University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

March 25 & 26, 2016 at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Conference Details

India Business Conference (IBC) is one of the largest conferences hosted at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. Each year, IBC brings together leaders from business and a variety of other fields, Michigan's world-class faculty, and its diverse student body.

IBC serves as a platform to explore a wide range of topics generally related to doing business in India, the role and importance of India, and globalization of Indian companies and individuals. The 7th IBC will be held at the Ross School of Business on March 25-26, 2016.


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IBC History

"Students cannot graduate from business school today without a clear understanding of the role and importance of India. That's why we have this conference" -- Dean Alison Davis-Blake


India Business Conference is a platform that brings together the student community, business leaders, University faculty, policy makers and renowned management thinkers to engage in a thought provoking discussion about various aspects of India and its relationship with the United States as well as with the global economy. Over the years, IBC has developed into a forum that not only provides hundreds of students from various nationalities and leaders from different streams with answers about the challenges facing India, the United States and the world, but also creates meaningful discussion on the tools and strategies to address them.

Ross’s focus on the Indian market started with the late professor CK Prahalad’s extensive research on the Indian business environment. As a member of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and a mentor to many prominent Indian business leaders, Professor Prahalad assisted several Indian organizations in successfully making the transition from a closed to open market economy in 1991. Although initially hesitant at the thought of facing foreign competition, many of these firms continue to prosper today as strong players in the global market, and of late, have made the leap to develop into true multinational organizations.

IBC at Ross was envisioned around the same time by Professor M.S. Krishnan and Mr. Ritesh Bawri (MBA 2001) with the hope that the University of Michigan, a world-renowned academic institution could function as a bridge between businesses and the fast globalizing Indian markets. The vision was converted into a reality in the year 2009 when with the support of late Professor CK Prahalad and Professor Krishnan, the first IBC was held at Ross, receiving wide media coverage and fanfare.

Over the years, the conference continues to provide an excellent platform to:

  • (1) Interact and learn from reputed leaders from business, political and educational fields
  • (2) Network and partner with executives from the corporate world
  • (3) Access and intermingle with the world-class student community of University of Michigan and other top universities

Past Speakers

In the past, IBC has drawn guests from a variety of fields, including the following speakers:

Past Conferences

6th India Business Conference, 2014

The theme of last year's conference was: "Trends Impacting Global Business."

5th India Business Conference, 2013

The theme of the conference was: "Dream. Lead. Inspire." The conference focused on the economic, social, technological, and political changes India was undergoing. Eminent speakers from diverse fields such as business, politics, entertainment, and education graced IBC with their presence and shared their knowledge.

4th India Business Conference, 2012

In its 4th year, the theme of the conference "Inside the Transformation" focused on the economic, social, technological, and political change India was undergoing, and fostered discussions to find answers about how leaders in various arenas anticipate, manage and benefit from transformation.

3rd India Business Conference, 2011

IBC 2011 provided a forum for leaders in business, politics and academia to engage in spirited debate with each other, students and the media about the many changes that have impacted India, both domestically and internationally. The year’s theme, “Dissolving the Boundaries”, was an exploratory dialogue on India’s rapid ascent as both a socio-political and economic force in the international arena.

2nd India Business Conference, 2010

The second India Business Conference provided a platform to debate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead as India surged forward to achieve the “India@75 vision”. As a dedication to CK Prahalad, the conference also featured a round table to discuss the continuing relevance of his vision.

1st India Business Conference, 2009

In its inaugural edition, the India Business Conference, focused on the theme "One Billion and Counting" focused on the emerging opportunities and existing challenges for corporations doing business in India. India's burgeoning middle class and the seismic wave of income growth offer exciting prospects for companies looking for top line growth.


2016 Speakers

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"India is emerging as one of the fastest growing economies with more than one billion consumers. India Business Conference at the Ross School stimulates discussions around business opportunities and challenges in India. The topics will be of interest to business executives, entrepreneurs, policy makers, academics and students aspiring to be global business leaders"
-- Professor M S Krishnan



Case Competition


The C.K. Prahalad Case Competition gives students the opportunity to compete and showcase their business knowledge and innovation acumen by analyzing a case study in the Social Impact field. The competition honors the legacy of the late C.K. Prahalad and his vision of how innovation can balance the relationship between profit generation and social value creation for the base of the pyramid.


This competition is open to all graduate business schools, international and domestic.

Five teams will be invited to compete in the final round in Ann Arbor, MI. Final presentations will be delivered to a panel of judges and 2016 UM India Business Conference attendees, speakers, and other participants.


First Place: $2000
Second Place: $1000
All finalists will receive a copy of C.K. Prahalad's critically acclaimed book, "The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid."


The case competition is part of the annual U-M India Business Conference. Last year's conference featured keynotes by several notable speakers, including entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mr. Gururaj Deshpande, Mr. Mark Fields, COO of Ford, and Professor Tarun Khanna from Harvard Business School. The winners of the case competition were announced at the conference. All finalists received free entry to the conference.



The India Business Conference will be held at:

Stephen M. Ross School of Business

701 Tappan St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109 USA




Nearest Airport: Detroit(DTW)

Nearest Amtrak Station: Ann Arbor

Nearest Parking: Forest Avenue Parking Structure located at 650 S. Forest Avenue, Ann Arbor


University of Michigan Faculty Advisers

We are privileged to have some of the top minds in the business world and distinguished faculty members supporting us.

Gautaum Ahuja Faculty Director of Ross India Initiatives, Harvey C. Fruehauf Professor of Business Administration, Professor of Strategy
M.S. Krishnan Associate Dean of Ross Global Initiatives, Accenture Professor of Computer and Information Systems, Professor of Technology and Operations

Student Organizing Team

Sundar Balu Kunal Malhotra Rohan Karkhanis Aditya Shekhawat
Anand Markande Sneha Rao Saurabh Nayyar Vijay Ramanavarapu
Rhea Sareen Sriram Kannan Ankitha Taranath

University of Michigan Support

Karen Lewis (India Initiatives Program Coordinator) Brodie Remington (International Giving & Engagement, Sr. Director) Lisa Zollars Sammi Allen

Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan

Ross Asia Business

Ross Indian Sub-Continent Business Association

Ross Emerging Markets Club

William Davidson Institute

Ross Executive Education

Ross Student Government Association

Michigan Alumni

Praveen Suthrum (UM India Alumni Association President, MBA 2004) Ritesh Bawri (IBC Founder, MBA 2001) GV Keshav Reddy

External Sponsors & Partners

Please contact us for details if you are interested in becoming a sponsor of India Business Conference 2016 at the Ross School of Business.