Wiley Global Innovation Conclave 2019


Bringing together Industry, Academia and Research to Ideate, Engage and Innovate on the Future of Learning, Work and Research, Wiley Global Innovation Conclave 2019 is a cutting edge thought-leadership platform with an “ideation to execution” led approach, wherein for the first time Wiley in collaboration / partnership with and based on suggestions/feedback from the Wiley Innovation Advisory Council (WIAC) would bring together industry and academia to explore answers to some of the most critical problem statements the academia and industry of tomorrow will be grappling with. This is specifically in context to the disruptions and transformations brought in by the Industry 4.0 revolution, with an added objective to decipher recommended approaches into long tail of solutions. This will be a collaborative effort between Wiley and WIAC.

Over 150 leaders from academia and industry will come together in the First chapter of Wiley Global Innovation Conclave. The leadership will comprise of CXOs, thought leaders, learning and research leaders and influencers from top corporates and institutes, members of Wiley Innovation Advisory Council.

The conclave will be graced by the Thought Leaders and the drivers of Innovation in Industry, Academia and Research. The thought leaders will ideate and engage with each other in one of its kind setup to share their thoughts on the challenges posed by Industry 4.0 and the changing dynamics of various stake holders. This will pave the way for the future engagement to build solutions to enable smooth transition of learners, professionals and the researchers in the new age of Industry 4.0.


This will also be the launch event for the Wiley Black Book for Exponential Technologies, co-authored by top 15 industry experts, covering their vision on the impact of exponential technologies across industries in future forward scenarios.

The conclave will be graced by Prof. CNR Rao, Bharat Ratna Awardee, National Research Professor, Linus Pauling Research Professor and Honorary President of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research who will deliver InnovationNXT talk about How Innovation Fuels Research. Setting the tone for the role of applied research in the era of Industry 4.0 and the research getting more and more applied to support the industry. Ajay Nanavati, Chairman of Syndicate Bank and Ex-Director of Global Channel Services & US Atlantic Pacific Operations, 3M will deliver the Keynote address on Innovation and Industry 4.0.


Mr. Gopichand Katragadda, Group Chief Technology Officer and Innovation Officer at Tata Sons will deliver the InnovationNXT talk on “Innovation in Industry 4.0 Context” to define how innovation is changing in the era of new and emerging technologies. From theoretical innovation to applied innovation to exponential innovation, Industry 4.0 has changed the definition of Innovation and the spectrum of innovation.

Joining the Industry and Academia leadership will be Peter Wiley, Chairman of the Board, John Wiley & Sons, Mr. Clay Stobaugh, EVP - Wiley, Ms. Judy Verses EVP & GM, Research, Wiley, Mr. Vikas Gupta, MD, Wiley India and Mr. Philip Kisray, VP, Wiley.

The Conclave will see IdeaNxt session on Future of Learning with the Panel Moderated by Mr. Sukumar Rjagopal, Founder and CEO, Tiny Magiq, Ex-SVP & CIO, Cognizant and comprising of leaders representing Industry and Academia including Ms. Srimati Shivashankar, EVP HCL Technologies, Dr. S Sadagopan, Director, IIIT Bangalore, Mr. Suresh Bethavandu, Director at Cognizant Technology Solutions, Mr. Gavin Chow, VP Strategy & Performance, Wiley, Dr. Rishikesha Krishnan, Professor of Strategy at IIM Bangalore who will Discuss the” Problem Statements and opportunities in the future of learning and how Industry and Academia”.


Mr. Sriram Rajagopal, CEO and Founder of Diamondpick and Mr. Vikas Gupta, MD Wiley India will lead InnovationNXT talk on “New age Learning for Industry 4.0” closely followed by InnovationNXT Talk on “The Human Face of Innovation” delivered by Mr. Mohan Krishnaraj, VP and Global Head, User Experience, Harman International.

Moderated by Mr. Deep Thomas and Discussed by the esteemed Panelists Mr. Avnish Sabharwal, MD, Accenture Ventures and Open Innovation, Mr. Srikanth Karra, Chief People Officer, Mphasis, Mr. Srikripa Srinivasan, VP, Advanced Analytics Group Dell, Ms. Padmashree Shagrithaya, VP Analytics, AI and Visualization, Capgemini, Mr. Clay Stobaugh, EVP and CMO, Wiley.


The conclave will engage the audience with IdeaNXT conclave on The Future of Research to Discuss the Problem Statements and Opportunities in the Future of Research. The Panel discussion will be moderated by Mr. Vijay Kumar Ivaturi, Co-founder and CTO, Crayon Data, with the Panel of Mr. Chris Arnold, Knowledge and Services Leader, Wells Fargo, Ms. Rohini Srivathsa, National Technology Officer, Microsoft India, Ms. Judy Verses, EVP and GM Research, Wiley, Prof. Satyajit Mayor, Director, National Center of Biological Sciences, Bangalore, Prof. K.S Narayan, Dean – Research & Development at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research.

Ms. Jo Vempati and Mr. Ramakant Vempati, Co-founder Wysa, will deliver InnovationNXT talk on “Compassionate AI”.


Completing the circle will be the IdeaNXT panel discussion on the Future of Research to discuss the problems and opportunities in the future of research today. The panel discussion will be moderated by Vijaya Kumar Ivaturi, Co-founder and CTO, Crayon Data and sharing their views in the panel will be Dr. Rohini Srivathsa, National Technology Officer, Microsoft India, Chris Arnold Knowledge Services Leader Wells Fargo, Judy Verses, EVP and GM Research, Wiley, Prof. Satyajit Mayor, Director, National Center of Biological Sciences, Bangalore, Dr. K.S Narayan, Dean – Research & Development at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Research.


Wiley India will launch the Wiley Innovation Black Book on Exponential Technologies, 2019 which will be preceded by a Fireside Chat by the Authors of Black Book to discuss the Black Book: Possibilities 4.0. The Fireside chat will be Moderated by Mr. Sameer Dhanrajani, Chief Strategy Officer, Fractal Analytics, Ms Saraswathi Ramachandra, Head of Digital Banking and Analytics, CoE, Danske IT and support services, India, Ms. Anshu Sharma Raja, MD, Retail Banking Technology, Standard Chartered Global Business Services Private Limited, Atul Jalan, Founder and CEO Manthan, Ajay Kelkar, Co-Founder, Hansa Cequity, Pankaj Rai, SVP Strategy, Wells Fargo, Ashish Singru, Senior Director and Head of Global Analytics Center, Bangalore.


The closing notes of the conclave will be delivered by Matthew Leavy, SVP, Business Development, Wiley.

The conference will also introduce the Wiley Global Innovation Awards, to identify and recognize the top contributors in innovation in areas of learning, research and corporate talent development. The intent behind these awards is again to position Wiley as a platform for thought leadership and excellence in new and emerging technologies and fostering an environment to promote outstanding achievements.

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