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
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32 DAYS : 18 HRS : 10 MINS : 10 SECS
4th January 2019
Mumbai Conference
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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

INNOVATE

INVEST

IMPACT

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.

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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

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

Lunch

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

Networking and Reception

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Startup Pitch - 1

10:30am to 11:30am

Startup Pitch - 2

11:30am to 12:30pm

Startup Exhibit

1:00pm to 4:30pm

WIEF Podcast Series

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