October 15, 2019 | Mumbai

Bloomberg Equality Summit

Inequality remains one of the most pressing problems of our time. Economically, socially, culturally, digitally, the chasm is wide. Many countries have skewed gender ratios, the gap between the rich and the poor remains wide, caste and class remain dangerous fault lines.

Businesses need to face this ethical issue head-on. Creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workforce – to serve an increasingly diverse consumer base – is vital to the success of virtually every business operating today. At this pivotal time in our history, we have an opportunity to get it right.

Anchored in a full-day conference, the Bloomberg Equality will foster forward-looking conversations and spotlight influential business leaders who are paving the way for a more equal future.

On October 15, 2019, Bloomberg will bring its flagship Bloomberg Equality Summit to Asia for the first time. The inaugural event – the first of its kind in India – will be held in the financial capital, Mumbai. The conversations will move beyond the universally accepted business case for diversity to create an actionable plan for inclusion.

October 14 - Monday

5:00 pm

Special Opening Night Program: One Voice, One Goal

Seating is Limited. Registration is required. 

At the Bloomberg Equality summit, multiple platforms and global campaigns come together, united by a common goal: equal opportunity for all. Join us for a impactful opening night with the launch of the Bloomberg New Voices Initiative in India, a screening of the multi-award winning Son Rise documentary, and a conversation spearheaded by the UN’s HeForShe campaign. Due to limited seating, registration will be required for this session.

6:00 pm

Launch of the Bloomberg New Voices Initiative in India

Bloomberg’s Laura Zelenko, Senior Executive Editor of Talent, Diversity, Training and Standards announces the launch of the New Voices initiative in India, a program to amplify women’s voices in our own news coverage and beyond.


  • Laura Zelenko

    Senior Executive Editor, Diversity, Training, Talent and News Standards, Bloomberg

6:15 pm

Documentary Screening: Son Rise

Winner of this year’s National Film Award for Best Film (non feature) by the President of India, this multi award winning film by Vibha Bakshi is set in rural Haryana, a strongly patriarchal state bordering India’s capital, New Delhi. Rampant female foeticide and an unprecedented number of crimes against women has given the region a notorious title, The Land of Daughter Killers.

While exposing these dark corners, the filmmaker finds all is not lost. A forward thinking village chief fights for women to enter local politics. A farmer defies society by marrying a gangrape survior. By telling their stories, Son Rise shines a light on ordinary men putting up an extraordinary fight in the drive for gender justice.

7:30 pm

Documentary Debrief

Vibha Bakshi, National Award winning filmmaker and producer and the cast of the film will be in conversation with a Bloomberg journalist.


7:40 pm


Gender equality is not just a ‘women’s issue’. It requires all of us to stand in solidarity and create solutions for a gender equal world.

8:15 pm

Closing Remarks and Networking Reception

October 15 - Tuesday

8:30 am

Registration Opens

9:55 am

Welcoming Remarks

10:00 am

Opening Session

10:30 am

The State of India

Thousands of citizens in India live an economically fragile life but economic policies are gradually lifting them out of a stubborn state of poverty. A conversation with the Chairman of the State Bank of India about financial inclusion and the power of a lender to bring about change.


In conversation with

10:55 am

The Global View

We take a macro look at the business case for inclusion and how global companies are influencing the drive for equality around the world.


In conversation with

11:20 am

Networking Break

11:50 am

Half the Sky

Mrs. Sinha shows us how she is financially empowering women through micro-entrepreneurship.

Presentation from

12:00 pm

Bridging the Digital Divide

Is technology bringing us closer together or amplifying our differences?


  • CP Gurnani

    Managing Director and CEO, Tech Mahindra

  • Ted Osius

    Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations, Google Asia Pacific

In conversation with

12:25 pm

Interview Spotlight: Sustainable Fashion

A one on one conversation with Anita Dongre – fashion designer, entrepreneur, philanthropist. A regular on power lists, Dongre has achieved a fine balance between high fashion and empowering rural craftsmen and women. Dongre has made sustainability fashionable.


In conversation with

12:45 pm

Gender and Justice

Acid attack survivor and author of Being Reshma, Reshma Quereshi talks to CEO of Make Love Not Scars, Tania Singh on violence against women in India and the toll it takes on families, the society and the economy.


In conversation with

1:10 pm

Networking Lunch

2:05 pm

A Different Beat

Musical presentation by Dharavi Rocks – the band comprises of youth whose instruments are made out of recycled trash – followed by a chat with Vinod Shetty, Honorary Director of Acorn Foundation and a band member of Dharavi Rocks.


In conversation with

2:25 pm

New Voices

Bloomberg’s Laura Zelenko launches the New Voices Initiative in India.

Address from

  • Laura Zelenko

    Senior Executive Editor, Diversity, Training, Talent and News Standards, Bloomberg

2:30 pm

The Bloomberg Gender Equality Index

The Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) is the world’s only comprehensive investment-quality data source on gender equality. It rewards firms for disclosure and highlights firms that have made strong, data backed commitments to gender equality.

We sit down with the CEO of the only Indian company on Bloomberg’s GEI.


In conversation with

  • Laura Zelenko

    Senior Executive Editor, Diversity, Training, Talent and News Standards, Bloomberg

2:55 pm

The Missing Millions

Why a workforce with fewer women is a missed opportunity for economic growth.


In conversation with

3:20 pm

Networking Break

3:40 pm

#MeToo: Covering the Movement

A behind the scenes look at our defining, award winning stories of India’s #MeToo movement with the editors who shaped the coverage.


3:50 pm


Bloomberg’s Mindy Massucci gives us an update on TicToc.

Address from

3:55 pm

A New Era

The 2018 Supreme Court Ruling on Section 377 which decriminalized homosexuality should lead to greater inclusion of transgender people and members of the LGBT community in the corporate world. We look at LGBTQ inclusion around the world in a panel discussion.


In conversation with

4:20 pm

Equal Opportunities

A discussion on disability and inclusion.


In conversation with

  • Haslinda Amin

    Chief International Correspondent for Southeast Asia, Bloomberg Television

4:45 pm

Democracy: The Great Equalizer?

The role of democracy in creating a village, city or nation built on principles of equal opportunity and personal freedoms.


In conversation with

5:10 pm

A New Lens

Does film influence or mirror society? A conversation with leading actor and entrepreneur Sonam K Ahuja.


In conversation with

5:40 pm

Closing Remarks and Networking Cocktail


Vishal Agrawal

Vice President, Global Emerging Markets Equities BlackRock's Active Equity Group

Sonam K Ahuja


Haslinda Amin

Chief International Correspondent for Southeast Asia Bloomberg Television

Vibha Bakshi

National Award winning Director and Producer

Peter Betzel


Jitendar Chhatar


Simon Cooper

Chief Executive, Corporate, Commercial and Institutional Banking Standard Chartered

Anita Dongre

Founder House of Anita Dongre

Arijit Ghosh

South Asia Managing Editor Bloomberg

Reto Gregori

Deputy Editor-in-Chief Bloomberg

CP Gurnani

Managing Director and CEO Tech Mahindra

Nisid Hajari

Columnist Bloomberg View

Pamela Hutchinson

Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion Bloomberg

Namrita Jhangiani

Partner Egon Zehnder

Mallika Kapur

Senior Editor, Asia Pacific Bloomberg Live

Rajnish Kumar

Chairman State Bank of India

Dhruv Lakra

Founder Mirakle Couriers

Marie Lalleman

Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Global Clients Solutions Nielsen

Bo Young Lee

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Uber

Daniel Jae-Won Lee

Executive Director Levi Strauss Foundation

Mindy Massucci

Senior Executive Editor Bloomberg's TicToc

David Merritt

Senior Executive Editor, EMEA Bloomberg

Mark Miller

Global Editor Bloomberg Live

Andy Mukherjee

Columnist Bloomberg Opinion

Malaika Myers

Chief Human Resources Officer Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Sandra Nandeibam

Fashion Model Transgender Activist

Ted Osius

Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations Google Asia Pacific

G V Prasad

Co-Chairman & CEO Dr. Reddy's

Reshma Qureshi

Author Being Reshma

Saritha Rai

Reporter, India Technology Bloomberg

Dr. Chhavi Rajawat

Sarpanch Village Soda, Rajasthan, India

Jeanette Rodrigues

Mumbai Bureau Chief Bloomberg

Nishtha Satyam

Deputy Country Representative UN Women

Jodi Schneider

Senior International Editor Bloomberg

Parmesh Shahani

Founder Godrej India Culture Lab

Vinod Shetty

Honorary Director Acorn Foundation (India)

Tania Singh

CEO Make Love Not Scars

Chetna Gala Sinha

Founder-Chairperson Mann Deshi Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation

Harsha Subramaniam

Executive Producer, Mumbai Bloomberg Media

Dr. Shashi Tharoor

Author and Politician

Laura Zelenko

Senior Executive Editor, Diversity, Training, Talent and News Standards Bloomberg

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Summit Partners

100 Women in Finance is a global network of professionals in the finance and alternative investment industries working together to empower women at every stage of their careers. Through peer engagement, philanthropic, and educational initiatives, our more than 15,000 members in 23 locations around the world are making connections and creating opportunities that help to advance careers and strengthen our field.

The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) represents top global companies operating across the U.S., India, and Indo-Pacific. Amid dynamic growth in U.S.-India commerce, USIBC serves as the premier voice of industry, creating connections between businesses and governments in both countries.

Through flagship Washington, D.C., and New Delhi offices, as well as a presence in Mumbai, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, and New York, the Council works with members to identify and advance key policy priorities. USIBC is also part of U.S. Chamber of Commerce, whose extensive network includes over 3,000 local chambers of commerce. From cities on the move to globalized states like California and Texas, USIBC leverages this network to deliver for members in locales across America.

Participation is by invitation only.


To request an invitation or inquire for more details, please email bliveasia@bloomberg.net.