Workshop | Web3: Prospects and Challenges
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Web3 is heralded as the beginning of a global ownership economy. In the course of its evolution, it is expected to be more democratized and decentralized, run as it is on blockchains. India has nurtured a rich community of developers and home-grown companies in the Web3 realm, many of which have drawn overseas investments for developing new digital products and platforms. It is estimated that over 60,000 new Web3 developers made their advent in India during 2022. Indeed, Web3 is expected to promote the development of a new generation of digital enterprises and digital ecosystems like the metaverse. This will also promote the growth of digital goods and assets that accelerate the quality and quantum of tangible public goods connected to the delivery of education, health and natural resources.


With a view to deliberating on critical issues connected to Web 3, the ICRIER Prosus Centre on Internet and Digital Economy (IPCIDE), proposes to convene a brainstorming workshop on April 14, 2023 to take stock of the rapid developments in the Web3 realm. The workshop will delve into India’s potential contribution to the development of Web 3 on a global scale and regulatory challenges posed by this new technology.


Workshop on

Web3: Prospects and Challenges

ICRIER Conference Room, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road New Delhi

14 April 2023, 3:00 – 5:30 PM


3:00 – 3:30 PM : Registration 
 3:30 – 3:50 PM : Inception

Welcome Remarks: Deepak Mishra, Director &CE, ICRIER

Context Setting: Prof. A Damodaran, Distinguished Professor, ICRIER


3:50 – 4:10 PM : Session 1: India’s national and sub-national blockchain strategies, and international cooperation in Web 3.0


– Anna Roy, Senior Adviser, NITI Aayog

– V Raghunandan, Secretary, TRAI

– Rama Devi Lanka, Director, Emerging Technologies, Government of Telangana

– Rajkumar Upadhyay, CEO, C-DOT

– Harsha Bhowmik, Director, Digital Economy and Fintech, Ministry of Finance

– Manoj Jain, Scientist ‘F’, R&D in IT, MeitY

– Anil K. Sagar, Scientist ‘D’, R&D in IT, MeitY

– Fabien Aufrechter, Mayor of Verneuil-sur-Seine & VP Web 3.0 Vivendi, France

– Benoit Sauveroche, First Counsellor at the Delegation of the European Union to India and Bhutan, European External Action Service


4:20 – 4:40 PM : Session 2: Implications of Web 3.0 on implementation of the SDGs and key development priorities


– Vidya Soundarajan, Director, WWF-India & Oxford Policy Management, New Delhi

– Abhishek Acharya, Director, Ministry of Women and Child Welfare

– Rupa Chanda, Director, UNESCAP, Bangkok, Thailand

– Jessica Stanford, Global Project Manager- Building Blocks (Emerging Technologies), World Food Programme

– Rishant Kumar – Growth Lead, APAC @KILTProtocol


4:40 – 5:00 PM : Session 3: Implications of Web 3.0 on digital financial systems, the development of new-generation digital assets, and the prospects for start-ups


– Rajesh Bansal, CEO, RBI Innovation Hub

– Henri Arslanian, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Nine Blocks Capital Management

– Nitin Sharma, Co-Founder and General Partner, Antler India

– Santhosh C. Kurup, CEO, ICT Academy of Kerala

– Manoj A. S, Head Planning, Competency Development & Innovations ICT Academy of Kerala

– Arpit Sharma, Managing Director, NEAR Foundation, Gurugram, India

– Pranav Khanna, Director of Strategic Initiatives, LOA Labs

– Bhawna Sangwan, Chief Legal & Strategy Officer, SLICE, Bangalore

– Shikha Agrawal, CTO – Data, Microsoft India, New Delhi.

– Sristhi Assudani, Chief Business Officer, Stealth Start-up, Mumbai

– Sundeep Narwani, CEO and Co-founder, Start3


5:00 – 5:20 PM : Session 4: Regulatory implications of Web 3.0 on issues including- cyber security, data protection, open standards, etc


– R Chandrashekhar, former president of NASSCOM

– G. Muthuraja, Director, Ministry of Home Affairs

– Aruna Sundararajan, Former Secretary of Telecommunications

– Anjana Sinha, IPS, Government of India

– Sreedhara Narayanaswamy, Head, Cloud Centre of Excellence, Oracle

– Sunil Abraham, Public Policy Director – Data Economy and Emerging Tech, Facebook India

– Rama Vedashree, Advisor, Dallas Venture Capital, New Delhi

– Deepak Maheshwari, Senior Visiting Fellow, ICRIER


5:00 – 5:30 PM : Discussion Synthesis and Vote of Thanks

– Mansi Kedia, Senior Fellow, ICRIER



14 Apr, 2023