US - India Conference
US - India Conference, 08 July 2016, Berkeley, USA
AIMA in its endeavour to promote innovative and global management thinking among Indian enterprises, organised the US-India Conference in association with Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley on 8th July, 2016 on the theme ‘Managing India's Growing Role in the Global Economy : Opportunities for India-US Partnership’ in California, USA.
The conference was chaired by Ms Preetha Reddy, Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd who shared, “Continuous learning and relentless innovation are fundamental to the growth of every generation. The rapid changes in technologies and market conditions now require India's youth to quickly develop, commensurate capabilities.” Mr Nicholas Dirks, Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley said, “The conference comes at a very important moment in time. India boasts of the fastest growing economy in the world as the American technology sector continues to grow, increasing demand for well-educated talent and innovative research.” during his welcome address. The inaugural session was also addressed by Mr Venkatesan Ashok, Consul General of India, San Francisco; Ms Diane Farrell, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia, US Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration; Mr Richard Lyons, Dean, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley; Mr Solomon N Darwin, Executive Director, Center for Corporate Innovation, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley and Ms Rekha Sethi, Director General, AIMA.
Addressing the conference Mr Sam Pitroda, Telecom Inventor, Entrepreneur and Policy Maker said, "India needs to invest in solving problems of the poor because everybody is busy solving the problems of the rich. We need to democratise information effectively for benefitting the people at the bottom of the economic growth." Mr Sachin Pilot, President, Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee and Former Union Minister for Corporate Affairs, Government of India, emphasised the need of making technology free from language and cultural barriers and making it available to normal people.
In a session on how technology has transformed nations and empowered people, Mr Paul E Jacobs, Executive Chairman, Qualcomm Incorporated, and Mr Vishal Sikka, CEO, Infosys Ltd, discussed how India could surge ahead by focussing on key areas of technology. On the occasion, the AIMA Managing India Award 2015 for Emerging Business Leader of the Year was also presented to Mr Vishal Sikka, CEO, Infosys Ltd.
Some of the other eminent speakers who addressed the conference included Mr Ram K Reddy, President-Elect & Board Member, TiE Silicon Valley; Mr Omar Ishrak, Chairman & CEO, Medtronic Inc.; Mr Satish Reddy, Chairman, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories and Mr Duncan Logan, Founder & CEO, Rocketspace.
A day prior to the conference the AIMA team, comprising eminent corporate and thought leaders, visited the Google X research centre on 7th July 2016. The team was given an overview of Google X by Mahesh Krishnaswamy, Head Manufacturing, Loon Project.which also included a had a first-hand look and feel of Google’s upcoming self-driving car.
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