Leading businessmen and Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra, Adobe Chairman and CEO Shantanu Narayan will receive the rare honor. They were been nominated for the 2020 Leadership Awards by the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF). Praised their vision for improving bilateral relations between the two countries. The USISPF announced their names on Friday night, according to US time.
The USISPF is set to host its third annual Leadership Conference on August 31 on the theme ‘US-India Week: Navigating New Challenges’. It ends on September 3. CEOs of 21 Fortune 500 companies, senior government officials and ministers from both countries will attend the event.
“We are delighted to confer the 2020 Leadership Awards to the two business leaders who have displayed tremendous leadership and ambition in strengthening the US-India bilateral economic partnership, especially at a time when the global economy is faced with uncertainties and businesses are forced to pivot from their core capabilities,” said John Chambers, Chairman of the USISPF Board.
As a global centre of manufacturing excellence with presence in the US, the Mahindra Group is a shining example of a true win-win opportunity for our bilateral ties with positive impact in the lives of the American people and across the American economic engine, he said.
“Shantanu’s pioneering work in digital technologies, leveraging support to communities, and deep impact on start-ups have been of tremendous value to governments, civil society, and the overall bilateral relationship. I cannot think of a more consummate candidate for this award,” Chambers said.
Earlier this week, the USISPF had announced that the speakers at the summit would include Vice President Mike Pence; External Affairs minister S Jaishankar; Commerce and Industry minister Piyush Goyal; US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster, Indian Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu; and Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant.
The summit will highlight areas of bilateral cooperation: trade and investment relations; strategic energy ties; India’s position in global supply chains, collaboration in fintech, healthcare, and technology; and building a fair tax regime to attract FDIs, among others, the USISPF said.