Development Dialogue brings together people from diverse sectors that share the common purpose of creating sustainable solutions. It is an international gathering of social entrepreneurs, leaders from non-profit and for-profit organizations, government officials, grassroots practitioners and impact investors, coming together to inspire, share insights and forge productive collaborations.


The 21st century faces significant challenges from increasing income disparities to accelerating environmental changes, from food insecurity to increased strains on natural resources. While nonprofits and social innovators worldwide have made significant progress in addressing these issues, there is still more work that needs to be done to have a meaningful impact. To overcome these challenges and deliver substantial impact, requires new ideas, new competencies coming together in new partnerships and collaborations with common objectives and shared values. The conference theme - Reimagining Impact – challenges attendees to reimagine new models, organizations, and approaches that would address these issues facing our country.

Based on your feedback, this year the Dialogue is uniquely designed to enhance interaction between attendees and to develop action-oriented takeaways that will help you to build new approaches and achieve greater impact going forward. What has worked on the ground and what has not? How can we improve measurement tools to better determine value being created for complex challenges? What are new emerging issues for which we can prepare now? What are opportunities to leverage technology? How can different partners collaborate with more creative and impactful solutions? For the first time ever, a highlight of the Dialogue will be a special day dedicated to CSR with in-depth opportunities for engaging with NGOs, top CSR stakeholders, government officials and policy makers.

Development Dialogue 2019 Speaker Bharat Desai Co-founder and Chairman, Syntel

Bharat Desai

Co-founder & Chairman, Syntel

Development Dialogue 2019 Speaker N.R.Narayana Murthy Founder Infosys

N.R.Narayana Murthy

Founder, Infosys

Development Dialogue 2019 Hon. Krishna Byre Gowda, Karnataka Minister of Rural Development, Law and Parliamentary Affairs.

Hon. Krishna Byre Gowda

Karnataka Minister of Rural Development, Law & Parliamentary Affairs

Development Dialogue 2019 vijay bhaskar chief secretary, Govt. of Karnataka

T. M Vijay Bhaskar

Chief Secretary, Govt. of Karnataka

Development Dialogue 2019 Speaker dr Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande
                        President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC and Chairman of Tejas Networks, Deshpande Foundation

Dr. Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande

President & Chairman of Sparta Group LLC,
Chairman of Tejas Networks,
Deshpande Foundation

Development Dialogue 2019 dilip modi Executive Chairman, Spice Mobility Ltd

Dilip Modi

Executive Chairman, Spice Mobility Ltd

Development Dialogue 2019 K. Thiagarajan, COO Agastya

K. Thiagarajan

COO, Agastya

Development Dialogue 2019 Sriram Rajamani

Sriram Rajamani

MD, Microsoft Research India

Development Dialogue 2019 Sushil Vachani Former Director, IIM Bangalore

Dr. Sushil Vachani

Former Director,
IIM Bangalore

Development Dialogue 2019 Radha Basu Founder and CEO, iMerit Technologies

Radha Basu

Founder & CEO,
iMerit Technologies

Development Dialogue 2019 Lalitesh Katragadda, Founder Indihood, Former Country Head, Google India

Lalitesh Katragadda

Founder Indihood, Former Country Head, Google India

Development Dialogue 2019   Betsy Beaumon CEO, Benetech

Betsy Beaumon

CEO, Benetech

Knowledge Partner (CSR)
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Development Dialogue 2018 Book

Inspiration from the past Dialogue
development dialogue 2019 Nandan Nilekani keynote speech

"Rather than giving a solution, what we need is an infrastructure which allows others to create solutions on it. That is the co-creation aspect."

- Nandan Nilekani, DD 2018

Nobel Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus at Development Dialogue 2016

"How to address the problems that we see around us in a creative way so that we can go and get it done that's very important."

- Prof. Muhammad Yunus, DD 2016

development dialogue 2015 kailash sathyarthi keynote speech

"You are linking education, knowledge, technology and entrepreneurship with farmers, which is very important in India"

- Kailash Sathyarthi, DD 2015

Development Dialogue 2013 keynote speakers were mr ratan tata- chairman tata group mrs sudha murty chairperson Infosys foundation mr n.r narayana murthy chairman emeritus infosys dr raghunath.jpg

"Here's an organization that is really making a difference. I've been struck by the fact that you've given a sense of belonging, pride and dignity to communities. I've really been moved."
- Mr. Ratan Tata, DD 2013



"This is my first Development Dialogue and so far I've spent the last couple of days touring around India and seeing all the great things the Deshpande Center has been doing and it's amazing. This is the first time that I've seen something on this scale working so cleanly."

- Mr. Steve Canar, CEO Etalon

Delegate During 2017 DD

We loved it

"One of my favorite things that we went to was the farm ponds.

Coming from an agricultural background, I was so inspired that the Deshpande Foundation was able to increase profits for farmers by three or fourfold."

- Ms. Louisa Walch, Enactus, Queen's University

Relationship Manager Assistant, Delegate During 2017 DD