Agenda* 2016

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 2016 will be held on 5th & 6th Feb. 2016 in New Delhi.


February 5th – 6th, 2016

Imperial Hotel, Delhi

Day 1 | Friday February 5th, 2016 | Day 2 | Saturday February 6th, 2016

DAY 2 Saturday, 6th Feb, 2016

8:45 am – 9:45 am

Principals’ Breakfast Roundtable session

10:15am – 10:55am

Session Topic: Smart Cities: State and City Perspective

The Smart Cities Mission by the government of India has created a lot of excitement across various states and cities. Bloomberg Philanthrophies has created a competition to create a bottom up approach to building smart cities. This panel will share perspective from both states and cities in India covering Jaipur, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana.

Moderator: Purushottam Kaushik, Managing Director - Sales, Cisco India & SAARC


10:58am – 11:38am

Session Topic :Enabling Development through Social Ventures: A Grassroots Perspective

Ninety per cent of India’s labour force is in the unorganized sector. Couple this with twin challenges of declining employment in agriculture and rapid urbanization in the coming decades, and there is a massive challenge to skill and train India’s workforce as they begin their journeys into migrating from rural India. This session will discuss key challenges faced in skilling rural India and creating socially-relevant employment opportunities to meet this demand.

Moderator: Preeti Dawra, Founder and Managing Director, Asian Century Communications

11:41am – 12:21pm

Session Topic: Higher Education for the 21st Century:Global Perspectives from US, UK China & Japan

Since the turn of the 21st century, we have seen unprecedented changes in the global landscape. From the rapid spread of internet access to the spread of mobile phones and social media, the world is no longer what it was earlier. With ageing demographics in geographies like the U.S., Western Europe, Japan and China and a younger demographic in India, South Asia and Africa, what implications will this have for higher education around the world. This panel will bring perspectives from experts from around the world to share their view of opportunities and challenges for higher education in the 21st century.

Moderator: Dr. Pushkar, Asst. Prof. Humanities & Social Sciences - BITS Pilani-Goa


  • Dr. Jitendra Singh, Michael Jebsen Professor of Business and Dean, School of Business and Management at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong
  • William W. Kooser, Associate Dean for Global Outreach at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Shinichi Yamanaka, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan
  • Chokan Laumulin, Research Fellow, Central Asian Forum, Jesus College, University of Cambridge

12:23pm – 1:03pm

Session Topic: Citizens, Communities and Governance: Ideas for Transforming Indian Cities

“There is no logic that can be superimposed on the city; people make it, and it is to them, not buildings, that we must fit our plans,” said Jane Jacobs, the urbanist. India’s cities have an opportunity to transform themselves in the coming decades by building on the commitment of its citizens, communities and through governance. This discussion will bring various perspectives from both within and outside India to recommend key areas that India’s “Smart Cities” project should address in the coming years.

Moderator: Sofia Eriksson, Head of Communications, Ericsson India

  • Jerry Mc Arthur Hultin, Chairman, Global Futures Group, LLC; President Emeritus, Polytechnic Institute of NYU; Chairman, Smart City Expo World Congress Advisory Board; former Under Secretary of the Navy (United States)
  • V. Ravichandar, Chairman, Feedback Consulting
  • Yatish Rajawat, Chief Strategy Officer, Local Circles
  • M.L. Bapna, Advisor (Industry-Academia Interface), IIT Jodhpur

1:05pm – 1:15pm

CLOSING KEYNOTE - Harjiv Singh, Founder & CEO, Salwan Media Ventures

1:15pm – 2:30pm





Session Topic: Studying Abroad 101: How to get admissions

Moderator: Ms. Uma Asher, Editor- BrainGain Magazine


  • Mr. Andrew White, Sr. Associate Director of Graduate Business Programs at Hofstra University's Frank G. Zarb School of Business in New York
  • Dr. Zafeena Suresh, Senior Education USA Adviser, United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF)
  • Ji Mi Choi, Associate Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Programs, Arizona State University


Session Topic: 21st century education: Preparing for the future

Moderator: Mr. Tridib Misra


  • Sandeep Hooda, Co-Founder of Vega Schools
  • Dr. Pushkar, Author, Columnist - Higher Education, Asst. Prof. Humanities & Social Sciences - BITS Pilani-Goa
  • Dr. Bennett McClellan, Senior Faculty – Sunstone Business School, Chief Catalytic Officer, NBM Research, Inc.


Coffee Break and Essay Competition Winners Announcement


Session Topic: How to write great resumes and ace the interview

Moderator: Mr. Harjiv Singh, Founder & CEO - BrainGain Magazine



The KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy: Presentation by Knowledge@Wharton

Knowledge@Wharton Investment Competition Regional Finale Winners Announcement

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