Launched in 1996, The Wharton India Economic Forum (WIEF) is an annual India-centric 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 from an emerging nation to a prominent global economic power, and the key social, political and financial challenges which still stand in its way.
Since its inception 17 years ago, 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 800 people annually, and features renowned and influential keynote speakers and panelists who are at the forefront of India's economic and business growth and development. Past speakers have included Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Mr. P. Chidambaram, Mr. K.V. Kamath, Ambassador Arun K. Singh, Varun Gandhi, Mr. Anil Ambani and Mr. Sunil Mittal. Every year, WIEF has stimulated energetic dialogue between India's current and future industry leaders and policymakers, 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.