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 Observer Research Foundation, India, and 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.


CyFy 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

CyFy Africa brings together ministers, journalists, ethicists, civil society, as well as technology leaders and entrepreneurs to curate Africa-centred conversations around data, innovation, gender, norms and new media. CyFy is informed by African experiences and contexts — capturing the continent’s success with emerging technologies and charting a course for the region’s digital future.

Colaba Conversation

Colaba Conversation is Mumbai’s annual signature forum co-hosted by Observer Research Foundation and the Government of Maharashtra for discussing international policy issues affecting the city, the nation, and the world.

Dhaka Global Dialogue

The Dhaka Global Dialogue, co-hosted by Observer Research Foundation, India, and the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS), Bangladesh, seeks to catalyse conversations on what is fast emerging as one of the most important and dynamic political and growth geographies of the world.

Kalpana Chawla Annual Space Policy Dialogue

The Kalpana Chawla Annual Space Policy Dialogue is unique in advocating the need for a national space policy for India to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in security, civil and commercial space applications. In honour of Dr. Kalpana Chawla, this annual dialogue highlights the success of India’s cooperation with all the major spacefaring nations and discuss ways to mitigate the socio-political challenges on Earth that must still be overcome.

Kigali Global Dialogue

The Kigali Global Dialogue serves as an annual Rwanda–based platform where established and emerging actors convene for a global conversation on contemporary issues of development and growth.

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 as Asia’s integration with the larger world.

Tackling Insurgent Ideologies

Tackling Insurgent Ideologies aims to host government officials, academics, civil society organisations, the media and the private sector — in particular tech and social media companies — to discuss policy solutions to prevent/counter violent extremism.