Business Leaders to Convene for Yale Leadership Summit in India

The internationally-renowned Yale CEO Leadership Summit will hold its first global program in New Delhi, India on November 5 and 6, 2009. Leaders from business, government, academia, and civil society from across the United States, Europe, and India will convene to explore the theme of Navigating the Global Oceans of Opportunity for Indian Business.

The summit is organized by the Yale School of Management’s Chief Executive Leadership Institute. Supporters of the event include Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, the NASDAQ OMX Educational Foundation, PepsiCo, UPS, HSBC India, Modi Enterprises, the Oil & Natural Gas Co. Ltd. (ONGC), the Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL), and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). The U.S.-India Business Council is a strategic partner for the event.

The Yale CEO Leadership Summit is an invitation-only event that is held each June and December in New York City. The New Delhi summit is the 59th CEO Summit of The Chief Executive Leadership Institute. The Institute is part of the Yale School of Management and is the world’s first school for incumbent CEOs. The Institute was founded in 1989 to provide original research on leadership and lively, current educational forums through peer-driven learning for accomplished leaders across a range of sectors. More information about CELI can be obtained from

Summit participants will share candid perspectives on the most effective ways that business leaders have found for collective actions to address societal needs as well as ways to ignite and promote entrepreneurial initiative. Professor Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute’s president and conference organizer commented:

“Following last year’s Mumbai bombing, many U.S. CEOs expressed great interest in reinforcing their enthusiasm for India’s miraculous economic development and adroit navigation through the recent economic crisis. This gathering will exchange perspectives on how cross border business can be mutually reinforcing while addressing urgent societal challenges.

Among the conference participants in New Delhi will be Deloitte CEO James Quigley; Blackstone Group CEO Stephen Schwarzman; former Colgate-Palmolive Chairman Reuben Mark; Global Crossing CEO John Legere; Reliance Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani; Infosys founder Nandan Nilekani; S.K. Roongta, Chairman, Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL); R.S. Sharma, Chairman and Managing Director, Oil & Natural Gas Co. Ltd. (ONGC);K.K. Modi, Chairman, Modi Enterprises; Rajan Mittal, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti Enterprises; Sanjeev Chadha, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo India; Yale University President Richard C. Levin; Rajendra Pachauri, Director-General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Director, Yale Climate and Energy Institute; and Sharon Oster, Dean and Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Yale School of Management.

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