Global Connect: New Delhi for US-India-Israel Tech Triangle

January 14-16, 2018 The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi I Rashtrapati Bhavan

Regular readers of Indiaspora’s blogs will recall that Indiaspora took a delegation of our members to Israel in July 2017, to coincide with Indian Prime Minister Modi’s historic visit. During an exclusive meeting with Mr. Modi in Jerusalem, we presented him with our idea of catalyzing a “Tech Triangle” between India, Israel and USA, to leverage and collectively multiply each country’s intrinsic strengths in the technological innovation and entrepreneurial arenas.

Mr. Modi enthusiastically agreed and invited us to bring a similar high level delegation to India when Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu would visit him in January 2018. So we did! And here’s a trip report from our journey to New Delhi.

Indiaspora delegates convened for an opening gathering on January 14, Sunday, at the newly renovated Oberoi Hotel, with cocktails at the rooftop Cirrus9 Bar, followed by dinner at the Omya Restaurant.

Serious business began with the start of the work week on January 15, Monday. The morning brought the delegates together at the Taj Mahal Hotel for an Indiaspora strategy session about the organization’s past, present and future, conducted by Founder MR Rangaswami and Executive Director Sanjeev Joshipura, along with active participation by our members and friends.

We emerged from this engaging discussion to attend the centerpiece conference of the trip, the IndiasporaNASSCOM Tech Triangle Summit. This event began with a well-attended press conference where several Indiaspora members and friends talked about concrete examples of trilateral collaborative efforts that they are leading in the technology/ innovation/ entrepreneurial space, among USA, Israel and India.

This was followed by a series of keynote speeches and panel discussions involving prominent government and private sector participants from all three countries, on the topics of geopolitical relations, business-to-business engagement, joint entrepreneurial initiatives, and investment potential. The lunch-to-dinner event, which was supported by the Global Indian Jewish Relations Institute (GIJRI) and the US India Business Council (USIBC), was enthusiastically attended by about 100 people.

January 16, Tuesday, saw the Indiaspora delegates participating in two intimate, off-the-record roundtables that we co-organized along with USIBC, American Jewish Committee (AJC) and GIJRI, on trilateral geopolitical and business ties respectively, among India, Israel and USA. Our members and friends engaged in intellectually stimulating and candid discussions on the aforementioned topics. Mr. Suresh Prabhu, India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, participated in the event and discussed the merits of a closer trilateral relationship between the three countries in question.

The highlight of this day was a curated visit to meet the President of India, the Honorable Mr. Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan (President’s Mansion) in New Delhi.  Indiaspora delegates and friends, in conjunction with our event partners at GIJRI, had an opportunity to speak with the President in a select group setting. We apprised him of our work on the technology triangle specifically, and with the Indian diaspora in general, and impressed upon him our commitment to help advance India take its deserved place on a rostrum with the leading nations of the world.

Following our discussions, we were led on a special tour of the enormous mansion and its beautiful grounds, the Mughal Gardens, by a knowledgeable guide and historian. A once-on-a-lifetime opportunity indeed!

We ended the trip with a farewell dinner at one of Delhi’s famous Indian restaurants, Masala Library. The Indiaspora delegates and friends, well pleased with a productive trip during which they forged new bonds with other prominent community leaders, bid each other goodbye. The fruitful and enjoyable three days in Delhi left us all wishing that the visit could’ve been just a little longer!

At Indiaspora, we are confident that our efforts to catalyze the US-India-Israel trilateral relationship in the technological realm will continue to yield more concrete success stories. Here’s hoping for more trilateral relationship building with other countries in Indiaspora’s future!

Sanjeev Joshipura, Indiaspora’s Executive Director, resides in the suburbs of Washington, DC, USA.

Tech Triangle Summit
India – Israel – USA
15 January 2018

The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi

12:45 PM  Registration for the Summit
1:00 – 2:00 PM Networking Lunch
2:00 – 2:05 PM Opening remarks by MR Rangaswami, Indiaspora
2:05 – 2:10 PM Welcome Remarks by R Chandrashekhar, NASSCOM
2:10 – 2:40 PM Think Tank Fireside Conversation

  • Introduction by Nissim Reuben, Global Indian Jewish Relations Institute (GIJRI)
  • Jason Isaacson, American Jewish Committee in conversation with Ambassador Arun K. Singh

2:40 – 2:55 PM Keynote address by Dr. Amiram Appelbaum, the Israel Innovation Authority
2:55 – 3:10 PM Remarks by Dr. Vijay Chauthaiwale, Atal Innovation Mission
3:10 – 4:00 PM Entrepreneurs Panel

  • Shefali Mehta, OpenRivers
  • Israel Ganot, Mass Challenge
  • Dr. Tarun Khanna, Harvard Business School
  • Moderated by Ganesh Natarajan, 5F World

4:00 – 4:30 PM Tea / coffee break
4:30 – 4:35 PM Remarks by Bharat Barai, Global Indian Jewish Relations Institute (GIJRI)
4:35 – 5:25 PM Trilateral Business and Tech Collaboration Panel

  • R Chandrashekhar, NASSCOM
  • Rajan Navani, Jetline Group of Companies
  • Preeti Sinha, Yes Bank
  • Roee Tamari, Herodium Investments
  • Moderated by MR Rangaswami, Indiaspora

5:25 – 6:10 PM Investors Panel

  • Vinay Nair, 55ip
  • Vishal Verma, Edgewood Ventures
  • Dennis Mehta, Israel-India Technology Group
  • Moderated by Ravi Narayan, Microsoft Ventures

6:10 PM Vote of Thanks
6:15 – 9:00 PM Cocktails and Dinner