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ISB hosted the 5th Edition of Singapore India Business Dialogue (SIBD)

Indian School of Business (ISB), in partnership with Singapore Management University (SMU), organised the fifth edition of the Singapore India Business Dialogue (SIBD) 2018, here at the ISB campus. The theme of the Dialogue was ‘Managing Disruptions in the Age of Technology” with special focus on Education, FinTech and Innovation.
The Dialogue was organised to investigate strategic responses to disruptive innovations and explore strategic partnership between India and Singapore in this area. It focused on three important themes – Education, Innovation and Financial Technologies. three focused themes – ‘Changing Role of Management Education: Perspectives from East and West’; ‘Fintech Dialogue: Disruption or Innovation’; and ‘Strategic Response to Disruptive Innovation’. All these three areas of intervention are in the agenda for partnership with Singapore for the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to Singapore in the month of June 2018.
A senior delegation from Singapore Management University led by Professor Arnoud De Meyer, President, Singapore Management University, actively participated in the deliberations of SIBD 2018. The other delegation leaders were Professor Paul Robert Griffin and Professor Srinivas K Reddy among others.
The speakers offered their directions and thoughts during the jam-packed half day event. Dr. S K Joshi, IAS, Chief Secretary, Government of Telangana, elaborated the efforts made by the Government of Telangana in strengthening the innovation ecosystem of Telangana. The next generation institutions created by Telangana like TASK, T-Hub, RICH and TSIHC are equipped to play a major role in managing future disruptions. Professor Rajendra Srivastava, Dean, ISB, opined that there is a need to integrate ideas from West and East, as lot of innovation is increasingly distributed globally. There is also need for convergence of ideas between industry and academia to address the complex problems that are perceived due to disruptive innovations. Managers have to become more and more adapt to evidence based analysis.

Professor Arnoud De Meyer mentioned that given the significance of the topic to both Singapore and India, there is a perceived need to emphasise the important phenomenon of digital transformation especially in education, finance and innovation; and explore a tripartite solution between academia, industry and government towards the management of these disruptions. Beyond knowledge creation and contribution to society is also the Singapore Management University’s commitment to nurturing future-ready citizens who can deal with these rapidly changing times and thrive in the age of disruptive innovations. 


Speakers at the Dialogue included: Dr Parakala Prabhakar, Advisor (Communications), Government of Andhra Pradesh; Shri J A Chowdary, Special Chief Secretary & IT Advisor to the Chief Minister, Government of Andhra Pradesh; Shri Shailendra Kumar Joshi, IAS, Chief Secretary, Government of Telangana; Professor Arnoud De Meyer, President, Singapore Management University; Mr Y Harish Chandra Prasad, Founder & Chief Mentor, Malaxmi Group; Mr Prasad Vanga, CEO & Founder, Anthill Ventures; Professor Bhagwan Chowdhry, Professor of Finance, UCLA Anderson School of Management; Professor V Venkata Ramana, Vice Chairman, Telangana State Council of Higher Education, Ms Rajani Kanigiri Kasu, CEO and Co-Founder, Zyppys, Professor Tejpavan Gandhok, Clinical Assistant Professor - Strategy and Entrepreneurship, ISB; Paul Robert Griffin, Associate Professor of Information Systems (Practice) Director, MITB (Financial Technology & Analytics) Programme, SMU; Professor Srinivas K Reddy, Professor of Marketing, Director, Centre for Marketing Excellence.

The event went on successfully with lot of interactions between the delegates and the key speakers both inside the auditorium as well as outside the auditorium informally. Around 300 delegates representing industry, government and the academia actively participated in SIBD 2018. The dialogue has certainly added valuable inputs for further strengthening India Singapore relations.

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