Thursday 21st November 2013 — 5:30 pm
The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago
Stephen P. Cohen: Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, The India Project, The Brookings Institution
Edward Luce: Washington Columnist and Commentator, Financial Times
Adil Zainulbhai: Chairman, McKinsey India.
Members $10; Nonmembers $20
President’s Circle, Corporate, Sponsor, Donor, and Student Members:
5:30 p.m. Registration and cash bar reception
6:00 p.m. Presentation and discussion
7:15 p.m. Adjournment and book sale
India’s abundance of life—vibrant and chaotic—has been seen by many as its foremost asset.
And the nation’s rising economy and burgeoning middle class have earned India a place alongside China as one of the world’s two indispensable emerging markets. Yet there is mounting frustration, in India and overseas, that the burst of economic liberalization of the 1990′s and the rapid growth in the first decade of this century may have given way to deadlock and complacency. What is India’s true potential? And what can be done to unlock it? Join The Chicago Council on Global Affairs to explore the strengths and weaknesses of India’s political system, and the growth prospects for India’s economy.
Stephen P. Cohen is a senior fellow with the India Project in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings, following a career as a professor of political science and history at the University of Illinois. Cohen is the author, coauthor, or editor of over fourteen books, mostly on South Asian security issues. He has also consulted for numerous foundations and government agencies and was a member of the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State from 1985-1987.
Edward Luce is the Washington columnist and commentator for the Financial Times. Luce has worked for the FT since 1995 as South Asia bureau chief in New Delhi, Philippines correspondent, capital markets editor, and Washington bureau chief. In 2000 Ed was the chief speechwriter for US Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers. His first book, In Spite of the Gods, The Strange Rise of Modern India, remains a high seller.
Adil Zainulbhai is chairman of McKinsey India where he counsels CEOs of many of India’s largest companies in a range of industries, including infrastructure, metals and mining, financial services, and pharmaceuticals. He has also helped leading multinational companies build large, profitable businesses in India. Zainulbhai joined McKinsey in 1979 and spent 24 years in the United States before returning to Mumbai in 2004.
McKinsey & Company’s recent book, Reimagining India: Unlocking the Potential of Asia’s Next Superpower, a compilation of essays by 60 leading social, economic, cultural, and political thinkers on India’s challenges and prospects, will be available for purchase after the program.