Columbia Business School To Host The 14th Edition Of The Premier India-Focused Business Conference In New York City

The theme of this year’s South Asia Business Association (SABA) at Columbia Business School (CBS)Conference is ‘India: Unlocking the Growth Engine’.

The theme of this year’s South Asia Business Association (SABA) at Columbia Business School (CBS)Conference is ‘India: Unlocking the Growth Engine’. The prophecy of India’s inevitable rise to ‘superpower’ status through the ignition of its growth engine has been doing the rounds in global corridors. India is the world’s fastest growing trillion-dollar economy backed by strong macro fundamentals, robust domestic demand, favorable demographics, abundant resources and a development-focused government. The conference enables the nation’s most influential and insightful voices to come together to analyze India’s growth engine at present and dissect its economic, financial and business components, probe its sustainability, debate its strengths and weaknesses, and discuss strategies to enable businesses tap and harness its power.

The SABA organizing team led by Co-President Uma Kollareddy has secured an impressive forum of speakers comprising renowned and diverse personalities including Fortune 500 CEO’s, successful entrepreneurs, top political leaders, C-suite executives, and academicians. Francisco D’Souza (CEO, Cognizant), Hikmet Ersek (CEO, Western Union), Gaurav Dalmia (Chairman, Dalmia Group Holdings), Salman Khurshid (Former Minister of External Affairs), Dr. Subramanian Swamy (Member of Parliament and President, Janata Party), Ananth Narayanan (CEO, Myntra & Jabong), Sanjay Nath (Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Blume Ventures), Meera Vasudevan (Co-Founder Tasty Bites) and many more will share their unique perspectives.

Uma Kollareddy, Co-President said, “This year’s conference is both exciting and crucial to the Indian business environment considering the recent major changes in economic landscape of India owing to significant policy push on digitization, implementation of GST, demonetization providing an impetus to digital payments, instituting the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, and Aadhaar’s support for financial inclusion. Each of these macro factors has had a significant impact on the business environment by themselves and together, they create a historic moment in India’s business climate fueling entrepreneurship in several sectors. The conference has been endorsed by premier institutions such as Western Union, Cognizant, State Bank of India, amongst several others and is expecting over three hundred attendees and extensive media coverage”. 

Shivam Chopra, Co-Vice President said, “The fast-growing Indian economy, with its ever-enormous consumer market potential, is on one hand attracting the attention of global business powerhouses infusing large Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the economy.  On the other hand, new businesses are emerging all over the country with innovative propositions and business models aiming to harness the potential from within. This conference will provide an opportunity to connect global business leaders with their Indian counterparts and promote dialogue aimed at decoding the nuances of the complex Indian environment in India today.”

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