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On February 28, 2018, GIACC hosted its first  "Samosa and Chai" Speaker Series featuring Leher Thadani as our special guest speaker at Jai Ho Indian Kitchen and Bar, in Atlanta.  The event was well attended and greatly appreciated by GIACC members who attended. The event began with networking over drinks and delicious snacks prepared by our host, Jai Ho. Networking was followed by an introduction given by Ms. Anita Ninan, President, GAICC. Ms. Ninan spoke about the mission of the GIACC and introduced Ms.Thadani.

Ms. Thadani is currently Associate Director, Public Affairs, with Edelman India Pvt. Limited. At Edelman, Ms. Thadani advises government and corporate clients across a wide variety of sectors, including automotive, food & beverage, chemicals, and energy, on stakeholder engagement campaigns and crisis communications management. Previously, Ms. Thadani worked as a Government Consultant with Ernst & Young’s Government Advisory Service, where she was responsible for driving industrial investment in states, enabling performance improvement of government schemes and programs, and developing industry-focused policies for India's Central and State-level governments. Ms. Thadani is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and George Washington University.

At the presentation, Ms. Thadani focussed her presentation on:

  • Highlights of the 2018 Union of India Budget and the potential impact on Indian industries
  • Key legislative/policy developments that have affected businesses and the operating environment in India over the last calendar year

This was followed by an interesting Q & A session with attendees asking questions relating to the Union of India budget, "Make in India" initiative and its impact, the Indian Economic survey, and other questions.  Ms. Ninan closed the event by thanking Ms. Thadani, our host for the evening - Jai Ho, and giving a short brief of the upcoming programs of GIACC.