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Global Talk: #MakeInIndia – India on the fast track?

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India, set to overtake China in 2020 as the world’s most populous country with more than 1.35 billion people, has for years excelled with rapid economic growth of more than seven per cent per annum. The government has initiated numerous programes like its “Smart City Initiative”, “Start-up India” or “Make in India” in order to reshape India as a hub for global production and innovation.

Industrialist; President of the Supervisory Board, AIT - Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Vienna
Chief Executive, Society for Innovation and Development, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
Executive Vice President and Global Head, Talent & Technology Operations and Quality, Infosys Ltd., Bengaluru
Indian Ambassador to Austria, Vienna
Austrian Ambassador to India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, New Delhi Chair

Dkfm. Dr. Hannes ANDROSCH

Industrialist; President of the Supervisory Board, AIT - Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Vienna

1959 Diplomkaufmann
1963-1967 Zunächst Sekretär, dann Konsulent für Wirtschaftsfragen des Parlamentsklubs der SPÖ
1966 Beeideter Buchprüfer und Steuerberater
1967 Abgeordneter zum Nationalrat
1968 Beeideter Wirtschaftsprüfer und Steuerberater
bis 1970 Staatskommissär-Stellvertreter bei der Zentralsparkasse der Gemeinde, Wien
  Promotion zum Doktor der Wirtschaftswissenschaften
1970-1981 Bundesminister für Finanzen
1976-1981 Vizekanzler der Republik Österreich
1979 Vorsitzender der OECD auf Ministerebene
1980 Vorsitzender des Interimskomitees des Weltwährungsfonds
1981-1988 Stellvertretender Generaldirektor (Jänner - Juni 1981), dann Generaldirektor der Creditanstalt-Bankverein
1988-1989 Konsulent der Weltbank
1989 Gründung der AIC Androsch International Management Consulting GmbH
1994 Beginn des Aufbaues einer industriellen Beteiligungsgruppe
2004 Errichtung der gemeinnützigen "Stiftung Hannes Androsch bei der Österreichischen Akademie der
2010 Regierungskommissär für die österreichische Beteiligung an der Expo 2010, Shanghai
2011 Initiator des Bildungsvolksbegehrens


Chief Executive, Society for Innovation and Development, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

 B. Gurumoorthy is a Professor at the Indian Institute of Science in the Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing (CPDM) and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Presently he is also serving as the Chief Executive of the Society for Innovation and Development (SID), a Society established by IISc to serve as the outreach interface for the beneficial exploitation of the innovations and the human potential existing at the Indian Institute of Science. His research interests are in the areas of CAD, Product Information Modelling, Computational Metrology and Product design and prototyping. He did his B.Tech at IIT Madras in 1982 followed by M.E. and Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA in 1984 and 1987 respectively (all in Mechanical Engineering). He has guided 17 Ph.D. dissertations and is presently supervising or co-supervising 6 Ph.D. students. He is working on projects funded by Faurecia and the Government of India. He has 43 Journal publications and 4 patents. He serves as Associate Editor of three journals. He is currently the Vice-Chair, Asia-Pacific, IFIP WG 5.1 on Global Product Development for the Whole Life Cycle. Two technologies (automatic feature recognition, visual interactive solids) developed in his laboratory have been licensed to industry and are in active use.


Executive Vice President and Global Head, Talent & Technology Operations and Quality, Infosys Ltd., Bengaluru

 Binod Hampapur Rangadore is an Executive Vice President and the Global Head of Talent and Technology Operations & Quality.
 Binod is responsible for the following functions in Infosys: Recruitment, Global Immigration, Quality, Government Relations, India Business Unit, Computer & Communications Division, Information Systems, Information Security Group, Procurement. He is a "Trustee" of the Infosys Foundation & Infosys Employee Welfare Trust. Binod has over 32 years of industry experience and has held several leadership positions at Infosys. He joined the company in 1993 as the Head of Manpower Planning. From 1996 to 1998, he was Head of the Customer Support Group for the Banking business unit. Subsequently, he was Senior Vice President and Global Head of Commercial and Facilities functions. Binod took on the role of the Global Head of Commercial and Corporate Relations functions in 2010. As a responsible corporate citizen, Binod has funded the establishment of a 150-bed hospital for Sri Sringeri Mutt. In an honorary role, he is the Chairman of the Board of Governors at Rangadore Memorial Hospital, which is named after his father, the late H.S. Rangadore. Binod started his career in MICO BOSCH as a technical sales engineer. He has a bachelor's degree in industrial and production engineering from the BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore, India.


Indian Ambassador to Austria, Vienna

 Renu Pall, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India to Austria & Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna, joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1988. Her previous assignment was Joint Secretary (Indian Ocean Region) in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi, a position she held from September 2015 till January 2017.
 Prior to that, from May 2011, she held the post of Joint Secretary (ASEAN Multilateral) in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, dealing with India’s Act East policy with the ASEAN and EAS and the Asia-Europe Meeting. Her overseas assignments have included Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India at Berlin, Germany; Minister (Political) at Embassy of India at Washington DC, USA; Counsellor (Political) at Embassy of India at Paris, France; and Second Secretary (Political & Information) at the Embassy of India in Moscow, Russian Federation.
 In between her overseas assignments, she has been Director for relations with United States and Canada, Director in the Foreign Secretary’s Office and Under Secretary & Deputy Secretary for relations with US and Canada in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. Prior to joining IFS, she was part of the Indian Civil Accounts Service from 1985-1988, where she was Assistant Controller of Accounts in the Ministry of Finance at New Delhi.
 She has a Bachelors (Honours) degree in Political Science from Delhi University and was pursuing her Masters in International Relations from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi when she joined the Indian Civil Services in August 1985.


Austrian Ambassador to India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, New Delhi

1974-1980 Student, Vienna University of Economy and Business, Vienna
1981-1981 Student, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
1982-1983 Diplomatic Academy Vienna
since 1983 Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria, Vienna
1983-1992 Diplomatic postings, Ankara, Paris, Pretoria
1992-1994 Department for the Middle East and Africa, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria, Vienna
1994-1997 Director, Unit for Africa South of the Sahara, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria, Vienna
1997-2001 Deputy Head of Mission, Austrian Embassy London
2001-2006 Ambassador, Embassy of Austria in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa
2005-2006 Permanent Representative to the African Union, Addis Ababa
2006-2007 Head of the Department for Internal Audit, Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs, Vienna
since 2007 Managing Director, Austrian Development Agency, Vienna
2012-2017 Ambassador, Embassy of Austria in South Africa, Pretoria
since 2017 Ambassador, Embassy of Austria in India, New Delhi

Technology Symposium

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09:00 - 10:00Open doors: #ART TECCulture
09:00 - 10:00Start of exhibition TEC-Xperience RoomPartner
11:00 - 11:10Welcome and openingPlenary
11:10 - 12:00RTI TalkPlenary
12:20 - 13:40Precision medicine – medicine’s solution to diversity?Plenary
14:00 - 15:30Nutrition sciencePlenary
18:15 - 19:15Tickets to Berlin: Falling Walls Lab Austria & Summer School on EntrepreneurshipPlenary
19:15 - 20:30Die Presse Career lounge for students and young professionalsPlenary
19:30 - 21:30Evening ReceptionSocial


06:30 - 07:00TU Austria Innovation Marathon: ideas made to order – 24 hours nonstopPlenary
07:00 - 16:00Junior Alpbach – Science and technology for young peopleBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Ö1 Children’s University Alpbach – Science and Technology for KidsBreakout
07:15 - 08:30Seattle never sleeps: a young, booming innovation hub as this year’s guest at the Technology SymposiumPlenary
08:45 - 10:15Our digital future – how human will it be?Plenary
10:30 - 11:00Lunch snacks for the participants of the breakout sessionsSocial
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 01: The contest for key technologies – Europe’s potentials?Breakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 02: Digitization and diversity – an opportunity for business locationsBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 03: Inequality and resilience in the digital economyBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 04: Gene therapy – intervention in nature or future hopeBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 05: Next-generation batteries: European leading-edge technology to leverage electromobilityBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 06: EU NIS directive and NIS act – what now?Breakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 07: Industrial energy revolution: resilience through innovation?Breakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 08: Digital literacy for allBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 09: Consequences of digital monocultures on societiesBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 10: Future disruptive technologies: challenges for modern societiesBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 11: Digital life in a physical world: rethinking digitizationBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: The renewability of societal resourcesBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: Resilience – how societies can cope with crisesBreakout
16:30 - 17:30Global Talk: #MakeInIndia – India on the fast track?Plenary


07:00 - 08:30Cyborgs – when technology gets under your skinPlenary
08:50 - 09:50The resilience of democracy and democratic mediaPlenary
09:50 - 10:15Public service strategies in times of digital disruptionPlenary
10:30 - 11:15The physics of everyday thingsPlenary
11:00 - 12:00Snack receptionSocial