Babson Hosts 3rd Annual Babson India Symposium: The Best Of A Billion Minds
The 3rd Babson India Symposium will be held on March 10th, 2018 at the Babson College Wellesley campus and will bring together students, alumni, faculty, and staff to connect, build relationships, and network with esteemed speakers and their peers.
The Babson India Symposium was created to provide a platform for students and professionals in the Boston area to learn about India, listen to and network with some of the most eminent business leaders, entrepreneurs, academicians, and eminent sporting and media personalities from India.
The Best of a Billion Minds –
In line with the theme for this year – ‘The Best of Billion Minds’ – the event day will be filled with panel discussions and keynotes by business leaders, future entrepreneurs, and academicians, from big business, start-ups, sports, media, and entertainment. Our esteemed speakers will be sharing their stories, experiences, and thoughts on opportunities in India. The event also includes a performance by the Berklee School of Music’s Indian Ensemble.
Scheduled speakers include:
- Abhinav Bindra – Olympic Gold Medalist and Entrepreneur
Keynote Theme – Lessons from the most unique sporting journey, that hold true in the world of entrepreneurship.
- Malini Agarwal – Founder, MissMalini.com
Keynote Theme – Secret to not just succeeding but creating your own world and then succeeding in it. Hear a story of breaking conventions by following your passion, building a successful content business, inspiring change in consumer behavior and building a brand.
- Tarun Khanna – Author, Economic Strategist (Niti Aayog), Entrepreneur
Keynote theme – What special pieces does India hold in the jigsaw puzzle of the world’s future?
- Harsha Agadi – Chairman, Quiznos
Keynote theme – Investing in India is good business. Hear the story of a serial CEO for large MNC Food and Beverage companies like Quiznos and Friendly’s.
- Panel – What is holding India back from making a larger impact at the world stage?
CEO’s of the India arms of MNC’s talk about opportunities and roadblocks of doing business in India – infrastructure, human resources, regulation, and others. Panelists include Mr. Prashant Prabhu (President, Michelin India-Africa-Middle East), Dr. Sanjeev K Chaudhry (MD, Super Religare), Mr. Neville Taraporewalla (President, Brand Capital, Times Group) & Mr. Navjot Singh (Managing Partner, McKinsey, Boston)
- Panel – Technology solving problems in India and why some entrepreneurs succeed.
Hear technology entrepreneurs and VC’s talk about what entrepreneurs need to succeed and how technology can solve big problems like payments, data collection and analysis, amongst others in developing countries. Panelists include Mr. Aditya Kurjekar (CEO, Let’s Talk Payments), Mr. Preetish Nijhawan (Co-Founder, Akamai Technologies and Partner, Cervin Ventures), Ms. Lakshmi Nambiar (Partner, Anthill Ventures) Mr. Ahmed Naqvi (CEO & Co-founder, Gozoop)
- Panel – Babson Comes Back (Moderated by Ms. Kerry Healey, President of Babson College).
Learn about how learnings from business schools help in succeeding and what they wish they had known when they graduated.
Panelists include Mr. Rahul Kanodia (CEO, Datamatics Global Services Limited), Mr. Dinesh Wadhwani (CEO & Founder, ThinkLite) & Ms. Savitha Sridharan (Founder, Orora Global, Inc.)
- Performance from the Berklee School of Music’s India Ensemble!