The India-US Forum

12 October 2020

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Timings Program Detail
17:30 hrs (IST) Log in – Digital Holding Room
18:00 – 18:30 (IST) Opening Session
In conversation with:

Stephen Biegun, Deputy Secretary of State, United States of America

Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Foreign Secretary, Government of India; Co-Chair, 4th India US Forum


Jamshyd N. Godrej, Chairman, Ananta Centre and Chairman of the Board, Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited; Co-Chair, 4th India US Forum

18:30 – 19:30 hrs (IST) Session 1

Securing Emerging Tech and Restructuring Global Supply Chains
Accelerating Job growth; Leveraging disruptive and emerging tech like AI, Blockchain, Fintech, 5G and others; Envisioning the short- and long-term mechanics of a global supply chain overhaul; Enhancing direct and institutional investment; Addressing the ease of doing business; and co-incubating start-ups.

  • Dirk Van den Berghe, Executive Vice President, Global Sourcing Operations and Regional CEO – Asia, Walmart
  • Naushad Forbes, Co-Chairman, Forbes Marshall; Chairman, Ananta Aspen Centre
  • David Petraeus, Chairman, KKR Global Institute
  • N K Singh, Chairman, Finance Commission, Government of India

Rajan Navani, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Jetsynthesys (Jetline Group)

19:30 – 20:30 hrs (IST) Session 2

A Shared Health Security Agenda
Combining the resources of Health, Security and other sectors to: develop a collaborative, multi-sectoral mechanism for detection and prevention of infectious disease threats; charting a rapid response and recovery path for the future; strengthening health infrastructure including disease surveillance, information sharing systems and access to emergency medical services; addressing the pathways to collaborate in the creation, production and distribution of vaccines.

  • Jason Grove, Divisional Vice President, International Government Affairs, Abbott Laboratories
  • Tom Inglesby, Director, Center for Health Security, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Murtaza Khorakiwala, Managing Director, Wockhardt Ltd
  • K Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Advisor, Government of India

Banmali Agarwala, President, Infrastructure and Defence & Aerospace; and Global Corporate Affairs, Tata Sons Private Limited

20:30 – 20:45 hrs (IST) Tea and Coffee Break
20:45 – 21:45 hrs (IST) Session 3

The Future of the Quad
Developing a roadmap for security and stability in the Indo-Pacific; Strategic alignment towards the geo-politics of Asia; Defining pathways for regional economic integration; and Burden sharing for a rules based maritime architecture.

  • John Hamre, President & CEO, Centre for Strategic and International Studies; and Former Deputy Secretary of Defence
  • Sunil Lanba, Chairman, National Maritime Foundation; Former Chief of Naval Staff, Indian Navy
  • C Raja Mohan, Director, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore
  • Thomas Rowden, Vice President, International Strategy and Business Development, Rotary and Mission Systems, Lockheed Martin

Arun Kumar, Chairman & CEO, KPMG India

21:45 – 22:30 hrs (IST) Closing Session
In conversation with:

S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, Government of India


Fred Kempe, President and CEO, The Atlantic Council

*Updated as on 8th October 2020


Launched in 2017 as a partnership between Ananta Centre and the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, The India-US Forum is a unique, one of its kind, closed door gathering with limited participation by invitation only. Eminent, handpicked representatives of both governments, parliament, industry, think tanks and academia gather at the Forum to exchange ideas, build mutual trust and develop a joint agenda for future cooperation. The discussions are held under the Chatham House rule.