Past Events

IFF IN 2024

CISO WORKSHOPS

RESILIENT FUTURES: LEVERAGING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO SECURE THE FINANCIAL SECTOR

Description: The “Resilient Futures: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence to Secure the Financial Sector” workshop, an initiative by IFF in collaboration with Microsoft, convened on 22nd March 2024, in Mumbai, to address the critical intersections of AI and cybersecurity within the financial sector. Honored by the keynote from Lt. Gen. (Retd) Dr. Rajesh Pant, Chairman, India Future Foundation, the event convened thought leaders to dissect the efficacy of AI in bolstering cyber defence strategies across the Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance (BFSI) sector.

Prominent Speakers at the Consultation 

  • Lt. Gen. Dr Rajesh Pant (Retd), Former National Cyber Security Coordinator (2019-2023) and presently Chairman, IFF.
  • Mr Anand Kalidoss, Sales Director – Financial Services, Microsoft.
  • Mr Amrit Sethi, Executive Vice President (EVP) & Cyber Defence Head, HDFC Bank.
  •  Mr Shailendra Kothavale, Chief Risk Officer, Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance.

Date: 22 March 2024 | Venue: Sofitel Mumbai, BKC

FUTURE PROOFING FRONTIERS:LEVERAGING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) FOR CYBER DEFENCE

Description: India Future Foundation, in a visionary partnership with Microsoft, hosted the “Future Proofing Frontiers – Leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Cyber Defence” workshop. This pivotal dialogue sought to harness AI’s potential to enhance collaborative efforts in mitigating cyber threats across various critical sectors. The workshop facilitated an exchange of ideas on the integration of AI in cybersecurity, focusing on how AI advancements can address evolving security challenges and strengthen cyber defence mechanisms.

Prominent Speakers at the Consultation

  • Satish B. Mahajan, Sr. General Manager – IT, VFS Global Services Pvt Ltd.
  • Vijay Kumar Talreja, Global Group CIO & CISO, IndoSpace Capital Advisors. 
  • Vijay Kumar Talreja, Global Group CIO & CISO, IndoSpace Capital Advisors. 

 

Date: 21 March 2024 | Venue: Sofitel Mumbai, BKC

DIGITAL HORIZONS

DIGITAL HORIZONS: EMPOWERING EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS WITH AI POWERED SOLUTIONS

Description: In a collaborative effort to revolutionize the educational sector with cutting-edge technology, India Future Foundation and Microsoft have successfully conducted a workshop on the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in education. The event was a deep dive into how AI tools like Microsoft Copilot and Azure Open AI can enhance productivity, efficiency, and performance in educational administration. Live demonstrations and panel discussions emphasized the transformative potential of AI in streamlining operational tasks and forging personalized learning experiences.

Prominent Speakers at the Consultation: 

  • Ms Swati Kaushal, Modern Work Lead–Education Industry, Microsoft, India & South Asia.
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  • Prof. (Dr.) Charru Malhotra, Indian Institute of Public Administration.
  • Prof H. C. Pokhriyal, Member, Board of Governors, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee.
  • Prof Satyabhushan Dash, Professor-Marketing, Indian Institute of Management(IIM), Lucknow. 
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  • Sanjay Dhingra, Head Education Industry, Microsoft, India & South Asia.
  • Prajyot Saran, Senior Solution Specialist Azure, Microsoft.

Date: 20 March 2024 | Venue: THE LaLiT, New Delhi

DIGITAL HORIZONS: JEET WITH AI POWERED SOLUTIONS FOR GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC SECTOR ORGANIZATIONS

Description: The India Future Foundation, in collaboration with Microsoft, hosted the “Digital Horizons – ‘Jeet’ with AI Powered Solutions for Government & Public Sector Organisations” workshop, aimed at leveraging AI to enhance productivity and security within the public sector. The workshop provided a platform to explore innovative AI applications that streamline service delivery and improve citizen engagement, focusing on the transformative impact of AI technologies in the public sector. 

 

Prominent Speakers at the Consultation

  • Satish B. Mahajan, Sr. General Manager – IT, VFS Global Services Pvt Ltd.
  • Vijay Kumar Talreja, Global Group CIO & CISO, IndoSpace Capital Advisors. 
  • Vijay Kumar Talreja, Global Group CIO & CISO, IndoSpace Capital Advisors. 
  • Mr Alok Lall, COO, Microsoft India & South Asia.
  • Mr Venkatesh Krishnan, Executive Director, Public Sector, Healthcare & Education, Microsoft. 
  • Dr Pavan Duggal, Advocate, Supreme Court of India.
  • Maj. Gen. Pawan Anand (Retd), Distinguished Fellow, USI and Head USI-ANBI.
  • Prof. (Dr) Charru Malhotra, Indian Institute of Public Administration.

Date: 20 February 2024 | Venue:  THE LaLiT, New Delhi

VIRTUAL CONSULTATIONS

TRANSFORMATIVE SKILLING STRATEGIES FOR THE AI ERA

Description: On 31 January 2024, IFF in collaboration with Microsoft, hosted a consultation titled “Transformative Skilling Strategies for the AI Era.” This gathering focused on crucial skilling strategies that are necessary for adapting to the AI-driven changes sweeping across sectors. The consultation emphasized on the integration of AI in enhancing skill sets and discussed the essential blend of technical and interpersonal skills required to navigate the evolving workplace landscape. The event also highlighted innovative approaches to lifelong learning, aiming to equip individuals and organizations with the skills to thrive in the AI-transformed future. 

Prominent Speakers at the Consultation: 

  • Lt. Gen. Dr Rajesh Pant (Retd), Former National Cyber Security Coordinator (2019-2023) and presently Chairman, IFF.
  • Dr Bulusu Krishna Murthy, Former Senior Director (Scientist G) & Group Coordinator (R&D in IT), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India.
  • Dr Shruti Mantri, Associate Director, Indian School of Business.
  • Pranav Mishra, Lead – Government Relations, Policy and Corporate Responsibility, AMD.
  • Dr Debabrata Nayak, Renowned Cybersecurity Expert.
  • Col Sanjeev Relia (Retd), Chief Strategy Officer, Athenian Tech Limited.

Date: 31 January 2024  | Venue: Virtual Consultation

AI - HORIZONS

AI HORIZONS: CRAFTING INDIA’S ROADMAP IN AI GOVERNANCE

Description: India Future Foundation, in collaboration with Microsoft, is elated to announce the success of our consultation event, “Navigating the Future: Crafting India’s Roadmap in AI Governance.” This event facilitated an in-depth analysis of AI governance, sparking critical conversations on international standards, India’s influential role, and adoption of global best practices for responsible AI development. Through this initiative, we endeavor to position India as a guiding force in responsible AI governance, particularly within the Global South.

 

Prominent Speakers at the Consultation: 

  • Lt. Gen. Dr Rajesh Pant (Retd), Former National Cyber Security Coordinator (2019-2023) and presently Chairman, IFF.
  • Lt Gen. Vinod G. Khandare (Retd), Principal Advisor, Ministry of Defence, Government of India.
  • Maj. Gen. (Dr) Pawan Anand, Head USI-ANBI.
  • Rakesh Maheshwari, Member, Advisory Board India Future Foundation. 
  • Dr Pavan Duggal, Advocate, Supreme Court of India.

Date: 29 January 2024  | Venue: The United Service Institution of India, New Delhi

IFF IN 2023

THE DIGITAL PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION ACT, 2023

DECODING THE DIGITAL PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION ACT, 2023

Description: IFF and Microsoft organised an awareness workshop on Decoding the Digital Personal Data Protection Act, 2023

Prominent Speakers at the Consultation: 

  • Lt Gen. Vinod G. Khandare (Retd), Principal Advisor, Ministry of Defence, Government of India.
  • Rakesh Maheshwari, Former Senior Director and General Counsel of Cyber Law at the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and presently Member of the Advisory Board, IFF
  • Mr Alok B. Lall, COO,  Microsoft India and South Asia.
  • Dr Yusuf Hashmi, Group Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Jubilant Bharti Group
  • Dr Yask Sharma, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL)
  • SMr Amit Dhingra, Senior Vice President-Risk & Compliance, HCL Tech
  • Mr Nagender Singh, Joint Director (IS-NDR), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (HPCL)

Date: 22 December 2023 | Venue: The LaLiT, New Delhi

DECODING THE DIGITAL PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION ACT, 2023

Description: India Future Foundation (IFF) and Microsoft hosted a thought provoking panel discussion on the implications of the Digital Personal Data Protection Act, 2023.

 

Prominent Speakers at the Consultation

  • Rakesh Maheshwari, Former Senior Director and General Counsel of Cyber Law, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and presently Member Advisory Board, IFF.
  • Mr Alok B. Lall, COO,  Microsoft India and South Asia.
  • Ms Vasantha Lakshmi, Technology Specialist – Security and Compliance, Microsoft. 
  • Mr Lahar Appaiah, Legal Counsel, IBM India and South Asia.
  • Mr Malligarjunan Easwaran, Sr Cybersecurity Architect – WW Cybersecurity Practice, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Date: 13 December 2023 | Venue:  THE LaLiT, New DelhiTaj MG Road, Bengaluru

A MILESTONE IN INDIA’S DIGITAL JOURNEY: THE DIGITAL PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION ACT, 2023

Description: India Future Foundation (IFF) hosted an exclusive knowledge session in partnership with The United Service Institution of India (USI), New Delhi delving into the recently passed Digital Personal Data Protection Act. This legislation marked a significant chapter in India’s digital landscape, reflecting our commitment to data privacy, security and global alignment.

Prominent Speakers at the Consultation: 

  • Lt. Gen. Dr Rajesh Pant (Retd), Former National Cyber Security Coordinator (2019-2023) and presently Chairman, IFF.
  • Rakesh Maheshwari, Former Senior Director and General Counsel of Cyber Law, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and presently Member Advisory Board, IFF.
  • Col Sanjeev Relia (Retd), Chief Strategy Officer, Athenian Tech.

Date: 12 August 2023 | Venue: The United Services Institution of India, New Delhi

AI - HORIZONS

AI – HORIZONS: HARNESSING AI TO COUNTER CYBER THREATS

Description: IFF, in association with Microsoft, organised a seminar — “AI Horizons – Harnessing the Power of AI to Counter Cyber Threats.”

Prominent Speakers at the Consultation: 

  • Gen. (Dr) Manoj Mukund Naravne (Retd), Former Chief of Army Staff, Indian Army.
  • Lt Gen. Vinod G. Khandare (Retd), Principal Advisor, Ministry of Defence, Government of India.
  • Mr Jayant Misra, Consultant, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office South Asia.
  • Dr Bulusu Krishna Murthy, Former Senior Director (Scientist G) & Group Coordinator (R&D in IT), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India.
  • Col Sanjeev Relia (Retd), Chief Strategy Officer, Athenian Tech
  • Col Suhail Zaidi (Retd), Director General, MAIT
  • Mr Alok B. Lall, COO,  Microsoft India and South Asia
  • Mr Binu George, Head-Government Affairs-India, Fortinet.
  • Mr Salil Mittal, Lead Cyber Security, Jio
  • Prof. Anjali Kaushik, Former Dean, and Chair, CoE on Digital Economy and Cyber Security (DECCS), MDI, Gurugram

Date: 11 December 2023 | Venue: Regal, The LaLiT, New Delhi

OTHER TRAININGS

INDO-PACIFIC CYBER PROGRAMME (IPCP)

Description: India Future Foundation proudly contributed to the Indo-Pacific Cyber Programme (IPCP) in Indonesia. The workshops provided an opportunity to explore Indonesia’s Cyber Ecosystem. Among other things, these workshops provided a platform to engage with key stakeholders. At these workshops, Nikhil Bansal, Deputy Manager, India Future Foundation shared insights from an Indian perspective, thereby reinforcing our dedication to promoting global cyber resilience.

Dates: 21-22 and 28-29 November 2023 | Venue: Indonesia 

TRAINED STATE AND DISTRICT LEVEL JUDGES

Description: India Future Foundation (IFF) conducted a special training session at the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), New Delhi, for district and state-level judges. The training sessions focused around three pivotal subjects: Call Data Record (CDR), Internet Protocol Detail Record (IPDR) and Social Media Analysis.

 

Date: 29 November 2023 | Venue: Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), New Delhi

TRAINED CBI OFFICERS

Description: India Future Foundation (IFF) conducted a one-day training programme for officers of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) at 7 Naval Kishore Road, Hazratganj, Lucknow, in collaboration with Paytm. This training session provided comprehensive insights into Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) and the dark web.

Date: 28 November 2023 | Venue:  7 Naval Kishore Road, Hazratganj, Lucknow

CLOUD & E-GOVERNANCE PROGRAMME

Description: India Future Foundation hosted a one-day workshop on “Cloud for Digital Transformation and E-governance.” The event brought together government officials in the erstwhile city of Nawabs on 11 October 2023.

Date: 11 October 2023 | Venue: Taj Mahal, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow

7TH  WAFIT SUMMIT 2023

Description: On 16 September 2023, India Future Foundation conducted the 7th WAFit Summit 2023 exploring the working of automobiles.

Date: 16 September 2023 | Venue: Aerocity, New Delhi

VIRTUAL CONSULTATIONS

BALANCING PRIVACY AND SECURITY IN REGULATING OTT SERVICES

Description: To address the escalating demand for regulation in the ever-evolving realm of Over-The-Top (OTT) services, India Future Foundation organized a virtual discussion titled “Regulating OTT Services: Balancing Privacy and Security.” The event, held on 20 July 2023, delved into the intricate confluence of privacy, security and regulatory requisites within the OTT landscape.

Prominent Speakers at the Consultation

  • Dr Debabrata Nayak, noted Cyber Security Expert.
  • Dr Shruti Mantri, Associate Director, Indian School of Business
  • Mr Salil Mittal, Lead Cyber Security – Emerging Technologies, Jio
  • Anil Batra-Corporate Vice President Technology, WNS
  • Rakesh Maheshwari, Former Senior Director and General Counsel of Cyber Law at the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and presently Member, Advisory Board, India Future Foundation.

Date: 20 July 2023

AI AND CYBER SECURITY IN GOVERNMENT SECTOR

Description: India Future Foundation held a consultation on “AI and Cybersecurity in Government Sector”. The consultation aimed to provide a platform to various stakeholders from the Indian tech industry to discuss strategies for effectively integrating AI technologies into the existing government processes, assessing the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation, and ensuring successful implementation and adoption of AI initiatives.

 

 

 

 

 

Date: 30 June 2023

EMERGING THREAT LANDSCAPES

Description: India Future Foundation convened “Emerging Threat Landscape.” Esteemed guests from various sectors shared their views at the consultation, enriching the discussions. The consensus among experts was the imminent need for implementing proactive measures. It was highlighted that reactive approaches are no longer adequate to address emerging threats. The key takeaways from the discussion underscored the necessity to continually assess the risk landscape and adapt defensive strategies to remain ahead.

Date: 23 June 2023

UNITED NATIONS OFFICE ON DRUGS AND CRIME (UNODC)

TRAINING FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AT JAGJIVAN RAM RPF ACADEMY, LUCKNOW

Description: India Future Foundation in association with United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC), organised a training programme to develop new skills, among law enforcement officers, such as understanding the concepts of cryptocurrency and the manner in which the dark web operates.

Dates: 26 – 30 June 2023 | Venue: Jagjivan Ram RPF Academy, Talkatora Road, Manak Nagar, Alambagh, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

TRAINING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AT CENTRE FOR POLICE RESEARCH, PUNE

Description: India Future Foundation in association with United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC) organised a training programme to develop new skills among law enforcement officers, such as understanding the concepts of cryptocurrency concept and the manner in which the dark web operates.

Dates: 5-9 June 2023 | Venue: Centre for Police Research, Pune University Chowk, Dr Homi Bhabha Road, Chavan Nagar, Pashan, Pune, Maharashtra

TRAINING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AT NATIONAL ACADEMY OF CUSTOMS, INDIRECT TAXES AND NARCOTICS JAIPUR

Description: India Future Foundation in association with United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC) organised a training programme to develop new skills among law enforcement officers, such as understanding concepts of cryptocurrency and the manner in which the dark web operates.

Dates: 15-19 May 2023 | Venue: National Academy of Customs Indirect Taxes and Narcotics, Jaipur, Rajasthan

CYBER MANTHAN

CYBER MANTHAN – SECURING INDIA’S ENERGY SECTOR

Description: India Future Foundation organized a consultation under the brand name, Cyber Manthan – Securing India’s Energy Sector. The event was organised on 01 June 2023 at The Oberoi, New Delhi. Some of the focus areas on which the speakers at the consultation deliberated were global trends in the energy sector, the sophisticated nature of cyber attacks, existing vulnerabilities and solutions that can be employed, by the sector to alleviate risks posed by cyberattacks.

Prominent Speakers at the Consultation

  • Lt Gen. Vinod G. Khandare (Retd), Principal Advisor, Ministry of Defence.
  • Maj. Gen Manjeet Singh – Joint Secretary (Cyber), National Security Council Secretariat
  • Maj. Gen. Dr Pawan Anand (Retd), Distinguished Fellow & Head USI-ANBI, The United Service Institution of India.
  • Maj. Gen. PK Mallick (Retd), Defence and Cybersecurity Expert
  • Mr Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President & President, National Transformation Partnerships, Microsoft
  • Dr Subi Chaturvedi, Global SVP, Chief Corporate Affairs & Policy Officer, InMobi

Date: 01 June 2023 | Venue: The Oberoi, New Delhi

CYBER MANTHAN – SECURING INDIA’S CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE FROM EMERGING DIGITAL THREATS

Description: India Future Foundation organised a consultation under the brand name Cyber Manthan – Securing India’s Critical Infrastructure From Emerging Digital Threats on 31 March 2023 at The United Services Institution of India (USI), New Delhi. The event deliberated on the emerging trends, sophisticated nature of cyberattacks, existing vulnerabilities and solutions that can be provided to alleviate the risk of cyberattacks on India’s CIIs.

Prominent Speakers at the Consultation

  • Lt Gen. Vinod G. Khandare (Retd), Principal Advisor, Ministry of Defence
  • Maj. Gen Manjeet Singh – Joint Secretary (Cyber), National Security Council Secretariat
  • Maj. Gen. Dr Pawan Anand (Retd), Distinguished Fellow & Head USI-ANBI, The United Service Institution of India.
  • Col Sanjeev Relia (Retd), Chief Strategy Officer, Athenian Tech
  • Col Suhail Zaidi (Retd), Director General, Mait
  • Dr Debabrata Nayak, Renowned Cybersecurity Expert

Date: 31 March 2023 | Venue: The United Services Institution of India, New Delhi

CYBER MANTHAN – SECURING INDIAN HEALTH ECOSYSTEM FROM CYBER THREATS

Description: India Future Foundation organized a consultation under the brand name Cyber Manthan – Securing Indian Health Ecosystem from Cyber Threats on 13 March 2023 at The India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The event focused on strategies for enhancing the cyber resilience of the health sector in India.

Prominent Speakers at the Consultation

  • Maj. Gen. Dr Pawan Anand (Retd), Distinguished Fellow & Head USI-ANBI, The United Service Institution of India.
  • Col Sanjeev Relia (Retd), Chief Strategy Officer, Athenian Tech.
  • Dr Debabrata Nayak, Renowned Cybersecurity Expert.
  • Mr Tejdeep Singh Randhawa, Unit Head, Fortis Hospital, Greater Noida.
  • Mr Salil Mittal, Lead Cyber Security – Emerging Technologies, Jio.
  • Mr Kapil Madaan, Global Head, Information Security, Risk & Compliance (CISO & DPO), Max Healthcare.

Date: 13 March 2023 | Venue: India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

PANEL DISCUSSIONS

CONFERENCE ON CYBER LAWS & CYBER SECURITY

PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry organised a conference on “Cyber Laws & Cyber Security” on 19 May 2023. Mr Pankaj Anup Toppo, Head – Policy Programmes and Research, India Future Foundation, was part of the panel— Corporate Strategies to Protect Businesses and Infrastructure Against Cyberattacks Cyber Insurance—at the conference. As a part of the panel, Mr Toppo shared strategies that corporations/organisations can have in place to maintain a sound cyber posture.

Date: 19 May 2023 | Venue: PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi

SYMPOSIUM ON THE DIGITAL INDIA ACT – CRAFTING AN OPEN, SAFE, TRUSTED & ACCOUNTABLE CYBERSPACE

Description: Mr Amit Dubey, Co–Founder of India Future Foundation, participated in a panel discussion at “Symposium on the Digital India Act.” The symposium was held on 21 April 2023 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. It was organized by the Cyber Cafe Association of India (CCAOI), with the objective of promoting the Internet among the common masses across the nation through the ecosystem of the Internet in India, in collaboration with Grade Ace.

Date: 21 April 2023 | Venue: India Habitat Centre,

New Delhi

ONLINE GAMING

CONSULTATION ON THE IMPACT OF DRAFT ONLINE GAMING RULES

Description: India Future Foundation held an online consultation on the Impact of Draft Online Gaming Rules for Online Gaming Intermediaries on 14 January 2023. The consultation aimed to understand the impact of the Draft Bill on the online gaming sector.

Prominent Speakers at the Consultation:

  • Dr Pavan Duggal, Advocate, Supreme Court of India.
  • Dr Shruti Mantri, Associate Director, Indian School of Business.
  • Dr Muktesh Chander, former Special Commissioner, Delhi Police and DGP Goa.
  • Dr Subi Chaturvedi, Global SVP, Chief Corporate Affairs & Policy Officer, InMobi.
  • Mr Varun Ramdas Senior Associate, Koan Advisory Group.
  • Mr Priyesh Mishra, Senior Associate, Koan Advisory Group.

Date: 14 January 2023 | Venue: Virtual Consultation