Over 30 speakers, either from India or of Indian origin, are set to feature in the sessions at the World Economic Forum, Davos.
Moneycontrol NewsWith Prime Minister Narendra Modi — who is at present headed towards Davos — delivering the opening plenary at the annual World Economic Forum, all eyes are on India. Modi is leading the biggest Indian delegation ever to the ski resort town in Swiss Alps. The Indian leader will be hosting a dinner for CEOs of leading multinationals later tonight.
While that ensures India will hog the opening headlines at the summit, the following two days will continue to see a lot from the country. Over 30 speakers, either from India or of Indian origin, are set to feature in the sessions. Many more will be participating in the several meetings.
A few hours after Modi’s address, Shah Rukh Khan will take the stage for a session titled — An Insight, an Idea with Shah Rukh Khan. The Bollywood star will be talking about ‘creating change in India through women’s empowerment’. While it’s an interesting topic for the star to address, one can be assured of an eventful session.
Another session with a similar name is also slated with Google chief Sundar Pichai. He will talk on AI and technology’s impact on society. Other Indian-origin CEOs who will be seen include Satya Nadella of Microsoft and PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi.
One of the highlights of Wednesday, January 24, is a session dedicated to India’s role in the world. It’s one of the few sessions focusing on a specific country. The session will include Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu, SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar, WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell, Mann Deshi Foundation’s Chetna Sinha and CNN host Fareed Zakaria.
Other prominent Indian personalities who are scheduled to address the gathering of top industrialists, thinkers and policy makers include, Minister of Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal, his colleague and Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, ICICI CEO Chanda Kochhar, Mahindra&Mahindra’s Anand Mahindra, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Kailash Satyarthi and Sequoia Capital’s Shailendra Singh.
Overall, India’s will be the fourth largest delegation at Davos. Top industrialists including Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, Bajaj Auto Chairman Rahul Bajaj, Bharti Enterprises Chairman Sunil Mittal and JSW Group Chairman Sajjan Jindal, will be participating in the sessions.
Apart from Modi, other world leaders including the US President, Donald Trump, Germany’s Angela Merkel, UK’s Theresa May and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will also be seen addressing the summit.