India and the United States: Partners in Progress [SOLD OUT]


FICCI-IIFA 2017 Global Business Forum

Watch all the panel discussions in the video playlist above.

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA), in partnership with the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI), are organizing the 2017 FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum on the sidelines of the IIFA Weekend and Awards on July 14th, 2017 in New York. This annual forum has been convened in cities across the world since 2005 and is focused on strengthening business ties between India and its significant trade and investment partners.

The day-long 2017 Global Business Forum will be centered on the theme “India and United States: Partners in Progress,” and will feature discussions on India-U.S. commercial relations, particularly cooperation in sectors such as defense, manufacturing, healthcare, media, and entertainment. The forum will draw participation from some of the most prominent personalities of Indian and American industry. It will bring together business leaders, policymakers, and dignitaries from India and United States on a common platform to discuss opportunities for collaboration.

Confirmed speakers include Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, India's Ambassador to the United States Navtej Sarna, FICCI Chairman Pankaj Patel, ASPI President and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Bollywood stars Anil Kapoor and Preity Zinta, and leaders from companies such as Axiscades Aerospace, Boeing, Cadila Healthcare, Cyient, HSBC, KPMG, Nicco, Viacom, YuppTV, and many more.

Tickets to the Global Business Forum are being sold by session. The agenda for the Global Business Forum is below and will be updated as additional speakers are confirmed.


I. India and the United States: Partners in Progress
(9:00 AM – 11:00 AM)

Inaugural Session:

  • Sabbas Joseph (Chair), Director, Wizcraft International Entertainment
  • Shiv Khemka, Vice Chairman, Sun Group
  • Kevin Rudd, President, Asia Society Policy Institute and former Prime Minister of Australia
  • Riva Ganguly Das, Consul General of India in United States
  • Thomas Vajda, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia
  • Anil Agarwal, Executive Chairman, Vedanta Resources

Launch of the FICCI-East West Center Report “India Matters for America / America Matters for India” & FICCI-KPMG White Paper

Panel Discussion on Future of India-U.S. Economic Partnership:

  • Mukesh Aghi (Moderator)
  • Nisha Biswal, Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge
  • Marshall M. Bouton, Senior Fellow for India, ASPI
  • Joel Hellman, Dean, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
  • Amita Poole, Chief Executive Officer, IIPL USA LLC
  • Sunil Sanghai, Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking, HSBC India

II. India and the United States: Partners in Prosperity
(11:30 AM – 2:45 PM)

Panel Discussion on Defense Trade and Security Partnership:

  • Amber Dubey (Moderator), Partner and Head, Aerospace and Defense, KPMG India
  • Cara Abercrombie, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia
  • Srinivas Pulikam, CEO, Axiscades, Inc.
  • Mark Lippert, Vice President, International Government Affairs, Boeing International


Panel Discussion on Manufacturing:

  • Keith Updike (Moderator), Director, KPMG
  • Randhir Singh Kalsi, Executive Director, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd
  • Shiv Siddhant Kaul, Managing Director, Nicco Engineering Services Limited
  • Ashish Saraf, Joint Managing Director, Ferro Alloys Corporation Ltd
  • Madhu Vuppuluri, President and CEO, Essar Capital Limited

Panel Discussion on Innovation and Entrepreneurship:

  • M. R. Rangaswami (Moderator), Founder, Indiaspora
  • Anita Dongre, Chief Creative Officer, House of Anita Dongre 
  • Shiv Khemka, Vice Chairman, Sun Group 
  • Hari Ravichandran, Founder and CEO, Endurance International Group
  • Sheel Tyle, Venture Capitalist
  • Sunil Wadhwani, Founder Donor, WISH Foundation

III. India and the United States: Partners in Media & Entertainment
(3:15 PM – 5:15 PM)

Bollywood Fireside Chat:

  • Sudhanshu Vats (Moderator), Group CEO, Viacom 18
  • Preity Zinta, Actor and Global Women's Advocate

Panel Discussion on Media and Entertainment:

  • Mukul Srivastava (Moderator), Partner, Ernst & Young
  • Vishesh Bhatt, Director
  • Kai Falkenberg, First Deputy Commissioner, New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment
  • Hitesh Jain, Senior Partner, ALMT Legal Partners 
  • Kabir Khan, Filmmaker
  • Zulfiqar Khan, Business Head & CRO, Eros Group

Bollywood Fireside Chat:

  • Sudhanshu Vats (Moderator), Group CEO, Viacom 18
  • Anil Kapoor, Actor

Valedictory Session:

  • Ambassador Navtej Sarna, Ambassador of India to the United States
  • Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Representative of Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District, Co-chair of House India Caucus 
  • Ambassador Antonio Tete, Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations
  • Ambika Sharma, Director General, FICCI



Event Details

Fri 14 Jul 2017
9 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Asia Society 725 Park Avenue New York, NY 10021
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