IMG 7678The Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Indian Consulate in Atlanta hosted a CEO Speaker Series with a Panel Discussion on the Healthcare Sector on  October 25, 2016 at the Consulate General of India.

The healthcare industries in India and the US continue to grow in significance within these two large economies. The landscape of this dynamic sector is constantly being shaped by Producers (pharmaceutical manufacturers), Providers (hospitals and physicians) and Payers (insurance companies).IMG 7694

Our distinguished panel featured award winning experts who provided insights on leveraging opportunities in healthcare from various perspectives. We were also honored to have Consul General of India, Shri Nagesh Singh, preside over the panel discussion that included:

  • Mr. Sameer Bhargav, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), SaaS Healthcare
  • Dr. Srivastan Pallavaram, Sr. Staff Scientist, Vanderbilt University
  • Dr. Barry Patel, Executive Vice President at Indegene
  • Mr. Maqbool Patel, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Vincari
  • Dr. Jayesh Sheth M.D., Chief Executive Officer,
  • Mr. Saru Seshadri, Chief Executive Officer, Ultramatics
  • Mr. Raja Ramachandran, Director Product Management, Change Healthcare
  • Mr. Saurabh Sinha, Chief Executive Officer, eMids Technologies

The panel provided new insights and networking within the business community in Atlanta. Stay tuned to GIACC for more CEO Speaker Series and events.

unnamedA GIACC delegation of members of the Atlanta business community traveled to the Annual Convention of the IACC, held in Mumbai, India, on August 22 and 23, 2016. The GIACC delegation consisted of Board member, Anita Ninan, Of Counsel, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, Board Member Siva Nathan, Associate Professor, Georgia State University, Dr. Pamila Dembla, Executive Director, ICA (“India China America”) Institute and Associate Professor, Kennesaw State University, Kirtan Patel, Commercial Attorney and Founding Partner of Kumar, Prabhu, Patel & Banerjee (“KPPB Law”) and Beeraj Patel, Immigration Attorney, KPPB Law.

Our attendance of the Annual Convention of the IACC this year was special, in that the IACC was presenting a life time achievement award to the Late Aditya Birla of the Birla group of global companies. Atlanta’s connection to the Indian Birla group of companies began with the group’s acquisition of Novelis, in 2012.

The GIACC delegation was one of two U.S. delegations to attend the Annual Convention of the IACC, themed, “Unleashing US-India Economic Synergy. The two day convention was attended by India’s top policy makers and top decision makers of Indian and U.S companies in a variety of sectors including, Banking, Insurance and Financial services, Oil and Gas, Infrastructure, Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals, Digital India and Energy.

On the first day of the Convention, Anita Ninan presented a commemoration letter from Mayor Kasim Reed to the wife of Late Aditya Birla, Mrs. Rajshri Birla, who attended a special invitee only dinner and reception presided over by the Governor of the State of Maharashtra, to accept the award on behalf of her late husband.

On the second day, Anita Ninan made a power point presentation on behalf of the GIACC, introducing the members of the delegation, and sharing key points that make Atlanta and the State of Georgia an attractive foreign investment destination for Indian companies. The presentation was well received and we had inquiries from attendees about investment opportunities in Atlanta, GA.unnamed2

After the two day Convention, the GIACC delegation had meetings with actors, producers, directors, and well known Bollywood film studios, arranged by the Indian Consul General, Atlanta, to present the opportunities and incentives that Atlanta and the state of Georgia offers for film production. The GIACC delegation visited and met with Western India Film Producers Association (WIFPA), Yashraj Film studio (YRS), Film and Television Institute of India (FTI), Sangli Shikhan Sanstha(Sanghli) and Deccan Education Society (DES), Pune.

The purpose of these meetings was to invite them to a "Bollywood Meets Georgia" film festival that is being planned for April 2017. The film festival will aim to bring together Bollywood and Georgia film makers in Atlanta to showcase the financial incentives, production resources, professional support and location diversity to Bollywood film makers in the hope of attracting their business to Georgia.

The delegation received an enthusiastic welcome from the film associations for the film festival while the educational institutes were keen to collaborate with ICA Institute and Kennesaw State University for film production and training.

The Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce invites you to our GIACC Night at Turner Field. Consul General Nagesh Singh will be the Honorary Braves Team Captain, and he will go to the plate with the representatives of both teams as they present the lineup cards to the umpires before the game starts. We will have a private reception with Consul General Singh and the GIACC Board starting at 5:00pm in the 755 Club. Everybody will pay for their own food and beverages.

We will have access to the 755 Club during the game and group seating just below the 755 Club. Bring your clients, employees, friends and family for this evening of Braves baseball and networking. Our last Braves outing had over 120 attendees so make sure you get your tickets soon. Tickets may be picked up at the registration table near the Hank Aaron Statue to the left of the 755 Club Entrance. Register by clicking here or the flyer below. Go Braves!

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Over 70 members of Atlanta’s international business community attended the GIACC’s VIP Reception hosted by Manuel Deisen, General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Atlanta. The reception featured the culinary treats of Executive Chef Ramesh Kaduru, one of only two chefs of India origin in the over 150 hotels in the Ritz-Carlton group of hotels. Representatives of the Consular Corps, TIE, the Atlanta CEO Council, the Technology Association of Georgia, binational chambers, USPACC, the Minority Supplier Development Council and many others attended the reception.

GIACC President Mark Piersonwelcomed the attendees and noted that the GIACC had been formed in the year 2000 and as with many binational chamber was going through a transformation in the current age of connectedness through social media and the internet. He emphasized the role of the chamber in connecting Georgia and India and said that the GIACC would be undertaking initiatives to help create more business opportunities. The GIACC will also work to create partnerships with other organizations to help achieve this objective.

He then introduced the Consul General of India, Nagesh Singh, and emphasized the importance of working together with the Indian consulate to promote business relations between India and Georgia. Consul General Singh thanked GIACC President Mark Pierson for organizing the event and said that there’s a great future for the partnership between the GIACC and the Indian Consulate. He said that in the Southeastern U.S. there is a lack of awareness about India and that he hoped together the Consulate and the GIACC can help improve this.

Mr. Singh pointed out that relations between India and the U.S. have been transformed over the past two decades and this has been based on our shared values of democracy, pluralism, multiculturalism and common geopolitical interests, especially in the Asia-Pacific Region.

U.S.-India bilateral trade has increased over the last decade to almost 120 billion dollars a year and in the next decade it will increase to 500 billion a year. The U.S. is among the top ten investors in India and India has become the fourth-largest foreign investor in the United States, and India has become the fastest growing economy in the world at 7.6 growth in 2015.
He noted that industries in Georgia such as automotive and aviation need to focus on India as it will be the world’s 2nd or 3rd largest market by 2020. And India is the world’s last megamarket, with a middle class of 300 million with large unmet needs that can be fulfilled by American companies.

The Indian Consulate in Atlanta has now been here for almost five years, and Atlanta won out over Seattle and Chicago because “this region is one of the fastest growing and business friendly regions and particularly in the area of manufacturing which is of great interest to India”. Another factor was that there are over 125,000 persons of Indian origin in Georgia, most of them in the Atlanta area.

Mark Pierson thanked Consul-General Singh for giving his remarks and for his support of the GIACC. He then asked Gordon O’Neill, President of O’Neill Communications, and Devika Rao, GIACC Communications Director and Vice President, Account Services for O’Neill Communications, to come forward. He then thanked Gordon O’Neill for allowing Devika and his team to create GIACC’s new website and the presented him a Florida Gator shirt he had obtained at the recent Florida-Kentucky basketball game (he noted Kentucky won), accompanied by applause and amusement from the reception attendees.

He then asked Consul General Singh to join him in proposing a toast to Narsi Narasimhan, a former President of the GIACC and a beloved leader of Georgia’s Indian business community. Dr. Narasimhan had suddenly passed away several weeks earlier and had been a great supporter of the GIACC. The formal part of the reception concluded with announcements of upcoming events and thanks to the attendees for coming. It was a huge success and all who attended said they enjoyed the evening.

Consulate General of India




This is to inform that for the purpose of conversion of PIO cards to OCI cards, there is no need to produce all documents as required while applying for a fresh OCI card. The only documents required are:-

(a) a copy of valid PIO card ( Both pages)

(b) a copy of current valid passport.

If applications are sent by post, the above documents may be notarized and submitted.

2. The deadline for the conversion from PIO cards to OCI cards is June 30, 2016.

3. Until applicants are in receipt of an OCI card issued in lieu of PIO card, they could travel to India with their valid foreign passport and valid PIO Card. Those who have already travelled to India on their PIOs and still in India, they are advised to contact their respective FRROs for latest instructions regarding travelling on their PIO card after June 30, 2016.



NarsiIt is with deep sadness that GIACC reports that longtime friend and board member, Dr. Narsi Narasimhan passed away on April 29, 2016 of a cardiac arrest. He was a leader, connector and friend to all. Dr. Narasimhan will be missed dearly by GIACC and the entire Atlanta community.


GIACC and Consul General Nagesh Singh, India


The 2016 GIACC Board met with Consul General Nagesh Singh at the Consulate of India in Atlanta, Georgia. The meeting brought together Atlanta's top business, academic and community leaders to develop a strong partnership between the Consulate and Chamber of Commerce. Stay tuned for more news about partnering events with the Consulate General of India and the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce.