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The Global Entrepreneurship Summit is being held for the first time in South Asia in Hyderabad, India, from November 28-30.  Co-hosted by the Governments of the United States and India, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi will inaugurate the summit and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump will lead the U.S. contingent to GES.

This is the eighth edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, the preeminent gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, and supporters from around the world.  With the theme of “Women First, Prosperity for All,” this will be the first GES in which women are the majority, over 52.5 per cent, of the participants.

More than 10 countries will be represented by an all-female delegation, including from Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.  A number of leading female voices will speak at various plenaries, breakout sessions, master classes, and workshops, including tennis champion Sania Mirza, Google’s Vice President of Next Billion Users Diana Louise Patricia Layfield, and CEO of Afghan Citadel Software Company Roya Mahboob.  This year’s summit theme demonstrates the commitment of the U.S. and Indian governments to the principle that when women are economically empowered, their communities and countries thrive.  Women entrepreneurs help drive innovation and job creation, as well as address the world’s greatest and most critical challenges. 

The inaugural plenary of the high-powered, three-day summit will take place on Tuesday at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre followed by two days of networking, mentoring, and workshops, anchoring the collaborative environment for entrepreneurs to exchange ideas, create networks, and take their passions to the next level.  A line up of the speakers at the plenary session is listed below. 

Tuesday, November 28, 4:30 p.m.

Be the Change: Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership

  • Remarks by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
  • Remarks by Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao
  • Remarks by Advisor to the President of the United States Ivanka Trump
  • Remarks will be followed by a panel session on opening up opportunities for women entrepreneurs in their countries and communities.
  • Moderated by John Chambers, Chairman Emeritus, Cisco  
  • Panelists:
  • Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President of the United States
  • Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Defense, Government of India
  • Sibongile Sambo, Managing Director, SRS Aviation and SRS Petroleum
  • Marcus Wallenberg, Chairman, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB)


Wednesday, November 29, 9:00 a.m.

We Can Do It! Innovations in Workforce Development and Skills Training

  • A discussion on increasing women’s participation in the workforce through access to skills training, education, and mentorship.  Innovators in workforce development and training will discuss what works and what more can be done to open doors for women in the workplace. 
  • Moderated by K.T. Rama Rao; Minister for IT E&C, MAUD, Industries and Commerce, Mines and Geology Public Enterprises, and NRI Affairs; Government of Telangana, India

    Panelists:

  • Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, CBE, QC
  • Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director and CEO, ICICI Bank, Limited
  • Karen Quintos, Chief Customer Officer, Dell EMC
  • Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President of the United States


Thursday, November 30, 4:00 p.m.

When Women Win, We All Win: Promoting Inclusive Environments for Women Entrepreneurs

  • The closing session of GES will bring together key influencers that support, promote, and fund women entrepreneurs.  Panelists will share efforts to advance women in leadership positions and ensure that women have “seats at the table” while breaking down the barriers that disproportionately affect women’s ability to start and grow businesses.
  • Moderated by Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Government of India


Panelists:

  • Kristina Perkin Davison, Co-Founder and Managing Director, iEurope Capital LLC
  • Dipali Goenka, CEO and Joint Managing Director, Welspun India
  • Mark Green, Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Lerato Motsamai, Founder and CEO, PETROLINK
  • Manish Sabharwal, Chairman, TeamLease


These plenary participants will join dozens of other session speakers and experts and an outstanding group of 1,500 entrepreneurs, investors, and supporters of entrepreneurship from more than 150 countries and territories across the world. 

The Summit has introduced a mobile application to enable seamless networking among all the registered delegates. A wearable device interlinked with the application is also being provided to all delegates for use during and after the summit. So far, 1500 delegates have downloaded the app, 20,000 profiles have been viewed, 4,000 messages and 6,000 business cards have been exchanged and 500 meetings have already been set up.

In addition to entrepreneurs traveling from across the globe to share their incredible stories and innovative projects, the following Indian Cabinet Ministers will also participate in GES:

  • Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj
  • Minister of Defense, Nirmala Sitharaman


For more information on these and the other GES speakers, and about the Summit itself, please visit www.ges2017.gov.in.  Media inquiries about the Summit should be sent to summitmedia@state.gov.

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December 02, 2021
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PM directs officials to take all necessary measures to ensure safe evacuation of people
Ensure maintenance of all essential services and their quick restoration in case of disruption: PM
All concerned Ministries and Agencies working in synergy to proactively counter the impact of the cyclone
NDRF has pre-positioned 29 teams equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecom equipments etc; 33 teams on standby
Indian Coast Guard and Navy have deployed ships and helicopters for relief, search and rescue operations
Air Force and Engineer task force units of Army on standby for deployment
Disaster Relief teams and Medical Teams on standby along the eastern coast

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired a high level meeting today to review the preparedness of States and Central Ministries & concerned agencies to deal with the situation arising out of the likely formation of Cyclone Jawad.

Prime Minister directed officials to take every possible measure to ensure that people are safely evacuated and to ensure maintenance of all essential services such as Power, Telecommunications, health, drinking water etc. and that they are restored immediately in the event of any disruption. He further directed them to ensure adequate storage of essential medicines & supplies and to plan for unhindered movement. He also directed for 24*7 functioning of control rooms.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed that low pressure region in the Bay of Bengal is expected to intensify into Cyclone Jawad and is expected to reach coast of North Andhra Pradesh – Odisha around morning of Saturday 4th December 2021, with the wind speed ranging upto 100 kmph. It is likely to cause heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha & W.Bengal. IMD has been issuing regular bulletins with the latest forecast to all the concerned States.

Cabinet Secretary has reviewed the situation and preparedness with Chief Secretaries of all the Coastal States and Central Ministries/ Agencies concerned.

Ministry of Home Affairs is reviewing the situation 24*7 and is in touch with the State Governments/ UTs and the Central Agencies concerned. MHA has already released the first instalment of SDRF in advance to all States. NDRF has pre-positioned 29 teams which are equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecom equipments etc. in the States and has kept 33 teams on standby.

Indian Coast Guard and the Navy have deployed ships and helicopters for relief, search and rescue operations. Air Force and Engineer task force units of Army, with boats and rescue equipment, are on standby for deployment. Surveillance aircraft and helicopters are carrying out serial surveillance along the coast. Disaster Relief teams and Medical Teams are standby at locations along the eastern coast.

Ministry of Power has activated emergency response systems and is keeping in readiness transformers, DG sets and equipments etc. for immediate restoration of electricity. Ministry of Communications is keeping all the telecom towers and exchanges under constant watch and is fully geared to restore telecom network. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has issued an advisory to the States/ UTs, likely to be affected, for health sector preparedness and response to COVID in affected areas.

Ministry of Port, Shipping and Waterways has taken measures to secure all shipping vessels and has deployed emergency vessels. The states have also been asked to alert the industrial establishments such as Chemical & Petrochemical units near the coast.

NDRF is assisting the State agencies in their preparedness for evacuating people from the vulnerable locations and is also continuously holding community awareness campaigns on how to deal with the cyclonic situation.

The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary to PM, Cabinet Secretary, Home Secretary, DG NDRF and DG IMD.