Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2012

November 16 - 17, 2012
The Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2012 brings together the greatest thinkers and influential policy makers of the 21st century to discuss, debate, and discover the major challenges facing humanity.


Shinawatra: How Leaders Manage the Ambitions of Country

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra discusses how emerging capitalist economies must balance rapid urban growth while considering the needs of their rural communities.

Do Rural Communities Need Education on Consumerism?

Remittances are a large driver of economic growth in developing countries. Dr. Abhijit Banerjee, of the Ford Foundation and International Professor of Economics at MIT, asks whether governments should intervene to help rural areas understand how to properly manage this influx of capital?

US 'Pivot' Toward Asia Helps Promote Economic Security

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen explains the Obama administration's move toward increased security in Asia, which will counter threats of piracy, extremism and instability-- while promoting diplomatic and economic relationships.

Do Doctors Die the Same Way as Their Patients?

Dr. Ashutosh K. Tewari and Dr. Sameer Kaul discuss whether or not doctors employ the same treatments methods on themselves as they do on their own patients, specifically when it comes to fighting cancer.

Khanna: Globalization Is a Flow of Technology and Ideas

In an argument in support of an optimistic global outlook, Dr. Parag Khanna of the Hybrid Reality Institute cites advancements in the ability for humans to communicate, innovate, and travel as drivers of a new world economy.

What Will Cricket Look Like 10 Years From Now?

Ajay Jadeja, a regular on the Indian national cricket team in the 1990s, discusses the transformation of the game to suit modern audiences, which has shifted from traditional yet lengthy Test matches to the money- and statistics-driven Twenty20 league format.

Shah Rukh Khan on the Stress of Celebrity

Often referred to as the "King of Bollywood" by the media, the boisterous Shah Rukh Khan candidly describes the difficulties of celebrity life in India and the pressures to maintain a public persona.

The Costs and Risks of Overhauling a Power Grid

Both the United States and India need to overhaul their venerable electric grid. Dr. Amory B. Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute outlines the costs of such an upgrade as well as the inherent risks that come with ignoring infrastructure improvements.

Musharraf: 'Bury the Hatchet' Between India and Pakistan

Former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf says its time to put 65 years of distrust and conflict between his country and India to rest. A way forward, Musharraf says, must be paved with positive intentions, good governance, and magnanimity.

Why Indian Universities Lag in World Rankings

Though India produces many of the world's top technology and science graduates, the country's universities lag in global rankings. Government minister Kapil Sibal and University of Chicago professor Sunil Kumar discuss this lack of recognition among Indian institutions of higher learning.

India and Jammu & Kashmir Government Representation

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah discusses how much autonomy he has in representing Jammu and Kashmir, considering the state's status as an flashpoint between India and Pakistan.

How Can India Transform Into an Driver of Innovation?

Indian business advisor Dr. Ram Charan says a country does not necessarily need "brick-and-mortar" infrastructure to innovate; instead, it needs to rely on the ideas and education of its people.

The Disadvantages of Indian Geography

China's unique geography and geopolitical ambitions give it a distinct advantage over other Asian countries including India, according to Professor Rana Mitter of the University of Oxford.

Venter: Is Playing With Genomics Toying With Nature?

Renowned biologist and entrepreneur Dr. J. Craig Venter fields a question on whether or not tinkering with genomics is risky science, especially when it comes to agriculture and the food we eat.

How Green Spaces Improve Quality of Life Within Cities

As cities grow and advance, citizens living within them experience a higher quality of life. Dr. Justin Bishop of the University of Oxford talks about improving urban areas even further with green spaces that can enhance the environment by reducing pollution or filtering water and waste.

The Evolution of the Modern Tennis Player

Three time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker reflects on how tennis has changed since he won his Grand Slam first title at 17, as today's stars like Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer now play a large role in driving business, advertising, and social media.

About this conference

We are living in challenging times. The persisting economic crisis, the clamour for change in various regions, the increasing threat to the environment, exploding urban centres...there are issues that require debates and resolutions. Equally, there has been amazing progress in various fields. Today, the world finds itself at a crossroads. In these times, we must gaze to the future and to what lies ahead. We must determine where we are going and how best to get there. The tenth edition of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit aims to bring to light a few of the challenges which will define the coming decade. We are bringing together some of the greatest thinkers and influential policy makers of the age to discuss, debate, and discover "What's Next".

About Hindustan Times

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