Schedule 2017 2017-10-17T18:54:13+00:00

ThinkBig 2017 Program Schedule

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Registration Opens

9:00 AM – 9:20 AM

Launch of the WEDisplay Trade Show

by the Chief Guest & Guests of Honour in presence of various Global Women’s Associations

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
(Main Hall)

Welcome Remarks by Guest of Honour, Sh. Vinay Pratap Singh, IAS

Deputy Commissioner, Gurugram, Haryana

Opening Address by Mr. Parul Soni

Global Managing Partner, TTC

Keynote Address by Guest of Honour, Smt. K. Ratna Prabha, IAS

Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka

Keynote Address by Guest of Honour, Sh. Vipul Goel

Hon’ble Minister for Industries & Commerce, Government of Haryana

Keynote Address by Guest of Honour, Mr. Sonjoy Chatterjee

Chairman, Goldman Sachs (India) Securities Pvt. Ltd.

Keynote Address by Guest of Honour, Mr. Yuri Afanasiev*

UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India

Keynote Address by Guest of Honour, Sh. Amitabh Kant, IAS

CEO, NITI Aayog, Government of India

Keynote Address by Guest of Honour, Smt. Harsimrat Kaur*

Hon’ble Minister of Food Processing Industries, Government of India

Keynote Address by Guest of Honour, Sh. Suresh Prabhu

Hon’ble Minister for Commerce & Industry, Government of India

Keynote Address by Guest of Honour, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman*

Hon’ble Defence Minister, Government of India

Keynote Address by Guest of Honour, Smt. Sushma Swaraj*

Hon’ble Minister for External Affairs, Government of India

Inaugural Address by Chief Guest, Sh. Manohar Lal Khattar*

Hon’ble Chief Minister of Haryana

Vote of Thank by Ms. Elizabeth Vasquez

Co-Founder & CEO, WEConnect International

11:00 AM – 11:20 AM

Coffee/Tea Break

11:20 AM – 11:50 AM
(Main Hall)

WEIgnite Fireside Chat

Sh. Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev*
Isha Foundation
in conversation with
Sh. Deepak Bagla
MD & CEO, Invest India

11:50 AM – 12:20 PM
(Main Hall)

WENgage Corporate Session: Walmart Women Entrepreneurs Development Program Launch


  • Mr. Krish Iyer
    CEO, Walmart India
  • Ms. Jenny Grieser
    Senior Director, Women Economic Empowerment, Walmart

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12:20 PM – 1:00 PM
(Main Hall)

WEXplore Panel Discussion: Access to Technology

Keynote Address:

Smt. Aruna Sundararajan, IAS
Secretary & Chairman Telecom Commission, Department of Telecommunications, Government of India

Invited speakers:
Ms. Sairee Chahal*/ Ms. Shaili Chopra* 


  • Ms. Shweta Rajpal Kohli
    Head, Public PolicyHHH, Uber India
  • Ms. Ankhi Das
    Director, Public Policy–India and South & Central Asia, Facebook
  • Ms. Paroma Roy Chowdhury
    Vice President, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, SoftBank Group International*
  • Dr. Kinkini Dasgupta Misra
    Division Head, Information Technology and Gender & Technology Communication, Vigyan Prasar, Government of India*
  • Mr. Kunal Kapoor
    Co-Founder, Ketto*

12:40 PM – 1:20 PM

WEXplore Panel Discussion with UNDP-Disha Project:

Changing Face of India through Skills & Entrepreneurship

Invited speakers:

  • Ms. Neelam Chhiber*
    Co-founder & MD, Mother Earth


  • Mr. Clement Chauvet
    Chief, Skills and Business Development, UNDP
  • Mr. Manish Kumar, IAS
    MD & CEO, NSDC, Government of India
  • Mr. Sudhir Rajpal, IAS*
    Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce Department, Government of Haryana
  • Ms. Indra Mallo, IAS*
    MD, Mahila Arthik Vikas Mahamandal (MAVIM), Mumbai
  • Brig. Rajiv Williams
    Corporate Head-CSR, JSL Stainless Ltd.
  • Ms. Vandana Verma*
    Program Director, Ikea Foundation
  • Ms. Vikas Goswami*
    Head Sustainability, Good and Green, Godrej Industries

1:00 PM – 1:40 PM
(Main Hall)

WEXplore Panel Discussion: Access to Finance

Keynote Address by Smt. Smriti Irani*
Hon’ble Minister for Information & Broadcasting  and Textiles, Government of India

Invited speakers:

  • Ms. Monika Halan*


  • Smt. S. Radha Chauhan, IAS
    CEO, GeM, Government of India*
  • Ms. Suchi Mukherjee
    Founder & CEO,*
  • Mr. Jiji Mammen
    CEO, Micro Units Development & Refinance Agency*
  • Ms. Vidya Shah
    CEO, EdelGive Foundation*
  • Ms. Bindu Ananth
    Chair, IFMR Trust & IFMR Holdings*
  • Ms. Roopa Kudva
    Partner, Omidyar Network, & Managing Director, Omidyar Network India Advisors*

1:40 PM – 2:40 PM


2:40 PM – 3:10 PM
(Main Hall)

WEIgnite Keynote by Mr. Uday Kotak*

MD, Kotak Mahindra Bank

WEIgnite Fireside Chat: Education as an Enabler

Proposed moderators*:

  • Mr. Rahul Kanwal
    Headlines Today
  • Ms. Sonal Kalra
    HT City
  • Mr. Shekhar Gupta

Proposed speakers*:

  • Ms. Roshni Nadar
    Executive Director and CEO, HCL Enterprise
    Ms. Twinkle Khanna
    Actor, Columnist & Entrepreneur
  • Ms. Ekta Kapoor
  • Ms. Suzanne Khan

3:10 PM – 3:50 PM
(Main Hall)

WEXplore Panel Discussion: Women in Business*

Invited panelists:

  • Ms. Richa Kar*
    Founder, Zivame
  • Ms. Naiyya Saggi
    Founder, Baby Chakra
  • Ms. Anasuya Gupta
    Chairperson & Managing Director, CICO Technologies
  • Ms. Jyotsna Suri*
    Chairperson & Managing Director, Bharat Hotels
  • Ms. Priya Paul*
    Director, Apeejay Surrendra Group & Chairperson, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels
  • Ms. Puja Jain*
    Managing Director, Luxor Writing Instruments
  • Ms. Schauna Chauhan Saluja*
    CEO, Parle Agro
  • Ms. Samina Vaziralli*
    Executive Vice Chairman, CIPLA
  • Ms. Shefali Saxena*
    COO – Luis Berger India
  • Ms. Pallavi Shroff*
    Managing Partner, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
  • Smt. K. Kavita Rao*
    MP, TRS
  • Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi*
    MP, BJP
  • Smt. Supriya Sule*
    MP, NCP

3:30 PM – 4:10 PM

WEXplore Panel Discussion: Revitalising Entrepreneurship in the North-East*

Invited Participants* will be representatives from:

  • Government of Assam
  • Government of Sikkim
  • Government of Meghalya
  • UNDP
  • Tata Trusts
  • British Council India

3:50 PM – 4:30 PM
(Main Hall)

WENgage Corporate Session: Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women / Girl Rising India Foundation

4:10 PM – 4:50 PM

WEXplore Panel Discussion: Access to Markets*

Invited participants:
Representatives from

  • Walmart
  • Amazon*
  • Shopper’s Stop*
  • Ola*
  • Quikr*
  • Wells Fargo

4:40 PM – 5:00 PM

Coffee/Tea Break

4:50 PM – 5:30 PM
(Main Hall)

WEXplore Panel Discussion: Responsible Business & Decent Work in the 21st Century</h6 >

Invited panelists:

  • Ms. Mamta Kohli
    Senior Social Development Specialist, Department For International Development, Government of United Kingdom
  • Mr. Harsh Singh
    Programme Advisor, United Nations Development Programme
  • Ms. Roshika Singh
    Gender Specialist, IFC
  • Ms. Katherine Keuhn
    Specialist, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH*
  • Mr Markus Ruck
    Senior Specialist on Social Security, ILO*
  • Ms. Uma Seth
    Director, FICCI Socio-Economic Development Foundation
  • Mr. Karan Anand
    Senior Assistant VP, Invest India*
  • Mr. P.R. Ganapathy
    President (India), Villgro Innovations Foundation*
  • Mr. Navdeep Singh Mehram
    Head – Sustainability, Diageo India
  • Mr. Mayank Kaushik
    Director – Sustainability, Inditex*

5:00 PM – 5:40 PM

WEXplore Panel Discussion: Breaking Through Trade Barriers in South Asia

Invited speakers:


  • Ms. Mandakini Kaul
    Country Officer – India, The World Bank*
  • Mr. Sunil Motiwal
    CEO & Director, SAARC Development Fund
  • Mr. Suraj Vaidya
    President, SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry*
  • Ms. Rezani Aziz
    CEO, AdFactors Public Relations Lanka, Sri Lanka
  • Ms. Luna Shamsuddoha
    Chairperson, Dohatec New Media, Bangladesh
  • Mr. Abdullah Munib
    CEO, Agroindust Inc., Afghanistan*

5:40 PM – 7:00 PM

WEDisplay Trade Show

5:40 PM – 7:00 PM

WEConnect Networking Session

*To be confirmed

For additional information, please contact:

Mr. Parul Soni
Global Managing Partner, Thinkthrough Consulting

Mr. Gaurav Panday
Lead – Corporate Relations, Thinkthrough Consult