Indiaspora 10th Anniversary Forum

Join us in celebrating our 10th Year Anniversary! The forum is a three day event that will assemble 200+ leaders at Hayes Mansion in San Jose, California. The attendees represent prominent people from the global diaspora who possess varied perspectives and come from a diverse gamut of professions. Wide ranging discussions will include topics such as entrepreneurship, social impact, philanthropy, sustainability, political participation, civic engagement, healthcare, arts and education.

We hope to see you there!

 

See the full list of our incredible speakers below in the “Participants” tab. Click the headshots to find the speakers’ bios.

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Event Registration OpenHayes Ballroom Foyer
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch – Hayes Terrace
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Roundtable : “Move Over, Dad!”: Next Gen Social Entrepreneurs – Edenvale 
  • Sheel Tyle (Session Chair) – Founder & CEO, Amplo
  • Vivek Kopparthi – Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Neolight
  • Anto Phillip – Co-Founder, Under 25
  • Sivakami Sambasivam – Founding Member, GoodRx
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Coffee Break – Lower Level Lobby
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Roundtable : Midterm Madness – Edenvale
  • Shekar Narasimhan (Session Chair)  – Chairman & Founder, AAPI Victory Fund
  • Harini Krishnan – National Organizing Chair, SAFA
  • Neil Makhija – Executive Director, Indian American Impact
  • Karthick Ramakrishnan – Founder & Professor, AAPI Data and California 100
  • Neera Tanden – US Government
6:30 PM – 7:45 PM Cocktail Reception with Wine Education – Hayes Terrace
7:45 PM – 9:00 PM Dinner – Hayes Ballroom
9:00 PM – 10:00 PM Desserts & Drinks  – Hayes Ballroom
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast  Hayes Foyer 
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM  Morning Plenary Session – Kal, Aaj aur Kal: Reflections on Indiaspora’s Journey so Far and What Lies Ahead – Hayes Ballroom 

9:00 – 9:10 am: Indiaspora’s Inception – Opening remarks 

  • Arun Kumar – Managing Partner, Celesta Capital
  • Shekar Narasimhan – Chairman & Founder, AAPI Victory Fund
  • Neera Tanden – US Government

9:10 – 9:25 am: Indiaspora – Past, Present & Future 

  • MR Rangaswami – Founder, Indiaspora
  • Sanjeev Joshipura – Executive Director, Indiaspora 

9:25 – 10:10 am: Community Town Hall

Conversation starters include –

  • Gary Gauba – Founder & MD, The CXO Fund
  • Smita Siddhanti – Founder & President, EnDyna Inc.
  • Debottam Bose – Senior Legal Consultant at Oxford India Center for Sustainable Development

10:10 – 10:30 am: Global Impact of Indian Diaspora, Keynote Address 

  • Mohanbir Sawhney, Director of the Center for Research in Technology & Innovation at Northwestern University
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Coffee Break – Lower Level Lobby
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Breakout sessions:

Why Give : Passion, Purpose, Potential – San Jose Room (Mansion)

This session will bring together Indian diaspora leaders from the social impact sector.  Speakers will share their journeys, sources of inspiration, and the overall vision for their philanthropic work. 

  • VR Ferose (Session Chair) – SVP, SAP
  • Minoo Gupta – Senior Director Engineer Shared Services, Citrix
  • Megha Purohit – Founder, Giri Foundation
  • Raju Reddy – Founding Patron, Kakatiya Sandbox
  • Sri Rajan – Partner, Cota Capital 

Valley Bound : Tech Migration Monterey

This session will explore the opportunities and challenges associated with the tech migration with perspectives from those who have recently made this journey.

  • Priya Ramachandran (Session Chair) – Early Stage Investor and Advisor for Various Cross Border Ventures 
  • Nimish Joshi – Cofounder & COO, Amnic
  • Vinod Muthukrishnan – Executive Vice President, Uniphore
  • Sahil Aggarwal – Co-Founder & CEO, Rattle
  • Anil Advani – Founder & Managing Partner, Inventus Law

‘Hey Siri’, What’s the Climate Tomorrow? San Martin

A session with industry and academic perspectives considering questions around climate and energy technology, economics, markets, environmental impact. 

  • Navin Chadda – Managing Director, Mayfield Fund
  • Rudra Dalmia – Managing Partner, Green Frontier Capital
  • Radha Mehta – Founder, SDG Forum
  • Amol Phadke – Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Sudhir Rani – Co-founder & Chief Corporate Development Officer, TerViva

Get Diverse or DEI Trying! San Juan Baptista

We bring together a panel working on the notion of an inclusive workforce from many different perspectives: from investing in women entrepreneurs to harnessing the potential of racially and differently-abled talent. 

  • Reena Gupta (Session Chair) – CEO & Founder, Mom Relaunch
  • Jyotika Gupta – Business Operations Manager, Glassdoor
  • Anita Rehman – Partner, GSV Ventures
  • Murali Vullaganti – Founder & Executive Chairman, PeopleShores
  • Vinita Subramani – Independent Disability Inclusion Consultant

Indiaspora Talks : Inspiring Leaders Share Their Stories – Guadalupe (Mansion)

Inspiring leaders in the Indiaspora community will share with us their personal and professional journeys, and detail what brought them to the path they are on today. 

  • Rohini Chakravarthy – Managing Partner, NewBuild Venture Capital
  • Jay Vijayan – Founder & CEO of Tekion in fireside chat with Prashant Kothari Managing Director of SitusAMC’s Title Solution Services 
  • Anand Deshpande – Founder, Chairman & MD, Persistent Systems
  • Akhtar Badshah – Chief Catalyst, Catalytic Innovators Group
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM  Lunch – Hayes Terrace
2:00 – 3:30pm Afternoon Plenary Session: Philanthropy and Social Impact – Hayes Ballroom 

2:00 – 2:15 pm: Making Tech Work For All of Us, Plenary Address

  • Congressman Ro Khanna 

2:15 – 2:50 pm: Understanding the Opportunity Gap in the US

  • Mayura Sen (Opening Remarks) – Senior Director, Indiaspora 
  • Avanish Sahai (Moderator) – President, Sahai Family Foundation
  • Beena Ammanath – Executive Director, Global AI Deloitte Institute
  • Ashwin Bharath – Cofounder & CEO, Revature
  • Karan Chopra – COO, Cervest

2:50 – 3:00 pm: Growing Giving, Scaling Impact: The Opportunity for Philanthropy to India

  • Ashish Shah – CEO North America, Give

3:00 – 3:15 pm: Fireside Chat : Philanthropy as a Catalyst for Healing Intergenerational Trauma

  • Anita Bhatia – Executive Director, Ramesh & Kalpana Bhatia Family Foundation
  • Kavita Mehra – Executive Director, Sakhi for South Asian Women

3:15 – 3:30 pm: Why You Shouldn’t Be Cynical About Government, Plenary Address

  • Neera Tanden – US Government
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM  Coffee Break – Lower Lobby
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Breakout Sessions: 

Moving Into the C-suite – San Martin 

We will explore, from the perspective of current C-suite executives, what it takes to get there and be successful.  

  • Deepak Ahuja (Session Chair) – Chief Financial Officer, Verily
  • Vasant Prabhu – Vice Chair & Chief Financial Officer, Visa
  • Suja Viswesan – Senior Vice President, WarnerMedia
  • Sam Balaji – Global Consulting CEO at Deloitte
  • Ranjana Clark – Head of Global Transaction Banking MUFG

Opening Closed Doors: Addressing Partner Violence – San Jose (Mansion)

This session helps us mark October as Domestic Violence Awareness month and will address critical issues of abuse and abandonment, often ignored as uncomfortable in our community conversations.

  • Meera Kymal – Contributing Editor, India Currents
  • Anjana Nagarajan – Founder & Producer, DesiCollective
  • Nandini Ray – Senior Manager of Outreach, Prevention and Policy Advocacy, Maitri
  • Kavita Mehra – Executive Director, Sakhi
  • Anita Bhatia – Executive Director, The Bhatia Family Foundation

Bollywood, Hollywood, Very Very Jolly Good – Guadalupe (Mansion)

This session will explore themes around India and Indian Diaspora representation for a global audience by diving deeper into how films and documentaries help craft our collective narratives.

  • Mauktik Kulkarni (Session Chair) – Neuroscientist, Author & Filmmaker
  • Mridu Chandra – Director, documentary about Dalip Singh Saund– first Sikh American Congressman
  • Rashaana Shah – Founder, Indika Animation
  • Vaishali Sinha – Award Winning Filmmaker, Coast to Coast Films
  • Nisha Pahuja – EMMY Nominated, Writer, Director, Notice Pictures, Inc.

Health Adda – San Juan Baptista

We will talk about health issues that disproportionately affect the Indian population and gather new perspectives on how to best tackle them. 

  • Sejal Hathi – Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Simi Kirubanandan – Healthcare Strategist 
  • Shinjini Kundu – PhD, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Rima Pande – Advisor for Recon Strategy and Author
  • Bhargav Sri Prakash – Founder and CEO of FriendsLearn Inc
  • Nalini Saligram – Founder and CEO of Arogya World

Indiaspora Talks : Inspiring Leaders Share Their Stories – Monterey 

Inspiring leaders in the Indiaspora community will share with us their personal and professional journeys, and detail what brought them to the path they are on today. 

    • George Jacob – President & CEO, BayEcotarium
    • Moderated Fireside Chat – Race Car Drivers Yuven Sundaramoorthy & Athreya Ramanan Talk to Shekar Ayyar, CEO of Arrcus
    • Raghu Mendu – Cofounder & General Partner, Ventureast
    • Saurabh Netravalkar in a fireside chat with Sindhu Sriharsha, moderated by Rajiv Thadani  
    • Sindhu SriharshaCaptain, US Women’s Cricket team
  • Rajiv Thadani – Principal, KPMG
  • Saurabh Netravalkar – Indian American Cricketer
  • Naveen Kumar – Chairman, Founder & CEO, Nityo Infotech
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM  Fun Bonding Activity – Sip & Paint Hayes Lawn 
6:30 PM – 7:45 PM  Cocktail Reception – Hayes Terrace 
7:45 PM – 9:00 PM Grand Diwali Dinner & Entertainment with Open Dance Floor – Hayes Ballroom
9:00 PM – 10:00 PM Desserts & Drinks – Hayes Ballroom
Day 3: Sunday, October 16th 2022
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast – Hayes Terrace 
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM  Plenary Session: Global Connect and Other Perspectives – Hayes Ballroom

9:00 – 9:20 am We Have Borrowed the Earth from Our Children, Plenary Address

  • Arun Majumdar – Jay Precourt Provostial Chair Professor at Stanford University

9:20 – 9:50 am India – North America Relations in a Siloed World 

  • Arun Kumar (Moderator) – Managing Partner, Celesta Capital 
  • Rana Sarkar – Consul General of Canada to Northern California & Silicon Valley

9:50 – 10:05 am : Himachal, BHU, USA : Mapping the Leaps, Plenary Address 

  •  Jay Chaudhry – CEO, ZScaler

10:05 – 10:20 am : Enabling Economic Access for Women on a Global Scale, Plenary Address

  • Chaitra Vedulapalli – Co-Founder & CMO, Meylah

10:20 – 10:30 am : Breaking Stereotypes

  •  Zoya Khare, Actress, Enacte 
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Coffee Break  – Lower Level Lobby 
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Breakout Sessions: 

Virasat: Passing the Cultural Baton – San Juan Baptista

This session will explore the work being done by various people to bridge the cultural gaps not only between generations but also with the rest of the world. 

  • Vinita Belani (Session Chair) – Founder, EnActe Arts
  • Dr. Murali Prahlad – President & CEO, Iridia Inc.
  • Ganesh Raju – Founder & CEO, Akshaya NFT and Metaverse
  • Sarasvathy TK – Award Winning Artist
  • Reenita M. Hora – Chief Storyteller, Chapter by episode, True Fiction Project 

Cloud in a Box: India’s Gift to the World? – Monterey

This session will discuss the concept of Cloud in a Box, the innovative mindset that includes sharing India’s digital advancements and tech platforms with the global community.

  • Harshul Asnani (Session Chair) – President of the Global Technology Business at Tech Mahindra
  • Asha Jadeja – Managing Partner, Dot Edu Ventures
  • Beerud Sheth – Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GupShup
  • Avanish Sahai – President of the Sahai Family Foundation
  • Ashu Garg – General Partner, Foundation Capital

Between the Wickets: Bringing Cricket to America – San Martin 

This session will discuss how to bring India’s most popular game to an American audience.  

  • Rajiv Thadani (Session Chair) – Principal, KPMG
  • Venky Harinarayan – Co-Founding Partner of Rocketship
  • Mythili Sankaran –  Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Neythri
  • Suhani Thadani – American cricketer who plays for the United States women’s national cricket team
  • Unmukt Chand – Indian-American cricketer on the Melbourne Renegades
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Closing Lunch With Optional Boxed Lunches – Hayes Terrace 
1:00 PM Buses Depart to San Francisco and San Jose Airports