One Globe 2014 Knowledge Conference to be held in Delhi from February 7-8

One Globe 2014, the third edition of the annual multi-disciplinary conference focused on building a 21st century knowledge economy in India and South Asia, will be held from February 7-8 at The Imperial Hotel, New Delhi. Organised by Salwan Media in partnership with Knowledge@Wharton, International New York Times, Brain Gain Magazine and US-India Business Council (USIBC), this year’s conference will place a greater thrust on participatory interactions between the audience and experts on higher education, K-12, skills development, technology, innovation, smart cities and urbanisation from India and around the world, according to a media statement. The platform will bring together stakeholders from educational institutions, government, industry, NGOs and media to highlight and improve the linkages between economic development and creating an ecosystem for better education in rural and urban society.
Harjiv Singh, founder and CEO of Salwan Media said: “Each year, the One Globe knowledge series has not just become bigger and better, but has steadily served as a crucible of learning and progress towards building a 21st century knowledge economy in India and South Asia. In the past editions, we have seen HRD minister Kapil Sibal unveil the concept of meta-universities in India as a networked repository of knowledge that allows students access cross-disciplinary education from different institutions. One Globe also served as the launch pad for a unique mobile education portal that provides Indian students free access to thousands of global educational videos for K-12 and higher education on any internet-enabled mobile phone. This year’s conference expands the scope further to comprehensively include aspects such as scalable educational technology, smart cities, design thinking, innovative and financially sustainable education delivery models, and the role of sports and art in filling the gaps in education. Efforts to improve the level of education cannot be complete without a strong political will. One Globe 2014 is bringing together representatives from leading political parties such as Congress, BJP and AAP to deliberate with Indian and global academicians, industry stalwarts and policy makers”.
India’s External Affairs Minister, Salman Khurshid, has consented to be the chief guest for the conference. Other speakers from the government and politics include India’s Minister for Tribal Affairs and Panchayati Raj, V Kishore Chandra Deo, National President of BJP’s youth wing, Anurag Singh Thakur; and renowned danseuse, actor, social activist and AAP member, Mallika Sarabhai. Ambassador Sajjad Ashraf, former High Commissioner of Pakistan to Singapore, and General JJ Singh, Governor of Arunachal Pradesh and former Chief of Army Staff will also be speaking at One Globe 2014.
From academia and think tanks, confirmed speakers include Jerry MacArthur Hultin, President Emeritus, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Dr Sethuraman ‘Panch’ Panchnathan, Senior Vice President, Knowledge Enterprise Development, Arizona State University, Dr Subir Gokarn, Director of Research, Brookings India and former Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India; Prof Prem Kumar Kalra, Director, IIT Rajasthan; Dr Shailaja Fennell, Lecturer, Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge; Prof George Mclemore, Professor, University of Texas; Gurjit Singh Lalli, Director, Development and Operations, Asia Scotland Institute; Prof. Siddharth Shanker Saxena, Chairperson – Cambridge Central Asia Forum; Prabhat Jain, Founder, Pathways School and Co-Chairman, Education Committee, PHD Chamber; Mats Rosén, Academic Head, Kunskapsskolan; Lisa Heydlauff, CEO, Going to School; Padma Shri awardee Prof Sanjay Govind Dhande, Founder Director, Mahindra Ecole Centrale and former Director, IIT Kanpur; Meeta Sen Gupta, Director, Stratenomics and founder, Centre for Education Strategy and #EduIn; Amol Arora, Vice Chairman and MD, Shemrock and Shemford group of schools; Anshul Arora, co-founder and Executive Director, Edvance Pre-schools; Projjal K. Dutta, Director of Sustainability at NYC’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) and guest faculty at Harvard, Yale, and Columbia; Stavros N. Yiannouka, CEO, World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) and former Executive Vice-Dean, Lee KuanYew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore; Rupak Chattopadhyay, President and CEO, Forum of Federations; Shehrezad Alam, Artist and Board Member, Toddler Academy and Saurabh Johri, Programme Advisor, Observer Research Foundation.
Prominent among the industry representatives are Som Mittal, former President, NASSCOM; Dilip Chenoy, MD & CEO, National Skill Development Corporation; Rita Soni, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation; Sunit Singh Tulli, founder-CEO, Datawind; Mahendra Bapna, former Tata CEO and Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow; Felix Ortiz, Founder, Chairman and Chief Product Officer, Viridis Learning Inc.; Neeraj Bhargava, Founder, Zodius Capital Advisors; Vinay Kumar, APAC Head (Strategy and Alliances), Microsoft; Varun Sood, CIO, Fortis Healthcare Limited; Vivek Agarwal, CEO, Liqvid, an e-learning company and founder of eGurucool; Sunita Kohli, President, K2India Architecture; Unmesh Brahme, Country Director, Room To Read; ASEAN Art Award winner Ketna Patel; and Sabina Dewan, President and Executive Director, JustJobs Network.
The fast-paced conference format includes keynotes, panel discussions, chai corners and spotlight sessions that allow for a meaningful and interesting dialogue from both the expert as well as the audience perspective.
Founded in 2004, Salwan Media Private Limited owns a portfolio of businesses in education, consumer and business information. Our mission is to connect, inform, and empower our audiences to succeed in a globalized world powered by knowledge. Headquartered in New Delhi, Salwan Media also has offices in New York and London.


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