Atlas Network's Asia Liberty Forum 2017 cohosted by Centre for Civil Society at the Leela Mumbai Hotel in Mumbai, India.

Atlas Network is partnering with think tanks across the globe to host regional liberty forums, allowing friends of liberty from across one continent or region to come together for professional development training, competitions for funding, strategy discussions, networking, and much more.

Atlas Network is delighted to again partner with the Centre for Civil Society to host the 2017 Asia Liberty Forum, a public celebration aimed at advancing liberty and free markets in Asia, by bringing together 250 champions of freedom: intellectuals, think tank leaders, policy makers, business leaders, and change makers who will present their work and views on various facets of modern Asia. Champions of free people and free markets from across Asia and the world are invited to Mumbai for two days of leadership development, sharing of best practices, and discussion of the policy battles that lie ahead.

The conference will include keynote addresses and breakout sessions, superior networking opportunities, and friendly competition among think tanks. The forum provides a unique opportunity to interact closely with distinguished experts across various fields; some who are tackling Asia's unique development challenges, and others who bring international experience and perspectives towards charting our future course. The Asia Liberty Forum Gala Dinner on the evening of the 11th will feature Atlas Network’s announcement of 2017 Asia Liberty Award winner. To apply, click here.

Other highlights include:

  • Speed Networking, designed to help attendees expand their contacts 
  • Elevator Pitch Competition, where participants will present their 60-second pitch with the chance to win a prize

Join the conversation online using #AsiaLF17 and connect with other attendees on the Facebook event page.

John Templeton FoundationMajor sponsorship for Atlas Network's Regional Liberty Forums generously provided by the John Templeton Foundation.


The Asia Liberty Forum 2017 takes place in Mumbai, India, at The Leela Mumbai hotel.

The Leela Mumbai, Sahar, Andheri (E), Mumbai 400 059

T: +91 22 6691 1234, E:

Nearest Airport: 2kms / 10 minutes

Airport Transfers

The conference venue and hotel is located 10 minutes from the Mumbai International Airport. Given its proximity, we encourage you to use a taxi service available at the airport. Do make sure to take an authorized pre-paid taxi (the pre-paid taxi counter is located within the airport premises, the end of the arrival terminal) or a cab service provider like Meru, Easy Cabs or Uber.

The charges of the pre-paid taxi service are fixed as per destination, with additional charges levied on each piece of luggage.

Should you prefer the hotel to arrange a pick-up for you, please get in touch with Farzana at

The hotel can provide airport pick-ups at INR 776 (approx. USD 12) from the Mumbai International Airport, and at INR 1613 (approx. USD 25) from the domestic airport.

Room Reservations

There is a discounted rate for rooms at the conference hotel, The Leela, Mumbai.

Premiere City View Room

Single Occupancy - INR 9,556 /night (approximately USD 144)

Double Occupancy - INR 10,751/ night (approximately USD  162)

Rate for the premiere city view room is inclusive of all taxes, buffet, breakfast, and Wi-Fi.

Royal Club Room

Single Occupancy - INR 14,334 /night (approximately USD 216)

Double Occupancy - INR 15,529/ night (approximately USD  234)

Rate for the royal club room is inclusive of all taxes, buffet breakfast, Wi-Fi, access to club lounge and two-way airport transfers

To make a reservation, please visit the hotel website. While making your booking through the site, please select the code as 'Group' and enter the code 'GCRALF9217' to access the discounted rates. Reservations can be made using this link till January 16, 2017.

Visa Information

e-Visas can be obtained by completing an online application for which no facilitation is required by any intermediary/ agents at the following link:

For delegates from countries that are not eligible for an e-Visa, please contact the appropriate local embassy for more information, or contact Srijan Bandyopadhyay at or +91-995-367-2130.

About Mumbai

Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is the capital of the Indian State of Maharashtra and the most populous city in India. It is home to a whopping 20.5 million people and is located on the west coast of India. The city produces about 5 percent of India's GDP and is the wealthiest city in South, West, and Central Asia. This fact is further enhanced by the deep natural harbor that makes the city a major shipping route for the enormous country.

Best known for embracing a cosmopolitan crowd, Mumbai is marked by stately skyscrapers towering over slums. Mushrooming nightclubs, swanky restaurants, and the hub of glamor and fashion coexist with grinding poverty in this fast-paced, lively city.

This is the financial capital of the country. Interspersed with crowded walkways, roads packed with the inimitable black and yellow taxis, and a mass of people rushing around purposefully, the city is a vibrant hub of activity. In the center of this organized chaos—amid the rich pool of art and entertainment—the intricate layers of life unfold.


The month of February is characterized by gradually rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 89°F (32°C) throughout the month.

The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 1 percent, with little variation over the course of the month.

What to wear

The weather will be hot and muggy, so it is recommended to dress accordingly. 

In the city that loves bling, pick up a pair of flat open toed sandals, lay your hands on some soft textured shirts, tunic tops, or kurtas, and team them up with cotton skirts or jodhpuri or harem pants. A touch of gold in your slippers, evening bags, or clutches would definitely be a hit anywhere you visit.


Men can try matching a regular pair of cotton or linen trousers with light cotton shirts. These fabrics may support your stay in that warm environment. And yes, you can even wear a light waistcoat or jacket to formal meetings. In the evening outings, you can pair those trousers with a dark color allowing you to freely adapt to any ambiance. Jeans paired with a plain linen shirt works too for the younger lot traveling with you. 


Western women who work in Mumbai and Delhi wear jackets and trousers, with shirts/blouses. Alternatively, skirts and blouses/jackets. Modesty is advised.

Some trends that are advised against include more immodest clothing, halter necks, spaghetti straps, etc. 

Evening activities are more welcoming to a less formal dress code, especially within the hotel, although it may help having a shawl or coat to cover-up if you feel uncomfortable.