AMCHAM supported Altair Leadership Conclave on ‘Artificial Intelligence & the Future of Product Life Cycle’

10th June 2019

AMCHAM’s Karnataka Chapter was the official event partner for the Altair Leadership Conclave hosted at the Conrad Bengaluru on June 10th, 2019 on the topic of ‘Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Product Life Cycle.’ This year’s event discussed how and why engineering applications are successfully employing the use of machine learning to give products a competitive edge. Industry leaders who formed the panel discussed the way products are being designed using AI/ML and how organizations are looking to leverage the transformative power of these technologies. Some of the speakers included Karnataka Chapter Executive Committee member Mr. Alok Nanda, CEO, GE India Technology Centre and CTO, GE South Asia, as well as Mr. James Scapa, Chairman & CEO, Altair, Mr. Jacob Peter K, Vice President, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Pvt Ltd, Dr. Krishna Prasad, Director & Country Manager, Aptiv (AS & UX) India and Mr. Manu Saale, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedez Benz Research & Development India. AMCHAM members who attended included Edgewood Networks, Thomson Reuters and KPMG, among others.

Annual Door Knock to Washington DC 2019

9th – 13th June 2019

The annual AMCHAM India door knock delegation to Washington DC was led by AMCHAM’s Chairman, Mr. Phil Shaw, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India, from June 9th – 13th, 2019. The main purpose of the door knock was to inform and sensitize U.S. policy-makers and lawmakers on issues impacting U.S. companies’ operations in India. The delegation interacted with important players in the economic relationship and key decision-makers. A white paper highlighting opportunities and key issues for identified sectors was prepared with knowledge partner KPMG for presenting to influencers leading the U.S.-India Economic partnership. The document provided an industry perspective on India’s economy while highlighting some of the key sectorwise industry related challenges faced by U.S. companies operating in India…

Cyber Security Committee Meeting

7th June 2019

The Cyber Security Committee meeting was chaired by Mr. Deepak Maheshwari from Symantec and co-chaired by Mr. Kishore Balaji from Intel Technologies and Mr. Rajnish Gupta from RSA Technologies on 7th June 2019 at the Intel office in Nehru Place. Perspective from the U.S. Embassy was shared by Mr. Joshua Johnson, Trade Officer, Economic, Environment, Science and Technology Affairs. It was decided that the committee would primarily focus upon (1) Personal Data Protection Bill and (2) Review of National Cyber Security Policy. State wise events across Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai would be planned keeping the above thematic areas in mind along with focus group discussion with MeiTY and other ministries to deliberate and educate the GOI on global cyber security mandates. The U.S. Embassy has shown interest to support AMCHAM with their initiatives by inviting key govt officials and experts from U.S. government to discuss and participate in focused roundtables and events.

Eastern Region Executive Committee Meeting

7th June 2019

On June 7th, Mr. Debdas Sen, Chairman Eastern Region, AMCHAM, hosted the Executive Committee meeting at his office. He formalized his transfer to the U.S. and said he would be departing Indian mid-July. He also said that Mr. Subrata Bagchi, President TCG Digital would replace him on the committee. Mr. Gulshan Sachdev and Mr. K.P. Sengupta suggested that Mr. Bagchi also take over as the Chairman of the Eastern Region. This was agreed by Executive Committee members. Upcoming events in July/August were discussed. Membership drive and the NextGen Global Leadership training was also discussed. The meeting was hosted by TCG Digital.

Tax, Tariff & Regulatory Affairs Committee Meeting on Pre Budget with Chairman, CBDT

4th June 2019

AMCHAM’s Taxation, Tariff and Regulatory Affairs Committee participated in a pre-budget meeting with the Chairman, CBDT on June 4th, 2019 at the Ministry of Finance, North Block, New Delhi. The meeting was chaired by Mr. P.C. Mody, Chairman, CBDT. Mr. Akhilesh Ranjan, Member, CBDT and other functionaries attended the meeting. AMCHAM was represented by Mr. Sandeep Chaufla, Chairman – Tax, Tariff & Regulatory Affairs Committee, AMCHAM and Mr. Naveen Agarwal, Co-Chairman – Tax, Tariff & Regulatory Affairs Committee, AMCHAM and Wg. Cdr. Rajiv Anand, Program Director, AMCHAM. AMCHAM made a presentation and highlighted issues that merit review of various aspects of taxation currently impacting U.S. companies in India….

Karnataka Chapter CEO Breakfast Series – Sustainability Initiatives by Johnson Controls

4th June 2019

AMCHAM’s Karnataka Chapter hosted the third edition of the CEO Breakfast Series on June 4th, 2019. The CEO Breakfast Series is a unique opportunity leadership from AMCHAM member companies to come together on a monthly basis to share views and best practices on innovation within their companies. The speaker was Mr. Santhosh Muzumdar, Business Development & Government Affairs, Johnson Controls and Ms. Sumedha Malaviya, Senior Project Associate, World Resources Institute, who spoke about corporate sustainability and reduction of carbon footprint. The talk was followed by an interactive discussion among participants. Some of the attendees to the event were from IBM, First American, ChildFund India, Mphasis, MOOG, Timken and more.

Meet and Greet Reception in Honour of Consul General Edgard D. Kagan & Perspectives on LGBTQ Workplace Equality in India, Official Launch of AMCHAM India’s LGBTQ+ Chapter under the D&I Committee

3rd June 2019

On 3rd June 2019, in celebration of Pride Month, AMCHAM’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee officially launched the LGBTQ chapter of AMCHAM’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee with a panel session on ‘Perspectives on LGBTQ Workplace Equality in India.’ The event was a momentous occasion as it was a meet and greet reception in honour of Consul General Edgard D. Kagan as members of AMCHAM’s Western Region wished him the very best as he continues on in his bigger role as Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, in New Delhi…

Interactive Session with Mr. Austin T. Fragomen Jr. on ‘Immigration at a Cross Roads – Mobilizing Your Talent in an Evolving World’

21st May 2019

MCHAM’s Karnataka Chapter was the official partner for the networking reception hosted on May 21st by Fragomen Immigration Services India on ‘Immigration at a Cross Roads – Mobilizing Your Talent in an Evolving World’ in Bengaluru. This was part of an annual symposium hosted for global immigration and mobility leaders. This year, Fragomen partnered with AMCHAM Karnataka to host a closed door reception for leadership of AMCHAM member companies to meet with Mr. Austin Fragomen Jr., Chairman of the global law firm Fragomen worldwide. This was an opportunity for American company leaders to hear from Mr. Fragomen and from Mr. Bo Cooper, Partner & Lead on Government Strategies, Fragomen, about evolving policies in immigration and key insights that would benefit companies when planning their manpower strategy on international projects. The event was well attended with invitees from Hewlett Packard, IBM, Goldman Sachs, Inteva Products, and CGI, among others.

Eastern Region Executive Committee Meeting

17th May 2019

AMCHAM’s Eastern Region had its first Executive Committee meeting on May 17th. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Debdas Sen, Chairman, Eastern Region, AMCHAM, at the TCG Digital office in Kolkata. The minutes of the meeting of April 3rd, the last EC meeting for 2918-19 were ratified. Membership renewal was discussed and dates of upcoming events for June and July were formalized. The preposed NextGen Leaders Program by AMCHAM India was also discussed.

Networking Reception with Trade Winds Delegation headed by Assistant Secretary, Mr. Ian Steff, U.S. Department of Commerce

10th May 2019

AMCHAM’s Eastern Region hosted a networking reception for the Trade Winds 2019 delegation on May 10th, 2019 at the Bengal Club in Kolkata. The delegation was led by Mr. Ian Steff, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, Performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary for Global Markets, and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, gave the keynote address. The other members of the delegation included Mr. Jim Golsen, Executive Director for Asia, Mr. Greg Taevs, Deputy Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy in India and Mr. Jonathan Goldberg, India Desk Officer and Mr. Bradley McKinney, Chief of Staff. Consul General Patti Hoffman, U.S. Consulate General Kolkata, accompanied the delegation. Representatives of American companies who were part of the delegation were also present…

Karnataka Chapter CEO Breakfast Series – Presentation on ‘Journey to Build a Best Place to Work’ with First American

7th May 2019

AMCHAM’s Karnataka Chapter hosted the second edition of the CEO Breakfast Series on 7th May 2019 in Bengaluru. The CEO Breakfast morning is a unique opportunity for AMCHAM member company leadership to come together on a monthly basis and share views, best practices on innovation within their companies. The speaker, Mr. Giridhar Rajagopal, Country Manager India, First American India, spoke about best practices in people management within his organization and how FAI has grown to be a Fortune 500 leader in ‘Best Places to Work.’ The event was hosted at the Hyatt Centric Bengaluru…