Connecticut:Yale University, widely recognized for educating leaders in government, business, and civil society worldwide, and CII will present panels on “India 2050: A Grand Strategy for India Rising” and “Women and Global Leadership” as part of the Incredible India@60 campaign.
The two panels, featuring luminaries such as Indra Nooyi and Nandan Nilekani, will examine the challenges and opportunities that India will face in the coming decades and the rise of women leaders in all facets of India and its global diaspora.
Yale President Richard C Levin stated that “Yale University’s collaboration with CII signals the growing interest that India’s emergence holds for all Americans. The study of India and South Asia has blossomed at Yale during the last decade, and we expect expanded exchanges and partnerships with India in the years to come. The topics of the panel discussions in New York City reflect the values of critical engagement, leadership and public service that Yale has long sought to instill in our students.”
Nandan Nilekani, co-chairman of the board of Infosys Technologies, Ltd. and chairman of Incredible India@60 campaign steering committee expressed that “As we celebrate India’s 60 years of democracy and explosive growth, we look forward to dissecting India’s future challenges and opportunities and redefining leadership roles of women both within India and around the globe.”
The panels are among the events of the Incredible India@60 campaign organized by CII and the Government of India for September 23 to 26, 2007 in New York City. The campaign celebrates 60 years of a democratic, independent India and seeks to engage the American public, the Indian immigrant diaspora, and the international business, governmental, and media communities.
Margaret Warner, Senior Correspondent of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS Television will moderate the session on “Women and Global Leadership” which will feature as panelists Shabana Azmi (actress and social activist); Naina Lal Kidwai (Chief Executive Officer, HSBC India); Rohini Nilekani (Chairperson, The Arghyam Trust, The Akshara Foundation, & Pratham Books); and Indra Nooyi ( Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo.).
The ascent of India on the world stage has been marked by the rise of women leaders in all facets of India and its diaspora, and women have figured critically as change agents and as consumers in India’s growth. This panel brings together four of the most highly visible and influential women in the arts, the corporate world, and civil society to consider women’s leadership in India and globally.