Karuna Gopal

President
Foundation for Futuristic Cities
MRICS | UK
IVLP Fellow (US Department of State)
John F. Kennedy School of Government | Harvard University, USA

Speeches

Global Conferences - Chair / Keynote Speaker:

  • Speaker- 2020 HARVARD ASIA BUSINESS Conference, Harvard Business School, BOSTON, MA, Feb 2020, USA
  • Speaker- SOUTH ASIAN DIASPORA CONVENTION (SADC) invited by Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nov 2019, SINGAPORE
  • Plenary Keynote Speaker - GLOBAL INNOVATION FORUM, invited by the President of World Technopolis Association (WTA)South Korea, Oct 2019, Republic of KOREA
  • Speaker - ASIA SUMMIT 2019, the Milken Institute, Sept 2019, SINGAPORE
  • Keynote Speaker - 'SMART CITIES ASIA', Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA, September 2019
  • Keynote Speaker, Science Gala 2018- SCIENCE INDIA FORUM, DOHA, February 2019
  • Plenary Speaker - The WORLD GOVERNMENT SUMMIT - Invited by the Prime Minister of UAE. Interviewed by Richard Quest of CNN. Feb 2018, DUBAI
  • Key Speaker - 6th ISTANBUL INTERNATIONAL SMART GRIDS AND CITIES CONGRESS organized by 3 ministries of Republic of Turkey - Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and Ministry of Environment, April 2018, TURKEY
  • Key Speaker - WORLD BUILT ENVIRONMENT FORUM, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) April 2018, London, UK
  • Keynote Speaker - WORLD GIS DAY 2017, Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, Nov 2017, TURKEY
  • Key Speaker - UAE-INDIA ECONOMIC FORUM, UAE Ministry of Economy, Nov 2017, DUBAI
  • Key Speaker - 5th INTERNATIONAL ISTANBUL SMART GRIDS & CITIES CONGRESS (ICSG) Istanbul, organized by 4 ministries of Turkey - Ministry of Environment & Urbanization, Ministry of Energy & Natural Resources, Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology, Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs & Communication, April 2017, TURKEY
  • Speaker - THE EU-INDIA PLATFORM (EQUIP) Showcasing Event in association with The Economic and Social Research Council, UK, 24th April 2017, BELGIUM
  • Key Speaker & Guest of Honor  - WORLD BUSINESS Conclave, Dec 2016, HONG KONG
  • Keynote Address-INTERNATIONAL GREEN BUILDING CONFERENCE (IGBC), September 2016, SINGAPORE
  • Distinguished Speaker/ Session Chair - GLOBAL SUMMIT ‘SMART, SECURE AND SUSTAINABLE CITIES', July 2016, London UNITED KINGDOM
  • Plenary Keynote Speaker  - 'CITIES IN A DIGITAL WORLD' Co-located Conference of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), in partnership with WORLD CITIES SUMMIT, SINGAPORE, July 2016
  • Plenary Speaker - NXCITIES : CLARK GREEN CITY, March 2016, Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • Key Speaker - SMART CITIES INNOVATION, June 2016, Austin, Texas, USA
  • Speaker - SMART CITIES AT COP 21 (UNFCCC) - United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change December 2015, PARIS
  • Key Speaker - 2nd Smart Cities Asia 2016, October 2016, MALAYSIA
  • Speaker - Investor Roundtables with FOREIGN INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS (FIIs) from North America, Europe and Asia (representing over $7 Trillion in Assets Under   Management), by Pacific Pension & Investment Institute (PPI) July 2015, USA & TOKYO
  • Keynote Address - BERG Awards, July 2015, SINGAPORE
  • Speaker - Forum Smart City ‘Build our Metropolis in an Urbanized World’, SMART CITY OF BORDEAUX MÉTROPOLE, April 2015, Paris, FRANCE ( web presence )
  • VIP Speaker - CREATING FUTURE CITIES, CEO & BUSINESS LEADERS SUMMIT, Sydney, November 2014, AUSTRALIA
  • Speaker - The International Forum of Human Smart City, Paris in partnership with French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development & Energy, Academy of   Technology and UN HABITAT, June 2014, Paris, FRANCE
  • Key Speaker  - Global India Business Meeting & Liverpool International Festival of Business, June 2014, UK
  • Speaker-"FESTIVAL SCIENCE FRONTIÈRES-24 HOURS ON EARTH" actors of innovation around the world, November 2013, Paris, FRANCE ( web presence )
  • Speaker - "Mega Trends in Urbanization" TANA Convention, May 2013, Dallas, USA
  • "Sustainable Urbanization in India" for Executive MBAs at Pontificia Universidad Católica de, November 2012, Chile, SOUTH AMERICA
  • Speaker - "Urbanization and Business Opportunities in India" NATA Conference, July 2012, Texas, USA
  • Speaker - “Opportunities in Urban Infrastructure” at ATA Convention, June 2012, Atlanta, USA
  • Speaker - Women Leaders Conference, May 2012, Dallas, USA
  • Speaker - Affordable Housing Conference, February 2012, SINGAPORE
  • Speaker - Round Table discussions with Federal Departments at Washington DC & City Governments Corporate entities of Seattle, San Francisco, New Orleans & Milwaukee, February 2012, USA
  • Speaker - "Mega Cities - Can we live in them? – Can we improve them?" Forum for Women, January 2011, Paris, FRANCE
  • Speaker - Urbanization in India, MICROSOFT Corporation, May 2010, Seattle, USA
  • Speaker - World Conference on Remaking Sustainable Cities in the Vertical Age, February 2010, CTBUH, USA
  • Speaker - Water Sector Reforms, National Water   Supply & Drainage Board, (NWSDB), September 2006, SRILANKA
  • Speaker - India as a democracy and Indian Constitution – Rotary Club of Houston, Texas 1991, USA

International Conferences – India

  • Speaker - CYFY2019 BY Observer Research Foundation (ORF), October 2019, New Delhi
  • Speaker - Water Wise Cities - Dialogue Series of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), UK - July 2019, New Delhi
  • Speaker, KAUTILYA FELLOWS PROGRAMME, India Foundation, Feb 2019 New Delhi
  • Speaker, World Organization of Students and Youth (WOSY) International Conference, Jan 2019, Bhubaneswar
  • Keynote Speaker, AICE'18 conference by AMERICAN WATER WORKS ASSOCIATION, Nov 2018, Hyderabad
  • Keynote Speaker, THE THINGS CONFERENCE INDIA by IB HUBS, Nov 2018, Hyderabad/li>
  • Plenary Speaker - INDIA-UK TECH Summit, Nov 2016, New Delhi
  • Special Address along with Shri. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI AAYOG - “SMART NEXT” ERICSSON (India), 2016, New Delhi
  • Keynote Address - FUJITSU WORLD TOUR, 2015, Mumbai
  • Speaker - Roundtable on Smart Cities & Urbanization, WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM, 2015, New Delhi
  • Keynote Address - “India Smart Cities Vision”, World CSR Congress, 2015, New Delhi
  • Speaker - HITACHI Social Innovation Forum, NDTV, 2015, New Delhi
  • Chair - Roundtable on SMART CITIES AND SUSTAINABILITY with MAYOR JAMES BRAINARD, CITY OF CARMEL, Indiana State (USA), 2015, Hyderabad
  • Speaker - GREAT CONVERSATIONS, British Deputy High Commission, 2015, Bhubaneswar
  • Plenary Speaker - The XI METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS, 2014, Hyderabad
  • Speaker - NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, Roundtable on “Global Big Energy Challenge”, 2014, New Delhi
  • Speaker - ‘CONNECT 14’, GREAT BRITAIN-INDIA BUSINESS CONVENTION, 2014, New Delhi
  • Speaker- INDIA–USA TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT, Linking Earth Sciences to Smarter Cities, 2014, New
  • Plenary Speaker - Roundtable on Smart Cities, AMSTERDAM MISSION, headed by the Mayor of Amsterdam, Mr. Eberhard van der Laan, 2015, New Delhi
  • Speaker - Round Table with Mayor of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, INTELLIGENT COMMUNITIES FORUM (NEW YORK), Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), Canada   Technology Triangle, 2012, New Delhi
  • "FUTURE OF CITIES" Track with Amithabh Kant, CEO & MD, Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), Mohit Gujral, VC & MD, DLF at India Design 2013   Symposium, New Delhi
  • Address along with Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Former President of India on "Transforming India's Social Fabric", 2013, Hyderabad
  • Speaker- UK-INDIA ROUNDTABLE (based on India's 12th Five Year Plan) on BIG DATA & E-Infrastructure, 2013, New Delhi
  • Speaker- UK-INDIA ROUNDTABLE on Sustainable Cities, 2013, New Delhi
  • Plenary Speaker with Sir David King, Scientific Advisor to UK Govt– "Renewable Energy and Sustainability", 2013, Hyderabad
  • Speaker - 3rd BRICS URBANIZATION FORUM: Pre-Summit event of 8th BRICS Summit, Sept 2016, Vizag

India Conferences - Chair / Keynote Speaker:

  • Speaker - INDIA SMART GRID FORUM (ISGF), under the Union Ministry of Power, March 2020, New Delhi
  • Speaker - CELEBRATING NEW INDIA, December 2019, New Delhi
  • Speaker - INDIA MOBILE CONGRESS 2019, Oct 2019, New Delhi
  • Speaker - GLOBAL CYBER SECURITY CONFERENCE by Computer Society of India, Sept 2019, Hyderabad
  • Keynote Speaker - HYSEA LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Workshop for Women Leaders, August 2019, Hyderabad
  • Keynote Speaker - PMI India National Conference, Sept 2019, Hyderabad
  • Chief Guest - Launch of 'APPLIED ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE' Course by ZettaMineLabs &National Institute of Technology (NIT) Warangal, August 2019, Hyderabad
  • Chief Guest & Keynote Speaker - Model United Nations (OakMUN) by Oakridge International School - July 2019, Hyderabad
  • Chief Guest- Model United Nations (MUN) by Suchitra Academy, Aug 2019, Hyderabad
  • Guest of Honour - Launch of 'All Women manned Metro Station', Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL), April 2019, Hyderabad
  • Guest of Honour & Keynote Speaker, HYSEA INFRASTRUCTURE SUMMIT, April 2019, Hyd
  • Key Speaker, Mahindra World City 'CONFLUENCE 2019', Feb 2019, New Delhi
  • Keynote Speaker, 'TechX - Demystifying the Future' by Kalaari Capital (a $650 Million in Assets under Management company) Dec 2018, Bangalore
  • Speaker, WINNERS-Women in India’s Energy Sector by Federation of Indian Petroleum Industry (FIPI), Oct 2018, New Delhi
  • Speaker, Climate Change & Energy Security - 'YOUNG THINKERS’ Conference, the British High Commission, Oct 2018, Chandigarh
  • Speaker, VIBRANT GUJARAT START-UP & TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT, Oct 2018, Gujarat
  • Speaker, 'Smart Cities 2.0' Conference, India Infrastructure, Oct 2018, New Delhi
  • Chief Guest, BHEL Management Committee Meeting on 'Opportunities in Smart Cities', Sept 2018, New Delhi
  • Speaker, Plenary Session on 'Smart Cities Governance & Policy' ALL INDIA SERVICE OFFICERS (IAS) of 2018 Batch, MCR HRD Institute, Sept 2018
  • Esteemed Speaker, SMART MOBILITY SUMMIT by Economic Times, Sept 2018, New Delhi
  • Chief Guest, TIMES PRO, Aug 2018, Hyderabad
  • Chief Guest, Shradhanjali of Shri AB Vajpayee by Nehru Yuva Kendra, Aug 2018, Hyderabad
  • Speaker, Shradhanjali meeting of Shri AB Vajpayee, by BJP, Aug, 2018, Hyderabad
  • Chair, Roundtable on 'A deep dive into the psyche of an URBAN VOTER, June 2018, Hyderabad
  • Guest of Honor & Keynote Address – World Water Day, Institution of Engineers, March 2018, Hyderabad
  • Guest of Honor& Key speaker, NALSAR University of Law 'Leadership Summit– Led by Women', March 2018, Hyderabad
  • Guest of Honor &Inaugural Address-R & D Showcase by IIIT Hyderabad, Feb 2018, Hyderabad
  • Keynote Speaker, WOMEN LED DEVELOPMENT, National Summit for Women, Feb 2018, Hyderabad
  • Key Speaker, PRAGYAN YOUTH SUMMIT 2018 National Institute of Technology (NIT-Trichy) Jan 2018, Chennai
  • Chair, Roundtable on STATE of HYDERABAD City, Jan 2018, Hyderabad
  • Session Chair - CLOUDCON, October 2017 Bangalore
  • Keynote Speaker - STANDARDS MAKE CITIES SMARTER - Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, October 2017, Chennai
  • Keynote Speaker- Smart Cities- Business Opportunities for Startups, September 2017, Mumbai
  • Keynote Speaker - ‘AIR SUMMIT - A World of Artificial Intelligence, IoT & Robotics’, October 2017 Hyderabad
  • Key Speaker - CII 7th INDUSTRIAL INNOVATION SUMMIT 2017, October 2017, New Delhi
  • Speaker - CII Roundtable 'SMART URBAN MOBILITY', October 2017, New Delhi
  • Keynote Address - INDIA MOBILE CONGRESS, September 2017 Delhi
  • Keynote Speaker - The Big Five Construct India Conference, September 2017 Mumbai
  • Keynote Speaker - IoT Conference Expo, September 2017 Hyderabad
  • Speaker - UEM 2017 (Urban Environmental Management), CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), August 2017, Hyderabad
  • Session Chair and Chief Host - “Transforming India” Roundtable, August, 2017, Hyderabad
  • Speaker- EMERGING WORLDS CONFERENCE by ISME & Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), June 2017 Mumbai
  • Session Chair - Women & Employability Roundtable hosted by Ministry of Labour and Employment, March 2017, Hyderabad
  • Session Chair - INDIA SMART GRID FORUM (ISGF) Innovation Awards 2017, New Delhi
  • Speaker, VIBRANT GUJARAT GLOBAL SUMMIT, Jan 2017, Gujarat
  • Keynote Speaker - Business Conclave 2017, Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Feb 2017, New Delhi
  • Key Speaker - GEOSPATIAL WORLD FORUM, Jan 2017, Hyderabad
  • Keynote Speaker - "INDIA ONWARD – SCALING DIGITAL INDIA" at IBM flagship event Dec 2016, New Delhi
  • Keynote Speaker - PMI India National Conference, Nov 2016, Mumbai
  • Key Speaker and Expert Jury Member - BW Smart Cities Conclave & Awards, Dec 2016, New Delhi
  • Keynote Speaker - 8th Project Management National Conference, Project Management Institute (PMI), Nov 2016, Mumbai
  • Chief Guest & Session Chair - INFOCOMM Forum, INFOCOMM International, Sept 2016, Mumbai
  • CXO Round Table Series on Project Management: Indispensable for Vision India, Project Management Institute (PMI) in association with The Economic Times, Sept 2016, New Delhi.
  • Key Speaker - DATA DRIVEN WORLD, The Economic Times, Sept 2016, Hyderabad
  • Chair - GLOBAL NAGPUR SUMMIT, Nov 2016
  • Keynote Address - Sustainable Smart Cities India conference, Sept 2016, Bangalore
  • Speaker - Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) National Conclave 2016, Hyderabad
  • Keynote Address - “ICT solutions for Digital and Smart Telangana” Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and INFOCOMM International, 2016, Hyderabad
  • Keynote Speaker - Smart Living series Forum, 2016, Hyderabad
  • Speaker - SOUTH ASIAN CITIES SUMMIT, 2016, New Delhi
  • Keynote Address - Smart Cities & Connectivity Conclave & Expo 2016, Mumbai
  • Session Chair - Smart Grids as anchor Infrastructure - INDIA SMART GRID FORUM, 2016, New Delhi
  • Keynote Speaker - TIE, 2016, New Delhi
  • Speaker - ‘Smart Cities’ - TEDx NALSAR University of Law, April 2016, Hyderabad
  • Keynote Speaker - “ICT opportunities in India’s Smart City Program” INFOCOMM Forum, 2016, Hyderabad
  • Speaker - AAKAAR 2016, IIT Bombay
  • Plenary Speaker - 100 SMART CITIES MISSION, Launch by Hon'ble Prime Minister of India with over 2500 Dignitaries, Ambassadors, High Commissioners & leaders from 25 Countries, 2015, VigyanBhawan, New Delhi
  • Speaker - Roundtable on Smart Cities for India, Ministry of Urban Development, Vigyan Bhawan, 2015, New Delhi
  • Speaker - “Urban Governance and Swachh Bharath”, Seminar with Government officials, Ministry of Urban Development, 2015, Mumbai
  • Distinguished Speaker  - School of International Futures (SOIF), UK , Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) Retreat, Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India, October 2016, Pune
  • Speaker - Urban Governance and Swachh Bharath”, Seminar with Government officials, Ministry of Urban Development, 2015, Kolkata
  • Speaker - SMART CITIES MISSION, Ministry of Urban Development - Regional Workshop with 9 States, 40 Cities Mayors, Principal Secretaries, 2015
  • Chair - GLOBAL NAGPUR SUMMIT, 2015, Nagpur
  • Speaker - INK Conference, 2015, Mumbai
  • Inaugural Address - Sustainable Smart Cities - India, 2015, Bangalore
  • Speaker - India Gadget Expo – Smart Cities - Is India Ready? 2015, New Delhi
  • Keynote Address - Vision for a Smart Hyderabad, Roundtable, 2015, Hyderabad
  • Chair - Roundtables series on SMART CITIES & INCLUSION, 2015, Vijayawada
  • Keynote Address - 'Data center Dynamics Converged Conference & Expo', 2015, Bangalore
  • Chair - Roundtables series on SMART CITIES & INCLUSION, 2015, Hyderabad
  • Keynote Address - Smart Cities: India Scenario - Macro Economic Trends, Policy and Regulatory Environment - India Tech Triple Expo, 2015, Mumbai
  • Chair - Urbana World Smart Cities Leadership Conclave, 2015, Hyderabad
  • Smart Cities Conference, Business World, 2015, New Delhi
  • Roundtable on SMART CITIES INDEX, Indian School of Business (ISB), 2015, Mohali Campus, Punjab
  • Speaker - NASSCOM India Leadership Forum, 2015, Mumbai
  • Keynote Address - EDELWEISS India Conference, 2015, Mumbai
  • Speaker - ISB LEADERSHIP SUMMIT – India’s 100 Smart Cities Agenda, 2014, Hyderabad
  • Inaugural Address - Smart Cities in India - Key Trends and Outlook, India Infrastructure, 2014, New Delhi
  • Chair - “What is SMART CITY? Is India ready?” Smart Cities Summit, 2014, Mumbai
  • Address along with Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Senior BJP Leader & Harvard Professor - "Planned Urbanization & Economic Development in India", 2014, Hyderabad
  • Speaker - G D Birla Memorial Lecture, BITS Pilani, 2014, Rajasthan
  • Pioneers Unplugged, ISB, 2014, Hyderabad
  • Women & Safety organized by ITsAP, INFOSYS Campus, 2014, Hyderabad
  • BIGDATA and Smart Cities, IIT Kharagpur, 2014
  • "Shaping India's Smart Cities" - Phase IV training for senior IAS officers at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA, India's Apex Training Institution for the Senior Civil Service), 2013, Mussoorie
  • Cloud & Big Data Strategies for Cities – CII CLOUD SUMMIT 2013, New Delhi
  • "HEALTHY CITIES – OXYMORON?" John F Welch Technology Centre, 2013, Bangalore
  • Voice of BIGDATA launch, 2013, Hyderabad
  • IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Region 10 Congress on Leadership & Innovation, 2013, Bangalore
  • CEO Round Table on Diversity at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad (IIM-A), 2013, Gujarat
  • Keynote Address - Leadership Program on "Women in Technology", National Association of Software & Services Companies (NASSCOM), 2012, Hyderabad
  • Keynote Address - "BIG DATA impact on Government", MICROSOFT, India, 2012, Hyderabad
  • Speaker - Building Smart & Sustainable Cities in the National Capital Region (NCR), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Annual session, 2011, New Delhi
  • Keynote Address - 4th Infrastructure Today International Conference, 2011, New Delhi
  • Speaker - TALL BUILDINGS INDIA CONFERENCE, 2011, Mumbai
  • Speaker - BUILDING LIVABLE CITIES, 2010, New Delhi
  • Speaker - Sustainable Cities Conference, RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors), 2010, New Delhi
  • Speaker - National Conference on Investment Opportunity in Power & Infrastructure Sector, 2010, New Delhi
  • Speaker - GREEN BUILDING CONGRESS (Asia's largest event), IGBC Indian Green Building Council, 2010, New Delhi
  • Speaker - National Travel and Hospitality Entrepreneurship Summit, TiE, Ministry of Tourism, 2010, New Delhi
  • Speaker - All India Mayors Meet, HICC, 2010, Hyderabad
  • Speaker - The Truth about Indian Cities, TEDx Hitec City, ISB, 2010, Hyderabad
  • Speaker - Leadership & Governance for Members of Legislature (MLAs), Centre for Good Governance, Andhra Pradesh, 2009, Hyderabad
  • Track Chair - "TAKING INDIA FORWARD", TIE – ISB Connect, 2009, New Delhi
  • Keynote Address - "Building Futuristic Cities – Role of Women "ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization), 2009
  • Speaker - "Urbanization in India - The Changing Equation" ISB LEADERSHIP SUMMIT, 2008, Hyderabad
  • Speaker - Making City Development Strategies Work, WBI, Govt of Japan, GOI, 2006, New Delhi
  • Speaker - National Conclave on "WATER & CITIES", World Bank, USAID, 2006, New Delhi
  • Speaker - Conference on Urban Infrastructure, FICCI (Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry), 2005, Hyderabad
  • Speaker - Visioning at Delhi Jal Board (DJB), 2005, World Bank
  • Speaker - Leadership & Governance programs at World Bank Institute (WBI), ASCI, 2003-2006, Hyderabad
  • Speaker - Realizing the City Vision - Leadership of Bangalore City Corporation, Bangalore, 2003, Bangalore
  • Speaker - "HYDERABAD AHEAD" Visioning Exercise for Hyderabad City anchored by ASCI, World Bank, Cities Alliance, 2003, Hyderabad
  • Speaker – ‘E-Governance Implementation’ for Municipal Commissioners of Indian Cities, ASCI, 2002, Hyderabad