“When women come together with a collective intention, magic happens.”
Phylicia Rashād’s words rind loud and clear as we present you with the first lineup of the luminaries who will be gracing MAKERS India’s first-ever annual conference in India. The two-day event – slated for March 13th and 14th to be held at Hotel Conrad, in Bengaluru – will be based around the theme of ‘Women Who Make India’, inspired by the necessity to recognize and acknowledge the contribution of women across the various fields of work.
At MAKERS India, as we gear up to set the ball rolling, we are excited to announce that one of our very first speakers for the conference is none other than Infosys Foundation’s chairperson, Sudha Murthy.
Better known to the world for her philanthropic efforts and for authoring touching literary pieces rooted in the India experience, Sudha has always been a force ushering in change and development. As early as her college days, she started noticing the existent gender-based stereotypes in the society and worked, in ways feasible for her at the time, towards eliminating them.
Today, the 69-year-old is at the helm of the Infosys Foundation, the non-profit arm of the software company that was established in 1996. Sudha is also responsible for establishing 'The Murthy Classical Library of India' at Harvard University (it publishes Indian literature) and she is the recipient of the "Best Teacher Award" from Rotary Club in Bangalore.
Watch out for Sudha Murthy as she takes the stage at the first-ever MAKERS India conference in March, fielding questions in a fireside chat with filmmaker Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari. The Panga director, who made her Bollywood debut in 2016 with Nil Battey Sannata, is all set to begin work on Murthy, a film based on the lives of Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy and his wife Sudha Murthy.
Another powerful personality who joins the lineup of our esteemed speakers is NASSCOM president Debjani Ghosh. A veteran of the technology industry and a vocal advocate of gender diversity in the workplace, Debjani is the first woman to be at the helm of the premier trade body of the industry in India. She was also the first woman to lead Intel India and the Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology (MAIT).
In her illustrious career ranging across two decades, the now-NASSCOM president has worked tirelessly, upholding the power of technology and leveraging it for societal good. She has also been instrumental in ensuring inclusion of women in the many developments that have taken place at the turn of this century.
The tech veteran has especially asserted the role of women in leadership in her many talks, adding fuel to the fire that is women’s empowerment.
Besides Debjani, the MAKERS India conference will also have Nivruti Rai, Country Head of Intel India and VP Data Center Group, at Intel Corporation. The global leader with over 20 years of experience in technical and business leadership experience in the US and India, will be joining the bandwagon of prolific speakers as they shed light on ways to moves people to action.
In addition to this, Gargi Banerjee Dasgupta, Director for IBM Research in India and the CTO for IBM India/South Asia, and Maggie Inbamuthiah, the Managing Director at AnitaB.org India, will also be a part of the event.
The countdown for the India edition of the MAKERS conference has already begun. As the anticipated date approaches, we will be updating you on other speakers, panel members, and everything that you should expect from the first leg of this mega event.