Ajay Maken, Sam Pitroda to deliver keynote address at Harvard India conference

PTI Washington | Updated on March 10, 2013

Top Indian politicians, economists and corporate executives will deliver keynote address at the two-day Harvard India conference on the country’s growth story and the way ahead.

The conference is jointly organised by the students of Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School.

Ajay Maken, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Sam Pitroda, Advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Ashok Alexander, former India country director of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO, Disney UTV, are among the invitees who will deliver keynote address at the two-day conference that kicks off in Boston today.

However, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, has cancelled his scheduled keynote address at the conference.

“Harvard University and a roster of global luminaries gather to embrace the most powerful reality of the Indian story: that there is no single, universal Indian narrative,” organisers of the conference said.

Maken will deliver the keynote address on ‘Challenges of Urbanisation’.

“Alphons Kannanthanam, former MLA and BJP leader, Dilip Sankarreddy of Loksatta Party, and Mahua Moitra of All-India Trinamool Congress Party, have also been invited to participate in a panel discussion on ‘Politics as a vocation: Pathways for young people to engage in Indian politics’,” they said.

Siddharth Roy Kapur of Studios of UTV motion pictures will speak on Indian cinema’s trajectory over the past decade, with a focus on what the future holds for the largest film producing nation in the world.

He will discuss the Indian film industry’s balancing act on nurturing the massive domestic opportunity and scaling it to greater heights internationally.

Among others, Harry Aurora, CEO of iTutor Inc, has been invited to be a panelist on ‘Developing India’s Silicon Valley’.

Published on March 09, 2013

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