Three (yes, 3!) Exciting Upcoming Conferences!

Looking for interesting conferences to attend over the course of the next two months? Well, look no further! Below are three upcoming conferences that we recommend you attend – The Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Conference (March 1, 2009), The Harvard Business School India Business Conference (March 15, 2009), and the Harvard Kennedy School International Development Conference (April 3-4, 2009). ThinkChange India will be live blogging at all three conferences, so if you are unable to attend, we will be sure to update you with key highlights from the three respective conferences!

Some brief information about each of the conferences follows below:

HBS Social Enterprise Conference – March 1, 2009

The Social Enterprise Conference provides a forum for exploring the synergies between for-profit, non-profit, and public sector approaches to addressing critical social issues. This goal lies at the heart of the Harvard Business School mission “to educate leaders who make a difference in the world” and the Kennedy School of Government mission “to prepare leaders for service to democratic societies.” The Conference is entirely run by students from these two schools.

Exciting speakers include Priya Haji, CEO of World of Good, Inc., Linda Rottenberg, CEO of Endeavour, and Bill Drayton, CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. Expect to also see panelists from organizations such as the Clinton Foundation, Agora Partnerships, the Acumen Fund, One Laptop Per Child, IDEO, Skoll Foundation, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, TechnoServe, ACCION International, and many more! Click here if you would like to see the agenda in its entirety.

HBS India Business Conference – March 15, 2009

The HBS India Conference is one of the largest student-run conferences in the US and has a strong legacy of creating a platform to allow business men and women, policymakers, and those involved in academia to meaningfully debate and discuss how India can fulfill her global potential.

This year’s conference will feature presentations by prominent keynote speakers as well as twelve panel discussions / debates on the following areas: Building Brands in India, Energy, Entrepreneurship, Global Indians, Healthcare, Infrastructure, Knowledge Economy, Media and Entertainment, Private Equity, Retail, Social Enterprise and Venture Capital. In addition, the Conference will provide an opportunity for the attendees to network and interact closely with prominent members of the Indian business community and to learn about their industries and companies as well as gain insights on potential career opportunities.

HKS International Development Conference – April 3-4th, 2009 (website is yet to be updated)

15th Annual International Development Conference at Harvard University, which will be held at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts from April 3rd to 4th, 2009. The International Development Conference is a student-run event providing a world-class inter-disciplinary forum on global sustainable development. Each year the Conference attracts over 400 participants and serves as a forum to foster dialogue among various stakeholders, including senior level policy makers, academics, and practitioners.

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