Event Details

[Apr 20th 2017] India as an Innovation Center: Is there a case?


Speaker:  Sriram Venkataraman.
Independent Business and Technology Advisor.

India is attracting attention in the business world. With China showing signs of slowing down and the anxiety around overall global economic growth, India is now in the spotlight. A lot of this has to do with the large population, the increasing spend power amongst the emerging middle class. Some corporations have also decided to invest in building capacity in India to ensure that an efficient local supply chain is available to capture the emerging, growing market.

This approach is now getting a much needed and serious support from the Make in India program launched by the government of India. This is the conventional view of India as a large, promising market and as a manufacturing base.

Our presenter makes a case for a relatively less known and under appreciated view of India. India as an Innovation Center. India possesses a unique combination of numbers, skills and an entrepreneurial mindset along with a strong diaspora enabling innovation of a different type and scale.

Sriram is currently an independent business and technology advisor. He is focused on supporting Japanese corporations drive innovation by leveraging start-ups. He is an advisor to Nihon Unisys Limited and Macnica Fuji Electronics Holdings Inc. In addition, he is also a mentor to a number of startups in in Japan, India and Singapore.

Previous corporate role was at Infosys Limited. He was Senior Vice President and head of Japan business. During his stint at Infosys since 1997, he was instrumental in starting businesses in various countries in Asia including Japan, China, Australia and Singapore.

Sriram holds a Bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from National Institute of Technology, Suratkal, and has an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Additional roles:

Director of the Indian Commerce and Industry Association, Japan (ICIJ) ICIJ promotes business between India and Japan.

Chartered member of TiE, Japan to mentor and promote entrepreneurship.

External board member of Kokuyo Camlin, India.

Member of the Expert Group on Foreign Direct Investment in Japan (set up under the auspices of the cabinet office of the government of Japan)

Guest faculty at the Globis University MBA program and has featured in many guest lectures at various universities in Japan.

RSVP: Monday 17th April 2017 at 5pm.

Date: April 20th (Thursday)

Time: 18:30 open, 19:00 start, 20:30 end

Venue: Room F,9F, Sumitomo Fudosan Roppongi Grand Tower
3-2-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106-0032


Cost*: ¥1,000 ICA members; ¥2,000 non-members.

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