Skip to main content
Hitachi in partnership with NDTV recently organized "Social Innovations for Future- Solutions for India" at The Oberoi, New Delhi on 21st November, 2014. The event was to provide solutions to number of infrastructural issues, and how they can be addressed by using "Social Innovations for Future- Solutions for India" as a platform.
Since masses of people are immigrating to cities every day, it is putting a lot of pressure on the infrastructure currently existing in the cities. Over the years, Hitachi with its cutting edge technologies has been contributing towards the development of societies across the world and providing solutions to combat the issues pertaining to rapid urbanization. So, this event covered how Hitachi as a private player can further support in addressing these challenges utilizing its technologies and key business interest areas by bringing thought leaders on a common platform through panel discussions, focused seminars and exhibits addressing challenges of rapid urbanisation. It delved into the prevailing issues in the areas of Healthcare and Urban Transportation and discussed the solutions that Hitachi as a private player has to offer. Together with the greatest minds in the country in these areas, this was a platform where some of the revolutionary technologies like Proton-beam therapy; Optical Topography etc. was discussed at length as well as their relevance in the Indian society.
As the event was attended by many esteemed guests, including government officials, policy makers, industry leaders and academia, we could utilize this platform to discuss the relevant issues towards Social Innovations in India with all participants as well as the potential answers.
The Summary on the speakers and panellists are given as follows:
Shri. M. Venkaiah Naidu, Honorable Minister for Union Urban Development
Mr. Ichiro Iino, MD, Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Pramod Bhasin, Chairman, The Skills Academy, Non-Executive Vice Chairman and former President and CEO of Genpact
Mr. Sunil Wadhwani, Founding Donor, Wadhwani Initiative for Sustainable Healthcare
Mr. Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Co-Founder at Hiranandani Developers Pvt. Ltd. and President at the Maharashtra Chambers of Housing Industry.
Ms. Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Indian economist, Chairperson, Board of Governors, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations
The panel discussion on Social Innovation focused on to assess how businesses can be geared towards social change, yet staying relevant in the new economy. It was emphasized how social innovation impact business strategy and if companies can profit from social change while facilitating a culture to transform social responsibility into social innovation & revolutionize the way businesses are perceived.
Mr. Shankar Agarwal, Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development
Mr. OP Agarwal, Director General, Institute of Urban Transportation
Dr. Geetam Tiwari, MoUD Chair and Professor for Transport Planning, Department of Civil Engineering, Institute of Technology Delhi
Mr Abhaya Krishna Agarwal, Partner-Infra, E&Y
Mr. Alistair Dormer, Hitachi Rail Global CEO
This session explored the various transport areas like Metro, Monorail, LRT, BRT etc. serving different passenger carrying demands and matching with unique requirements of each corridor along with identifying the gaps in the existing public and social services. The focus was on building of a network of social innovators & engaging policy makers in shaping development.
Mr. Manoj Sinha, Minister of State, Ministry of Railways
Mr. Rajiv Datt, Managing Director, Indian Railway Finance Corporation Ltd(IRFC)
Mr. Rakesh Saksena, MD, Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation
Mr. S. B. Nayar, CMD, IIFCL
Mr. Shin Oya, Senior Representative, JBIC
Mr. Alistair Dormer, Hitachi Rail Global CEO
The objective of the session on Financing of Railway Projects was to delve deeper into the benefits of alternative financing schemes and FDI for Indian Railway. Various PPP Opportunities and new Opportunities, E.g. Dedicated Freight Corridors were also examined.
Dr. Balram Bhargava, Professor, Department of Cardiotherapy, AIIMS
Dr. AK Chaturvedi, Director Radiologist, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre
Dr G. Venkatasubramanian, Additional Prof. of Psychiatry, Dept. of Psychiatry- National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences
Dr. Nobuyuki Osakabe, CTO, Healthcare Company, Hitachi, Ltd.
Dr. Joerg Schnackenberg, Hitachi Medical Corporation "Optical Topography Business"
Dr Arabinda Kumar Rath, CMD, Hemalata Hospitals & Research Centre
This panel discussion was an effort towards driving innovation through technology to reshape the future of healthcare delivery and making it universal as well as fostering an ecosystem of growth and innovation along with health innovators and entrepreneurs. The role of allied sectors in pushing the goal of universal care forward in infrastructure, technology, banking and rural development sector was also discussed.
Mr. Lov Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Dr. Pramod Kumar Julka, Professor, Department of Radiotherapy, AIIMS
Mr. Rajesh Srivastava, CMD, Rockland Group of Hospitals
Dr. Ako Ito, Chief Surgeon, Hitachi General Hospital
Ms. Bharti Gupta Ramola, Executive Director/Markets Leader, PwC India
The panel discussion on Oncology, Breast Cancer and Imaging looked into India's socio-economic cultural diversity preventing early detection and cure of breast cancer. Latest diagnostic imaging technologies to strengthen patient confidence towards fast & accurate results were also explored during this session.
After the phenomenal success of the Delhi event; Hitachi and NDTV are partnering yet again for Social Innovations for Future- Solutions for India to be held in Mumbai on February 16th, 2015. The focus of this event will be on the innovations in the field of Information Technology and Infrastructure.
It will be a day full of enlightening dialogues with eminent speakers and industry big-wigs. So, witness ideas that will shape our nation's tomorrow. Watch out this space for more.
For event details call Toll Free No. : 1800 209 3063
(Entry by invitation only)