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INFOCOM, the annual flagship B2B Conference from the house of ABP, India’s leading media conglomerate was started in 2002 and over the last 18 editions of the event, INFOCOM has evolved to be an important platform that focuses on the convergence of Business, Technology and Leadership elements that are essential for driving India to the next phase of growth.

  • Theme: The Next Normal
  • Dates of the event: December 3-5, 2020
  • Format: Virtual Conference held over Zoom platform

Highlights of the Conference

  • Virtual Conference held over 3 days for about 3 hours in a day over Zoom platform
  • Keynote addresses and Spotlight Sessions along with a few Panel Discussions.
  • Focus Areas: Leadership, Strategy, Technology, Healthcare, Education and Finance.
  • Expected to have 500-1000 delegates from large corporates, SMEs and academia joining over Zoom platform
  • 200 CIOs/CISO participation from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal
  • 30 top CXO Speakers


As the world continues to grapple with the global pandemic and it’s far reaching implications, it is certain that life as we know it may not soon return to 100% normalcy. The world of work across industries and domains is making a fundamental shift to address the biggest business disruption anyone has ever seen.

While for some organization, near-term survival is the only agenda, others are thinking about getting out of this uncertainty phase and positioning themselves once the crisis has passed and things return to normal. There is also a third set of organizations that have looked at this crisis as an incredible opportunity and have changed the way businesses can operate.

But the question remains ‘what will normal look like?’ While we do not know how long the crisis will last, normal will not be like that of recent years. Our era will be defined by: the period before COVID-19, the new normal with COVID-19 and the post viral era – THE NEXT NORMAL where we emerge from the battle against COVID-19. As we build our economies, lives and livelihood and prepare for the next normal, our priorities will change and so must organizations across the globe as we build Resilience and Reimagine our worlds.

INFOCOM 2020 conference will provide a platform for various industry stalwarts and leaders to talk about the various strategies that organizations have adapted in this crisis and how they plan to make a comeback in the Next Normal.


Day 1: December 3, 2020

14:00 hrs – 14:05 hrs Introductions
A1 14:05 hrs – 14:25 hrs


Opening Theme Keynote: The Next Normal

Keynote Speaker: Sanjay Gupta, Country Manager and Vice President, Google India

14:25 hrs – 14:30 hrs Introductions
A214:30 hrs – 15:30 hrs


Welcome Address by D D Purkayastha, Managing Director & CEO, ABP Pvt. Ltd.

Address by Chief Guest: Mamata Banerjee, Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal

15:30 hrs – 15:35 hrs Introduction to the session
A3 15:35 hrs – 15:55 hrs

Leadership Keynote: Leadership in the Next Normal

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bhaskar Ghosh, Chief Strategy Officer, Accenture

15:55 hrs – 16:00 hrs Introduction to the session
A4 16:00 hrs – 16:20 hrs

Leadership Keynote: Creating a Digital World – Role of Emerging Technologies

Keynote Speaker: Manish Gupta, Senior Director & General Manager – Data Centre & Compute, Dell Technologies India

16:20 hrs – 16:25 hrs Introduction to the session
A5 16:25 hrs – 16:45 hrs

Leadership Keynote: Surviving the Corona Crisis and Preparing for the Next Normal

Keynote Speaker: Nancy Rademaker, International Keynote Speaker and Expert on Digital Transformation, Extreme Customer Centricity, Employee Experience,Artificial Intelligence, Business Model Change and Leadership

16:45 hrs – 16:50 hrs Introduction to the session
A6 16:50 hrs – 17:10 hrs

Leadership Keynote: Transforming Today’s Business through Innovation

Keynote Speaker: Seema Ambastha, Senior Executive Vice President – Head India & Global – Sales & Business Development & Solutions Engineering, NTT - Netmagic

17:10 hrs – 17:15 hrs Introduction to the session
A7 17:15 hrs – 17:35 hrs

Leadership Keynote: Making yourself Relevant in the New Age Organization

Keynote Speaker: Amitabh Ray, Managing Director, Ericsson India Global Services

17:35 hrs – 17:40 hrs Introduction to the session
A8 17:40 hrs – 18:15 hrs

Spotlight Session: Power of Experiments in the Next Normal

Spotlight Speakers:
Prof. Dr. Sugata Mitra, Renowned Educator, Professor Emeritus of NIIT University; Former Professor of Educational Technology, Newcastle University,UK
Dr. Pradeep K Khosla, Chancellor, University of California, San Diego, USA

In Conversation with: Dr. Suborno Bose, Founder, Eduguy and Founder and Chief Mentor, Indismart Group


Day 2: December 4, 2020

14:30 hrs - 14:35 hrs


B1 14:35 hrs – 15:00 hrs

Leadership Keynote: The Offer You Can’t Refuse

Keynote Speaker: Steven Van Belleghem, Expert in Customer Focus in a Digital World, Author, Co-Founder of Nexxworks and Snackbytes

15:00 hrs – 15:05 hrs Introduction to the session
B2 15:05 hrs – 15:25 hrs

Leadership Keynote: Building a Software Product Nation in the Next Normal

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Omkar Rai, Director General, Software Technology Parks of India

15:25 hrs – 15:30 hrs Introduction to the session
B3 15:30 hrs – 16:05 hrs

Spotlight Session: Next Gen Strategies for an Empowered Next Normal World

Spotlight Speaker: Mario Baddour, Global Chief Operating Officer, Startek Inc

In Conversation with: Ambarish Dasgupta, Senior Partner and Founder, Intueri Consulting LLP

16:05 hrs – 16:15 hrs Introduction to the session
B4 16:15 hrs – 17:00 hrs

Technology Panel: Architecting Resilience: Built to Survive Failure

Chairperson: Bimal Patwari, Founder and President, Pinnacle Infotech Solutions

Avinash Velhal, CIO Growing Markets - India, Middle East & Africa, APAC & South America; VP IT & Process, Atos India and President CIOKlub Mumbai
Doman Yadav, Chief General Manager (Telecom), Powergrid Corporation of India


17:00 hrs – 17:05 hrs Introduction to the session
B5 17:05 hrs – 17:25 hrs

Leadership Keynote: Chhattisgarh in the Next Normal

Keynote Speaker: Bhupesh Baghel, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh

17:30 hrs – 17:35 hrs Introduction to the session
B6 17:35 hrs – 18:15 hrs

Spotlight Session: Race to the COVID-19 Vaccine and Gearing up Global Healthcare

Spotlight Speakers:
Prof. Heidi J Larson, Anthropologist and Founding Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project and Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
JVR Prasada Rao, Former Union Health Secretary, Government of India, Former Special Envoy on AIDS for Asia Pacific, United Nations, Member of National Taskforce of ICMR (COVID-19 Response)

In Conversation with: Dr. Kunal Sarkar, Senior Vice Chairman, Director and Head of Cardiac Surgery, MEDICA Superspecialty Hospital, FRCS (ED), FRCS (Glasg), MNAMS


Day 3: December 5, 2020

14:30 hrs - 14:35 hrs


C1 14:35 hrs - 14:55 hrs

Leadership Keynote: What’s Coming Next?

Keynote Speaker: Ralph Simon, Chairman and CEO, Mobilium Global, London, “Father of the Ringtone”

14:55 hrs - 15:00 hrs

Introduction to the session

C2 15:00 hrs - 15:20 hrs

Leadership Keynote: The Future of Customer Experience

Keynote Speaker: Prasenjit Roy, Senior Executive Vice President & CMO, NTT-Netmagic

15:20 hrs - 15:25 hrs

Introduction to the session

C3 15:25 hrs - 16:10 hrs

Panel: Lessons from the Ab-Normal for the New Age Leaders

Chairperson: Nirupam Chaudhuri, Regional Director – East, NASSCOM

Sanjoy Chatterjee, Director of the Board and CTO, Ideation Technology Solutions
Anmol Singh Narula, Director, JIS Group Educational Initiatives
Sachin Thakkar, Founder and CEO, Triple A Solutions

16:10 hrs - 16:15 hrs

Introduction to the session

C4 16:15 hrs – 17:00 hrs

Security Panel: Top 10 Priorities for CISOs in the After Corona (AC) World

Chairperson: Mohan Bhat, MD and Co-Founder, Accops Systems

Bala Ramanan, AVP – Risk & Compliance, Microland
Sanjay Prasad, CIO, RPSG CESC Power Group
Sriram Lakshmanan, Vice President – Cyber Security Assurance, Genpact

17:00 hrs - 17:05 hrs

Introduction to the session

C5 17:05 hrs - 17:25 hrs

Keynote: Developing an IT Hub in Bengal

Keynote Speaker: Priyabrata Pramanik, National Chief Advisor, Krishi Bikash Shilpa Kendra (KBSK)

17:25 hrs - 17:30 hrs

Introduction to the session

C6 17:30 hrs - 18:00 hrs

Valedictory Session: Doing Business in the Next Normal

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Amit Mitra, Hon’ble Minister of Finance, Industry Commerce & Enterprises, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises & Textiles and Information Technology and Electronics Departments, Government of West Bengal


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