A Primer for Indian Entrepreneurs: Reflections of Successful Founders and Investors
India – The Next Startup Nation? Summit
The Center for Emerging Markets held the second annual India summit: India – The Next Startup Nation?, on October 28, 2023, to explore India's vibrant startup ecosystem. The summit featured successful CEOs and founders of Indian startups, investors, policymakers, and academic experts who shared insights into India's current startup landscape and discussed how they forged their own paths to success. Attendees heard inspirational stories from founders of Indian unicorns such as Paytm and Snapdeal; founders of space exploration and healthcare startups; leaders of Indian venture capital, crowdfunding, and impact investment companies; and policymakers from the Government of India and the Gates Foundation. This event was part of the Vivek and Vandana Sharma India Initiative at the Center for Emerging Markets. Learn more.
India-U.S. Partnership for Innovation Summit
To mark the 75th anniversary of India's independence, the Center for Emerging Markets, in collaboration with the Consul General of India in New York, organized a day-long summit on the India-U.S. Partnership for Innovation on October 14th, 2022. The Summit was inaugurated by India's ambassador to the U.S., Hon. Taranjit S. Sandhya. Speakers included ministers, senior policymakers, and CEOs/Founders of Indian and US companies. They explored innovation in India in sectors ranging from water, renewable energy, and communications, to electronics, digital businesses, healthcare, and space exploration. This event was part of the Vivek and Vandana Sharma India Initiative at the Center for Emerging Markets. Learn more.
Chair: Dean Radhika Seshan, CPS, Northeastern U.
India Lecture Series
The Center for Emerging Markets welcomed Raj Subramaniam, President, CEO, and Director of FedEx Corporation, for a fireside chat to discuss how FedEx is making global supply chains smarter for everyone.
Vivek and Vandana Sharma India Lecture: Honeywell's Global Strategy and High-Growth Emerging Markets
Vimal Kapur, President and newly appointed CEO of Honeywell, shared his thoughts on Honeywell's Global Strategy and High-Growth Emerging Markets.
Sam Pitroda, influential policymaker, inventor, and entrepreneur, reflected on his professional journey, culminating in his most recent book, “Redesign the World: A Global Call to Action”
Vivek and Vandana Sharma India Lecture: What Lessons Can We Learn from COVID-19 to Prepare for the Next Pandemic?
Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist of the World Health Organization, discussed the status of the pandemic, what the WHO has done to mitigate its impact, and how to better prepare for the next pandemic.
Dr. Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India from 2014-2018, took stock of where the Indian economy stands following the COVID-19 pandemic and assessed whether the recent inward turn can help realize India's long-term potential.
Indra Nooyi, member of Amazon's Board of Directors and former CEO of PepsiCo, discussed her management philosophy and insights on the future of the corporation.
Viral V. Acharya, New York University C.V.Starr Professor of Economics and former Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India, discussed his recent book.
Ashutosh Varshney, Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies at Brown University, spoke about the achievements and deficits of Indian democracy
Dr. Raghuram Rajan, former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, reflected on the big challenges facing India and the global economy, based on his two recent books
Dr. Arjun Subramaniam, Air Vice Marshal, offered a strategic and historical perspective of India-China Relations through the lens of his recent book
Dr. Ramachandra Guha, a renowned author and historian, discussed Gandhi's impact on India and the world and the five fault lines he sees in contemporary India
Dr. Arvind Panagariya, former Senior Advisor to the Indian Prime Minister, provided a modern outlook for the Indian economy
Distinguished Speaker Series
Nardone Family Seminar Series
Made possible by a gift from David R. Nardone, this seminar series brings scholars and practitioners to Northeastern University to share insights on emerging markets.
Jay Mulki, Renfro Fellow and Associate Professor of Marketing, and Kim Eddleston, Schulze Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and Montoni Research Fellow at Northeastern University, examined the ethical practices of small family-owned businesses in India in light of the government's growing efforts to clean up business practices, curb tax fraud, and reduce ambiguity in business dealings.
DA Prasanna, Founding CEO of Wipro-GE Medical, shared his experiences building a medical technology industry in India over 40 years and discussed insights from his recent book, Innovate Locally to Win Globally (2023).
Ashish Chugh, a leading portfolio investor intimately familiar with publicly-listed Indian companies, and Ganesh Krishnamoorthy, a Northeastern University professor specializing in accounting, auditing, and corporate governance, discussed the merits of Hindenburg's claims against Adani Group's business practices, and what it means for corporate governance, the stock market, India's infrastructure growth, and the India brand.
Preet S. Aulakh, Professor of Strategy and the Pierre Lassonde Chair in International Business at the Schulich School of Business, York University, discussed his recent book “Coping with Global Institutional Change – A Tale of India's Textile and Pharmaceutical Industries.”
Partha Mohanram, John H. Watson Chair in Value Investing and Director of the India Innovation Institute at the University of Toronto, discussed his India Innovation Journey and shared some thoughts on the role of academics centres in fostering development, peace and prosperity in South Asia.
William F.S. Miles, Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University, presented a comparative study of public and private efforts to attract the return or reengagement of high-value expats from three countries over the last four decades.
Nishith Prakash, is a Professor of Public Policy and Economics at Northeastern University and Faculty Fellow of the Center for Emerging Markets. His research is contributing valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities for improving public service delivery and human capital development in emerging markets.
Some of his current research projects examine the link between evidence-based research and policy implementation through the lens of policing in India, and human capacity building through alternate pedagogies including theatre of the oppressed techniques.