Ideas For India conference (22-24 April, London)


Bridge India, a public policy focused think tank, is proud to announce its inaugural ‘Ideas For India’ conference from 22-24 April 2020 in London. This event will bring together business, policy and NRI leaders from the UK, India, Europe and further afield to discuss the next wave of India’s growth as an economy and a nation. The ‘India Story’ abroad is often presented through a narrow lens, be it focusing only on business and the economy, society or policy landscape. Given its diversity, everything about India, and its polar opposite, is true in unison. Bridge India seeks to highlight and celebrate this nuance, to help India-watchers understand India better. Until recently, business, foreign policy and social issues occupied distinct spaces. The convergence of dialogue, engagement and collaboration between business, government, civil society and Indian diaspora has blurred the lines between each. Our conference operates at their convergence, helping drive conversations in a unique, inclusive and focused forum. What are the key opportunities and challenges for India in the future? What will India look like in 20 years? What are big global solutions that India is leading, or can lead, on? The Agenda includes: Startup innovation in India | Closer Europe-India collaboration | Energy security | Data protection and privacy in India | Is India still a good investment destination? | What is your big Idea For India? | Fireside chats | Exclusive breakfast briefings | Regional focus in India | Family offices and wealth focus | The rural economy | Sustainability | Climate change and water What are your Ideas for India?


  • DAY 1

    01:30 PM - 06:00 PM
    Parliament Forum

    This session will take place in the Houses of Parliament and shall be attended by senior business, government and academic st

  • DAY 2

    08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Invite-only breakfast: Philanthropy in India - Looking ahead
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Major topics in public policy
    12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    Lunch and networking
    01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    India as an investment destination: Investor roadshow with Indian state government
    03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
    India's energy security
    06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
    Invite-only dinner with Keynote speaker
  • DAY 3

    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Ideas For India - Main Conference
    06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Ideas For India Celebration Dinner


Lord Karan Bilimoria

President, Confederation of British Industry

The Rt Hon Zac Goldsmith*

Minister of State, DEFRA; Minister of State, DfID, HM Government

TV Mohandas Pai

Chairman, Manipal Global Education

Anurag Behar

CEO, Azim Premji Foundation

Amar Patnaik

Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha

Urvashi Prasad

Public Policy Specialist, Office of Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog

Subramanian Swamy

Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha

Sitaram Yechury

General Secretary, CPI (M)

Gurdeep Singh Sappal

Former CEO, Rajya Sabha TV

Spriha Srivastava

Executive Editor, Business Insider

S. Y. Quraishi

Former Chief Election Commissioner, Govt Of India

Lee Lee Ong

Project Director, International Investments, Hamburg Invest

Siddarth Zarabi

Executive Editor, Business Television India

Karan Thapar

Journalist, The Wire

Anand Anandalingam

Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Management Science, University of Maryland

Pankaj Mohindroo

Chairman, India Cellular & Electronics Association (ICEA)

Dominykas Broga

Programme Manager for International Trade, techUK

Dinesh Dhamija MEP

Former Chair of India Caucus, European Parliament

Abhinandan Sekhri

CEO, Newslaundry

Prof M V Rajeev Gowda

Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha

Nakul Saxena

Director of Public Policy, iSPIRT

Aasha Chauhan

Founder, A Box of Stories

James Quinn

CEO, Faradion

Gautam Ghosh

CEO, Locus42 Consulting

Navin Rajaram

Global Head, Digital Data and Analytics, HSBC Retail Banking and Wealth Management