Event update: The Future of China & India – A Panel Discussion (7 May, 6PM in London)

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Experts set to give their views at major networking event on 6PM, Thursday 7 May in London at the Cass Business School

TiE UK (The Indus Entrepreneurs), the UK’s leading not-for-profit organisation for entrepreneurs, and CAN (China Advisers Network) are organising a major networking event that will see a panel of prominent entrepreneurs give their views on the substantial market opportunities that exist for UK companies in India and China in today’s economy. “The Entrepreneur’s experience in China and India” will focus on future business trends in India and China and will be an open discussion and sharing of enterprise experience in China, India and the UK.

Points for discussion will include:
• Setting up a business in China or India.
• Government regulations.
• Cultural influence on potential entrepreneurs in China and India.
• Which country is better suited to developing independent business and why?

Speakers at the event will include Arun Aggarwal, Vice President and head of consulting for EMEA at Tata Consultancy Services, Davinder Mann, Co-founder and CTO of Consensus Consulting Group, Ting Zhang, CEO of China Business Solutions and Edward Holroyd Pearce, Director of China Business Consulting. The session will be moderated by Roy Graff, Managing Director of ChinaContact.

The panellists, who all have significant experience of doing business in India and China, will share their views of the different but substantial market opportunities that continue to exist in India and China today and advise on how entrepreneurs and growing companies in the UK can best position themselves to capitalise on them. The panellists will also draw on their personal experiences of setting up businesses in China or India – from dealing with government regulations to the cultural influences that budding entrepreneurs need to be aware of – and give their opinion on which of the countries that is most supportive of growing businesses.

TiE UK Board Member, Arun Aggarwal, said: “During the past year the world economy has changed beyond all recognition and new ways of doing business are emerging. Entrepreneurs are the driving force of the economy and, as a global network with a mission to foster entrepreneurship; TiE UK can offer a unique insight into the substantial opportunities that remain for creating new and growing businesses in India and China.
“I believe that this event will provide a forum for our members and guests to reflect on the emerging markets that we need to understand in order to do business in the future, as well as an opportunity to build valuable connections.
“I would also like to thank our global sponsors – Microsoft, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Silicon Valley Bank, Nishith Desai Associates and The Standard Chartered Private Bank – regional sponsors – ABN Amro, HSBC and KPMG – and partners, such as CASS Business School, for the important support they provide in helping us achieve our common goal of fostering entrepreneurship globally.”

Roy Graff, Managing Director of ChinaContact commented: “As a member of TiE UK and a Founding Member of the China Advisers Network, I saw the potential of collaboration between these two dynamic and innovative organisations. China and India are poised to become the power bases of the 21st century global economy. Their passion for growth and development is evident, but there remain many cultural obstacles to overcome in cross-border business. It is important for us to understand the unique characteristics of doing business in both these economies to take advantage from their growth. The UK can play an important role in fostering entrepreneurial spirit in the many young people from those two countries that come to study or work here.”

TiE UK is part of the world’s largest and most successful entrepreneurs not-for-profit network founded in Silicon Valley in 1992 with a mission to nurture entrepreneurship as the engine of wealth creation. It has since grown to 53 Chapters (branches) in 12 countries. TiE UK has been helping entrepreneurs realise their business goals since 2000 and is one of the largest Chapters in the TiE network with over 700 members. It has provided mentoring services to over 130 entrepreneurs in the last two years and organises 40 events a year.
TiE UK’s mentors include such high profile figures as Arun Aggarwal, VP – Head of Consulting, EMEA at Tata Consultancy Services; Dinesh Dhamija, Founder of ebookers; Davinder Mann, Founder of Consensus Consulting Limited; George Coelho, Managing Director of Good Energies and Founder of Benchmark Capital Europe; Tom Singh, Founder of New Look who is TiE UK’s Chairman; Lord Karan Bilimoria, Founder of Cobra Beer; Aditya Mittal, CFO of ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel company, and Chai Patel, Founder of the Priory Healthcare Group.
CAN was established in November 2007 by a group of founder members whose areas of business expertise range from recruitment to tourism and business consultancy to marketing. The common thread is that all members are actively working in or with Chinese businesses. CAN provides members with a forum for discussion, exchange of views and support and will act as a platform to present a corporate profile and represent the views of a group of people who share the same area of work, albeit from many different angles.
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About the speakers

Arun Aggarwal, VP, Head of Consulting – EMEA, Tata Consultancy Services.
Arun is responsible for the development and management of the business and IT consultancy services offered across all sectors by TCS in Europe, complementing the IT and BPO services. TCS is India’s largest IT services company with over 130,000 employees and some $6 billion turnover. Arun was previously a Partner in PwC UK.

Davinder Mann, Co-founder and CTO of Consensus Consulting Group.
Davinder Mann is the co-founder and CTO of Consensus Consulting Group, a company operating in the IT consulting practice area for FTSE 100 clients. Earlier, he worked for AT&T as head of their Unix Kernel Product developments program in New Jersey , where he implemented the first commercial use of Amdahl mainframe UNIX on the US 800 Toll Network. Davinder returned to the UK in 1991 and founded several businesses including Umannix Computing. He holds a 1st class degree in Computer Science, is Charterd IT Practitioner and holds several directorships.

Edward Holroyd Pearce, Director, China Consulting
Edward read Oriental Studies at Cambridge University and Peking University and gained an MSc in International Management for China from SOAS, University of London. He worked as an assistant manager at China Eastern Airlines and then worked at an asset management company with over US$2Billion under management, specializing in investment in China. He has a strong knowledge of the Chinese service sector with a good network of contacts in insurance, banking and finance. Calling upon his experience of living and working in China, Edward has been interviewed on TV and radio, discussing the current economic climate in China and advising Western businesses on how they should improve their operations in China. He is also involved with supporting charities in both China and Thailand.

Ting Zhang, Founder and CEO, China Business Solutions
Ting has 18 years experience of trade and investment in China, and her areas of expertise cover China entry strategy, market intelligence, due diligence, IT outsourcing, partnering, technology transfer, IPR protection, and Chinese business practices. She founded China Business Solutions in 2001 with a mission to help European companies achieve greater success in China. The company is now a leading China specialist firm in the UK, and clients have included FTSE100 corporates, hi-tech SMEs as well as UK and European government agencies. Her services are also regularly requested by some leading financial institutions in the UK and US. She is a regular speaker on business aspects of China.

Roy Graff, Managing Director, ChinaContact
Roy has been immersed in Asian business and culture since 1994 and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese. He launched ChinaContact in 2005 after working in Shanghai and Beijing for three years and focuses his consultancy practice on China’s tourism and hospitality sectors.

About TiE UK
Founded in Silicon Valley in 1992, TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) is the world’s leading not for profit organisation that promotes entrepreneurship. Although its birth name signifies the South Asian or Indus roots of its founders, TiE stands for Talent, Ideas and Enterprise. TiE’s core activities are mentoring and education programmes and networking events. The network links budding entrepreneurs to successful and prominent entrepreneurs and professionals through its unique Mentoring Programme. TiE also organises a TiEger’s Den Business Pitch Competition, inspirational networking events and Special Interest Groups in Healthcare, Outsourcing, Social Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital.
The TiE network includes many participants in the entrepreneurial ecosystem – high profile entrepreneurs as well as up and coming entrepreneurs, venture capital firms, angel investors and professionals that specialise in services to support entrepreneurs. Launched in 2000, TiE UK operates from London and Manchester. It has over 140 Charter members and over 900 regular members, making it the second larget Chapter globally. TiE UK’s partners include: the CBI; London Business School, Cass Business School; The Hub; Make your Mark (Enterprise Insight); British Library Business & IP Centre; Manchester Junior Chamber of Commerce; Warwick University; Said Business School at Oxford University; the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at Cambridge University; Manchester Business School; Manchester Metropolitan University Business School’s Centre for Enterprise and Imperial Entrepreneurs.
TiE UK is sponsored by: ABN AMRO Private Banking; HSBC Bank; KPMG. TiE Global is sponsored by: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Silicon Valley Bank, Nishith Desai Associates and The Standard Chartered Private Bank. For further information: www.tie.org

About China Advisers Network (CAN)
CAN was established in November 2007 with a group of founder members whose areas of business expertise range from recruitment to tourism and business consultancy to marketing. The common thread is that all members are actively working in or with Chinese businesses. CAN provides members with a forum for discussion, exchange of views and support and will act as a platform to present a corporate profile and represent the views of a group of people who share the same area of work, albeit from many different angles.
The inspiration for CAN came from Madeleine Sturrock of PanCathay Consulting “Having worked with China for many years, it struck me that the boutique or independent consultancy needs a dedicated forum. These niche firms bring a particular point of view to doing business with China and offer specialist insights which can be invaluable to firms and organizations who want to get their business with China on the right track. CAN offers the platform to source a whole variety of Chinese expertise in one place – a valuable tool for any company looking for information and knowledge on China.”
http://www.china-advisers-network.com

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