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

10th January 2021
Mumbai Conference
32 DAYS : 18 HRS : 10 MINS : 10 SECS
10th January 2021
Startup Challenge

Conference Theme

Empowering Innovation

In its twenty fourth year, WIEF is the one of the largest and oldest India-focused student-run business conference bringing together business and political leaders, professionals, and academics to discuss India’s evolution into a prominent global economic power and its future prospects. The theme for this year’s conference is Empowering Innovation and the focus is to cover economic trends responsible for shaping the business landscape in India and driving innovation through panels and fireside chats.  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.

Every Year WIEF 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, Republic TV, NDTV and Bloomberg, broadcast over TV and the Internet, and covered by over 30 journalists and all major publications.

Past Media Partners

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

Conference Agenda

Breakfast & Registration

08:00 AM - 08:45 AM

Opening Remarks and Dean Geoff Garret's speech

08:45 AM - 09:00 AM

Opening Keynote: Ashwin Damera (Co-Founder, Eruditus Executive Education)

09:00 AM - 09:20 AM

Fireside Chat

Speaker: TBA

9.20 AM - 9.50 AM

Panel: Technology in India

Speakers: Meetul Patel (COO, Microsoft India), Anand Patil(Director, Systems Engineering, Cisco), Prabhjeet Singh (Director and Head of Cities, Uber India and SA)

9.50 AM - 10.40 AM

Coffee Break

10.40 AM - 11.00 AM

Panel: India's Evolving Healthcare Landscape

Speakers: Dr. Sangita Reddy (Joint MD, Apollo Hospitals Group) , Gaurav Agarwal (Co-Founder,, Puncham Mukim(MD, Everstone Group)

11.00 AM - 11.50 AM

Panel: Future of Educational Technology in India

Moderator: Mukul Pandya(Ececutive Director, Knowledge@Wharton) ; Speakers: Ashish Chaudhry(Director and CEO, Aakash Educational Services Ltd),  Nishant Baghel (Director of Technology Innovation, Pratham) Namita Dalmia (Principal, Omidyar Network),  Jawahir Morarji (Business Head, Eruditus Executive Education)

11.50 AM - 12.40 PM

Lunch Break

12:40 PM - 01:30 PM

Fireside Chat

Speaker :TBA

1.30 PM - 2.00 PM

Wharton India Startup Challenge:Final Pitches

VC Judges : Rajinder Balaraman (Director, Matrix Partners), Sakshi Chopra (Principal,Sequoia Capital), Ravi Gururaj (Angel Investor, Indian Venture Capital Association)

2.00 PM - 3.40 PM

Coffee Break

3.40 PM - 4.00 PM

Panel: India's growth in the next decade

Speakers: Sujoy Bose (MD, National Investment & Infrastructure Fund), Deepak Baghla (CEO, Invest India)

4.00 PM - 4.50 PM

WISC Award Ceremony

4.50 PM - 5.00 PM

Closing Keynote : Manish Maheshwari (MD, Twitter India)

5.00 PM - 5.20 PM

Closing Remarks : Mr Udai Dhawan (Partner & Head of India, Affirma Capital)

5.20 PM - 5 30 PM

WIEF Podcast Series

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