About

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.

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Testimonials for WIEF Conferences

WIEF annually brings together top leaders in vast fields to share their experiences and their success stories and serve an inspiration to students and others trying to progress further in their career paths.
TV Asia USA
It is an honour and privilege to be invited here at the Wharton India Economic Forum because Wharton is a very credible name. [It creates a platform to discuss how] cinema turns perceptions of socioeconomic changes into images, characters, icons etc.
Javed Akhtar, Poet and lyricist
The conference, staged by the students of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, is the biggest of its type in the US and drew an elite group of Indian business speakers.
The Australian
The forum is expected to serve as the platform for Indian leaders to envisage the next phase of India’s journey to success while being mindful of potential roadblocks.
Economic Times
India Shining at the Wharton Campus: India is getting unprecedented attention, albeit mixed with a healthy dose of apprehension about the risks and appreciation of the magnitude of the opportunities, from the world as it gets increasingly recognized as a global economic power
Economic Times

Letter from the Dean

Dear Colleagues:

Welcome to the 19th Annual Wharton India Economic Forum 2015, one of the largest and most prestigious India-centric conferences in the country.

Hosted by the Wharton School, this student run conference has brought together prominent business and political leaders, professionals, academics, and students from around the world to discuss India’s evolution into a global economic power. This year, the conference’s theme “India: Delivering the Dream” explores the many ways in which India is poised to evaluate opportunities for success in areas such as entrepreneurship, investing and marketing.

We are proud that as the world’s first collegiate business school, Wharton is at once the birthplace of modern business education and the foremost custodian of its future. The WIEF, for the last 19 years, has enabled and contributed to our efforts in this direction by providing the opportunity for our future leaders to learn and take part in the trajectory of growth for India.

It is especially exciting to be hosted here in Philadelphia, where Mayor Michael Nutter has proclaimed February 21, India Day to encourage local awareness of business development in India and a greater understanding of the impact of India’s rise in the global marketplace.

I commend the organizing team for the tremendous effort they have put in to make this event a success and I thank you all for your participation and support of the Wharton India Economic Forum.

Geoffrey Garrett
Dean
The Wharton School

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