Agenda* 2015

The annual One Globe: Uniting Knowledge Communities conference brings together global thought leaders to discuss how we build a 21st century knowledge economy in India and South Asia. It is India's leading conference exploring the intersection of technology, innovation, smart cities, skills, regional collaboration and education and their role in building a 21st century knowledge economy.

India and larger South Asia (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan & Maldives) account for nearly a quarter of the world's population and the region has played a historical role in the development of the world economy. India alone has one of the youngest demographics in the world with 54% of its 1.3 billion people under the age of 25.

At One Globe 2015 we will focus on ideas, issues and impact of the new government's ambitious agenda to transform India into a 21st century knowledge economy through its initiatives like "Digital India", "Make in India" and "Smart Cities".

One Globe 2015 will be held on March 4th & 5th, 2015 in New Delhi.


March 4 – 5, 2015

Imperial Hotel, Delhi

Day 1 | Wednesday March 4th, 2015 | Day 2 | Thursday March 5th, 2015


DAY 1 March 4th, 2015

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Registration and Networking Tea/Coffee

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Inaugural Session

  • Inaugural Address by Hon’ble Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, Government of India
  • Inaugural Address by Anurag Thakur, Member of Parliament & National President, Bharatiya JanataYuva Morcha (BJYM)
  • Jerry Hultin Senior Presidential Fellow, New York University & Chairman, Global Advisory Board at Smart City Expo World Congress
  • Dalbir Singh, Senior Advisor, Forum of Federations, Canada
  • Vote of Thanks by Harjiv Singh, Founder & CEO, Salwan Media

10:30 am- 11:05 am

Session Topic: Financing India’s ambitious agenda for "Smart Cities”, “Digital India”, “Make in India”

Moderator: Awaited Confirmation


  • 1. Neeraj Bhargava, CEO, Zodius
  • 2. Ashish Guha, Former CEO, Heidelberg Cement India, and Lazard India
  • 3. Rajiv Bajaj, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Bajaj Capital

11:05 am - 11:40 am

SessionTopic: Transforming Indian cities using data: Connected Communities + Government = Smart Cities

Moderator: Yatish Rajawat, Founder, Livable Habitats


  • Purushottam Kaushik, Managing Director, Sales, Growth Verticals, Cisco India & SAARC
  • Lalit Gupta, VP, Oracle Corporation
  • Jerry Hultin, Senior Presidential Fellow, New York University & Chairman, Global Advisory Board at Smart City Expo World Congress

11:40 am- 12:15 pm

Session Topic: Overcoming India’s Skills Gap: A Perspective on MOOC’s / Community Colleges / Industry - Academic Partnerships

Moderator: Pari Jhaveri, Senior Partner, Transearch


  • Stephanie Durand, Manager, International Growth – Coursera
  • Mahendra Bapna, Former CEO of Tata Motors Enterprises and Advanced Leadership Fellow-2012 at Harvard University
  • Unmesh Brahme, Country Director, India, Room to Read

12:15 pm- 12:30 pm

Session Topic: Spotlight Session


  • Harsha Mahabala, Co- Founder, Edutel

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Session Topic: Luncheon Keynote:


  • Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (I/C) and Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

Networking Lunch

2:00 pm- 2:35 pm

Session Topic: Technological and Skills Impact of Indigenization & Modernization of India's Defence Industry

Moderator: Dalbir Singh, Senior Advisor, Forum of Federations, Canada


  • Vice Admiral (Retd.) Pradeep Kaushiva, Former Director, National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi
  • Maj. Gen Kuldip S Sindhu, vsm (Retd.), Indian Army
  • Lt. Gen. A S Lamba, (Retd.) Vice-Chief, Indian Army
  • Air Marshal P K Mehra (Retd.) PVSM, AVSM, VM, Indian Air Force

2:35 pm- 3:10 pm

Session Topic: Indian Higher Education: Opportunities & Challenges in building a 21st century knowledge economy

Moderator: Meeta Sengupta, Founder, Center for Education Strategy


  • Dr. P Pushkar, Author, Columnist on higher education & Asst. Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Ashok Trivedi, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman; iGate Corporation
  • Dr. Shreekant Gupta, Associate Professor, Delhi School of Economics, and Adjunct Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
  • Dr. Vinnie Jauhari, Director, Education Advocacy, Microsoft

3:30 pm- 4:05 pm

Session Topic: Digital India: Can e-commerce entrepreneurs drive digital adoption in India?

Moderator: Vikram Chachra, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Eight Capital


  • Anisha Singh, Founder & CEO,
  • Dhruv Agarwala, Co-Founder,
  • Falguni Nayar, CEO, Nykaa
  • Ashish Kalra, Chairman, Cambridge Technology Inc.

4:05 pm - 4:30 pm

Tea/Coffee Break

4:30 pm- 5:05 pm

Session Topic: How can Social Investments transform India’s Development?

Moderator: Amit Bhatia, CCEO, Impact Investors Council


  • Divyang Arora, Programme Manager, Central Square Foundation
  • Debasish Mitter, Country Director, India, Michael and Susan Dell foundation
  • Arti Luniya, Executive Director, Coal Import Group Steel Authority of India Limited (S.A.I.L)

5:05pm- 5:35 pm

Session Topic: An Investor’s Perspective on India: FII & FDI

Moderator: Svetoslav Varadzhakov, Partner, Collabrium Capital and Director, Central Asia Forum, University of Cambridge


  • Nandita Parker Agarwal, Managing Partner, Karma Capital
  • Mittu Chandiliya, CEO, Air Asia India
  • Dr. Saurabh Srivastava, ExecutiveChairman, Steria India

5:35pm- 6:00 pm

Session Topic: “Make in India”: Laying the foundation for manufacturing growth and development


  • Amitabh Kant, MSecretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) & Chairman, Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation
  • Shereen Bhan, Managing Editor, CNBC-TV18

6:00pm- 6:30pm

Session Topic: “What will it take to make Delhi a Smart City?”

Moderator: Preeti Sinha, Senior President & Global Convenor, Yes Institute, Yes Bank


  • Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament (BJP), New Delhi and National Spokesperson (BJP)
  • Pankaj Vir Gupta, Principal, vir.mueller architects, Harry S. ShureProfessor of Architecture, University of Virginia

6:35pm- 7:00 pm

Spotlight Session Topic Communicating the Promise of India’s Growth to the World: Renewing Hope in Brand India


  • Manoj Ladwa, Chief Executive, MLS Chase, Founder, India Inc., & Former Communications Director, Modi For PM Campaign
  • Harjiv Singh, Founder & CEO, Salwan Media

7:00 pm onwards

Gala Reception & Dinner

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