The 12th annual Wharton India Economic Forum is set to take place this upcoming Saturday, March 22nd in Philadelphia, PA. The theme of this year’s conference is “Imagine,” with guest speakers ranging from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, to Vikram Akula, CEO and Founder of SKS Microfinance. Other speakers of interest include Shanta Devarajan, Chief Economist of the World Bank’s South Asia Region, and Indira Rajan, Chairperson and Managing Director of Minerva Group of Educational Institutions. A description of this year’s theme follows:
Our conference theme this year is “Imagine” and it is in an originative and inspired mood that we wish to consider and examine what lies in store for India. We aspire to be a forum for discussing, not just India’s economic prospects in the world, but also how it can be a politically active and socially responsible power. It is essential, given the current state of world affairs that India be prepared to go beyond the ordinary and truly actualize itself as a country, in terms of its immense resources, human and material, as well as everything else it has at its disposal. Our aim, going forward, is to be thought leaders and foster a creative dialogue on how this might be possible, what indeed India is capable of and how it, as a country, can transcend expectations and realize its true place in the world.