About Development Dialogue

The Development Dialogue celebrates solution-seeking and solution-leading people from diverse sectors who are united by their purpose to create sustainable solutions. It is an international conglomeration of social entrepreneurs, leaders from non-profit and for-profit organizations, Government officials, grassroots practitioners and impact investors, coming together to inspire, share insights and forge productive collaborations.

Theme for Development Dialogue 2018

"Collaborating for Big Bets"

Humanity is faced with complex issues today. Resources are limited, the sense of urgency is real and sociopolitical landscapes are shifting creating infinite and sometimes irreversible global impact. To address these issues, leveraging mutual strengths, building coalitions across sectors and collaborating to deliver on bold solutions with a sharper focus and ever more rigorous efforts is essential.

This very thought drives the theme of Development Dialogue 2018 Collaborating for Big Bets. The conference draws on over twelve years of collaborative experiences of the Sandbox ecosystem and provides opportunities for potential alignment that could deliver on these goals of urgent interest to humanity.


The Speakers at Development Dialogue are high-achievers from diverse for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Many of them are internationally renowned for their indelible impact on the societies they work in, so much so that their insights and opinions many times shape the development discourse of India. Here are just a few of them.

Past Development Dialogue Speaker Prof. Muhammad Yunus Prof. Muhammad Yunus
Nobel Laureate, Founder Grameen Bank
Past Development Dialogue Speaker Kailash Satyarthi Kailash Satyarthi
Nobel Laureate and Founder, Bachpan Bachao Andolan
Past Development Dialogue Speaker Dr. Anousheh Ansari Dr. Anousheh Ansari
Co-founder, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of Prodea Systems
Past Development Dialogue Speaker Ratan Tata Ratan Tata
Chairman, Tata Sons
Past Development Dialogue Speaker N R Narayana N R Narayana Murthy
Founder, Infosys
Past Development Dialogue Speaker Padmashree Deep Joshi Padma Shri Deep Joshi
Magsasay Awardee and Founder, PRADAN

Past Development Dialogue Speaker Lalitesh Katragadda Lalitesh Katragadda
Creator, Google Map Maker
Past Development Dialogue Speaker Birger Stamperdahl Birger Stamperdahl
CEO, Give2Asia
Past Development Dialogue Speaker Stewart Beck Stewart Beck
High Commissioner to the Republic of India, Govt. of Canada
Past Development Dialogue Speaker Veerendra Heggade Veerendra Heggade
Dharmadhikari, Dharmasthala
Past Development Dialogue Speaker Padma Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa Padma Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa
Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation
Past Development Dialogue Speaker Dilip Chenoy Dilip Chenoy

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