SOURCE: PanIIT

June 04, 2007 14:03 ET

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Announces Speaker Line Up for Upcoming 2007 Global Alumni Conference

Panelists Include Influential Business and Technology Leaders, Acclaimed Nobel Laureates and Successful Entrepreneurs

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - June 4, 2007) - Adding to its roster of high caliber keynote speakers including Senator Hillary Clinton, General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt and Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin, PanIIT, the global IIT alumni association, announced today its panelists for this year's 2007 IIT Global Alumni conference. Speakers will include Nobel Laureate prize winner Arno Penzias, University of California President Rob Dynes, John Hopkins University President William Brody, Stanford President John Hennessy, Khosla Ventures GP Vinod Khosla, McKinsey Partner Rajat Gupta, Inventus Capital GP Kanwal Rekhi, Sycamore CEO Desh Deshpande, Carnegie Mellon University President Jared L. Cohon, Keynote CEO Umang Gupta, and iGate CEO Sunil Sadhwani. This distinguished group will explore new frontiers of thought and technology, identifying and examining the next trends that will have a broad global impact, such as Web 2.0 and Clean Tech.

"This year's conference is set to be the biggest in its history and we are extremely excited about the participating keynote speakers and panelists," said Dilip Venkatachari, PanIIT President. "We have planned a comprehensive itinerary that provides far-reaching coverage of many current trends presented by prominent leaders and academics, most of whom have a rich heritage with IIT."

Now in its fifth year, the IIT 2007 Global Alumni conference continues to grow and deliver a diverse itinerary including tracks, sessions and panels on topics such as:

--  Women in IT
--  Semiconductors to nanotechnology
--  Collaborative efforts between leading U.S. universities and the IITs
--  What's beyond fossil fuels and the impact of clean energy
--  Culture and identity within the business environment
--  Technology and the future of media
--  Venture capital in India
--  Corporate leadership, and much more
    
"We are seeing a significant increase in popularity globally for the PanIIT movement following on successful regional events in Mumbai, Toronto and Singapore, with more scheduled for Paris and Tokyo," commented the Conference Chair, Sanjiv Sahay. "This upcoming event will add to the momentum we have created, and ensure that the PanIIT movement continues to grow."

A complete conference agenda and list of confirmed panelists can be found at: http://www.iit2007.org/program.htm

Given the July Fourth holiday and the large number of registrants coming from outside the Bay Area, conference organizers are encouraging people to register early and confirm travel plans. Registration for the conference and details on travel packages are available at http://www.iit2007.org.

Members of the press who would like to register for the event should send an email to one of the following two addresses, detailing their media organization and full contact information:

For press reporting for India-based publications: indianmedia@iit2007.org

For press reporting for US and other non-India based publications: usmedia@iit2007.org

About Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)

The Indian Institutes of Technology, or IITs, are a group of seven autonomous engineering and technology oriented institutes of higher education established and declared as Institutes of National Importance by the Government of India. Collectively, the IITs are widely regarded as amongst the leading educational institutes in the world. In order of establishment, the seven IITs are located at Kharagpur, Mumbai (Bombay), Chennai (Madras), Kanpur, Delhi, Guwahati, and Roorkee.

About PanIIT

PanIIT is a global association of IIT alumni whose mission is for the IITs to be acknowledged among the world's leading institutions in academics, research excellence and innovation, and for its alumni to be recognized as leaders and innovators in their chosen fields. PanIIT-USA is the organization of alumni associations and alumni organizations that represent the alumni of the "IIT System" in the United States of America. It includes all students -- undergraduate, post-graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral, and former faculty members -- from all seven IIT campuses, and any IIT's that are established in future.

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