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Rene Singh
Composer and Filmmaker

CALL TO ARMS VIDEO

INTRODUCTION OF TINA BROWN BY ANAND G. MAHINDRA

Anand G. Mahindra
Chairman, Mahindra Group

TINA BROWN WELCOME

Tina Brown
Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media/Women in the World

DOES IT TAKE WOMEN LEADERS TO MAKE WOMEN LEADERS?

How do we create a pipeline of female leaders in a society where many women are still expected to stay at home and raise children? Four top women in different fields have solutions to share.
Barkha Dutt
Director, Barkha Dutt Live Media and Consulting Editor, NDTV
Ipsita Dasgupta
Chief Commercial Officer, GE South Asia
Naina Lal Kidwai
Chairman, India Director, HSBC Asia Pacific
Padmasree Warrior
Former Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Cisco
MODERATED BY: Mallika Kapur
Mumbai-Based International Correspondent, CNN

GONE GIRLS

One woman has kept the fire of outrage alive regarding the fate of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls who have been abducted by the Islamic terror group Boko Haram. Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili co-founded the global campaign #BringBackOurGirls. The girls are still missing, and she’s still fighting to find them.
Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili
Co-Founder, Bring Back Our Girls and Former Vice President, World Bank’s Africa Division
INTERVIEWED BY: Rajdeep Sardesai
Senior Journalist

FANNING THE FIRE

Two decades ago, they made a film that defied conventions and challenged social norms. A conversation with the three powerhouse women behind Fire, the film that once sent shockwaves throughout the country.
Deepa Mehta
Filmmaker
Nandita Das
Actor, Director, Activist
Shabana Azmi
Actress, Activist, Former Member of Parliament
MODERATED BY: William Dalrymple
Writer and Historian

THE WOMEN WE'RE HERE FOR

REMARKS BY PRABHA NARASIMHAN
Prabha Narasimhan
Personal Care VP for South Asia, Hindustan Unilever
INTRODUCED BY: Tina Brown
Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media/Women in the World

IN CONVERSATION WITH SMRITI ZUBIN IRANI

A member of Prime Minister Modi's inner circle and the youngest woman ever to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament, on her rise from television star to leading politician.
Smriti Zubin Irani
Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India
INTERVIEWED BY: Tina Brown
Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media/Women in the World

OBAMA’S PARTNER IN DIPLOMACY

One of the most influential humanitarian leaders in the world, Ambassador Samantha Power, visits India for the first time in her role as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations to talk about the challenges of representing America during a time of global turmoil.
Ambassador Samantha Power
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
INTERVIEWED BY: Zainab Salbi
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PRIMETIME POWER

The co-founder of one of India’s foremost entertainment conglomerates discusses how she harnessed her expertise and passions on behalf of social innovation in rural India.
Zarina Screwvala
Founder and Managing Trustee, Swades Foundation
INTERVIEWED BY: Deval Sanghavi
Co-Founder and Partner, Dasra Philanthropy Week, Dasra Giving Circle

THE BEAUTY DEBATE

As Indian women scale heights in different industries and gain recognition in diverse fields, from science to sport, they are also beginning to challenge conventional ideals of beauty. How are these changes in culture, media and Indian society helping to push the boundaries of what is beautiful today?
Anaita Shroff Adajania
Fashion Director, Vogue; Film Costume and Celebrity Stylist
Lakshmi Menon
Fashion Model
R. Balki
Filmmaker; Group Chairman, Mullen Lowe Lintas Group
Soha Ali Khan
Actress
MODERATED BY: Fatima Mahdi Karan
Consulting Editor, Bloomberg TV India
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  • 1:20pm
  • PROGRAMMING RESUMES
  • 2:30pm

PERFORMANCE: SONAM KALRA AND THE SUFI GOSPEL PROJECT

Sonam Kalra and the Sufi Gospel Project
Award-Winning Musicians

THE GREATEST CRISIS SINCE WORLD WAR II

There are nearly 60 million refugees and internally displaced people in the world today – more than at any time since World War II. Half are children. A conversation with eyewitnesses to the refugee crisis.
Lynsey Addario
Photojournalist
Melissa Fleming
Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson, UNHCR
Zainab Salbi
Host, The Nida'a Show; Founder, Nida'a Alnissa Productions; Editor-at-large, Women in the World
MODERATED BY: Cate Blanchett
Actress

THE DISPLACED AS VIRTUAL REALITY

REMARKS BY ARTHUR O. SULZBERGER, JR.

Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr.
Chairman of The New York Times Company and Publisher of The New York Times

IRAN'S ROAD WARRIOR

A conversation with Iran's champion race car driver on defying convention, shattering stereotypes and driving change.
Laleh Sedigh
Iranian Champion Race Car Driver
INTERVIEWED BY: Shereen Bhan
Managing Editor, CNBC-TV18

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

Thousands of women migrate from India to the Middle East for jobs as domestic workers. They go with the hope to make more money and build a better life for the families they have left behind. But many become trapped in a vicious cycle of abuse and torture, in a foreign land that has no laws to protect the rights and dignity of women migrant workers.
Mohan
Son of Kasthuri Munirathinam
S. Vijaya Kumari
Sister of Kasthuri Munirathinam
Nishtha Jain
Filmmaker and Producer
Ravi Kant
President, Shakti Vahini
Rothna Begum
Researcher, Women's Rights Division, Human Rights Watch
MODERATED BY: Shoma Chaudhury
Editor-in-Chief, Catch News

THE JOURNEY OF A MEGASTAR: MADHURI DIXIT

One of India's most beloved superstars on her life as an actress and humanitarian.
Madhuri Dixit
Bollywood Actor
INTERVIEWED BY: Parmesh Shahani
Head, Godrej India Culture Lab

BURMA'S SHAME

Lilianne Fan
International Director and Co-Founder, Geutanyoe Foundation
Nizammudin and Ohmar
Rohingya Refugees
Saiful Huq Omi
Founder and Managing Director, Counter Foto: A Center for Communication
MODERATED BY: Suhasini Haidar
Deputy Resident Editor and Diplomatic Editor, The Hindu

LIGHTING UP THE LIVES OF WOMEN

1.3 billion people across the world have no access to electricity and 300 million of them live in India. How bringing solar power to villages across India is fueling social development and changing the lives of female entrepreneurs.
Dr. Ashok Khosla
Chairman, Development Alternatives
Deepali Khanna
Senior Associate Director, The Rockefeller Foundation
Kismet Jehan
Community Organiser and Solar Power Proponent
Sanchaita Gajapati Raju
Managing Trustee and Founder, SANA
MODERATED BY: Mallika Kapur
Mumbai-Based International Correspondent, CNN

REMARKS BY NITA M. AMBANI

Nita M. Ambani
Founder and Chairperson, Reliance Foundation
INTRODUCED BY: Tina Brown
Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media/Women in the World
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  • PERFORMANCE: ANURADHA PAL
  • 6:15 PM
Anuradha Pal
Tabla Virtuoso

THE ANATOMY OF VIOLENCE

What does the cycle of brutal attacks on women say about the social, legal and economic challenges facing Indian society?
Bitiya*
A young rape survivor from a village in Uttar Pradesh
Bitiya's Mother
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Govind Singh Rathore
Founder and Managing Trustee, Sambhali Trust
Madhavi Kuckreja
Founder, Vanangana and Sanatkada
Dr. Menaka Guruswamy
Advocate, Supreme Court of India
Vibha Bakshi
National Film Award-Winning Filmmaker
MODERATED BY: Barkha Dutt
Director, Barkha Dutt Live Media and Consulting Editor, NDTV

*Name Withheld

PAKISTAN'S DEFIANT PATRIOT

A celebrated political leader talks about her life at the centre of influence and debate in Pakistan.
Sherry Rehman
Senator
INTERVIEWED BY: Tina Brown
Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media/Women in the World

POEM BY KARUNA EZARA PARIKH

WOMEN V. TERROR

Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili
Co-Founder, Bring Back Our Girls and Former Vice President, World Bank’s Africa Division
Lilianne Fan
International Director and Co-founder, Geutanyoe Foundation
Zainab Salbi
Host, The Nida’a Show; Founder, Nida’a Alnissa Productions; Editor-at-Large, Women in the World
MODERATED BY: Shoma Chaudhury
Editor-in-Chief, Catch News

THE SONS WE SHARE

Two inspiring mothers have risen above personal catastrophe and forged a bond of reconciliation and peace.
Bushra Awad
Member, The Parents Circle - Families Forum
Robi Damelin
Israeli Spokesperson, The Parents Circle - Families Forum
MODERATED BY: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Academy Award Winning Filmmaker

IN CONVERSATION WITH CATE BLANCHETT

Academy Award-winning actress on how she fulfills her role as a humanitarian, actress, cultural activist and mother of four.
Cate Blanchett
Actress
INTERVIEWED BY: Tina Brown
Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media/Women in the World

TINA BROWN FAREWELL

Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media/Women in the World