Agenda - 2014

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, 2014

Imperial Hotel, Delhi

Day 1 | Friday Feb. 7th, 2014 | Day 2 | Saturday Feb. 8th, 2014

DAY 1 Friday, February 7, 2014

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Registration and Networking Tea/Coffee

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Welcome address by Dalbir Singh, Chairman, Organizing Committee

Lighting of inaugural lamp

Introduction to One Globe 2014 by Harjiv Singh, Founder and CEO of Salwan Media

  • Address by Smt. Preneet Kaur, Minister of State for External Affairs
  • Address by Shri V. Krishan Chand Deo, Minister for Tribal Affairs & Panchayati Raj
  • Inaugural Address by Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister for External Affairs

10:30 am - 10:40 am


10:40 am - 11:25 am

Session Topic: Does Education Drive Economic Growth?
India's economic growth over the past decade has been attributed to many factors; however, the country still lacks overall access to quality education, from primary school to university. In understanding this relationship, while most academics have reached a consensus on the need to transform education, debate still exists on whether education will drive growth or vice versa.

Moderator : Zeb Eckert
Bloomberg Television

Speakers :

  • Onno Ruhl
    India Country Director, South Asia, World Bank
  • Dr. Shailaja Fennell
    Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge
  • Rupak Chattopadhyay
    President and CEO, Forum of Federations

11:25 am - 12:10 pm

Session Topic: Can Higher Education Transform India into a 21st Century Knowledge Hub?
What will it take for India to become a knowledge hub in the 21st century? With a Gross Enrolment Ratio of only 15, new strategies to improve higher education in India is needed. Will investing in pure science research attract more international students and create world-class institutions? How will collaboration with international institutions and the Foreign Education Bill make Indian universities more competitive?

Moderator :

Jerry MacArthur Hultin
Senior Presidential Fellow, New York University & President Emeritus, Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Speakers :

  • Prof. Sanjay Govind Dhande
    Founder Director Mahindra Ecole Centrale
  • Siddarth Saxena
    Chairperson - Cambridge Central Asia Forum, Director - Cambridge Kazakhstan Centre
  • Prof. Prem Kumar Kalra
    Director, Dayalbagh Educational Institute
  • Vineet Kshirsagar
    Senior Director & Group Head Government Business, Oracle

12:10 pm - 12:40 pm

Session Topic: Advancing Pre-School Education in India
The first five years of a child's life is crucial to his or her personal and learning development. Some studies suggest that quality pre-school education will lead to increased achievement test scores and high school graduation rates. How can India improve the quality of pre-schools and create a culture of Pre-K education in the country?

Moderator :

Lisa Heydlauff
Chief Executive Officer, Going to School

Speakers :

  • Chhavi Rajawat
    Sarpanch, Village Soda, Rajasthan
  • Mr. Amol Arora
    Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Shemrock & Shemford Group of Schools
  • Anshul Arora
    Co-Founder & Executive Director, Edvance Pre-schools

12:40 pm - 1:00 pm

Harnessing India's Demographic Dividend: A Conversation with Anurag Thakur, BJP, MP and President BJYM

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Session Topic: Investing in 21st Century Skills: An Investor's PerspectiveWith the advent of technology certain skill sets once considered specialised are becoming increasingly essential in the new economy. Why is it important to invest in 21st Century skills? What role can private equity play in addressing the supply and demand of these skill needs, and what current opportunities already exist?

Moderator :

Harjiv Singh
Founder & CEO, Salwan Media

Speakers :

  • Neeraj Bhargava
    Founder, Zodius Capital Advisors
  • Gurjit Singh Lalli
    Director of Development and Operations, Asia Scotland Institute

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Session Topic: Smart Cities and Economic CorridorsWith the planning and construction of two major economic corridors in India underway, city planners have the opportunity to redefine what a smart city for India should mean and how these future knowledge hubs will impact the country.

Moderator :

Sukumar Ranganathan
Editor, Mint

Speakers :

  • Dalbir Singh
    Head of Deptt., AICC, Secretary General, Foundation for Policy & Governance and Senior Advisor (South Asia), Forum of Federations
  • Amitabh Kant
    CEO & Managing Director Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited (DMICDC)
  • Projjal Dutta
    Director, Urban Development and Sustainable Urbanization; Director at MTA, NYC and resource faculty at MIT and NYU
  • Jerry MacArthur Hultin
    Senior Presidential Fellow, New York University & President Emeritus, Polytechnic Institute of New York University

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Session Topic: Global Perspectives on Skills Development
Changing demographics in the 21st century has led to skills gaps in the new economy. The growing number of aging populations in the West, young populations in the East, and the need for middle skilled workers in many countries all require different solutions in skills training and employment opportunities to address these gaps.

Moderator :

Nisid Hajari
Editor, Bloomberg View (Asia)

Speakers :

  • Felix Ortiz
    Founder, Chairman and Chief Product Officer, Viridis Learning Inc.
  • Sabina Dewan
    President & Executive Director, JustJobs Network
  • Tamura Kotaro
    Member of Parliament, Japan

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm

Networking Tea/Coffee Break

4:20 pm - 5:05 pm

Session Topic: Is Technology an Educational Bridge or Divide in India?
Less than 20% of all Indians have access to or interface with technology on a regular basis. Some argue that the invention of low-cost education technologies will bridge the educational gap in India, providing an array of resources that otherwise limit the country's education system. However, can India scale these technologies to bridge this gap? And if not, will these technologies further divide the education gaps in the country?

Moderator :

Varun Sood
CIO, Fortis

Speakers :

  • Suneet Singh Tuli
    Founder and CEO, DataWind Ltd.
  • Vinay Kumar
    APAC Head (Strategy and Alliances), Microsoft
  • Som Mittal
    Former President, NASSCOM
  • Umang Bedi
    Managing Director, South Asia region, Adobe Systems

5:05 pm - 5:50 pm

Session Topic: Can we Scale Indian Education with a Focus on Quality?
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 :

Saurabh Johri
Program Advisor, Observer Research Foundation

Speakers :

  • Dr. Subir Gokarn
    Director, Research, Brookings India; Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution USA
  • Shailendra Kumar Sharma
    Programme Director, Pratham Education Foundation

5:50 pm - 6:10 pm

What Role can Education Play to Solve National Security Challenges? A Perspective on South Asia: A conversation with Gen J.J. Singh

6:10 pm - 6:20 pm

Wrap-up and Summation of Day 1


Dinner (By Invitation Only)

* This is a tentative agenda and is subject to change

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