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Doing Business in India

July 20, 2022
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Doing Business in India


With a population of nearly 1.4 billion, India has become the world’s sixth largest economy with a GDP of $2.66 trillion. According to Moody’s, the nation’s economy will rise 9.5% this year and 8.4% in 2023 as it recovers from the pandemic plaguing the entire global economy since 2019. A recent report by the World Bank notes that India jumped 15 spots (from 77 to 62) in ease of doing business among 190 countries worldwide. With a growing middle-class of 300-350 million consumers, the nation has a high demand for U.S.-made products, services and technologies. India also provides U.S. companies interested in reconfiguring or expanding their global supply chains a highly skilled, low-cost labor pool. As a result of these factors, India is forecasted to be the world's fastest growing large economy into the foreseeable future.

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8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions - Noel Nevshehir, Automation Alley
8:45 a.m.  Keynote Presentation: India Update, The Honorable Mr. Amit Kumar, Consul General in Chicago
9:10 a.m.  Opportunities and Challenges of Doing Business in India - Supriya Kanetkar; Sushama Kanetkar
9:35 a.m. Speaker Panel Featuring Case Studies on the Opportunities and Challenges of Doing Business in India, Gaurav Agrawal, CEO, Soothsayer Analytics and Robert Ruffini, President, Fluxtrol
10:05 a.m. Support for Michigan Exports – MEDC ITM
10:15 a.m. Open discussion
10:30 am Concludes


Noel Nevshehir, Director of International Business Services and Global Strategic Partnerships, Automation Alley

As director of Automation Alley’s International Business Services, Noel’s responsibilities include assisting SMEs become globally competitive by expanding their markets overseas. He identifies countries with a high demand for Michigan-made products, services and technologies and leads trade missions around the world where U.S. companies have an opportunity to meet with potential business partners, including buyer and end users. Noel is also director of Global Strategic Partnerships where he helps companies worldwide to bridge the gap between the digital and physical worlds while keeping pace with the rapid transformation in manufacturing today (i.e., Industry 4.0). 

Amit Kumar, Consul General of India, Chicago

Amit Kumar is a career diplomat and joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1995. He has wide ranging experience having served in Headquarters and in several Indian Missions abroad. He has dealt with both bilateral and multilateral work in diverse areas such as political, strategic and economic spheres. Prior to taking up his current assignment as the Consul General of India in Chicago, he was the Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India, Washington DC with Ambassador-rank.

Sushama Kanetkar, Director, MEDC India Office and SRK and Associate-Bengaluru, India

Sushama has 27 years of multi-faceted experience in the international trade and investment arena. She has worked with numerous international clients from a broad range of industries with various stages of internationalization. Sushama has bachelor’s degree in Commerce with specialization in Advanced Accounting and Auditing and a master’s degree in Economics. Her areas of academic interest include: international trade, aid and development policies, international monetary systems, international economic relations and public administration with special emphasis on comparative and development administration.

Supriya Kanetkar, Director, MEDC India Office and SRK and Associates- Bengaluru, India

Supriya has a diverse professional experience of 26 years which ranges from teaching, journalism, consulting MNCs on corporate social responsibility to international trade development and foreign direct investment attraction. Her international business experience spans about 19 years. Supriya has a bachelor’s degree in Arts, a master's degree and M. Phil. in Political Science. She has also done the Global Village for Future Leaders of Business and Industry ® program offered by Iacocca Institute at Lehigh University.

Robert Ruffini, President, Fluxtrol Inc.

Since graduating from Michigan State University (B.Sc. ’90), Robert has been employed at Fluxtrol, Inc. He has more than twenty-five years experience in the field of advanced induction heating technology. Robert is primarily responsible for new business development and specializes in international sales and marketing. He has co-authored several US patents, over 50 technical papers and travelled for business to more than 40 countries. He lectured extensively throughout Asia, Europe, India, and Americas on advanced design of induction heating processes and tooling. He is a member of Automation Alley’s International Business Services Advisory Council, Eastern Michigan District Export Council (EMDEC), and American Society of Metals (ASM).

Gaurav Agrawal, COO, Soothsayer

Involved with Business Development & Project Management activities for over 20 years and has experience in independently handling the management of the business. I have vast experience as a software consultant in analysis, design, development, implementation and deployment of enterprise business applications for Fortune 500 clients having worked for clients in United States of America, United Kingdom, Germany & Asia-Pacific. My responsibilities include defining and executing the company’s long-term strategy focused on growth, profitability, customer leadership and operational excellence. Head of sales and business development activities to ensures highest level of customer satisfaction & responsible for Marketing, Sales, and all other customer facing components of the organization. Actively involved in Preparing proposals, Pre-sale, Post-sale, Project execution, Delivery and Post delivery activities. With a strong background in technology and business management gained through varied roles in the past.


Wednesday, July 20, 2022 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., EST

Hybrid event, virtual and in-person Automation Alley 2675 Bellingham Troy, Michigan 48083 
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