14-17 ​ June​ 2021​

Navigating Complexities of the Digital Economy in India







CDF was launched on 30th October, 2019, with a vision to conduct actionable research on the impact of digitization on the economy and society. The inquiries are analytical, without any pre-determined bias, multi-dimensional and evidence-based, and provide policy and regulatory insights that enable the transition to an optimal digital economy and society.

The Centre was established and incubated as an entity by the India Development Foundation (IDF), a private non-profit research organisation set up as a Trust in 2003. IDF is powered by the belief that rigorous research should be undertaken through informed debates, discussions and decisions on matters of public policy. IDF research is based along four pillars: Fostering an innovation economy; Using technology for developmental objectives; Enhancing India’s human capital; and Measuring the efficacy of development policies.








From a modest beginning in 1983, as a rural development communication initiative launched through a wall newspaper Gram Gadar (“Village Revolution”), CUTS International has achieved significant growth both geographically and in terms of its functional areas.

Its work spans a multi-pronged agenda targeted to the realisation of CUTS’ Vision of ‘Consumer Sovereignty’ and its Mission of consumer sovereignty in the framework of social justice, economic equality and environmental balance, within and across borders. CUTS has emerged as a key centre for promoting regulatory reforms, private sector development, fiscal policy, consumer welfare, and competition law and policy across developing countries.






Established in 1927, FICCI is the largest and oldest apex business organisation in India. Its history is closely interwoven with India’s struggle for independence, its industrialization, and its emergence as one of the most rapidly growing global economies.

A non-government, not-for-profit organisation, FICCI is the voice of India’s business and industry. From influencing policy to encouraging debate, engaging with policymakers and civil society, FICCI articulates the views and concerns of industry. It serves its members from the Indian private and public corporate sectors and multinational companies, drawing its strength from diverse regional chambers of commerce and industry across states, reaching out to over 2,50,000 companies.

FICCI provides a platform for networking and consensus building within and across sectors and is the first port of call for Indian industry, policymakers and the international business community.




The Internet & Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) is not-for-profit industry body registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. Its mandate is to expand and enhance the online and mobile value added services sectors. It is dedicated to presenting a unified voice of the businesses it represents to the government, investors, consumers and other stakeholders.

Representing the digital industry is at the core of IAMAI’s mandate. There is already talk of this industry contributing US $1 trillion by 2022. IAMAI’s key role is to ensure the growth and sustainability of this industry.

IAMAI aspires to represent 400 million internet users and over 6,000 digital start-ups. It also has ambitions to connect 1 billion Indians, create global Internet companies from India and evolve India into a digitally driven economy and society.






International Fiscal Association (IFA) is a leading non-government international organization dealing with tax matters since 1938. Its members comprise of corporate, tax professionals, Government officials and academicians and it is a unique forum to discuss international tax issues. IFA is headquartered in the Netherlands and has over 12,000 members worldwide, from 95 countries, with 46 National Branches.

IFA is engaged in the study of international laws and policy through scientific research, holding of annual Congress, publications of its cahiers and other materials and co-operation with other like-minded organizations. IFA Congresses are attended by judges of the Supreme Court of different countries, senior Government officials, jurists, academicians, tax professionals, etc. The recommendations of IFA Congress are respected by Governments the world over.

The India branch of IFA was established in 1983 and has over 650 members. The IFA India branch includes as its members the Central Board of Direct Taxes, the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, the Authority for Advance Rulings and the Reserve Bank of India. Representatives from public and private sector undertakings and eminent tax professionals and executives are also part of IFA India branch.






Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (IVCA) is a member based national organization that represents venture capital and private equity firms, promotes the industry within India and throughout the world and encourages investment in high growth companies.

IVCA members comprise venture capital firms, institutional investors, banks, incubators, angel groups, corporate advisors, accountants, lawyers, government bodies, academic institutions and other service providers to the venture capital and private equity industry.

Members represent most of the active venture capital and private equity firms in India. These firms provide capital for seed ventures, early stage companies, later stage expansion, and growth finance for management buyouts/buy-ins of established companies.






NASSCOM, a not-for-profit industry association, is the apex body for the 194-billion-dollar IT BPM industry in India, an industry that had made a phenomenal contribution to India’s GDP, exports, employment, infrastructure and global visibility. In India, this industry provides the highest employment in the private sector.

Established in 1988 and ever since, NASSCOM’s relentless pursuit has been to constantly support the IT BPM industry, in the latter’s continued journey towards seeking trust and respect from varied stakeholders, even as it reorients itself time and again to remain innovative, without ever losing its humane and friendly touch.

NASSCOM is focused on building the architecture integral to the development of the IT BPM sector through policy advocacy, and help in setting up the strategic direction for the sector to unleash its potential and dominate newer frontiers.

NASSCOM’s members, 3000+, constitute 90% of the industry’s revenue and have enabled the association to spearhead initiatives at local, national and global levels. In turn, the IT BPM industry has gained recognition as a global powerhouse.






TiE Silicon Valley, established in 1992, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship. We believe, by assisting entrepreneurs, we can empower individuals and create wealth in communities. So, our mission is to foster entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking, education, funding and incubation. With a focus of giving back to the community, TiE is generating and nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs. TiE Silicon Valley brings to you 60+ events year round, such as TiEcon (one of the largest conferences of entrepreneurs in the world), TiE Angels, My Story, Domain-specific Events, TiE Institute, Charter Member Events, TiE Young Entrepreneurs, Government Visits, Mentoring and Networking.






The U.S.-India Business Council represents top global companies operating across the United States, India, and the Indo-Pacific. Amid dynamic growth within the U.S.-India commercial partnership, they serve as the premier voice of industry and create connections between businesses and governments across both countries. Through their flagship Washington, D.C. and New Delhi offices and presences across both countries, they work with members to identify and advance key policy priorities. Recognizing that U.S.-India trade is increasingly driven by new business hubs, USIBC is also focused on strengthening connections between cities and states.






The Wilson Center, chartered by Congress in 1968 as the official memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, is the USA’s key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform actionable ideas for the policy community.

The Wilson Center brings fresh thinking and deep expertise to the most pressing policy challenges we face today. It covenes scholars to create a global dialogue of ideas that Congress, the administration, and the international policy community can act on. In 2019, the Wilson Center was named the #1 regional studies think tank in the world.












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