- 8:00 am | Breakfast
- 9:00 am to 10:15 am | Opening Plenary & Town Hall Meeting
The Role of Indian Americans – Coming of Age
We are now perceived as a powerful minority – are we really? We have a blend of two generations – what does this mean? How do we harness the power of the 3 million? Led by our Founders Circle, all participants will share ideas and opinions in a spirited and candid fashion – this not for attribution opening town hall session.
M.R. Rangaswami – Founder, Indiaspora
Shekar Narasimhan – Board, Member Indiaspora
Rajan Navani – Board Member, Indiaspora
Karthick Ramakrishnan – UC Riverside – “Unveiling the Indiaspora Survey
Representative Joe Crowley (NY)
Desh Deshpande, Kris Gopalakrishnan & Sunil Wadhwani – Indiaspora Founders Circle
Ramesh Raskar: “Kumbhathon and Beyond”
- 10:15 am | Coffee/Tea Break
- 10:45 am to 12:00 pm – Room TBA | Breakout Sessions
– What Does It Take to Make It In US Politics?
Over 30 Indian Americans ran for office in the 2014 cycle and many more are expected to do so next time around. Can we have a national agenda? How can we be successful?
Moderator: Rep. Ami Bera
Panelists: Kumar Barve, Neel Kashkari, Ro Khanna, Raja Krishnamoorthi
- – Indian American Women in Leadership
The role of women is rightfully a major area of concern. Are Indian American women in a better position than their American or Indian counterparts?
Moderator: Sejal Hathi
Panelists: Maya Ajmera, Maina Chawla Singh, Vikram Gandhi, Priya Natarajan
- – Immigration Issues – the $64,000 Questions
H1B, Green card, undocumented… What are the priorities? How do we get the message across to the political establishment and policy makers?
Moderator: Suman Raghunathan
Panelists: Navneet Chugh, Nishith Desai, Rucha Humnabadkar, Devesh Kapur
- – Media and Indian Americans – Is It Time For A Global Channel?
Indian Americans have now moved into key roles in major media throughout the US. The worldwide diaspora exceeds 30 million and there is a large appetite for news, entertainment and the like. Is it time to do something different?
Moderator: Atul Singh
Panelists: Ninan Chacko, Ashok Malik, Aneesh Raman, Arun Venugopal
- – “UnConference” TBD at the Forum
- 12:30 pm | Lunch Plenary & Mid-day Recap
US Priorities for the US-India Relationship
Senator Tim Kaine (VA) and Representative Ami Bera (CA)
Moderator Shekar Narasimhan
- 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm | Afternoon Plenary
How to Create A Vibrant US-India Partnership for the 21st Century
The US and India have a love affair. Will this result in a happy marriage? What is the give and take? Can this partnership withstand a rocky road? A powerful panel will have a no holds barred discussion and debate.
Arun Singh, Indian Ambassador to the United States
Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of State
Arun Kumar, Assistant Secretary, United States Department of Commerce
Puneet Talwar, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
Sadanand Dhume, American Enterprise Institute
Update from the Indiaspora Delhi Dialogue
Sudhir Jain, Rajan Navani, Inderpreet Wadhwa
- 3:15 pm | Coffee/Tea Break
- 3:45 pm to 5:00 pm – Room TBA | Breakout Sessions
– Five Ideas to Increase Business Between the US and India
US-India trade is now $100 billion and the objective is to grow it five fold as soon as possible. Is this realistic? What needs to be done to get us there?
Moderator: Nish Acharya
Panelists: Mukesh Aghi, Ashok Mago, Jigar Patel, Vikram Singh
- – How Can We Collaborate to Skill 500 million Indians?
India has enviable statistics – the largest young population in the world. But they have to be educated and more importantly gainfully employed. This requires more than rote education. What can we learn from the US and how can we help?
Moderator: Sunder Ramaswamy
Panelists: Ashish Dhawan, Sunil Kumar, Deepa Prahalad, Aromar Revi
- – Indian Americans in Non-Traditional Professions
The stereotypes are being broken everyday. Indian Americans are making their mark in professions outside the comfort zone. They are inspired by India and also collaborating in new ways with their heritage and culture. Is there a pattern?
Moderator: Balan Ayyar
Panelists: Reena Esmail, Arvind Manocha, Sheetal Prajapati, KK Raghava
- – Creating A Powerful and Virtual Indian American Network for Change
The Modi visit galvanized the community and showed what can happen when we are excited and proud. Can this be the start of a new network? How can we create a sustainable one?
Moderator: Raj Goyle
Panelists: Sanjay Ramabhadran, Anand Shah, Mansi Shah, Navin Thukkaram
- – The Holy Grail: Intersection of Medicine and Technology
We have debated healthcare issues ad nauseum with no results. Can the best minds in medicine and tech come up with innovative and game changing solutions?
Moderator: Pat Basu
Panelists: Bala Ambatti, Amita Gupta, Goutham Narla, Amita Shukla
- 5:15 pm to 6:00 pm | Five Pillars for A Meaningful Life
Dada JP Vaswani
- 7:00 pm | Gala Evening
Black Tie or Indian Formal
Soprano Kamala Sankaram
Comedian Vijai Nathan
- 8:00 am | Breakfast
- 8:45 am to 10:00 am | Morning Plenary
Manoj Bhargava: “Two Impactful Innovations for India”
Vivek Murthy: “Of Saints, Scientists and Surgeons General”
Sunil Wadhwani: “Affordable healthcare in India”
Shiv Khemka: “Educating India’s Youth: Where Do We Go from Here?”
Ramji Raghavan: “Sparking creativity and curiosity ”
Sri Ramasubban: “India’s Apollo Moment”
- 10:00 am | Coffee/Tea Break
- 10:15 am to 11:30 am – Room TBA | Breakout Sessions
– The Role of Philanthropy
We are the highest earning demographic in the United States at $89,000 a year. How do we translate this success into helping others in the US and India? Are there new giving models? Can we move the needle and become role models?
Moderator: Vivek Maru
Panelists: Gowri Ishwaran, Anand Parameswaran, Ramji Raghavan, Nalini Saligram
- – How Can Indian Americans Impact Policy in the US?
The next US Presidential elections are almost here. Politicians will be coming to the community for help and support. What are our core values? Do we have an agenda?
Moderator: Neera Tanden
Panelists: Persis Khambatta, Ravi Sandill, Ganesh Sitaraman, Mini Timmaraju
- – Youth Power – Connecting Young Indian Americans and Indians
The diaspora is as strong as our next generation. How do we get the youth from our community and India connected and collaborating? This is our next big opportunity – how do we play it?
Moderator: Pradeep Khosla
Panelists: Ayna Agarwal, Abin Kuriakose, Varun Sivaraman, Anshul Tewari
- – How Do We Leverage “Soft Power” – Religion, Yoga, Fashion, Bollywood and Cuisine
India’s contribution to the world in non-economic and political fields has been as important. This soft power can be the secret weapon that works to resolve issues. What are the latest trends and how can we leverage them for good?
Moderator: Srinivas Aravamudan
Panelists: Jyoti Bachani, Mitra Kalita, Kanniks Kannikeswaran, Suhag Shukla
- – “UnConference” TBD at the Forum
- 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | Closing Plenary & Lunch
Busses to Union Station and Dulles Airport depart at 1:10 pm