World Hindu Economic Forum (WHEF) is organizing its next annual conference in Mumbai with an agenda to strengthen the economy, promote business and to create awareness among Hindu business community worldwide.
WHEF has been organizing annual global forums since 2012. Six successful global meets have been held thus far in Hong Kong (2012), Bangkok (2013), New Delhi (2014), London (2015), Los Angeles (2016) and Chicago (2018).
WHEF is organizing its 7th annual global Economic Forum with the theme “Prosperous Society: Stronger Society” at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai from 27th Sept to 29th Sept 2019. The conference will have 12 sessions in addition to Inaugural and Concluding sessions.
Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, respectively, are participating in the Inaugural session. Businesspersons and top executives such as Shri Ajay Piramal (Chairman, Piramal Group), Shri Banmali Agarwala (President, Infrastructure and Defense & Aerospace at Tata Sons), and Dr. Vivek Lall (Vice President, Strategy & BD, Lockheed Martin, USA) will also be part of the inaugural session.
Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; Shri Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat; Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma, Minister for P.W.D, Health and Finance in Government of Assam; Shri Sudhir Mungantiwar, Minister for Finance, Planning, & Forests Government of Maharashtra and Shri Sradhanand Sital from The Netherlands have confirmed their participation for the Concluding Session.
Plenary sessions include Manufacturing, Wealth Creation through SMART investments, Banking & Finance, Managing Family Business and Succession Planning, Construction (Infra, Real estate, Commercial) and Science, Technology & innovation.
Parallel sessions include Start-ups, Agriculture/Dairy/Food Processing, Retail & E-commerce, and Hospitality & Tourism industry.
Prof Mahendhiran Nair, Vice President (R&D), Monash University Malaysia; Prof R. Vaidyanathan, Retired Professor Finance, IIM- Bengaluru; Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Economist, MP Rajya Sabha will be speaking in the evening sessions before conference dinner.
To view the draft conference agenda, click here.
Prominent Speakers and Panelists
Other leading businesspersons and eminent personalities participating in the conference include Shri Ashishkumar Chauhan (MD & CEO, BSE), Shri Rajnish Kumar (Chairman, State Bank of India), Shri Ajit Ranade (Chief Economist, Aditya Birla Group), Shri B K Goenka (Chairman, Wellspun), Shri Rakesh Jhunjhunwala (Rare Enterprises,), Shri Gaurav Dalmia (Chairman, Dalmia Group); Shri Punit Goenka (MD & CEO, Zee Entertainment), Shri B S Nagesh (Founder, TRRAIN – Trust for Retailers and Retail Associates of India), Dr Dhaval B. Shah (Co-founder, Pharm Easy), Shri Arun Nanda (Chairman, Mahindra Holidays & Resorts Ltd), Shri Rahul Pandit (MD & CEO, Hamstede Living Pvt Ltd), Shri Gautam Chatterjee (Chairperson, Maha RERA – Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority), Shri G M Rao (Chairman, GMR Group), Shri Murali Malayappan (CMD, Shriram Properties Ltd); Shri Srivals Kumar (Senior Vice President – Legal, Raheja Universal Pvt Ltd); and Dr. A S Kiran Kumar (Former Chairman, ISRO).
WHEF’s founder Swami Vigyananand will speak about the wisdom and philosophy of Hindu economy. Hindu community dominated the world economy from first century to 15th century, but our economy started declining during the colonial rule and lost substantial economic prowess which we need to regain.
WHEF is a facilitator, a catalyst that enables Hindus to cooperate and collaborate globally so that market access is facilitated amongst them. WHEF is promoting synergy on frontiers of technologies to promote new entrepreneurship. WHEF is also coordinating efforts to enhance credit availability not only to business, trade and industry but also to support budding entrepreneurs.
“We have received very encouraging response from Hindu communities in our efforts of strengthening economy worldwide. Hindus believe and practice Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam i.e. whole world is one family. WHEF will work to help and support deprived communities around the world”, said Swami Vigyananand.
Economic boom of previous two decades followed by a catastrophic recession of Western economies has placed the entire world into turmoil. Fast growing, developing economies started suffering and experiencing deceleration. The response to these challenges is complex and needs to be addressed outside the current institutional framework and mindsets.
Bhagwan Krishna gave his wisdom in Bhagwad Gita that “Gatasunagatsums cha nanusochanti panditah” – which means “wise-men do not worry of what has gone by and what is going by”. WHEF’s present approach is based on this foundational wisdom i.e. to think in future for the future.
WHEF 2019 invites all Hindu businesspersons, traders, industrialists, bankers, technocrats, economists and professionals to attend and participate in its 7th Annual Economic forum. More details, including registration link, can be obtained from the event website whef2019.wheforum.org
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