18 January 2021, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (IST)
About the programme
In the era driven by technology and increasing demand for open innovation, India and Japan share a strong synergy and urge to explore untapped opportunities. With the growth of India's start-up ecosystem, Japan has emerged as a prominent stakeholder making huge inroads into Indian markets. In 2019, launch of Indo-Japan Emerging Technology and Innovation intensified the footprints of Japanese investors in India.
Both the countries reaffirm to transform their digital cooperation by accelerating collaborations in the areas of critical infrastructure, information technology, cybersecurity, emerging technologies and start-up ecosystem. Join us in the discussion exploring avenues where India and Japan can blend in their strengths with India bringing software skills and Japan supporting it with cutting-edge hardware and manufacturing & finance.
Ambassador Sanjay Kumar Verma, Ambassador of India to Japan
Birth and Education:
Born on July 28, 1965, Amb. Sanjay Kumar Verma graduated from Patna University and then pursued a Post-Graduate degree in Physics at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.
Professional career and previous assignments:
Amb. Sanjay Kumar Verma is an officer of the 1988 batch of Indian Foreign Service (IFS). He was stationed at the Consulate General of India, Hong Kong and at the Embassy of India in China, Vietnam and Turkey, before serving as the Consul General of India in Milan, Italy. Amb. Verma was also the Indian Ambassador to the Republic of Sudan. Following his tenure in Sudan, Amb. Verma served as Joint Secretary (Global Estate Management) in MEA, New Delhi. Prior to his arrival in Japan as the Ambassador of India, Amb. Verma was posted in MEA, New Delhi as Additional Secretary (Administration) and was also in charge of the Cyber Diplomacy Division.
Interests & hobbies:
Amb. Verma is deeply passionate about Information Technology, Artificial intelligence, Cyber Diplomacy, delivery of people-centric services using interactive technologies, guiding and facilitating small businesses and investors, etc.
He reads, writes and speaks Hindi, English and Chinese (Mandarin). He has conversational skills in Bengali as well.
Amb. Verma is married with a son and a daughter
Rajan Navani, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Jetline Group of Companies
Rajan Navani is the Vice Chairman & Managing Director of the diversified Jetline Group of Companies, the roots of which originate back to the 1930’s in Bangkok, Thailand and a presence in India since 1974. The group has recently made significant investments and is building new age businesses in powering varied consumer-facing digital platforms, products and services through group company ‘Jetsynthesys’. Rajan is personally providing leadership and strategic direction to the company with operations in India, MENA, SE Asia, UK, Japan and USA.The group now has operational businesses in new age digital media, entertainment and in categories including short format video & music, OTT, gaming, classifieds, cricket, mobility, mindfulness and healthcare. The group is also building artificial intelligence, blockchain and AR/VR/MR/XR led Industry 4.0 solutions to strengthen enterprises globally. Additionally, through the combination of Jet Ventures & JetLabs, powered by ‘Garage’, the group is engaging deeply with the startup ecosystem in India, Israel, Singapore, UK, Japan & USA. Rajan is currently the Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s CII National Council on Future Businesses, Chairman of the CII Council on India@75, the Past National Chairman of CII Young Indians and is a member of CII’s National Council. Rajan is a founding trustee of the India@75 Foundation, a global board member of the US-India Business Council and a member of the Purdue-India Executive Council. He is the first National President of the Indian Digital Gaming Society and a trustee of Aspen’s Ananta Centre in India, a fellow of the Aspen India Leadership Initiative 2011–2012 and member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He is also a BMW Herbert Quandt Foundation’s Young World Leader, a CNBC India’s Young Turk and part of the ASEAN 100 Leadership Forum. He is a Government of India nominated CEO of the India Japan Business Leaders Forum, member of the India Sweden Business Leaders Forum and is a board member of Indiaspora.