The 2nd Indo-German Mittelstand Business Summit, scheduled for November 24th
24. November 2023 ǀ 1pm – 8pm
MEWA Arena ǀ Eugen-Salomon-Straße 1 ǀ 55128 Mainz
This premier event provides an unparalleled platform for leaders and innovators from the Indian and German tech industries to connect, share insights, and explore synergies.
Learn how Germany's Mittelstand is mastering digital transformation through the latest trends, technologies, and competitive strategies.1
Explore the advantages and prospects in the German and Indian tech sectors to comprehend how their integration can drive innovation and propel business expansion.2
Discover success stories of thriving German-Indian business partnerships, learn from their challenges and experiences, and find inspiration for your own collaborations.3
Connect with industry leaders and entrepreneurs from India and Germany. Exchange ideas and explore potential collaborations that can propel your business forward.4
Head of Economic Affairs of the City of Mainz
Manuela Matz serves as the Deputy District Chairperson and heads the department overseeing Economic Affairs, Real Estate, Urban Development, Regulatory Affairs, Conferences, Tourism, Agriculture, and Viticulture. Her roles signify a dedicated engagement with the district's economic growth, urban planning, and community development, making her a key figure in promoting regional prosperity and sustainability.
Consul General of India in Frankfurt
A career diplomat, Mr. B. S. Mubarak joined the Indian
Foreign Service in 2001 and had served in Cairo, Dubai, and Jeddah. He headed India’s Diplomatic Mission in Palestine from 2012-14 and was Consul General of
India in Jeddah from 2014-16. He was Director and
later Joint Secretary in the Southern Division of the
Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi from April
2016 to November 2018. He was the Ambassador of India
to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras from
December 2018 to December 2021. He has been Ambassador of India to the Republic of Sudan from January 23, 2022 to 31 August 2023. On 2nd October,
2023 Mr. Mubarak assumed the charge of Consul General of India in Frankfurt, Germany.
Mr. Mubarak hails from Kanyakumari District in Tamil Nadu. He holds a Master’s degree in Science from the Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology, Tamil Nadu, India. He takes a special interest in sustainable
He is married to Mrs. Lathifa Mubarak and they have a daughter Manaal and a son Abdul Mannaan.
Business Head & Global Client Partner - TechMahindra
Vinay Prakash has been serving as the Business Head & Global Client Partner at Tech Mahindra since January 2020. Based in Munich, Germany, he oversees business responsibilities for a strategic and large client of Tech Mahindra. His role involves driving new business, growth, and strategy development, managing budgets and profit & loss, as well as maintaining board and CxO level relationships with clients.
SVP Continental Europe, MD Germany at Hexaware
Alexander Müller, serving as the Senior Vice President for Continental Europe and Managing Director for Germany at Hexaware Technologies, brings a visionary perspective to the automation and cloud technology sector. Embracing the mantra "Automate Everything - Cloudify Everything - Transform Customer Experiences," he steers Hexaware towards new strategic directions to create robust, future-ready solutions. His extensive expertise and innovative approach make him a revered speaker, shedding light on the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation.
Senior Manager Investor Consulting at GTAI
Asha-Maria Sharma, the seasoned Senior Manager of Investor Consulting at Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI), brings a wealth of knowledge in fostering international business relations and navigating the digital economy. With a rich history as the Director at GTAI India, she has been instrumental in bridging German and Indian enterprises, showcasing the power of collaborative innovation. Recognized as a digital expert at GTAI, Asha-Maria's insights into the stability and global positioning of Germany's digital economy are invaluable. Her commitment to leveraging digital technologies for enhanced economic collaborations makes her an enlightening speaker on the global digital landscape and its impact on international business ventures.
Vice President Technology Germany at Robert Half
Robert Half is the world’s first and largest specialized talent solutions firm that connects opportunities at great companies with highly skilled job seekers. Offering contract and permanent placement solutions in the fields of finance and accounting, technology, administrative and customer support, legal, and marketing and creative, Robert Half has more than 300 locations worldwide, including nearly 100 locations in 18 countries outside the United States. Robert Half, including Protiviti, has been named to the Fortune® World’s Most Admired Companies™ and Forbes Best Employer for Diversity lists. Both Robert Half and Protiviti are among the 2023 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For. Explore our comprehensive solutions, research and insights at RobertHalf.com and Protiviti.com.
Head of BVMW INDIA - Der Mittelstand, BVMW e.V.
Manoj Barve, the esteemed India Head of BVMW (German Federal Association of SMEs), carries a rich legacy of fostering stronger ties between German and Indian SMEs. His extensive engagement in dialogues surrounding career opportunities and the business ethos of Germany's Mittelstand makes him a captivating speaker. With a focus on mutual growth and a shared future, his insights promise to shed light on the profound synergies awaiting exploration between these two vibrant economic landscapes.
Chief Executive Officer at GloreSoft GmbH
Prasad Chaudhari, the entrepreneurial spirit behind GloreSoft GmbH, exemplifies a blend of technical expertise and leadership acumen as the company's CEO. With roots in India and 23 years of professional journey in Germany, Prasad brings a unique cross-cultural perspective to software development and agile methodologies. This makes him an engaging speaker for those keen on exploring the intercultural aspects while delivering digital innovation projects.
Driven by his own experiences in the year 2016, he established GloreSoft, an IT services company in Munich. Since 2020, GloreSoft has expanded its services to help German companies recruit talented professionals from India. Their streamlined recruitment process expedites the onboarding of Indian professionals to German companies, facilitating their relocation to Germany and assisting with their training and integration into the company and society.
Director Fraunhofer Office India / Chairperson Women in Science and Entrepreneurship Council (WISE) FICCI
Anandi Iyer is the Director & Head of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, India Office. She was for several
years also Special Advisor to the Federal Ministry of Education and Research Govt. of Germany
(BMBF). She has repeatedly broken through several glass ceilings, working as she does in a
male-dominated, multinational field of R&D and Innovation. She has been working in the field of
collaborative Technology and Innovation in the Indo-European corridor for the last more than 20
years. She is a member of the Indo-German Expert Group on Digitalisation set up by the two Heads of
Government. She is Chairperson of the Women in Science and Entrepreneurship Council (WISE) of
the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), and the Co-Chair of the
Science, Innovation and Technology Committee. Ms Iyer has won awards on leadership and
excellence, including the Outstanding Woman Achiever Award 2013 by the ISBR School of Management
and Public Relations Council of India. and the 51 Most Innovative Smart Cities Global Leaders by the
World CSR Congress in January 2019.
She has been nominated by the Government of India, as the Core Member of the G20 Empower, and
Chair for G20 Empower Working Group on STEM. She has recently been distinguished as one of the
top 75 women in STEAM by the Indian Govt and the British High Commission to mark the 75 years
of Indian Independence. She is also a Board member of a leading automotive company in India and a member of the Expert Group on Technology for the Department of Science and Technology,
Govt of India. She has written several research papers on Innovation and Technology.
Cybernetician – Evangelizing Digital Transformation
Logosworld Germany and Luxemburg
Axel Angeli is a worldwide acting board-level change management advisor who travels to teach Evolution by Design and Artificial Intelligence. He's known as a witty and entertaining conference speaker with a reputation as an SAP guru since the early 1990ties, a project rescuer, and a pioneer of Industries 4.0 – the art of using AI to process the big data collected by IoT.
With his writing, speaking, and consulting he helps enterprises and governments to get the best return out of their investment. He develops together with his expert team strategies and projects based on the concept of Cognitive AI for agriculture 4.0, building sustainable cities, airports, and industries. His passion is helping emerging countries in industrializing agriculture through proper education.
Axel has deep relationships across India, the Middle East, and Africa and is the brand ambassador of the Indian Electronic and Software Council (ESC) and technical advisor to the African-Caribbean-Pacific Groups of Nations (ACP).
Vice President & Head - Global Trade Development at NASSCOM
Shivendra Singh, as the Vice President & Head of Global Trade Development at NASSCOM, stands at the forefront of fostering global trade relations for India's technology industry. With a robust agenda to position NASSCOM and its industry on the global stage, Shivendra brings a wealth of experience and strategic insights to the table. His leadership at NASSCOM is instrumental in bridging the Indian tech industry with global markets, making him a profound voice in discussions concerning international trade and technology collaboration. His engagement at the event promises a rich discourse on leveraging global trade dynamics for fostering growth and innovation in the tech sector.
Chairman and CEO at Excelencia I Tech Consulting Private Limited
Balakrishnan Ranganathan, the Chairman and Managing Director at Excelencia i Tech Consulting, is a seasoned leader with a diverse portfolio that extends beyond the corporate sphere. His dual role as a Director in Talent Academy and a philanthropic endeavor as a Co-Founder and Trustee of NakshathraMeen Foundation showcases his multifaceted approach towards contributing to the industry and society. With a rich history of fostering startup ecosystems prior to his venture at Excelencia, Balakrishnan brings a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective to the dialogue at the event. His engagement promises an insightful exploration of the strategies that drive success in the tech consulting domain, making his session a highly anticipated feature of the event.
Founder - INDIEN aktuell
Educated in the sciences and business domains of Germany and the UK, Neena Hartmann stands as a strong advocate for India's multifaceted interests within Germany. As the helm of Prexma GmbH and INDIEN Aktuell, she strategically steers collaborative ventures that harmonize Indo-German business landscapes. With Prexma's prowess in Tourism PR and digital strategy innovation, and INDIEN Aktuell's vast resources and connections, Ms. Hartmann effectively unifies the business dynamics of both nations. Additionally, her mentoring efforts for startups, engagement with the Indian community in Germany, and focus on technology transfer and digital innovations underscore her dedication to deepening the Indo-German relationship.
Ashant Chalasani is the founder of Simplify-ERP™ which specializes in building ERP solutions for SMEs. Simplify-ERP™ offers in-depth expertise in the use of Open-Source application frameworks like ODOO as an ERP system.
Ashant Chalasani is a born Indian who studied in Germany and then built his start-ups. He is an experienced and well-networked bridgehead between India and Germany.
Director - International Markets
Reinhold von Ungern-Sternberg is Director International Markets at BVMW since January 2020.
Before, he held management positions in Germany and abroad and was responsible for business development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He managed the international business in the CIS for the German automotive supplier Flaig + Hommel GmbH. He
was Deputy Regional Director of DB International GmbH, a foreign subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, in Moscow. He is a member of International Business Associations and well connected in many countries.
Independent Asset Management Consultant
Markus Hill is a prominent figure in the German asset management sector, known for his independent consultancy work since 2005. His professional journey has been marked by roles in marketing and product management at SEB Bank, investment banking, and sales at Credit Suisse Asset Management. He's been notably active in sales, marketing, and public relations, particularly in the field of asset management.
Hill's expertise extends to the management of mandates, sales, marketing, and public relations, with a particular focus on fund boutiques and mutual funds for institutional investors. His involvement with themes in target funds and multi-management aspects highlights his comprehensive understanding of the asset management landscape.
Moreover, Hill is recognized for his work with family offices and his ability to navigate the complexities of capital markets, as evident in his involvement with leading entities like HQ Trust and Flossbach von Storch. His contributions to the field are also educational, as he has engaged with audiences at events such as the Fürstenberg Seminars at the Eberbach monastery, where he provides professional insight into the challenges and opportunities within asset management.
As an influential figure, Hill is described as an "industry multiplier," a testament to his impact and the high regard in which he's held by peers and clients. His contributions to the German asset management industry have been disseminated through numerous articles, columns, and presentations both nationally and internationally, positioning him as a highly recognized expert.
CEO and CO-Founder - MachineMaze
Arun Ramu, the CEO and Co-Founder of MachineMaze in India, is an accomplished mechanical engineer and entrepreneur. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical, a Master of Science in Mechanical from Ohio, USA, and an MBA from IIM Bangalore. With over 12 years of experience in design and development in sectors like Oil & Gas and Industry 4.0, Arun has previously held leadership roles at Honeywell India and Stanley Black and Decker India.
At MachineMaze, Arun has pioneered the 'Phygital' business model, blending physical and digital elements to help Indian SMEs meet global manufacturing demands. Under his leadership, MachineMaze has shipped over 1.5 million parts across three continents in just 18 months. His vision extends to transforming the manufacturing landscape, leveraging his technical expertise and market insights to innovate in the realm of Industry 4.0 and digital integration.
Head of European Marketing
Suvish Viswanathan has been working at Zoho since 2010, with a short break from his time at the company between 2015 and 2017 to work as the Head of Marketing
India and ASEAN at ADP. After starting his career in the IT industry as a Software Engineer, he followed his passion for marketing. Working for extraordinary companies over the last several years has given him a great understanding of the
global markets, different cultures and trends within the IT industry. His understanding of the industry from both an engineering and marketing point of view gives
Viswanathan a broad and in-depth understanding of the industry.
Viswanathan currently fulfills the role of Head of European Marketing at Zoho, where he is responsible for leading Zho’s marketing initiatives in Europe. His knowledge
about the European market is, therefore, far reaching. Viswanathan has experiencedthe company’s growth over the last decade and has played a critical part in the company’s growth in Europe for many years.
Vice President, Motherson Technology Services GmbH
Madhav Mukund is a Senior Leader with more than 30 years of experience, providing executive management oversight. He has extensive expertise in managing International Business Operations and Business Development while building, directing, and leading Information Technology Service Teams and business transformation initiatives in diverse lands, including a remarkable experience in Germany and Western Europe. He has been successfully leading business consulting and complex business transformation initiatives over the span of his working career.
He works with customer organizations at CXO level for collaborating on difficult problems with team members, senior sponsors and project executive leadership to successfully discuss and design solutions, gain consensus and resolve escalated issues and reach defined common goals.
He has effectively managed high-priority complex projects, diverse groups of clients and team members, across various business domains, business processes and locations - from inception through deployment.
He is working with Motherson Group, a large Global Automotive Components manufacturing group, for more than two decades and presently he is heading German Office of Motherson Technology Services. At MTS GmbH, he is spearheading a team of more than 80 professionals and servicing customer requirements around Industry 4.0 related assignments and enabling customers in their digital transformation journey around the world. He has got vast experience in ERP, Analytics, BI, Data Warehousing, Manufacturing & Business Process Improvement related projects.
Prior to Motherson he has headed Consulting, Marketing & Business Development Functions at organizations like Hiranandani Group, Intentia, Absolute Consultants and managed Business Process Re-engineering projects for Tata Exports & Phoneix International.
Director - BVMW INDIA
As the Director for India at the Bundesverband mittelständische Wirtschaft (BVMW), Daniel Raja plays a pivotal role in enhancing economic relations between India and Germany. Since his appointment in October 2014, he has been dedicated to strengthening bilateral trade and investment opportunities, focusing on connecting German SMEs with the Indian market. At BVMW, Daniel leverages his extensive expertise in business strategy, project management, strategic planning, and business development to facilitate sustainable and profitable collaborations between the two nations. His knowledge of international sales, mergers & acquisitions, and market research positions him as a key figure in international market expansion and business development, particularly in the context of Indo-German economic partnerships.
Dive into the realm of endless possibilities as we bridge the gap between German innovation and Indian technological prowess.
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The 2nd Indo-German Mittelstand Business Summit, scheduled for November 24th
The 1st Indo-German Mittelstand (SME) Business Summit, held on June