After a horrific 2020, all eyes are set on 2021 as the year that brings hope and recovery. Amid the countless growth projections, Economictimes.com brings together industry leaders representing the key economic quarters in, arguably the largest boardroom of the country- INDIA INC. BOARDROOM. The purpose is to assess the executive outlook and uncover trends and challenges that will shape the key sectors. The BOARDROOM will feature 50+ industry leaders engaging in a series of conversations including panel discussions and fire-side chats focused on five key tracks-BFSI, Retail, Manufacturing and MSMEs.

Why Join Us

50+ Industry  
Leaders Industry leaders, policymakers, and academicians to take stock of the current situation and plan for the recovery of economic quarters 

15+ Sessions  
Informative panel sessions, fireside chats and presentations on themes that will reign the economic agenda Who should attend

Who Should Attend

Anybody or everybody who wants to see Industry leaders, policymakers, and academicians taking stock of the current situation and planning for the recovery of economic quarters.


Abheek Barua

Chief Economist and EVP

Alfred Schipke

India Mission Chief and Assistant Director of Asia and Pacific Department
International Monetary Fund

Ashima Goyal

Economist and Professor
Member of Monetary Policy Committee

Devashish Mitra

Professor of Economics
Syracuse University

Nalin Bansal

Head Rupay, NCMC and NFS

Neelkanth Mishra

MD, India Strategist and Co-Head of Equity Strategy Asia Pacific
Credit Suisse

Pralay Mondal

President (Retail, SME, Operations and IT)
CSB Bank

Rajeev Ahuja

Executive Director
RBL Bank
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Agenda details

22 February, 2021

Welcome Address

11:00 AM - 11:05 AM
By Deepak Ajwani

Is economic nationalism here to stay?

11:05 AM - 11:45 AM
By Devashish Mitra, Samiran Chakraborty, Saugata Bhattacharya, Siddharth Tiwari

Economic outlook for the world & India. The IMF view

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
By Alfred Schipke, T K Arun

How do you build a resilient economy?

12:15 PM - 12:55 PM
By Abheek Barua, Ashima Goyal, Neelkanth Mishra

Building Digital Bharat

12:55 PM - 01:35 PM
By Sanjeev Kaushik, Nalin Bansal, Pralay Mondal, Rajeev Ahuja, Shalini Warrier

23 February, 2021

Welcome Address

11:00 AM - 11:05 AM

Retailers playbook for survival

11:05 AM - 11:45 AM
By Abhishek Ganguly, Harsha Razdan, Pratik Pota, Sangeeta Pendurkar

Scoring high on tech based experiential retail?

11:45 AM - 12:25 PM
By Hari Vasudev, Harsha Razdan, Nitin Chhabra, Raghu Krishnananda

Gearing for Sustainable growth

12:25 PM - 01:05 PM
By Abheek Singhi, Abhijeet Ranade, Ambareesh Murty, Devendra Chawla, Vishak Kumar

Disruption in retail credit

01:05 PM - 01:45 PM
By Praveena Rai, Girish Budhiraja, Sudipta Roy, Vidya Pradeep

24 February, 2021

Welcome Address

11:00 AM - 11:05 AM

The lessons we learnt: The impact of Covid-19 on how SMEs run their business

11:05 AM - 11:45 AM
By Animesh Saxena, Ashish Vaid, Mahavir Pratap Sharma

Future of Retail for small businesses

11:45 AM - 12:25 PM
By Amod Malviya, Sandeep Komaravelly, Swati Bhargava

Funding and MSMEs: Can Banks & Fintech together address the credit gap for small businesses?

12:25 PM - 01:05 PM
By Akash Gehani, Alok Mittal, Anup Kumar Agarwal, Vivek Agarwal

25 February, 2021

Welcome Address

11:00 AM - 11:05 AM

Can India become a global manufacturing hub?

11:05 AM - 11:45 AM
By Guenter Butschek, Narayan Krishnamohan, Neeraj Bansal, Ramesh Ramadurai, Sandeep Makkar

Technologies and trends making production efficient for manufacturing

11:45 AM - 12:25 PM
By Alok Nanda, Kamal Bali, Neeraj Bansal, Sanjeev Sharma, Suvojoy Sengupta

Make in India vs Assemble in India?

12:25 PM - 01:05 PM
By Neeraj Bansal, R C Bhargava

ET India Demo

04:30 PM - 07:00 PM

26 February, 2021

Special Address

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM
By Dinesh Kumar Khara

Role of Public Sector Banks in New Aatmanirbhar Bharat

11:10 AM - 11:45 AM
By Sanjay Doshi, CH S. S. Mallikarjuna Rao, Sanjiv Chadha, K Ramachandran

Indian broking industry: What has changed and what's coming?

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
By Ashishkumar Chauhan

Health of Indian Broking Industry

12:15 PM - 01:10 PM
By Nithin Kamath, Samriddhi Chowdhary, Shrini Viswanath, Uttam Bagri, Vijay Chandok

The Future of Digital Payments

01:10 PM - 01:40 PM
By Kunal Pande, Sajith Sivanandan, T R Ramachandran

Soft PoS & Offline PoS to build Digital Bharat

01:40 PM - 02:15 PM
By Mohit Bedi, Neelesh Gupta, Sanjeev Kumar, Tata Venkat Venugopal, Vishal Maru

RuPay 2.0: Celebrating Contactless payments with RuPay 2.0

02:15 PM - 02:55 PM
By Hosted by NPCI

Securing Merchant Transactions

02:55 PM - 03:10 PM
By Andrew Hopkins

JCB’s Big Data Initiative – Transforming payment data into Business

03:10 PM - 03:25 PM
By Naohiro Takaku

Security Standards for payment solutions using COTS devices

03:25 PM - 03:40 PM
By Andrew Jamieson

Nth Partner Program by NPCI

03:40 PM - 03:45 PM
By Hosted by NPCI

Closing Remarks

03:45 PM - 03:48 PM
By Mr. Sanjeev Kumar

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