Nand and Jeet Khemka Distinguished Speaker Forum

About the Forum

The Nand and Jeet Khemka Distinguished Speaker Forum, established in May 2008 by Board of Overseers member Nand L. Khemka '56 and his wife, Jeet, brings leaders in industry, commerce, finance, and government from India and around the globe to New York to share their perspective on India's growing economy and business policies.

Upcoming Event

Manish Sabharwal: "It’s Not Jobs, It’s Wages: Pulling India Out of Poverty"

November 14, 2017
Registration and pre-reception at 6 p.m., talk begins at 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Columbia Club — 15 West 43rd Street., New York, NY

Hear from the Chairman and co-founder of Teamlease Services, India’s largest staffing and human capital firm. Manish Sabharwal will discuss India’s five labor market transitions (farm to non-farm, rural to urban, subsistence self-employment to decent wage employment, informal to formal, and school to work) that are journeys to a better life for most Indians. Sabharwal argues that despite India’s demographic dividend (1 million children will join the labor market every month for the next 3 years), India does not have a jobs problem but a wages problem; he will highlight five specific interventions by the current government to raise individual, institutional, and economic productivity.

Moderated by Bruce Kogut, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics.

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About Manish Sabharwal

Manish is currently Chairman and co-founder of Teamlease Services, India’s largest staffing and human capital firm. Teamlease has over 140,000 employees in 5000 cities, is setting up India’s first vocational university and is implementing a Public Private Partnership with the new Ministry of Skills for a new employer-led national apprenticeship program. The company has hired 1.4 million employees in the last 10 years.

Earlier he co-founded India Life in 1996, an HR outsourcing company with private equity investors that was acquired in 2002 and consequently he was CEO of Hewitt Outsourcing (Asia) in Singapore for two years.

Manish is a member of India’s National Skill Mission chaired by the Prime Minister and serves on various government committees on education, employment and employability. He serves as a Government Nominee on the Board of the Reserve Bank of India (India’s central bank), a trustee for New India Foundation (this offers fellowships to write books about post-independent India and has so far had 16 published), and is a columnist for the Indian Express. He got his MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Past speakers

October 2016: Featuring Subir Vithal Gokarn
Executive Director for Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Sri Lanka, International Monetary Fund
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February 2016: Nirmalya Kumar
Member of the Group Executive Council, Tata Sons
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March 2015: R. Gopalakrishnan
Non-executive director, Tata Sons
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October 2014: Adil Zainulbhai
Chairman, Quality Council of India, and former chairman, McKinsey & Co. India
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March 2013: Patu Keswani
Chairman and managing director, Lemon Tree Hotels
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May 2012: Tara Thiagarajan
Chairperson, Madura Micro Finance Ltd.
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February 2012: Chetan Dave
President and CEO of Real Estate Investments
Infrastructure Development Finance Company
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May 2011: Chitra Ramkrishna
Joint Managing Director, National Stock Exchange of India

November 2010: Mr. Shaffi Mather
Entrepreneur, Lawyer and Public Policy Analyst
Founder Chairman, Dial 1298 for Ambulance
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May 2010: Mr. Girish Paranjpe
Joint CEO IT Services & Member of the Board,
Wipro Technologies
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February 2010: Mr. N. Chandrasekaran
CEO, Tata Consultancy Services

Spring 2009: Mr. Narayana Murthy
Chairman and Chief Mentor, Infosys Technologies Limited
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