The making of the Brand India Leadership Conclave

Conceived, conceptualized & developed the brand India Leadership Conclave in the year 2009.It has been a very challenging yet fruitful journey & the best part of the journey has been to think differently contrary to the general perceptions of how conclave & award ceremonies are held. I have been a rebel from the beginning & think 360 degree often to find newer approaches what the rest find madness & off-beat. The challenges are impossible, yet to me, I have enjoyed every moment of these last seven editions. This remarkable success of the brand India Leadership Conclave reaffirms the relevancy and competitiveness of Brand India’s promise. In my opinion, ILC Power Brand reflects global optimism that Brand India is beginning to address the authenticity of its promise. It also reflects a desire for brand India to succeed. Whatever it takes! The Leader is born, proven, tested & admired by who’s & who’s of india. Thank you all for making it happen.

While there are divergent views on the nature of progress india has achieved both in the country & in the world, there is a definite unanimity, barring opposition parties natural opposition, in the fact that India is on a firm foot, the road to progress are fully work in progress post india’s historic 2014 elections that swept the country & brought Narendra Modi with a thumping majority. The pace of reforms & agenda for change is clearly visible. For the first time post india’s independence, there seems to be hunger for bringing a change, change in lifestyle of a billion plus population. But it is not that easy for sure. India has seen a deficit of governance and implementation. The truth is we need tangible results after a prolonged reforms paralysis & the present dispensation under the leadership of Modi knows that mere sloganeering will not work & it will lie in implementation and not just grand announcements. That would be the best way to revive faith in democracy. Therefore the theme of the much awaited leadership event in india’s 8th Annual India Leadership Conclave & Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards 2017 is aptly titled as “Transformation” & the venue for the event is in Mumbai on Friday, the 4th of August 2017 where more than 400 business leaders, social entrepreneurs, rebel leaders, writers, diplomats, film makers, women entrepreneurs, venture capitalists will assemble to witness range of hot discussions, plenary sessions & face to face talks on tough questions.


Technology is disrupting the way people earn, save and spend. Clearly, Challenges of this complexity and magnitude cannot be solved by government ministries alone. They require a collaborative approach involving business and political leaders, members of civil society and academia, youth groups and social entrepreneurs. The most decisive national election result since 1984 marks a new phase in India’s dramatic journey into the world’s top 10 economies. Following years of slow growth and insularity, in the early 1990s India undertook structural reforms that attracted foreign investment, unlocked entrepreneurial flair and lifted millions into a burgeoning middle class. Yet while the economy has been transformed, many social problems linger on. The new government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a clear mandate for change. Its unprecedented popular support is driven by one common objective: economic growth for the benefit of all Indians.India may already be the world’s third-largest economy on purchasing power parity, but it ranks only 60th out of 148 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index, indicating that there is greater potential waiting to be unlocked. With inflation high, growth slowing and a need to bolster investor confidence, India faces seven key challenges.

The last two years have seen remarkable changes in India’s development paradigm. We have set forth on the Transforming India journey, with coordinated efforts by all Ministries to change the lives of citizens. India is in the spotlight globally and domestically significant steps have been taken towards social and financial inclusion to ensure holistic development of all sections of the society.The Transforming India microsite is a repository for sharing the impact of various governance initiatives with citizens in real time. This community based platform facilitates two-way communication between the Government and its people. We look forward to your continuous engagement in this journey of Transforming India.With a clear vision, the present government is pushing ahead the Digital India initiative to transform the country into a digitally empowered society and a knowledge economy. With the launch of this initiative, the government aims to reach out to citizens in the remotest of locations and make them a part of India’s growth story. Since technology is a key driver in causing disruptive change, digital tools will empower citizens and prove to be a game-changer. 

I take this opportunity to invite you to be the part of this prestigious conclave!

Satya Brahma, Chairman, India Leadership Conclave 2017.