Agenda* 2017

The annual One Globe Forum 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 Forum 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 2017 will be held on 10th & 11th Feb. 2017 in New Delhi.

One Globe Forum 2017

February 10th – 11th, 2017

Imperial Hotel, Delhi

Day 1 | Friday February 10th, 2017 | Day 2 | Saturday February 11th, 2017

DAY 1 Friday,10th Feb, 2017

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Registration and Networking Tea/Coffee

09:30am – 10:30am

Inaugural Session:

  • Shri PP Chaudhary, Union Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Justice; and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology
  • Shri Rao Inderjit Singh, Union Minister of State, Ministry for Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India
  • *Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines
  • Anurag Thakur, Member of Parliament (LS); Chairman of India’s Parliamentary Committee on IT
  • Shalabh Kumar, Founder & President, Republican Hindu Coalition
  • Dr. Mukesh Aghi, President, U.S.-India Business Council
  • Lord Raj Loomba, Founder & Chairman Trustee, The Loomba Foundation
  • Dalbir Singh, Chairman Organizing Committee; Senior Advisor, Forum of Federations, Canada
  • Harjiv Singh, Convenor, One Globe Forum

10:35 am – 10:55 am

Creating a Digital India


  • *Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines
  • Anurag Thakur, Member of Parliament (LS); Chairman of India’s Parliamentary Committee on IT
  • Dr. Mukesh Aghi, President, U.S.-India Business Council

10:56am – 11:26am

Building Smarter Cities & Infrastructure

With rapid urbanization, India is expected to have nearly 600 million people living in cities by 2030 up from 340 million in 2008. According to McKinsey, this rapid pace of urbanization will create demand for growth sectors like infrastructure, roads, transportation, cities, education and healthcare. To meet these demands, India needs to build 700-900 million square meters of residential and commercial a year, 350-400 kilometres of metros and subways each year, 19,000 to 25,000 kilometres of road lanes each year. For Indian cities to deliver higher quality of life, India will have to meet and overcome policy challenges that address infrastructure funding, quality of life, social and environmental. Looking out over the next decade, please discuss the key opportunities and challenges to meet the demands of this rapid urbanization?

Moderator: Yatish Rajawat, Chief Strategy Officer, LocalCircles


11:27am – 11:57am

Make in India: Creating a 100 Million Jobs by 2022

The government’s key policy of “Make in India” is targeted to create 100 million jobs by 2022 and take manufacturing to 25% of GDP. What are the key sectors that will help create these jobs? What are the policy initiatives being pushed to drive job growth? Can India meet this target?

Moderator: Mahendra Bapna, Senior Advisor, IIT-Jodhpur


  • Ashok Atluri, Chairman & Managing Director, Zen Technologies
  • Parag Gupta, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing
  • Dr. Makarand Chipalkatti, Managing Director, Dr. Chips Consulting LLC
  • Dr. C.V.R. Murty, Director, IIT-Jodhpur

11:58am – 12:13pm

Making Cities Smarter With Digital


  • Gaurav Agarwal, Director-Public Sector, Cisco Systems India and SAARC

12:15pm – 12:45pm

Modernizing India’s Defense & Security Capabilities for the 21st Century

India’s national security challenges are manifold. To meet these challenges in the 21st century, it is an imperative that India modernize its defense capabilities rapidly. India is already one of the largest importers of defense equipment globally. From creating an indigenous capacity to develop sophisticated weapons systems to creating an integrated command for defense, what are the ideas that policy makers and politicians needs to understand and implement immediately?

Moderator: TCA Rangachari, Former Ambassador of India to France & Germany


  • General Deepak Kapoor, Former Chief of Army Staff, Indian Army
  • Air Marshal Sumit Mukerji, Former Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
  • Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, Former Western Naval Command Chief

12:45pm – 1:00pm

Media, Social Media & Trump


  • Manish Tewari, Former Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Networking Lunch

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Breakout Session


Workshop on Innovation through Design Thinking at One Globe Forum

Venue: Emily Eden 3rd Floor
Imperial Hotel, Janpath
New Delhi


A revolution is raging in technology & entrepreneurship ecosystems worldwide and India must become a leading player. The digital and physical are intermingling to create unique solutions. Organizations are under increasing pressure from all corners to “digitize” public services and deliver people-centric solutions. While there are readymade solutions worldwide that one can replicate as ‘safe bets’, creative and new solutions based on real needs, may appear to be risky.

Turian Labs' Design Thinking Workshops are based on two decades of practice and structured on blending two powerful anchors of Design Thinking namely, USER Research & FUTURE Insights, to make it holistic and contextual. Dr. Chips Consulting is a global innovation and entrepreneurship practice focusing on new business creation and commercialization of innovation. This collaborative workshop will provide a stimulating and hands on approach to design thinking methods for public service innovation.


The workshop Agenda:

The proposed Design Thinking workshop at OneGlobe forum focuses on the basic tenets of Design Thinking, emerging tools & applications to public sector illustrated through examples & activities to optimize the learning.

1400 - 1415 | Icebreakers & Introduction

1415 - 1445 | What is Design Thinking - Global Landscape, Concept, Methodology and Framework

1445 - 1530 | Gamified Immersion in Design Thinking – Hands on Activity in groups

Connecting with the user through Empathy, Problem Redefinition, Creative Ideation & Rapid Prototyping

1530 - 1600 | Group Reflection, Feedback and Closing Remark

2:00pm – 2:35pm

Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & the Future of Jobs

According to Fortune Magazine, Artificial intelligence is an umbrella term used for a group of technologies including machine learning that enables computers to learn new skills and capabilities based on data they are exposed to, among other things. Coupled with the revolution in robotics for manufacturing, what opportunities and challenges do you see for India’s vast population?

Moderator: Anisha Singh, Founder & CEO,


2:36pm – 3:11pm

Women’s Economic Empowerment: Towards a More Equal World

The Global Gender Report 2015 by the World Economic Forum ranked India at 139 out of 145 countries. Increasing labour force participation rate (LFPR) for women is vital to achieving high growth of employment and overall economic growth. According to a November 2015 report by McKinsey Global Institute, women contribute just 17 percent of India’s GDP compared to the global average of 37 percent. How can India empower more women economically as well as overcome cultural dogmas?

Moderator: Archana Jahagirdar, CEO, IAN Incubator


  • Lord Raj Loomba, Founder & Chairman Trustee, The Loomba Foundation
  • Vaishali Nigam Sinha, CEO, iCharity
  • Sutapa Sanyal, Director General Police, UP Police Mahila Samman Prakoshth; State Human Rights Commission and Civil Defence

3:12pm – 3:26pm

Tea/Coffee Break

3:27pm – 4:02pm

Can Fintech Revolutionize Banking?

In 2015, Fintech saw the birth of over 12,000 startups and funding of over $19 billion. Technology is driving innovation in finance by targeting both the banked and unbanked sectors. According to NASSCOM, the Indian Fintech market is expected to grow to $2.4 billion by 2020 from the current $1.2 billion. Can Fintech solve the problem of vast unbanked populations, drive efficiencies in the banking sector and help bring capital to remote regions and spur development? What are the challenges and opportunities for Fintech in India?

Moderator: Nita Kapoor, Head, India News Ventures, News Corp


4:02pm – 4:37pm

Can India be a Global Destination for Science, Innovation & Higher Education?

In 2016, India moved up in the Global Innovation Index to rank number 66 up from 88 in 2015. India's better performance in the latest index readings was due to its strengths in tertiary education, software exports, corporate R&D and market sophistication. India’s impact on the global research and knowledge economy is comparatively low. Based on World Bank data for 2013, India’s R&D spending oscillates between 0.8-0.9 % of its GDP, much lower than countries like China (2%), Japan (3.5%), South Korea (4.15%), and Israel (4.1%). What are the challenges and opportunities for India to become a knowledge based economy with a larger contribution to science and innovation globally as well as creating a globally competitive higher education system?

Moderator: Akanksha Bapna Founder & CEO, Evaldesign


4:37pm – 4:52pm

Tea/Coffee Break

4:53pm – 5:23 pm;

Investing in India: A Global Perspective

The last 12 months have seen some major global macroeconomic changes coupled with political shifts – namely Brexit and the election of Donald Trump - that have upended mainstream media and analysts. As the world adjusts to this new reality, where does India stand as a destination for foreign investors? Europe, China and Japan face a slowdown in growth, while US growth has accelerated. Can India continue to remain an attractive destination for foreign investors? What are the opportunities and challenges of investing in India?

Moderator: Aashish Kalra, Chairman, Cambridge Technology Enterprises


  • K. Nagaraj Naidu, Joint Secretary (ED), Ministry of External Affairs
  • Patrick Santillo, Minister – Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy in New Delhi
  • Alan Freedman, MOORE Capital

5:25pm – 5:45pm

Keynote Session: Role of Science, Technology and Innovation in Economic Development

H.E. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India

5:45pm – 6:00pm

Tea/Coffee Break

6:00pm – 6:30pm

India & Eurasia: Linkages to the Silk Road

The old Silk Road had a vibrant life of over three millennia, linking Asia with Europe and emerging as the principal conduit for the movement of global trade, merchants, preachers, professionals and intellectuals. It was marked by hundreds of market towns: Xian, Chengdu, Kunming and Kashgar in China; Khotan, Samarkhand and Bokhara in Central Asia; Taxila, Persepolis, Bagram, Kandahar and Merv in India and Iran. What role can and will India play in Eurasia in the 21st century?

Moderator: Dr. Siddhartha Saxena, Chairman, Cambridge Central Asia Forum


  • Dr. C. Raja Mohan, Director, Carneigie India
  • Chokan Lamaulin, PhD Researcher, Centre of Development Studies and Darwin College, University of Cambridge
  • Louis Skyner, Senior Associate, Clifford, Chance
  • Ajai Malhotra, Former Ambassador of India to Russia

6:31pm – 7:01pm

Beyond IT Services: What will be India’s Next Global Industry

With nearly $150 million in revenues, India’s IT services / BPO industry accounts for nearly 10% of India’s GDP and 3.6 million jobs. Its global success is a model that should be understood and replicated to other industries of the future. What are the challenges and opportunities for India in the next decade? Can India’s IT industry continue to grow with new areas like digital, IoT, Cloud and social? Can moving from services to product be an area of growth? What are some of the areas leaders from IT services are exploring for their future growth? What industry could create the scale of jobs that India needs to move up its economic growth? This panel will discuss opportunities and challenges of India’s IT industry and opportunities in the coming decade.

Moderator: Padma Rao, Managing Producer, Sourcing And Senior International Correspondent


7:01pm – 7:30pm



Presented by

Shri P.P. Chaudhary, Union Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Justice; and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

8:30am - 9:45am


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