India and Germany have shared a strong relationship for decades. This bond extends beyond business and diplomacy; it's about fostering cultural connections and understanding. The Indo-German Young Leaders' Forum (IGYLF) embodies this spirit, bringing together young professionals, innovators, and leaders to exchange ideas and insights. I had the privilege of attending the IGYLF Conference 2023 in Bengaluru, and it was nothing short of incredible.
The IGYLF Conference 2023 was a four-day event from November 2nd to November 5th. It was hosted in the prestigious Bosch Learning Campus (BLC), which not only provided a fantastic venue but also comfortable accommodations for all participants.
A Diverse Spectrum:
One of the most impressive aspects of the conference was the diversity of its participants. We had a wide spectrum of attendees - Germans working in India, Indians working in Germany, and individuals engaged in fostering relations between the two countries. This diversity added depth and richness to our discussions.
The conference featured a series of keynote speakers with deep knowledge about Indo-German relations. They covered the historical perspective, the current state of affairs, and shared their thoughts on the future. It was enlightening to see how both nations have collaborated and evolved over time.
Network and Learn:
The IGYLF Conference offered numerous networking opportunities. We connected with people from different backgrounds and professions, including sessions with industry experts on leadership, climate sustainability, entrepreneurship, technology, and geographical topics.
Hosted by Friedrich Birgelen:
One of the highlights was the special evening hosted by Friedrich Birgelen, the Consulate General of the German Embassy in Bengaluru. His insights and warm hospitality left a lasting impression.
Amidst the sessions and workshops, we explored Bengaluru. A visit to Vidhana Soudha, the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka, was both educational and awe-inspiring. The IGYLF delegates also participated in the LEAD Event of Young Indians, enjoying a cultural performance and an inspiring speech by Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe.
We were treated to a mesmerizing Ramayana performance by Bosch engineers. The sheer effort and artistry they put into the performance were deeply appreciated. The event highlighted the cultural richness of India and brought a piece of the epic Ramayana to life.
A Fusion of Minds:
The IGYLF Conference was an incredible experience, jam-packed with insights and exciting moments. It was more than just a conference; it was a celebration of cultures and the budding Indo-German relationship. I met wonderful people with diverse experiences, mindsets, and ambitions. These connections and the knowledge gained will undoubtedly shape my future career.
I'd like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all the organizers and volunteers who made this event possible. You worked tirelessly to ensure everything ran smoothly. And to my fellow participants, thank you for the engaging discussions, the laughter, and the camaraderie.
Let's look forward to more such events in the future, where we can reconnect and continue to build stronger Indo-German ties.
A proud #IGYLFler or as Dr. Anna-Maria says #IGwalas