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India Business meet begins in Chicago today

The meet will provide a platform for industry professionals to engage with some of the brightest MBA students in the world.

india Updated: May 06, 2006 12:51 IST

The South Asian Business Group (SABG) of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business are hosting the second annual Tata India Business Conference on Saturday, May 6, 2006 in Chicago. The conference is themed: Vibrant India – The Next Wave.

The conference is attracting attendees from prominent corporations all over US and India ranging from leading multinationals to private equity and venture capital firms to successful entrepreneurs.

The meet will explore and provide an inside perspective of critical success factors and business issues relevant to the Indian subcontinent. It will also provide a platform for industry professionals to engage with some of the brightest MBA students in the world to discuss these exciting changes and how they can benefit from them.

SABG has partnered with India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF) for this conference to reach out to prominent media houses.

The conference features an enviable array of business leaders and industry experts. JJ Irani, Director of Tata Sons, and ururaj Deshpande, Founder and Chairman of Sycamore Networks (a company that revolutionised optical network technology), will deliver keynote speeches, while a cast of senior executives from Merrill Lynch, Black Stone Group, Tata Group etc will participate in panel discussions. Professor Steven Kaplan, named as one of the top Entrepreneurship professors in the country by BusinessWeek, will moderate one of the panels.

Today, India's growth engine is firing on all cylinders fuelled not just by the high-profile IT sector, but numerous others including Healthcare/Biotech, retail and infrastructure. As Professor Gary Becker, Nobel Laureate in Economics from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business remarked during last year's conference, "The first 40 years of India after independence were like an empty glass; growth occurring at a very slow pace. In the last 15 years, after India kicked-off its reforms, the glass has started filling up." Showcasing the 'India advantage', conference will characterise high-powered panels including "Rise of the Indian Multinational", "Investing in India - the Next Gold Rush?", "Evolving Landscape of Global Sourcing", "Unmasking Healthcare Opportunities in India" and "Challenges of Doing Business in India" among others.

This year's event is also expected to be oversubscribed and has received a phenomenal response from both US and India-based corporations, with Tata Group having purchased naming rights and Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Infosys, Deloitte and IDFC among other major sponsors.

First Published: May 06, 2006 11:33 IST