“The message I would like to convey out of this programme is: It is possible for India, with core competencies in multiple fields, to work with many countries in joint venture mode bringing together multiple core competencies of partnering nations leading to successful enterprises. BrahMos is an example of technological cooperation leading to economic benefits for the partnering nation and adds value to number of institutions in both the countries. BrahMos joint venture shows how the core competencies of two countries can be brought together for addressing a need particularly societal transformation. One has to strive to build long term partnerships, creating technological empowerment of competencies and always one step higher in performance.”

Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam

Former President of India

Dr.Vandana Shiva received her first lessons on environment protection in the lap of Himalayas.Dr.Shiva is trained as a Physicist and did her Ph.D . on the subject “Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory” from the University of Western Ontario. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of management in Bangalore. But nuclear physics soon raised questions in her mind regarding its impact on Life and the environment. And thus began Vandana Shiva’s passionate affair with the environment.

Dr. Vandana Shiva

Director - Navdanya

Dr. Shubhada Rao is the President & Chief Economist at YES BANK. She is responsible for the Economics Knowledge Banking providing macroeconomic research outlook at the Bank. She is a member of YES BANK's Asset and Liabilities Committee (ALCO). Dr. Shubhada brings with her over 22 years of experience in academia and industry wherein she has pioneered research design geared to facilitate business decisions. Prior to joining YES BANK, Dr. Shubhada has worked with Kotak Institutional Equities as Chief Economist, with Bank of Baroda as Economist with Risk Management and as Head, Economic Advisory at CRISIL Advisory Services. She also served as Chief Economist with Times Bank. 

Dr. Shubhada Rao 

Group President & Chief Economist - YES bank

“ I feel that the themes chosen for deliberation in this conference, with a focus on growth with equity, job creation and human development, are all highly relevant to the economic scenario in India today. When one talks about education and skill development, we feel a sense of pride when we look back at India’s history. India, in the ancient past, had been the front runner in education and universities like Takshila and Nalanda had been centres of higher learning for students from India and neighbouring countries. With over 700 universities including 44 central universities and around 36,000 colleges, India at present has one of the largest higher education systems anywhere in the world. It is equally, however, a matter of concern that till very recently we did not have a single university figuring in the global top 200. It is only now, after concerted efforts and policy interventions that two of our institutions - Indian Institute of Science Bangalore and IIT Delhi- have broken into the top 200 globally in September this year.”

Shri Pranab Mukherjee 

Former President of India

Dr. Y.S.P. Thorat, Chairman, NABARD  acquired qualifications that cut cross a number of disciplines – Economics, Philosophy, Law, and Political Science. He also has a large number of publications to his credit.
A banker by profession, he held senior positions in the banking sector as Managing Director on NABARD, and Executive Director in the Reserve Bank of India. His academic strengths combined with operational expertise earned him deserving positions on the Boards of Financial Institutions including commercial banks.

Dr. Thorat’s focused approach to this critical area, identifying with the ground realities of the problem, has helped to provide invaluable counsel to our Government. Further, his committed interest in Microfinance has resulted in his appointment by the Government of India as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Micro Finance Development and Equity Fund and Member, Advisory Committee for Micro Credit Summit Campaign, Halifax.

Dr. Y.P.K Thorat

Chairman of NABARD

Mr. Keki M. Mistry obtained a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from the Mumbai University. A qualified Charted Accountant and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India , Mr. Mistry is also a member of the Michigan Association of Certified public Accountants. USA.
Mr.Mistry started his career with The Indian Hotel Company Limited, one of the larger chain of hotels in India.

In the year 1981, Mr. Mistry joined Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC). He was  inducted on to the Board of Directors of HDFC as an Executive Director in the year 1993 and was elevated to the post of Managing Director with effect from November 2000 to October 2007. Mr Mistry was appointed as Vice Chariman & Managing Director of HDFC and became the Vice Chairman  & CEO in January 2010.

Mr. Keki Mistry


Dr.Vijay Khole was the Vice Chancellor of our prestigious University of Mumbai.
As a Professor of Biophysics, he forged close links with Institute of Science and had been its Director from 1991- 1993.
In addition to being Officer on Special Duty, Higher and Technical Education Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai, he held important positions in the University of Pune as well.
He obtained his Ph.D from the University of Moscow and continued Post Doctoral work in Moscow from 1976-1983.

He has published as many as sixty research papers in National & International Journals. He  has authored ten popular articles. Ellis Harwood, U.K. and Marcel Dekkan ,U.S.A have published two reference books written by him. He has traveled extensively  around the world in connection with studies, research  and paper presentations at Conference and Symposia. 

Dr. Vijay Khole

Former Vice-Chancellor - University of Mumbai

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