Date: Dec 15, 2023 Time: 04:00 PM
Book Discussion | The Next New: Navigating the Fifth Industrial Revolution (HarperCollins, 2023) by Pranjal Sharma

We are entering the era of the fifth industrial revolution where exponential technology-led transformations are disrupting business models across sectors. Fujitsu’s Global Digital Transformation Report (2021) notes that 44 percent of currently offline businesses are planning to automate at least half of their functions by 2025. What are the driving forces behind these changes, and how do we prepare for them? How can businesses balance technological innovation with sustainable practices and inclusive growth? And what skills will this new paradigm require?

These questions and more animate The Next New, by economic analyst and author, Pranjal Sharma. The event at ORF Kolkata will see the author and a group of high-powered business and policy leaders discussing the book’s themes, and exploring the changes that are defining our world.



16:00 - 16:05 (IST)


Welcome remarks:

Nilanjan Ghosh, Director, ORF Kolkata and Centre for New Economic Diplomacy (CNED)


16:05 - 17:25 (IST)

Book Discussion and Q&A

Moderator’s introduction:

Anirban Sarma, Deputy Director, ORF Kolkata and Senor Fellow, CNED

Anchor presentation:

Pranjal Sharma, Economic analyst and author, The Next New: Navigating the Fifth Industrial Revolution (HarperCollins, 2023)

Book discussion 


  • Kumardeep Banerjee, Country Director (India), Information Technology Industry Council
  • Anisha Singh Motwani, Founder and CEO, Havas QED
  • Sandipan Chattopadhyay, CEO and Managing Director, Xelpmoc Design & Tech 
  • Aparajita Banerjee, Founder and CEO, Astrit Research and Advisory Services



17:25 - 17:30 (IST)


Vote of thanks:

Pratnashree Basu, Associate Fellow, ORF and CNED