HPAIR to host Asia Conference 2022 from August 20 to 24 in Delhi

Industry Watch | August 3, 2022 | News

HPAIR Harvard College Project

The Harvard College Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR), a Harvard University-based student organisation, has announced the dates and venue for its 2022 Asia Conference to be held from August 20 to 24 at IIIT Delhi, India. HPAIR organises two conferences annually Harvard Conference (HCONF) and Asia Conference (ACONF).

The theme for this year’s ACONF is “Finding our Future”, alluding to HPAIR’s 30th anniversary and the constant need to rethink the way in which they tackle the issues society faces. The conference is packed with open dialogues around a wide range of subjects which include the evolving startup ecosystem, data security, sustainability, and content creation, among others.

The HPAIR Asia Conference comprises impact challenges, executive speaker sessions, panels, and fireside chats, among other events, to provide other avenues of growth to students and young professionals. Impact challenges serve as an apex of HPAIR’s academic programming with True Beacon, Invest India, Schwarzman Scholars, Dalberg, Council on Energy, Environment and Water, Mythos Lab, and Samagra being brought in for ACONF 2022 as some of the official partners. 

The conference will host young professionals and students from around the world joining the organizing team in Delhi to learn from speakers including Geoff Ralston, Partner and President at Y Combinator, Mina Hsiang, USDS Administrator, Aditya Ghosh, Co-Founder, Akasa Air, Former President and Director IndiGo Airlines, Kunal Shah, Founder of CRED, Deepak Bagla, CEO and MD at Invest India, Michael Horvath, Founder and CEO of Strava, Rajiv Memani, Chairman of EY India, Lesly Goh, Senior Technology Advisor and Former CTO of the World Bank, Debby Soo, CEO of OpenTable, Masoom Minawala, Global Fashion Influencer and Entrepreneur, Manish Malhotra, Acclaimed Fashion and Bollywood Costume Designer, and Syed Saddiq, youngest Member of the Malaysian Parliament, among others.

Yoel Hawa, President, Harvard Organising Committee said, “We are beyond thrilled to be hosting our first in-person Asia Conference since 2019, and in New Delhi for the first time in our 30 year history. As we strive to impact as many young leaders as we can, HPAIR searches for host cities that are uniquely positioned to provide a great setting for both delegates and speakers. New Delhi has proven to be a dynamic and diverse environment in which leaders in all areas can flourish.”

Joaquín Cortacáns Sosa, President, Harvard Organising Committee said, “We look forward to the incredible mix that our scholars, delegates, speakers, and staff will create with Delhi’s natural academic, professional, and educational ecosystem.”

Soham Roy, President, Host country committee said, “Attending HCONF 2021 as delegates is when we realized a clear need for such high-impact platforms to be brought to India. It was a year-long journey of planning, building a team, and competing against numerous teams that we had found out we were bringing HPAIR to New Delhi in 2022,”

Yogesh Chadha, President, Host country committee said, “Our aim with HPAIR is to give a voice and platform to the leaders of tomorrow - today. We know future problems can’t be solved linearly, so we need our next-gen leaders to solve problems in a multidimensional way and that’s how we’ve structured this year’s conference as well,”

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The theme for this year’s ACONF is “Finding our Future”, alluding to HPAIR’s 30th anniversary and the constant need to rethink the way in which they tackle the issues society faces.

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