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  • 11-12-13 September 2014

  • Expo Center
    World Trade Centre Mumbai


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 Asia: Powering Global Markets

Asia has a number of characteristics that make it a compelling destination both for trade and investment opportunities that lie within its continent and a gateway to the market of approximately 60 % of the world’s population.  A continent of diverse economies from advanced, developing and emerging, Asia abounds in rich natural resources, competitive labour and stable political environment.  The Asian economies have introduced wide ranging legislations to attract investors by creating world class infrastructure for economic zones, roads, ports and airports.

In 1980s, the global economy’s centre of gravity was in mid- Atlantic. Since 2000, the location of global growth has shifted dramatically towards developing countries in general and particularly Asia. With consistent strong economic growth in the past decade or more, rightly the focus is on Asia. In view of the importance of the continent the 4th edition of GES will focus on ASIA.

A significant characteristic of the growth model of Asia in the past two decades has been that of strategic regional cooperation. The most prominent framework of regional cooperation has been the Association of South East Asian Nation (ASEAN). The ASEAN Economic community (AEC) goal is the regional economic integration by 2015. South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has been driving force behind the economic development of South Asian Countries. Several other structures of regional cooperation have sprouted in the form of Central Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC), South Asia Sub Regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC), Indonesia Malaysia Thailand growth triangle (IMP-GT), the Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia Philippines East ASEAN growth area (BIMP-EAGA).

Undoubtedly these initiatives have led to increased regional cooperation within as well as outside Asia unfolding unprecedented opportunities in individual economies in terms of trade, investments, infrastructure and social development and ensuring balanced regional growth. Significantly, Asia has achieved remarkable success in integrating its economies with the global markets.

Asian Market Share

Asia Profile

About GES

Mumbai once again gears to host the 4th edition of the Global Economic Summit, the flagship event of the World Trade Centre Mumbai and All India Association of Industries. This edition will feature Asia, the largest market which provides a great potential for trade, investments and technology across sectors. The Summit will gather 500 leaders from Asia and beyond. Over 3 days, the summit will offer various networking opportunities which will include plenaries, panel discussions, exhibition, B2B meetings, Industry visits and cultural events.

It is a well know fact that the growth of Asia has been possible largely due to the investments and trade that has flowed from other continents namely Europe, Canada, Africa, Australia, Middle East and Americas. The summit acknowledges their immense contribution and invites global partners to explore newer avenues for co operation. Simultaneously, the summit also invites Asian economies to seize this opportunity to promote their respective region during the summit.

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Relevance of infrastructure for the growth of manufacturing sector

The importance of infrastructure for sustained economic development is well recognized. Infrastructure plays a crucial role in promoting economic growth and thereby contributes to the reduction of economic disparity, poverty and deprivations in a country. High transaction costs arising from inadequate and inefficient infrastructure can prevent the economy from realizing its full growth potential regardless of the progress on other fronts. Physical infrastructure covering transportation, power and communication through its backward and forward linkages facilitates growth, social infrastructure including water supply, sanitation, sewage disposal, education and health, which are in the nature of primary services and has a direct impact on the quality of life.

In view of the bright economic prospects, most emerging Asian countries continue to suffer from underdeveloped infrastructure. Across the Asian region as a whole, it is calculated that around $8 trillion will be committed to infrastructure projects over the next decade as a remedy to underinvestment over the years and also accommodate the explosion in demand. It is estimated that $1 trillion of the projected infrastructure projects will be open to private investors under PPPs. The question that remains is how do owners of global capital identify the opportunities, mitigate the main risks and develop appropriate entry strategies. Despite all this, Asia remains an exciting place for infrastructure investment over the next ten years.

Relevance of technology, innovation and knowledge based industry

Asia has a huge potential for adopting new technologies; research and innovation play an important role in development of the emerging economies. The summit will share perspectives on the Asian model of technological capacity building through innovation which has brought about significant transformation in the Asian economies in the recent years.  This session will share learning experiences from Europe, US and Australia.

The emergence of women entrepreneurship in Asia and their empowerment

Women are an integral part of development in any country. Women when empowered create large business houses, entrepreneurs, and professionals. In the Asian region, women have lead family owned businesses and SME enterprises with great competence. The summit will discuss the role of women in business and share their strategies, experiences and the challenges they face in their businesses. This session will comparative analysis from Africa, Asia, Europe and Middle East.

Significance of FTAs and Regional Economic Cooperation

FTAs and Regional Economic Cooperation is the order of the day and plays an important role in promoting economic growth and trade liberalization. Asia is witnessing diverse forms of economic and trade integration within its borders and beyond. The summit will address the emerging issues and opportunities in the context of proliferation of Asian regional cooperation. Government officials and experts from respective regions will deliberate and discuss the prospects and challenges posed by these agreements.

Role of Trade Promotion Organizations and their contribution in creating linkages

TPOs from Europe, Asia, America, Canada, Africa and Middle East will be invited to share their perceptions on Asia as a trade and investment destination. The summit will facilitate discussions on the roadmap for TPOs in advancing the growth momentum between the advanced and emerging economies.

Asia and Millennium Development Goals

The Asian Development Bank’s regional Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) is mandated to enhance monitoring progress, raise awareness, help improve policies and institutions, and develop capacities for achieving the MDGs in Asia and the Pacific region. The partnership also produces annual MDG Updates and sector specific reports for the region. Within this MDG partnership, ADB helps the Asia-Pacific region to identify the best approach to integrate the three pillars of sustainable development–economic, social and environmental–as recognized in the Rio+20 outcome document “The Future We Want.”

The MDGs—adopted by 189 countries in 2001—when launched were seen as offering the greatest promise for bringing about socioeconomic development and focusing attention on the world’s poor. The eight Millennium Development Goals, with a number of sub-targets covering a range of poverty, hunger, health, gender equality, education and environmental indicators, were agreed by all countries. 550 million people in the Asia Pacific region are hungry and improving production and distribution systems is the need of the hour. Modernized farming, fishing and forestry practices to increase profitability and encourage industries to reach a larger population with offerings of a high quality need to be stressed. Asia and the Pacific region have a clear window of opportunity to foster change. The perspectives and aspirations of this region for a new United Nations Development Agenda beyond 2015 should be of much interest to the global community.

Past Events

GES 2010

January 20-22, 2010

Title: Global Economic Summit on Trade and Investment

Location: Hotel Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, India

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GES 2011

January 27-29, 2011

Title: Global Economic Summit on Small and Medium Enterprises

Location: Expo Centre, World Trade Centre Mumbai, India

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GES 2013

September 23-25, 2013

Title: Global Economic Summit on “Clusters in One World: Perspectives from Many Nations”

Location: World Trade Centre, Mumbai, India

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An important highlight of the summit is the showcase of exhibitors from India and overseas displaying products and services in designated areas. The expo is organized with the view to project the business competitiveness of the participating companies who have excelled in various sectors of manufacturing, services and Agro business.  Indian pavilion will showcase the strength of SMEs, business houses, corporations, financial institutions, government agencies and trade promotion organizations.

International pavilion will showcase overseas companies and provincial governments who seek to establish their presence in Asia or to further enhance their visibility.

B2B Meets

A series of pre-arranged business meetings will be organized for the participating enterprises/exhibitors to facilitate strategic alliances.

City Tour

Mumbai is both the commercial and entertainment hub of India.  It is the dream city to which people come from all parts of the country to fulfill their dreams of becoming ‘successful, famous and rich’. Mumbai is a mega city. A city always on the go and with a culture which is distinctively its own. In order to give a glimpse of this vibrant city a half day city tour has been organized for the GES Overseas Delegates.

Delegate’s Profile

Global Economic Summit is a high profile networking platform which provide long term perspectives to explore the future management of market in an environment of constant challenges and changes. You can engage in deliberations and dialogue with experts and policy makers and learn more about the possibilities of expanding your market and international collaborations.
Who should Participate/Exhibit?

  • Manufacturers
  • Corporate Houses
  • Public Sector Units
  • Clusters
  • Government Organizations
  • Trade Promotion Organizations
  • Multilateral Organization
  • Financial Institution
  • Technocrats
  • Educational and Research Institutes
  • Academician
  • Business Service Providers
  • Exporters and Importers
  • SMEs

Handbook on Asia

Asia is on the cusp of its growth wave which is being triggered by its large market size and abounding opportunities in every sector. Yet the challenges are often complex. The GES 2014 on “Asia: Powering Global Markets” proposes to bring out a comprehensive Handbook incorporating articles highlighting various aspects of Asia’s growth story and the emerging opportunities. The Handbook will provide insights into what makes Asia a dynamic region and how global businesses can engage effectively with the continent. We invite you to share your perspectives and experiences on your engagement with the Asian markets on or before 31st August, 2014.


Special discounted rate at

VIVANTA by Taj President, a Five Star Business Hotel, close to the venue for the GES.

Room Rate: Rs.6000/- Single or Double Occupancy

(Inclusive of tax and buffet breakfast)

Budget Hotels in the vicinity are also available on request.

Pick up facility will be provided at regular intervals and participants are requested to send us their travel details, the shuttle service timings will be informed to you nearer the dates of the summit.



Mr. Jean-Luc Schneider
Deputy Director, Policy Studies Branch

Mr. Schneider was educated in mathematics and economics in Paris and London. Before joining the OECD in 2007, he held various positions in France, in the Forecasting Directorate, the French statistical institute, and the Treasury, where he dealt with structural policies, public finance, and macroeconomic policy. Mr. Schneider also spent several years at the IMF, where he worked on various countries in the Fiscal Affairs Department.

Peter Kohli

Mr. Peter Kohli, ChFC
CEO and CIO of DMS Funds,USA

DMS Funds is a U.S. mutual fund company offering funds of exchange and sector indexes in developing markets. Previously, Mr.Peter Kohli was an independent wealth manager specializing in estate planning under the name DMS Financial. Before that, he held a variety of financial services-related positions, including financial planner involved in the sale of mutual funds. Peter is an ongoing contributor on and, and a frequent guest on Voice America’s Emerging and Frontier Markets Investing with Gavin Graham. He has served as a source for media outlets including Bloomberg News, Investor’s Business Daily and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Bruno Masier

Mr. Bruno Masier
President, World Trade Point Federation, Geneva

The World Trade Point Federation (WTPF) was launched with the aim of opening international markets to new participants and making them more competitive by giving them access to the most advanced information and telecommunication technologies and networks. WTPF is an international global trade facilitator and trade information provider for SMEs, particularly those in developing and Least Developed Countries, through its unique human network and local know-how combined with its global e-business marketplace.

Yahya Ale-Eshaq
Chairman, Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries & Mines

Mr. Yahya Ale-Eshaq served as minister of commerce in the cabinet of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani from 1993 to 1997. He is also the head of the commerce center of Tehran from 2009. He served as Managing director and chairman in texture manufacture and distribution, Deputy of minister of commerce in purchase affairs, Vice-chairman of tccim, Deputy of minister of industry in economic and international affairs, Commercial assistant in organization of defense industry, Board member of eastern universities of Iran, Head of the scientific association of commerce, Board member in bonyad mostazafan, Vice-president in bonyad mostazafan and chairman of organizations for construction, tourism, properties, industry, and Tehran cement.

Usha Haley

Professor of Management, West Virginia University,
College of Business & Economics, USA

Dr. Usha’s research focuses on multinational corporations and international strategic management, especially in Asian and emerging markets, including business-government relations, strategic decision-making, sanctions and subsidies. She has more than 224 publications and presentations including 26 journal articles.

George Haley

Professor & Director, University of New Haven, USA

Dr. Haley’s expertise is in Chinese, Indian and emerging market business, including the historical, cultural and legal environments in which to formulate business and marketing strategies.  He focuses on strategic decision-making, product and technology management, distribution and supply-chain management, B2B marketing, and managing intellectual property in emerging markets.

Anthony Hemstad

Anthony Hemstad
President, World Trade Center San Francisco

Anthony joined WTC San Francisco as its first President on 1 January 2014, prior to that he spent five years as President/CEO of WTC Tacoma. In Tacoma Anthony oversaw a 500% increase in membership and a general revitalization of that WTC. He’s also served as a City Manager in the US and was an entrepreneur in Central Europe for a decade, building what became the largest independent public affairs firm in a four country region. Anthony will discuss the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa program for high net worth families to obtain US Green Cards.

Nilakanthi Ford

Dr. Nilakanthi Ford
Director Europe and Asia, KFV Consulting, Ireland

Dr. Nilakanthi Ford is an international professional advising on innovation, business development, organisational transformation and effective leadership including Talent Management, Human Factors, Gender intelligence, differences between global business cultures and organisational Cultural Change. Working in international business for 20 plus years in more than 30 different countries,  NilaKanthi has been instrumental in facilitating effective working relationships between Multinationals, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, statutory and Government authorities, investment houses, plus other financial institutions worldwide. She is also Vice Chairperson for the Ireland –India Business Association.

Kevin Stolarick

Dr.Kevin Stolarick,PhD
Director, India Institute for Competitiveness
Toronto, Ontario Canada

Dubbed the “Official Statistician of the Creative Class”, Kevin combines expertise on cities, urbanization, statistics, data, and economic development with an appreciation of the importance of finding and sharing the knowledge or “pearls of wisdom” gained from leveraging his research, writing, management and organizational skills. His research interests include understanding the importance of creativity and innovation to regional economic growth and prosperity; the interplay of urbanization, sustainability, and infrastructure in creating regional prosperity at a global level; and the individual and joint contributions of technology, talent, tolerance and territory assets to regional prosperity.

Anita Pinto

Ms. Anita Pinto
Procurement Officer, UNPD, USA

Ms. Anita Pinto is currently a Procurement Officer with the United Nations Procurement Division (PD), Peacekeeping Procurement Section, Engineering Support Team (EST), in New York.  She joined PD as an Associate Procurement Officer in November 2003. Prior to Ms. Pinto’s assignment to EST,she procured goods and servicesin other teams in PD, viz. long-term lease of aircraft, short-term troop rotations by air, cargo transportation by sea and air, freight forwarding services, vehicles and vehicular equipment, IT and communications.  She also worked as Vendor Registration & Management Officer, and briefly as Secretary to the Headquarters Committee on Contracts.

Ms. Seyedeh Fatemeh Moghimi  
Member of the Board of Directors and
Adviser to the President on Business Women and Entrepreneur’s Affairs of TCCIM

Ms. Moghimi was a Member of Board of Directors of Federation of Iran Women Entrepreneurs and Traders (FIWET) in 2010, Elected as Chief of Board of Directors of Iran Businesswomen Center. Head of ECO Entrepreneurs Committee. Appointed as TCCIMA Head of Businesswomen and Entrepreneurs Affairs.  She was a Member of Policy Making Council of Shahr Banoo Directory for Information Bank of Woman Businesses and Occupations and served as Managing Director of Sharif University Woman Entrepreneurs Development Office. In 2013 she was elected as Member of Board of Directors in ITCA and Chairwoman of Iran & Georgia Joint Council of ICCIMA. Ms. Moghimi is also recipient of many honors and awards.

Dr. Ashraf A. Mahate
Head of Export Market Intelligence
Dubai Exports

Dr Ashraf Mahate has actively been involved in researching in the areas of economics, banking, and finance for over 22 years in the UAE and previously in the UK. Currently, Dr Mahate is the Head of Export Market Intelligence at the Dubai Exports which is an agency of the Dubai Economic Department. Dr Mahate is also part of various emirate and federal level committees examining Free Trade Agreements and Double Taxation. Dr Mahate has written a number of journal articles, chapters in books and edited books in the areas of economics, finance and banking. He has also presented papers at major international conferences. Dr Mahate has provided extensive consultancy services to various organisations. Dr Mahate is well known for his regular articles in Gulf News, SME Advisor Middle East, Trade and Export Middle East amongst others.

Shishir Priyadarshi
Director of the Development Division, WTO Geneva

Mr. Shishir Priyadarshi heads the Development Division of the WTO, whose mandate is to facilitate work on all trade related developmental issues in the WTO. A significant part of Mr. Priyadarshi’s responsibilities extends to taking care of the developmental aspects of the Doha negotiations, especially in so far as they relate to addressing the concerns of developing countries. In particular this also includes the responsibilities relating to the initiative on Aid for Trade. For nearly four years he worked as Counsellor with the Indian Mission to the WTO in Geneva. Mr Priyadarshi has written a number of papers, primarily detailing the concerns that developing countries have on various WTO agreements. He has played a key role in WTO’s efforts aimed at increasing the capacity of developing country trade officials in understanding the WTO Agreements. Mr. Priyadarshi has conducted over two dozen workshops, seminars and training programmes all over the world on WTO and global trade.

Norhalim Yunus
Chief Executive Officer
Malaysian Technology Development Corporation

Norhalim is the Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC). MTDC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional, the investment arm of the Malaysian Government. Norhalim has been the CEO of MTDC since June 2008 and has extensive experience in the commercialisation of public sector universities research results, early stage technology ventures, innovation policy development and fund management. He is one of the pioneers in public sector research results commercialisation in Malaysia and had played many roles related to the overall development of the Malaysian technology commercialisation experience; as a venture capital fund manager, government grant manager, incubator manager and as industry experts in various public sector committees. Norhalim sits on the board of several MTDC investee companies, among them Globetronics Technology Berhad and PrimeraDx.

Mr. Ashok Upadhya
Assistant Vice President Corporate Affairs
Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, Thailand

Mr. Ashok Upadhya is also an advisor to Thailand Trade Representative – Dr. Olarn Chaipravat. He is also serving as Deputy Secretary General, F.T.I. and Vice Chairman – Trade and Investment Promotion Committee, F.T.I. Prior to the present post at Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, Thailand Mr. Ashok Upadhya was working as  Director ALL ICT Co. Ltd (2009-2010) , Director AFS Freight Service Ltd (2008 to 2010). He had worked as COO for Summit Auto Seats India Operation, General Manager for Canopy Adventure (Thailand) Co. Ltd., Managing Director, Best Deal Trading Limited and Managing Partner J.L. International Ltd.

Mr. Frederick Yonov Agah
Deputy Director General, WTO Switzerland

Mr. Yonov Frederick Agah was appointed as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the WTO in 2005. In that capacity, he served as the Alternate Chief Negotiator for the Doha Round and Head of Nigeria’s Trade Office to the WTO in the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations Office in Geneva. Mr Agah served as Chair of the WTO’s General Council in 2011. He was responsible for organizing the Eighth WTO Ministerial Conference, which was acknowledged to be successful despite the prevailing stalemate in the Doha Round. He has also served as Chair of the following WTO bodies: Dispute Settlement Body in 2010, the Council for Trade in Services in 2009, the Trade Policy Review Body in 2008, the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights in 2007, and the Council for Trade in Goods in 2006. He was also the Chair of the Council for TRIPS, Special Session, in 2013.

Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh
Founder and Chair, Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization, Jordan

Dr.Tag is the founder and chair of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org), a leading global provider of professional and educational services in 80 offices worldwide. Recognized as one of the most influential leadership in the Arab World and on the international scene, with lifetime achievements, distinctions and outstanding contributions to education, accountancy, intellectual property, business administration and management, commerce, ICT, science and technology, law and related fields.

Michele Weldon

Michele Weldon
UN Women’s Strategic Partnerships Coordinator

Michele Weldon is UN Women’s Strategic Partnerships Coordinator based in New Delhi.  She manages UN Women’s coordination programme including intergovernmental processes and strategic partnerships with civil society, government, the private sector, UN agencies and other relevant actors.  She has over twenty years of experience in managing development programs with think tanks, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector and the United Nations.   Michele has worked in Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, South Africa, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Ghazi Abu Nahl
Chairman, WTCA New York
Director-WTC Qatar

Mr. Ghazi Abu Nahl is a Board Member of the World Trade Centre Association-New York since April 2004 and is the Chairman of World Trade Centre Holdings (Cyprus) Ltd as well as President of the World Trade Centre Association – New York Foundation for Peace and Stability through Trade. The Cyprus World Trade Centre Holding Company owns and operates 15 World Trade Centres in the MENA region. Mr. Ghazi has a profound vision to see the entire Group maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and to be a household name regionally. He is relentless in strengthening and enhancing long-term relationships with strategic partners in select markets as well as expanding presence in new markets within the Group’s geographical scope. He is a Pro of solid non-opportunistic investment policy and in adding value through intensified marketing and innovative underwriting philosophy.

Jawahar Jyoti Singh
President, Indo Polish Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Mr. J J (Jawahar Jyoti) Singh, entrepreneur, social activist and philanthropist staying in Poland since 1989. Shareholder and CEO of second largest corporate travel management company Weco Travel which was established in Poland in 1992 with four staff including J J Singh and today it is one of the leaders with 90 staff all over Poland and celebrated 20th anniversary in 2012.He is also responsible for Weco Group for Hungary, Czech Republic and Romania. J J Singh is the founder member and the President of Indo Polish Chamber of Commerce & Industry formed in 2006 with the support of Indian entrepreneur and corporate companies is having above 103 members which includes Polish and Indian business corporation. He is also heads the Polish IATA Agents Association of Poland and Overseas Friends of BJP (ruling party of India) in Poland.

Carolina Quintana

Carolina Quintana
Creative Economy Programme

The Creative Economy Programme promotes international and national initiatives to strengthen the creative economy and sensitizes governments about the economic and social potential of the creative industries to diversify sources of income while increasing trade and development gains in developing countries. UNCTAD is helping governments and creative industries stakeholders to strengthen their potential of new value-added creation within the field of the creative industries. From traditional arts to multimedia, the creative economy offers new opportunities for developing countries to participate in high growth sectors of the world economy. Through its database on creative economy, UNCTAD is also helping to give transparency trade flows on creative goods and services at worldwide level as well as facilitating networking through the UNCTAD Academic Exchange Network on Creative Economy. Ms. Quintana has 21 years of experience of work in UNCTAD.

Jahangir Bin Alam
Secretary & CEO, India-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Mr. Jahangir Bin Alam joined India-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IBCCI) on July 15, 2009 as its Secretary & CEO. Prior to this he was Honorary Adviser to The Financial Express, the largest Financial Daily of Bangladesh from March 2006 to March 2007. In this capacity, he advised the newspaper on management, business development and other policy related matters.  He was also Honorary Adviser of Dutch-Bangla Chamber of Commerce & Industry from November 2006 to January 2008.  He served the Foreign Investors’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Bangladesh as its Secretary & CEO from January 1991 – June 2005. He has been writing post editorial articles on trade, business and social issues for leading English Dailies of Bangladesh namely – The Financial Express and The Daily Star for last several years. Some of his articles were also published in The Brunei Times of Brunei.  Offered consultancy services to Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) as an Adviser for its World Bank funded project on “Bangladesh Investment Climate Assessment” from December 2006 – June 2007.

Purva Chandra

Mr.Apurva Chandra
Principal Secretary (Industries), Govt. of Maharashtra

Directorate of Industries is an executive arm of the Industries Department and is engaged in implementation of government policies for all round development of industries in the state. The Directorate is supported by six Regional Offices and District Industries Centres (DIC) at every district. It also assists in the formulation and implementation of various policies and promotional schemes viz. Industrial Policy, SEZ Policy, IT policy, BT Policy, Package Scheme of Incentives, etc…

Shri Vishal Dev, IAS
Chairman-cum-Managing Director, IDCO

Shri Vishal Dev has graduated in 1990 with a degree in Computer Science & Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, BHU, Varanasi and studied Management at the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow. He worked for about 3 years in the Corporate Sector before joining the Indian Administrative Service in 1996. He has handled a number of important assignments in the past including Municipal Commissioner, Cuttack, Collector & District Magistrate, Balasore, Chief Executive Officer, Odisha Computer Application Centre and Director, IT, Government of Odisha, Managing Director, IDCO and Municipal Commissioner, Bhubaneswar. His areas of interest include Infrastructure Development, Urban Management, Administrative Reforms and e-Governance. He has recently completed a Master Programme in Governance and Development from the University of Sussex, UK. Presently, Shri Dev has taken over as Vice-Chairman, Bhubaneswar Development Authority & Chairman cum-Managing Director, IDCO.

Bhushan Gagrani

Mr.Bhushan Gagrani
CEO, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation

Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) was constituted to initiate action for infrastructure and to help entrepreneurs set up the industrial units in industrial areas. The main objective is to achieve balanced industrial development in Maharashtra with an emphasis on developing and underdeveloped parts of the State by facilitating entrepreneurs in setting up industries at various locations. These objectives are achieved through acquisition and disposal of land and provision of infrastructure and services like water supply, drainage, effluent disposal etc for the development of each and every district of Maharashtra.

Yaduvendra Mathur

Mr. Yaduvendra Mathur
Chairman & Managing Director, EXIM Bank of India

Mr. Yaduvendra Mathur has been appointed in 2014 by the Government of India as Chairman and Managing Director of Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank). EXIM Bank is a specialized financial institution, wholly owned by Government of India, set up in 1982, for financing, facilitating and promoting foreign trade of India. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Mathur was Chairman and Managing Director, Rajasthan Financial Corporation, since 2011. Mr. Mathur is an Indian Administrative Service Officer of the 1986 batch and has interests in entrepreneurship development, infrastructure financing, regulatory issues and in behavioral sciences.

Shardul S Shroff

Mr. Shardul S. Shroff
Head (Delhi Region),
Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co.

Mr Shroff heads the Delhi Region of  M/s. Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co. and manages and supervises more than 260 attorneys and over 400 people from three locations at New Delhi, Kolkata and Ahmedabad. He is a well recognised attorney and counted as a significant leader among Indian law firms. Mr. Shroff has been consistently rated as a leading lawyer by several international fora and publications. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards and commendations.

Pallavi S Shroff

Mrs. Pallavi S. Shroff
Head, Competition Law Practice,
Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co.

Mrs. Pallavi Shroff is the lead litigation partner at Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co (Amarchand Mangaldas) with extensive knowledge in the field of dispute resolution and arbitration. She heads the Firm’s Competition Law Practice, and has pioneered the development of competition law in India as a member of the Raghavan Committee that helped to design India’s Competition Law and formulate its Competition Law Policy. Mrs. Shroff has been consistently rated as a leading lawyer by several international fora and publications. She is highly regarded for her versatility as a litigator and her experience in different areas of law dealing with trade and competition.

Murali Darshan

Dr. E. Murali Darshan, Managing Director
EDM Exim, Hyderabad

Dr. E. Murali Darshan, a noted academic, policy advisor and foreign trade analyst, did his PhD on Impact  of WTO on  India’s International Trade special reference to  Services Exports from Osmania University. For over a decade thereafter he taught at the prestigious Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi, and subsequently with WIU (Western International University USA) as visiting Professor teaching International Business and International Business Environment. Dr. E. Murali Darshan has been responsible for conducting path breaking studies and research and both initiating as well as formulating central government and state government’s policies with respect to foreign trade.

Karon Shaiva
Chief Impact Officer & MD – Idobro

Karon Shaiva, is a social entrepreneur, columnist, writer, lecturer, speaker and trainer. She started Idobro as an Eco-system model for inclusion and sustainability. As Chief Impact Officer & MD of Idobro, she has committed to take Action that enables Women, Social and Green enterprises to access markets, build capacity, create linkages and deliver solutions through the Idobro Circle of Impact. Karon has over 17 years experience in India and the USA in the IT, Education, Finance and Development sectors. She has cross-functional expertise in Marketing, Quality, Training and development, Business consulting and management.

Ashish S Raheja

Ashish S. Raheja
Managing Director, Raheja Universal Ltd

As M.D. of Raheja Universal (Pvt.) Ltd. (RUPL) Mr. Ashish S. Raheja is accredited for his dynamic leadership and transforming the company from a family-owned enterprise into a professionally-managed Corporate. He has over a decade of experience and is responsible for land identification & acquisitions and project conceptualization. He has driven Mega Projects in Residential and Commercial segments. Has facilitated over 5.2 Million Sq Ft of Completed Projects with a multitude of premium/luxury projects across Mumbai. He was honored with the coveted ‘Developer of the Year’ Award by The Economic Times ACETECH 2010. Construction Source India in association with CNBC Awaaz-TV 18 also honoured him with the Young Visionary Award in Real Estate Infrastructure in 2009.

Dr. P.C.Sabharwal
Executive Director
World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises (WASME).

Dr. P.C.Sabharwal is a man of scientific temper, possesses variety of experiences of socio-economic–cultural fabric of rural community with comprehensive experience and understanding of institutional building, public policy formulation, traditional knowledge mixed with science and technology, human resources needs, administration and financial management. Having served for 35 years in Government of India, he retired from a senior position in 2003; and thereafter, worked as senior Director in an international University for about eight years. Now, Dr. Sabharwal is totally engrossed with the development of MSME sector world over. His major focus areas are rural industrialization, poverty alleviation and women entrepreneurship development.

IPS (Rtd.)

V. Balachandran is a former Indian Police Service officer who served 17 years in Maharashtra State and 19 years in foreign intelligence. In 1987 he headed a 2 man committee, at the request of the President of an important Indian Ocean country to our Prime Minister, to study and recommend reorganization of their security. In 1993 & 1994 he led the Indian interagency groups for annual dialogue with US agencies on terrorism. He retired as Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India in 1995. He was a member of the 2 man “High Level Committee” appointed by the Government of Maharashtra to enquire into the police response during the Mumbai November 26, 2008 terror attacks. His book “National Security & Intelligence Management-A new Paradigm” containing selected published pieces and lectures between 1998 and 2013 in India and abroad was released in March 2014.

PM Heblikar

Mr. PM Heblikar retired as Special Secretary, Government of India in September 2010 after over 38 years of service. He is currently Managing Trustee, Institute of Contemporary Studies Bangalore (ICSB) – a not for profit think tank specializing in security and strategic affairs. He is a Visiting Professor at the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal University, Manipal and also Adjunct Faculty at the, International Security and Strategic Studies Program (ISSSP) of the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) Bangalore. During his government service, Mr.Heblikar dealt with security related issues and was posted in sensitive locations in India’s borders and in several assignments overseas. Mr.Heblikar contributes articles on national security related issues regularly in leading defence magazines and national media. He has taken part in several seminars, workshops, conferences, national and international, on national security and international relations.

Ms.Shabnam Gupta
Principal Designer, The Orange Lane

Ms. Shabnam Gupta after completing her Interior Design Diploma (IDD) in the year 1994, worked under various architects and designers, including a short stint in a film production house. She started her own firm, The Orange Lane in the year 2003. Shabnam started her first furniture retail store Peacock Life in Mumbai in 2010, and a second store in Pune in 2013. Peacock Life is already in talks to open more stores around the world. The design firm has worked on various projects across the country varying from residential, farm houses, corporate, bars and restaurants. Her clients range from celebrities in the movie and TV business to corporate honchos, hoteliers and business men alike. Shabnam Gupta was voted Leading Ladies of 2004 by Elle India. She was short listed as the 10 Young Innovators in Design & Architecture by CW in 2009. She was also listed as the 10 Best Designers to Watch Out For by FORBES INDIA in 2010. Shabnam Gupta has been listed with 4 designers in India in The Elle club 2012. In the year 2011, the firm was awarded The IIID Award for The Best Project in the Residential Category (Multi dwelling). It was also awarded The IID Commendation Award in the Retail Category.

Ms. Nilima Ajit Patil
Chairman, Mahila Samiti – MACCIA  Nasik Branch

Ms. Nilima Ajit Patil is associated with M/s. Panoma Surgicals, Mfg. Surgical Cotton, Bandages and Sanitary Napkins since 1998 at MIDC, Ambad, Nasik. She represent as the Chairman, Mahila Samiti – Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (MACCIA) Nasik Branch, Vice-President of Ambad Industries and Manufacturers’ Association (AIMA) Nasik, Board member of Nasik District Drug Manufacturers Association, Innar Wheel Club Member of Rotary Nasik Ambad, Director of MACCIA Udyogini Food Cluster, Nasik (Proposed). She was honored with ‘Savitribai Phule’ Award for best Women Entrepreneur (for giving employment to women at home to make Sanitary Napkins and Cotton Wicks, Cotton Balls).

Milind Kothari
Managing Partner & Head, Direct Tax, BDO India

Mr. Milind Kothari specialises in Corporate Taxation, International Tax and Transfer Pricing. He advises multinationals on cross-border tax issues, including structuring of inbound-outbound Investment and formulating Transfer Pricing strategy, exit strategy, etc. He has been nominated by the Engineering Export Promotion Council (‘EEPC’) to represent exporters before the Ministry of Finance and Central Board of Direct Taxes in India. He is a member of the Direct Tax Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and has been a faculty at National Academy of Direct Taxes, Nagpur.


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