Day One – 11 February 2018

1000 - 1100


Asoke K Ghosh, Chairman and Managing Director of PHI Learning Private Limited
Master of Ceremonies & Welcome
Michiel Kolman, IPA President

Chief Guests : (1) Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Minister for Science and Technology
(2) Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Commerce and Industry

NK Mehra, FIP President

Video Message from
Prakash Javdekar, Hon’ble Minister for HRD

1100 - 1230

Global Leaders Forum

Chair : Asoke K. Ghosh, Managing Director, PHI Learning Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India)
Dr. Y. S. Chi, Elsevier, USA
Matt Kissner, John Wiley, USA
Richard Charkin, Bloomsbury

1230 - 1400

Lunch Sponsored by MBD Group

1400 - 1530

Shaping the future of IP in publishing

Chair : Michiel Kolman, Elsevier; IPA President, Netherlands

A conversation with

Chair : Michiel Kolman, Elsevier; IPA President, Netherlands

Francis Gurry, Director General, WIPO, Switzerland and
Maria Pallante, CEO, Association of American Publishers, USA

1530 - 1600

Coffee Break

1600 - 1730

Do awards and recognitions help?

Keynote speech: Jennifer Clement, President, PEN International, Mexico
Conversation with Prix Voltaire recipients 2017 Cavit Nacitarhan and Elif Günay and Prix Voltaire recipients 2018

Chair: Jessica Sänger , Börsenverein des DeutschenBuchhandels, Germany

1900 - 2200

Cultural Programme
Dinner sponsored by S. Chand Group of Companies

Day Two – 12 February 2018

1000 - 1100

Social Responsibility of Publishers

Chair : Hugo Setzer , CEO El Manual Moderno; IPA Vice-President, Mexico Panelists

Panellists :

1. Dipendra Manocha,
      Director of the Regional Resource Centre, New Delhi

2. Henrique Mota, President,
       Federation of European Publishers, Portugal

3. Baldeo Bhai Sharma, Chairman,
       National Book Trust of India

Inder Neel Roy, CEO, Outlook
to speak for 5 minutes

1100 - 1230

Responding to Copyright Challenges

Chair: Paul Doda , Elsevier; Chair, IPA Copyright Committee, USA

  • Pravin Anand, Managing Partner Anand & Anand, India
  • Louise Adler, Melbourne University Press, IPA Executive Committee Member, Australia
  • Lui Simpson, Executive Director of International Enforcement and Trade Policy, Association of American Publishers
  • Rajiv Aggarwal, Jt. Secy. Dept. of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Min. of Commerce
Al Ameri will speak for 5 minutes

1230 - 1400

Lunch Sponsored by Ratna Sagar

1400 - 1500

The threat of self-censorship in publishing

Chair: Kristenn Einarsson, CEO Norwegian Publishers Association; Chair, IPA Freedom to Publish Committee

  • Trasvin Jittidecharak, Silkworm Books, Thailand
  • Jürgen Boos, President and CEO, Frankfurt Book Fair, Germany

1500 - 1600

Creating the Readers of the Future

Chair: Bodour Al Qasimi, Founder & CEO, Kalimat Group, IPA board member, United Arab Emirates

  • Gita Wolf, Tara Books, India
  • Monica Malhotra Kandhari, Managing Director, MBD Group
  • Karine Pansa, Girassol Edicoes, Brazil
  • Mingzhou Zhang, General Manager, China Children´s Press & Publication Group, China

1600 - 1630

Coffee Break

1630 - 1730

Online literature

Chair: Siying Zhang , Publishers Association of China

  • Mingzhou Zhang, General Manager, China Children´s Press & Publication Group, China
  • Siying Zhang, Publishers Association of China V. Kartika, Westland Publishers / Amazon
  • Charlie Redmayne – Harper Collins

1730 - 1830

Bringing publishing markets together

Chair: Pierre Dutilleul, CEO SNE, France

  • Ahmed Al Ameri; Chairman, Sharjah Book Authority, UAE
  • José Borghino, IPA Secretary General, Switzerland
  • Ramesh K Mittal, Director, D K Agencies (P) Ltd.
  • Jacks Thomas, Dir., London Book Fair

1900 - 2200

Al Ameri will speak before Dinner
Cultural Programme
Dinner Sponsored by Sharjah Publishing City & IPA Prix Voltaire Awards

Day Three – 13 February 2018

1000 - 1130

Book markets in India

Chair: Asoke K Ghosh, Chairman, PHI Learning Private Limited, India


  • Emma House, Deputy CEO, The Publishers Association, United Kingdom
  • Andre Breedt, Nielsen, United Kingdom
  • Himanshu Gupta, S. Chand, India
  • Vikas Gupta, Willey, India

1130 - 1300

Strengthening Education Publishing Capacity

Chair: Wilmar Diepgrond, Westermann Group, IPA Educational Publishers Forum, Germany


  • Jaume Vicens, Managing Director, Vicens Vives, Spain
  • Brian Wafawarowa, President, Publishers Association of South Africa
  • Professor Dinesh Singh, Director Mathematical Sciences Foundation and Former Vice- Chancellor, Delhi University
  • J. S. Rajput, Former Director of the National Council of Educational Research and Training, India
  • Ratnesh Jha, Cambridge University Press, India

1300 - 1430

Lunch sponsored by

1430 - 1530

STM Publishing

Chair: Michiel Kolman, Elsevier

  • N.K. Mehra, Managing Director, Narosa Publishing House, President, Federation of Indian Publishers
  • Peter Wiley, John Wiley & Sons
  • Sanjeev Goswami, Managing Director, Springer Nature, India

1530 - 1600

Coffee Break

1600 - 1730

Collective rights management

Chair: Ana María Cabanellas, Grupo
Claridad; IPA past President, Argentina

  • Caroline Morgan, Chief Executive & Secretary General,
            International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations,
  • Sudhir Malhotra, Chairman, Indian Reprographic Rights Organization, India
  • Michael Healy, Executive Director of International Relations, Copyright Clearance Center, United States
  • Kevin Fitzgerald, Senior Advisor Copyright and Creative Industries, WIPO, Switzerland

1730 - 1830

Valedictory Function and Closing Ceremony

Closing ceremony:
Congress Resolutions

  • Hugo Setzer, IPA Vice-President, Chair IPA Congress Programming Committee
  • Michiel Kolman, IPA President
  • >Asoke K Ghosh, FIP, Chairman and Managing Director of PHI Learning Private Limited - hands over flag to 2020 Congress hosts

1900 - 2200

Cultural Programme