8:00 - 9:00

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 - 9:10

Welcome Address by MIT-India

S. P. Kothari

Gordon Y Billard Professor of Accounting and Finance and Director, MIT India Program

9:15 - 10:00

Keynote Address

via Videoconference

Honorable Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

Current Union Minister of Information Technology and Law and Justice



10:15- 11:00



Startup India: Envisioning The Next Chapter

Ananth Narayanan

CEO, Myntra and Jabong and ex-director McKinsey

Kartik Varma

Investor and Co-founder

Mahesh Murthy

Marketer, Investor, and Commentator; Cofounder and Managing Partner, Seedfund

Vish Mishra

Venture Capitalist, seasoned entrepreneur, Director & Charter Member - TiE

Gita Rao (Moderator)

Senior Lecturer in Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management; Founder and President of Aspari Capital

11:15- 12:00



Leveraging Technology for Social Impact

Karl Mehta

Founder & CEO, EdCast; Founder Code For India and Co-Author of ‘Financial Inclusion at Bottom of the Pyramid’

Santosh Mathew

Former Joint Secretary of Ministry of Rural Development and current chairperson, National Council for Teacher Education of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India

Venkat Srinivasan

Vice-Chair of the Board of the American India Foundation [AIF]; CEO & Chairman RAGE Frameworks

Anjali Sastry (Moderator)

Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management & Lecturer at Harvard Medical School

12:00 – 12:30

Lunch – product demo and networking session

12:30 – 1:00

Working lunch series – parallel sessions


Keynote Address: Fireside Chat

Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Renowned Indian Economist and Former, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission




Distinguished Speaker:

Innovations in the Energy Sector


Sumant Sinha and

Rob Stoner

Rob Stoner, the Deputy Director of MIT Energy Initiative in conversation with Sumant Sinha, Founder, Chairman and CEO of ReNew Power Ventures - a leading Indian renewable power energy IPP.  Previously, he was the CFO of Aditya Birla and CEO of Aditya Birla Retail.


Independent Remarks

Sanjay Sarma

Vice President of Open Learning, co-founder of the Auto-ID Center at MIT and Fred Fort Flowers and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT





Imagining India 2030: Building Innovative Corporations

Amit Midha

President and EVP, Dell, Asia-Pacific and Japan Comm

Anish Shah

Group President (strategy), Mahindra Group

Nish Acharya

CEO, Citizence; former senior advisor in Obama Administration and Author of “The India-US Partnership: $1 Trillion By 2030”.

Sudhanshu Vats

Group CEO, Viacom 18 India

Sanjay Sarma (Moderator)

Vice President of Open Learning and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT






The Disruptive Future of Media

Shekhar Kapur

Shraysi Tandon, a new york based filmmaker and journalist discusses the ‘disruptive future of media in this digital era’ with two award winning film makers and producers – Shekhar Kapur and Anurag Kashyap


Anurag Kashyap

5:45 – 6:00

Closing Remarks