Introduction

7th CII-NID Design Summit
12-13 December 2007, Bangalore International Exhibiton Centre,
Bangalore, India

Globalization is forcing designers to rethink their role in the context of global economies, especially in Asia. India's economic potential has long been attracting large international corporations. Recently the focus has shifted to the creative talent and the leadership qualities of the Indian professionals. A number of individuals and organizations of Indian origin have recently assumed leadership role in important international organizations, and many others are playing key roles in global teams and partnerships. As global economic and cultural partnerships continue to expand, and design becomes important the driving force behind innovation, so too does the potential for businesses and designers to partner with India.

I am pleased to inform you that Design Summit, a joint initiative taken by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and National Institute of Design (NID) to assess the current scenario, future trends and promotion of design in the Indian industry has entered its 7th year. It has been a steady transformation for Indian industry and also for the policy makers who have started placing design in the national and corporate agenda.

This year's theme for the 7th CII-NID Design Summit is "Leadership through Design", wherein design thinkers, educators and practitioners from around the world will discuss new challenges and opportunities for designers with global mindsets to play a leadership role in global and local organizations to serve strategic goals. The Indian government has recently announced a national design policy. The summit this year, assumes a greater significance from the perspective of implementation of the National Design Policy.
This year Italy is participating as "Partner Country" at the summit. An Italian Exhibition: "100 Objects of Design" showcasing a selection of some of the most meaningful objects of Italian design, ranging from the post-war period up to the present would also be the part of the summit.

The key speakers confirmed for the summit include:

Bruce Nussbaum, Business Week; Andrea Pininfarina, Pininfarina S.p.A., Italy; GK VanPatter, NextD; Ravi Sawhney, RKS Design; Gregg Davis, Principal of Design Central and Executive Editor, Innovation Magazine; Ignacio Germade, Chief of Design, Motorola, Europe; Dan Buchner, Vice President - Innovation & Design, Design Continuum, Boston; Tom Burchard, Vice President, Brand Experience, Design Continuum, Boston; Shilajeet Banerjee, D-School, Stanford University; Dr. Sam Pitroda Chairman, Knowledge commission of India (Video-recorded message); Sir George Cox, Chairman, UK Design Council (Video-recorded message)

I am writing to cordially invite you to participate in the summit as Delegate. The detailed programme and the reply form are enclosed herewith.

Please confirm your participation by filling-up the enclosed Reply Form to Ms Seema Gupta / Mr Vinay Rawat at [email protected] / [email protected] OR 0124-4014075 / Fax : 0124-4014057.

I look forward to your kind confirmation & participation.

Kind regards,                                     Yours sincerely,
   
Anjan Das