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 2020
Mumbai Conference
32 DAYS : 18 HRS : 10 MINS : 10 SECS
10th January 2020
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.

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

Past year's 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 and Dean's speech

08:45 AM - 09:00 AM

Opening Keynote: Deepak Bagla (MD & CEO, Invest India)

09:00 AM - 09:20 AM

Fireside Chat

Speaker: Vikram Limaye (MD & CEO, NSE), Niranjan Narayanaswamy (Editor, Republic TV)

9.20 AM - 9.50 AM

Panel: Energy Outlook in India

Moderator: Saikat Chaudhuri (Executive Director, Mack Institute for Innovation) ;Speakers: Kuldeep Jain (MD, CleanMax Solar), Zia Nariman (Investment Officer, IFC, World Bank),  Rahool Panandiker (Partner and MD, Boston Consulting Group)

9.50 AM - 10.40 AM

Coffee Break

10.40 AM - 11.00 AM

Panel: Future of Mobility

Moderator: Jayesh Ranjan ( Principal Secretary, Government of Telangana) Speakers: Abhay Damle (Joint Secretary, MoRTH, GoI) , Ann Lavin (Senior Director, Public Policy, Asia Pacific, UBER), Anumita Roychowdhury (Executive Director, Centre for Science and Environment)

11.00 AM - 11.50 AM

Panel: Investing in India

Moderator: Vinay Nair (Chairman, 55ip; Professor at Wharton) ; Speakers: Amit Dixit (Senior MD, Blackstone India),  Shweta Jalan (MD, Advent International) Vishal Mahadevia (MD, Warburg Pincus India),  Manas Tandon (MD, Head of India, Partners Group)

11.50 AM - 12.40 PM

Lunch Break

12:40 PM - 01:30 PM

Panel: Impact Investing

Moderator: Deval Sanghavi (Founder, Dasra); Speakers: Vikram Gandhi (HBS Professor | Founder, Asha Impact) , Soumitra Pandey (Partner, The Bridgespan Group) ,Vineet Rai (Founder, Aavishkaar Intellecap Group), Chetna Sinha (Founder, Mann Deshi Foundation), Smita Aggarwal (Director - Investments, Omidyar Network)

1.30 PM - 2.20 PM

Fireside Chat

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

2.20 PM - 2.50 PM

Panel: India's Evolving Healthcare Landscape

Moderator: Gans Ganapati (Director & Co-Founder, HealthCare Global);  Speakers: Vishal Bali (Executive Chairman, Asia Healthcare Holdings; Senior Advisor, TPG Growth) , Meena Ganesh (MD & CEO, Portea Medical),  Dr. Srinath Reddy (President, Public Health Foundation of India)  , Annaswamy Vaidheesh (VP South Asia & MD - India, GlaxoSmithKline)

02:50 PM - 3.40 PM

Coffee Break

3.40 PM - 4.00 PM

Panel: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Bollywood

Moderator: Rajeev Masand (Film Critic) ; Speakers: Richa Chadha (Bollywood), Tarun Mansukhani (Director, Bollywood),  Milan Luthria (Director, Bollywood)

4.00 PM - 4.50 PM

WISC Award Ceremony

4.50 PM - 5.00 PM

Closing Keynote : Pankaj Munjal (MD , Hero Cycles)

5.00 PM - 5.20 PM

Closing Remarks

5.20 PM - 5 30 PM

WIEF Podcast Series

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