2013 India Conference


All conference events take place in Cornell Hall, Room D-313, UCLA Anderson. The networking reception will convene at the UCLA Fowler Museum.

3:00 - 4:00 pm   REGISTRATION | Cornell Hall, Room D-313 Atrium

4:00 - 4.10 pm   WELCOME REMARKS | D-313
Uday Karmarkar | Distinguished Professor, L.A. Times Chair in Technology & Strategy, UCLA Anderson

4:10 - 4:30 pm  KEYNOTE ADDRESS 
Arvind Singhal '82 | Chairman, Technopak

Romain Wacziarg | Professor of Global Economics & Management, UCLA Anderson

4:45 - 5:45 pm   PANEL DISCUSSION I: INNOVATION: India 2013 - A New Hub of Innovation 
Gunjan Bagla | Consultant, Founder and Managing Director, Amritt, Inc.
Shekhar Chitnis | Founder, CEO and President, Chisk Inc. and Chitnis Consulting Inc.
Navneet S. Chugh | Managing Partner, The Chugh Firm
Moderator: Vandana (Ann) Mangal | Executive Director, Easton Technology Leadership Program, UCLA Anderson

India, a country of 1.3 billion people and many different languages, cultures and religions is getting more connected. Technology is increasingly fueling these connections, with Internet penetration reaching 137 million users (Internet World Stats, 2012) and 27 million urban users adopting smart phones (Nielsen, 2012). This is only one example of the technology innovations the country is currently undergoing within a variety of different and varying industries and sectors. This panel will discuss opportunities and challenges that this wave of innovation brings for the Indian subcontinent and will encourage the thinking of local innovations within a global context.

5:45 - 6:00 pm   BREAK

6:00 - 7:00 pm   PANEL DISCUSSION II: FINANCE: India 2013 - Is it Business as Usual?
Gunjan Bagla | Consultant, Founder and Managing Director, Amritt, Inc.
Toni DasGupta '04 | Head, Insurance and Financial Strategy Group, Kalara Law 
Raghu Mendu
 | Co-Founder & General Partner, Ventureast
Moderator: Bhagwan Chowdhry | Professor of Finance, UCLA Anderson

As the Indian economy shows little sign of slowing and its ever expanding influence throughout Asia continues, this panel will take a deeper look at the financial health and economic environment of the country. It will highlight the changing paradigm of the Indian finance sector,  the macro-economic and budgetary trends and the financial challenges they present, as well as discuss ways to effectively deal with those challenges for successful investments. 

7:00 - 9:00 pm   NETWORKING RECEPTION | UCLA Fowler Museum 

2013 India Conference