Program - 2009 India Trade Conference

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

9:00 AM - 10:45 AM Introduction, Keynote & Special Speakers
Intro: Gene Rodrigues, Director Energy Efficiency, Southern California Edison
Inaugural: Banashri Bose Harrison, Minister (Commerce), Embassy of India, Washington DC
Keynote: Ed Fuller, President & Managing Director, Marriott International
Special Speaker: Brian McGowan, Deputy Secretary for Econ Dev & Commerce, State of California

11:00 AM - 12:05 PM Panel 1: India Strategy Plenary Session
A broad strategic view of the opportunities, trends, incentives, markets, partnerships and cultural elements with India. Breaking developments and what it means for you. Resources available to make it all work seamlessly. A live case study of a successful business and how they navigated the India environment.
Moderator: R Sampath, Director Global Sourcing, Quanta Consulting, Inc.
Panelist: Awinash Bawle, India Desk Officer, Intl Trade Administration, U.S. Dept of Commerce
Panelist: Inder Sharma, Serial Entrepreneur
Panelist: Ken Silverman, CEO, Interactive Teamworks
Panelist: Dr. Gerard J. Tellis, Professor, USC Marshall School of Business

12:05 PM - 1:00 PM Luncheon: Indian Cuisine by Ashoka the Great

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM Panel 2: Trade & Logistics Panel
The Trade & Logistics Panel will offer a variety of helpful observations, including;
- Sea and Air cargo trends in trade between India and Southern California
- Logistics challenges and solutions in trade with India
- How to locate potential customers in India
Moderator: Jim MacLellan, Director of Trade Services, Port of Los Angeles
Panelist: Steve Arnold, Regional International Sales Manager, Fedex
Panelist: Julie Anne Hennessy, Director, US Commercial Service, US Dept of Commerce
Panelist: Nikhil Vyas, Managing Director, Allogistx

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Panel 3a: Alternative Energy Panel
- The current and future global trends in alternative energy.
- What is the state of innovation, and resulting global/India opportunities.
- Specifics on alternative energy elements: wind, solar, efficiency, green.
- Can we really have 25-40% of energy from alternative sources?
- Resources, funding, knowledge.
Moderator:  Rajat Khurana, CEO, West Coast Consulting, LLC
Panelist: Glen Roberts, Director, U.S. Export Assistance Centers ( Renewable Energy)
Panelist: Gene Rodrigues, Director Energy Efficiency, Southern California Edison
Panelist: Dan Bates, President and CEO, WindStream Technologies, Inc.

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Panel 3b: Financing & Risk Mitigation
- Trade financing nuances & breaking developments
- Getting financing in these rough economic times
- Mitigating risk in global business
- Available resources and where to start.
Moderator: Kaylynn l. Kim, Commissioner, Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners
Panelist: Scott Kaiser, Trade Business Development Officer, Bank of America
Panelist: Ken Mate, Managing Director, Los Angeles, Kroll Risk Management
Panelist: Tim Murphy, First Vice President, Comerica Bank

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Panel 3c: Workshop on Working Effectively with India
To outsource successfully, it is vital to understand Indian working styles and the Indian business environment. Participants in this workshop will get practical tips and knowledge of key concepts such as: management styles; communicating effectively; and managing a virtual team.
Speaker: Dr. Sangeeta Gupta, Partner, Gupta Consulting Group, Inc.

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM  Closing Comments, Wrap-up & Networking
Speaker: Daphne Ng, Community Partnerships Director, Southern California Edison
Takeaways & Thanks: R Sampath, Director Global Sourcing, Quanta Consulting, Inc.

5:00 PM - 8:30 PM  VIP Cocktail Reception (Sponsored by Southern California Edison)
Heavy hors d'oeuvres shall be served along with an assortment of beverages. Complimentary Parking.
Courtyard Marriott Los Angeles Pasadena/Monrovia,
700 West Huntington Drive, Monrovia, California 91016
Phone: 1-626-357-5211  -  Toll-free: 1-800-927-8195