INDOvations showcases India-inspired innovations and their impact on the global knowledge economy, serving as a platform to catalyze intellectual links between India and the rest of the world. India provides a great source of inspiration for both the developed and the developing nations seeking to drive affordable and sustainable business, social and cultural innovation enabled by open and collaborative partnerships between Indian innovators and those interested in their entrepreneurial ventures.
This program will include a multimedia presentation featuring grassroots innovations driven by social entrepreneurs in India, such as SELCO, Mitticool, and Dr. Mohan's Mobile Medical Van.
Can India help the US rediscover its entrepreneurial spirit and drive? How relevant are Indian innovations to the West, especially in times of crisis? Join the discussion online.
Dr. Simone Ahuja is Founder and Principal of Blood Orange Media, a vertically integrated media company based in Minneapolis and Mumbai. Most recently, she produced and directed the upcoming Best Buy-supported television series, Indique | Big Ideas from Emerging India, which takes a deep dive into innovation in India from the grassroots to the MNC level'and examines its relevance to the West. The series was created in partnership with the Centre for India & Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, where Ahuja currently serves as an advisor. Indique | Big Ideas from Emerging India begins airing on PBS stations this month.
Ameet Shah is Co-Chairman and co-founder of Astonfield Renewable Resources Ltd. Ameet is a serial entrepreneur and passionate towards the realization of affordable green energy, especially in the emerging world. In the past four years, Astonfield Renewables has emerged to be one of India's leading project development companies in renewables that include biomass, waste-to-energy, and utility-scale solar.
Punita Lal is Head of Marketing for the South Asia Beverage Business Unit at Pepsi Co. India since November 2004. Lal is responsible for devising the marketing and advertising strategy for PepsiCo's beverage brands in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Bhutan. A graduate in Economics from St. Stephens College, New Delhi and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata, Lal started her career in the advertising industry with Lintas, before moving to J Walter Thompson (JWT). While with JWT, she developed Pepsi's successful "Are you ready for the magic" marketing campaign.
Navi Radjou (moderator) is Executive Director of the Centre for India and Global Business at the Judge Business School at Cambridge University. In 2008, he published his multi-year research on Indian innovation in a 10-part report titled India: The Innovation Giant (Re) Awakens. Radjou has had wide exposure in national and international media, including the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, the Washington Post, Financial Times, Le Monde, and Nikkei Shimbun.