Global industry leaders to speak at GES in Hyderabad

Cherie Blair, Chanda Kochhar, Tessy Thomas, Ashu Suyash and Shashi Shekar Vempati to speak at the summit

By Author  |  Business Bureau   |  Published: 18th Nov 2017  3:53 pmUpdated: 24th Nov 2017  3:20 pm
(Left) Chanda Kochhar, MD of ICICI Bank & (Right) Former British PM Tony Blair's wife, Cherie Blair, to represent Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.

Hyderabad: The eighth Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), being held in Hyderabad from November 28 to 30 will bring together about 1,200 entrepreneurs and 300 investors from across the world. The US President’s senior advisor Ivanka Trump is going to lead the US delegation at GES, which is being held with the theme ‘Women First, Prosperity for All’. Eminent speakers from across verticals are going to share their entrepreneurial journey, experiences and knowledge at the summit. The speakers include who’s who of the industry, globally.

Cherie Blair, wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair representing Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Chanda Kochhar, MD of ICICI Bank, Tessy Thomas, director, Defense Research and Development Organization, Ashu Suyash, MD & CEO, CRISIL, Shashi Shekar Vempati, CEO, Prasar Bharati are among the 57 speakers lined up for the summit.

Anu Acharya, CEO, Mapmygenome India; Bhavish Aggarwal, CEO, Ola; Sanjeev Aggarwal, co-founder, Helion; Enrica Arena, chief marketing officer and co-founder, Orange Fiber; Isaac Bentwich, founder, CropX; Sanjeev Bikhchandani, founder and vice chairman, Info Edge India; Amit Ranbir Chandra, MD, Bain Capital Advisors India; Susan B. Chodakewitz, president and CEO, Nathan Associates; Shalini Collins, founding general partner, Shatter Fund; and Bartholomeus de Jonge, CEO, Si Technologies International.

Anita Dongre, chief creative officer, House of Anita Dongre; Merrill J. Fernando, chairman, Dilmah Ceylon Tea Company; Deepak Garge, founder and CEO, Rivigo Service; Leticia Gasca, co-founder and ED, Failure Institute; Ruth Patricia Goodwin-Groen, MD, Better Than Cash Alliance/ UNCDF; Harish Hande, CEO, SELCO Foundation; Anna Vanessa Haotanto, CEO, The New Savvy; Ashish Hemrajani, founder and CEO, Bigtree Entertainment; Ramesh Jagannathan, vice provost/MD, New York University Abu Dhabi; Deep Kalra, founder & group CEO,; and Mukul Kanitkar, national organizing secretary, Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal.

Vani Kola, MD, Kalaari Capital; Jonathan Levin, Philip H Knight professor and dean, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Stephanie Linus, CEO, Next Page Productions; Roya Mahboob, CEO, Digital Citizen Fund; Stephanie Marrus, director, Entrepreneurship Center, University of California San Francisco; Shanti Mohan, founder & CEO, LetsVenture Online; Lerato Motsamai, founder &CEO, Petrolink; and Shashank Navalurkar, founder & CEO, Practo.

George Paul Needham, chairman, Simpa Networks; Vineet Chandra Rai, CEO & founding partner, Aavishkaar IntelleCap Group; Manish Sabharwal, chairman, Teamlease Services; Sibongile Sambo, MD, SRS Aviation and SRS Petroleum; Sudhir Sethi, founder & chairman, IDG Ventures India Advisors; Jaxay Shah, MD, Savvy Infrastructure; Udit Harish Sheth, founder and MD, SE TransStadia; Gopal Srinivasan, CMD, TVS Capital Fund; and Carla Tanas, co-founder, Industry Disruptors.

Chatri Sityodtong, CEO and chairman, Group One Holdings; Rasmus Wiinstedt, Tscherning, CEO and founder, Creative Business Cup; Ritesh Agarwal, founder and CEO, Oyo Rooms; Rama Akkiraju, distinguished engineer, IBM; Yeone Fok, founder, SparkRaise; Vikas Khanna, founder and CEO, Vikas Khanna Flavors; Thomas Hyland, co-founder and partner, Aspada Investments; Rukmini Banerji, CEO, Pratham Education Foundation; and Anjali Bansal, founder and CEO, ABS Advisors.

Sachin Bansal, executive chairman and co-founder,; Deepanwita Chattopadhyay, chairman and CEO, IKP Knowledge Park; Rohini Dey, founder and owner, Vermilion Restaurants (Chicago and NYC); Radhika Aggarwal, co-founder and chief business officer,; and Ashutosh Jhaveri, VP of Business Development, Facebook and Oculus.

Hyderabad has been chosen as the host city for the current edition of the summit as it has a strong concentration of major US and Indian technology companies, robust startup ecosystem, premier academic institutions, talent pool and supportive government policies that encourage entrepreneurship.

Ivanka Trump will be participating in the inaugural session on November 28 along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The summit will primarily focus on four set of sectors- health and life sciences, digital economy and fintech, energy and infrastructure, and media and entertainment. It will provide a platform so that there is exchange of ideas and scope for collaborations among the Indian companies and their counterparts from rest of the world.