What attendees say about Houston India Conference!!


India has experienced remarkable transformation in recent history, going from being a newly independent state to a candidate for permanent membership on the UN Security Council in a few short decades. This transformation has taken place following a distinctly Indian path.

Texas has a large interest in India. India is one of the major business partners for companies in this area. There is a large Indian presence in the educational, medical and research institutes that Houston is renowned for. The GDP of Texas at US$ 1.7 trillion would make it the 10th largest economy in the world, if it were an independent nation. Texas is home to 54 (or 11%) of Fortune 500 companies.

The Houston India conference also known as Texas India conference is designed to bring various constituencies that have an interest in India together and discuss with them the latest developments and the best practices of doing business in India. The first edition of Houston India Conference took place in March 2017 and it was a huge success.

The theme of 3rd Houston India Conference 2019 is Make in India – The Inside Story. Make in India is a major national initiative of the Government of India, designed to foster innovation, enhance skills development, protect intellectual property, build best in class manufacturing infrastructure, facilitate investment and collaboration.

The conference has a series of panel discussions on the state of the Indian economy and politics, doing business in India, and to explore India’s growing soft power on the global stage. The panelists are some of the most respected voices, including foreign policy experts, business pioneers, and thought leaders sharing their insights on the unique Indian way of thinking.

The conference is organized by the Consulate General of India in Houston, US India Business Council, University of Houston, US India Skills and Education Council, Asia Society Texas Center, Indo American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston, Greater Houston Partnership, ICCR (India Council For Cultural Relations), and US India Chamber of Commerce of Dallas – Fort Worth, .

The conference has been renamted to ICCR-Houston India Conference in 2019.

The central focus of the Houston India Conference is to share today’s India story with the audience in Texas who are interested in investing in India, by the people who are playing an important role in shaping up the modern India.



Well known leaders and emerging talents


January 11th, 2019

Registration: 8.00 AM – 8.30 AM

  • Emcee - Jagdip Ahluwalia, Executive Director, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston
  • Moderator - Sunanda Vashisht, Political Commentator and Co-Founder, MyIndMakers Inc

Opening Remarks: 8:30 AM - 8:40 AM

  • Edward R. Allen III, Chairman, Asia Society Texas Center
  • Jiten K. Agarwal, CEO, Expedien, Inc. – Conference Chair
  • Dr. Anupam Ray, Consul General of India

Presentation: 8:40 AM - 8:55 AM

  • Brian McLaughlin, Senior VP, McDermott International

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Panel 1: Investment Climate in India

  • Sanjeev Sanyal, Principal Economic Adviser in the Ministry of Finance, Government of India
  • Sandip Sen, Global Chief Executive Officer, Aegis Ltd 
  • Aroop Zutshi, Global President & Managing Partner, Frost & Sullivan

10:10 AM- 11:05 AM
Panel 2: Delivering Democracy

  • Dr. Sachin Chaturvedi, Director General, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), India
  • Dr. Jyoti Kiran Shukla, Ex-Chairperson, Rajasthan Finance Commission, India
  • Dr. Djordjija Petkoski, Lecturer & Senior Fellow at Wharton Legal Studies & Business Ethics, University of Pennsylvania

11:10 AM -11:50 AM
Panel 3: India - Looking Ahead

  • Dr. Makarand Paranjape, Director of Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, India
  • Air Vice Marshal Arjun Subramanian, Defense Expert & Author

Remarks by Mayor Sylvester Turner: 11:50 AM- 11:55 AM

Valedictory Speech: 12:05 PM- 12:20 PM


  • Ashok Belani, Chief Technology Officer, Schlumberger

Closing Remarks: 12:20 PM- 12:30 PM


  • Dr. Anupam Ray, Consul General of India



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Our Heartfelt Thanks to the sponsors for the 2nd Houston India conference.
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact info@houstonindiaconference.com

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  • Adani Group
  • Aegis
  • Alamo Colleges
  • Apache Corporation
  • Arcadis
  • Askara Group
  • AV Diamonds
  • Baker Hughes
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Bell Helicopter
  • Bio Urja
  • Blue Lance
  • BP
  • Brookings Institution
  • Cambridge Education Development (CED)
  • Carrizo Oil & Gas
  • CB&I
  • Chevron
  • City of Houston
  • Cognizant Oil & Gas
  • Commscope
  • Dallas County Community College District
  • DNV GL
  • Expedien
  • Exxon Mobil
  • Global Overseas Services
  • Goldman Sacchs
  • Greater Houston Partnership
  • Halliburton
  • Harris County
  • Harris County Judge, Ed Emmett
  • Ilan investments
  • Indo American Chamber of Commerce
  • Invest India
  • Kindred Healthcare
  • LyondellBasell
  • Mahindra USA
  • Manipal Institue of Technology
  • McDermott International
  • U.S. India Chamber of Commerce Dallas/Fort Worth
  • ValvTechnologies
  • Vinmar International
  • World Bank
  • National Skills Development Corporation, India
  • National US India Chamber of Commerce
  • Newpark
  • Nitya Capital
  • Oceaneering International
  • Oxford Economics
  • Oxiteno USA LLC
  • PetroAlliance Energy Partners LLC
  • PFP Industries
  • Piping Tech and Products
  • Reliance Industries Ltd USA
  • Rice University
  • Schlumberger
  • Sogo Industries LLC
  • Shell Oil
  • Tech Mahindra
  • Technip FMC
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Childrens Hospital
  • Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute
  • Vega Energy

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