• Managing Committee

    "The key to public-private partnership is a relationship based on trust, professionalism and a shared vision for the greater good of the society. PAFI will focus on ethics; winning with integrity and fostering informed policy formulation."

    Harish Krishnan,
    President &
    Founding Member

  • Managing Committee

    "Public Policy is the delicate art of balancing diverse interests of society – government, academia, industry and public at large, for achieving the greatest good of the greatest numbers. PAFI will be the vehicle to
    achieve this."

    K C Ravi,
    Vice President &
    Founding Member

  • Managing Committee

    "Public Affairs addresses issues around & creates 'CREDIBILITY'. By exception not visibility - which Public
    Relations does."

    Raman Sidhu,
    Secretary &
    Founding Member

  • Managing Committee

    Ishteyaque Amjad,

  • Managing Committee

    "As India opens and the economy expands, the need for industry and government engagement is growing. PAFI is a strong start to give public affairs the boost it requires."

    Rahul Sharma,
    Past President &
    Founding Member

  • Managing Committee

    "Don't mistake activity with achievement."

    -- John Wooden, American Basketball Coach, 1973

    T S Vishwanath,
    Past President &
    Founding Member

  • Managing Committee

    "I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's business."

    By Michael J. Fox, quoted by Lorne A. Adrain in 'The Most Important Thing I Know' US (Canadian-born), an actor

    Rajeev Batra,
    Past President &
    Founding Member

  • Managing Committee

    "Public Affairs services enables business. It is our mandate to build an association that builds a body of professionals that provides ethical solutions to complex issues across stakeholders."

    Prema Sagar,
    Founding President

  • Managing Committee

    "PAFI seeks to recognise strategic role of public affairs, provide a platform to share best practices & work towards building a credible global network of public affairs professionals."

    Ajay Khanna,
    Founding Member

  • Managing Committee

    Medha Girotra,
    Managing Committee Member

  • Managing Committee

    Sanjay Singh,
    Managing Committee Member

The 2017 India Public Affairs Forum
Public Affairs: Effective Advocacy & Public Policy Strategies

September 15, 2017

Shri. Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs Inaugurates PAFI's 4th National - The 2017 India Public Affairs Forum

Delivering his first major address, while inaugurating the PAFI’s 4th National - The 2017 India Public Affairs Forum, Shri. Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Government of India, made a major announcement sharing that the Ministry has approved a Rs 300 Crore plan for visible improvement of solid waste management in Delhi. The fund will be utilised for procuring machines for collection, transport and storage of solid waste, procurement of decentralised treatment plans and special machines for upkeep of drains and sewers.


Shri. Puri highlighted that under the AMRUT Yojana:

  • • elaborate action plans for 500 mission cities have been approved 3 years ahead of time.
  • • projects over Rs 20,000 crore are under implementation and tenders worth Rs 2,500 crore projects have been floated
  • • Rs 1.39 crore urban households will be provided with water connections; sewerage networks will be improved from the present 30% to 60% besides, developing 1900 open spaces and green parks.


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  View Proceedings of PAFI's 4th National Forum

With the theme of “Public Affairs: Effective Advocacy & Public Policy Strategies”, PAFI’s 4th National Forum focused on how engaging with external stakeholders is key to have an effective advocacy and what are the various strategies corporates need to adopt for an effective public policy & public affairs program.


Inaugural Dinner

Thursday, September 14, 2017

New Delhi



On September 14, 2017 – Mr. Sanjaya Baru, Secretary General, FICCI, graced the event as a Chief Guest and addressed the gathering at the inaugural dinner of PAFI’s 4th National – The 2017 India Public Affairs Forum at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. The special evening brought together key stakeholders from across the spectrum – government, legislature, bureaucracy, industry, and media - to network and discuss the future and current scenario of Public Affairs.

Addressing the gathering said, “Over the years we have seen PAFI grow tremendously. I am sure it will play an even more significant role in shaping public policy and in giving a new dimension to how business entities should engage with stakeholders especially those involved in the process of policy formulation.”

Mr. Baru said, “We are living in interesting times, where the idea of advocacy is increasingly being viewed as ‘self-serving’. It is extremely important to inform the connected social milieu that the objective of advocacy is to shape public policy. The economic slowdown and the term ‘policy paralysis’ is a product of fear of public scrutiny.” He urged public affairs professionals to concentrate their efforts in empowering policy makers to make difficult decisions and not fear the consequences.


Closing Session – Chief Guest - Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, on 15th September 2017.


Conference Programme Press Release Press Articles

Eminent speakers at the forum included: Shri Amitabh Kant (CEO, NITI Aayog), Deepender Singh Hooda (MP, Congress), Pinaki Misra, MP, BJD), Kunwar Bhartendra Singh (MP, BJP), Prem Das Rai (MP, Sikkim Democratic Front), Aruna Sundararajan (Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communication), Atanu Chakraborty (Director General, Directorate General of Hydrocarbons), Alok Chaturvedi (Director General Foreign Trade), Dinesh Agarwal (Founder, IndiaMART), T K Arun (Opinion Editor, Economic Times), Sanjeev Bhikachandani (Founder, Info Edge), Raj Chengappa (Group Editorial Director, India Today), Kiran Karnik (Former President, NASSCOM), Anil Menon (Global President, Smart +Connected Communities, Cisco), Sanjay Modi (Managing Director, Monster.com), Nikhil Pahwa (Editor & Publisher, MediaNama), Srivatsan Rajan (Chairman, Bain & Company), Mukund Govind Rajan (Chief Ethics Officer and Chairman, TATA Global Sustainability Council), Sukumar Ranganathan (Editor, Mint), Raman Roy (CEO, Quatrro & Chairman, NASSCOM), Nirupama Subramanian (Resident Editor, Indian Express, Chandigarh), Piyush Tewari (CEO , SaveLIFE Foundation), Shivnath Thukral (Managing Director, Carnegie India).

The 2017 India Public Affairs Forum will be held on Friday, September 15, 2017 at ITC Maurya Hotel, New Delhi. This 4th National Conference of PAFI will bring together stakeholders & participants from the fields of Business, Think Tanks, Media, NGO's, Government & Legislature. A day-long conference is being planned with sessions involving panelists from different stakeholders.

Public Affairs Forum of India (www.pafi.in) is the only organised forum in the country which has representation from large & medium-sized transnational Indian & foreign companies in the field of Public Affairs.

PAFI's objective is to redefine perceptions of how business entities should engage with various stakeholders from Government & Media to Civil Society and Academics.

PAFI's 3rd National Conference, held in New Delhi on 16th September, 2016, was inaugurated by Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Railways, Government of India and attended by more than 250 delegates.

Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, was the Chief Guest at the Inaugural Dinner on previous day.

See proceedings of PAFI's National conference 2016