Horasis India Meeting – 2009

28-29 June 2009, Munich, Germany

The inaugural Global India Business Meeting was held in Munich, 28-29 June 2009. Co-hosts were the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the State of Bavaria, with Messe München International and VBW (the Bavarian Business Association). The Global India Business Meeting aims to be the foremost annual gathering of Indian business leaders and their global counterparts. The event was open to Chief Executive Officers of the world’s leading companies. The event was intellectually supported by a set of partner firms led by the Strategic Foresight Group, Mumbai. Download the Report, read some related coverage in the international media and visit the photo gallery.


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The meeting was held at a critical time, coming less then a month after the formation of the new Indian government. The meeting facilitated dialogue that allowed participants to fully explore the unique opportunities that India has at its doorstep in this new global arena.


Public Figures who have confirmed their participation included Chhagan Bhujbal, Deputy Chief Minister, State of Maharashtra, India; Neena Gill, President, European Parliament Delegation for Relations with India, Belgium; Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General, UNCTAD, Switzerland; Anand Sharma, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Government of India; Arun Shourie, Former Minister of Disinvestment, Communication and Information Technology, India; N.K. Singh, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Government of Bihar, India; B. S. Yeddyurappa, Chief Minister, State of Karnataka, India; Martin Zeil, Deputy Prime Minister, Free State of Bavaria, Germany.


Anand Sharma speaking during the Global India Business Meeting,Munich, 28-29 June 2009. Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto, during the opening plenary


The co-chairs were:

Prince Abdullah bin Mosa’ad, Chairman, Saudi Paper Manufacturing Co, Saudi Arabia
Peter Bauer, Chief Executive Officer, Infineon, Germany
Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto, India
Claude Beglé, Chairman, Swiss Post, Switzerland
Pramod Bhasin, Chief Executive Officer, Genpact, India
Gerhard Cromme, Chairman, Siemens and ThyssenKrupp, Germany
Jim Goodnight, Chief Executive Officer, SAS, USA
Kris Gopalakrishnan, Chief Executive Officer, Infosys, India
Alan Hassenfeld, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Hasbro, USA
Prakash Hinduja, Chairman, Hinduja Group, Switzerland
Baba Kalyani, Chairman, Bharat Forge, India
Liu Jiren, Chairman, Neusoft, China
Khater Massaad, Chief Executive Officer, RAK Investment Authority, UAE
Nasser Munjee, Chairman, Development Credit Bank, India
G V Krishna Reddy, Chairman, GVK Power & Infrastructure, India
Dhruv M. Sawhney, Chairman, Triveni Engineering & Industries, India
Harshpati Singhania, Managing Director, JK Paper, India


Horasis already hosts the annual Global China Business Meeting – the forth edition was held in Barcelona, 17-19 November 2009. Horasis – a global visions community committed to enact visions for a sustainable future – provides a unique platform for companies from emerging markets to globalize their organizations. The programmes are structured to provide a maximum amount of knowledge exchange and interaction in a variety of formal and informal settings.


‘The Global India Business Meeting convened 250 top decision makers from business and government from India, Europe and the rest of the world’, said Frank-Jürgen Richter, President, Horasis. ‘The meeting shall help define Indian firms’ global growth agenda.’


‘The Global India Business Meeting shall integrate the top decision-makers from all sectors of the Indian economy, aimed at finding strategies to expanding our operations outside India’, added Amit Mitra, Secretary General, FICCI. ‘Indian CEOs will meet with their global counterparts to discuss and create new models of cooperation.’


Martin Zeil, Minister of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology, State of Bavaria concluded: ‘The government of Bavaria is delighted to co-host the inaugural Global India Business Meeting. Bavaria will serve as important base for Indian firms to explore the European market. Home to respected brands of global reach, Bavaria is the heart of the European hi-tech industries– a natural fit with India’s emerging technology pioneers.’