Deccan Dialogue is an initiative of Indian School of Business (ISB), supported by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India.

Organised by ISB, Deccan Dialogue has become an annual flagship event aimed at promoting multi-stakeholder conversations on various aspects of diplomacy and India’s external engagement. Deccan Dialogue brings together policy makers, representatives from business, diplomatic and strategic community, media, and academia on a common platform, to engage and deliberate on emerging aspects of diplomacy and development. 

The first edition of Deccan Dialogue was held in 2018 on the theme ‘decentralised cooperation’ and the second edition held in 2019, focused on the theme ‘diplomacy in the age of disruption’. Currently we are indeed facing heights of disruption due to the ongoing pandemic.


The third edition of Deccan Dialogue will deliberate on theme of ‘Crisis and Cooperation: Imperative in the times of Pandemic’. It is imperative that all stakeholders keep pace with the changes and engage in a policy dialogue where international, national, and local stakeholders can come together to jointly address and respond to the crisis. This dialogue will be organised on a digital platform.

11.00 AM – 12.10 PM
Dialogue I: India’s Critical Role In ‘Healthcare Diplomacy: Policy Implications’

COVID-19 has brought out some important challenges across the globe that would need coordinated and cooperated action. In the post Covid scenario, what could be some better strategies to address future global healthcare challenges? Are scientific communities competing among each other or cooperating with each other? What do we learn from our current experience? The objective of the panel is to take stock of India’s global agenda in healthcare management.

12.15 PM – 1.25 PM
Inaugural Dialogue: Crisis and Cooperation: Imperative in the times of Pandemic

The COVID-19 is a transnational threat and does not recognise international borders. As humans we are pathogenically connected across the globe and this has widespread and uneven effects.  

As a novel coronavirus is spread throughout the world and the number of cases continues to rise, no country or community remains untouched by this threat. The countries at their individual level are doing their bit to limit the spread of COVID-19, isolating the positive cases and taking care of them, reduce social and economic disruptions to the possible extent, and meet basic human needs through various governmental measures. However, the pandemic is a global crisis and much needs to be done, together. At this critical time, it is essential to emphasise the need for international cooperation. This global crisis needs a global response.

The Government of India has emphasised the need for cooperation to come up with a strategy to fight coronavirus. Addressing SAARC nations, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said: “Together we can set an example to the world and contribute to a healthier planet”.

India’s foreign policy may undergo a significant change due to the changing global dynamics triggered by COVID-19. As India seeks to sustain its economic might in the post COVID-19 global economic landscape, there is a need to discuss and deliberate on the continuities and change in India’s foreign policy due to the global pandemic.

The objective of the 3rd edition of Deccan Dialogue is to explore ways and means to address the crisis through various diplomatic efforts of cooperation and talk in detail on the pertinent issues faced by the world order.  

1.30 pm – 2.40 pm
Dialogue II: ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat: Synchronising Globalisation With Decentralised Cooperation'

Atmanirbhar Bharat talks about the need to strengthen local economy by creating value and growth within the country. It does not talk only about assembly but also touches upon the need to innovate and create the required economic value. This calls for a decentralised growth agenda. However, what does it mean for globalisation and international trade and business cooperation? In an increasingly inter-connected world, how do we balance the need for an accelerated domestic growth while fulfilling our global leadership aspirations? The objective of the dialogue is to make the participants understand the philosophy of the initiative – Atmanirbhar Bharat and find a synchronous functioning between globalisation and decentralised cooperation. 

2.45 PM - 3.45 PM
Valedictory Dialogue

‘Together we can set an example to the world, and contribute to a healthier planet’, says Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. India recognises the importance of international cooperation against Covid-19. Many countries sought to tackle the coronavirus on their own without any considerations of cooperation. However, the vulnerabilities of such countries still stand high. It is observed by some scholars that India is moderately placed among the major world economies on the criterion of potential vulnerabilities. Decentralised cooperation is an important window of diplomacy to address these vulnerabilities.


Dr S Jaishankar

Dr S Jaishankar

Hon'ble External Affairs Minister
Government of India

Hardeep Singh Puri

Shri Hardeep Singh Puri

Hon’ble Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs (I/C); Civil Aviation (I/C); & Minister of State, Commerce & Industry, Government of India

KT Rama Rao

Shri K T Rama Rao

Hon’ble Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development, Industry & Commerce, IT, Government of Telangana

Rahul Chhabra

Ambassador Rahul Chhabra, IFS

Secretary, Economic Relations
Ministry of External Affairs
Government of India

Sunil Kant Munjal

Sunil Kant Munjal

Member, Executive Board, ISB
and Chairman, Hero Enterprise

Rajendra Srivastava

Professor Rajendra Srivastava

Dean and Novartis Professor of Marketing Strategy and Innovation, Indian School of Business

Arti Ahuja, IAS

Arti Ahuja, IAS

Additional Secretary - Health
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India

Professor Milind Sohoni

Professor Milind Sohoni

Area Leader and Professor, Operations Management
Deputy Dean, Indian School of Business

Krishna Ella

Dr Krishna Ella

Chairman and Managing Director
Bharat Biotech International Limited

Mathukumalli Vidyasagar FRS

Professor Mathukumalli Vidyasagar FRS

Distinguished Professor
Electrical Engineering
IIT Hyderabad

Ron Malka

Ambassador Ron Malka

Ambassador of Israel to India

Sarang Deo

Professor Sarang Deo

Executive Director, Max Institute of Healthcare Management 
Indian School of Business

Vikram K Doraiswami

Ambassador Vikram K Doraiswami

High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh 

Govindraj Ethiraj

Govindraj Ethiraj

IndiaSpend and BOOM

Chandan Chowdhury

Professor Chandan Chowdhury

Senior Associate Dean and Executive Director, Munjal Institute for Global Manufacturing, Indian School of Business

Dammu Ravi

Ambassador Dammu Ravi, IFS

Additional Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

Debjani Ghosh

Debjani Ghosh


Deepak Bagla

Deepak Bagla

Managing Director and CEO
Invest India

Dr Sangita Reddy

Dr Sangita Reddy

President, FICCI and Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd 

Shyam Sharan

Ambassador Shyam Saran, IFS (Retd)

Former Foreign Secretary of India

Uma Sudhir

Uma Sudhir

Executive Editor (South)

C Rajashekhar

Ambassador C Rajasekhar, IFS

OSD (States)
Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

D N V Kumara Guru

D N V Kumara Guru

Indian School of Business


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Inaugural Session of Deccan Dialogue 2019

Inaugural Address by Shri M Venkaiah Naidu

Address by Shri V Muraleedharan

Keynote address by General (Dr) V K Singh (Retd)

Keynote address by General (Dr) V K Singh (Retd)

Shri K T Rama Rao, Hon’ble Minister for Industries & Commerce, IT&C, MA&UD, Government of Telangana

Address by Shri K T Rama Rao

Welcome Address by Dean Srivastava

Welcome Address by Dean Srivastava

Valedictory Session of the Deccan Dialogue 2019

Valedictory Session of the Deccan Dialogue 2019