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2020 Keynote 1


Technology for Social Impact

The narrative around tech has shifted from being a force for 'leveling the playing field' to one of creating inequality. At the same time, the call for business to play a larger role in society is being heard around the world. The challenges companies are grappling with today — sustainability, skilling, health and security among them — require widespread collaboration and experimentation.  

Although the pace of change can seem overwhelming, there is significant cause for optimism.  Demographic shifts have made it possible for business to reach a far wider audience than ever before. More than a billion people have moved out of extreme poverty since 1990, there is a global payments infrastructure in place, and cellphones are everywhere. 'Big data' exists for rich and poor alike today and technology has not only reduced the cost of communication but also the cost of learning. Drawing on a wealth of international examples, new models for using technology in a way that harmonies profit and purpose will be highlighted. Companies of all sizes can increase their impact today by adjusting their strategic lens to reach new consumers and design products and services in a more inclusive manner.

Thursday 14th May 2020
8.45am - 9.30am 



Deepa Prahalad is an author, speaker and innovation/design strategy consultant with experience in both start-ups and large multinationals.  She is the co-author of Predictable Magic (Financial Times Press), which was selected by Fast Company as one of the “Best Design Books of the Year” and writes frequently for the Harvard Business Review, strategy+business, BusinessWeek and other publications. 

An engaging speaker, Deepa shares her passion for innovation at leading companies, industry events, and business schools such as Harvard, USC and the University of Michigan. She serves on several nonprofit boards and mentors leading social entrepreneurs.  Deepa is an elected member of the International Academy of Management and was ranked #34 on the inaugural Thinkers 50 India list. She is a member of Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches program, selected from among 16,000 applicants worldwide.  Deepa holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.  

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