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US-India Strategic Partnership

Panel Hosted by US-India Business Council

Panel Coordinators: Sukumar Dwarkanath (EMBA '09), Manish Krishnan (EMBA '09)

 

Over the last seven years we have seen a critical shift in US-India relations. Both Governments have made a strengthened bilateral partnership one of their key strategic priorities. This strategic shift is opening new sectors to economic cooperation, including defense, civil nuclear and space cooperation. In the context of this increasing strategic partnership, the Keynote panel hosted by US-India Business Council (USIBC) will seek to address current and future strategic issues in US-India relations, and the benefits and challenges for continued engagement between the two countries.

 

Panel Moderator

Ron Somers: President, US-India Business Council (USIBC)

 

Panel Participants

  • Serge Buchakjian: Vice President - International, Defense & Space, Honeywell
  • Neelam Deo: Consul General, Consulate General of India, New York
  • Claudio Lilienfeld: Acting Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for South Asia, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

 

Entrepreneurship: Rise of the Titans

Panel Coordinators: Mansi Agarwal ('08), Rohan Talwar ('08)

 

They came, they saw and they created. Their undying passion and strong will modified the economic landscape of India and showed her how to dream… Some of the most dynamic businesses in India started out as visions of entrepreneurs who dared to think big. Now, as India’s economy is booming and the financial markets are more conducive to start-ups, the sky is the limit for entrepreneurs leveraging India in their businesses. Our four panelists are examples of such achievers. And now, as these entrepreneurs try and take their companies to greater successes with the hopes of a billion Indians behind them, we ask: What is the next step for their business? What is their vision going forward? And how do they plan on achieving it? Our panelists will discuss their stories and give us an insight into what it means to be an Indian entrepreneur today.

 

Panel Moderator

Professor Murray Low: Founder and Director, Entrepreneurship Program, Columbia Business School

 

Panel Participants

 

 

Real Estate: Housing India's Growth

Panel Coordinators: Abhinay Poonja ('08), Ruchi Patwari ('09)

 

With a 9% targeted growth rate for the Indian economy, it is imperative that the real estate sector complements this growth in both quantity and quality. As one of the few developing countries where there is a primary demand for real estate, India has attracted major international banks, hedge funds and private equity investors. The residential, commercial and retail sectors offer promising returns and are expected to grow at 24% over the next six years. Are these sectors inflated? We have yet to see how liberal the inevitable regulation reforms will be, whether new avenues such as REITs will replace bank loans (which currently provide 61% of finance to the sector), or how industry dynamics will change as creative investment vehicles break into the concentration of financing with large developers. Our distinguished panel will indulge in a prolific debate regarding these and other issues.

 

Panel Moderator

Professor Camille Douglas: Adjunct Associate Professor, Real Estate, Columbia Business School

 

Panel Participants

 

 

Indian Capital Markets: Coupled or Decoupled?

Panel Coordinators: Roshan Gaonkar ('08), Abhijeet Neogy ('08), Vikas Jain ('09)

 

It was a scorching 2007. The BSE Sensex broke through the 21000 barrier delivering a 47% return for the year, the capitalization of the market crossed the $1 Trillion mark and over Rs. 45,000 Crores were raised in IPOs as market Titans such as ICICI and DLF tapped the Indian markets. The year 2008 however has started on a somber note. Indian equities ended lower in January, on worries that the economy may not be as insulated from the global sub-prime crisis as previously thought. Even as the economy grew 9.6% in the last fiscal year, the fastest since 1989, the government expects growth to slow for the first time in three years for the coming year, as higher interest rates cool consumer demand. Furthermore, the trade deficit in December widened from a year ago, as exports were hurt by the strong domestic currency. This may be an opportune moment to evaluate the gains made over last few years and develop a new strategy for the evolving Indian markets.

 

Panel Moderator

Professor David Beim: Professor of Professional Practice, Finance and Economics, Columbia Business School

 

Panel Participants

 

 

Media: Beyond Bollywood

Panel Coordinators: Siva Natarajan ('08), Shayan Hussain ('09)

 

The Indian Media and Entertainment industry is poised to embark on a period of accelerated growth that will transform it into a major global player. One of the largest media and entertainment markets in the world, the industry is estimated by PricewaterhouseCoopers to have the potential to grow to over US$ 200 billion by 2015.  Major western media conglomerates including Viacom, Disney, NBC Universal and Time Warner have begun vying for Indian media market share through acquisition and joint venture.  Likewise, with the growing popularity of Indian content across global markets, major Indian entertainment industry players, such as Yash Raj Films, Adlabs, UTV and Eros Entertainment, are venturing abroad to tap into this booming segment. Our panelists will discuss the evolution of the global Indian Media and Entertainment industry and its potential for growth into the future.

 

Panel Moderator

Aseem Chhabra: Board Member, South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA)

 

Panel Participants

 

 

Private Equity: Scaling the P.E.ak

Panel Coordinators: Praneet Gill ('08), Siddharth Parekh ('08), Ankit Shah ('09)

 

By all accounts, 2007 was a record-breaking year for private equity in India. Annual GDP growth, averaging around 8% over the last three years, has made the country among the fastest developing economies in the world. Private equity investments have undergone unprecedented growth, creating even more interest from investment firms all around the globe. With the right macro economic policies in place, India's investment environment will be the basis for private equity to grow and this in turn will lead to a virtuous cycle of further improvements in the economic and infrastructural environment. According to The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), PE investment in India is likely to touch $48 billion in the next two years as the number of foreign funds operating in the Indian market is projected to grow from approximately 400 to nearly 470 by 2010. It also seems that 2008 will see some niche sectors like Real Estate, Healthcare, Infrastructure, Aviation and Alternative Energy see growth. But how consistent will this growth be and which are the factors that will drive this growth? Our panelists will address these and other issues related to achieving and sustaining returns in Private Equity investments in India.

 

Panel Moderator

Professor Partha Mohanram: Philip H. Geier, Jr., Associate Professor of Business; Accounting, Columbia Business School

 

Panel Participants

 

 

Healthcare: Vitality & Strength

Panel Coordinators: Sonia Abbhi ('08), Gayathri Narayan ('09)

 

The healthcare sector in India has been growing at an enormous pace. During 2002, India's health care industry was valued at US$25 billion, contributed 5 per cent to the GDP and employed approximately 4 million people. By 2012, this industry is projected to grow to US$60 billion and contribute 8.5 per cent of GDP. There are a number of significant business opportunities in the Indian healthcare industry including health insurance, medical tourism, hospital management, curative and preventive services, healthcare infrastructure and human capital investments. Medical tourism, for example, already attracts 150,000 patients per year and is growing at around 20% p.a. This sector alone is expected to become a $2 billion industry by 2010. Another example is BPO services in healthcare, which is expected to become a $5 billion industry by 2010. The federal government has identified healthcare as an important thrust area, and is committed to improving quality, efficiency and delivery in the industry. Private healthcare is expected to be 65-75% of this industry in 2012. Despite these investments, there remain significant challenges in providing quality and affordable healthcare services across this vast nation. Our panelists will discuss these transformations and challenges taking place in the Healthcare scenario in India.

 

Panel Moderator

Professor Bhaven Sampat: Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University

 

Panel Participants

 

 

 
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