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The Modern Indian Studies Initiative at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host a conference entitled Driving Innovation: Technology and India’s Rise as a Global Power on October 10-11, 2019.

Driving Innovation will explore India’s increased role in global affairs and how technology influences India’s development challenges while also promoting business innovation and entrepreneurship, U.S.-India trade, and the global economy.

The conference brings together experts from industry, government, and academia to highlight the forces behind India’s economic innovation and will explore the dynamic and evolving relationship between India and the United States. Themes will include the impact of technology on financial inclusion and business growth, innovations in affordable healthcare, and U.S.-India technological trade flows.

“As India’s economy develops at a rapid pace, its demand for quality education and professional training, higher-wage jobs, public health solutions, and infrastructure improvements persist on an unprecedented scale,” said Anusha Chari, professor of economics and finance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chari is also faculty chair of the Modern Indian Studies Initiative and an organizer of this conference. “The conference will provide participants with an interdisciplinary approach to innovation in India and its global influence.”

Keynote speakers will include His Excellency Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Ambassador of India to the United States, who will be speaking as part of the Krasno Distinguished Speakers Series; the Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India, Krishnamurthy Subramanian; and Vivek Wadhwa, technological entrepreneur and distinguished fellow at Harvard Law School and Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley.

This event is free for UNC-Chapel Hill students and faculty, but registration is required in advance. All others are welcome to attend the conference for a $75 registration fee per person.

To register and see a list of speakers and a program schedule, visit the Driving Innovation conference website.

This conference is organized by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Modern Indian Studies Initiative, a program of the Carolina Asia Center, the College of Arts & Sciences, and UNC Global with support from the Indian American Community of the Triangle. A special thanks to RTI International for providing additional support.

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