About US

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CIC has been promoted by a group of Chennaivasis with interests as diverse as the rainbow of colours in the logo, who have yet, come together with a singular focus, to create a platform for the city to express itself.

CIC aspires to:

• Be a spa for the mind and the soul, a place where achievers of today, yesterday and tomorrow will meet, interact, debate and discuss transformative ideas
• Foster cross-cultural conversation and collaboration
• Showcase role models for the youth and unleash their power to create positive socio-economic change

THE Charter

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• Promoting a healthy exchange of information and ideas in the disciplines of political science, education, business, culture, art, science and social sciences
• Applying these ideas and improving the quality of life for the benefit of humanity at large
Promoting collaboration amongst the persons engaged or interested in the above mentioned disciplines and also encouraging interaction between the public and experts in these fields
Encouraging debate in these fields among experts and providing avenues for new lines of thinking and research
• Helping bright Indian minds infuence global thinking and bringing global thought leaders to address Chennai
Engaging with the next generation by holding interactions with schools, colleges and educational institutions
• Sharing Chennai’s rich history, culture and showcasing the achievements of our truly world-class talent


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Patrons Photo

Dr V Shanta
K Parasaran
Dr C Rangarajan
Dr P C Reddy
R Thyagarajan
Dr S S Badrinath
M K Narayanan
N Vaghul
Suresh Krishna
AVM Saravanan
R K Raghavan
T S Krishnamurthy
Padma Subramaniam
N Gopalaswami
Sudharani Raghupathy
N Ram
M V Subbiah

CIC Trust

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Gopal Srinivasan (Chairman, TVS Capital Funds)
M S Srinivasan (Chairman, ITPCL)
N Lakshmi Narayanan (Ex-Vice Chairman, Cognizant)
Prakash Challa (Chairman, SSPDL)
Venugopal Kasturi (Director, Kasturi & Sons Pvt Ltd)
V Ravichandar (Chairman, Feedback Consulting)
R Anand (Partner, Ernst & Young)
P H Arvindh Pandian (Additional Advocate General, Govt of TN)
Rajeev Mecheri (Managing Director, Mecheri Smart Capital)
Kiran Reddy (Chairman, SPI Group)
Rahul Mammen Mappillai (MD, MRF Group)
Vellayan Subbiah (MD, TI Financial Holdings Ltd)

CIC Trust is the sponsor and promoter of CIC which is a Section 8 company

The board

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M S Srinivasan (Chairman, ITPCL)
N Lakshmi Narayanan (Ex-Vice Chairman, Cognizant)
Prakash Challa (Chairman, SSPDL)
V Ravichandar (Chairman, Feedback Consulting)
K Venugopal (Director, Kasturi & Sons Pvt Ltd)
Gopal Srinivasan (Chairman, TVS Capital Funds)
R Anand (Partner, Ernst & Young)
Rajeev Mecheri (Managing Director, Mecheri Smart Capital)
Kiran Reddy (Chairman, SPI Group)
Rahul Mammen (MD, MRF Group)
Nina B Kothari (Chairperson, Kothari Group)
Pooja Jhaver (Director, Kashipur Holdings Ltd)
Irshad Ahmed Mecca (MD, Farida Group)
Vanitha Shankar (Executive Director)


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Nandan Nilekani
Alternate view of the future

T M Krishna
Inclusiveness of Music

Mukund G Rajan
Continuity through Change - TATA in the era
of Liberation

Vinay Sitapathi
Half Lion book discussion with M K Narayan
and Praveen Chakravarthy

Nirmala Sitharaman
Discussion on Economy with Preeta Reddy

Rakesh K Kaul
Last Queen of Kashmir with Sanjay Kaul

Ven. Rinpoche
Uncompromising Ethics for a Compromised World
with Ven. Priyadarshi & S. Gurumurthy

In conversation with Mystic

Sadhguru with Gopal Srinivasan
& Raju Venkatraman

Vijay Amritraj
in conversation with Vivek Reddy
Glenn McGrath
in conversation with N. Ram

Viswanathan Anand
"Chess - Evolution from Mind
to Machine in conversation with
IM Saravanan

Dr. Bibek Debroy
in conversation with Dr. S. VaidyaSubramanian

G. Parthasarathy
Emerging Opportunities, Challenges and Role of India
from Malacca to Aden

M K Narayanan, P S Raghavan & Jayadev Ranade
Panel Session on - Is China the new Hegemon ? - Challenges
before India"

Martin Indyk and Harshavardhana Singh
Trump's Geo-Political Agenda and
what it could mean for India

J Chelameswar in conversation with
N Gopalaswami on Rule of Law and
Civil Society

Shobu Yarlaggada & S S Rajamouli in conversation with
Mr Rajiv Menon on making a
Pan India Blockbuster

Shaktikanta Das in conversation with Aarati Krishnan


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Rahul Narayan in conversation with
Lakshmi Narayanan on Mission to the Moon : Fueled by Ambition

Mr. Shiv Nadar in conversation with R Srinivasan & Pradeep Gupta
on the theme beyond business

Dr M Anandakrishnan "Imperatives for new curriculum"

Mr S Gurumurthy on
Demonetisation its role and impact & follow up
with Sumanth C Raman

Release of Book - "Black money and tax havens" -
Prof R Vaidhyanathan followed by a conversation
with Raghuvir Srinivasan

Role of citizen in curbing corruption: KV Chowdary
moderated by
Mukund Padmanabhan

Shri T S Krishnamurthy in conversation
with Shri N Gopalaswami on Fine tuning Electoral Democracy

Shri Pankaj Kumar Bansalin conversation
with Shri Ramesh Mangaleswaranon
Can the Metro Rail transform Chennai

Book Release:
Faster, Smarter, Greener - The Future of Car & Urban Mobility"
Dr Sumantran
in conversation with Dr Nagendra Palla
Olympic Gold Quest: Can India Succeed?
Moderated by P Kashyap

Mainstreaming sports in schools
Saumil Majumdar moderated by Pradeep Yadav

Union Budget 2018-19: Dr Arvind Subramanian
moderated by Dr Ananth Nageswaran

What comes first? Better law or better economy?
Prof Vikram Khanna, Mr Arvind Datar

Rethinking Indian History
Sanjeev Sanyal moderated by V Sriram

Restoring Chennai's wetlands
Mark Tercek, CEO The Nature Conservancy,
Seema Paul, MD, TNC India

Writing Fiction for the present from the
History of the past
Ashwin Sanghi

Leadership Vision for TamizhNadu: First in series:
'We the Change' Dr Kamal Haasan