GES 2017 - AGENDA

GES 2017 will consist of breakout sessions and master classes. Three networking opportunities are planned in the schedule to enhance opportunities to interact with other GES 2017 participants.

Breakouts - Panelists will discuss key themes, innovative industries, and other aspects of entrepreneurship that are being highlighted in GES 2017. Capacity of 300 - 350 people.

Master Class - Master class sessions are immersive, and typically focus in depth on a certain topic. Capacity of 90 - 180 people.

DAY 0: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Plenary Session

Plenary Session: Be the Change: Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership - This panel features speakers who are opening doors for women entrepreneurs in their countries and communities. The session will highlight entrepreneurs whose businesses provide women with opportunities to grow and lead, and who are outstanding mentors to women and women-led organizations.

Moderator

  • John Chambers, Cisco, Chairman Emeritus

Panelists

  • Ivanka Trump, United States, Advisor to the President
  • Nirmala Sitharaman, Government of India, Defence Minister
  • Marcus Wallenberg, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB), Chairman
  • Sibongile Sambo, SRS Aviation & SRS Petroleum, Managing Director

DAY 1: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Plenary Session

Plenary Session: We Can Do It! Innovations in Workforce Development and Skills Training - Boosting women’s participation in the workforce is an important first step to accelerating economic growth. Increased access to skills training, education, and career counseling are powerful means to improving women’s lives, the communities they represent, and their countries’ economic potential. Innovators in workforce development and training will discuss what works and what more can be done to open doors for women in the workplace.

Moderator

  • K.T. Rama Rao, Government of Telangana, Minister for IT E&C, MAUD, Industries & Commerce, Mines & Geology, Public Enterprises and NRI Affairs

Panelists

  • Cherie Blair, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, CBE, QC, Founder
  • Chanda Kochhar, ICICI Bank, Managing Director & CEO
  • Ivanka Trump, United States, Advisor to the President
  • Karen Quintos, Dell EMC, Chief Customer Officer

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Networking & GIST Catalyst Pitch Competition

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM Breakout Sessions and Master Classes

Money Counts: Attracting Private Equity: (Breakout) In this session, panelists will talk to entrepreneurs about how they can tap into private equity. What works? What doesn’t? How do you use private equity to achieve sustainable growth?

Moderator

  • Priya Rajan, Silicon Valley Bank, Early Stage Practice, Director

Panelists

  • Gopal Srinivasan, TVS Capital, Chairman & Managing Director
  • Ray Washburne, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, President and CEO

Future of Cinema: (Breakout) While arts and entertainment are attractive to people, many lack a full understanding of the business behind the industry and how to successfully and profitably tap into the creative economy. In this session, delegates will learn from panelists who are turning art and entertainment into sources of revenue, jobs, and wealth creation.

Moderator

  • Subhash Chandra, Essel Group, Chairman

Panelists

  • Onyekachi Stephanie Linus Idahosa, Next Page Productions, CEO
  • Aditi Rao Hydari, Actor

She Means Business: Mentoring and Networking: (Master Class) Panelists discuss the vital roles coaches, mentors, and sponsors have played in launching and scaling successful businesses, and how they found these important contacts.

Moderator

  • Susan Chodakewitz, Nathan Associates Inc., President & CEO

Panelists

  • Sumithra Gomatam, Cognizant Technology Solutions, EVP and President of Cognizant Digital Operations
  • Vanitha Narayanan, IBM India, Chairman

Easy Entrepreneurship: Public Sector Perspective: (Master Class) Countries prosper when entrepreneurs and investors flourish. What policies or programs can governments put into place to help entrepreneurs thrive? Public sector officials discuss their efforts to improve country competitiveness and create opportunities for growth and investment.

Moderator

  • Jonathan Ortmans, Global Entrepreneurship Network, President

Panelists

  • Jovita Carranza, U.S. Government, Treasurer
  • Anders Samuelsen, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minister
  • Aruna Sundararajan, Government of India, Secretary to Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

Innovations that Bridge the Digital Divide: (Master Class) Online platforms allow greater participation of women who had previously not engaged due to financial, cultural, and time constraints. This panel will address how new generations of women are further revolutionizing the field by creating innovative products and inspiring a wave of women who make a difference through coding.

Moderator

  • Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Info Edge India, Founder & Vice Chairman

Panelists

  • Anousheh Ansari, Prodea Systems, Co-Founder & CEO
  • Radha Kapoor, Founder & Executive Director, DICE Ecosystem
  • Roya Mahboob, Digital Citizen Fund, CEO
  • Rajan Anandan, Google, Vice President South Asia and India

Under the Microscope: Investing in Healthcare Startups: (Master Class) Life science/healthcare attracts more venture capital than any other sector except for IT. Hear from a panel of experienced investors about their motivations for investing in the sector. What are the characteristics of an investable startup? Given the long life cycles of healthcare advances, how long are investors in this field willing to wait to see returns? Is it sufficient to possess great science/technology, or do investors want more in the healthcare field?

Moderator

  • Marie Josephine Tania Fernandez, Midissia Therapeutics, President and CEO

Panelists

  • Neeraj Bharadwaj, Carlyle India, Managing Director
  • Tiffany Wilson, Global Center for Medical Innovation, Executive Director
  • Dr. Ramesh Byrapaneni, Endiya Partners, Managing Director

The Business of Winning at Sports Entrepreneurship: (Master Class) In 2015, venture capital firms invested more than $1 billion in sports tech startups. From data analytics to advances in material technology, the future for sports entrepreneurship has never looked brighter. Hear from leaders in this field to learn how they are succeeding in this exciting sector.

Moderator

  • Harsha Bhogle, Cricket Commentator & Journalist

Panelists

  • Pullela Gopichand, Indian Badminton team, Chief National Coach
  • Sania Mirza, Tennis Champion
  • Chatri Sityodtong, ONE Championship, Chairman and CEO
  • Mithali Dorai Raj, Indian Women's Cricket Team, Captain

AgriTech Matters: Feed Billions by Harvesting Technology: (Master Class) With endless possibilities and challenges, the time is now for women to be at the forefront of agriculture. Panelists will discuss how technologies are helping communities to farm strategically and improve yields while using fewer resources.

Moderator

  • Ritu Verma, Ankur Capital, Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Panelists

  • Ramana Gogula, Stanley Black & Decker, Vice President for Clean Technologies
  • Sivakumar Surampudi, ITC, Group Head - Agri & IT Businesses
  • Maxim Pasik, WaterGen, Executive Chairman

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch and Networking

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Breakout Sessions and Master Classes

Capital Success: Crowdfunding and Bootstrapping: (Breakout) This session will provide insights on these funding models as well as strategies to engage potential investors based on a startup’s current needs and projected growth.

Moderator

  • Ram Reddy, TiE Silicon Valley, President

Panelists

  • Vikram Gupta, IvyCap Ventures, Founder and Managing Partner
  • Shanti Mohan, LetsVenture, Founder & CEO
  • Yeone Fok, SparkRaise, Founder & CEO

If I Knew Then What I Know Now: (Breakout) Making mistakes is inevitable when starting a business, but hearing from those who have already navigated the challenge of starting a business can help entrepreneurs avoid learning some lessons the hard way. Panelists discuss the lessons they’ve learned over their careers, and how they propelled their businesses toward success.

Moderator

  • Geetanjali Kirloskar, Kirloskar Systems, Chairperson

Panelists

  • Vikas Khanna, Celebrity Chef
  • Rajashree Natarajan, Cognizant Foundation, COO
  • Doug DeVos, Amway Corporation, President

Meet George Jetson, Modernizing Mobility Infrastructure: (Master Class) Poor infrastructure, such as difficult roads and long wait times at borders, have a clear impact on businesses trying to reach their markets. Entrepreneurs are developing innovative ideas to address these problems, which in turn better connects cities and promotes access to capital. Panelists will discuss how businesses resolve infrastructure challenges and how to identify future technology innovations.

Moderator

  • Carlo Ratti, Senseable City Lab Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor / Director

Panelists

  • Deepak Garg, Rivigo, Founder & CEO
  • Jan Oliver Roehrl, Bosch Ltd, CTO & Regional President for Diesel System

Easy Entrepreneurship: The Entrepreneurs’ Perspective: (Master Class) What policies or programs have been put into place to allow entrepreneurs to thrive? Entrepreneurs who were successful in entering the U.S. and other global markets discuss how opportunities were shaped by various laws, policies, and trade agreements.

Moderator

  • Rohinton Soli "Ronnie" Screwvala, UpGrad, Founder

Panelists

  • Sandra Jonsdottir, Platome Biotechnology, CEO
  • Christine Souffrant Baah Ntim, Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE), Partner & COO
  • Srikanth Bolla, Bollant Industries, CEO

Water Everywhere: Managing a Scarce Resource: (Master Class) This session will discuss how entrepreneurs are using innovative technologies to help cities and countries manage this scarce resource. Learn more about the business opportunities in this important marketplace, with annual revenues exceeding $700B.

Moderator

  • Maxim Pasik, WaterGen, Executive Chairman

Panelists

  • Bartholomeus de Jonge, Si Technologies International B.V., CEO
  • Vikas Shah, WaterHealth International, COO
  • Anand Shah, Sarvajal, Founder
  • Parameswaran Iyer, Government of India, Secretary to Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation

Payment Platforms: What’s the Next Game Changer? : (Master Class) The introduction of digital payment platforms revolutionized monetary transfers as a low cost technology that enables mobile-to-mobile financial transactions. How has marketing to underserved areas of the banking sector, including women and underserved populations, resulted in economic benefits? FinTech disruptors will discuss the business models that fuel this major innovation, and what the next evolution of digital payments might look like.

Moderator

  • Lisa Mather, PayPal, Vice President & Chief International Counsel

Panelists

  • Dr. Ruth Patricia Goodwin-Groen, Better Than Cash Alliance/UNCDF, Managing Director
  • Sachin Bansal, Flipkart, Executive Chairman & Co-Founder
  • Melissa Frakman, Fintech Invesment Advisor

Retooling Learning and Schooling : (Master Class) Technology and computing innovations are changing the classroom environment. Panelists will discuss how the educational technology market is changing the learning experience, and identify opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs alike to contribute to this multi-billion dollar market.

Moderator

  • Rukmini Banerji, Pratham Education Foundation, CEO

Panelists

  • Mukul Kanitkar, Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal, National Organizing Secretary
  • Vivian Lau, JA Asia Pacific Limited, President
  • Sunil Manohar Gavaskar, Indian Men’s Cricket Team, Former Captain

Grassroots Grows: Women in Emerging Markets : (Master Class) This panel explores how women entrepreneurs have successfully secured new opportunities in emerging markets and highlights the cultural opportunities and challenges for women entrepreneurs scaling businesses in South Asia.

Moderator

  • Su Shan Tan, DBS Bank, Managing Director and Group Head, Consumer Banking and Wealth Management

Panelists

  • Anjali Bansal, ABS Advisors, Founder & CEO
  • Otara Gunewardene, Otara Foundation/Embark, Director
  • Pratibha Singh, New Delhi High Court, Judge
  • Kathryn Kaufman, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Managing Director, Global Women’s Issues

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Networking and Pitch Competition

3:45 PM – 5:15 PM Breakout Sessions and Master Classes

Byte into a Better Future: FinTech Disruptors: (Breakout) This session discusses solutions ranging from M-Pesa to digital banking, and how they are helping women and the unbanked contribute to the global economy.

Moderator

  • Rajiv Behari Lall, Infrastructure Development Finance Group, Founder & CEO

Panelists

  • Diana Louise Patricia Layfield, Google, Vice President of Next Billion Users
  • Adhil Shetty, Bank Bazaar, Co-Founder & CEO
  • Upasana Taku, Mobikwik, Co-Founder

From the Drawing Board to the Boardroom: Creative Entrepreneurs: (Master Class) The aspiring director who can’t get her film distributed to theaters. The screenwriter who can’t get a meeting with an investor or production company. The fashion designer who is seeking customers. This panel will discuss the challenges faced by creative entrepreneurs, with an emphasis on women, and how those challenges can be overcome through technology and networking.

Moderator

  • Rasmus Wiinstedt Tscherning, Creative Business Cup, Founder & CEO

Panelists

  • Anita Dongre, House of Anita Dongre, Chief Creative Officer
  • Rohini Dey, Vermilion Restaurants, Founder & Owner

Getting on the Grid: (Breakout) Providing energy solutions to communities living off the grid presents a multitude of opportunities in a mostly untapped market. In this workshop, panelists will share views on the nature of the market to identify emerging technologies, business models, and financing sources that are enabling new strategies to leapfrog the traditional ways of expanding access to reliable, affordable energy.

Moderator

  • Harish Hande, SELCO Foundation, CEO

Panelists

  • Piyush Mathur, Simpa Energy, CEO
  • Ravi Kailas, Mytrah Energy, Chairman
  • Sara Vakhshouri, SVB Energy International, President

Building Your Customer Oriented Brand: (Master Class)

Moderator

  • Priya Nair, Hindustan Unilever Limited, Executive Director – Home Care

Panelists

  • Shivani Malik, Da Milano, Marketing Director
  • Priyanka Mittal, KRBL Limited, Director
  • Lisa Srao, I Brands Beverages, Chairman & Managing Director

Easy Entrepreneurship: The Investor Perspective: (Master Class) What policies or programs have been put into place to allow entrepreneurs to thrive? Investors will discuss how legal and regulatory environments have influenced their decisions to fund entrepreneurs.

Moderator

  • Tom Hyland, Aspada Investments, Co-Founder & Partner

Panelists

  • Graeme Johnson, Armenian Gas and Power Enterprises, CEO & Founder
  • Vineet Chandra Rai, Aavishkaar, CEO & Founding Partner
  • Anjali Bansal, ABS Advisors, Founder & CEO

Go For It: Tapping Alternative Financing Solutions: (Master Class) Entrepreneurs worldwide find themselves unable to access traditional sources of funding through conventional banking systems. This panel focuses on alternative sources of financing, including philanthropies, foundations, and other solutions, helping entrepreneurs to realize their investment potential by focusing on atypical capital.

Moderator

  • Sanjeev Aggarwal, Helion Advisors, Senior Managing Director

Panelists

  • Steve Nordlund, The Boeing Company/HorizonX, President
  • Yonathan Parienti, Horyou, Founder & CEO
  • Priyanka Chopra, Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship, COO

Better Health without Breaking the Bank: How Low-Cost Innovations are Revolutionizing Healthcare : (Master Class) In recent years, the emergence of a new generation of low-cost, point-of-care technologies has transformed the healthcare industry, and is now poised to revolutionize the field of global health in lab environments, homes, and treatment centers. This panel will explore emerging global health technologies that improve patient access to better outcomes and quality of life and provide treatments for communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Moderator

  • K. Chandrasekhar, Forus Health, Co-Founder & CEO

Panelists

  • Anand Madanagopal, Cardiac Design Labs, Founder & CEO
  • Chrispin Kambili, Johnson & Johnson, Global Medical Affairs Leader

The Missing Middle: Making the Leap: (Master Class) The funding gap known as the “missing middle,” where outside financing in unavailable for those companies in the mid-stages of growth, affects many entrepreneurs. Panelists will identify opportunities that are targeted towards those businesses.

Moderator

  • Venktesh Shukla, Monta Vista Capital, Managing Director

Panelists

  • Vani Kola, Kalaari Capital, Managing Director
  • Lavanya Nalli Ramanathan, Nalli Group of Companies, Vice Chairman

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM - Fireside Chat with Miss World Manushi Chhillar, conducted by Rohinton Soli "Ronnie" Screwvala, Founder,


DAY 2: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Breakout Sessions and Master Classes

Capital Success: Seed Funds to Venture Capital: (Breakout) This session will provide participants with insight into seed funds and venture capital as alternatives to conventional financing. What are the characteristics of an idea worth investing in?

Moderator

  • Rema Subramanian, Ankur Capital, Managing Partner & Founder

Panelists

  • Andrew Tsao, Silicon Valley Bank, Managing Director of Global Gateway
  • Nandini Tandon, Tenacity Global Group Inc., Founder & CEO

Beyond Returns: Investing in Emerging Markets: (Breakout) Panelists debate whether impact investing in emerging markets results in lasting return on investment, or is just philanthropy, and discuss how external markets are informing emerging market opportunities.

Moderator

  • Ankur Sahu, Goldman Sachs, Managing Director & Co-Head Asia Pacific, Merchant Banking Division

Panelists

  • Amit Midha, Dell EMC, President Asia Pacific & Japan Commercial
  • Kirsten Lund Jurgensen, Pfizer, EVP, President of Pfizer Global Supply
  • Rajan Navani, Jetsynthesys, Vice Chairman & Managing Director

Harvesting Change through Entrepreneurship: Tackling Global Agricultural Challenges: (Master Class) Across much of the world, agriculture remains the most important sector to national economies, providing jobs and livelihoods to a majority of people. During this session, entrepreneurial ecosystem members will discuss how they have tailored their goods and services locally while tapping into the vast resources of the global agricultural development community.

Moderator

  • Roee Tamari, Herodium Investments Ltd, CEO

Panelists

  • Dan Bryant, Walmart, Senior Vice President for Global Policy and Government Affairs
  • Anil Jain, Jain Irrigation, Vice Chairman & CEO
  • Mark Kahn, Omnivore, Founding Partner
  • Ritu Verma, Ankur Capital, Managing Partner

The City that Never Sleeps: Cities of Tomorrow: (Master Class) What will the cities of tomorrow look like? Panelists will discuss whether they can be sustainable, and what threats and opportunities are available as cities become smarter and get on the digital grid.

Moderator

  • Anjana Menon, Content Pixies, Founder & CEO

Panelists

  • Amitabh Kant, NITI Aayog, CEO
  • Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute, Co-Founder & Chief Scientist
  • Priyanka Bakaya, Renewlogy, Founder & CEO

Diversifying Supply Chains: Linking Global Commerce and Women-Owned Businesses: (Master Class) Women-owned businesses are vastly underrepresented in global supply chains. Although many companies have made commitments to address this gender gap, room for improvement remains. This session will offer strategies on how companies can adopt procurement policies that promote women-owned businesses, and how women-owned businesses can become a part of global supply chains.

Moderator

  • Sumita Ghose, Rangsutra, Founder and Managing Director

Panelists

  • Angie Cooper, Walmart, Senior Director Global Public Policy
  • Virginia Littlejohn, Quantum Leaps, Co-Founder & CEO
  • Rahama Wright, Shea Yeleen Health and Beauty, Founder & CEO

Innovation Hubs: Skilling the CEOs of the Future – Incubators: (Master Class) This session will explore the roles, opportunities, and business models of incubators that focus on industries that employ women. Participants will also learn how incubators can both help and hinder their enterprises.

Moderator

  • Jayadeep Krishnan, T-Hub, CEO

Panelists

  • Joshua Mandell, Halcyon, Director of Policy & International Programs
  • Deepanwita Chattopadhyay, IKP Knowledge Park, Chairman & CEO
  • Dr. Aliza Inbal, Pears Program for Global Innovation, Director

From the Lab to the Market: Connecting Science to the Entrepreneurship World: (Master Class) How do you profitably transition that great innovation from the lab to the commercial marketplace? Leaders in this field offer top tips.

Moderator

  • Anuradha Acharya, Mapmygenome, CEO

Panelists

  • Ramesh Jagannathan, NYU Abu Dhabi, Vice Provost & Managing Director
  • Sonam Wangchuk, Students' Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh, Founding Director

An Audience of Billions: How to Break into Big Emerging Markets: (Master Class) Understanding how to build a brand that resonates with a local market and compete effectively is critical to scaling your business. Panelists will discuss their experiences in building their businesses in spaces with high barriers to entry but potential for great rewards.

Moderator

  • Merrill Joseph Fernando, Dilmah Ceylon Tea Company, Chairman

Panelists

  • Bikram Bedi, Amazon Internet Services, Head – India Region
  • Sean Blagsvedt, Babajob.com, Founder
  • Sangita Reddy Konda, Apollo Hospitals Group, Joint Managing Director

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Networking and Pitch Competition

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM Breakout Sessions and Master Classes

Knowing the Future: How Artificial Intelligence will Shape Tomorrow: (Breakout) What innovations are being made in AI? Do these technologies represent opportunities, or are they a threat? How should companies, society, and governments work to ease concerns? How can entrepreneurs take advantage of AI opportunities? Panelists will discuss these cutting-edge issues.

Moderator

  • Lorraine Martin, Lockheed Martin (TBD)

Panelists

  • Elizabeth Gore, Alice, Chairman & President
  • Shubha Nabar, Salesforce, Senior Director of Data Science
  • Nivruti Rai, Intel India, Country Head

Own Your Message: Effectively Using Traditional and Social Media: (Master Class)

Moderator

  • Kallie Puri, India Today Group, Vice Chairperson

Panelists

  • Piyush Pandey, Ogilvy & Mather, Executive Chairman & Creative Director, South Asia
  • Teresa Nelson Carpenter, Reel Muzik Werks LLC, President and CEO
  • Shashi Shekhar Vempati, Prasar Bharati, CEO

Reimagining the Future of Health: (Master Class) Panelists will offer insights into global health challenges and forecast tomorrow’s commercial health opportunities in robotics, deep learning, 3D implants, and others. How will technology enable advancements in this critical sector?

Moderator

  • Barath Shankar Subramanian, Accel, Principal

Panelists

  • Shashank ND, Practo, Founder & CEO
  • Samina Vaziralli, Cipla, Executive Vice Chairman
  • Mukesh Bansal, CureFit, Founder

Pitch to the Rich: Key Messages to Deliver to Investors: (Master Class)

Moderator

  • Stephanie Marrus, University of California San Francisco, Director of Entrepreneurship Center

Panelists

  • Bhavish Aggarwal, Ola Cabs, Co-Founder & CEO
  • Kristina Davison, iEurope Capital LLC, Co-Founder & Managing Director
  • Deep Kalra, MakeMyTrip, Founder & Group CEO

How to Fail Better: (Master Class) Failure is part of any entrepreneur’s journey. However, the role of failure and how one reacts to it varies. Participants learn how to capitalize on their failures, particularly in attracting funding, employing smart marketing, and building a customer base.

Moderator

  • Claudia Mirza, Akorbi, CEO

Panelists

  • Lerato Motsamai, PETROLINK, Founder & CEO
  • Jaxay Shah, Savvy Infrastructure, Managing Director
  • Leticia Gasca Serrano, Failure Institute, Founder & Managing Director

The Reality of the Future: How Technologies are Shaping Experiences: (Master Class) Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and other technologies are grabbing headlines. Are they only usable within the gaming industry? When will high quality AR and VR content and equipment be available to the masses? Are they just a passing fad?

Moderator

  • Anand Gandhi, Memesys Lab, Founder & CEO

Panelists

  • Jessica Rovello, Arkadium, CEO
  • Judith Okonkwo, Imisi 3D, Founder
  • Ashutosh Jhaveri, Facebook, Vice President of Business Development - Facebook & Oculus
  • Maxine Chapman, Manufacturing Technology Centre, Associate Director

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch & Networking

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Breakout Sessions and Master Classes

E-Commerce as a Critical Tool in Scaling Entrepreneurship: (Breakout) The rise of e-commerce presents unprecedented opportunities for entrepreneurs, both as a channel for selling their products, and as a way to create the underlying infrastructure to enable e-commerce (payment platforms, logistics, and websites). Panelists will discuss the role of e-commerce in building businesses.

Moderator

  • Radhika Aggarwal, ShopClues.com, Co-Founder & Chief Business Officer

Panelists

  • Ankiti Uday Bose, Zilingo, Co-Founder & CEO
  • Ashish Hemrajani, Bigtree Entertainment, Founder & CEO
  • Ritesh Agarwal, Oyo Rooms, Founder & CEO

Developing the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem : (Breakout) What are the key elements of a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem? Panelists will discuss the roles entrepreneurs, society, and governments play in creating and sustaining these healthy ecosystems.

Moderator

  • Ramesh Abhishek, Government of India, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion

Panelists

  • Christine Duhaime, Digital Finance Institute, CEO
  • Amit Ranbir Chandra, Bain Capital, MD & Head of Indian Operations
  • Ravi Kailas, Mytrah Energy, Chairman
  • Patricia G. Greene, U.S. Department of Labor, Director of Women’s Bureau

Success! Keeping and Nurturing Women in STEM: (Master Class) Panelists will discuss their efforts to promote greater representation of women in STEM and to keep them in the STEM pipeline. Women who have successfully created STEM-focused entrepreneurial ventures will discuss what has enabled their rise to the top.

Moderator

  • Hema Vallabh, WomEng & WomHub, Founder

Panelists

  • Dr. Tessy Thomas, India Defense Research and Development Organization, Director
  • Rama Kalyani Akkiraju, IBM, Distinguished Engineer
  • Lorraine Martin, Lockheed Martin (TBD)

Investors and entrepreneurs will discuss the language of entrepreneurship, which is essential to selling ideas and securing funding.

Moderator

  • Upasana Taku, Mobikwik, Co-Founder

Panelists

  • Udit Harish Sheth, MD TransStadia & JMD Setco Automotive, Founder
  • Loretta McCarthy, Golden Seeds, Managing Partner
  • Sibongile Sambo, SRS Aviation & SRS Petroleum, Managing Director

The "Enterprise" of Space: Advances In and Applications of Space Technology Are Driving Economic Growth Around the World: (Master Class) Advances in and applications of space technology are driving economic growth around the world. This panel will showcase the pivotal role of small to medium private enterprises in the space arena and underscore the potential of entrepreneurship to drive innovation and opportunity.

Moderator

  • Danielle Wood, MIT, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences & Director of Space Enabled

Panelists

  • TS Shobha, Antrix (ISRO), Executive Director
  • Karthik Govindhasamy, Planet Labs Inc., CTO & EVP of Engineering
  • Anousheh Ansari, Prodea Systems, Co-Founder & CEO

The Missing Middle: Increasing Your Presence: (Master Class) Once a company is growing, the people, operations, and systems that previously brought success can become obsolete. In particular, entrepreneurs often struggle to find the right people – investors, mentors, team members – to expand their businesses. This session will discuss how to cultivate operations at every stage of development.

Moderator

  • Sushma Rajagopalan, ITC Infotech, CEO & Managing Director

Panelists

  • Deep Kalra, MakeMyTrip, Founder & Group CEO
  • Arjun Gupta, TeleSoft Partners, Founder
  • Devita Saraf, Vu Technologies, Founder & CEO

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Networking & GIST Catalyst Pitch Competition

3:45 PM – 5:15 PM Closing Plenary Session

When Women Win, We All Win: Promoting Inclusive Environments for Women Entrepreneurs: (Breakout) Women entrepreneurs face barriers that disproportionately affect their ability to start and grow businesses. This session will bring together actors that support, promote, and fund women entrepreneurs. Participants will share how they have been able to provide women with "seats at the table."

Moderator

  • Amitabh Kant, NITI Aayog, CEO

Panelists

  • Mark Green, USAID, Administrator
  • Dipali Goenka, Welspun India, CEO & Joint Managing Director
  • Kristina Davison, iEurope Capital LLC, Co-Founder & Managing Director
  • Lerato Motsamai, PETROLINK, Founder & CEO
  • Manish Sabharwal, TeamLease, Chairman

Pitch Competition Awards Ceremony

5:30 PM – 9:00 PM Closing Reception