India at a Crossroads
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India at a Crossroads

When: Tuesday, October 27th
From 2pm until 4pm
Where: Hilton SF Financial District
750 Kearny Street
San Francisco

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India at a Crossroads

After a landslide election in May 2014, expectations of Prime Minister Modi remain high to reignite the growth engine of India. Favorable demographics, a falling dependency ratio, rising middle class and higher savings rate will drive consumption demand for years to come, and the infrastructure push will  enhance GDP growth. Furthermore, India now has a reform oriented government, supported by a credible central bank but is it enough for India for reach its full potential?

Please join us for a panel discussion on:  policy implementation realities and challenges, entrepreneurial perspectives from venture capitalists, capital markets expectations and the evolution of Indian companies on the global stage.




Kanwal Rekhi
Inventus Capital Partners
Managing Director
Founder & CEO to IPO on NASDAQ

Kanwal was the first Indo-American Founder & CEO to take a venture-backed company public on the NASDAQ, co-founded and built TiE into the largest global network of Indian entrepreneurs, and co-founded Inventus where he applies his full energy and time building Inventus into a leading early stage venture franchise.

Kanwal is a well-known figure in the global Indian community and a widely recognized authority on entrepreneurship. He co-founded The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE) to promote Indian entrepreneurship and was TiE President through the late 90′s presiding over its growth into a global organization with over 10,000 members who have been behind Silicon Valley and India start-ups. Kanwal is currently a trustee on the global board of TiE. With Inventus, Kanwal works closely with entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and India, as he has since 1995, to apply his full time and energy helping them accomplish great result.

Kanwal earned a BSEE from IIT-Bombay and a MSEE and Honorary Doctorates in both Business and Engineering from Michigan Tech. Kanwal is a board member on the IIT Bombay Heritage Fund (IITBHF), and also founded the Kanwal Rekhi Schools of Information Technology at both IIT-Bombay and Michigan Tech.

Roger G. Noll
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
Program on Regulatory Policy - Co-Director

Roger G. Noll is professor of economics emeritus at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, where he directs the Program in Regulatory Policy. Noll also is a Senior Fellow and member of the Advisory Board at the American Antitrust Institute, and a member of the Advisory Board of the AEI-Brookings Joint Center on Regulation.

Noll received a B.S. with honors in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph. D. in economics from Harvard University. Prior to coming to Stanford, Noll was a Senior Economist at the President's Council of Economic Advisers, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Institute Professor of Social Science and Chair of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. He also won a Guggenheim Fellowship, the annual book award of the National Association of Educational Broadcasters, the Rhodes Prize for undergraduate education, the Distinguished Service Award of the Public Utilities Research Center, and the Distinguished Lecturer Award by the AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies.

Noll is the author or co-author of twelve books and over three hundred articles and reviews. Noll's primary research interests include technology policy; antitrust, regulation and privatization policies in both advanced and developing economies; the economic approach to public law (administrative law, the judiciary, and statutory interpretation); and the economics of sports and entertainment. Noll has been a member of the advisory boards of the U.S. Department of Energy, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and National Science Foundation. He also has been a member of the Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy of the National Research Council, and of the California Council on Science and Technology.

Sanjay Bonde
President and CEO
Bonde Ventures and Advisory Services

Sanjay is an expert at helping companies develop Innovation led Go-to-Market Strategies and New Ventures for the Automotive Businesses. He brings over 20 years of international corporate development experience in companies from single person incubated start-ups to $20 billion organizations. He was also the President and CEO of Mahindra GenZE, a smart electric vehicle company based in Palo Alto, Ca. Sanjay has lived and worked in Europe, Asia, and the US and has led several functions (notably Sales, Finance, Talent Management, Supply Chain and Procurement, IT and Strategy) on his way to his becoming CEO. He worked with the Mahindra Automotive group in several capacities for over 20 years and has been instrumental in their joint ventures and M&A group and has worked on Mahindra’s global collaborations with companies such as Ford Motor, Renault Nissan and others.  

Prior his appointment as CEO of Mahindra Genze (Electric Vehicle company of the Mahindra Automotive Group) , Sanjay was Vice President and General Manager at Bristlecone, a Mountain View California based global semiconductor and high-tech supply chain consulting company. Sanjay was also the General Manager of Corporate Development and Strategic Planning at Mahindra & Mahindra, one of the large automotive players from India, based in Mumbai. Sanjay is an active angel investor and a strategic advisor to numerous ventures, including Sway Motorsports (an urban commuting company), Liquid Robotics (an ocean surveillance company), Zero Motorcycles (an electric motorcycle company), and WrightSpeed (Automotive EV company founded by Tesla co-founder Ian Wrightspeed). 

Sanjay currently lives in Menlo Park, the heart of the Silicon Valley and has lived and worked in Asia, Europe. Sanjay is a Board/CEO Advisor and Angel Investor through his firm, Bonde Ventures and Advisory LLC. Sanjay has committed his personal time to mentoring and teaching entrepreneurs. He teaches Business Strategy at the Presidio Graduate MBA School in SF for disruptive sustainable businesses. 

Sanjay has received executive leadership training at Harvard Business School and the London School of Economics after getting his MBA/MMS from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, University of Mumbai. He has a BE in Electrical Engineering from Amravati University.



Purav A. Jhaveri, CFA, FRM
Managing Director
Investment Strategist/Portfolio Manager, Local Asset Management
Franklin Templeton Investments

Purav A. Jhaveri is a senior vice president and investment strategist/portfolio manager in Franklin Templeton's Local Asset Management group. He is responsible for supporting the investment functions of the locally managed and distributed products globally. Local asset management refers to the strategic investments that Franklin Templeton has made in local asset management  companies around the world inorder to leverage the expertise of well-qualified investment and financial services professionals who have first-hand knowledge of their domestic markets. Today, the company has locally managed and distributed products in Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Mr. Jhaveri has been in the investment industry since 1994.  Prior to serving in his current role, Mr. Jhaveri was a portfolio manager with Franklin Templeton's local asset management group in Mumbai, India and a research analyst with the Templeton Emerging Markets Group in Mumbai, India. Prior to joining Franklin Templeton, he was an investment advisor and research analyst at ANZ Grindlays Bank. He was previously with Unit Trust of India as a research analyst.

Mr. Jhaveri has an M.B.A. from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his master's in management from Narsee  Monjee Institute of Management Studies, University of Bombay and his bachelor of commerce degree from Jaihind College, University of Bombay. Mr. Jhaveri has a Financial Risk Manager (FRM) certification from Global Association of Risk Professionals. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.

Event Chair:

Deepak Ahuja, CFA
Continuing Education Committee Chair


Members: $25
Non-members:  $40



October 27th


2:00pm - 4:00pm


Hilton SF Financial District
750 Kearny Street
San Francisco


Continuing Education:

This event qualifies for 1 hour of continuing education credit for CFA Charter holders.


Cancellation Policy:

Please contact with at least 24 hours’ notice to receive a full refund.

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