The Indian ambassador to the United States, Nirupama Rao, is to join the author Salman Rushdie as a speaker at the third annual India Summit on March 2-3 at Emory University.

The summit is to feature panels on medical tourism, technology and privacy, creativity and the arts, public health and international business opportunities.

Mrs. Rao assumed her responsibilities as India’s ambassador to the U.S. in September 2011. Previously she was India’s foreign secretary, the highest office in the Indian Foreign Service, where she served a two-year term.

Sir Rushdie is a distinguished writer-in-residence at Emory University. He is the author of 14 books and in 2007 was knighted in recognition of his contributions to literature.

Other speakers are to include: Manoj Jain, a physician with a specialty in infectious diseases; Kapil Sharma, general manager of North America for Tata Sons, a branch of Mumbai, India-based Tata Group;

Sudhakar Shenoy, chair and CEO of IMC Inc., a technology solutions company that has been recognized for its innovations applying information technology to the life sciences;

Devi Shetty, pioneering heart surgeon and founder of Narayana Hrudalaya Hospital in Bangalore, India, who will participate virtually from India, and K.M. Venkat Naraya, Ruth and O.C. Hubert professor of global health and epidemiology at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health.

The event is hosted by Emory’s Halle Institute for Global Learning and is to take place from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. March 2 and 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. March 3 at the Goizueta Business School, 1300 Clifton Road.

It is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Attendees are required to register online at A live webcast of the summit will be available at