AMCHAM partners at the 2nd Asian Women in Leadership Summit 2019 15th November 2019

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AMCHAM partners at the 2nd Asian Women in Leadership Summit 2019 – 15th November 2019

AMCHAM’s Karnataka Chapter partnered with the 8th Edition of the Asian Women in Leadership Summit 2019, hosted at Shangri-La Bengaluru on November 15th, which aimed to discuss the barriers to women advancement in leadership roles and accelerating change in boardroom diversity and women in leadership positions. The event was well attended and speakers covered eminent leadership from Dell, Goldman Sachs, Britannia and other large multinationals in India.

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By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic American business association with a membership base of more than 400 American companies in India. AMCHAM is an important voice for policy advocacy, a critical source for business intelligence, a vibrant platform for networking and expanding your business.

Agriculture & Food Processing Committee Meeting 8th November 2019

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Agriculture & Food Processing Committee Meeting – 8th November 2019

AMCHAM’s Agriculture & Food Processing Committee organized its second meeting on November 8th at the Grant Thornton office in New Delhi. Mr. Simon George, Chairman – Agriculture & Food Processing Committee, AMCHAM and President, Cargill, welcomed participants. Mr. Chirag Jain, Associate Director, Grant Thornton, gave a synopsis of the report on ‘Enhancing Rural Prosperity in India.’ Members provided their feedback on the report and it was decided to have individual sessions with each of the member company to enable them to give focused insights to the report. The members also discussed to organize an event focusing on agri-technology under the aegis of the Agriculture & Food Processing Committee. It was discussed to prepare a paper on the scope of terminal markets in India and subsequently submit the same to the Ministry of Agriculture. A presentation on the recent FPO developments was given by the Grant Thornton team. The meeting concluded with a vote of thanks by AMCHAM India.

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By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic American business association with a membership base of more than 400 American companies in India. AMCHAM is an important voice for policy advocacy, a critical source for business intelligence, a vibrant platform for networking and expanding your business.

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee’s LGBTQ Chapter Meeting 8th November 2019

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Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee’s LGBTQ Chapter Meeting – 8th November 2019

A meeting of the LGBTQ Chapter of AMCHAM’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee was held on 8th November 2019 in Mumbai. The meeting commenced with opening remarks by Ms. Surabhi Wahal, Regional Director – Western Region, AMCHAM, followed by a welcome address by Mr. Sudhir Jain, Chapter Leader – LGBTQ Chapter of the D&I Committee and Managing Director, Chief Risk Officer, Bank of America N.A. As part of the agenda, members planned the course of action and created working groups for forthcoming events and initiatives of the chapter. Members present also shared success stories of LGBTQ inclusion and sensitization initiatives undertaken at their respective organizations.

D&I Com Meeting 8 Nov 2019

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By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic American business association with a membership base of more than 400 American companies in India. AMCHAM is an important voice for policy advocacy, a critical source for business intelligence, a vibrant platform for networking and expanding your business.

2nd CSR Conference: Capacity Building in the CSR Ecosystem 6th November 2019

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2nd CSR Conference: Capacity Building in the CSR Ecosystem – 6th November 2019

AMCHAM’s CSR Committee organized the 2nd CSR Conference: Capacity Building in the CSR Ecosystem that brought together key stakeholders in corporate social responsibility — policymakers, government, corporates, NGOs, social and developmental impact agencies, for cross-sectoral panel discussions that identified and addressed challenges, opportunities and avenues for capacity building in CSR. The day-long event was held on November 6th at Aloft in New Delhi. he welcome address was given by Mr. Harish Krishnan, Chairman – CSR Committee, AMCHAM and Managing Director, Public Affairs & Strategic Engagement, India & SAARC Cisco Systems India. While welcoming participants, he gave an overview of the CSR Committee and spoke of the commitment of AMCHAM supporting USAID’s mission to eradicate TB by inviting American companies to sign the Corporate TB Pledge. In the special address delivered by Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal, Director General TB by inviting American companies to sign the Corporate TB Pledge.

 

 

In the special address delivered by Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal, Director General (Training), Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of India, he informed participants that the three most important areas of focus for CSR included health, education and skilling. He also spoke about the importance of soft skills in today’s corporate scenario. It was followed by the keynote address by Mr. Edgard Kagan, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, who spoke about the importance of all stakeholders working together in problem solving. He highlighted the CSR activities being done by American companies and encouraged AMCHAM and member to project them. Mr. Ramanathan Ramanan, Mission Director of Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, in his special address, spoke about the Mission’s objectives of self-employment and talent utilization to promote innovation and entrepreneurship. The closing remarks of the session were given by Mr. Harish Krishnan who expressed his gratitude to the Co-Chairs of the CSR Committee and the AMCHAM secretariat for organizing the conference.

 

In ‘Session 1: Collaborative Skilling Models,’ Ms. Kshitija Krishnaswamy, Co-Chairperson – CSR Committee, AMCHAM and Director, Corporate Citizenship, Accenture India moderated with panellists Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal, Director General (Training), Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Ms. Rohini Kamath, Program Manager, Corporate affairs, Cisco India and Mr. Aakash Sethi, CEO, Quest Alliance. The panellists discussed the Skill India mission including short term, long-term trainings and digital skill training. The panellists enumerated some of the major challenges being faced in imparting skilling such as wage difference in cities and states, early girl marriages and heavy migration of skilled labours from different parts of India.

 

‘Session 2: Best Practices in Monitoring and Evaluation’ was moderated by Mr. Vikas Gambhir, Director, Grant Thornton with panellists Ms. Sangita Ghalay, Co-Chairperson – CSR Committee, AMCHAM and Head – CSR, Honeywell India, Mr. Anuj Alphonson, Director – Livelihoods & Partnerships, Magic Bus India Foundation, Mr. Nitin Sharma, Legal Counsel, South Asia, Becton Dickinson and Ms. Sapna Moudgil, Director, NIIT Foundation. The discussion was focussed on the relevance of monitoring, evaluation with data, data analysis and action on the information received from data followed by the screening process and frequency of reports.

 

‘Session 3: Innovating for Social Impact’ was a plenary session with presentations by Ms. Ramona EI Hamzaoui, Deputy Mission Director, USAID/India, Ms. Neelam Makhijani, Country Director, ChildFund India and Mr. Sanjay Podder, Managing Director, Accenture Labs – Asia Pacific, Accenture. While Ms. Ramona El Hamzaoui mentioned the positive demographic dividend available in India and how concerned Indian youth are more concerned than ever before about development. Ms. Makhijani discussed the feasibility of impact bonds for CSR and cited an example project through USAID. Mr. Sanjay Podder explained how Accenture has used technology as the innovating factor in creating a social impact.

 

‘Session 4: Public Private Partnership for Sustainable Outcomes’ was moderated by Colonel Ashwini Channan, Senior Director, Government Relations, Honeywell India, with panellists Mr. Keith Simmons, Acting Mission Director, USAID/India, Ms. Kritika Sangani, Senior Lead, Organizational Development, Indus Action and Dr. Ishaprasad Bhagwat, Program Manager for MIYCN Projects, Tata Trusts. The session focussed on the need for private financing as public initiatives alone are not viable enough. The session also brought out the importance of having an inclusive society.

 

The conference concluded with closing remarks from Ms. Kshitija Krishnaswamy, Co-Chairperson – CSR Committee, AMCHAM. Ms. Valerie Swope, Program Coordinator, AMCHAM, thanked the partners for this event – Accenture, Cisco and Honeywell.

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By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic American business association with a membership base of more than 400 American companies in India. AMCHAM is an important voice for policy advocacy, a critical source for business intelligence, a vibrant platform for networking and expanding your business.

Indo-Pacific Business Forum 2019 4th November 2019

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Indo-Pacific Business Forum 2019 – 4th November 2019

AMCHAM India supported the U.S. Ambassador’s business delegation to the Indo-Pacific Business Forum 2019 led by U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross on November 4th in Bangkok, Thailand.

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By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic American business association with a membership base of more than 400 American companies in India. AMCHAM is an important voice for policy advocacy, a critical source for business intelligence, a vibrant platform for networking and expanding your business.

Signature Lecture Series: Open Data, Cross Border Privacy Rights with Mr. Daniel David Castro, Vice President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and Director of ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation, USA 1st November 2019

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Signature Lecture Series: Open Data, Cross Border Privacy Rights with Mr. Daniel David Castro, Vice President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and Director of ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation, USA – 1st November 2019

The U.S. Consulate Kolkata, in collaboration with AMCHAM’s Eastern Region hosted open data and privacy rights expert, Mr. Daniel Castro, Vice President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and director of ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation, in Kolkata on November 1st. Mr. Daniel Castro addressed members on ‘Open Data, Cross Border Privacy Rights’ under the U.S. government’s Indo-Pacific strategy theme. He widely discussed India’s privacy policies, the digital India program, and data integration policies in smart cities while assessing open data policies globally.

He also spoke on the risks and opportunities of open data and cloud computing versus data localization in the global scenario. Mr. Kris Das, Deputy Director American Center and Public Affairs Officer attended the session and addressed members on the role of the American Center in Eastern India and its programs. Mr. Subrata Bagchi, Chairman – Eastern Region, AMCHAM, gave the welcome address, Mr. K.P. Sengupta gave the concluding remarks and vote of thanks and Ms. Amada Kidwai, Regional Director – Eastern Region, AMCHAM, did the introductions.

Membership

By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic American business association with a membership base of more than 400 American companies in India. AMCHAM is an important voice for policy advocacy, a critical source for business intelligence, a vibrant platform for networking and expanding your business.