U.S.-India Innovation Forum

11:00 AM
7:00 PM

USIBC Supports CSIS's LAUNCH EVENT: U.S.-India Innovation Forum


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LAUNCH EVENT: U.S.-India Innovation Forum


Monday, August 29, 2016

11:00 am - 7:00 pm


Hosted by

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)


Federation House, Tansen Marg

New Delhi, India


Please join us on August 29, 2016 for the launch of the U.S.-India Innovation Forum at FICCI Federation House, New Delhi. The Innovation Forum is a unique initiative of the U.S. and Indian governments to promote entrepreneurial culture and innovation partnerships in the U.S. and India. The Forum is the premier platform for Indian and U.S. innovators to exchange ideas, contacts, and best practices.

The forum will include a special address by His Excellency Mr. Richard R. Verma, U.S. Ambassador to India and by Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy. Top experts on the role of innovation in the economy will address the launch event, including Dr. Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI, Mr. Eric Alexander, President, Uber Asia, and Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, Executive Chairman, Qualcomm Incorporated.

The launch event will formally recognize the Steering Committee and host three panels featuring some of the world's leading experts in the Forum's three work streams;

·         University Research Networks;

·         The Role of Innovation Ecosystems; and 

·         Government Support for Private Sector Innovation Research


The launch of the U.S.-India Innovation Forum will precede the start of the 2016 U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD) being held in India this year. The work of the Innovation Forum is expected to be reflected in the S&CD deliberations.


PANEL I: The Role of Innovation Ecosystems

Mr. Sanjay Bhatnagar

CEO, Waterhealth and
Member, U.S.-India CEO Forum

Mr. Ziad Haider

Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs,

U.S. Department of State

Mr. Arun Kumar

Assistant Secretary for Global Markets,

U.S. Department of Commerce

Moderated by:

Richard M. Rossow

Senior Fellow and Wadhwani Chair in U.S. India Policy Studies,



PANEL II: University Research Networks

Dr. Rupamanjari Ghosh

Vice Chancellor,

Shiv Nadar University

Mr. Sid Burback

Director, Global Commercialization Group, IC²

University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Devang Khakhar


IIT Mumbai

Moderated by:

Dr. Didar Singh

Secretary General,



PANEL III: Government Support for Private Sector Innovation Research

Mr. Nareg Sagherian

Chief Commercialization Strategist,
U.S. Small Business Administration

Dr. Ajay Kela

The Wadhwani Foundation

Mr. Jayesh Ranjan

Secretary, Information Technology

Government of Telangana

Special thanks to the Federation of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) for hosting the launch of the U.S. India Innovation Forum

For more information, please contact Sidhanta Mehra (SMehra@csis.org)