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‘Powerplay’ at India Today Conclave 2016

International speakers have been lined up to exchange thoughts, ideas and insights. There will also be a session on terrorism and counter-terrorism with an ISIS survivor and ISIS journalist on the panel

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | March 11, 2016

India-Today-ConclaveThe India Today Conclave 2016, built on the theme ‘Powerplay’, will be attended by global experts, including thought leaders, politicians, policy makers, professors and lawyers, who will offer insights into charting a bold new future through free and honest exchange of ideas. The speakers include Amal Clooney, lawyer and activist, Phillipe Petit, artist High Wire, gerontologist Bill Andrews, and Stefan Hyttfors, futurist.

William Henry ‘Bill’ Andrews (PhD) is an eminent American molecular biologist and gerontologist whose career has focused on looking at ways to cure ageing. Founder and President of the biotechnology company Sierra Sciences has won a Nobel Prize for his research in the field. Andrews will focus on unlocking the secrets of longevity and extending youth at Conclave 2016.

Philippe Petit, possibly the world’s most prominent High Wire artist and the inspiration behind the American 3D biographical drama film, ‘The Walk’, will use tightrope walking as juxtaposition for the balancing act of life. Stefan Hyttfors will address future trends and disruptive change and highlight the ten things that will change the world and India this year.

Amal Clooney, who specializes in international law and human rights, will present the closing argument on the right to dissent and free speech in repressive regimes. She is married to actor George Clooney.

The congregation will also witness banter between two Punjabis as renowned Pakistani broadcaster and activist Reham Khan and Gul Panag, actor and activist, engage in a repartee on ‘Line of Peace | Sisters under the skin, empowering women across borders’. Sheena Iyengar, a global management expert, will talk about how to choose right, in a session aimed at advising people on how to think better and make informed choices.

The India Today Conclave 2016 will also host sessions from global experts on terrorism. Three different points of view will be put forward as the conclave brings together an ISIS survivor, an ISIS journalist and a counter-terrorism expert to debate the current crisis of global terrorism. Daniel Rye Ottosen, a photographer and former ISIS hostage, Azadeh Moaveni, journalist and author of ‘Lipstick Jihad’ and Daniel Benjamin, a counter-terrorism expert, will discuss and debate war, terrorism, counter-terrorism and its impact on the world today.

Ottosen will give his first-hand account of surviving the ISIS and living to tell the tale, while Moaveni will talk about the very real threat posed by the Islamic State. Benjamin, the counter-terrorism expert, will discuss the role of the cyber world in countering terrorism. Ahmad Badr Ai-Din Hassoun, Grand Mufti of Syria, will provide in-depth details on the sight of the storm and share straight talks from Syria.

An entire session at the conclave will be dedicated to ISIS and terrorism. The debate will be brought to a conclusion with experts sharing their thoughts on the topic, ‘ISIS Crossfire-Survive, Analyse, Combat’. The conclave aims to bring together the crème de la crème from across the globe, to ensure open exchange of thoughts, ideas and insights that could impact India today and the world tomorrow.

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