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, 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 15 - Tuesday

9:00 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 the country’s largest 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 in India.


11:20 am

Networking Break

11:50 am

Interview Spotlight

12:10 pm

Half the Sky

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

Presentation from

12:20 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

12:45 pm

Interview Spotlight: Sustainable Fashion

A one on one conversation with Anita Dongre – fashion designer, entrepreneur, philanthropist. A regular on power lists in India, Dongre has achieved a fine balance between putting Indian fashion on the map globally and empowering rural craftsmen and women in rural India. Dongre has made sustainability fashionable.


1:05 pm

Networking Lunch

2:00 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.


2:15 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.


2:40 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 the list of 104 companies in 24 countries that is featured in Bloomberg’s Inaugural 2018 GEI.


In conversation with

  • Laura Zelenko

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

3:10 pm

The Missing Millions

As India’s economy grows, the number of women in its workforce is falling. Why a workforce with fewer women is a missed opportunity for economic growth not just in India, but around the world.


3:35 pm

Networking Break

3:55 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

4:00 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.


4:25 pm

Equal Opportunities

A discussion on disability and inclusion.


4:50 pm

Democracy: The Great Equalizer?

Despite rampant inequality, India remains a robust democracy. In an election year where xx % of the population turned out to vote, we look at how democracy starts at the grassroots level. Plus –female representation in parliament.


In conversation with

5:15 pm

Closing Remarks


Vishal Agrawal

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

Haslinda Amin

Bloomberg Television Chief International Correspondent for Southeast Asia

Peter Betzel


Caroline Casey

The Valuable 500, #valuable Founder

Simon Cooper

Standard Chartered Chief Executive, Corporate, Commercial and Institutional Banking

Anita Dongre

House of Anita Dongre Founder

Stephanie Flanders

Bloomberg Economics Senior Executive Editor

Arijit Ghosh

Bloomberg South Asia Managing Editor

Reto Gregori

Bloomberg Deputy Editor-in-Chief

CP Gurnani

Tech Mahindra Managing Director and CEO

Nisid Hajari

Bloomberg View Columnist

Pamela Hutchinson

Bloomberg Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion

Namrita Jhangiani

Egon Zehnder Partner

Mallika Kapur

Bloomberg Live Senior Editor, Asia Pacific

Rajnish Kumar

State Bank of India Chairman

Dhruv Lakra

Mirakle Couriers Founder

Marie Lalleman

Nielsen Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Global Clients Solutions

Bo Young Lee

Uber Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

David Merritt

Bloomberg Senior Executive Editor, EMEA

Mark Miller

Bloomberg Live Global Editor

Andy Mukherjee

Bloomberg Opinion Columnist

Sandra Nandeibam

Transgender Activist Fashion Model

Ted Osius

Google Asia Pacific Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations

G V Prasad

Dr. Reddy's Co-Chairman & CEO

Reshma Qureshi

Being Reshma Author

Dr. Chhavi Rajawat

Village Soda, Rajasthan, India Sarpanch

Jodi Schneider

Bloomberg Senior International Editor

Parmesh Shahani

Godrej India Culture Lab Founder

Vinod Shetty

Acorn Foundation (India) Honorary Director

Tania Singh

Make Love Not Scars CEO

Chetna Gala Sinha

Mann Deshi Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation Founder-Chairperson

Harsha Subramaniam

Bloomberg Media Executive Producer, Mumbai

Laura Zelenko

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

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Participation is by invitation only.


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