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As a region of the world that has seen huge economic growth over the past decade, India, Pakistan, and South Asia stand at the forefront of world news. To help you make sense of just how relevant this region is today, APB's Indian, Pakistani, and South Asian speakers lend their expertise in thought-provoking keynotes. From globalization experts to ambassadors, our speakers on India, Pakistan, and South Asia are captivating.

Indian / Pakistani / South Asian

Former First Lady of Somaliland & Women’s Rights Advocate

A pioneer in the struggle for the abolition of female circumcision, Edna Adan is the founder of the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital in Hargeisa, Somaliland. She previously served as Foreign Minister and First Lady of Somaliland.

International Trade Theorist

A celebrated economist and Columbia University professor, Jagdish N. Bhagwati has made contributions to development theory and policy, public finance, immigration and the new theory of political economy...

Former President of Democratic Socialist Republic Sri Lanka

With her father former President of Sri Lanka and mother the world’s first women Prime Minister, Kumaratunga was destined to be the first woman President of Sri Lanka. Renowned for her energy and intellect, she describes leading a nation through...

Fiction Writer / Journalist

Suketu Mehta's book Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found was called "narrative reporting at its finest" by The New York Times; The Economist named it a Book of the Year. Mehta's journalism and fiction won him the Whiting Award...

International Strategic Communications Expert

An Indian Muslim childhood, Jesuit schools and universities, and a perpetual inquisitiveness power this American businessman, author and foreign policy speaker's observations. Host of the Foreign Policy Association's Global Currents...

Author, The Death of Vishnu

A novelist and professor, speaker Mani Suri was named a Time Person to Watch after releasing his award-winning book The Death of Vishnu.

India's Leading Journalist

Known for introducing a new style of aggressive, independent journalism to India, speaker Arun Shourie touches on the global economy, Indian politics and global events.

Former Finance Minister of India

As finance minister of India, speaker Yashwant Sinha is credited for pushing through several major reform measures that put the Indian economy on a firm growth trajectory.

Corporate Evangelist & Business Philosopher

Indian-born Krish Dhanam won a sales contest in 1990 that earned him a ticket to a seminar conducted by the legendary motivator Zig Ziglar. This chance encounter would be the catalyst that shaped the next two decades as Dhanam joined the Ziglar...

Expert on Strategy, Globalization & Emerging Markets

International business speaker Anil Gupta is widely recognized as one of the world's leading experts on strategy, globalization, and emerging markets.

Inventor of SixthSense

Pranav Mistry is one of the inventors of SixthSense. He is a research assistant & a PhD candidate at MIT Media Lab. Before joining MIT he worked as a UX Researcher with Microsoft.

Gender Equality Advocate & Founder of New Light

Urmi Basu fights for social justice for the marginalized community of sex workers and women in prostitution. She founded the nonprofit New Light, whose mission is to promote gender equality and fight violence and abuse of women and children.

Victim of Post-9/11 Shooting Spree & Peace Activist

Rais Bhuiyan has a remarkable story — one that continually inspires people from around the globe to interview him about his campaign, World Without Hate. Bhuiyan’s story took root in Bangladesh and grew from seeds planted by his parents and...

New York Times Columnist & Author

Anand Giridharadas is an author and columnist, writing about a world in transition as seen through the lens of culture. He is the author of India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking.

Tony Award Winning Producer and NY Times Best Selling Author

Vivek J. Tiwary is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning producer of Broadway shows, film, television and graphic novels. On Broadway, Tiwary’s productions have won a combined 25 Tony Awards from 44 Tony nominations—...

Proprietor, Master Sommelier & Author

The youngest female ever to pass the Master Sommelier exam, speaker Alpana Singh is the director of wine and spirits for Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc.

NYT Correspondent & Filmmaker Behind “Class Dismissed: Malala’s Story”

Adam B. Ellick is a Senior Video Journalist at The New York Times who reports on the world in video and print. Towing a backpack and small camera, Ellick has visited more then 70 countries, often earning a front row seat to historic events...

Former Pakistan Ambassador to the United States

Husain Haqqani served as Pakistan's ambassador to the United States from 2008-2011 and is widely credited with managing a difficult partnership during a critical phase in the global war on terrorism.

Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi & President of the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute

Dr. Arun Gandhi is proof that one can change his ways. Although he is the grandson of the legendary Mohandas Gandhi, he overcame tremendous prejudice and anger in order to become the founder and president of the Gandhi Worldwide Education...

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