Indiaspora Global Forum 2019

Sept. 13 - 15, 2019 Tarrytown House Estate on The Hudson

The Indiaspora Global Forum is our annual flagship event which attracts leaders and change agents and affords them the opportunity to engage in intellectually stimulating discussions and powerful networking on issues that affect the Indian diaspora. Building on last year’s Forum, Indiaspora was on its way to convening a truly global event with participants from all over the world.

The Forum took place this year from September 13-15, 2019 at the Tarrytown House Estate on The Hudson in Tarrytown, New York, about 30 minutes north of New York City.



Friday, September 13

6 pm Welcome Reception

7:30 pm Dinner

Saturday, September 14

7:30 am Meditation

8 am Breakfast

8:45 am Morning Plenary: Leading in Business & Politics

Corporate Leaders Panel

Keynote: Leading with Soul

Rishad Tobaccowala, Chief Growth Officer, Publicis Groupe

For the past decade, he has advised businesses all over the world on how to understand the global, demographic and technological changes that are cascading around the world, impacting business models, people’s expectations, and how information and communication is evolving. He shares how to “restore the soul of business” and lead in this data-driven age.

Fireside Chat

Senator Ratna Omidvar, Independent Senator of Canada and World Refugee Rights Leader

Kasi Rao, President and CEO of the Canada-India Business Council

10:30 am Coffee Break

11 am Breakout Sessions

State of the Art: Investing in Our Soft Power

  • Vinita Belani, Artistic Director and Founder, EnActe Arts (Chair)
  • Madhuvanti Ghose, Alsdorf Associate Curator of Indian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan and Islamic Art, The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Dipti Mathur, Art Collector and Philanthropist

Distant Shores: Entrepreneurship in Developing Nations

For the People: Creating a Culture of Public Service

12:15 pm Lunch

1:45 pm Afternoon Plenary: India & Geopolitics

The World at a Crossroads: Global Geopolitics

Who Runs the World? Global Women Leaders

Caught in the Middle: The Intersection of India’s Policy, Politics & the Economy

  • Yamini Aiyar, President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi (moderator)
  • Vijay Chauthaiwale, In-Charge, Foreign Affairs Department, Bharatiya Janata Party, New Delhi
  • Devesh Kapur, Starr Foundation Professor of Asian Studies, Director of Asia Programs, School of Advanced International Studies
  • Rakesh Mohan, Senior Fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University and Distinguished Fellow, Brookings India

3:30 pm Coffee Break

4 pm Breakout Sessions

Desis on the Move: Migration Challenges and Opportunities

Ladies First: Creating an Ecosystem for Women Entrepreneurship

Around India In An Hour: From A through Zed

  • Rajan Navani, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Jetline Group of Companies (Chair)
  • Yamini Aiyar, President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
  • Pari Natarajan, CEO, Zinnov
  • Anita Schwartz, Director of Development-India, The Nature Conservancy

5:15 pm Outdoor Activities

Cooking Demonstration with Executive Chef Akshay Bhardwaj, Michelin-star restaurant Junoon

Lawn Games

6:15 pm Cocktail Reception

7:15 pm Entertainment: Between the Worlds of Indian and Western Classical Music

Reena Esmail, composer & Saili Oak, vocalist

8 pm Dinner

Sunday, September 15

8 am Breakfast

8:45 am Plenary: Philanthropy & Social Impact


Suketu Mehta, Author, This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto

HeritageINDIA: An Indiaspora sponsored and 360+ powered birthright trip to India for high school students

DJ Jassal, College Freshman, Virginia Tech, and HeritageINDIA 2019 Cohort


Maya Vishwakarma, Founder, Sukarma Foundation, ‘Padwoman of India’

Fireside Chat

Vidya Shah, CEO, EdelGive Foundation

Arjun Divecha, Founder-Director of The Divecha Centre for Climate Change at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore


Seema Hingorani, Senior Advisor, Crestview, and Founder, Girls Who Invest


Malvika Iyer, motivational speaker, award-winning disability rights activist, model


Piyush Jain, Co-founder and CEO, Impact Guru


Atul Satija, Founder of Give and The/Nudge Foundation


ChaloGive: A preview of a week-long giving initiative by the Indian diaspora to NGOs transforming communities at home and abroad. Oct. 2 – 8.

Gabrielle Trippe, Philanthropy Initiatives Manager, Indiaspora

Ashish Shah, Community Relations Director, Indiaspora

10:30 am Coffee Break

11 am Breakout Sessions

Beyond the Cover: Authors Who Inspire

Authors share their journeys on writing about our cosmos, managing nonprofits. and shaking up the status quo in career trajectories.

Marginalized Communities in our Midst: How do we advocate for them and lift up their issues?

Speakers address Gender violence, LGBTQIA discrimination, Religious intolerance and More

12:15 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Forum concludes

See additional photos here.

Special thanks to Jay Mandal for photographing our Forum Saturday.

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