Pre – Event Press Release

The India Dialog at Stanford

The Institute for Competitiveness to host “The India Dialog” in collaboration with US Asia Technology Management Center at Stanford University.

Hon’ble Minister Mansukh Mandviya, Arvind Virmani, Bibek Debroy, Amitabh Kant, Param Iyer, Rajesh Bhushan to deliver Keynote Addresses.

Stanford University, Palo Alto, 23rd and 24th February 2023

The Institute for Competitiveness (IFC) is organizing “TheIndiaDialog” in collaboration with US Asia Technology Management Center (US-ATMC) at Stanford University on February 23 & 24, 2023. The theme of the conference is “The Indian Economy 2023: Innovation, Competitiveness and Social Progress”.

India has charted a resilient roadmap for growth and development through focused policy implementation. To take stock of the transformations in the Indian economy and the social progress achieved in recent years, IFC and US ATMC are convening world-leading experts and intellectuals in economics, business, policy-making, and social development to provide their up-to-date perspectives into the state of the India economy in 2023.  Through a series of  keynote addresses, panel discussions, and fireside chats on themes of Innovation, Competitiveness and Social Progress, participants will gain an outlook into the future for India and the challenges to its continued progress. Speakers and panelists will address on issues like Economic and Social Progress in India, Water Management, India’s Digital Revolution, Enabling Social Progress through Social Policies, Providing Healthcare for all, Transforming Education Sector et al. The conference is chaired by Amit Kapoor, Lecturer, Stanford University and Chairman, Institute for Competitiveness and Richard Dasher, Director, US Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University.

As a precursor to the event, there would be a fire side chat with John Chambers, Former Chairman and CEO, CISCO.

Dr. Bibek Debroy, Chairman of the Economic Advisor Council to the Prime Minister sets the stage for the inaugural session on February 23, 2023 (Day 1)  with a keynote address.. He will share his ideas on the factors behind India’s recent economic and social progress and the impact of government policies. The keynote is followed by panel discussions on Regional Differences, Ease of Living, Labor Transformation, Water Management and Importance of Education. The event have an exceptional line up of speakers sharing their views on the above themes. Speakers include TV Nagendra Prasad, Counsel General of India, SanFrancico ; Nancy Izzo Jackson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for India, US Department of State; Kunal Kumar, Joint Secretary and Director, SMART City Mission, GoI;  Radhika Prabhu, Exec. Director, US – India Alliance for Women’s Economic Empowerment, US Department of State; Satyajit Singh, Professor, Department of Political Science, UCSB; Geetha Murali CEO, Room to Read ; Pawan Sain, Joint Secretary, EAC – PM, Government of India; Karen Klimowski, Deputy India Mission Director, USAID ; Richard Damania, Chief Economist, Sustainable Development Practice Group, World Bank; Michael Enright, Professor, Northeastern University; Harshul Asnani, Sr. Vice President and Head of the Global Technology Business, Tech Mahindra; Ashish Jhalani, President – International Markets, Square Panda Inc. & MD, Square Panda India  et al. Christian Ketels, Principal Associate, Harvard Business School plans to share insights from the “Competitiveness Roadmap for India@100”. While Michael Enright  will speak on the Impact of FDI in India. A report on “Foundational Literacy and Numeracy” will be released during the day. The report is done by the Institute for Competitiveness as mandated by the Economic Advisor Council to the Prime Minister . Keynote on LiFE: India Walking the Talk on Climate Action” would be delivered by Parameswaran Iyer, CEO NITI Aayog, Government of India.

In the evening, The Honourable Minister Shri. Mansukh Mandviya, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, GoI will deliver a keynote address on robust health infrastructure developed in recent years and the steps taken by the government to provide quality and affordable healthcare to all its people. A working paper on “Healing the Economy: Estimating Economic Impact of Vaccination and related measures” is schedule to be released at the event. The Paper is  authored by Amit Kapoor, Lecturer, Stanford University and Richard Dasher, Director, US Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University.  Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, GoI; Hari Menon, Director India Country Office, BMGF and SV Subramanian, Professor at Harvard TH Chans School of Public Health would be sharing their remarks on the paper.

The second day of the conference (February 24, 2023) begins with an insightful talk by Amitabh Kant, Sherpa, G20, GoI on “India’s Transformation through Digital Public Infrastructure”. Arvind Virmani, Member NITI Aayog is set to deliver a keynote address on “India’s Rise from Emerging Economy to Developed Country “. The day also includes a series of panel discussions on Redefining Healthcare, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, Social Progress and International Engagement for India. The speakers include Stephen Ezell, Vice President, Global Innovation Policy, ITI; Nikolaj Gilbert, CEO, PATH; Neil Buddy Shah, CEO, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI); Robert Eberhert, Professor, UCLA; Steven Vogel, Professor of Political Science and Political Economy, University of California, Berkeley; Mathew Bishop,  Senior fellow in the Center for Sustainable Development, Brookings; E Somanathan, Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioural Sciences, Stanford University; Mark Esposito, Professor, Hult Int’l Business School & Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education; MR Rangaswami, MD, Indiasopra et al.

The India Dialog is packed with exciting and valuable content in addition to opportunities for peer networking. The sessions of the conference will be recorded and shared after the event. For details about the event including registration, a complete list of speakers and the full agenda, are available at  or at

The press release was published with Business Wire on February 20, 2023 and could also be looked up at


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