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.

Featured Speaker

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

Opening Remarks


6:05 pm

Launch of the Bloomberg New Voices Initiative in India

Bloomberg’s Laura Zelenko 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

One Voice, One Goal

Malaika Myers at Hyatt Hotels Corporation accesses the gender equality state-of-play in the hospitality industry and beyond.


  • Malaika Myers

    Chief Human Resources Officer, Hyatt Hotels Corporation

6:20 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.

7:10 pm

One Voice, One Goal

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.


In conversation with

7:40 pm


UN Women recognizes a select group of Indian CEOs who commit to advance gender equality in their organisations, their networks and beyond.

7:50 pm

Closing Remarks and Networking Reception

October 15 - Tuesday

8:30 am

Registration Opens

9:55 am

Welcoming Remarks


10:00 am

Opening Remarks

Keynote speech by Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani.


10:10 am

An Inclusive India

A conversation about the government’s plans for an inclusive India.


In conversation with

10:30 am

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

10:50 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

11:15 am

#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.


11:30 am

Networking Break

12:00 pm

Half the Sky

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

Presentation from

12:10 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, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Google Asia Pacific

In conversation with

12:35 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

1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

1:55 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.

Performance by


In conversation with

2:20 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

2:25 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 Branded Markets CEO of the only Indian company on Bloomberg’s GEI.


  • M V Ramana

    CEO, Branded Markets (India and Emerging Markets) , Dr. Reddy's

In conversation with

  • Laura Zelenko

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

2:45 pm

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

3:05 pm

Networking Break

3:35 pm

The Missing Millions

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


In conversation with

4:00 pm

Championing Change

What’s in a name? A lot. When it is recognized by millions of people around the world, it has immense power – power over consumption patterns but equally, the power to influence society and become a force for good. Some companies take that responsibility seriously and are using their voice to champion equality, diversity and acceptance through thought provoking messaging.


4:15 pm


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

Address from

4:20 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

4:45 pm

Equal Opportunities

A discussion on disability and inclusion.


In conversation with

5:10 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

5:35 pm

Closing Remarks and Networking Cocktail



Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani

Minister of Women & Child Development and Textiles India

Vishal Agrawal

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

Haslinda Amin

Anchor Bloomberg Television

Vibha Bakshi

National Award winning Director and Producer

Peter Betzel


Neerja Birla

Founder and Chairperson Mpower

Jitender Chhatar


Simon Cooper

CEO, Corporate, Commercial and Institutional Banking Standard Chartered Bank

Mark Dawson

Editor, Asia Pacific Bloomberg Live

Milind Deora

Former Union Minister of State & Member of Parliament Government of India

Anita Dongre

Founder House of Anita Dongre

Arijit Ghosh

South Asia Managing Editor Bloomberg

Madhusudan Gopalan

CEO & MD, South Asia (India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh) Procter & Gamble

Reto Gregori

Deputy Editor-in-Chief Bloomberg

CP Gurnani

Managing Director and CEO Tech Mahindra

Nisid Hajari

Columnist Bloomberg Opinion

Pamela Hutchinson

Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion Bloomberg L.P.

Namrita Jhangiani

Partner Egon Zehnder

Mallika Kapur

Deputy Global Editor 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

Sandy Mondal

Band player Acorn Foundation (India)

Andy Mukherjee

Columnist Bloomberg Opinion

Malaika Myers

Chief Human Resources Officer Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Sandra Nandeibam

Fashion Model Transgender Activist

Ted Osius

Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy Google Asia Pacific

Reshma Qureshi

Author Being Reshma

Saritha Rai

Reporter, India Technology Bloomberg

Dr. Chhavi Rajawat

Sarpanch Village Soda, Rajasthan, India

M V Ramana

CEO, Branded Markets (India and Emerging Markets) Dr. Reddy's

Dharavi Rocks

Junk band

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

Laura Zelenko

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

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Global Founding Sponsor

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Lead Sponsor

We are a leading international banking group, with a presence in 60 of the world’s most dynamic markets, and serving clients in a further 85. Our purpose is to drive commerce and prosperity through our unique diversity, and our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, Here for good.

Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges as well as the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India.

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Supporting Sponsor

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 19 premier brands. As of December 31, 2018, the Company’s portfolio included more than 850 properties in 60 countries across six continents. The Company’s purpose to care for people so they can be their best informs its business decisions and growth strategy and is intended to attract and retain top colleagues, build relationships with guests and create value for shareholders. The Company’s subsidiaries develop, own, operate, manage, franchise, license or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences, vacation ownership properties, and fitness and spa locations, including under the Park Hyatt®, Miraval®, Grand Hyatt®, Alila®, Andaz®, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Destination®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Ziva™, Hyatt Zilara™, Thompson Hotels®, Hyatt Centric®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Place®, Joie de Vivre®, tommie™, Hyatt Residence Club® and Exhale® brand names, and operates the World of Hyatt® loyalty program that provides distinct benefits and exclusive experiences to its valued members.

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.

Asia Society India Centre was established in 2006 and is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia, between the countries of Asia and the United States. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the centre provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future. Through its diverse and multidisciplinary programming initiatives including public lectures, business discussions, policy roundtables, art conversations, performances, lectures, demonstrations and leadership programmes, it cultivates nuanced understandings of Asia Pacific affairs.

Asia Society India centre has hosted distinguished personalities from the state like Raghuram Rajan, 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India; Shaktikanta Das, Governor, Reserve Bank of India; Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace LaureateDavid Malone, Rector, United Nations University; Arvind Subramaniam, former Chief Economic Advisor of India; corporate and finance leaders including Narayan Murthy, Founder, Infosys, Uday Kotak, Founder and CEO, Kotak Mahindra Bank; Nandan Nilekani, Former Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India and Former CEO and Co-Founder, Infosys; Ajay Piramal, Chairman, Piramal Group; Jamshyd Godrej, Chairman and Managing Director, Godrej & Boyce; Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group among other luminaries.

Established in 1927, under the inspiration of Mahatma Gandhi, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is one of the largest and oldest apex business organizations in India. FICCI’s history is closely interwoven with India’s struggle for independence, industrialization and emergence as one of the most rapidly growing global economies. FICCI has contributed to this historical process by encouraging debate, articulating the private sector’s views and influencing policy.

FICCI draws its membership from the corporate sector, both private and public, including MNCs. FICCI has a strong membership base with over 7000 primary members, including direct Corporate and Associate Members, sectoral memberships such as labor (AIOE), Food processing (CIFTI), FICCI Ladies Organization, B2B Portal, Small and Medium Enterprises, Business Information Network (BISNET), etc. FICCI also enjoys an indirect membership of over 250,000 companies through our over 300 Member Bodies (Regional Chambers of Commerce and Sectoral Industry Associations across the country).

FICCI has over 250 partnerships with our counterpart business associations worldwide including Joint Business Councils, Forums of Parliamentarians with over 13 countries, Technical secretariat for bilateral CEOs Fora etc.

FICCI also has engagement with Multilateral and bilateral agencies such as ADB, IMF, UN, World Bank, WTO, DFIC, FNST, GIZ, USAID, FES, KAS etc.

FLO (FICCI LADIES ORGANISATION) was established in 1983, as a division of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and industry (FICCI) which is the apex body of industry and commerce in India. As an All India Organisation for women, FLO has 16 Chapters pan India with its Head Office in New Delhi. Our over 6800 members from 16 Chapters comprise entrepreneurs, professionals and Corporate Executives.

FLO has been promoting entrepreneurship and professional excellence among women through workshops, seminars, conferences, training and capacity building programs.

The objective of the organization is to encourage and facilitate women to showcase their talents, skills, experiences and energies across sectors and verticals of the economy.


We run Entrepreneurship and Skill Development programs to make women more self-sufficient.

FLO Mumbai has several Skilling and Knowledge partners: NIIT, HeyDeeDee, Tata Strive, Nalini of Nalini & Yasmin.

We run programs to educate young girls about menstrual health. Our partners are Family Planning Association of India and Citizen’s Association for Child Rights.


FLO holds Entrepreneurship programs to enable women to set up their own businesses


FLO works to promote more women in leadership and board positions.

Set up in 1907, the IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chamber (formerly Indian Merchants’ Chamber -IMC) is a premier Chamber of commerce, trade and Industry in the western region with its membership base of 2500 members and 220 trade associations affiliated to it. Together, it represents and advocates interests of over 400000 business and industry establishments from diverse sectors of industry. Through its various industry-specific committees, the IMC provides policy inputs and recommendations at various levels of government authorities and organizes interactive dialogues, workshops, seminars, business conferences and other activities where eminent business and government leaders engage with its members on a wide range of issues to develop policy inputs and creating environment conducive for sustainable economic development. On international trade area, the Chamber is in the forefront in promoting bilateral trade between Indian and countries around the world by providing networking platform to Indian and international business and industry community through interactive meetings, hosting international delegations as well as taking Indian business delegations to various countries around the world.

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.