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CNN Asia Business Forum to mull on ‘Growing India’ & ‘Made in Asia’

More than 300 political and business leaders are expected to gather for the forum in Mumbai on February 14. CNN’s Fareed Zakaria will engage Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in a debate on ‘Growing India’

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | February 12, 2016


CNN International has unveiled session details for the CNN Asia Business Forum 2016, to be held in Mumbai on February 14. More than 300 political and business leaders from across Asia are expected to gather for the one-day invitation-only forum, to mull on issues like the ‘State of the world’ and ‘Made in Asia’.

The sessions at the event include keynote speeches, panel discussions and one-on-one interviews. Union finance minister Arun Jaitley will spar with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria during the session on ‘Growing India’.

“The inaugural CNN Asia Business Forum is now just days away. With the calibre of speakers and thought-provoking sessions we have planned it promises to be an incredible day for the 300 invited delegates,” said CNN International Senior VP and Managing Editor, Ellana Lee.

Sunita Rajan,VP - Advertising Sales, CNN International, Asia Pacific, said, “The response we’ve had from the business community in the lead up to the CNN Asia Business Forum has been truly remarkable. It’s going to be an unforgettable day not only for our invited guests but for our CNN anchors and correspondents who are looking forward to returning to India.”

The CNN Asia Business Forum coincides with the commencement of the Indian Government’s ‘Make in India Week’. The ‘Make in India Week’ will be inaugurated by Prime Minister   Narendra Modi at 9 AM on the same day (Sunday, February 14) at the MMRDA Grounds in Mumbai.

Agenda of CNN Asia Business Forum 2016:


Session 1: State of the World

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria presents a snapshot of global geopolitics. As global demand cools, Zakaria asks, what are Asia’s big opportunities?


Session 2: Growing India

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria goes one-on-one with India’s Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley to discuss India’s path forward and the obstacles it needs to overcome.


Session 3: Secrets of Leadership

CNN’s Richard Quest sits down with CISCO Executive Chairman John Chambers to discuss the secrets of leadership during good times and through transition and uncertainty.


Session 4: Made in Asia

CNN’s Richard Quest leads a panel of manufacturing pioneers from the world’s biggest companies who are creating jobs and building factories around the globe. The panelists include Mahindra Group Chairman, Anand Mahindra; Aditya Birla Group Chairman, Kumar Mangalam Birla; Emerson Electric Co. President, Edward Monser; GE South Asia President and CEO, Banmali Agrawala.

Session 5: Disrupters

CNN’s Andrew Stevens leads a panel of technology experts to discuss how young, nimble, innovative companies can help India leapfrog its rivals. The panelists include Snapdeal Co-founder and CEO, Kunal Bahl; Vinnova Director General, Charlotte Brogren; Google India and South East Asia Managing Director, Rajan Anandan; DJI Director of Strategic Partnerships, Michael Perry.

Session 6: Secrets of Leadership II

CNN’s Richard Quest goes one-on-one with Air Asia CEO, Tony Fernandes to discuss successful leadership and creating an environment where ideas can flourish.

Session 7: Asia 2010

CNN’s Andrew Stevens leads a discussion on the economic, geopolitical, and environmental challenges Asia faces plus the tactics to ensure that Asia’s growth is smart growth over the next decade.


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