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The Advance Emerging Leaders India Summit 2010 began with an opening VIP cocktail reception on the evening of 3 May at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi. This event allowed participants to meet each other before the Summit.

The day-long Summit was held on 4 May at The Oberoi, concluding with a Post-Summit Celebration that evening.  See an overview of the Summit

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Monday 3 May 2010


Cocktail Reception, Residence of the Australian High Commissioner, New Delhi


Guests arrived


Address by the Hon. Simon Crean MP, Minister for Trade


Reception concluded 


Tuesday 4 May 2010                                                                                                 


Summit, The Oberoi, New Delhi                                                    






Summit Introduction and Welcome

Introductory remarks by Ken Allen AM, Chairman Emeritus, Advance and Chair, Talent2. 


Opening Address

Opening address by Tarun Das, Former Chief Mentor, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and President Aspen Institute, India

Introductory remarks by Howard Ronaldson, Secretary, Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, Government of Victoria, Australia




Plenary Session

The State of our Nations and Partnerships for the Next Generation of Growth

Leading commentators from both India and Australia give their perspectives on the current dynamic between India and Australia and the opportunities it presents in the future. Moderator: Neelam Deo, Diplomat, Former Consul General of India in New York

Speaker: Bruce Hawker, Managing Director, Hawker Britton

Expert Commentators:

Indrani Bagchi, Senior Editor, The Times of India

Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Foreign Editor, The Hindustan Times Rory Medcalf, Program Director, International Security, Lowy Institute  



Morning Tea & Networking



Interactive Sessions - Phase 1                              

Concurrent Sessions

Driving the successful global commercialisation of innovation.


Rohit Manchanda, Director Trade & Investment India, NSW Government

George Eby Mathew, Principal Business Consultant, Infosys

Khimji Vaghjiani, CEO, Solar-Gem 


Viki Forrest, CEO, ANZA Technology Network

Session presenting partner:

Industry and Investment NSW

The pursuit of high quality international education.


Mohan Krishnamoorthy, CEO, IITB-Monash Research Academy

Pramath Raj Sinha, Founding Dean, Indian School of Business & Managing Director, 9.9 Mediaworx Pvt Ltd

Kelly Raj, Education Counsellor, Australian High Commission, New Delhi

Chris Ziguras, Associate Professor, RMIT University

Moderator: Shoba Purushothaman, Entrepreneur

Session presenting partner:

Victorian Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development

Meeting the water challenges.


Gaurav Gupta, Associate Partner, Dalberg Asia

Ravi Singh, CEO, WWF India 

Moderator: Rajeev Palakshappa, Consultant, The Climate Group

The impact of mega-events when the carnival is over. 


Geoffrey Conaghan, Commissioner to India, Victorian Government

Pranav Khot, Project Co-ordinator, Event Knowledge Services (EKS)

Craig McLatchey, CEO, Event Knowledge Services (EKS)


Dhruv Chitgopekar, Head - North India, KWAN Marketing Entertainment Solutions

Session presenting partner: 

Victorian Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development


Consolidating session





Plenary Session

Building an Australia-India Innovation Partnership

On the cusp of the international release of his latest book, "India's Innovation Blueprint: How the Largest Democracy is Becoming an Innovation Super Power", George Mathew presents an engaging and layered portrait of the link between the Summit thematics: innovation, education, urbanisation and energy and the environment.

He highlights a road map of opportunities for both Australia and India to work together to build innovation partnerships that aim to create both socially inclusive and economically prosperous societies.

This session will be chaired and moderated by Neville Roach AO. Audience participation is welcomed.

Chair and Introduction:

Neville Roach AO, Member of the Indian Prime Minister's Global Advisory Council of Overseas Indians; NSW Government's Honorary Sydney Ambassador to India; Chairman, ANZ Advisory Board, Tata Consultancy Services

Keynote Address:

George Eby Mathew, author, “India’s Innovation Blueprint: How the Largest Democracy is Becoming an Innovation Superpower”

2.45pm Conference Photo 



Interactive Sessions – Phase 2

Concurrent Sessions  1. Nurturing 21st century global citizens.  Leaders: Bhairavi Jani, Director, SCA Group of Companies Gerard Lee, General Manager India & South Asia, Qantas Airways Limited Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Senior Editor, The Hindustan Times John Webb, Deputy Director, Australia India Institute Maureen Welch, Director, Asia Education Foundation

Moderator: Rory Medcalf, Program Director, International Security, Lowy Institute

Session presenting partner:

Victorian Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development

Re-writing the book on banking.


Subhas DeGamia, CEO, ANZ India

Peter Flavel, Global Head of Private Banking, Standard Chartered Bank

Margaret Khursigara, Joint Country Manager, Pinpoint India  

Moderator: Jim Middleton, Chief Current Affairs Anchor, Australia Network

Time for giant leaps in the development of renewable energy sources.


Pradeep K Dadhich, Senior Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute

Mark Pervan, Head of Commodities and Industry Research, ANZ Banking Group Limited

Vikram Sharma, CEO & Founder, IndESCO

Moderator: Khimji Vaghjiani, CEO, Solar-Gem

Session presenting partner: ANZ India

The Urbanisation of satellite cities and the roadmap for engineering cohesive urban communities.  

Leaders: Elizabeth Hill, Political Economy, The University of Sydney Andrew Mikkelsen, Telecommunications and media consultant Manit Rastogi, Founder and Director, Morphogenisis Design David Savage, Managing Director, Leighton International Limited Moderator: John Atchley, Fulbright Scholar, United States India Educational Foundation 


Consolidating session


Closing plenary session

Moderators share recommendations from each stream to be made to the Australian Government and Advance


Close of discussions Serafina Maiorano, Chief Executive Officer, Advance


Post-Summit Celebration, Nilgiri Room, The Oberoi, New DelhiPresented by ResMed


Guests arrived


Summit closed


The Plenary Session featured thought leaders and industry experts and covered broad issues around the Summit theme. This session provided the conceptual framework for further discussions.

The Interactive Sessions involved a panel of Leaders led by a Moderator. The Moderator briefly introduced the topic and asked the Leaders to make remarks providing their specific viewpoints. The Moderator then led the broader group in a discussion of the topic, capturing direct feedback from Leaders and other delegates and building a consensus on priorities and solutions.

The Networking Breaks allowed participants to make personal contacts and informally discuss issues raised in the sessions.

Advance Vox Pop represented an opportunity for participants to be interviewed by Advance’s roaming Summit journalist, where they highlighted what they believed to be the critical issues of the Summit and thematics in which they were most interested.

The Closing Plenary Session highlighted the outcomes of the Summit and mapped out the potential future engagement of the main stakeholders. * Program as at 1 May 2010