India Enterprise Forum Explores How India Can Continue Growth and Fuel Global Economy

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Prominent leaders from international business, government, academia and law will gather May 15 at the India Enterprise Forum at the UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management to explore what India will need to continue its growth trajectory.

With 2,000 ethnic groups, 1,600 languages and dialects and a population of 1.2 billion – constituting the world’s largest democracy – India has become a land of allure and exploration for leaders and experts worldwide.

Prominent leaders from international business, government, academia and law will gather on May 15 at the India Enterprise Forum, which will be held at the UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management, to explore what is required for India to continue on its growth trajectory and fuel the global economy.

“India is incredibly multifaceted and complex and naturally compels people to learn more about the ‘Indian story.’ But more crucially, India has an undeniable role to play on today’s global stage. India has emerged as one of the fastest-growing nations with the potential to turn into a world leader in the years to come, and with this explosive growth comes many economic opportunities and challenges,” said Dr. Sumit Majumdar, conference organizer and professor of technology strategy at UT Dallas.

The inaugural event will bring together leaders from around the world, including Ambassador Hardeep Puri, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, to discuss the economic opportunities and challenges associated with India’s rapid expansion, specifically the country’s future energy and infrastructural needs.

A veteran of the Indian Foreign Service with extensive experience in multilateral diplomacy, trade-related matters and dispute settlement, Puri will wrap up the daylong conference with a discussion about India’s multilateral system. Puri has been the permanent representative of India to the United Nations in Geneva and the ambassador of India to Brazil as well as the secretary for economic relations at the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India.

“While every sector is of importance to India’s growth, sectors such as energy and infrastructure have unique business models and regulatory elements that other sectors do not,” Majumdar said. “This may make the process of engaging in business in India and with Indian firms often quite unusual. Understanding the sector-specific business continuity, concerns and regulatory dimensions of the Indian business environment is an important concern of the forum.”

Panel discussions will feature experts in their respective fields who will focus on topics such as energy business opportunities, investment safety and business continuity and infrastructure business opportunities.

Other key speakers at the event include Ambassador Lakshmi Puri, assistant secretary general at the UN; Sir Geoffrey Owen, former editor of the Financial Times and senior fellow at the London School of Economics; Yashwant Bhave, chairman of the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority in India; and Philip Ritter, executive vice president of government and stakeholder affairs at D/FW International Airport.

The forum, which will be held between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Davidson Auditorium in the Jindal School, has been structured as a high intensity, yet compact event designed to be practical, powerful, compelling and insightful, says Majumdar. Cost is $200 and includes a reception at 5 p.m. following the conference. Please visit ief.utdallas.edu/ for details and to register.

PARKING: Enter via University Parkway off of Campbell Road. Campus visitors may stop at the Visitor’s Center to receive a parking permit. Metered parking is also available in Lot M West immediately south of the Jindal School building off East Drive.

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The University of Texas at Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management is the largest of UT Dallas’ seven schools, with a fall 2011 enrollment of more than 6,300, half of whom are graduate students. The school offers 26 degrees and more than a dozen certificate options. It provides outstanding tuition value, a wide variety of classes on campus and online, flexible scheduling and a convenient location.

Financial Times ranks the Jindal School of Management No. 22 worldwide in faculty research productivity. Among public business schools, JSOM’s Professional (Part-Time) program is ranked No. 10 and its Executive MBA program is ranked No. 13 by Bloomberg Businessweek. U.S. News & World Report ranks both the Professional and Full-Time MBA programs in the top 20 public university programs in the nation. It ranks undergraduate programs No. 15 among public universities.

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