Panel 1: Beyond Macroeconomics: Public Policy for Growth
Keynote Speaker: Arun Maira
Former Member, Planning Commission

Arun Maira is one of those rare people who has held leadership positions in both the public and private sectors, in India and abroad. He brings a unique perspective on how stakeholders can work together to develop a better society. In his career spanning five decades, he has been a Member of India’s Planning Commission, Chairman of the Boston Consulting Group in India, CEO of Innovation Associates in the USA, and earlier served in leadership positions in the Tata Group.

A well-grounded thinker and writer, his books include Redesigning the Aeroplane While Flying: Reforming Institutions; Transforming Capitalism: Improving the World for Everyone; and Shaping the Future: Aspirational Leadership in India and Beyond.

Bhaskar Chakravorti
Senior Associate Dean of International Business & Finance, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy

Bhaskar Chakravorti is Senior Associate Dean of International Business & Finance at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and the founding Executive Director of Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context and the Council on Emerging Market Enterprises. He currently serves on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Economics of Innovation.

Prior to Fletcher, Bhaskar was a Partner of McKinsey & Company, a Distinguished Scholar at MIT's Legatum Center and on the faculty of Harvard Business School and Harvard University Center for the Environment.  He was a leader of McKinsey’s Innovation and Global Forces practices and taught innovation and entrepreneurship at Harvard.  In a 20+ year career, he has been an advisor to CEOs, senior management and Boards of over 30 companies in the Fortune 500 and worked across the Americas, EU, Asia and Africa, and multiple industries, high tech, life sciences, renewable energies and consumer. His best-selling book, “The Slow Pace of Fast Change: Bringing Innovations to Market in a Connected World” is considered one of the most influential books in the practice of innovation. With over 80 articles in top-tier academic journals, multiple books and articles in widely-read media, e.g., Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, He speaks frequently on National Public Radio and has a regular column on CNN, Huffington Post and the Indian Express. Bhaskar is a graduate of Delhi University's St. Stephen's College, the Delhi School of Economics and has a PhD in economics from the University of Rochester, where he was a University Fellow.

Deepak Lal
James S. Coleman Professor Emeritus of International Development Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles and Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at University College London

Deepak Lal is the James S. Coleman Professor Emeritus of International Development Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles, Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at University College London, and a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute. He was a member of the Indian Foreign Service (1963-66) and has served as a consultant to the Indian Planning Commission, the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, various UN agencies, South Korea, and Sri Lanka. From 1984 to 1987 he was research administrator at the World Bank. Prof. Lal is also a prolific author and has written several best-selling books such as The Poverty of Development Economics; The Hindu Equilibrium; Against Dirigisme; The Political Economy of Poverty, Equity and Growth etc

Prachi Mishra
Chief General Manager, Reserve Bank of India

Prachi Mishra is Chief General Manager and Special Adviser in the Department of Economic Policy and Research at the Reserve Bank of India. Prior to that she was Senior Economist in the Office of Chief Economic Advisor in the Ministry of Finance, and at the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council in the Government of India; and Senior Economist at the International Monetary Fund. At the IMF, she has worked for the Monetary and Capital Markets, Research, Western Hemisphere, and Fiscal Affairs departments, and in office of the First Deputy Managing Director, Stanley Fischer. She received a PhD in Economics from Columbia University in 2004, and a Masters from the Delhi School of Economics in 1999. Her research interests are in areas of international economics, macroeconomics and political economy. Her recent papers have been published in the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Development Economics and Economic and Political Weekly.

Rohit Modi
CEO, International Operations & New Business, Suzlon Energy Limited

Rohit Modi is the CEO, International Operations & New Business, Suzlon Energy Limited. Having pursued his Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from Sri Ram College of Commerce and Masters in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, Mr Modi joined the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) in 1985 and served as an IAS Officer till 1999.  In an illustrious career in the Indian Administrative Services, he held various senior positions in Government of India and State Government of Manipur. After resigning from IAS, Mr Modi took over as Chief Executive Officer of Tamil Nadu Road Development Company Ltd (TNRDC).  From April, 2000 to September, 2001 Mr Modi also functioned as Managing Director & CEO of Mahindra Industrial Park Ltd (now Mahindra World City).

Modi has also functioned as Chief Executive of Roads, Bridges & Airports Developmental Projects and Vice President in Larsen & Toubro (L&T); and as the Deputy Managing Director of Gammon India Limited.

Moderator: Rajesh Chakrabarti
Clinical Associate Professor of Public Policy and Executive Director, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, ISB

Rajesh Chakrabarti is the Executive Director of Bharti Institute of Public Policy, and a Clinical Associate Professor at the Indian School of Business. Before joining ISB, he has taught at Georgia Tech, USA, and University of Alberta, Canada and has held several visiting positions including at the ISI, Delhi, IIM, Calcutta, and the Federal Reserve Bank, Atlanta. He has published extensively in international research journals in Finance, Economics and International Business; has authored or edited six books and several book chapters; and is a columnist for Financial Express.

Professor Chakrabarti has published books spanning areas of Finance, Business and Public Policy with reputed academic publishers like Oxford University Press, Sage Publications, and Tata-McGraw Hill as well as trade publishers like Penguin and Rupa. His most recent book has been the critically acclaimed Bihar Breakthrough: The Turnaround of a Beleaguered State that investigates the way in which Bihar’s former Chief Minister Nitish Kumar drove change in the state. He is routinely quoted in the media and has been part of multiple government committees. An alumnus of Presidency College Kolkata, and IIM Ahmadabad, Professor Chakrabarti earned his PhD in Management from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Panel 2: Public and Private Together: The Road to Universal Healthcare
Keynote Speaker: Anil Swarup
Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Government of India

Anil Swarup is presently posted as Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Government of India. Before this assignment, Shri Swarup was Additional Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat, heading the Project Monitoring Group (PMG) specially created to fast track projects that have an investment of Rs 1000 crore or more. During his 15 month stint, the Group facilitated clearances of 180 projects that entailed an investment of around Rs. 6.5 lakh crore.  Earlier he was Director General, Labour Welfare, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India and was engaged in working on policies targeting welfare of workers in the unorganized sector of India, including the implementation of the National Health Insurance Scheme, RSBY. The scheme is the biggest public-private sector partnership model in the social sector, providing health insurance cover to around 150 million persons in the country. The scheme has come to be recognized world over and was selected by UNDP/ILO as one of the top social security schemes in the world.

Swarup holds a Masters degree in Political Science from Allahabad University, where he was awarded the Chancellor’s Gold medal for the best all-round student.

Milan Rao
COO, GE Healthcare, India & South Asia

Milan joined GE in September 2013 as the Chief Operating Officer, GE Healthcare, India & South Asia. In his current role, Milan is leading Sales, Product, Marketing, Communications, Operations and Commercial excellence organizations with a focus on giving strategic direction to the business, driving the P&L of healthcare systems and enabling closer alignment with our customers. In his most recent role as CEO for Enterprise Business at Bharti Airtel, he was responsible for driving growth and profitability of the $ 750 Mn business from corporate and government institutions in India and globally. Prior to Airtel, he held leadership positions at Morgan Stanley, Citibank and Seagram India. Overall, Milan has over 19 years of experience in driving business strategy, sales, marketing and general management in top multinational and Indian companies.

He is a graduate in Computer Science & Engineering from IIT, BHU and completed his Master’s in Business Administration from IIM, Calcutta.

Mandar Vaidya
Partner, McKinsey & Company

Mandar Vaidya is a Partner with the India office of McKinsey & Company and has also worked in their Singapore and London offices. Since joining the Firm in July 2002, he has worked primarily in healthcare; across providers (hospitals), pharmaceuticals, medical devices, equipment and health systems. He sits on the National Healthcare Committee for the CII (Confederation of Indian Industries).

Mandar graduated with a MBBS from Sir J.J Group of Hospitals and Grant Medical College, Mumbai and a MMS from JBIMS.

Sarang Deo
Assistant Professor of Operations Management, ISB

Sarang Deo is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management at the Indian School of Business. His primary area of interest is health care operations with special emphasis on investigating the impact of operations decisions on population level health outcomes. He has studied the influenza vaccine supply chain and the phenomenon of ambulance diversion (in the US), the adult HIV treatment supply chains and the infant HIV diagnosis networks in sub-Saharan Africa, and more recently the TB diagnosis pathway in rural India. He frequently collaborates with international agencies such as the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and his research has been funded by the US National Science Foundation and Grand Challenges Canada.

Prior to joining the ISB, Sarang was Assistant Professor at the Kellogg School of Management. He was a management consultant in the Accenture’s Mumbai office before embarking on an academic career. Sarang has a PhD from UCLA Anderson School of Management, MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, and BTech from IIT Bombay.

Moderator: Mark Allan
Executive Director, Max Institute of Healthcare Management, ISB

Mark Allan is currently the Executive Director of the Max Institute of Healthcare Management, at the Indian School of Business. He has a long history of executive positions in the health industry, as well as having filled senior academic and consulting roles. He also maintains a faculty appointment at the Boston University School of Management. Previously, he was Executive Director for Mental Health and Addictions Strategic Planning and Development at Cambridge Health Alliance, an integrated health care delivery system in the Boston area. He worked on the US cutting edge areas of development of Patient Centered Medical Homes, behavioral health/medical integration, and at-risk arrangement under the Accountable Care Organization model.

He has an MBA in Health Sector Management from Boston University, an MSW from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA from Columbia University.

Panel 3: Avoiding the Middle Income Trap: Innovation for Advanced Manufacturing
Keynote Speaker: Amitabh Kant
Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India

Amitabh Kant is Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Government of India.  He is responsible for formulation and implementation of industrial policy and strategies for industrial development, formulation of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Policy and Promotion and facilitation of FDI, Policies related to Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) in the fields of Patents, Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications. He is also Chairman of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC) & National Productivity Council.  Member of the Indian Administrative Service, IAS (Kerala Cadre: 1980 Batch).  He is the author of “Branding India – An Incredible Story” and has been a key driver of the “Incredible India” and “God’s Own Country” campaigns.

Mr. Kant has earned a B.A. Economic (Hons) from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and a M.A. from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi. He has also studied at the Manchester Business School as a British Chevening Scholar.

Ananth Iyer
Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair In Operations Management, Krannert School Of Management, Purdue University

Ananth Iyer is the Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management at the Krannert School of Management. Since July 2012, he is the faculty director of PurdueNExT, an online learning initiative at Purdue University focused on research-related certificate courses and operated within the Provost’s office.

His teaching and research interests are operations and supply chain management. Professor Iyer’s research currently focuses on analysis of supply chains including the modeling of spare parts supply chains, auto industry supply chains, the impact of promotions on logistics systems in the grocery industry, analysis of the impact of competitors on operational management models and the role of supply contracts. His other topics of study include inventory management in the fashion industry, effect of supplier contracts, and use of empirical data sets in operations management model building. His published works have appeared in Operations Research, Management Science, M&SOM Journal, EJOR, OR Letters, Networks etc. Prior to joining the Krannert faculty in 1996, Professor Iyer taught at the University of Chicago. Professor Iyer has a PhD from the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech, an MS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Syracuse University and a B Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bombay.

Karan Avtar Singh
Principal Secretary, Investment Promotion, and Financial Commissioner, Government of Punjab

Karan Avtar Singh is presently serving as the Principal Secretary, Investment Promotion, Govt. of Punjab, since May 2013 and Financial Commissioner, Govt. of Punjab since November 2014.

A 1984 batch IAS officer, Dr. Singh has earlier served several positions with the Govt. of Punjab including Principal Secretary, Finance, Govt. of Punjab (2009-10), Principal Secretary, Industry & Commerce (Jan, 2013 through May, 2014), Principal Secretary, Science, Technology & Environment and Union of  India as the Protector General of Emigrants, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (April 2010- Jan 2011). Dr. Singh has a BA (honors) in Economics, a LL.B. and a PhD in Economics from University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.


Amit K Sinha
Partner, Bain & Company

Amit is a Partner at Bain & Company. He has spent last 12 years at Bain, having started his career at Bain’s Boston office in 2002. He moved to India in 2006 to help start Bain’s India office as the official first employee. While at Bain, Amit has worked across a range of industries advising private, public and MNC firms as well as the Govt. of India. He leads Bain India’s Industrial goods and services practice with a deep focus on Energy & power, Automotive and Airlines sub-verticals. He plays an active role in Bain’s Performance Improvement practice area and has led several projects to turn around company’s operations. He has written several articles in national print media on mining, power sector reforms and has been extensively quoted in recent times.

He is a member of CII national committee on power sector. He was recently selected for Aspen’s India leadership Fellow program in 2012. Prior to Bain, Amit worked at iGATE Patni where he supported implementation of financial software for clients in Singapore and USA. He started his career with Tata Motors in Jamshedpur as gradate engineer trainee in 1994. Amit holds dual MBA (Finance and Strategy) from The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania, where he was also awarded Palmer and Siebel scholarships. He also holds Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, India.

Rakesh Batra
Partner, Ernst & Young

Rakesh is a Partner at Ernst and Young (EY) and leads their Automotive Sector practice in India and a member of EY’s Global Automotive Leadership Network. He is based in Delhi and has extensive experience of over 30 years in both corporate and consulting roles, working with Indian and multinational clients. He brings significant experience in in the automotive industry and is personally involved in advising vehicle manufacturers, component industry, tyre companies and working with the Industry Associations and Government. He is a regular speaker and has presented papers and participated in panel discussions at various conferences. Rakesh is extensively quoted in the media in India and abroad.

Moderator: Sridhar Seshadri
Professor in the Operations Management Area and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Research, ISB

Sridhar Seshadri is currently the Sr. Associate Dean for Faculty and Research at the Indian School of business (ISB), Hyderabad, India. He was a Professor of Information, Risk, and Operations Management at the University of Texas, Austin. He has also been a faculty member at the Stern School of Business, New York University and the Administrative Staff College of India. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, India. During his teaching career, he was awarded the Stern School of Business Teaching Excellence Award (1998) and recognised as the Stern School of Business Undergraduate Teacher of the Year in 1997. He was awarded the IBM Faculty Fellowship for 2013-14. His current research projects focus on pricing and revenue optimization, and risk management, in supply chains. In addition to teaching, he also serves on the board of directors for Nomi Networks and is on the advisory board of RSG Media, USA.

Professor Seshadri holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley after graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India.

Special Address: Institutional Mechanisms and Incentive Structures: Drivers for Robust Infrastructure
Rakesh Mohan
Executive Director, International Monetary Fund

Rakesh Mohan is Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund, Washington, D.C., USA representing India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bhutan since 1st November, 2012. Till early 2014, Dr. Rakesh Mohan also held the charge of Chairman, National Transport Development Policy Committee, Government of India, in the rank of a Minister of State.

He is currently Vice-Chairman, Indian Institute of Human Settlements, and also Non Resident Senior Research Fellow of Stanford Centre for International Development, Stanford University Stanford. Dr. Mohan was earlier Professor in the Practice of International Economics of Finance, School of Management, and Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute of Global Affairs, Yale University from July 2010. Prior to this, Dr. Mohan was Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India. Dr. Rakesh Mohan is the author of three books on urban economics and urban development, co-author of one and editor of another on Indian economic policy reforms, and author of two books on monetary policy and central banking and of numerous articles. His most recent books are: Growth with Financial Stability: Central Banking in an Emerging Market (2011) & Monetary Policy in a Globalized Economy: A Practitioner’s View (2009).

Panel 4: Institutional Mechanisms and Incentive Structures: Drivers for Robust Infrastructure
Keynote Speaker: Hari Sankaran
Vice-Chairman & Managing Director, IL&FS

Hari Sankaran, is the Vice Chairman & Managing Director of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS), Mumbai, India. Sankaran has been closely associated with all initiatives that have established IL&FS as India’s leading Infrastructure and Financing Institution : the Institution has spearheaded the concept of Public Private Partnerships across a range of sectors in India including roads, power, telecom, water, ports, education, skill training, e-Governance and urban infrastructure.A post graduate of the London School of Economics & Political Science, Sankaran worked with leading Multinational and Development Finance Institutions prior to joining IL&FS.
Sankaran serves on several Governmental Committees tasked with the responsibility of recommending appropriate policy and regulatory interventions to support PPPs.

Sankaran also served in the past as the Chairman of the Infrastructure Committee of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India (FICCI).

Ashok Lavasa
Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India

Ashok Lavasa is  presently the Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests & Climate Change, Government of India.   He has held the position since September 1, 2014. Prior to that,  Mr. Lavasa was the Secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India.  Mr. Lavasa has essayed various roles including Additional Secretary and Special Secretary,  Ministry of Power, Government of India, Principal Secretary, Department of Power & Renewable Energy, among others. Proficient in Urdu, Mr. Lavasa has authored several papers including on affirmative action  for socially depressed social classes, regional disparities in Africa and economic policies of Brazil.

Lavasa holds a MBA degree  and a M Phil in Defence & Strategic Studies and is an avid photographer.

K P Krishnan
Additional Secretary, Department of Land Resources, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India

Born on 29th December 1959, Dr. Krishnan was educated in economics at St. Stephens College and law at the Campus Law Centre University of Delhi. He subsequently obtained, in 2002, his Ph.D in economics from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore. He Joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1983 and has served in various field and secretariat positions in India in the Government of Karnataka and Government of India. Among the posts he held are Deputy Commissioner, South Canara District Mangalore, Secretary Finance and Secretary Urban Development in Government of Karnataka. Dr. Krishnan also served as Adviser to the Executive Director (Dr. Bimal Jalan), World Bank during 1994-97. He was Joint Secretary (Capital Markets), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance during 2005-10. He served as Secretary, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister from July 01, 2010 till 13th August, 2012. Before joining Additional Secretary, Department of Land Resources, Ministry of Rural Development on 1st November, 2014, he was Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance.

He has authored a number of reports on the Indian financial sector and published many academic papers on urban development and financial sector issues. The Oxford Companion to Economics in India (2011) edited by Dr. Kaushik Basu carries a piece by Dr. Krishnan on financial sector reforms. He lectures part-time on economics and regulation related topics in many premier institutions. Dr. Krishnan held the BoK Visiting International Professorship in the University of Pennsylvania law school in 2011-12.

Richard de Neufville
Professor of Engineering Systems and Civil & Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Richard de Neufville is Professor of Engineering Systems and of Civil Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of MIT. His specialty is the development and implementation of infrastructure projects. He is the author of 7 major international textbooks, most recently “Airport Systems Planning, Design, and Management,” and “Flexibility in Engineering Design”.

Dr. de Neufville is an innovator in engineering practice. He was the Founding Chairman of the MIT Technology and Policy Program. Numerous prizes have recognized his work, including the Sizer Award for the Most Significant Contribution to MIT Education, the McKelvey Award for Aviation, and an honorary doctorate from the Delft University of Technology.

He has been closely associated with the Punj Lloyd Infrastructure Institute at the Indian School of Business since its start. His has extensive international connections and has held appointments at the Judge Management School at Cambridge; University of California, Berkeley; University of Calgary; École Centrale and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (Paris); Harvard; Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon); Instituto Technológico de Aeronáutica (Brazil); London Graduate School of Business; and Oxford University. He is now part of the MIT team working on the development of the new Singapore University of Technology and Design. In 1965 he was a White House Fellow for US President Lyndon Johnson.

Moderator: Pradeep Singh
CEO, Mohali Campus and Deputy Dean, ISB

Pradeep Singh is the CEO of the Mohali Campus and Deputy Dean of the Indian School of Business (ISB). He is also responsible for operationalising the recently launched four Institutes at ISB dedicated respectively to Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Public Policy. Pradeep Singh has over 35 years of work experience in government, non-government and private sector organisations, and in academia. In his previous roles, Pradeep Singh served as the Vice Chairman  & CEO of IDFC Projects Ltd. and was the founding CEO of IL&FS Infrastructure Development Corporation (IIDC). He oversaw the development of infrastructure projects in Public Private Partnership formats in collaboration with State and Central Governments in various sectors including Roads, Ports, Airports, Water Supply and Sewage systems, e-Governance, Industrial Parks and Tourism. He has worked in the commercialised infrastructure sector for 16 years. From 1978 to 1995, Pradeep Singh was a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and later also served as the Assistant Country Director at CARE India, an international NGO. He has been a visiting faculty member at the Harvard Kennedy School and has been engaged in consulting for the World Bank and the ADB.

Singh holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University. He also holds the MBA and M.Sc (Physics) degrees from Punjab and Punjabi University respectively.