for HRD, Shri. Shashi Tharoor

13:00 - 14:00

Networking Lunch


14:00 - 14:30

Fireside Chat:"Vision of Nalanda University: Challenges and Opportunities"

Moderator :

Pranay Gupte
Bestselling Author, Publisher and Former Senior Foreign CorrespondentNYT

Speaker :

  • N.K. Singh
    Member of Rajya Sabha, State of Bihar

14:00 - 15:00

"Measuring the Immeasurable - Behavioral Assessments"

15:00 - 16:00

"Sharpening the Saw - Coaching for continued development of Educationists"

14:30 - 15:00

Session Topic: "Can the 21st Century be India"s renaissance century? How can India grow on the path of modernity without losing its vast civilizational knowledge?"

A perspective from India"s leading thought leaders.

Moderator :

Anant Nath
Editor- The Caravan; Director - Delhi Press

Speakers :

  • Ramesh Sharma
    Award winning Feature film and documentary Producer/Director
  • Vineet Narain
    Chairman, The Braj Foundation
  • Sunita Kohli
    President, K2India, Leading Architect and Heritage Restorer, Padma Shri Award Winner
  • Gayatri Sinha
    Leading Art Curator and Writer

15:00 - 15:25

Session Topic : "India‘s Paradox: A Land of Devi‘s and Dowry‘s"

A perspective from India"s leading thought leaders.

Moderator :

Heather Timmons
The New York Times

Speakers :

  • Dr. Ranjana Kumari
    Director, Centre for Social Research (CSR)
  • Meera T. Gandhi
    Founder and CEO, The Giving Back Foundation
  • Chhavi Rajawat
    Sarpanch, Village Soda, Rajasthan

15:25 - 15:50

Session Topic: "Entrepreneurship and Economic Development"

Moderator :

Barnik Chitran Maitra
McKinsey & Company

Speakers :

  • Mahendra Bapna
    Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow 2012
  • Rahul Khanna
    Canaan Partners
  • Anuraag Srivastava
    Managing Director, Zodius
  • Sumanjyoti Khaitan
    President, PHD Chamber

15:50 - 16:05

Spotlight Session on "Delivering Knowledge: Can the "Phablet Revolution" change education delivery?"

Moderator :

Ambika Behal
Managing Editor

Speakers :

  • Suneet Singh Tuli
    Chief Executive Officer, Datawind Ltd.
  • Nickhil Jakatdar
    CEO and Co-Founder, Vuclip

16:05 - 16:15

Special Report

16:15 - 16:35

Networking Tea


16:35 - 17:00

Session Topic: "Education & Healthcare: How Shall the Twain Meet?!"

Moderator :

Dr. Raj Pannu
Director of Global Public Health, McCann Health

Speakers :

  • Poonam Muttreja
    Executive Director, Population Foundation of India
  • Lise Grande
    UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, India

17:00 - 17:25

Session Topic: "Design innovation for inclusive cities"

Moderator :

Jerry M. Hultin
NYU - Poly

Speakers :

  • Rakhi Mehra
    Co-Founder, Micro Home Solutions
  • Jagan Shah
    Leading Architect, Historian, Urban Planning Professor and Practitioner
  • Dalbir Singh
    National Secretary, Indian National Congress

17:25 - 17:30

Special talk by Lord Loomba CBE, Founder Chairman, The Loomba Foundation titled

"Why Empowering Women is essential to building a knowledge society?"

17:30 - 18:00

Special Session on "The Power of One" via video conference.

Presenter :

Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs
Director, The Earth Institute at Columbia University Special Advisor to the UN, Secretary-General (Ban Ki Moon)

18:00 - 18:25

Fireside Chat: "How Can India Build 21st Century Sustainable Knowledge Cities?" via video conference.

Moderator :

Pranay Gupte
Bestselling author, publisher and former NYT senior correspondent

Speaker :

  • Dr. R.K. Pachauri
    CEO of TERI, Nobel Prize Recipient (2007), IPCC

18:25 - 18:30

Closing Remarks for the day by Harjiv Singh

18:30 - 19:00


19:30 - 22:00

Cocktails and Dinner (For Speakers, Paid Delegates & by Special Invitation only)

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