BG Group PLC’s chairman and a former president of Mexico are among the 70 speakers on the agenda for Indian Institutes of Technology’s 2013 Global Conference in Houston — the first Global Conference IIT has held in the southern U.S.
The 11th annual event, Dec. 6–8 at theHilton Americas, is expected to attract 1,500 engineers, technologists and scientists. The international, national and local speakers slated to attend include:
- Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate Professor,Harvard University
- Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico
- Andrew Gould, chairman, BG Group
- Blake Irving, CEO, GoDaddy.com
- Andrew Ng, co-founder, Coursera; professor of computer science, Stanford University
- Anant Agarwal, president, edX
- Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014
The conference’s theme is “Inspiring Innovation for Tomorrow” and will focus on “STEEL” threads — Sustainability, Technology, Education, Energy and Life Science — as the five key areas for innovation solutions.
“By 2045, the world’s population is expected to rise to 9 billion people, each of whom would expect a decent education and a healthy, quality life. To assure a bright future, the world will need 50 percent more food, 30 percent more water and 50 percent more energy,” Pradeep Anand, program chair and IIT alumnus, said in a statement. “Each of the speakers we have selected for this conference offer expertise in one or more of the five STEEL threads and will provide invaluable insight on how to best solve these global challenges.”
Some 60,000 IIT alumni live in the U.S., including about 4,000 in Texas. Notable alumni in the U.S. include the dean of the Harvard Business School, the president of Carnegie Mellon University, executives at Schlumberger Ltd. (NYSE: SLB) and Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), chief technology officers of BP PLC (NYSE: BP) and Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), a former president of Chevron Global Manufacturing and multiple executives at Google Inc.(Nasdaq: GOOG).