A Special Thanks to our Partners!

We would like to thank all of our partners for their support,
their friendship and input for this Inaugural Meeting


KNOWLEDGE PARTNERS                                      

Bain & Company, founded in 1973 in Boston, is a leading business consulting firm with offices around the world. It helps management teams and boards make the big decisions: on strategy, operations, mergers & acquisitions, technology and organization. In India, Bain has served clients since 1995 and formally opened its consulting office in 2006 in Gurgaon near New Delhi and in 2009 in Mumbai. It is one of the fastest growing offices within the Bain system of 48 offices across 31 countries. Bain’s consulting practice in India has worked with clients including large Indian corporates, MNCs and private equity firms, in sectors such as infrastructure, technology, telecom, financial services, healthcare and consumer products. Their project experience includes growth strategy, M&A/due diligence, post-merger integration, organizational redesign, market entry and performance improvement. Bain India is also home to the Bain Capability Center (BCC) set up in 2004 in Gurgaon. The BCC supports Bain case teams across the globe to develop results-driven strategies, including critical industry analysis and competitive benchmarking. Bain strongly believes in supporting the wider community and has formed Bain Prayas to lead community initiatives like collaborating with NGO’s such as Pratham and Umeed to promote child education. The robust growth of the Indian economy combined with the desire of the Indian companies to compete at a global level, will fuel the strong growth aspirations of Bain’s India operations.
For more information, please visit www.bain.com
At Covington & Burling LLP, we build a relationship with our clients measured in decades; relationships built on trust by working on small projects as well as on the largest matters. We practice as one firm, holding closely to core values that start with a deep commitment to our clients and to the quality of our work on their behalf, emphasizing teamwork among our lawyers and other professionals. As a result, we serve as an extension of our client’s business team on all matters.
From our founding in Washington, DC, nearly 100 years ago, Covington has become a global law firm with almost 900 lawyers and professionals in offices in Beijing, Brussels, London, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC. We advise clients in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the United States. We are able to extend our reach beyond the geographic boundaries of our offices because of the unique nature of our partnership — partners who are leaders in their field, and many who have served at the highest levels of government in Europe and the United States — and of our worldwide relationships.
For more information, please visit www.cov.com


INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS                                     

The Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI) is Malaysia’s leading independent private Think Tank which is committed to the development of Asian leadership and strategic thinking. ASLI’s vision is to create a better society. ASLI’s mission is to help organizations enhance competitiveness, leadership and strategic capabilities through its public programmes, conferences, publications, policy research, business councils and CEO peer groups. ASLI provides trusted insights to governments, businesses and the diplomatic community. ASLI’s core programmes and focus include Public Policy Studies and Dialogues, promoting ASEAN Regional Integration, organising high level conferences and enhancing competitiveness. ASLI organises the Asia Economic Summit, ASEAN Leadership Forum and World Chinese Economic Forum. It also acts as a knowledge channel through interaction and dialogues with thought leaders. ASLI’s value propositions are its valuable insights, high-level interaction, thought-leadership and in-depth research studies. ASLI provides insights, ideas, implications and interactions.
For more information, please visit www.asli.com.my
Business leaders from 18 Latin American countries are members of the Business Council of Latin America (CEAL), a non-profit network established in 1989. CEAL fosters regional integration and international interactions through the active role of entrepreneurs. CEAL comprises representatives from all productive sectors – agribusiness, mining, manufacturing industry, banking, services — and stimulates cooperation between business and other social actors. Starting in 2002, Basic Education is the major ongoing social project of CEAL. The roster of CEAL includes some of the most prominent business leaders from all over Latin America. The mission of CEAL is to stimulate the participation of entrepreneurs in cooperative exchanges, particularly in fields in which the private sector can contribute to strengthen reciprocal ties and promote social and economic progress. CEAL is a response to global trends that gained momentum in the 90s, such as market liberalization, trade opening, and privatization. These conditions have strengthened regional integration in the Americas and prompted the private sector from Latin America to become more internationalized. Integration in the world economy relies on the leadership and commitment of the Latin American business community. CEAL is fully aware of this responsibility and therefore its main objective is to encourage private action as an agent for change.
For more information, please visit www.ceal-int.org
The Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) was established in 1997, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Edinburgh, Scotland, with a direct mandate from Heads of Commonwealth Governments to promote trade and investment amongst 54 member nations and increase economic linkages with non-member countries. CBC’s goal is to achieve economic empowerment for shared global prosperity through the enhancement of private sector contribution to social and economic development, creating new business opportunities, promoting good governance and corporate social responsibility, reducing the digital divide and integrating developing countries into the global market.
For more information, please visit www.cbcglobal.org
The Council on Energy, Environment and Water is an independent, not-for-profit policy research institution. CEEW addresses pressing global challenges through an integrated and internationally focused approach. It does so through high quality research, partnerships with public and private institutions, and engagement with and outreach to the wider public. Among its major initiatives, CEEW has: published the 584-page National Water Resources Framework Study for India’s 12th Five Year Plan; written India’s first report on global governance, submitted to the National Security Adviser; undertaken the first independent assessment of India’s 22 gigawatt solar mission; developed an innovation ecosystem framework for India; facilitated the $125 million India-U.S. Joint Clean Energy R&D Centre; worked on geoengineering governance (with UK’s Royal Society and the IPCC); created the Maharashtra-Guangdong partnership on sustainability; published research on energy-trade-climate linkages (including on governing clean energy subsidies for Rio+20); produced comprehensive reports and briefed negotiators on climate finance; developed the design of financial instruments for energy access for the World Bank; supported Bihar (one of India’s poorest states) with minor irrigation reform and for water-climate adaptation frameworks; and published research on energy efficiency and reduced use of HFCs in Indian industry. CEEW’s work profile covers all levels of governance: at the global/regional level, these include climate finance, energy-trade-climate linkages, geoengineering governance, and bilateral collaborations with China, Israel, Pakistan, and the United States; at the national level, it covers energy and resource efficiency and security, water resources management, renewable energy policies, India and global governance, and innovation strategies; and at the state/local level, CEEW develops integrated energy, environment and water plans, and facilitates industry action to reduce emissions or increase R&D investments in clean technologies.
For more information, please visit www.ceew.in
India and Bangladesh, being the closest of the neighbouring countries, have felt the need and desire for economic and bilateral trade cooperation on a long-term sustainable basis. Trade between the two countries has been growing rapidly since the early 1990s. India and Bangladesh offer natural markets for each other’s products. In their mutual trade, they enjoy the advantages of reduced transaction costs and quicker delivery due to geographical proximity, common language, heritage and physical infrastructures. On that ground, formation of a joint business chamber to boost trade between the two countries was a long felt necessity of the business communities of both the countries.
Keeping above scenario in mind, the chamber started its journey in 2007 with the following objectives:
– To solve bilateral business issues between India and Bangladesh.
– To increase the export of Bangladesh to India.
– To reduce the trade imbalance between India and Bangladesh.
– To encourage the Indian investors to invest in Bangladesh.
– To act as one stop business solution centre for the business communities of both the countries.
– To facilitate transfer of technology between the two countries, in respect of industrial and commercial innovations.
– To help set up an export-processing zone in Bangladesh where Indian investors will feel encouraged to invest.
– To help solve problems relating to issuance of visa for the businessmen of both the countries.
– To encourage cultural exchanges between the two countries.
– To pursue building infrastructural facilities in the borderland ports of Bangladesh.
– To take up other relevant business issues.
For more information, please visit www.indiabanglachamber.com
ICRIER, one of India’s leading think tanks, was established in August 1981 by Dr. K. B. Lall as a not-for-profit research organisation to provide a strong economic basis for policy making. Under the current Chairperson, Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia, ICRIER has continued, and indeed reinforced the pursuit of its original vision and in the process significantly expanded the scope of its research activities. ICRIER is ably supported by a Board of Governors, which includes leading policy makers, academicians, opinion makers and well-known representatives of the corporate world. The members include – Tarun Das, Janaki Kathpalia, Vijay Laxman Kelkar, Chanda Kochhar, Uday S. Kotak, Anand Mahindra, Rakesh Mohan, Nandan M. Nilekani, Raghuram Rajan, Malvinder Mohan Singh, N. K. Singh, Nitin Desai, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw and Ashok Jha. ICRIER’s success lies in the quality of its human capital. Led by Dr. Rajat Kathuria, Director & Chief Executive, ICRIER’s research team consists of highly qualified professors, senior fellows, fellows, research associates/assistants and consultants. The RBI, HUDCO and Wadhwani Chairs in ICRIER focus on macroeconomic, urbanisation and India-US strategic issues respectively. International conferences/seminars, public policy workshops, public lectures and publications form an integral part of ICRIER’s outreach activities. ICRIER maintains a wide network of resource persons from India and abroad. It strives to attract well-qualified researchers, provide a stimulating and scholarly work environment and encourages researchers to work in teams. ICRIERs research is widely cited by both academia and the popular press, and has over the years provided critical inputs for policy making.
For more information, please visit www.icrier.org
The Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), established in July 2004, is an autonomous research institute at the National University of Singapore. ISAS is dedicated to the study of contemporary South Asia. Researchers at the Institute conduct long-term and in-depth studies on social, political and economic trends and developments in South Asia and their impact beyond the immediate region. In addition, ISAS produces regular up-to-date and time-sensitive analyses of key issues and events in South Asia. ISAS disseminates its research output to policymakers, the academia, business community and civil society.
For more information, please visit www.isas.nus.edu.sg
The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce is an effective spokesman of the Sri Lankan business sector. Through its many specialized committees, 21 affiliated trade associations, 21 bilateral business councils and a wide network of regional chambers, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce actively promotes international business. It provides diverse services ranging from trade information, tea, rubber and commodity auctions, secretarial services, bar coding and certificates of origin. Annually it organizes the Sri Lanka Economic Summit and the Best Corporate Citizen Award. Its members serve on various institutions and committees set up by the Government and the private sector.
For more information, please visit www.chamber.lk