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First Pan IIM Alumni Gulf Summit to be held in Dubai under the theme ‘Riding Out The Downturn’

United Arab Emirates: Saturday, May 23 - 2009 @ 15:36

Bringing together for the first time in the region a large number of business leaders, all graduates of the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).

The summit, which is being organised by the Pan-IIM Alumni Network in the UAE, will be held under the theme ‘Riding Out The Downturn’.

The keynote address will be delivered by Ajit Balakrishnan, IIMC ‘71,Chairman of the Board of Governors, IIM Calcutta, and the man who founded rediff.com, and made it one of India’s greatest dot-com success stories. Mr. Balakrishnan is actively engaged in policymaking on the internet in India, and presently Chairs the Internet Governance Committee of India’s Ministry of Information Technology. rediff.com, India’s premier internet portal, is listed on the New York NASDAQ exchange.

A forum for social and professional interaction between the IIM alumni, the Pan-IIM Alumni Network in the Gulf is committed to further enhancing the region’s development in all spheres by utilising its rich pool of talent, intellect and experience.

It is with this objective that the first Pan IIM Alumni Gulf Summit has been initiated to help identify strategic solutions to the turbulent economic times. There are over 200 alumni from the seven IIMs based in the UAE, several holding prominent positions in various sectors.

Commenting on the forthcoming summit, Ajay Shrikhande, IIMC ’76, CEO of Brandcom Middle East, and spokesperson for the Pan-IIM Alumni Network in the UAE, said, “Managers across all sectors of business are challenged to develop and implement effective responses to the effects of the downturn on their enterprise. We’ve asked some eminent Alumni, each a practising, senior manager in either the UAE or India, to share their recent experience in doing just that, and are confident that these lessons would be thought provoking if not enlightening for all of us. In addition, we invited the Directors of the IIMs to share how their curriculum, consulting and outreach programmes have been kept contemporary.”

The first panel at the Summit consists of alumni, Sunil Duggal (IIMC ’81), CEO, Dabur India; Sanjeev Bikhchandani (IIA ’89), Founder, naukri.com; Suvo Sarkar (IIMC ’86), General Manager & Executive Vice President, Head of Retail Banking, Emirates-NBD Bank; Avi Bhojani (IIMB ’80), Group CEO, BPG Group and Nilesh Khalkho, (IIMC ’97), CEO, Sharaf DG, moderated by Hari Padmanabhan, IIMC ’77 and Chief Stategic Advisor, 3i Infotech Ltd..

The second eminent panel will consist of the Directors of four IIMs, –Pro. Samir Barua (Ahmedabad), Prof Shekhar Chaudhuri (Calcutta), Prof. N. Ravichandran (Indore) and Prof. P. Rameshan (Kozhikode) — moderated by Gautam SenGupta, IIMC ’81 and Partner, Market Vision Research & Consulting Services FZ-LLC.

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