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 2017 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 2 Saturday, 11th Feb, 2017



8:30am - 9:45am

Principals’ Breakfast Roundtable Session

10:30am – 11:00am

Edupreneurs Transforming Skills & Education in the 21st Century

As one of the largest education sector’s globally contributing $100 billion to India’s GDP, the education sector is poised for rapid growth and expected to double to nearly $180 billion by 2020. K-12 accounts for nearly 52% of this contribution. What are some of the edupreneurs to change the landscape of education in the coming years? What are the opportunities and challenges these edupreneurs face in scaling their schools? How are they differentiating their education to provide a holistic 21st century education that will create global citizens for this century?

Moderator: Shoma Chaudhary, Former Managing Editor, Tehelka


  • Manit Jain, Founder & Director, Heritage School
  • Shweta Sastri, Executive Director, Canadian International School, Bengaluru
  • Sudhir Wadhwa, CTO, Viridis Learning
  • Sandy Hooda, Founder, Vega Schools

11:01am – 11:11am

Future of Urban Mobility

Speakers: Shweta Rajpal Kohli, Head, Public Policy, Uber India and South Asia

11:13am – 11:28am

Fireside Chat: Sports in India: Untapped Potential

According to KPMG’s “Business of Sports” report in 2016, India has a long way to go before it emerges as a serious player in the world of sports. The country is facing a moment of truth after its performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics. To initiate a strong foundation for the development of sports in India, the country needs to focus on three major aspects — improving governance and infrastructure, building a sporting culture and deploying a focused approach to winning medal. This panel will discuss the role sports plays in the development of a nation and challenges and opportunities in developing India’s sporting capacity.

Moderator: Dr. J.N. Mishra, Former Ambassador of India to Portugal & Laos


  • Harendra Singh, Chief Coach, Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team & Dronacharya Award Winner; Deputy General Manager, Air India

11:30am – 12:00pm

Transforming India’s Public Health Landscape

For India to transform its economy it needs to transform its public health outcomes to its 1.2 billion citizens. While India has had some success in eradicating small pox and polio, there are still formidable challenges facing public health. What are the ideas for policy, investment, and expanding a health workforce that can help India transform its public health outcomes? Can India provide good quality universal healthcare to its citizens and make them productive participants in its economic growth.

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


  • Harpal Singh, Mentor & Chairman Emeritus, Fortis Healthcare
  • Devendera Khandait, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations
  • CK Mishra, Union Health Secretary
  • Vidur Mahajan, Associate Director, Mahajan Imaging

12:01pm – 12:16pm

India is undergoing a rapid change in its payments infrastructure

Historically, banking reached a small percentage of the population given physical constraints of creating bank branches across rural India. With a large rural population, migrant labour, and rapid urbanization India is undergoing a massive transition that will challenge the incumbent financial players. This panel will discuss the broader trends related to mobile, demographics, financial inclusion and how they will shape India’s financial architecture for the 21st century. What will it mean for the banking and digital payments sector? What opportunities or challenges will this transition create for government, businesses and citizens?


  • Shri J.S. Deepak, Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology, Government of India

12:17pm – 12:47pm

Enabling Social Venture Entrepreneurs for Development

The scale of challenges faced by India in terms of education, skills, and employment are too large to be solved by either government or the private sector. The social sector will play an important role in enabling development and growth across both urban and rural India. What are some of the challenges and opportunities related to starting, scaling and funding social venture entrepreneurs? What can leading NGO’s do to help build capacity in the social sector? Are there interesting models from India and other parts of the world that can be adopted to enable social venture entrepreneurs? The government of India has mandated that a percentage of profits of companies over a certain turnover should be contributed to CSR. Has this been effective and what else can be done to deploy these funds effectively and efficiently?

Moderator: Amit Bhatia, Founder, Aspire


12:47pm – 1:03pm

Valedictory Keynote: Amitabh Kant, Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Ayog

1:03pm – 2:00pm

Closing Lunch


Build your personal brand to boost your career & learn the secrets of writing a great personal essay

Moderator: Uttara Choubhury, Editor- BrainGain Magazine



Why you should look beyond the Ivy League

Moderator: Uma Asher, Senior Editor, BrainGain Magazine



Expert tips on managing financial resources


4:00-4:15 pm

Launch of the Student Ambassador Program and Announcements of winners of the BrainGain Magazine- Care for Air Essay Competition


The KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy: Presentation by Knowledge@Wharton and Knowledge@Wharton Investment Competition Regional Finale Winners Announcement


Lucky Draw and Closing Remarks

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