Global Business Summit

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Global Business Summit

After scripting success with its Reimagining Business series starting from Collaborate to Create for sustainable business to providing strategies in order to outmanoeuvre the pandemic, India’s largest thought leadership and call to action forum, The Global Business Summit (GBS), is switching gears to bring together global leaders to chalk out a path towards economic resurgence and prosperity in the world’s most populous continent.

While earlier editions of GBS have seen visionaries such as Bill Gates, Arianna Huffington, Brian Chesky and Ted Sarandos including India’s honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi and policy makers such as Piyush Goyal come together to navigate a course for a post-pandemic world, this edition will see headliners take on global economic challenges such as volatile markets and capital flows; economic transitions and financial tightening in many countries; the large drop in commodity prices, including oil; and escalated geopolitical tensions.

Global Business Summit Virtual 4.0

Global Heads and Senior Government Officials and Ministers in Attendance

Unique mix of global business leaders deliberating on the future of the continent

Focused break-Out Industry Sessions for creating tangible action plans

Innovation zone to feature fresh Start-ups from diverse domains

Closed door Roundtable discussions for addressing hot topics

Successful Editions
Global Speakers
Countries Participation

Below you'll find the schedule for GBS Virtual Series - Fourth Edition.

15:00 15:15



15:15 15:20

Welcome Address

Welcome Address by The Times of India Group

15:20 15:25

Keynote Address

H.E. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World

The Bridge – Deepening trade ties between India and The Globe

15:30 15:50

Keynote Address

Aiman Ezzat, CEO, Capgemini

Resurgence – Rebooting the Global Economy, Responsibly

15:55 16:10

Keynote Address

Cameron McLean, SVP and Board Member, International Markets, PayPal

Enabling Growth: The Opportunity Beyond Borders

16:15 16:30

In Conversation

Adar Poonawalla, Chief Executive Officer, Serum Institute of India in conversation with Bodhisatva Ganguli, Executive Editor, The Economic Times

Walking the path of Sustainability, leading to Economic Development

16:35 17:25

Thought Leaders Panel Discussion

Ashwin Yardi, CEO - India, Capgemini

Dia Mirza | Actor | Producer | UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador & United Nations Secretary-General Advocate for Sustainable Development Goals

Dr Anish Shah, Deputy Managing Director & CFO, Mahindra Group

Ravi Kirpalani, Managing Director & CEO, Thyssenkrupp India

Sameer Garde, President, Cisco India and SAARC

Moderated by: R Sriram, Editor (West), The Economic Times

One Planet, One business – Building towards a Sustainable Future

17:30 17:50

Keynote Address

Nobuaki Kurumatani, President and CEO, Toshiba Corporation

Commitment towards a Sustainable NEW DAY

17:50 18:10

In Conversation

Vikram Kirloskar, Vice Chairman, Toyota Kirloskar Motor in conversation with Vinod Mahanta, Senior Editor, The Economic Times

Fostering sustainable economic growth in Manufacturing Industry

18:15 18:35

In Conversation

Pradeep Parameswaran, President, Mobility, APAC Uber in conversation with Himangshu Watts, Senior Editor, The Economic Times

Leading, inspiring and driving transformative changes in these challenging times

18:40 19:00

In Conversation

Erica Alessandri, Board Member, Technogym and The Wellness Foundation in conversation with Lopamudra Ghatak, Editor - Lifestyle & Features, The Economic Times Digital

The Wellness Revolution in Light of the Pandemic

19:05 19:25

Keynote Address

Dinesh C Paliwal, Senior Advisor- Board and CEO, HARMAN; Board Member – Bristol Myers, Nestle, Raytheon Tech and U.S.- India Business Council (USIBC); Former Chairman & CEO, HARMAN

Continued economic growth and development in a post-COVID and increasingly volatile & uncertain policies and political environment

19:30 19:40

Keynote Address

Anil Kumar SG, Founder and CEO, Samunnati

Agtech leading the way to more sustainable agriculture

19:40 19:45

Concluding Remarks

Closing Remarks

12:45 13:00


Dry run and Registration

13:00 13:03

Welcome Address and Speakers Introduction

Welcome address and speakers introduction by Economic Times (Ms Ruchika Singh, Director- Business Communities & Project Director – ETILC)

13:03 13:10

Opening Remarks

Nitin Jain, Chief Executive Officer, Edelweiss Wealth Management

Opening Remarks and context setting

13:10 14:10

Brief Introduction and Perspectives Sharing

Brief introduction and perspectives sharing by each speaker, around the below points
- Impact of Covid 19 and each country’s economic recovery
- New business opportunities(& challenges) in their respective sectors
- Industry strengths, investment opportunities, manufacturing & supply chain capabilities
- Relaxation in trade policies
- Inputs on charting out a roadmap for boosting regional trade collaborations

14:10 14:25

Q& A, Conclusive notes and Closing remarks

Nitin Jain, Chief Executive Officer, Edelweiss Wealth Management

Q& A, Conclusive notes and Closing remarks


Thank you & Close

Thank you & Close

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Who are in Attendance?

Focused Industries

Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, FMCG, Technology & Automation, Investment Agencies, BFSI, Information Technology, Tourism & Hospitality, Retail & E-Commerce, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, Aviation, Automotive & Electric Vehicles, Real Estate, Construction, Infrastructure and others.

  • Heads of Governments & Ministers
  • Chairmen & Founders
  • VC & PE Investors
  • Trade Bodies & Chambers of Commerce
  • CEOs

At Global Business Summit, the deliberations will see top business leaders, academicians and policymakers from around the world gather to deliver cues to resurging growth for businesses and economies with a strong focus on building back better.

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“India’s willingness to play a big role in manufacturing COVID-19 vaccine & allow it to supply to other developing countries will be a critical part in containing the pandemic globally.“

Bill Gates

Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

“We have an opportunity to reimagine and build a new reality, where everyone is more inclusive and tackling big crisis environmentally, socially or economically.”

Arianna Huffington

Founder & CEO Thrive Global

“Our team had an idea, they said what if we took a percentage of our recruiting team and basically turn them into a job placement firm for those were laid off.”

Brian Chesky

Co-founder, CEO, Airbnb

“I think inclusion is great business. You basically want it to look like that people who are making the content are also watching the content.”

Ted Sarandos

Co-CEO and Chief Content Officer, Netflix

“I’m concerned but also impressed by the resilience of Indians. I’m impressed by the low mortality rate.”

Bill Winters

Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered PLC

“I don’t think the shoe has dropped, I think you will see the real challenges over the next 12-18 months.”

Piyush Gupta

Chief Executive Officer and Director, DBS Group

“Leadership today requires people who can change and drive cultures rather than being rewarded as part of the ‘producer’ culture.”

Carla Harris

Vice Chairman, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor, Morgan Stanley

“Electrification can build a green future, when it comes to solar, macro greens, net zero buildings or even electric vehicles. Therefore combining electric and digital together are the best for smarter living.”

Jean-Pascal Tricoire

Chairman and CEO, Schneider Electric

“In my opinion, Donald Trump is the worst President in American history. He politicised wearing face masks, and made it seem as if it was an infringement of freedom.”

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs

Renowned Economics Professor, Bestselling Author, Innovative Educator

“Since multiple lockdowns worldwide, people started to seek accommodations nearby for a change of environment, hence the trend of alternate accommodations has increased by 40% since last year.”

Glenn D Fogel

President & CEO, Booking Holdings

“Key features observed in CEOs is display of love, empathy and social consequence as they are key leadership drivers, as we in a crisis that bears an emotional scar and is taking a toll on our people.”

Kevin Sneader

Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company

“Our portfolio companies are safe in terms of capital and we have enough runway for the next few years.”

Rajeev Misra

Board Director of SoftBank Group and CEO of SoftBank Investment Advisers