Welcome! Join the movement for Rural Transformation for Sustainable Growth organized jointly by Stanford Ideal Village Project, WHEELS Global Foundation, Pan IIT-Alumni, CII, FIPA and Banaras Hindu University(Institute of Management Studies), India on Friday, Nov. 11th through Sunday, Nov.13th 2022.


Rural Transformation
for Sustainable Growth

Organized Jointly by Stanford Ideal Village Project, WHEELS Global Foundation, Pan IIT-Alumni, CII, FIPA, FICCI, AARDO and Banaras Hindu University (Institute of Management Studies), India on November 11th-13th 2022.

Swatantrata Bhavan, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India



Vast rural populations lack access to basic life essentials, namely, clean water, access to healthcare, education, energy, and sustainable livelihoods.  Their plight is tragically worsening due to the Covid pandemic, regional conflicts, supply chain disruption, and inflation.

The annual Ideal Village Conferences at Stanford University since 2016 have served as a collaboration platform for diverse organizations to develop a holistic approach for improving rural lives.

These have documented a wealth of learnings and experiences from rural development efforts, covering challenges, solutions, best practices, and project reviews, all viewable at:  https://www.scienceforsociety.com.

The 7thIdeal Village Conference jointly organized by Stanford University, WHEELS Global Foundation, Pan-IIT Alumni, and Banaras Hindu University (BHU) will address the theme of Rural Transformation for Sustainable Growth.

This Ideal Village Conference which is a forum for Holistic Rural Development through Collaboration is being held in India for the first time.

Who should attend?

(Central, State & Regional)
Industry and CSR leaders
Banking and Finance
Rural (Panchayat) Community Leaders
Non-Profits or NGOs
Foundations, Trusts
Social Impact Organizations
Start-ups, Entrepreneurs, VCs
Academia, Research Labs

Conference Tracks

Water &
Healthcare &
Energy &
& Skill Development
Livelihood &
& Farming

Our Sponsors / Partners

Distinguished Speakers

Shri Surya Pratap Shahi
Hon'ble Cabinet Minister for Agriculture,
Agriculture Education & Agriculture Research,
Uttar Pradesh
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
Hon'ble Union Minister of Jal Shakti

Dr. V. Anantha Nageswaran
Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India
Ms Vini Mahajan
Secretary, Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Government of India
Mr. Alan GANOO
Hon'ble Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration, and International Trade Mauritius National Assembly
Dr. Kailash K. S. Jagutpal
Hon'ble Minister of Health and Wellness Mauritius National Assembly

Dr. Arabinda Padhee IAS
Principal Secretary,
Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment Government of Odisha
Dr. Rahul Gupta
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, USA
Dr. Rajiv Shah
Rockefeller Foundation
Asha Jadeja Motwani
Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist

Retd Justice Giridhar Malaviya
Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University

Dr. Sudhir Kumar Jain
Vice Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University

Mohamed Amersi
Founder & Chairman Amersi Foundation, and, Inclusive Ventures UK
Dr. Manoj Nardeosingh
Secretary General,
African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO)
Dr. Raj Shah
Founder & President, SmartCare Doc

Meera Shenoy
Founder, Youth4Jobs

Priya Naik
Founder, Samhita Ventures​
Dr. Vibha Gupta
Chair, Magan Sangrahalaya Samiti & Founder,
Center for Science in Villages, Wardha​
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Art of Living Foundation
Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai
Spiritual Guru & Humanitarian
Gauranga Das
Monk for Action, Vrindavan Eco Village​
Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh, PhD
Provost, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Ishan Shivanand
Founder, Yoga of Immortals &
Director, Mental & Behavioural Health Initiative, WHEELS Global Foundation
Prof Madaswamy Moni
Centre for Agricultural Informatics (Shobhit Institute, Meerut),
Former Director General,
National Informatics Centre, Govt of India
Dr. Prashant Maruti Pawar
Professor and Dean Academics at SVERI's College of Engineering, Pandharpur

Dr. Suman Chakraborty
Dean of R&D, IIT-Kharagpur, Institute Chair Professor, J C Bose National Fellow

Dr Jayanti Ravi
Auroville Foundation

Prof. Chetan Singh Solanki
Founder of Energy Swaraj Foundation Brand Ambassador of Solar Energy for Madhya Pradesh
Mrs Gauri Kumar, IAS (Retd)
Former Secretary Govt of India
Chair WHEELS Water Council
KS Rao
Executive Vice-President & Head – Investor Education & Distribution Development Aditya Birla Sun Life AMC Ltd.
Dr Babu U V
Research & Development,
Himalaya Wellness Company
L. Prabhakar
Executive Vice President & Head - Social Investments, ITC

B Thiagarajan
Managing Director, Blue Star Limited

Dr. R.S. Sodhi
CEO of Amul

Balaji Ganapathy
Chief Social Responsibility Officer,
Tata Consultancy Services
Dr. Rahul Walawalkar
President & MD, Customized Energy Solutions India Pvt. Ltd. and India Energy Storage Alliance
Murali Vullaganti
Founder and Exec Chairman, Rural Shores and People Shores
T R Kesavan
Group President TAFE,
Chairman, FICCI National Agriculture Committee
Subramaniam Ramadorai
Chairman, Governing Board of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Ex Vice Chairman, TCS
Dr. Nandini Tandon
IndUS Setu Foundation​

Pradeep Gupta
CyberMedia Group​

Ashank Desai
Vice Chairman & Managing Director of Mastek Ltd.​

JA Chowdary
Entrepreneur, Innovator,
Angel Investor, Industry Leader
Roopa Mishra
Jt Secretary, Housing & Urban Affairs, Govt of India
Archna Vyas
Deputy Director, Gates Foundation, India
Arun Nanda
Chairman & Founder, Mahindra Holiday Resorts
Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev
Founder, ISHA Foundation
Ravinderjit Singh
Head Rural Transformation, Reliance Foundation
Alok Verma
Project Director, HCL Foundation
Surinder Makhijia
Senior VP, Jain Irrigation
Prof Ranjan Kumar Ghosh
Chair, Center for Management, IIM Ahmedabad
Dr Meena Chintapalli
Ms Preeti Singh
Head of CSR, Magic EdTech
Prof Ananda B Rao
Head CTARA, IIT-Mumbai

Why Participate?

India can become a US$5 Trillion economy primarily through rural development because more than 850 million people live in rural areas. This represents a great opportunity to find new markets, develop new labor sources, enhance manufacturing, with large demands for affordable housing, healthcare, energy, education, etc.

With 100 years since Indian independence in 2047, India must make the investments to build rural infrastructure, implement social impact projects, improve agriculture, and market many more goods and services to this neglected segment.

Rural youth are highly motivated to improve their lives and reverse their migration patterns to live in their communities by birth and start entrepreneurial ventures.This conference will raise the awareness of rural development opportunities and bring industry, academia, NGOs, and Government together to exchange ideas for scaling rural technology applications.

Learn from distinguished speakers, panel discussants, exhibitors, and poster presenters about the ‘best practices’ for implementing water conservation and management, scalable healthcare initiatives such as Telemedicine, emerging technologies for alternative energy, and ‘collaborative governance’ of public-private-partnerships’ by including grass roots Panchayats and Village Groups.Opportunities to meet senior government leaders, corporate executives and other experts in the field, discuss various challenges for development.

Exclusive Sponsorship Opportunities
Exhibition Booths

Ideal Village Movement

Essential Pillars

Almost two-thirds of the world's population live in rural areas with limited or no access to basic needs of human life.

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Local Leaders
Rural Communities
NGOs, Foundations
Corporate (CSR)
Academic Institutions
Social Agencies
State, Central Govt.
Women Empowerment
Organic Farming
Natural Pesticides
Rainwater Harvesting
Natural Pesticides
Waster Recycling
Clean Water
Food & Housing

Annual Ideal Village Conferences held at Stanford University since 2016 have served as a neutral platform for collaboration, networking, and sharing of rural development experiences, knowledge, and project learnings between government agencies, NGOs, corporate entities, startups, social impact investors, leading universities, and major foundations.

The webinar series hosted by WGF has served as forum for thought leaderships, best practices, key takeaways and practical outcomes in rural development.Enable essential needs to uplift BILLIONS living in rural and underserved communities - for example, in India alone the rural population numbers almost a billion, more than the combined population of North America and Europe.


Enable the essential needs in Water, Health, Education, Energy and Livelihoods, in a Holistic and Sustainable manner, using cost-effective technology and stakeholder-collaboration to create an enduring rural economy for 20% of India’s rural population by 2030.


To launch a nationwide Ideal Village Movement to uplift and empower underserved communities through the adoption of Best Practices in Rural Development with appropriate Technology.


Identify best practices from NGOs/Foundations/Academia/SMART Village methodology for scaling across India to create Ideal Villages.

Receive buy-in from Central Govt. and State Govt. departments and relevant agencies to enable scaling to achieve the impact goals.

Integrate CSR programs and Companies that align with each Ideal Village Track (vertical) to enable expanded pilots and district-level scaling.

Maintain a central Ideal Village Project Office and satellite centers for all States involved in the Ideal Village scaling programs.

Recruit Ideal Village champions at all levels to ensure integrity, strict adherence, and consistent progress of the rural development mission.

Collaborate with Institutes of Eminence (IITs, BHU, etc) in supporting 5-10 regional colleges to disseminate ideal village know-how and research output for scaling

Key contacts

Stanford Ideal Village
Prof. Kanwaljeet S. Anand
Dr. Sundar Kamath
Wheels Global Foundation
Suresh Shenoy
Dr. Hiten Ghosh
Amb Pradeep Kapur
PAN-IIT Alumni
Debashish Bhattacharyya
Sunil Khanna
Prof. Sujit Kumar Dubey
Prof. H.P. Mathur
Dr. Raj Bhayani