Dealing with Climate Crisis: Jamshyd Godrej delivers the 8th CK Prahalad Memorial Lecture 

10th August, 2019 / Coimbatore


Ananta Aspen Centre and the Confederation of Indian Industry jointly organise the annual CK Prahalad Memorial Lecture. The late Professor CK Prahalad besides being a leading business thinker of his time, also authored the India@75 development blueprint for India. His vision has come to be a de-facto national aspiration.


The Lecture Series facilitates conversations on critical issues facing the society. The 2019 Lecture was delivered by Jamshyd Godrej, the Chairman of Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co. Ltd and Chairman Ananta Centre. Mr Godrej, known for his commitment to the environment, spoke on Climate Crisis & Bio Diversity Preservation Challenge: Role of Industry and Civil Society. The talk focused on what could be done to ensure sustainable development in the context of the current climate situation.


The lecture was attended by over 300 invitees including the Professor's wife, Gayathri Prahalad and daughter Deepa Prahalad.


In pursuit of Economic Growth: Ananta Aspen Centre brings together a dream team for pre and post budget discussions

25th June, 2019, 1st August, 2019 / New Delhi


The pre-budget session moderated by Tarun Das, saw Dr Shankar Acharya, Nitin Desai, and Dr Rakesh Mohan make recommendations on how to strengthen growth.


The Centre brought together a dream team of India’s finest economic thinkers to deliberate on the priorities for India’s economic growth. Two sessions were held- one before and the other after the announcement of the Union Budget.


At the pre-budget session moderated by Tarun Das, Chairman, Institute of Economic Growth and Founder Trustee Ananta Aspen Centre, Dr Shankar Acharya, Honorary Professor, ICRIER, Mr Nitin Desai, Chairman TERI and Trustee, Ananta Centre and Dr Rakesh Mohan, Senior Fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University and Distinguished Fellow at Brookings India recommended  measures to help India stay on the path of growth. These included focussing on increasing the growth rate, increasing public spend on quality infrastructure, promoting corporate investments and modernising agriculture. Building up MSMEs, focussing on manufacturing and moderating the overvaluation of the rupee were also held to be crucial.


AK Bhattacharya, Editorial Director, Business Standard, joined the other panellists for the second session. This session, held post the budget, recommended that the country focus on growth, exports and monitoring financial institutions.

Stronger ties in the age of digitalization: India and Singapore hold their 12th Strategic Dialogue

22nd–23rd July, 2019 / New Delhi


Ananta Aspen Centre, the Confederation of Indian Industry and Institute of South Asian Studies, National University Singapore jointly convene the India-Singapore Strategic Dialogue. The 12th edition was co-chaired by Jamshyd N. Godrej and Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, from India and Singapore respectively.


Jamshyd Godrej is the Chairman of Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co. Ltd, while Ong Keng Yong, is Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore. He is also the Executive Deputy Chairman, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University.


The Dialogue focussed on political and economic ties; digitalization and skills; future social and cultural linkages and defence and security relations. The members also interacted with Dr. S Jaishankar, Honourable Minister of External Affairs, Government of India.


The second day included a public session on "Digitalization and the Community". Rajan Navani, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Jetline Group; Sameer Walia, Founder and Chief Executive, Ripples of Hope; Professor Yakub Ibrahim, Adviser to the President, Singapore Institute of Technology, and Member of Parliament, Singapore and Jaime Ho, Chief Editor, CNA Digital, Mediacorp Pte Ltd spoke on the subject. Watch the video


The members of the Singapore delegation also called upon Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer, NITI Aayog to discuss how to further strengthen the India-Singapore bilateral relationship.

Strengthening cybersecurity: 8th India-Israel Roundtable held at the Cybersecurity Week in Tel Aviv

23rd June, 2019 / Tel Aviv


The Cyber Security Week, organised by Tel Aviv University, is a marquee event in the space. It brings together technology experts, academia, businesses, civil society and the government to exchange knowledge and collaborate for a safer digital world. An important part of the Indian delegation's agenda at Tel Aviv is a roundtable with its Israeli peers.


The 2019 Roundtable, supported by Ananta Aspen Centre, was focussed on the India-Israel Business Boom. The interactive session was attended by over 100 participants from both the countries and led to an exchange of ideas and perspectives on the future of cybersecurity. Ambassador Pavan Kapoor, who was also present, expressed the hope that in the near future, government-level talks between the countries would have cybersecurity on the agenda.

What lies ahead: online master class on Digital Living 2030 using AI

24th September, 2019  


India – Israel Forum, jointly convened by Ananta Aspen Centre, Confederation of Indian Industry and Tel Aviv University of Israel has started an online Master Class series for college students of India.


This series, designed to strengthen academic linkages between the two countries, aims to bring emerging technologies to college campuses in India. Each master class

is conducted by a subject expert and allows students the opportunity to interact with the speaker.


The master class Digital Living 2030 Using AI was delivered by Prof. Irad Ben-Gal, Head, Laboratory of AI Machine Learning, Business & Data Analytics (LAMBDA), Tel Aviv University. It helped students understand how AI could be used to address the challenges and opportunities that face us as a society. Click for the Masterclass


Navigating choppy waters: a webinar on the geopolitical impact of the changing relations between US, Russia and China

24th September, 2019  


The impact of this change has been geography agnostic. It has influenced the churn in Europe, contributed to the tension in West and South Asia and created uncertainties in the Indo Pacific region. Countries are now revisiting  their foreign policies to maintain their strategic autonomy.

India is no different, it is seeing the need to put together a strategy to navigate choppy waters. It is important for such strategies to be informed by different perspectives. Ananta Aspen Centre organised a webinar to contribute to the conversation in the space.

Titled India and the Great Powers, the webinar was delivered by Ambassador Raghavan who is currently the Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board, Government of India. The session sought to help  participants understand the changing geopolitical situation and how India is working to address the same. Link to the webinar


5th edition of Emerging Leaders Programme at Wardha, October 14-18, 2019. Sign up.

ASEAN India Leaders Fellowship Seminar 3: Leading an Era of Globalisation, scheduled for the 15th-19th of October, 2019.