About the Conference
We are delighted to announce the upcoming conference, "Flourishing Through Societal Change" organized as part of the India Japan Science Technology Innovation Forum. The conference deliberates and addresses some of the challenges presented by our rapidly changing world. Held at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, the conference will bring together leading changemakers, industry stakeholders, policy experts, and civil society representatives from India and Japan. With a core focus on SMEs, Energy, Innovations, and Sustainability, the conference will deliberate on innovative approaches like data markets, new technologies like AI and ML, and products, and services that address people-centric developmental challenges. Providing a collaborative platform, the event aims to empower India-Japan cultural connect and strategize to tackle emerging needs and overcome shared challenges.
A key highlight of the conference will be the release of a Policy Note that calls for action on the human and societal dimensions of technology led change, for India and Japan. This policy note will contribute to deliberations and discussions envisioning a sustainable future, and fostering a world where technology, society and nature can flourish in harmony.
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LEADING IN THE INDUSTRY
Our Supporting Partners
LEADING IN THE INDUSTRY
Indian Institute of Science was established in 1909 by a visionary partnership between the industrialist Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, the Mysore royal family and the Government of India. Over the last 111 years, IISc has become India’s premier institute for advanced scientific and technological research and education.
Centre for Society and Policy is a policy research center based at the Indian Institute of Science, exploring interdisciplinary interactions between science, technology, society, and development.
Keio University is one of the oldest, private higher education institutions in Japan. Founded in 1858 by Yukichi Fukuzawa, it is Japan’s first modern institution of higher learning, and a leader in Japan through its continued commitment to education, research, and medicine.
India Japan Laboratory engages students and faculty members in inter-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder citizens) education, action research and policy advocacy programs on issues relevant to India and Japan.
FEATURED INDUSTRY EXPERTS
Dr. Chintan Vaishnav
Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission, Government of India
Dr. Chintan Vaishnav is a socio-technologist, an engineer trained to design and build large-scale systems that possess both human as well as technological complexities. Presently, he serves as the Mission Director for Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), a flagship initiative of the government of India under the auspices of the NITI Aayog. As a teacher, innovator, and entrepreneur, he has split his time between teaching and research at MIT
Director Strategic Alliances
Dr Sapna Poti
Director, Principal Scientific Adviser's Office, Gov. of India
Dr. Sapna Poti is Director, Strategic Alliances in the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India. She works for the government to promote R&D and Innovations through Centre's of Excellence and S&T Innovation Clusters.
Dr. Rajib Shaw
Professor, Keio University, Japan
Prof. Rajib Shaw works in the area of Disaster Risk Management. He is currently the Chair of the United Nations Asia Regional Task Force for Urban Risk Reduction, and the President of Asian University Network of Environment and Disaster Management (AUEDM).
Vice President, Atos India
Shrikanth Deshmukh is Vice President of Atos, India. Mr Deshmukh has been working as the Head - ODC and Head DX E&S in the parent company Yokogawa, Japan. Earlier, he has worked in Siemens, USA.
Srabani Roy Choudhury
Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Dr. Srabani Roy Choudhury is a Professor of Japanese Studies Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her association with Japan began with Japan Foundation Fellowship 1996-1997. She has been on visiting scholar programme to Keizai Koho Centre, Ministry of Economics and Industry, Japan, Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Finance, Japan, Kobe University, Nagoya University and Keio University.
Director General, The Japan Foundation, New Delhi
Mr. Koji Sato is the Director General of the Japan Foundation, New Delhi. He has also served as the Director of Asia Center as well as the Yangon Office of the Foundation. Mr. Sato completed his studies in Law from the Hokkaido University, Japan.
Dr. Yuka Ando
Adjunct Lecturer, Keio University
Dr. Yuka is Adjunct Lecturer at Keio University and Senior Researcher at Japan-Indo Lab, Keio Research Institute (SFC). Ando received her Masters from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), USA. She received a PhD in International Relations from GRIPS, Tokyo. Ando served as a political secretary to Foreign Minister under the Democratic Party of Japan government.
Industry 4.0 Advisor
Dr. Aravind Chinchure
Board Member, Deshpande Startups, India
Dr. Aravind Chinchure is a renowned academician, a corporate strategist and an innovation leader. He holds a PhD in Physics and has experience spanning 25 years in R&D, innovation, intellectual property, startup venture investment and policy.
Dr. Debashis Chatterjee
Director, IIM Kozikode
Prof. Debashis Chatterjee is the Director of Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode. He was awarded the Fulbright Fellowship twice: pre-doctoral (1994 -1995) and post-doctoral (2000-2001) work at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA.
Partner - PwC India
Mr. Pallab is part of the Advisory Operations Consulting Practice in Bangalore. He has over 22 years of professional experience, including five years with PwC in Operations Consulting and over 15 years with Tata Steel. He has consulted in Mining and Metal, Paper, FMCG, Pharma, Chemicals, Auto component manufacturing, Consumer goods, and other manufacturing industries.
Second Secretary - Embassy of Japan, India
Yuta Hikichi is a policy maker at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan. He studied product design in Indian Institute of Science (IISc). Yuta also has Master degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Tokyo.
Chief People Officer
Chief People Officer, Rakuten India
Nalini George is Chief People Officer, Rakuten India. Nalini has more than 24 years of experience in the sector, working with people from a variety of cultures, including India, Japan, the USA, the UK, Canada, and Korea. She was instrumental in effective adoption of HR best practices and strategies In India in line with the organization’s overall mission.
Founder and CEO
CEO, Shimbi Labs and President, IJBC
Mr. Siddharth is an entrepreneur. He started his his first company Ask4Host.com in Japan, a web hosting and server management company with more than five thousand customers worldwide. Currently he is also the president of India Japan Business Council.
Faculty Hall, Main Building
Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India
The main building of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore, India, is known as the "Faculty Hall." IISc is one of the premier research institutions in India, renowned for its contributions to science and engineering.
The Faculty Hall is a historic and iconic structure within the IISc campus. It serves as the main administrative and academic building and holds a significant place in the institution's history and culture. The building's architectural style reflects a blend of classic and modern elements, adding to its charm and importance.