Indo-German Business Relationship – Our Experiences, Challenges and Opportunities

indogermanchamberofcommerceIndo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) Kolkata jointly with Srita Heide International and IIM Calcutta are organising a seminar on:

“Indo-German Business Relationship – Our Experiences, Challenges and Opportunities”


Date    :  Saturday, 27th August 2016

Time    :   10.00 am onwards

Venue :   Indian Institute of Management Calcutta; Diamond Harbour Road, Joka,

Kolkata (Calcutta) – 700104

As per a recent IGCC survey, German companies see India as an outpost of opportunity amidst international volatility. The business houses are excited about the high GDP growth rate and confident of continuing reforms. At the same time many maintain a cautious approach towards growth and investments in India.

We invite you to participate and share your experiences, ideas and thoughts at this Indo-German Business event. MBA students of IIM, who visit Germany to learn about German and International Business at Mannheim Business School will also be there to share their experience. At the same time a high-level delegation from the Government of West Bengal is scheduled to visit Germany in September and we would like to take this as an opportunity to forward our input to the delegates and enhance business relationship between West Bengal and Germany.



10.00 to 10.30 – Registration

10.30 to 10.45 – Welcome Note


– Mr. Juergen Thomas Schrod, Deputy Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany

– Prof. Saibal Chattopadhyay, Director, IIM Kolkata

– Ms. Srita Heide, Founder / CEO, Srita Heide International, Indo-European Business Advisor        Business between Ganges and Main

– Ms. Sabina Pandey, Regional Director, Indo-German Chamber of Commerce


10.45 to 11.30 – Interactive Session with Senior West Bengal Government Representative (tbc)

11.00 to 11.30 – Tea and Coffee Break

11.30 to 13.30 – Talks, Podium Discussion and Interaction with representatives from the industry, academics and government – Moderation Srita Heide


– Mr. Tanvir Ahmed, Managing Director, Harbauer India (P) Ltd.

– Dr. Sascha Büchel, Executive Director and Member of the Board, Wacker Metroark Chemicals Pvt. Ltd. (tbc)

– Mr. Gyanesh Chaudhary, MD & CEO, Vikram Solar (P) Ltd.

– Dr. Krishna Gupta, I.A.S., Director, West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation

– Professor Sushil Khanna, IIM Kolkata

– Ms. Smita Pandit Chakraborty, Managing Director, Phoenix Conveyor Belt India (P) Ltd.

– Mr. I. Sen, Managing Director, International Combustion (I) Ltd.


13.30 to 13.40 – Vote of Thanks by Prof. Biju Paul Abraham, Dean Academic, IIM Kolkata

13.34 to 15.00 – Lunch with networking


IIM Calcutta


The Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC) was established as the first national institute for Post-Graduate studies and Research in Management by the Government of India in November 1961 in collaboration with Alfred P. Sloan School of Management (MIT), the Government of West Bengal, The Ford Foundation and Indian industry.

Over the years, IIMC has grown into a mature institution with global reputation, imparting high quality management education to student and professionals around the globe. It has been playing a pioneering role in professionalising Indian management through its Post Graduate and Doctoral level programs, Executive Training Programs, Research and Consulting Activities. IIM Calcutta is also the only Indian business school to be accredited by the three major international accreditation agencies, AACSB, based in Tampa, Florida, EFMD, based in Brussels, Belgium, and AMBA based in London, United Kingdom.

Srita Heide International (SHI – Indo-European Business Advisor)


Srita Heide International is an Indo-European Business Advisor specialized in strategic consulting between Europe/Germany and India. SHI supports companies from European countries on the formation, structure, organization and strategy of subsidiaries and joint ventures on the Indian subcontinent. Conversely, SHI offers the same services for Indian companies for their activities in Europe.

SHI operates both from Germany and India and support client companies at their headquarters as well as in the respective local markets. SHI was founded in 2009 by Srita Heide, a MBA-Graduate from Mannheim/Essec Business School, originally from Kolkata and in the last 22 years professionally engaged between India and Germany. She teaches diversity management to IIMC students at Mannheim Business School. Srita Heide is a Member of the Executive Committee of the Indian Business Forum, Consulate General of India, Frankfurt.

Indo-German Chamber of Commerce


The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC), founded in 1956, is a trade development body which promotes economic relations between India and Germany. Today it has over 6500 members in India and Germany and is the largest German bilateral chamber abroad within a network of German chambers abroad in 80 different countries.

Besides its head office in Mumbai, the IGCC has branch offices in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune and a liaison office in Düsseldorf. In addition to this, IGCC has established 9 India-Desks in various bi-national Chambers of Commerce abroad, 18 different Chambers of Commerce & Industry in Germany and has one representative in Brussels. Being a point of intersection for economic relations between India & Germany, IGCC has a well-established network of members, partners & associates.