India’s emerging economy will be the focus of Wartburg College’s 43rd Annual Corporation Education Day Tuesday, Oct. 4.

“Understanding the Potential Impact of India’s Economic, Political and Cultural Environment” will feature a keynote speech by Dr. Sureka K. Rao, associate professor of economics at Indiana University Northwest in Gary. Executives from John Deere Engine Works and Wells Fargo and a global marketer will participate in a panel discussion on India’s economic and cultural impact.

“Most Americans have very little understanding of the vast potential of India and the crucial role it plays in the developing global economy,” said Gloria Campbell, associate professor of business administration and economics at Wartburg. “Corporation Education Day is a great way to bring the community and students together on timely topics in the field of business.”

Rao, who was raised in India, will begin the conference at 11:30 a.m. with her talk in McCaskey Lyceum in Saemann Student Center. She is president of the Indiana Academy of Social Sciences and has taught in the U.S., Australia, Italy and India.

Following an invitation-only luncheon, a panel discussion at 1:30 p.m. in McCaskey Lyceum will feature three Indian-born executives working in the Upper Midwest:

• Robesh Maity, currently on assignment at John Deere Engine Works in Cedar Falls/Waterloo, was senior general manager at John Deere in India and senior manager of product engineering at General Motors in India.

• Kamala Nayar, assistant vice president at the Wells Fargo Credit — Bank Management Group in Des Moines, received a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Bombay (Mumbai) and was a fellow of the Chartered Accountants of India. She became a certified public accountant in Iowa and is on the board of Cultureall, a nonprofit Des Moines area-based group promoting cultural awareness in schools.

• Sam Roy is managing partner and founder of Minnesota-based WFM, LLC, which assists organizations in dealing with the global economy. Roy was raised in India, and holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees from Jadavpur University as well as an M.B.A. from Minnesota State University in Mankato.

Dr. Fungisai Nota, assistant professor of economics at Wartburg, will moderate the discussion. Nota, who has a doctorate in applied economics from the University of Nevada, is cofounder and chief executive officer of the Center for Economic and Social Policy Analysis and an evaluator and grant reporter for the African Family Health Organization.

He will take students to Mysore and Bangalore in southern India during a May Term course, “Economics and Culture of India.” They will study efforts in rural India to foster development through socially responsible organizations and global corporations based in Bangalore.

Corporation Education Day also will include a presentation on the status of the student-managed investment portfolio under the direction of Dr. Paul Magnall, associate professor of business administration.