Power-packed sessions at HT Leadership Summit

30 Nov,2011

By A Correspondent


Leaders from around the world will congregate in the country’s capital, as the ninth edition of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit takes place on December 2-3, 2011 in New Delhi. The theme of the summit this year is ‘Keeping Pace with a Changing World’.


On the occasion, Sanjoy Narayan, Editor in Chief, Hindustan Times, said, “In modern India, change is constant. In the last two decades, it is said, India has changed a lot. So has the world around us… The changes that India faces are, thus, on several fronts – some domestic, others global. And all of these changes throw up for India the challenge of keeping pace with them. It is with this in mind that the 9th edition of the annual Hindustan Times’ Leadership Summit this year offers a platform for debating these issues, to which there are, of course, no easy answers.”


The annual summit has become a powerful forum bringing together leaders from all walks of life and encouraging interaction and debate on the burning issues of the moment. The inaugural session at the summit will be that of Pranab Mukherjee who will share his thoughts on the opportunities and challenges facing India.


It will be followed by an innovative session on education trends from around the world – ‘The Education Prism: Global Perspectives’. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of India, Dr John A Quelche CBE, Distinguished Professor of International Management, Vice President and Dean, CEIBS and Gregory W Cappelli, Co-CEO, Apollo Group and Chairman, Apollo Global, will be speaking at this session. The Keynote Address of the day will be given by Tun Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad, former Prime Minister of Malaysia, and he will be speaking about ‘The Challenges of Change in the 21st Century’.


The other speakers on day one will be Kaushik Basu and Norman Pearlstine, Chief Content Officer, Bloomberg LP, who will be discussing the global economic crisis; husband-wife team Carol and Ken Adelman, who make up Movers & Shakespeares, will be sharing management lessons from Shakespeare’s plays in a repeat of their hugely successful session from the World Economic Forum at Davos earlier this year.


The highly anticipated penultimate session of the day will see economics maverick Dr Steven Levitt, author of the popular Freakonomics books and professor at the University of Chicago, share his unique perspective in a session entitled ‘Unconventional Thinking for an Unpredictable World’.


The closing session on the first day will look at the hot-button topic of the Arab Summer and will see Dr Paul Salem, Director, Carnegie Middle East Center and Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Regional Security, The Internal Institute for Strategic Studies, discussing its causes and consequences.


The second day of the summit will start with the keynote address by LK Advani, who will share his views on ‘India’s Yatra into the Future’. Mr Advani’s session will be followed by a special session led by the former Prime Ministers of Australia and Spain – John Howard and Jose Maria Aznar – on the recent social and economic upheavals around the globe.


Actor-director Farhan Akthar and actor Vidya Balan will chat with Vir Sanghvi in the popular Hindi Film Industry session.


Other speakers on day two are Mehbooba Mufti, President, Jammu and Kashmir Prople’s Democratic Party, Asfandyar Wali Khan, President, Awami National Party, Pakistan and Dr Farooq Abdullah, Minister of New and Renewable Energy, in a session titled ‘Settling Disputes for a Common Cause’.


Julian Assange, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Wikileaks, will be addressing the delegates via video on the second day.


The final session of the summit will be addressed by Chief Ministers Sheila Dixit (Delhi), Prithviraj Chavan (Maharashtra) and Dr Raman Singh (Chattisgarh), who will speak about the connection between Personality Power and Good Governance.


The sessions will be chaired by eminent leaders of the media world such as Rajdeep Sardesai, Sagarika Ghose, Suhasini Haidar, Karan Thapar, Vir Sanghvi and Sanjoy Narayan.


The Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2011 is guaranteed to bring a fresh new perspective on the critical issues and problems we find ourselves facing today. By leveraging the power of debate and discussion, this ninth edition of the Summit will tackle the challenges of change with insight and clarity.

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