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Top Business Leaders to Share Ideas and Strategies at Ross School's India Business Conference

9/28/2012 --

Executives from OfficeMax Inc. and McKinsey & Co., as well as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, will explore India's transformation and discuss opportunities.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — India's economic transformation has had a profound impact on the business world and business education. Top executives from global firms will join students, faculty, public officials, and the business community at the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business on Oct. 5 to share strategies, business opportunities, and ideas at the annual India Business Conference.

This forum allows leaders from industry, politics, and academia to discuss and debate how to view India's increasing role on the world stage. This year's theme, "Inside the Transformation," will focus on the country's economic, social, technological, and political change from both domestic and international perspectives.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Ravi Saligram, president and CEO of OfficeMax Inc. (NYSE: OMX). Saligram became president and CEO of OfficeMax in November 2010 and is responsible for leading the company through its next phase of growth. A 1978 MBA graduate of the Ross School, he brings years of experience in managing professional service organizations and brands.
  • Toos Daruvala, director, McKinsey & Co. Daruvala leads McKinsey's risk practice in the Americas and directs its advanced risk analytics globally. An expert on U.S. financial regulation, he has contributed to the Economist, American Banker, and Banking Strategies. Daruvala is a 1979 MBA graduate of the Ross School.
  • Shivraj Singh Chouhan, chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, India. In addition to improving agriculture, food security, and nutrition, Chouhan is working with the National Innovation Council to establish state capital Bhopal as a Global Environment City. He also plans to develop Ujjain, one of the oldest cities in India, into a Knowledge City that will become a center of research and science.
  • Manoj Bhargava, founder and CEO of 5-Hour Energy. Under Mr. Bhargava’s leadership, 5-Hour Energy has captured a 90 percent share of the energy shot market. As a talented entrepreneur and passionate philanthropist, Mr. Bhargava was named Newsmaker of the Year 2011 by Crain’s Detroit Business and Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 by Ernst & Young.
  • Diane Farrell, executive vice president of the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC). Farrell oversees business advocacy and membership service for financial services, real estate, and infrastructure development. Prior to joining USIBC, she served on the board of directors at the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
  • Douglas Smith, senior vice president of business and community development for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Smith works with MEDC's statewide network of local and regional economic development partners for integrating economic gardening, international trade, and entrepreneurial efforts. He holds an MA in public policy from the University of Michigan.

Panels will dive into the topics of multiple dimensions of financial inclusion, strategies for a changing landscape, and setting up a business in India. The panels and keynotes are intended to answer questions and present opportunities.

For more information and to register, visit the conference website.


Premlata Poonia, Conference Co-Chair

Amit Joshipura, Conference Co-Chair

For executive interviews, contact:
Gayatri Penmetsa
(734) 763-6749

For more information, contact:
Gayatri Penmetsa, (734) 764-6842,