The Wharton School will be hosting the Wharton India Economic Forum (WIEF) as a two-part event this year. WIEF comprises conferences in both the United States and India, as well as the Wharton India Startup Challenge, in which hundreds of startups compete for access to mentorship, advice and funding opportunities.

With its international locations, speakers and panels, WIEF is one of the most impactful and large India-focused conferences in the world, explained Kartik Das, who is the conference co-chair. The annual conference focuses on bringing India’s development story to a global audience, showcasing India’s potential as a global economic power as well as the importance of the bilateral US-India relationship to the 21st Century.  is organized by students at The Wharton School, the top ranked business school in the United States, and has featured speakers such as A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (11th President of India), Henry Paulson (74th Secretary of the Treasury) and Mukesh Ambani (Chairman of Reliance Industries).

This year, the conference aims to shine a light on how innovation is shaping and being shaped by India. Panels on Tech and Analytics, FinTech and Blockchain will lift the curtain on how these engines of progress are playing out amongst one of the world’s largest middle classes. The impact of recent progress in India will be discussed during the Economics and Policy panel. Attendees will be treated to an informative exhibition of how investment is fueling India’s growth story in the Startups and Innovation panel and, in Mumbai, during the Wharton India Startup Challenge.

Speakers confirmed at the conference are high-profile industry and thought leaders, and this year’s roster continues WIEF’s impressive legacy, added Rishi Dutta, who is driving media partnerships for the conference this year. Speakers at the November Philadelphia conference will include Nisha Biswal (President of the US-India Business Council), Gautam Tambay (Founder and CEO of Springboard), Josh Felman (former Head of the IMF in India), Kavita Gupta (Founder of Consensys), Sajjad Jaffer (Founder of Two Six Capital) and Vijay Iyer (COO of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency at the World Bank), amongst many others.

The Philadelphia conference takes place on November 2nd, 2018 and tickets can be purchased here.

When: 8AM to 4PM, November 2nd, 2018

Where: The Hall of Flags, Houston Hall, The Wharton School, Philadelphia