2011 India Trade Conference - Speaker Bios

Noel Massie


UPS, Central California District

Noel Massie serves as President for UPS’s Central California District. He is responsible for all operations, customer relationship management, and revenue

management of nearly $2 billion annually. The Central California District employs nearly 11,000 employees and serves over 80,000 customers daily. Prior to his current assignment, Noel served as President for UPS’s Chicago, Virginia, and Southeast California districts.

Noel began his career with UPS in 1977 in Oakland, California. He has served in many capacities within the organization. He started in operations and has spent time in engineering, learning and development, and in Atlanta working in UPS’s corporate headquarters. Noel’s various assignments have afforded him the opportunity to work in the eastern, western, northern, and southern parts of the U.S.

Awards and Citations
• 2010 Arrowhead Distinguished Officer Award (Inland Empire Economic Partnership)
• 2010 Inland Empire Global Leader of the Year (San Bernardino County’s Office of Economic Development)
• 2010 Ethical Business Leadership Award (Beta Gamma Sigma)
• 2009 Conference Leadership Award (I-10 Corridor)
• 2008 Corporate Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award (California State University San Bernardino)
• 2002 Governor’s Award for Community Leadership (State of Illinois)

• Attended San Jose State University’s School of Engineering (1975 – 1979)
• Degree in Business Management from LaSalle University in Philadelphia Noel and his wife Amanda have been married

Ashish Aggarwal

Wireless Reach


Ashish Aggarwal is a Graduate in Science, and Masters in Business Management. He has had a long stint in the Government of India – in the Ministry of IT and

Ministry of External Affairs (The Indian Foreign Office). In 2006, he resigned from the Government and joined the Private Sector and joined E.I. DuPont India for about 4 years managing their Government Affairs.

Ashish has been working with Qualcomm Wireless Reach since 2010, and looks after WR projects in India and South Asia. He has been deeply involved in community service since 2004 and serves on the Board of the National Scouts Organistion of India, an affliate of the World Scouts Organistion. He is currently their Honorary National Treasurer.

His interests include reading fiction and books on Business Management. Travelling and communication are his other passions – though he refers to them as ‘work’. You could talk to him about pens for hours and he loves collecting different kinds of chewing gums. He lives with his family in New Delhi, India.

Gary Barsley

Manager of Solar Initiatives & Self-Generation Programs

Southern California Edison

Gary Barsley is Manager of Solar Initiatives & Self-Generation Programs at Southern California Edison, a group that includes administering the CSI

(Cal. Solar Initiative) solar Program for SCE's customers, as well as Programs for customer wind and fuel cell energy projects. All of these programs provide incentives and education to customers who want to install self-generation technology, to produce electricity for their own use at their home or business.

Prior this role at SCE, Gary was Director of Projects for the past 6 years at Shell Solar Industries, and SolarWorld Industries, doing large-scale solar PV projects for commercial and public agency customers. Earlier in his career, Gary spent a number of years at Fluor Engineers; SCE; and Edison International working in engineering, construction, and project management capacities on renewable energy and clean energy technologies. Gary has experience with solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, fuel cells, biofuels, and traditional fossil-fuel technology projects,

He has spoken at many business and community conferences on solar and renewable energy technologies, and teaches classes on solar energy. Gary holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical & Environmental Engineering from Univ. California Santa Barbara, and an MBA with Marketing specialty, from Cal State Univ. Fullerton.

Carol Chen


City of Cerritos

Mayor Carol Chen was elected to the Cerritos City Council in June 2008 and re-elected in March 2009. She is chair of the City’s Personnel and Budget/Finance

committees, and is a member of the Business and Industry, Library and Performing Arts Committees. Mayor Chen is a liaison to the ABC Unified School District and is the Council’s delegate to the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, the Sanitation Districts 2, 3, 18 & 19/Waste Management and the Workforce Investment Board – Policy Board. Mayor Chen is the Council's alternate delegate to the League of California Cities and Orangeline Development Authority.

A proud Cerritos resident for more than 20 years, Mayor Chen has actively served on a variety of Cerritos commissions, committees and professional organizations. Mayor Chen is a member of the Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Cerritos Optimist Club. She is also a member of the Asian Pacific Congressional Advisory Council of the 40th Congressional District. Prior to being elected to the City Council, Mayor Chen served on the Cerritos Planning Commission for seven years, including two terms as Chair and Vice Chair. She also served as the Vice Chair of the Cerritos Property Preservation Commission for two years, and was a member of the Community Safety Committee for four years.

Mayor Chen’s leadership of professional organizations includes serving as Director of the California Association of Realtors from 2002-2006. She also served as President of the Rancho Southeast Association of Realtors in 2004, and as the organization’s Chair of the Local Government Relations and Political Affairs Committees in 1998 and 2006. Mayor Chen continues to be an active member of the Rancho Southeast Association of Realtors. She is also President of the Official California Apartment Journal (2008) and Director of the Apartment Association of Southern Cities (2003-Present).

Together with her husband, Tony Chen, she has owned and operated a Cerritos-based real estate investment and property management company since 1988. Mayor Chen has held a California Real Estate License since 1980 and is a Certified International Property Specialist.

Daniel Dunning, PhD

Director of Engineering

Time Warner Cable Business Class

Dr. Dunning has 30 years experience in the fields of telecommunications and network science. During his 9 years of tenure with Time Warner Cable Business

Class he has been involved in numerous projects including leading the team that designed and built TWCBC’s Southern California SONET services network which serves carrier and enterprise customers from Ventura to San Diego. Prior to joining Time Warner Cable in 2001, Dr. Dunning has worked for Silicon Valley hardware manufacturers, DSL network operators, in-building telecommunication service providers, and the University of California.

Dr. Dunning holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Shiv Grewal

Senior Corporate Partner

Stradling Yocca Carlson Rauth

Shiv Grewal is a senior corporate partner with the law firm of Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth and is a member of the firm’s Executive Management

Committee.  His practice focuses on representing emerging growth, technology, life science, manufacturing and health care entities.  Shiv specializes in corporate and securities law; including venture capital financings, M&A transactions, initial public offerings, joint ventures, etc.  He practiced law in India before relocating to the United States and also advises U.S. business entities on investments in India, as well as Indian entities on acquisitions in the U.S. as well as on raising capital in the U.S. ADR markets.

Shiv is the author of various articles and publications on U.S. and on Indian law.  In addition, he has chaired various panels and has spoken at various seminars on corporate finance issues, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, as well as on U.S. and Indian law. Shiv co-founded HealthScribe, Inc. which was one of the first U.S. companies to source medical transcriptions from India.  He also was a co-founder of FirstRing, Inc., one of India’s first independent call centers.

Shiv is the past President of TiE Southern California and was the Chair of the Governance Committee of the TiE Global Board of Trustees.  He is also a member of the Board of Counselors at the Chapman University School of Business and is a member of the Board of Directors of OCTANe and of the Association of Corporate Growth.

Shiv sits on the Board of Directors, and is a member of the board of advisors, of various companies.  He was named one of Southern California’s Super Lawyers by the Los Angeles Magazine.

Matthew Hill

General Manager, Middle East & India

Maersk Line

Matthew Hill is the General Manager for the Middle East & India Sub-Con (MEIP) trade in the North American Trade & Marketing department at Maersk Line.

Matthew started with Maersk Line in February 2005 working as a Business Development Account Representative in our Northeast US Regional Sales department. There he managed and developed opportunities with US customers importing and exporting across various trades and market segments. Matthew first entered the commercial side of the business as an analyst with the North American Area Line Management team in 2007 in the NAM/Mediterranean trade. His responsibilities grew to also include the NAM/Africa and NAM/MEIP trades.

Under his current role, Matthew manages a team of analysts in the Chicago, IL, office and focuses his efforts on a more tailored trade & string specific role with respect to the NAM/MEIP trade and services.

John Jolliffe

Senior Advisor

Better U Foundation

When most men would be considering retirement, John is just finding his third wind.  Currently Senior Advisor and serial innovator in Global Health &

Development for the BetterUFoundation.org with fifteen years as syndicated radio broadcaster, and current author of 70 Educational Titles on Preventative Mental Health, John Jolliffe maintains a busy international psychotherapy and consultancy practice.

David Josephson

Western Regional Director

Export-Import Bank of the United States

Western Regional Director of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Responsible for development of export finance transactions with exporters, banks,

commercial lenders and the Ex-Im Bank, utilizing the export risk insurance and guarantees of Ex-Im Bank. Coverage: three offices covering eleven western U.S. States.

Has worked with international technology venture capitalists, on South American investments; and consulted with Latin American financial institutions for their international trade and merchant banking strategy and operations. For twelve years he was a senior international banker heading structured finance and trade banking offices for Union Bank of California and Standard Chartered Bank Limited in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, London, Brazil, and Hong Kong. Mr. Josephson served as a Lieutenant (j.g.) in the U.S. Navy, aboard deep-draft vessels in the Western Pacific and in coastal surveillance and riverine warfare operations in Vietnam.

He has a MA in International Management from the Garvin School of International Management (formerly the American Graduate School - Thunderbird) Glendale, AZ, and a BS in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.

Rajat Khurana


West Coast Consulting, LLC

West Coast Consulting, LLC, a fast paced technology company with an international presence has built a reputation of excellence and integrity with all the

key Stakeholders i.e., clients, consultants, and employees.
In the ever-changing marketplace of Consulting, companies must continually adapt to survive in today’s competitive Global economy. Managers are under constant pressure to deliver new solutions – both organizational as well as technological to meet the company’s needs. West Coast Consulting has the resources to help Clients better align business and technology with their overall Organizational goals.
Mr. Rajat Khurana, the founder and the dynamic force behind West Coast Consulting, is an internationally recognized Technocrat. He serves on the board of TiE and various other organizations. Passionate about technology and a strong believer of globalization, he mentors entrepreneurs and future leaders create organizations that are able to reap the benefits of comprehensive solutions.
A frequent speaker at various congregations, he is often encouraging and energizing young minds recognize and realize their visions. He is deeply involved with the local community in helping them achieve their career goals. A visionary and an achiever with a global perspective he is always passionate to give back to society.

Jim MacLellan

Director of Trade Services

Port of Los Angeles

As Director of Trade Services for the Port of Los Angeles, Jim MacLellan is responsible for the direction and management of outreach to beneficial cargo

owners and their professional associations. He is also responsible for trade promotion programs to encourage increased trade through the Port of Los Angeles and the Southern California Gateway. This includes outreach efforts to encourage local small to medium size business to consider export markets.

MacLellan has held this position since January 2007, and previously was Director of Marketing, at which time he directed marketing programs, coordinated the activities of the Port's ten international offices and worked with both customers and service providers to help build the Port's long-term clientele. Prior to joining the Port of Los Angeles in 1992, he spent more than 20 years working in the international shipping industry.

MacLellan holds a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Sir George Williams University. For a number of years he taught a course on International Shipping at UCLA Extension as well as for a special international MBA program at the Anderson Business School. In 2008 he conducted a course on trade and shipping at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (The Graduate School of International Policy Studies). He is a Director of the U.S. - Mexico Chamber of Commerce (Southern California), the Foreign Trade Association (Southern California), the French - American Chamber of Commerce, the Southern California District Export Council of the U.S. Department of Commerce (2008) and the California Council for International Trade (merged in 2007 with the California Chamber of Commerce).

Ravi Mahalingam, Esq.

General Counsel, Partner

Avasant, LLC

Ravi Mahalingam is an attorney by training and is licensed to practice law in the State of California. Prior to joining Avasant, Mr. Mahalingam worked as an

intellectual property lawyer for large law firms, including Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP, and as a sourcing and contracts subject matter expert for Gartner, Inc. Mr. Mahalingam holds the title of Partner and is also Avasant’s General Counsel.

Mr. Mahalingam is a designated subject matter expert for sourcing transactions and his clients include several Fortune 500 companies, publicly listed and privately held companies, as well as Federal, State and local government entities. He has utilized his background as an intellectual property lawyer and a consultant to develop a focus in the area of IT and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) transactions.

Mr. Mahalingam has a J.D. degree from the UCLA School of Law, a Master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a B.A. in political science from Binghamton University (S.U.N.Y.).  He has served as editor in chief of two legal publications, and has published a number of articles on intellectual property and international law. 

Sharad Pawar

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

BeWo Technologies Pvt Ltd.

Sharad is the co-founder and COO of BeWo technologies, a social entrepreneurial company with a mission to drive change in bottom of pyramid markets

using innovative technology and business. His responsibilities include developing new products and services, raising capital, building partnerships, building the team, and executing BeWo's pilot projects that are currently underway in India.

He has over 10 years of experience, leading and executing in diverse technology domains. Previously, he worked at Qualcomm for over 8 years, where he led a mobile services business unit (incubated at Qualcomm) that focused on emerging markets and held technology and leadership positions. Prior to Qualcomm he helped manage his family-owned medium scale enterprise in India.

Author of pending patents, Sharad has a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from University of California at Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management.

R Sampath

Managing Director, Quanta Consulting, Inc.

CEO, BeWo Technologies

Sampath is Managing Director at Quanta Consulting, Inc. www.QuantaCo.com, a Los Angeles based advisory firm helping US companies with strategy &

execution across India markets, sourcing, and investment. Practice areas include green technology opportunities, social entrepreneurship, and trade. He is also Co-founder and CEO of BeWo Technologies, a social entrepreneurial company with a mission to drive change in bottom of pyramid markets using innovative technology and business.

Grounded in over 20 years of experience, Sampath delivers global insight and successful India market penetration for businesses, non-profits, & ventures. Sampath has taught Global Business in the UC-Irvine Merage MBA program. He also speaks widely at conferences and in the media. Sampath serves on the boards and committees of the IBA Journal, IEEE, IEABA, California Governor?s CTE Initiative, and TechAmerica.

Sampath holds an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business, and a Bachelors in Electronics & Communications Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India.

Inder Sharma


ACL, Inc.

Serial entrepreneur and an environmentalist. Founded 8 companies in last 15 years. Real estate broker in California from 1988 to 1995. Founded iBOS,

hotelsupplies.com, and Co-founded medibuy.com in 1996. Medibuy.com was acquired later by Global Health Exchange. Founded hotel.com that was acquired by Interactive Corporation in late 2001. Founded an environment friendly Company I&I Group in 1993. I&I Group was responsible for converting over 400,000 hotel rooms to energy efficient lighting. Co-founded ACL, Inc. 2003 which markets energy efficient products to distributors.

Inder holds a Bachelor of Science from India and attended post graduation program in Botany. He is married with two kids and resides in Anaheim, California since 1985.

Subhash Sharma


Indus Business Academy (IBA), Bangalore, India

Educated in India and USA, Dr. Subhash Sharma holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles and Post Graduate Diploma in

Management (PGDM) from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad. He is well known as ‘Indian Management’ Thinker, Institution builder and Innovative experimenter. His innovative contributions have been acknowledged both at the national and international levels.

As a Management Thinker, Prof. Subhash Sharma has made significant contributions to ‘Indian Management and Social Thought’ through his creative and thought provoking books such as Management in New Age: Western Windows Eastern Doors (1996), and Shunya Poems: My Experiments with Corporate Rhymes (2010).

As an Institution Builder, Prof. Sharma has made distinctive contributions to institution building in India. He assisted in conceptualization and development of WISDOM (Women's Institute for Studies in Development Oriented Management) at Banasthali University, Banasthali, Rajasthan. As Founding-Director, Indian Institute of Plantation Management, Bangalore, he developed it from project report and creation stage. He is Founding Member, Indus Business Academy (IBA), Bangalore and Greater Noida and is currently Director, Indus Business Academy (IBA), Bangalore.

Prof. Subhash Sharma is recipient of excellence, achievement and leadership awards for his significant contributions. His writings are also available at the following web links:
www.wwedsubhashsharma.com - www.shunyacreations.com

Joyce Sloss


Los Angeles World Airports

Joyce Sloss is the director of the Business & Job Resources Center (BJRC), Los Angeles World Airport’s (LAWA) central, one-stop resource and clearinghouse for

LAWA contracts, employment, training and work experience. She is primarily focused on developing and implementing policies and innovative new programs that connect emerging businesses with opportunities and community residents with jobs, while also helping LAWA divisions, tenants and prime contractors meet their strategic objectives in regards to the modernization of LAX.

Before heading the BJRC, Ms. Sloss oversaw a number of important projects for LAWA, including LAX master plan research that required the benchmarking of public operations for customer service, efficiency and cost effectiveness; serving as project manager for the reengineering of LAWA’s contracting processes; and serving as program director for the residential acquisition division, where she supervised a full-time staff of 18 and more than 100 consultants as she managed the relocation of more than 5,000 residents.

She also held the position of manager for the Small Business & Job Opportunities Division (SBJOD) – the precursor to the BJRC – six months before and right after the 9/11 attacks. In crafting LAWA’s response to the resulting economic downturn, she and her staff conducted informational workshops for airport employers, job fairs for airport employees, and assistance for local small businesses. During this time, she also served on LAWA’s Economic Impact Analysis Task Force where she coordinated closely with airlines, labor and airport businesses. For their outstanding performance after September 11, the SBJOD received the City of Los Angeles’ 2002 Career Service Award, an honor given by the City Council in May 2003.

Cynthia Torres

Leader,ITA Global Energy Team

Director, US Commercial Service

Cynthia Torres is the Director of the Coachella Valley Export Assistance Center and currently serves as the Global Energy Team Leader for the U.S.

Commercial Service, where she helps companies increase sales to new global markets. During her time in the Coachella Valley, Cynthia gained first had knowledge and experience with a number of emerging technologies in the renewable energy sector.  Her passion for the industry led her to lead numerous trade promotion projects in support of advancing U.S. renewable energy exports. 

She has served as an ITA observer to the Asia Pacific Partnership for Clean Development & Climate (APP) in 2006 & 2007, led the recruitment of two solar energy trade missions to India in 2009 & 2010, and has most recently supported the implementation of the National Export Initiative’s Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency export Initiative

Joseph M. Tosto, Jr.

Bureau of Industry and Security

U.S. Department of Commerce

Joe Tosto currently serves as Export Administration Specialist, based in the Irvine, California office of the Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S.

Department of Commerce. Provides regulatory assistance on the telephone conducts outreach events and serves as an instructor on Dual-Use items in the spheres of National, Homeland, Economic and Cyber-Security. Traveled to India as Delegation Leader, for “Industry Government Outreach Planning Workshop” with Indian Ministry of External Affairs, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Confederation of Indian Industry and its association members. Resulted in better communication and understanding of what Indian businesses feel is necessary to both increase business and comply with both Government of India and U.S. regulations.
He has held management positions as Regional Sales Manager and District Manager of major logistics and freight forwarding companies for over 23 years and has traveled to 22 countries for international business. He served in the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC) in the United States and in the Tactical Air Command (TAC) in Southeast Asia where he earned the Air Force Commendation Medal for his service in Vietnam.

Azad Virk

Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth

Mr. Virk is a corporate associate with Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth and specializes in corporate law with a focus on intellectual property and technology transactions.  Mr. Virk is also licensed to practice law in India and before joining

Stradling was a partner with Anand and Anand, a leading law firm specializing in intellectual property rights in India.  Mr. Virk has vast experience in advising clients on structuring commercial transactions involving diverse technology and intellectual property assets.  Mr. Virk also has extensive litigation experience involving intellectual property rights before various courts and forums in India. 

Mr. Virk obtained his law degree in India followed by an LLM in Intellectual Property from Queen Mary College, London and an LL.M. in  Law Science & Technology from Stanford University. 

Nick Vyas

Managing Director

ALLogistx International, Inc.

Mr. Nick (Nikhil) Vyas, a nationally recognized expert in Global Supply Chain, has over 20 years experience, and has helped fortune 50 to 100 companies achieved

outstanding results in the area of distribution, operations, transportation across various industry sectors. His expertise covers End to End (E2E) Supply Chain. Mr. Vyas’ holistic approach in the areas of operations; process mapping, benchmarking, team building, strategic sourcing, web-based systems technology, lean/six sigma make him standout. His relentless pursuit of perfection and becoming best in class through continuous improvement has enabled him to achieve double-digit improvement year after year that is long lasting and sustainable.

In his current role as a managing director of ALLogistx International, his mission is to help small to mid size companies by providing the best in class supply chain tools and practices. He believes most mid size and large companies have been able to realize some degree of supply chain optimization through internal as well as external resources. However, lack of resources and constraints makes it hard for small size companies to achieve their true potential. ALLogistx makes their knowledgebase and resources available to these companies at a fraction of the cost. Mr. Vyas, a visionary leader and senior business executive provides in-depth knowledge and a roadmap on how to penetrate and succeed in competitive global markets.