February 11th, 2016


CNN International has unveiled session details for the CNN Asia Business Forum 2016, to be held in Mumbai, India on February 14, 2016.

More than 300 political and business leaders from across the region will gather for the one-day invitation-only forum. They will engage in the following keynote speeches, panel discussions and one-on-one interviews:

Session 1: State of the World

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

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 the 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.

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 tech experts to discuss how young, nimble, innovative companies can help India leapfrog its rivals.

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 2020

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

Panelists include:

Kerry Logistics Network Chairman, George Yeo

U.S. Ambassador to India, Richard Verma

Senior Vice President and Managing Editor, CNN International, Ellana Lee: “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.”

Vice President Advertising Sales, CNN International, Asia Pacific, Sunita Rajan: “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 start of the Indian Government’s ‘Make in India Week’ to be inaugurated by the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi. It begins at 9am, on Sunday February 14, 2016 and will be held in the ‘Make in India Centre’ at the MMRDA Grounds in Mumbai, India.

For more information go to: http://www.cnn.com/asiabusinessforum

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