ORF forums are where the foundation’s research meets global conversations. These conclaves are multisectoral and multidisciplinary in their approach, and aggregate young and experienced thought leaders from government, industry and academia.

      Asian Forum on Global Governance

      The Asian Forum on Global Governance is an annual workshop jointly organised by the Observer Research Foundation, India and the ZEIT-StiftungEbelin und GerdBucerius, Germany.The forum takes a close look at the Asian region and at the challenges facing the global community. The primary objective of this forum is to provide an instructional and networking platform for young professional leaders to discuss, debate and challenge conventional interpretations of complex contemporary realities. It provides a unique opportunity for them to confer with high-ranking figures from the political, business and academic communities from around the globe.

      Though the emphasis is on Asia, there is a fair mix of young leaders from Europe, Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia, from diverse sectors.


          The ORF BRICS Forum is a Track II initiative that has played a central role in driving the BRICS agenda forward since the inception of the grouping. In recognition of this, the Government of India has extended continuous support to ORF for coordinating the Track II activities. The first of such initiatives was in 2009, when the organisation hosted 20 top scholars from the BRIC countries in New Delhi. In 2012, on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit held in 2012 at New Delhi, ORF organised the Fourth BRICS Academic Forum, an expansive and innovative format for discussion between Track II experts, which has been replicated under every presidency since, and formalised under the aegis of the BRICS Think Tanks Council (BTTC).


              CyFy: The India Conference on Technology, Security and Society is India’s flagship event for global digital debates. As data becomes the new currency and Internet continues to dissolve national boundaries, CyFy is fast emerging as an indispensable marketplace of ideas where tomorrow’s issues are decided today.

                  CyFy Africa

                  If 2017 was the year that social media disrupted democracies and humanoid robots learned to do backflips, 2018 will be the year that we begin scripting the rules of behaviour for a new technology-embedded society. As governments increasingly rely on the internet for governance and delivery of social benefits, technology simultaneously holds the promise of transformation and the potential for exclusion. With many nations, especially in Asia and Africa, banking on technology, robotics and artificial intelligence to reshape humanity, we need to discuss and resolve a range of apprehensions around gender, race, ethnicity and equity.

                      ORF Kalpana Chawla Annual Space Policy Dialogue

                      The ORF-Kalpana Chawla Space Initiative was launched in March 2015 by Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs. The initiative seeks to bring all key stakeholders from the scientific, commercial and strategic domains of outer space every year to engage on issues pertaining to security, management and peaceful use of outer space.

                          Raisina Dialogue

                          The Raisina Dialogue is envisioned as India’s flagship conference of geopolitics and geo-economics. It is designed to explore prospects and opportunities for Asian integration as well asAsia’s integration with the larger world. It is predicated on India’s vital role in the Indian Ocean Region and how India along with its partners can build a stable regional and world order. The 2016 conclave will focus on Asia’s physical, economic, social and digital connectivity and fostering common global spaces.