Press Release - 2015


    December 23, 2014

    4th annual edition to bring together global thought leaders in New Delhi to explore key drivers for developing a 21st century knowledge economy in India & South Asia

    New Delhi, 17 December, 2014: The fourth annual edition of the One Globe knowledge conference will focus on exploring the potential of the bold initiatives announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s NDA government in building a 21st century knowledge economy in India and South Asia. Scheduled to be held on February 6th & 7th, in New Delhi, One Globe 2015 is India's leading conference that brings together global thought leaders to explore the intersection of technology, innovation, smart cities, skills, regional collaboration and education. The two-day conference will feature several action-packed keynote sessions, panel discussions, spotlight sessions and fireside chats with leaders from business, government, think tanks, private equity, industry associations, as well as ministers, bureaucrats, policy makers and influencers, entrepreneurs, educators and academia from around the world. 

    India and larger South Asia, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan and 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. 

    Sharing his vision for the One Globe 2015 conference, Harjiv Singh, Founder and CEO of Salwan Media said, “After nearly three decades, India has voted for a government with a full majority, and in its very first year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spearheaded a bold strategy to revive growth and perch India strongly on the global map. From Madison Square to Sydney to the SAARC Summit in Kathmandu, he has got the whole world watching in rapt attention as he cruises through his agenda of togetherness and shared development. Some of the government’s ambitious initiatives like "Digital India", "Make in India" and "Smart Cities" seem to hold the promise of transforming India into a 21st century knowledge economy. As an annual forum to discuss on the most impactful trends in India’s ongoing transformation, One Globe 2015 will assess these ideas, issues and their impact in the larger context of South Asia, and the opportunities it offers to domestic and global players.” 

    The detailed agenda and speakers are being finalized and will be updated on the brand-new website, The  conference  also  actively  engages  with  its  stakeholders  on  social  media properties on and, as well as on LinkedIn (

    Over the last three years, One Globe conference has provided its delegates opportunities to hear, meet and network with an array of ministers and politicians including India’s HRD Minister Pallam Raju; India’s External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid; Minister of State for HRD Shashi Tharoor; and Member of Parliament and National President of BJP's Youth Wing Anurag Thakur among others. 

    In addition, some of the expert speakers at One Globe conferences have included Honourable Jerry M. Hultin, Senior Presidential Fellow at New York University; Dr. Karan Singh, President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR); Amitabh Kant,  (presently  Secretary, DIPP) and  then  the  CEO & Managing Director of Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited (DMICDC);  World Bank’s India Country Director Onno Rühl; the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India, Lise Grande; RBI’s former deputy governor and Brookings India’s Research Director Dr. Subir Gokarn; NSDC MD & CEO Dilip Chenoy; Nasscom’s former president Som Mittal; Montek Singh Ahluwalia, the then deputy chairman, Planning Commission; Dr. R.K. Pachauri, CEO of TERI & Nobel Prize Recipient (2007), IPCC; Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon; Dr. Madhav Chavan, CEO and President, Pratham Education Foundation; Dr. Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan, Senior Vice President, Knowledge Enterprise Development, Arizona State University; Projjal Dutta, Director, Urban Development and Sustainable Urbanization Director at MTA, NYC and resource faculty at MIT and NYU; Pearson India President Khozem Merchant; Mr. Fumio Isoda,  Executive  Vice  President,  The  University  of Tokyo;  and,  M.  Damodaran,  Former  Chairman,  Securities  & Exchange Board of India (SEBI), among several others. 

    Specifically on K-12, Dr. D. R. Saini, Principal, Delhi Public School, R K Puram, New Delhi; Arun Kapur, Director, Vasant Valley School, New Delhi; Rosemary Sagar, Chairman, The Sagar School; and Kaye Annette Jacob, Associate Director,  The  Heritage  Schools  have  been  among  the  speakers  at  the  conference  which  also  had  senior representatives from USIBC, USIEF, College Board, IIE, Columbia Business School, National University of Singapore, Beijing Normal University, Nuffic Neso, Campus France, Association of Canadian Community Colleges, German Research Foundation (DFG) and PHD Chamber.


    From the corporate world, key speakers have represented Microsoft Corporation India, Adobe Systems, Oracle,

    McKinsey & Company, VSG Capital Advisors, ZyFin Research, DataWind Ltd. and Vuclip

    The seats at the conference are limited and subject to prior registration. Early bird pricing is available till 10 January

    2015, though delegates can avail of bulk pricing discounts for five or more bookings. The conference will also serve as a platform for showcasing select innovative products and services for the knowledge economy.


    About Salwan Media

    Founded in 2004,  Salwan Media Private Limited owns a portfolio of businesses in education, consumer and business information. Our mission is to connect, inform, and empower our audiences to succeed in a globalized world powered by knowledge. Headquartered in New Delhi, Salwan Media also has offices in New York and London. Salwan Media produces the annual One Globe conference.


    About One Globe Conference

    The annual One Globe 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.    Connect    with    us    on, and LinkedIn (


    For more details, please contact:

    Puneet Khunger


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