These thoughts resonated strongly not only in the Infosys Lunch Panel Discussion but also in my conversation with business leaders in various forums, including one-to-one meetings and the IT Governors Meet amongst others. What business leaders also realized was the fact that talent would continue to remain at the center of any initiative towards driving growth and it was clearly in short supply. Therefore, the need of the hour was to retrain and reskill existing talent pools to make them more employable while looking at new avenues for sourcing talent. Businesses also realized that they need to work with governments, policy makers and the academia alike in order to create an eco-system that fostered all-round, inclusive and sustainable growth. The first step towards this future was the need to create jobs to boost growth.
To conclude, the event began with skepticism in the media around the effectiveness of an event of this scale. However, over the course of the week, I could only sense positivity and hope all around - Positivity of mindset and hope of a better tomorrow. There was general consensus that businesses and business leaders played a critical role in enabling us to fulfill our moral responsibility to create a world that was better than, if not as good as the one we inherited.
S. D. Shibulal is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Infosys. Prior to becoming the CEO and Managing Director, Shibu served as the Chief Operating Officer between June 22, 2007 and August 20, 2011. Earlier, Shibu held a number of senior leadership roles including: Head of Worldwide Sales and Customer Delivery, Worldwide Head of Customer Delivery, and Head of Infosys Manufacturing and Distribution and Internet Consulting practice.