Programme at a glance

14 November 2015

1100 – 1200 hrs Registration and Tea / Coffee
1200 – 1300 hrs Networking Lunch
1300 – 1305 hrs

Welcome Remarks & Flow of the day

Mr Subba Gopavarapu
Founder & CEO
GSR Technologies, Inc
Member of RPBD core committee organizers
13:05 – 13:15 hrs


Mr Venkatesan Ashok Consul General of India
San Francisco
13:15- 13:25 hrs


Mr A K Agarwal
Secretary – Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs & Chairman, OIFC
13:25-13:35 hrs


Mr Deep Kapuria Chairman
Hi Tech Gears Ltd (Leader of the OIFC Business Delegation)
13:35– 13:45 hrs

Short Presentation on OIFC’s new Initiatives and IDF-OI

Ms Vani Rao
Joint Secretary, MOIA (in-charge of OIFC) & CEO, IDF
13:45 – 13:50 hrs Housekeeping announcement & Session change over
13:50 – 14:50 hrs Panel Discussion: Investment opportunities in Clean & Renewable Energy sector in India

The Renewable Energy sector in India has seen a thrust in the last one year with new technologies coming up and Indian organisations exploring low cost solutions for generating & distributing Renewable Energy. This opens up opportunities for investment, financing, collaborations as well as technology partnerships for Overseas Indians with Indian companies. 

Discussions will include the trends and challenges in investments & collaborations in Renewable energy in India, the new technologies, financing & scaling up innovative business models in the renewables space in India; recent models which have seen solar tariffs at an all- time low of Rs 5.05 per kWh; factors to enable low cost financing for renewable projects and key fiscal incentives to encourage investments in India in the manufacturing segment.



Dr Ashvani Kumar *
Director (Solar)
Solar Energy Corporation of India

Dr Rajit Gadh, PhD 
Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science
Founder & Director, UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC)

Mr Kunal Upadhyay
Chief Executive Officer
InfuseVenture & CIIE

Mr Pawan Singh *
PTC Power Financial Co Ltd

CEO – Suzlon Energy Ltd (expected)*
14:55 – 16:00 hrs Panel Discussion: Technology partnerships, Investments & Innovation through the Digital India Initiative

The Government has envisaged the Digital India program with a simple but bold ambition: to re-design government/essential services and place them on-line, while providing citizens’ access through personal mobile or community access facilities for convenience. Broadband access for all and a digital identity will help to empower the people. In short, going digital means that services – health, education, banking, and a whole host of other citizen services - can be delivered more efficiently, effectively, and in a transparent way. Delivering this will require close collaboration between government and industry. 

The Session will explore the approaches of how government and industry can partner to implement the “Digital Presence” on the ground by creation of compelling digital strategies and services and how emerging trends and technology imperatives can impact the lives of its citizen. It will also showcase some live examples of how IT & Technology are game changers in making that difference.


Mr Venk Shukla
General Partner
Monta Vista Capital
& President, TIE Silicon Valley


Mr  Navin Budhiraja
Sr Vice President & Head (Architecture & Technology)

Mr Akhilesh Tripathi * 
Vice President& Head of Global sales of S/W

Mr Kapil Sharma
Vice President
Wipro LLC

Mr Amit Khare
Evolko Systems Private Limited

Dr Seema Jain, MD President
American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI)
16:05 – 17:05 hrs Panel Discussion : Impact investments into Social Enterprises in India

Impact investing is all about generating social and environmental impact alongside financial return. While the concept is catching momentum worldwide and especially in India, the move in mind-sets from pure philanthropy to investing in Enterprises throws up several fundamental questions: What are Social Enterprises? How is Impact Investing different from philanthropy? What are the Impact Investing and Social Enterprise landscapes like in India? This panel will attempt to answer these questions while engaging the audience, highlighting case stories of select social enterprises in India and sharing insights on how overseas Indians can access social enterprises.


Mr Vishal R Kapoor
Portfolio Manager


MMr Shaffi Mather
Lawyer & Public Policy Analyst

Mr Abhay Garg  

Mr Manpreet Anand*
US Department of State

Mr Nish Acharya*
Speaker from UNITUS*

17:05 – 17:50 hrs Business Meetings
17:50 hrs Programme ends
18:00 hrs Inaugural of the Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Divas By the Hon’ble Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, Govt of India

15 November 2015

10:00 hrs

Plenary Sessions

Increasing engagement with Indian Diaspora
Role of Culture and Youth in maintaining links to India, the motherland
Government of India schemes on Clean Ganga; Smart Cities; Skill Development; Infrastructure Development; Waste Management; and Swachh Bharat, Solar & other renewable energies; Digital India etc.
After Lunch

Parallel Sessions on Business Subjects

Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Education (including Community Colleges system, ties between educational institutions, etc.); Skills & Vocational Training
Manufacturing and Make in India; Bilateral Business Opportunities in various fields including Commodities, services, IT / BT, Infrastructure
Use of Soft Power and engagements through culture
17:0 – 18:00 hrs

State Connect: Opportunities to invest & give back


Gunjan Bagla


Mr K C Joseph, Minister, Rural development, Planning & Economic Affairs, Dairy & Milk Co-operatives, NRI Keralite Affairs, Culture & Information

Andhra Pradesh:

Mr IYR Rao, Chief Secretary, Andhra Pradesh


Mr Uday Pratap Singh, Principal Secretary (Industries)


Mr Vineet Garg, Managing Director, Haryana State Industrial & Investment Corporation (HSIIDC)

Business meetings for Indian business delegation can take place parallel at designated venue
18:00 hrs – 19:00 hrs

Cultural program followed by a "Gala dinner"

19:00 hrs – 21:00 hrs

Hosted by Smt Sushma Swaraj, Hon’ble Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, Govt of India

*Invited yet to be confirmed