One Globe Forum 2019 To Focus on Ideas and Impact of Building a 21st Century Knowledge Economy in India & South Asia

~Bringing speakers from over 25 countries to India’s leading annual thought leadership platform on linkages between economic growth, entrepreneurship, education, innovation, technology and health~

New Delhi, 15th January 2019: The eighth edition of the One Globe Forum, will be held on February 1 & 2, 2019 at The Imperial Hotel, New Delhi. The forum brings together global thought leaders who discuss, debate and deliberate on themes most relevant to building a 21st century knowledge economy in South East Asia. It also explores topics that focus on the intersection of technology, innovation, urban governance, regional collaboration and higher education.

Over the last 7 editions, the One Globe Forum has had 7 editions, 510 speakers, 1550 attendees, 29 cabinet ministers, 42 senior bureaucrats, 214 C-Suite MDs, Eds, CEOs, COOs and 11 defence chiefs. The One Globe Forum enables its delegates to network with a multitude of senior government officials, decision makers, corporates and thought leaders from across the globe. The keynote sessions and panel discussions bring together leading industry leaders, academic professionals, policy makers, influencers and entrepreneurs. In 2018, the One Globe Forum hosted eminent thought leaders who spoke about some of the most important topics of the year, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain and entrepreneurship, to name a few.

This year, the One Globe Forum will bring together over 60 speakers and 240 delegates that will focus on conversations around a connected and disruptive globe The topics will range from disruptive technologies such as AI and its impact on mobility, education and skill development and their impact on the youth, as well as entrepreneurship and economic growth specially in a year that is politically critical for the South East Asian countries. The Forum will also explore themes around the biggest elections in South East Asia involving a huge youth population, with 133 Mn new voters.

Last year, Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister for Food Processing, congratulated the One Globe Forum, in her inaugural speech and lauded the Forum for inviting a host of women speakers and delegates, ensuring female participation in a relevant debate. “This is especially important in a country where women are suffering from economic and other threats – such as gender and cultural biases. It is extremely critical to level the playing field for both genders if India aspires to economic growth.” She further added, “I would like to congratulate the One Globe Forum for being a huge success. May this grow and replace Davos in coming years. “

Speaking about the Forum, Mr. Harjiv Singh, Convener, One Globe Forum says, “One Globe Forum was created to focus on ideas around developing and growing 25% of the world that lives in India and South Asia and increasing their global GDP contribution to over 25% in the coming decades from less than 5% today. 2019 is an exciting year for India and South Asia, as India alone, will have over 130 million young new voters who will vote for the first time to help shape the political landscape for the coming years.”

New political trends are emerging in our neighboring countries as well.  For instance, Pakistan will mark the second time that one civilian government has handed power to another after serving a full term – a historic landmark. On the other hand, Bangladesh changed the country’s direction away from authoritarianism, to democratic space.

The Forum, through the One Globe Awards ceremony, will honor organizations, entrepreneurs and start-ups that have contributed towards building a 21st-century knowledge economy. The categories for these awards include Enabling a Digital EconomyInitiating R&DContributing to Smart Cities, Entrepreneurship and Making a Social Impact. It aims to offer the most influential assessment on building knowledge economies globally. Applications will be benchmarked against top performers from across industries and sectors.

The advisory board members include Anurag Thakur, Member of Parliament; Lord Raj Loomba CBE, Founder & Chairman Trustee, The Loomba Foundation; Jerry Hultin, Chairman, Global Smart City Council, Barcelona & Senior Presidential Fellow New York University; Mukul Pandya, Edition-in-Chief, Knowledge@Wharton; Dr. Siddharth Saxena, Chairperson Cambridge Central Asia Forum, University of Cambridge; Dr. Shailaja Fennell, Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge; Gaurav Verma, COO, US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF); Makarand Chipalkatti, Managing Director, Dr. Chips Consulting LLC; Rajeev Kakar, Non-Executive Director, Gulf International Bank, Bahrain, Eurobank Ergasias SA, Greece; Mahendra Bapna, Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow; Sheila Hooda, Founder & CEO, Alpha Advisory Partners and Tricia Hazelwood, Managing Director, Mitsubishi, UFJ Securities(USA).

Past speakers have included Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister of Food Processing Industries; Shri. Salman Khurshid, Former Union Cabinet Minister of External Affairs; Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO Niti Aayog; Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha; Mr. Patrick Santillo, Minister – Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy in New Delhi; Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum & Natural GasMinister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship; Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Former Chief Minister of the Delhi; Dr. Mukesh Aghi, President, U.S-India Strategic Partnership Forum; Baroness Sandip Verma, Member of the House of Lords; Mr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India; Mr. Michael Allen, Former Senior Advisor to former President George W. Bush and Dr. K.P Krishnan, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship among others.

Past sponsors and partners for the One Globe Forum include CISCO, Uber, Adobe, USISPF, Swedish Chamber of Commerce and European Business Group (EBG). Key speakers in the past have represented corporates such as Adobe, Archie Comics Publications, Coursera, Ericsson, Facebook, Fortis Healthcare, McKinsey, Microsoft, MLS Chase, Oracle, SEBI, Tata Group, Xerox, YES Bank, among others.

Top universities and academic institutions like College Board, Columbia University, University of Cambridge, BITS Pilani, Campus France, The Wharton School University of Pennsylvania, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, OP Jindal Global University, Pratham Education Foundation, New York University, Knowledge@Wharton, University of Tokyo, United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) have represented the education sector at the One Globe Forum.

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About One Globe Forum

The annual One Globe Forum, a Braingain Global initiative, brings together global thought leaders to discuss how we build a 21st-century knowledge economy in India and South Asia. It is India’s leading forum exploring the intersection of technology, innovation, smart cities, skills, regional collaboration and education and their role in building a 21st century knowledge economy.

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