The annual India focused, 

  student-run conference hosted

 by The Wharton School

The Wharton India Economic Forum (WIEF) is Wharton's student-run, India-centric business conference bringing together leaders, professionals, academics and students from around the world to discuss India's evolution into a prominent global economic power

12TH NOVEMBER,  2017
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ATTENDEES EACH YEAR
300+
CONFERENCE RUNNING SINCE
1996
PROMINENT SPEAKERS OVER THE YEARS
200+
STARTUPS COMPETING EACH YEAR
500+

Conference Goals

Diversify
governance and human capital

Disrupt
industry through innovation

Deliver
impact to society

The purpose of the twenty-second conference is to promote constructive dialogue on circumstances shaping the current business landscape in India and discuss how diverse sectors of the industry can be harnessed jointly to create a positive change. WIEF aims to provide a platform for collaboration between academics and students from diverse backgrounds (including Wharton MBAs, Penn Law, Penn Design and Penn Engineering) with professionals from Finance, Consulting, Policy, Economics, Entrepreneurship and Media & Entertainment industries.

WIEF is attended by over 300 people annually, and features renowned speakers who are at the forefront of India’s economic and business growth and development. The forum receives extensive media coverage in India and in the wider business community. Recent forums have been covered by networks such as CNBC, NDTV and Bloomberg, broadcast over TV and the Internet, and covered by over 30 journalists and all major publications.

Past Speakers

Abdul Kalam
11th President of India
Henry Paulson
Former CEO, Goldman Sachs
Montek Singh Ahluwalia
Economist & Indian Civil Servant
N. R. Narayana Murthy
Co-founder, Infosys
Mukesh Ambani
Chairman, Reliance Industries
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
Founder & Chairperson, Biocon
K. V. Kamath
Chief, New Development Bank of BRICS
Chanda Kochhar
MD & CEO, ICICI Bank
Nandan Nilekani
Entrepreneur, Bureaucrat & Politician
Ronnie Screwvala
Entrepreneur & Philanthropist
Kamal Haasan
Actor & Philanthropist
Shankar Mahadevan
Musician

On the Agenda

*AGENDA SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Registration and Coffee Networking

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9:30 am to 10:30 am

Opening Remarks

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10:30 am to 10:45 am

Dean's Remarks

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10:45 am to 11:00 am

Morning Keynote

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11:00 am to 11:30 am

Panel: Global Perspectives on India

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11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Lunch and Networking

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Panel: Innovation and Digital India

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1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Panel: Investing in India

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2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Coffee Break and Networking

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3:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Navigating Digital Disruption: Workshop

4:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Fireside Chat with Punita Kumar-Sinha

4:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Networking Reception

6:00 pm onwards

Registration

9:00am to 10:00am

Opening Remarks by Conference Chairs

10:00am to 10:15am

Opening Keynote Address

10:15am to 10:45am

Panel: Creating Brand Loyalty - Art or Science?

10:45am to 11:30am

Fireside Chat: Family Business Transitions

11:30am to 12:15pm

Lunch and Networking

12:15pm to 1:00pm

Fireside Chat: The Business of Sports

1:00pm to 1:30pm

Panel: Role of Infrastructure in the Next Decade

1:30pm to 2:30pm

Panel: Developing the FinTech Ecosystem

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Tea/Coffee Break

3:30pm to 4:00pm

Fireside Chat: The Entertainment Industry

4:00pm to 4:30pm

WISC Grand Finale: Top 3 startup pitches

4:30pm to 5:15pm

Closing Keynote Address

5:15pm to 5:45pm

Networking

6:00pm to 7:00pm