India: A Power in Search of Purpose


Business of Asia

Join us for a discussion on how India can evolve a vision for its future growth, setting itself inclusive, sustainable, and internationally competitive standards — and incorporating the perspectives of its various stakeholders.

Our panel, convened around the release of Reimagining India, brings together a group of the book's contributors to discuss what India should look to stand for, how it should pursue this goal, and the role of players across disciplines and fields.

This programme will be telecast by CNBC TV18.

Mukesh Ambani is a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Trade and Industry, Government of India, And the Board of Governors of the National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi. He is also a Member of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals Advocacy Group.

Anand Mahindra is co-Founder of the Asia/Pacific Advisory Board of the Harvard Business School, and a member of the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF), Government of India-Council and Executive Committee, as well as the India Council for Sustainable Development.

Dr. Vishakha Desai is President Emerita of Asia Society and an Independent Director at Mahindra & Mahindra. She previously served as Asia Society's Senior Vice President of Museum and Cultural Programmes, President of the Association of Art Museum Directors, and Head of Public Programmes and Academic Affairs at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. She has also taught at the University of Massachusetts, Boston University, Columbia University and Williams College.

Suhel Seth is Managing Partner of Counselage India and Founder of Equus. Seth is also a film actor having acted in six films under directors such as Mrinal Sen, Mahesh Bhatt and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. He is the author of In Your Face, and Kalighat to Calcutta. Seth also writes columns in The Financial Times, Business India, The Hindustan Times and The Indian Express.

Adil Zainulbhai serves on the boards of American India Foundation, the CII National Council, Saifee Hospital, and Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust. He also serves on the advisory boards of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, the Wockhardt Foundation, and the Health Management Research Institute, as well as on the global advisory board of the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He is president of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association, India.

Senthil Chengalvarayan (moderator) is Editor in Chief of Network18 Business Newsroom. He was previously Managing Editor of CNBC TV 18, and has been the recipient of the Young Achiever Award from the Indo-US Business Council.

About the book:

Reimagining India, commissioned and edited by McKinsey & Company, brings together an unprecedented collection of writers and thinkers to explore the challenges and opportunities faced by one of the most important and least understood nations on earth. This unique volume features essays from an all-star cast of contributors, including: CNN world affairs host Fareed Zakaria; leading Indian CEOs such as Mukesh Ambani, Kumar Mangalam Birla, Anand Mahindra, and Sunil Bharti Mittal; Microsoft Founder Bill Gates; Coca Cola Company CEO Muhtar Kent; Google Chairman Eric Schmidt; Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria; award-winning authors Suketu Mehta (Maximum City), Edward Luce (In Spite of the Gods), and Patrick French (India: A Portrait); Infosys cofounder Nandan Nilekani, the government minister responsible for creating digital identities for 1.2 billion Indians; and a host of high-profile journalists, writers, and academics.

This programme is part of our Business of Asia series, which highlights new developments and best practices in the corporate and economic world that bolster notions of corporate citizenship, including engaged leadership, innovation, and corporate social responsibility. Recent programmes under this series include a discussion on currency devaluation as an economic strategy, and a conversation on how to better understand the potential unleashed by growing consumer markets in India and China.

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Event Details

Tue 12 Nov 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Limited passes available; priority for Asia Society Members. RSVP required to:
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