Date: July 03, 2017 - Time: 09:30 am - 05:30 pm
Lemon Tree Premier, HITEC City, Hyderabad
For more than a quarter century, the H-1B visa program has been at the center of US-India relations and trade ties. It has been instrumental in the spectacular rise of the $160 billion Indian information technology industry — nearly a tenth of the country’s GDP — which is dependent on the US market for more than half of its revenue. The H-1B visa program also allowed more than 1 million Indians to immigrate to the United States. Annually, more than two-thirds of the H-1B visas are granted to Indian nationals.
In the past few years, there has been a backlash against the program. Economic nationalists and anti-immigrant forces in the United States have been mounting a strong campaign against H-1B, alleging that it has resulted in Americans losing jobs and has depressed the US IT job market. Now after the victory of President Trump — who campaigned against large-scale abuses of H-1B in the November elections — a plethora of bills are being introduced in US Congress to crack down on H-1B visas, especially to reduce abuses and loopholes in the program. The administration has signaled its strong intention to make it difficult for Indian IT companies to use H-1B visas to hire talent from India for the US market.
The American Bazaar‘s “US-India Tech Forum” will discuss the future of the H-1B visa program and the impact a potential crackdown on the program will have on the Indian and US Information Technology industries. Key stakeholders from the Indian information technology sector will share their views on the recent developments in the H-1B and L1 visa program. Also, the event will include a workshop on the US immigration law by a leading international immigration firm.
Meet some of our speakers
A Washington DC based IT entrepreneur, Vinson completed his education from University of Nevada, Reno, with a masters in civil engineering. Since then, Vinson has launched Amaram Technology (an IT infrastructure support and services company) and Amsco Global (an American Merchandise Supply Company). His latest venture is a new technological-solution innovation company called Accubits Technologies with its design and development center at Technopark in Kerala. Accubits designs some of the most innovative and sleek solutions for its global client base, which includes Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Accenture, KPMG and Genpact to list a few. Vinson has always been an active member of the Indian American community. He regularly addresses community gatherings to encourage young leaders and members of the Indian American community to dream big and to participate in the American democratic system. Vinson launched the IndoAmerican Center, a non-profit, non-partisan political think tank, first of its kind, solely dedicated to bolstering the emerging Indo-American axis. By undertaking scientific research and providing constructive solutions to real-world problems and bringing together leaders from academics, businesses, media, politics, and the diaspora community, the IndoAmerican Center aspire to play a pivotal role in shaping a free, democratic, just and peaceful world.
Samir Stewart is an American citizen of Indian origin, who grew up in different parts of India, but has spent most of his professional life working in economics, investment or infrastructure oriented roles in major international institutions such as the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, and the Louis Berger Group largely in the Washington DC area. He has spent the past couple of years after relocating on an “extended temporary basis” to India working on developing business and investment opportunities related to startups in renewable energy, waterless toilets, and with an Australian real estate development consulting firm focused on asset value maximization and distressed asset acquisition. He has a strong interest in media, strategy and branding, particularly as they result in investment facilitation and business development. At present, Samir is based in Bengaluru, with frequent travel to Delhi, Mumbai, and Pune, in connection with his various business and professional interests. In his spare time, Samir is also a part-time actor, compere, and speaker, and does voice overs, narration, and tv anchoring whenever the occasion presents itself.
Vishal Verma is a Senior General Partner at Edgewood Ventures, LLC. Edgewood is an investment fund focusing on investing in the United States and India. He is on the board of directors of Edgewood Networks, Edgewood CureAire, Gamma Security, HAL- Edgewood and HSMC. Edgewood Networks is a venture with Juniper Networks and Edgewood Ventures. Edgewood is developing a secure and trusted networking products for the global market. HAL – Edgewood (HETL) is a joint venture with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (India’s largest Defense Company). HETL has developed cutting edge avionics technologies in India. HSMC intends to be a leading independent semiconductor products provider. Vishal is responsible for HSMC’s finance and day-to-day-operations. The company has recently been awarded a $2.2B package from the Government of India. Vishal is a Senior Adviser to Dick Gephardt and Secretary Michael Chertoff on their International Strategy. He is also an adviser Darwin Ventures, LLC. Vishal is a member of the US India Cyber-security Track 1.5 Dialogue hosted by the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) and Observer Research Foundation (ORF). Vishal is passionate on building strong education systems for our future. Vishal is an active member on the non-profit boards of Trustees and Directors for the University of California at Merced (Merced, California) and One Economy (Washington DC). While pursing his MBA at Chicago Booth, Vishal co-founded the Hyde Park Angels to promote entrepreneurship in the Chicago land area. He continues to be an active member of The Chicago Club, The Indus Entrepreneurs and Chicago Private Equity Networks. Vishal holds a B.S. degree in Marketing from Santa Clara University and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business.
A passionate entrepreneur, thinker-doer, who believes in turning ideas into reality. Jay Krishnan is a serial entrepreneur and investor with two successful million dollar exits in the US and India. In a career spanning over two decades, Jay has dawned many hats. He has held leadership responsibility in Fortune 100 companies, managed large transformational initiatives, built new products offerings and helped create scale. In the startup space, Jay has successfully founded and exited multiple companies in the IoT space across the world. In the capacity of CEO of T-Hub, Jay is responsible for its overall growth. He is the brain behind several tech innovations that has aided T-Hub to become amongst the most coveted incubator in India. It is due to his foresightedness that T-Hub works on a technology enabled platform for all startups/entrepreneurs across verticals. He has been instrumental in fostering innovation through technology platforms like Sandbox and Playbook to empower entrepreneurs with solutions at every stage of their journey. Jay is a MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Hartford, Connecticut and an alumnus of IIM, Bangalore where he did his executive MBA in General Management. Prior to becoming the CEO T-Hub, he has worked with various organizations at leadership positions including CISCO Systems, Radifinity Information Systems Pvt. Ltd. amongst others. Jay is an avid reader with deep interests in emerging technologies. In his free time Jay enjoys reading and traveling.
K. P. Nayar was posted in Washington for nearly 15 years as Chief Diplomatic Editor & Correspondent for the Americas of "The Telegraph". He brings to journalism over 45 years of experience as an Editor and Correspondent in Asia, Europe and the Americas and has launched green field media ventures in India and the Middle East. "KP", as he is popularly known, was the first journalist in any Indian newspaper to be appointed “Diplomatic Editor” with a mandate to open up a public discourse on Indian diplomacy. He is a frequent commentator on South Asian issues on global radio and television. In addition to his work in the media, KP has been a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, England, and at the Henry L Stimson Center in Washington DC. He was also part of a research team for the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, whose work on arms procurement decision-making in six countries has been published as a book by the Oxford University Press.
Mahesh is a Partner with Anthill Ventures and brings over 20 years of operations experience to the startup innovation space. He has designed and run innovation programs across verticals and across the globe. He is an active investor in both public markets as well as in startups. Having been an entrepreneur himself, he brings a unique experience of running businesses to the startup world. Mahesh is a business and executive coach and is a GE certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He is an avid automobile enthusiast and loves to travel.
Nallapati Ankini Prasad, NAP or simply Prasad for friends and colleagues belongs to the select band of professionals who have worked in diverse fields that range from journalism to diplomacy and security to counter-terrorism. Over a 33-year span, NAP worked at home in India and abroad with focus on Middle East, South Asia, and South-east Asia/east Asia. He is among the few diplomats who have worked with distinction in Israel (Tel Aviv), Russia (Moscow) and the U.S., (Washington). In these three capitals, NAP worked on consular outreach, academic and economic exchanges to give a fillip to people-to-people relations. A postgraduate in history and physiology, NAP started his career with the Defence Ministry in 1981. Over the next two years, observed at close range the working of the Naval Headquarters, particularly its Judge Advocate General Department – an exposure that gave insights into human resource management. Joining the prestigious Indian Information Service (IIS) in 1983, NAP equipped himself with a postgraduate diploma in Mass Communications, and worked hands on in Government of India’s media organisations dealings with print and audio-visual media. At All India Radio, the State Broadcaster, his work involved newscasting, and editing of news bulletins for Indian and foreign audience. For full six-years. NAP changed gears in 1989 and moved to the diplomatic, security and foreign Intelligence service. When India opened full-fledged diplomatic relations with Israel in the nineties, NAP joined a select band of diplomats in setting up the Indian Mission in Tel Aviv. Economic diplomacy was the mainstay of NAP’s innings in Moscow besides providing a helping hand to Russian students in India and Indian students in Russia. In the US capital, NAP worked closely with the State Department, various US agencies, and think-tanks. Streamlined consular services, and facilitated uniform working of all Indian Consulates to address the problems of Indian community in the country. During his long innings in Indian Intelligence service, he primarily served as Analyst on Middle East affairs besides other areas. N. A. Prasad retired as Additional Secretary to the Government of India in Oct 2015. And, started CAAPR as an independent think-tank for objective research and analysis of India’s foreign policy and strategic relations with Asian and African nations.
P. N. S. V. Narasimham, also known as Nam, joined Cyient in May 2016. He currently heads the Global Human Resources at Cyient. In this role, he is responsible for talent acquisition, management, and development processes, across all Cyient businesses. Nam has extensive experience of over 25 years in establishing, growing, and stabilizing human resources functions in large organizations. His experience encompasses employment and engagement practices in Asia, Europe, and North America. In his previous role, he served as the Chief People Officer and Executive Vice President at Microland Limited. There he was responsible for managing the overall HR, recruitment, training and development functions. Nam has also worked in operational and strategic roles at Hewlett-Packard, Motorola and Arvind Mills, and was instrumental in establishing and running the UBS India Service Center as their Executive Director and Head of HR; and later as their Chief Operating Officer. He brings with him a unique experience of working in the manufacturing, service and technology sectors. Nam has also been a part of several advisory and working groups of industry and government and is an active researcher in the sociology of work relating to areas of human capital and skill development. As an adjunct faculty in several management institutes, he is passionate about teaching and working with the new generation of emerging managers. Nam holds an MBA degree in Human Resources.
Mr. Puli was born in the state of Telangana, the 29th state of India in a farming family, very first graduate from his family and came to the United States in 1997.He encouraged and supported everyone in the family to be a graduate hence he believes the importance of education in transformation of an individual. While studying in high school Mr. Puli started his first venture to teach juniors in learning English, Mathematics and Science. A charter member of TiE( a nonprofit for fostering entrepreneurship) DC chapter, a board member of nonprofit focused on educating children in India called Pratham. Mr. Puli is also supporter of several nonprofits including City Impact in Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Puliworked in telecom companies before establishing International Solutions Group, Inc. (ISG) during the recession time in the year 2002 with a mission to help clients solving IT problems of various industries. His focus and dedication to ISG, ISG was awarded the fastest growing company in United States of America by Inc. Magazine and Deloitte. Mr. Puli was invited to NASDAQ Closing bell ceremony as a honor to his achievement of growing ISG as fastest growing company. Diversity Business had honored as the top diversity company and Smart CEO magazine honored four years in a row with Smart CEO 50 awards in Washington D.C Metropolitan area. Mr. Puli is the proud husband of a beautiful wife and very proud father of two young sons in 6th and 2nd grades living in Fairfax county of Virginia.
Satish Naidu has 15 years of rich experience in business research and consulting in large multi-national and consulting companies. He holds an MBA degree in International Marketing from Webster University, St Louis as well as a graduate degree in Engineering, specializing in Electronics and Communications. He has managed the India office of FCEDA since 2012.
Sundeep Kumar Makthala is global president of Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA). He floated this organization in the year 2010 along with few techies from across Telangana. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Computer Applications (MCA) degrees from JNTUH besides few certifications. TITA played its role in Telangana movement by taking up several cultural and educational programs from the date of its inception. Makthala ideated and initiated various innovative programs under TITA like Telangana Yuva Nirmanam- , Digithon and Telangana Innovation and Incubation Centre-TIIC. He has been very actively involved in taking up Digital literacy programs across various villages in the state.
Please note the agenda of the event
09.00 – 09.30 AM
09.30 – 09.45 AM
09.45 – 10.15 AM
Keynote address: Future of US-India tech ties
10.15 – 11.00 AM
Panel 1: American tech landscape in the era of Trump
The US market accounts for more than half of the revenue generated by the Indian information technology industry. In the past 25 years, millions of Indian IT professionals have moved to the United States for work — mainly through “H-1B” visa program — and a majority of them are US immigrants. Now in the wake of a protectionist wave sweeping the United States, industry insiders and analysts say that Indian companies are in danger of losing a huge chunk of the US market, unless they change their business model. The panel will discuss the challenges faced by the Indian industry and ways to overcome them.
Vinson X. Palathingal, Founder, Indo-American Center, Washington, DC
Srini Moramchetty, CEO, Nivasoft
P. N. S. V. Narasimham, Sr. Vice President – Global Human Resources, Cyient
11.00 – 11.30 AM
Networking Tea / Coffee Break
11.30 – 12.15 PM
Panel 2: US crackdown on skilled worker visas: is this the end of road for H-1B and L1 programs?
There has been a growing backlash in the United States against H-1B visas since the Great Recession. During the presidential election campaign, then-candidate Trump had vowed to end H-1B abuses. From Day 1, his administration has targeted Indian IT firms. An executive order issued last month — “Buy American, Hire American” — specifically targets global outsourcing firms. Additionally, a number of bills seeking to overhaul the H-1B visa program are currently before US Congress. What’s the future of the H-1B and L1 visa programs?
Ravi Puli, President & CEO International Solutions Group
Nallapati A. Prasad, President, CAARP, former Minister (Consular), Embassy of India, Washington, DC
K.P. Nayar, former Washington Correspondent, The Telegraph
12.15 – 1.15 PM
1.15 – 2.00 PM
Panel 3: Impacts of the new US immigration policies on India’s BPO industry and startup ecosystem
With the United States trying to limit the inflow of labor, a lot of tech talents that would otherwise would have moved to the US will now remain in India. Does this mean more business for India’s BOP industry? Will it have any positive impact on the Indian startup ecosystem? Will there be an increase in the flow of capital and know-how into India’s startups from the United States as labor is likely to costlier in the United States in the wake of H-1B reform?
Mahesh Balani, Partner, Anthill
Jay Krishnan, CEO, T-Hub
Vishal Verma, Senior General Partner, Edgewood Ventures, LLC
02.00 – 02.30 PM
Satish Naidu, the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA)
02.30 – 03.00 PM
Networking Tea / Coffee Break
03.00 – 03.20 PM
Keynote address: Growth of IT Sector in Telangana by Sundeep Kumar Makthala – Global President, Telangana IT Association
Sundeep Kumar Makthala will address the gathering on Growth of IT in Telangana. His address would cover the emergence of IT sector in State, all the initiatives of Telangana government, impact of global trends on IT recruitment, Layoffs and the future prospects associated with the industry. He would also throw a light upon the allied IT businesses including startups, entrepreneurship and its future in the state.
03.20 – 04.30 PM
Startup Showcase: An opportunity for tech startups & emerging entrepreneurs to present their concept in front of leading stakeholders & investors from Indo-US tech sector
4.30 – 5.00 PM
Vote of Thanks
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