South Asia Center

 

Fall 2012 Global Business Forum: Doing Business in India

 

The UW Foster school (MBA) offers a class Mondays (from 10/8 through 12/3) at 12:30 and 5:00 which invites speakers at high-level positions in global corporations to talk about their career path and the nature of their business. This fall's speakers will talk about Doing Business in India.

 

This year members of the public are invited to hear any speakers they might find interesting without registering for credits. See the full schedule below - note that there are different speakers at the 12:30 and 5:00 sessions.

 

Schedule

 

Mondays at 12.30-1.20 

Paccar 390

 

10/8 John Culver

President, Starbucks Coffee China and Asia Pacific

John provides overall leadership to Starbucks company-operated markets in China, Australia, Singapore and Thailand, as well as the company’s entry into India.

10/15 John Kaestle

CEO, Gottschalk Hardesty Board and C-suite Advisory

John spent the last 8 years building a global water technology company with operations in India and China which he took public (IPO) in 2010.

10/22 Pradnya Desh

Managing Partner, Desh Elliott, PC

Pradnya will discuss Indian legal system and immigration dynamics that affect movement of people between the US and India.

10/29 Jon Bensky

Director of S.Asia-US Business Services, Pacific Northwest Advisors

A retired Foreign Commercial Service Officer, Jonathan Bensky has 25 years of senior diplomatic experience in South and Southeast Asia, expanding US exports and advising American companies on markets, investment and international business relationships.

11/5 Pradeep Singh

Chairman, Pengala and Aditi

Pradeep Singh has built 3 software companies out of India across a several fields and industries—Customer relationship management, IT outsourcing, and education.

11/19 Jeri Wait

Founder of Orca Wave which provides software to large telecom companies, including Tata, Reliance and Aircel in India. Jeri’s discussion will also cover the intricacies of negotiating in India.

11/26

Nikita Parekh

Nikita Parekh will share her experiences working working in a school providing supplemental education to impoverished youth in Mumbai.

12/3 Gary Kotzen

Gary is currently the Vice President, GMM of Corporate Food and Sundries for Costco Wholesale overseeing various departments with purchases of over $14 billion a year, many items of which are sourced in India.

 

Mondays at 5.00-5.50 p.m.

Paccar 394

 

10/8 Sanjay Kumar

Founder & CEO, vCustomer

Sanjay Kumar is an entrepreneur who founded a business in India and has built it into a sustaining and growing enterprise. He hopes for a conversation with you that will cover questions such as, Is India a good market to invest? What can India teach me? How is India different from China? What do I want to know before I get involved with an Indian company?

10/15 John Kaestle

CEO, Gottschalk Hardesty Board and C-suite Advisory

John spent the last 8 years building a global water technology company with operations in India and China which he took public (IPO) in 2010.

10/22 Pradnya Desh

Managing Partner, Desh Elliott, PC

Pradnya will discuss Indian legal system and immigration dynamics that affect movement of people between the US and India.

10/29 Diego Piacentini

SVP, International Consumer, Amazon.com

11/5 Pradeep Singh

Chairman, Pengala and Aditi

Pradeep Singh has built 3 software companies out of India across a several fields and industries—Customer relationship management, IT outsourcing, and education.

11/19 Prabhu Pingali

Gates Foundation

11/26 Nikita Parekh

Nikita Parekh will share her experiences working in a school providing supplemental education to impoverished youth in Mumbai.

12/3 Gary Kotzen

VP of Corporate Foods, Costco

Gary is currently the Vice President, GMM of Corporate Food and Sundries for Costco Wholesale overseeing various departments with purchases of over $14 billion a year, many items of which are sourced in India.

 

South Asia Center
University of Washington
303 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-4800 phone
(206) 685-0668 fax
sascuw@u.washington.edu

Anand Yang, Director

Keith Snodgrass, Associate Director

Molly Wilskie-Kala, Program Coordinator

Nick Gottschall, Graduate Student Assistant

Robyn Davis, FLAS Coordinator
206-616-8679
rldavis@uw.edu

Sunila Kale, Graduate Program Coordinator