Nagpur First is all set to host the ‘Annual Global Nagpur Summit 2019’ on 20th December at Persistent Systems, Nagpur, and on 21st December at Chitnavis Centre, Nagpur. This 6th edition of one of the most coveted city events will promote a healthy dialogue to chalk out an action plan for making Nagpur a smart global city


The summit will begin on 20th December with a glittering evening of ‘Global Nagpur Awards’ from 6 pm onwards. On December 21 from 9.30 am onwards will take place a conference divided into 4 tracks, each headed by a team of eminent speakers, panelists and track chairs. 


Calderys India Refractories Ltd is the Global Nagpur Awards Title Partner whereas Grant Thornton India LLP is the Silver Partner and Kingsway Hospitals is the health partner for the summit. SMS Group is the Corporate Patron of the event

Annual Global Nagpur Summit

Track 1: International Businessis designed to foster business between Nagpur and global entities. This track will have representatives from various embassies, trade organizations, corporate firms, etc., each of whom will showcase their business objectives as well as emphasize the benefits of doing business with and within Nagpur.


The track will be introduced by Hakimuddin Ali, Chairman Imerys India, Director Strategy & BD Africa, India and ME at Imerys and Director of Strategy & BD Africa, India. The 2 keynotes include 1) ‘Trade opportunities with China in Nagpur’ by H.E. H.E. Mr. Tang Guocai, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Mumbai and 2) ‘An International Destination “Must Do’ es”’ by Dr. Ajay Gondane, Ex High Commissioner of India to Australia. The 2 sessions include 1) ‘The Way to Germany’ by Ashish Pandit, Partner, Let’s bridge IT- Official Representatives for The State of Baden-Württemberg (Germany) in Maharashtra and 2) ‘London Calling’ by Hemin Barucha, Chief Representative – India, London & Partners. Success story by Ganesh Raghavan, Director TAL Manufacturing and Head of Business Development and Strategy, Tata Aerospace and Defence. 


The panel discussion ‘How to make it Happen’ will take place under moderato, Rajeev Aggarwal, Management Consultant- Business & Global Strategy, and panelists, Dr. Ajay Gondane, Ashish Pandit, Ganesh Raghavan, and Hemin Barucha.


International Business track is powered by TAL Manufacturing Solutions Limited, BDA Pharma Pvt. Ltd. and Nitika Pharmaceutical Specialities Pvt. Ltd.


Track 2: Women Entrepreneurship is a newly introduced track that will highlight and discuss the opportunities available for women both on the local and global front. The panel will bring to the fore issues concerning women seeking to create a place for themselves in different environments, be it in lucrative jobs, challenging startups, and even small-scale industries.


The track will be introduced by Ms. Nivedita Pendharkar, Director of Shells Advertising Inc. The 2 keynotes will be delivered by Mrs. Manjeet Hirani, Commander at Air India and Author, and Ms. Kalpana Saroj, CEO, Kamani Tubes. The 2 sessions will take place under moderator, Ms. Khurshit Dalal, Creative Writer, Media & Advertising, and panelists, Shruti Sharma, Founder & Creator, Authentic Ayurveda Limited., Ms. Anu Meena, Founder, AGROWAVE; Ms. Maitreyi Jichkar, Founder -Dr. Shrikant Jichkar foundation’s Zero Gravity Volunteer Network; Ms. Debdutta Upadhyay, Ex-CEO of Timesaverz; Ms. Anupam Sanghi, Managing Partner, Anupam Sanghi & Associates;


Track 3: Social track is to help NGOs network better and learn the best practices of the trade. The participating NGOs will get an opportunity to interact with experts for improving their organizations. Nagpur First will also recognize these NGOs and offer them the Nagpur First fellowship.


The social track is to help NGOs network better and learn the best practices of the trade. The theme for the track is ‘Making Change Happen’. The participating NGOs will get an opportunity to interact with experts for improving their organizations. Nagpur First will also recognize these NGOs and offer them the Nagpur First fellowship.


The track will be introduced by Mr. Tanveer Mirza, Founder of the Yashodhara Foundation. The keynote will be delivered by Dr. Anand Bang, Member Executive Committee, SEARCH, Gadchiroli. The 2 sessions include 1) ‘Expanding Horizons’ under Mr. Moin Qazi, Expert Committee on Financial inclusion for Women, NITI Aayog and 2) ‘How to make a difference’ under Dr. Avinash Saoji, Director at PRAYAS, Amravati.


Track 4: Information Technology shall cover Nagpur’s journey as an IT hub so far. With TCS, HCL, Infosys, Tech Mahindra, GlobalLogic, Persistent Systems and several other big and small IT companies operational at Nagpur, especially in MIHAN, the growth of the region as global delivery and innovation hub for IT/ITES services is happening at a fast pace. IT and ITES companies in Nagpur have already employed more than 20 thousand people. This track will elaborate on that journey for the benefit of large, medium, and small IT companies here.


The track will be introduced by Dr. Rizwan Ahmed, CTO of delaPlex. The 4 keynotes include 1) ‘Scaling IT @ Nagpur’ by Mr. Manpreet Singh Khurana, Vice President – US Service Delivery at HCL Technologies Ltd 2) ‘Digital Product Engineering: Building for Next Billion Users’ by Ms. Ashwani Nandini, VP Delivery, GlobalLogic 3) ‘Need for Enterprise Modernization & journey to success’ by Mr. Jalen He, Chief Architect, Kavout Corp, China and Ex-CTO, SoftBank, Japan; and 4) ‘Technologies Behind the Success of China’s Biggest Online Shopping Festival Double11’ by Dr. Alex, GM, Alibaba Cloud.


The 3 panels include 1) ‘Scaling IT @ Nagpur: Success Stories and Future Plans’ under moderator, Mr. Shashikant Chaudhary, Nagpur Angels, and panelists, Mr. Arvind Kumar, Center Head, TCS Nagpur; Mr. Shailesh Awale, Center Head, HCL Nagpur; Mr. Vikram Puranik, Vice President- Engineering, GlobalLogic Nagpur; and Mr. Prateek Mohunta, COO, Sagacious Research and Mr. Brijesh Chandel, Global Head – HR, Persistent Systems 2) ‘Expansion Opportunities in China, Japan and emerging markets’ under moderator, Mr. Prashant Mishra, CEO and Founder, Click2Cloud, and panelists, Mr. Jalen He, Chief Architect, Kavout Corp, China and Ex-CTO, SoftBank, Japan; Mr. Rangarajan Vellamore, Co-Founder, Zeta-V Technology Solutions Ltd, China; Mr. Martin West, Agile Coach, Program Manager & Entrepreneur, Neutral Advocate, Canada & Formerly associated with Rogers, IBM & Microsoft; and Mr. Palash Gupta, Director Engineering, Head Project Management, Huawei; and 3) ‘Funding Opportunities for Startups’ under moderator, Mr. Ramakrishnan R, Cofounder CoResource, and panelists, Dr. Alex, Alibaba Cloud, China; Mr. Shashikant Chaudhary, Nagpur Angels; Mr. Subhash Lode, Senior Manager- Investment & Operations, Pegasus Fininvest, Mumbai; and Mr. Rahul Narvekar, Founder CEO, The India Network.


The IT track is presented by HCL Technologies and powered by GlobalLogic India Pvt.Ltd.


5) Global Partnering Expo 2019:


As part of the ‘Annual Global Nagpur Summit 2019’, Nagpur First, for the first time, is organizing the ‘Global Partnering Expo’ on 21st December at Rangayan Gallery, Chitnavis Centre, Nagpur. It is one of its kind global business event, conceptualized to offer ambitious individuals, businesses, and organizations the platform to showcase their product and services. Kotak Mahindra Bank is the Banking Partner for Global Partnering Expo.


A highly sophisticated and stimulating global platform to bring under one roof the nitty-gritty and ancillary system of every business, GPE can set the ball rolling for ground-breaking and successful partnerships. For the ones who want to go global, this is truly an unmissable opportunity to engage with like-minded people and expand the business.


The partners of the event are Shells Advertising Inc. (Brand Consultant and Design Partner), Shadows (Refreshment Partner), Yellow Circle Events Pvt Ltd (Event Partner), dygn Media (Website Partner), Persistent Systems (Awards Venue Partner), The Hitavada (Media Partner), SA Digital Films Pvt. Ltd. (Movie Partner), and 24 Taas (TV Partner).


This concrete, collaborative, and citizen-driven summit promises the diffusion of high-quality knowledge and networking opportunities. Business leaders, entrepreneurs, social leaders, academicians, students, and conscious citizens are invited to benefit from it. Registrations for the summit are open. For more details, contact +91 7720000928. Or visit


(With inputs from thelivenagpur)