Mobile Communications and the Future of Digital Transformation in India


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Mobile Communications and the Future of Digital Transformation in India

Thursday, Nov 11, 2021

05:30 pm - 07:00 pm

Presented by the US-Asia Technology Management Center in cooperation with


  • Dr. Amit Kapoor, Honorary Chair, Institute for Competitiveness, India
  • Dr. Richard Dasher, Director, US-Asia Technology Management Center

Mobility embraces two major areas: the first is the ways in which people and goods move around (e.g. electric vehicles and related infrastructure) and the second includes the ways in which people use smart mobile devices and the enabling telecommunications and cloud infrastructures.

Join us as we welcome Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog and Mr. Gopal Vittal CEO, Airtel for a roundtable discussion co-moderated by Dr. Richard Dasher, Director US-Asia Technology Management Center and Dr. Amit Kapoor, Chair, Institute of Competitiveness India.  The session will start with how India has developed a remarkably advanced infrastructure for mobile communications, how this infrastructure is being used for applications such as mobile payments, education, tele-health, and other areas, and how such mobile approaches are causing digital transformation of industry in India.  Finally, our speakers will discuss challenges and paths forward for mobile communications in India and what lessons India can provide as a model for other economies regarding mobile communications.



REGISTER below for the entire series.  The same link will be used for all sessions.

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The series is available to Stanford students for credit; register for EASTASN 402A “Topics in International Technology Management,” also cross-listed as EE-402A and EALC-402A, 1 unit S/NC. 

Session Recordings are typically posted 3 business days after each session.

The series begins September 23, 2021 and continues weekly until December 2, 2021. Seminars will be held online via Zoom only, Thursdays, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM, with informal networking following until approximately 7:30 PM (PST).  There will not be a session on November 25, 2021 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Instructor: Richard Dasher <rdasher [at] stanford [dot] edu>


Mr. Amitabh Kant


Shri Amitabh Kant is currently the CEO of NITI Aayog. He is a member of the Indian Administrative Service, Kerala Cadre, 1980 batch.

He has authored Branding India: An Incredible Story (2009) and Incredible India 2.0: Synergies of Growth and Governance (2019), and edited The Path Ahead: Transformative Ideas for India (2018).
Mr Kant has been a key driver of award-winning initiatives, such as ‘Make in India’, ‘Startup India’, ‘Incredible India’, and ‘God’s Own Country’, that have positioned India and the state of Kerala as leading manufacturing and tourist destinations. He has conceptualized the ‘Atithi Devo Bhavah’ (or the Guest is God) campaign to train taxi drivers, guides, and immigration officials as stakeholders in the tourism development process.

He was the National Project Director of UNDP’s Rural Tourism Project, which brought about a paradigm shift in spreading tourism to Indian villages with a core competency in handicrafts, handloom, and culture.

Mr. Gopal Vittal

CEO, Airtel

Gopal Vittal is currently the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (India & South Asia) of Bharti Airtel Limited. In his role as CEO, he is responsible for defining and delivering the business strategy and providing overall leadership for Airtel’s India & South Asia operations.

Under the leadership of Mr. Vittal, Airtel had achieved a life-time high revenue market share. Airtel was recognized as the second most valuable brand in the country. In 2018, Airtel was also ranked 10th ‘Best Company to Work for’ and the ‘Best Employer in Telecom’ in India. In the last six years, he has strengthened the operation while driving transformation of the telco to be a strong digital services player.

Mr. Vittal was previously with Bharti Enterprises where he was the Group Director, Special Projects (April 2012 – Feb 2013). In this capacity, he worked towards formulating and supporting Airtel’s International strategy and data expansion. He also held the post of Director, Marketing at Bharti Airtel (2006-08).

Co-Moderator: Dr. Amit Kapoor, Honorary Chair, Institute for Competitiveness, India

Amit Kapoor, PhD, is Honorary Chairman at Institute for Competitiveness, India; President of India Council on Competitiveness and Editor-in-Chief of Thinkers. He is the chair for the Social Progress Imperative & Shared Value Initiative in India and sits on the board of Competitiveness initiatives in Mexico, Netherlands, Italy & France and University of Vermont’s SEMBA Advisory Board. He is an affiliate faculty for the Microeconomics of Competitiveness & Value Based Health Care Delivery courses of Institute of Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School and an instructor with Harvard Business Publishing in the area of Strategy, Competitiveness and Business Models.


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