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Technology is shaping our destinies, our economy, society and, indeed, our world. How can we make sense of the epochal changes we are living through? And, most importantly, what might we do to adapt to these changes? In his book, The Great Tech Game: Shaping Geopolitics and the Destinies of Nations, Anirudh Suri offers us a big picture view by weaving a masterful story of the world we are living in and how we got here. Technology is the new wealth of nations, and the ‘great tech game’ is the global contest for technological, economic and geopolitical success. This contest is transforming the distribution of power in the world, intensifying economic rivalries, forging new geopolitical alignments and changing the nature of war.
This game is not only about the US-China strategic competition. All countries, including all of us, need to think about how to remain competitive and relevant in this new era. We can’t expect to win in the future by playing a game that belongs to the past.
Join us for this agenda-setting panel discussion, where Anirudh Suri will be in conversation with TV Mohandas Pai, Prashant Prakash, moderated by Irina Ghose as they debate the game plan for India to compete in the ‘great tech game’. They will also explore the important choices India needs to make to ensure that the design, use and governance of technology reflects the values that truly matter to us.
Anirudh Suri is currently the Managing Partner at India Internet Fund, a technology-focused venture capital fund based in India and the U.S. Previously, he has worked with the Government of India in Delhi, McKinsey and Company in New York, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC, and Goldman Sachs in London.
He is the author of The Great Tech Game (HarperCollins, 2022). He has written extensively on foreign policy, geo-politics, technology and entrepreneurship in publications such as the Indian Express, Times of India, Hindustan Times, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, and MoneyControl5. He completed his MBA from the Wharton School and his MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. He has served as a Director on the Board of the Harvard Alumni Association and was named a Goldman Sachs Global Leader. Follow him on Twitter @AnirudhSuri.
T.V. Mohandas Pai
Mohandas Pai is a Padma Shri Awardee and former CFO and Board Member at Infosys. He is also the co-founder of Akshaya Patra, the world’s largest midday meal program, and works actively with government and regulators on policy recommendations and guidelines. Mohan has served as the Chairman of the Board of SEBI, and is now a Board Member of the National Stock Exchange in India. He has emerged as one of India’s most prolific angel investors. He has helped start over 10 different funds in venture, growth, and public markets. He also leads a private equity fund – Aarin Capital – along with Manipal Group Chairman Ranjan Pai that invests in life sciences and education companies. A selection of the companies include Byju’s, Counsyl, ZoomCar, Praxify, YourStory, and Licious.
Prashanth Prakash joined Accel in 2008. Prashanth began investing in Indian technology start-ups in 2004, well before they acquired global attention. He started his investing career as a co-founder of Erasmic, one of India’s first early-stage funds. Prior to that, he founded two enterprises in the Internet and multimedia publishing domains.
As a key member of Accel’s India team, Prashanth focuses on consumer Internet services, online marketplaces, and SaaS. He has led investments in Agrostar, BlueStone, BookMyShow, Clevertap, FabHotels, Glowroad, HolidayMe, HomeLane, InfraMarket, PropTiger, QwikCilver (acquired by Pine Labs), Rentomojo, TeaBox, and other early-stage companies. Prashanth is from Bangalore and holds a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Delaware and an undergraduate degree in computer science.
Irina Ghose is the Chief Operating Officer of Microsoft India, with the responsibility to drive end-to-end operations. Irina focuses on the go-to-market strategy for Microsoft Customer and Partner Solutions in India to deliver on core business parameters and create new growth engines for the future.
A Microsoft veteran of over two decades, Irina has held a variety of Strategy and Sales leadership roles across Enterprise, Solution Sales, Partner Solutions, and Education segments, focusing on Business management, Operations, Partnerships and New business initiatives. In her previous role as the leader of Cloud Solutions in India, she was focused on empowering Cloud Transformation by engaging with customers and partners to envision and architect their digital growth strategy.
She is an Electrical Engineer from IIT BHU and an MBA from XLRI. A proponent of Women in Business and Technology, she is a recipient of the ‘Inspirational Women’s Award’ at Microsoft and ‘Distinguished Alumnus Award’ from IIT BHU. Besides being a marathon runner and a music lover, she’s a strong champion of Diversity & Inclusion. She is the founder of ‘MyLittleBit’, a philanthropic foundation, focusing on education and jobs for underprivileged girls. She’s also actively engaged with startups with ‘Microsoft for Startups’ and as a Trustee of SonderConnect, a foundation for women entrepreneurs.