Call for Speakers

Call for Speakers

PDMA-India, an Indian Affiliate of PDMA, USA calls for speakers to send proposals to speak at its Second PDMA-India NPD Conference 2018 to be held at IIT Madras on 22nd & 23rd of December 2018. PDMA-India NPD Conference is the only platform in India that brings together the Product Development and Innovation Professionals from across India under one platform. If you are interested and have been a part of successful New Product Development initiatives either as an individual or in an organisation please go ahead and submit your proposal for us to reach out to you.

For any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Consultant at +91-900-306-9000 or email us at

The speaker selection process is as below:

Step-1: Submit your abstract as a proposal
Step-2: PDMA-India Officer will reach out to you over Video Conference mode or through a telephonic conversation to have a quick discussion on your topic. This is applicable only for the selected abstracts.
Step-3: You will receive communication from PDMA-India about your selection as a speaker for the conference.

All decisions of PDMA-India Organising Committee is final.

Important Dates to Remember

Submission of Abstract
10-Apr-2018 to 25-Apr-2018
Interview by PDMA-India Officer
Speakers Finalisation
Submission of Presentation
Conference Date


The requirements of abstracts are listed below:
  1. The abstract shall have a topic that communicates the value in alignment to the theme of the conference.
  2. Abstract shall be in word format explaining the essence of the topic between 500 to 1000 words.
  3. The topic shall be in complete alignment with NPDP Body of Knowledge as laid out by PDMA, USA. Please click here to view or download NPDP Body of Knowledge.
  4. The abstract shall indicate a case study which will be used as a demonstration of the concept the speaker would like to convey to the audience.
  5. Submission of abstracts shall not be construed as a confirmation for speaking at the conference.
  6. All abstracts shall be submitted on or before Wednesday, 28-Feb-2018 by 5:00 PM. No abstracts will be accepted after the closing date.


For the shortlisted abstracts, Mr.Vikram Sivaraman, VP (Training), PDMA-India will reach out to the prospective speaker to fix up a time to discuss the submitted topic. This will happen through an in-person meeting or video conference between 10-Apr-2018 and 25-Apr-2018, based on mutual convenience. On completion of this discussion Mr. Vikram will place his assessment report in front of the PDMA-India Organising Committee for its approval.

PDMA-India Organising Committee

Dr. Aruna Shekar
Dr. Saravana Kumar
Venkadesh Narayanan
Vikram Sivaraman