About Houston India Conference

India has experienced remarkable transformation in recent history, going from being a newly independent state to a candidate for permanent membership on the UN Security Council in a few short decades. This transformation has taken place following a distinctly Indian path.

Texas has a large interest in India. India is one of the major business partners for companies in this area. There is a large Indian presence in the educational, medical and research institutes that Houston is renowned for. The GDP of Texas at US$ 1.7 trillion would make it the 10th largest economy in the world, if it were an independent nation. Texas is home to 54 (or 11%) of Fortune 500 companies.

The Houston India conference is designed to bring various constituencies that have an interest in India together and discuss with them the latest developments and the best practices of doing business in India.  The theme of 2017 Conference is “Make in India – The Inside Story”. Make in India is a major national initiative of the Government of India, designed to foster innovation, enhance skills development, protect intellectual property, build best in class manufacturing infrastructure, facilitate investment and collaboration.

The conference has a series of panel discussions on the state of the Indian economy and politics, and to explore India’s growing soft power on the global stage. The panelists are some of the most respected voices, including foreign policy experts, business pioneers, and thought leaders sharing their insights on the unique Indian way of thinking.

The conference is organized by the Consulate General of India in Houston, India House, University of Houston, US India Skills and Education Council, Asia Society Texas Center, Indo American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston, Greater Houston Partnership and World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.

The central focus of the Houston India Conference is to share today’s India story with the audience in Texas who are interested in investing in India, by the people who are playing an important role in shaping up the modern India.


Conference Schedule

March 24

Day 1: Friday, March 24, 2017 | 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Venue: Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd Houston, TX, 77004

  • Panel 1: Recent Political Developments in India: Implications for Economic and Foreign Policy
  • Panel 2: Investment Climate, Opportunity and Ease of doing business with India
  • Panel 3: US-India Relations looking a head: Strategic, Security, Economic and Energy
  • Panel 4: Soft Power and rise of India


March 25

Day 2: Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 6.30 PM – 10 PM

Venue: J W Marriott, Galleria, Houston

India House Annual Gala

Please visit www.indiahouseinc.org/gala2017 for India House 14th annual Gala tickets.

The Houston India conference on March 24th is by invitation only. There is no fee to attend the conference. If you want to attend the conference, please send an email with your contact information, business name to rsvp@houstonindiaconference.com

The India House Gala on March 25th is a ticketed event. Please click here for details.

For sponsorship opportunities or tickets for Gala, please send an email to info@houstonindiaconference.com.


Well known leaders and emerging talents

Ashok Malik

Indian Journalist

Dhruva Jaishankar

Foreign Policy Expert

Manjari Miller

Foreign Policy Expert

Sadanand Dhume

Journalist and Author

Navtej Sarna

India Ambassador to USA

Nisha Biswal

Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs

Subhash C Garg

Executive Director, World Bank

Sandip Sen

CEO, Aegis

K Nagaraj Naidu

Joint Secretary, ED

David C. Mulford

Former US Ambassador to India

Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo

Member of Parliament, India



Our Heartfelt Thanks to the sponsors for 2017 India House Gala. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact info@houstonindiaconference.com

Hari & Anjali Agrawal

Durga & Sushila Agrawal

Chowdary & Angela Yalamanchili

Dr. Virendra & Nalini Mathur

Bal & Rita Sareen

Gopal & Urvashi Savjani

Jiten & Shalu Agarwal

Amit & Arpita Bhandari

Brij Agrawal