OIFC Indian Diaspora Business Meet

Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA

1100 am: Saturday, 14 November 2015


11:00 am – 12:00 noon

Briefing meeting for Indian Business Delegation (Avalon) Registration for Indian Business Diaspora Meet (California Hall Foyer)

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch (Emerald Hall)

1: 00 pm – 1: 50 pm

Opening Session(Avalon Hall)

1:00 pm – 1:05 pm

Welcome Remarks

Ms Vani Rao
Joint Secretary (Financial Services)
Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Govt of India

1:05 pm - 1:15 pm


His Excellency Arun K. Singh
Ambassador of India to the United States of America Embassy of India, Washington, D.C

1:15 pm – 1:20 pm


Mr Venkatesan Ashok
Consul General of India
San Francisco

1:20 pm – 1:35 pm

Presentation on OIFC’s new Initiatives

Ms Charu Mathur

1:35 pm – 1:40 pm


Mr Deep Kapuria
Hi Tech Gears Ltd

1:40 pm – 1:45 pm


Mr Chandarjit Banerjee
Co-Chairman, OIFC & DG, CII

1:45 pm – 1:55 pm


Mr A K Agarwal
Secretary – Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs & Chairman, OIFC

1:55 pm – 2:00 pm

Vote of Thanks

Mr Subba Gopavarapu
Founder & CEO GSR Technologies, Inc

2:00 pm – 2: 05 pm

Session changeover

2:05 pm – 3:05 pm

Panel Discussion I: Investment opportunities in Clean & Renewable Energy sector in India (Avalon Hall)

The Renewable Energy sector in India has seen a thrust in the last one year especially on new technologies, low cost solutions for generating & distributing Renewable Energy. This opens up opportunities for investment, financing, collaborations as well as technology partnerships for Overseas Indians with Indian companies. 

Discussions will include the trends and challenges in investments & collaborations in Renewable energy in India, the new technologies, financing & scaling up innovative business models in the renewables space in India; recent models which have seen solar tariffs at an all- time low of Rs 5.05 per kWh; factors to enable low cost financing for renewable projects and key fiscal incentives to encourage investments in India in the manufacturing segment.

Mr Gunjan Bagla, Founder & Mg Director, Amritt Inc
(Amritt, Inc. is a management advisory service providing guidance to American companies in entering new markets, global strategy execution, finding & managing vendor partners, & establishing overseas offices.)

3:10 pm – 4:10 pm

Panel Discussion II: Technology partnerships, Investments & Innovation through the Digital India Initiative (Avalon Hall)

The Government has envisaged the Digital India program with a simple but bold ambition: to re-design government/essential services and place them on-line, while providing citizens’ access through personal mobile or community access facilities for convenience. Broadband access for all and a digital identity will help to empower the people. In short, going digital means that services – health, education, banking, and a whole host of other citizen services - can be delivered more efficiently, effectively, and in a transparent way. Delivering this will require close collaboration between government and industry.

The Session will explore the approaches of how government and industry can partner to implement the “Digital Presence” on the ground by creation of compelling digital strategies and services and how emerging trends and technology imperatives can impact the lives of its citizen. It will also showcase some live examples of how IT & Technology are game changers in making that difference.

Moderator: Mr Venk Shukla General Partner, Monta Vista Capital and; President, TIE Silicon Valley (TIE Silicon Valley is a nonprofit association dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship in the Bay Area as well as globally through mentoring, networking, education, incubating, and funding programs and activities.)

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Panel Discussion III: Impact investments into Social Enterprises in India (Avalon Hall)

Impact investing is all about generating social and environmental impact alongside financial return. While the concept is catching momentum worldwide and especially in India, the move in mind-sets from pure philanthropy to investing in Enterprises throws up several fundamental questions: What are Social Enterprises? How is Impact Investing different from philanthropy? What are the Impact Investing and Social Enterprise landscapes like in India? This panel will attempt to answer these questions while engaging the audience, highlighting case stories of select social enterprises in India and sharing insights on how overseas Indians can access social enterprises.

Moderator: Mr Abhay Garg
Portfolio Manager, Acumen(Acumen raises charitable donations to invest in companies, leaders, & ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty.)

5:15 pm – 5:55 pm

Business Meetings (Emerald Hall)

06:00 pm

Inaugural of Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Divas by Smt Sushma Swaraj, Hon’ble Minister of External Affairs & Overseas Indian Affairs (California Hall)

07:00 pm

Dinner hosted by Smt Sushma Swaraj, Hon’ble Minister of External Affairs & Overseas Indian Affairs (California Hall)


09:30 am – 1:00 pm

California Hall

Plenary Sessions

  • Increasing engagement with Indian Diaspora
  • Role of Culture and Youth in maintaining links to India, the motherland
  • Government of India schemes on Clean Ganga;Skill Development; Infrastructure Development; Waste Management; and Swachh Bharat, Solar & other renewable energies; Digital India etc.

01:00 pm – 02:00 pm

(San Diego Hall)


02:00 pm – 05:00 pm

Catalina Hall

Plenary Sessions

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Education (including Community Colleges system, ties between educational institutions, etc.); Skills & Vocational Training
  • Manufacturing and Make in India; Bilateral BusinessOpportunities in various fields including Commodities, services,IT / BT, Infrastructure
  • Use of Soft Power and engagements through culture

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Connect with States of India: Opportunities to invest & do business (California Hall)

Moderator: Gunjan Bagla, Founder & Mg Director, Amritt Inc

  • Kerala: Mr K C Joseph, Minister, Rural devpt, Planning & Eco Affairs, Dairy & Milk Co-ops, NRI Keralite Affairs, Culture & Info
  • Andhra Pradesh: Mr IYR Rao, Chief Secretary, Andhra Pradesh
  • Jharkhand: Mr Uday Pratap Singh, Principal Secretary (Industries)
  • Haryana: Mr Vineet Garg, Managing Director, Haryana State Industrial & Investment Corporation (HSIIDC)

Panel Discussion I- Panelists

Mr Andris Cukurs

CEO, North American Subsidiary Suzlon Wind Energy Corporation, USA

(Suzlon is a market leader in wind energy in India with a global footprint across Asia, Australia,Europe, Africa and North and South America. Andy has over 32 years of experience in the energy & clean tech)

Dr Rajit Gadh, PhD

Professor, Henry Samueli School of Engineering & Applied Science Founder & Director, UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC)

(The UCLA SMERC performs research, creates innovations, and, demonstrates advanced communications & technologies to enable the devt of next gen electric utility grid - The Smart Grid. Rajit serves as advisor to a handful of technology-based start-ups).

Mr Kunal Upadhyay

Chief Executive Officer, Infuse Venture & Centre for Innovation, Incubation & Entreprenurship

(Infuse Ventures is a specialized fund to build entrepreneurial solutions for India’s energy and sustainability needs. Under Kunal’s leadership, CIIE has seeded over 100 ventures)

Mr Pawan Singh

Director, PTC Power Financial Co Ltd

(PTC Financial is a leading Special Purpose investment Vehicle, financing entities in the energy sector. Dr. Singh has over 32 years of experience in Power & Infrastructure sectors in India)

Panel Discussion II- Panelists

Mr Deep Kapuria

Chairman, Hi Tech Gears Ltd & (Leader of the Business Delegation)

(Leading auto components manufacturing company engaged in high tech Engineering design & leading edge research in Robotics, Artificial intelligence & machine vision technologies.)

Mr Navin Budhiraja

Sr Vice President & Head (Architecture & Technology), Infosys Limited

(Infosys is a global IT leader in consulting, technology, and outsourcing and next-generation services. Navin focuses on shaping & facilitating technology strategy, introducing latest technologies, and delivering technology consulting services on a global scale for Infosys)

Mr Akhilesh Tripathi

Vice President& Head of Global sales of S/W, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd

(Part of the Tata group, one of India’s largest industrial conglomerates & most respected brands, TCS has presence in 46 countries. Akhilesh is responsible for growing the software business for TCS globally including world’s first neural automation software, ignio™ & TCS Platform solutions)

Mr Amit Khare

Director, Evolko Systems Private Limited

(Evolko is a live example of collaboration by Indian Americans for Digital India, using simple technology, to reach out to patients in remote locations & increase their access to medical-care. Amit Khare is an entrepreneur, inventor & a seasoned business man with a very successful track record in setting up new ventures, growing business)

Dr Seema Jain, MD

President, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI)

(AAPI is the umbrella organization representing the interests of over 60,000 doctors of Indian origin in the USA. Dr Jain is a member of advisory boards for several pharmaceutical and research companies)

Panel Discussion III- Panelists

Mr Shaffi Mather

Founder, MUrgency

(MUrgency is world’s first Global Emergency Response Network being built on Cloud & a true example of global collaboration with Tech Architecture from Silicon Valley with Development and Coding in India (& Dubai). Shaffi is a pioneer social entrepreneur & lawyer)

Mr Azad Oommen

Board of Directors, Central Square Foundation

(Central Square Foundation is a venture philanthropy fund focused on systemic reform in K-12 education)

Mr Manpreet Anand

Dy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South & Central Asia, US Department of State

(Manpreet has extensive previous experience with USAID and spearheaded the Indian Diaspora Investment initiative)

Mr K K Sharma

Chairman, KK Sharma Law Offices

(K K Sharma Law Offices is a law firm providing strategic consulting on economic laws, corporate governance& public affairs, specifically on competition, tax, regulation & development)

Dr Mamta Singhvi, AAPI

Youth leader, AAPI