4. Business Opportunities for Inclusive Innovation

Questions to be addressed in the panel discussion include the following:

1. What are the main business opportunities for developing inclusive innovations?

2. Are there any obstacles inhibiting business opportunities? What can government policy do in support? What should the main priorities be?

3. What are opportunities for engaging excluded and lower-income groups in emerging and developed economies?

4. Are ICTs providing new opportunities for supporting entrepreneurs’ and small companies’ participation in innovation processes?

Chair:  S Gopalakrishnan, Immediate Past President of CII, Chairman of CII Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council 2014-15 and Former Vice Chairman of Infosys Ltd.


  • Dr. Gopichand Katragadda, Group Chief Technology Officer, Tata Son (or Dr. Nirmalya Kumar, Member of Group Executive Council, Tata Sons)
  • Supriya Sankaran, Director, Venture and Fellowship, Ashoka India 
  • Arun Kumar Jha, Director General, The National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), Ministry of MSME, Govt. of India (tbc)
  • Sukla Chandra, General Manager-Operations- GE Global Research & Director-Patents and Analytics Center of Excellence, GE Global Research
  • G. Sunderraman, Vice President, Corporate Development, Godrej & Boyce Mfg Co Ltd

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