Indiaspora Global Forum

The Indiaspora Global Forum is our annual flagship event which attracts leaders and change agents and affords them the opportunity to engage in intellectually stimulating discussions and powerful networking on issues that affect the Indian diaspora. Building on last year’s Forum, Indiaspora will be convening a truly global event this year with participants from Canada, England, Europe, UAE, Singapore, Australia, and other regions all over the world.

This year, the event will take place from September 13-15, 2019 at the Tarrytown House Estate on The Hudson in Tarrytown, New York, about 30 minutes north of New York City.

We look forward to a successful and engaging Forum!

Friday, September 13

6 pm Welcome Reception

7:30 pm Dinner

Saturday, September 14

7 am Yoga

8 am Breakfast

9 am Morning Plenary Session: Global Leaders in Business & Politics

Corporate Leaders Panel

Keynote: Leading with Soul

Rishad Tobaccowala, Chief Growth Officer, Publicis Groupe

For the past decade, he has advised businesses all over the world on how to understand the global, demographic and technological changes that are cascading around the world, impacting business models, people’s expectations, and how information and communication is evolving. He shares how to “restore the soul of business” and lead in this data-driven age.

Political Leader

Senator Ratna Omidvar, Independent Senator of Canada and World Refugee Rights Leader

10:30 am Coffee Break

11 am Breakout Sessions

  • Colors of India: Reviving interest in Diaspora Arts
  • Entrepreneurship in Developing Nations
  • For the People: Can We Create a Culture of Public Service?

12:15 pm Lunch

2 pm Afternoon Plenary: India & Geopolitics

Global Geopolitics panel

Global Women Leaders panel

  • Sejal Hathi, Resident Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital, social entrepreneur and Indiaspora Board Member
  • Nina Davuluri, Entrepreneur, filmmaker and 2014 Miss America
  • Cimeran Kapur, Founder & CEO of Communikind

The Intersection of India’s Policy, Politics & the Economy

  • Yamini Aiyar, President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi (moderator)
  • Rakesh Mohan, Senior Fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University and Distinguished Fellow, Brookings India
  • Vijay Chauthaiwale, In-Charge, Foreign Affairs Department, Bharatiya Janata Party, New Delhi
  • Manoj Ladwa, Founder and Chief Executive, India Inc. Group, London

3:30 pm Coffee Break

4 pm Breakout Sessions

  • Desis on the Move: Global Immigration of the Diaspora
  • Affirmative Action for Women Entrepreneurs?
  • Around India In An Hour: A snapshot of Employment, Entrepreneurship & the Environment with an India at 75 Update by Rajan Navani

5:30 pm Outdoor Activities

6:30 pm Cocktail Reception

7:30 pm Entertainment

Piano: Classical Indian and Western fusion

Reena Esmail & Saili Oak

8 pm Dinner

Sunday, September 15

7 am Sunrise with Sree: Instagram with Digital Guru Sree Sreenivasan

8 am Breakfast

9 am Plenary: Philanthropy & Social Impact

HeritageINDIA: An Indiaspora fully-sponsored and 360+ powered birthright trip to India for high school students

Keynote: DJ Jassal, High School Senior, Alexandria, Virginia 

Keynote: Maya Vishwakarma, Founder, Sukarma Foundation, ‘Padwoman of India’

Fireside Chat with Vidya Shah, CEO, EdelGive Foundation

Keynote: Seema Hingorani, Senior Advisor, Crestview, and Founder, Girls Who Invest

Keynote: Malvika Iyer, motivational speaker, award-winning disability rights activist, model

Keynote: Atul Satija, Founder of Give and The/Nudge Foundation (invited)

Chalo Give: A preview of a week-long giving initiative by the Indian diaspora to revolutionary NGOs transforming communities at home and abroad. Oct. 2 – 8. 

10:30 am Coffee Break

11 am Breakout Sessions

  • Meet the Authors: Writers in the Nonprofit, Policy, Career & Inspirational realms
  • The Way Forward: Advocating for our communities, i.e. LGBTQIA, Women’s Rights & More

12:15 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Forum concludes