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

2nd November 2018
Philadelphia Conference
32 DAYS : 18 HRS : 10 MINS : 10 SECS
4th January 2019
Mumbai Conference
4th January 2019| Mumbai Conference
Startup Challenge

Conference Goals




The purpose of the twenty-third 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.

Media Partner

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
Nandan Nilekani
Entrepreneur, Bureaucrat & Politician
Ronnie Screwvala
Entrepreneur & Philanthropist
Kamal Haasan
Actor & Philanthropist
Shankar Mahadevan

On the Agenda

Breakfast & Registration

8:15 AM - 8:45 AM

Opening remarks

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Speech by Dr. Amy Gadsden, Executive Director, Penn Global

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Opening Keynote : Dr. Marshall. M. Bouton (Director, Center for Advanced Study of India)

9:15 AM - 9:35 AM

Panel: Economics & Policy: Moderator: Rick Rossow (Wadhwani Chair, CSIS) Speakers: Vijay Iyer (VP & COO, MIGA), Nisha Biswal (President, US India Business Council), Josh Felman (Former Head IMF, India)

9:35 AM - 10:25 AM

Coffee break

10:25 AM - 10:45 AM

Panel: Blockchain & Cryptocurrency: Moderator: Vivek Chauhan (Wharton) Speakers: Kavita Gupta (Founding Managing Partner at Consensys), Jules Miller (Partner, IBM Blockchain Accelerator), Kevin Werbach (Blockchain Faculty Lead , Wharton Business School)

10:45 AM - 11:35 AM

Panel: Tech & Analytics : Moderator: Saikat Chaudhuri (Executive Director - Mack Institute) ; Speakers : Shekar Ayyar (Senior VP Corp Dev & Strategy, VMware), Anjan Lahiri (CEO, Birlasoft), Shaunak Roy ( Founder, Yellowdig)

11:35 AM - 12:25 PM


12:25 PM - 1:10 PM

Panel: Startups & Innovation : Moderator: Mukul Pandya (Editor-in-chief, Knowledge@Wharton) ; Speakers: Prasanna Krishnan (Founder, Smartypal), Gautam Tambay (Co-Founder and CEO Springboard), Sashi Reddy (Managing Partner, SRI Capital)

1:10 PM - 2:00 PM

Panel: Finance: Moderator: Dr Vinay Nair (Founder & Chairman ,55ip) ; Speakers: Bharat Poddar (Senior Partner, BCG), Tania Ahuja (M.D, US Operations, Arkera), Venkat Badinehal (M.D, RBC Capital Markets)

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Coffee break

2:50 PM - 3:10 PM

Closing Keynote: Teresa C. Barger (Co-Founder and CEO, Cartica)

3:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Closing remarks : WIEF Team

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Breakfast & Registration

08:00 AM - 08:45 AM

Opening remarks

08:45 AM - 09:00 AM

Opening Keynote

09:00 AM - 09:20 AM

Panel: Energy Outlook in India

Moderator: Saikat Chaudhuri (Executive Director, Mack Institute for Innovation) Speakers: Pankaj Munjal (MD, Hero Cycles), Kuldeep Jain (MD, CleanMax Solar), Zia Nariman (Investment Officer, IFC, World Bank)

09:20 AM - 10:10 AM

Coffee Break

10:10 AM - 10:30 AM

Panel: India's Evolving Healthcare Landscape

Speakers: Dr. Srinath Reddy (President, Public Health Foundation of India), Annaswamy Vaidheesh (MD, GlaxoSmithKline India), Meena Ganesh (MD & CEO, Portea Medical)

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

Fireside Chat

Moderator: Arnab Goswami (MD, Republic TV) Speaker: Vikram Limaye (MD & CEO, National Stock Exchange)

11:20 AM - 11:50 AM

Panel: Investing in India

Moderator: Vinay Nair (Chairman, 55ip; Professor at Wharton) Speakers: Vishal Mahadevia (MD, Head of India, Warburg Pincus)

11:50 AM - 12:40 PM

Lunch Break

12:40 PM - 01:30 PM

Panel: Impact Investing

Speakers: Deval Sanghavi (Founder, Dasra), Soumitra Pandey (Head, The Bridgespan Group)

01:30 PM - 02:20 PM

Fireside Chat

Moderator: Harbir Singh (Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation) Speaker: Naveen Jindal (Chairman, Jindal Steel & Power)

02:20 PM - 02:50 PM

Panel: Future of Mobility

Speakers: Ann Lavin (Senior Director, Public Policy, Asia Pacific, UBER), Abhay Damle (Joint Secretary, MoRTH, GoI)

02:50 PM - 03:40 PM

Coffee Break

03:40 PM - 04:00 PM

Panel: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Bollywood

Speakers: Tarun Mansukhani (Director), Rhea Kapoor (Film Producer, Founder of Rheson)

04:00 PM - 04:50 PM

WISC Award Ceremony

04:50 PM - 05:10 PM

Closing Keynote

05:10 PM - 05:30 PM

Closing Remarks

05:30 PM - 05:45 PM

WIEF Podcast Series

Meet SpotDraft, the AI-powered startup revolutionizing contract management for small businesses