About the Conclave

India’s Defence Minister has asked the global Aerospace and Defence Industry to invest in India and contribute in realizing the dream of ‘Make in India, Make for the World’ envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Industry leaders need to focus on transfer of technology through joint ventures and collaborate with the global OEMs on building advance capabilities to realize the country’s true potential in Defence sector.

To develop capabilities and unlock the immense potential, Industry needs to focus on the Research and Development with the young minds of the country which will increase the linkages among the industries and create an ecosystem through equal contribution from academia and research.


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Aerospace & Defence Conclave

Thursday 11th November, 2021
New Delhi
Draft Agenda

Inaugural Session: 10:00 am to 11:30 noon

Welcome Address: Dr. Annurag Batra, Chairman & Editor in Chief, BW Businessworld

Industry Address: Shri Salil Gupte President, Boeing India

Industry Address: Mr. William Blair, VP & Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India

Keynote Speaker: Dr. G Satheesh Reddy Secretary, Department of Defence R&D & Chairman DRDO
Dr. Ajay Kumar Secretary, Ministry of Defence Government of India

Guest of Honor: Shri Ajay Bhatt, Raksha Rajya Mantri, Ministry of Defence, Government of India

11:30 - 12:00 noon Networking Coffee

Technical Session One 12:00 noon - 1:15 pm Emerging Private Defence Industry in India: Building Capability through Technology Transfer, Research and Development.
Session Chairman: Dr. Mayank Dwivedi, Director, Industry Interface & Technology Management (DIITM), DRDO, Ministry of Defence, Government of India.

Shri Sudhakar Gande MD, Axiscades Engineering Tech. Ltd.

Shri A Kishore Dutt, President Zen Technologies Ltd.

Shri Kishore Jayaraman Country Head, Rolls Royce India

Dr. Ashish Kansal Director, SMPP Pvt. Ltd.

Shri Samit Ray Regional Director, Raytheon India

Col. H S Shankar (Retd.) CMD, Alpha Design Technologies P. Ltd.

Session Moderator: Shri Manish Jha, Associate Editor, BW Businessworld & BW Defence

01:15 pm – 02:15 pm Networking Lunch

Technical Session Two 02:15 pm – 03:30 pm: Indian Defence Industry: Policies for Indigenization and Make in India in Defence.
Session Chairman: Shri Sanjay Jaju, Additional Secretary & CEO iDEX, Ministry of Defence, Government of India.

Shri Abhyuday Jindal MD, Jindal Stainless Ltd.

Shri Ashok Kanodia MD, Precision Electronics Ltd.

Shri N Raveeswaran Head, Mahindra Defence Ltd.

Shri Ashish Saraf Country Head, Thales India

Shri Rajesh Dhingra CEO & President, Reliance Defence Ltd.

Shri Rakesh Ranjan Sr. Consultant, Niti Aayog, Government of India

Session Moderator: Col. K V Kuber, Director, EY

Technical Session Three 03:30 pm – 04:45 pm: Building Aerospace & Defence Industrial Clusters: Investment Opportunities and Challenges.
Session Chairman: Shri Rajkumar Secretary Defence Production, Ministry of Defence, Government of India.

Shri Rahul Gadre, Director Military Engines & Systems, GE Aviation

Shri R Sundaram MD & CEO, Aerospace Engineers P. Ltd.

Shri Venkat Katkuri, India Head, Airbus Defence & Space

Shri Vaibhav Gupta Director, MKU Ltd.

Shri Dhaval Raval MD, Abhyuday Bharat Mega Defence Cluster, Gujarat

Shri Hans Raj Verma MD, Tamilnadu Industrial Investment Corporation Ltd.

Session Moderator: Shri Abhishek Verma, Partner & Lead Aerospace & Defence, KPMG India

Networking Coffee 04:45 pm – 05:30 pm

Valedictory Session 05:30 pm – 06:30 pm:
“Cyber Warfare & National Security”

Welcome Address:
Dr Annurag Batra, Chairman & Editor in Chief, BW Businessworld

Keynote Speaker:
General Shri Bipin Rawat, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, ADC Chief of Defence Staff of the Indian Armed Forces (CDS)

Vote of Thanks: Businessworld

Attendee Profile

Ministries & Departments of Defence

Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)

Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs)

Ordinance Factories

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)

Air Force, Army, Navy, Coast Guards Officers

Indian Defence & Homeland Security Companies

Operational Commanders

Procurement Officers

Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Deptt.

Law Enforcement, Security and Police


Training and Simulation Providers

Service Senior Officers

Diplomats & Defence Attaches

Component and Accessories Suppliers

Weapons Systems Providers

Electronic Warfare Systems Suppliers

Defence/ CERTs/ Analysts

Ground Support Equipment Manufacturers

Investment Bankers/ Financial Institutions

Defence Institutes

Strategic Analysts

Consultants & Advisors

Our Partners


Contact Us

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