The Wharton India Economic Forum (WIEF) is an annual student-run, India-focused conference hosted by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, bringing together business and political leaders, professionals, academics and students from around the world to discuss India’s evolution into a prominent global economic power, and the key challenges which it still faces.
Since its inception in 1996, WIEF has not only been the leading business forum focused on India in the United States, but is also one of the largest and most prestigious in the world. It is attended by over 500 people annually, and features renowned speakers who are at the forefront of India’s economic and business growth and development. WIEF has the long-standing support of the City of Philadelphia, with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter declaring March 23rd, 2013, the date of last year’s conference, as “India Day” in the city. Past speakers have included Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Arvind Kejriwal, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Mr. P. Chidambaram, Mr. K.V. Kamath, Mr. Anil Ambani, Boman Irani and Mr. Sunil Mittal. Every year, WIEF has stimulated energetic dialogue between India’s current and future leaders, and has also served as a conduit for businesses to create and leverage professional connections.
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.