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Celebrating 50 year of Indo-Bhutan Friendship
Diplomatic relations between India and Bhutan were established in 1968 with a special office of India in Thimphu. The basic framework of India-Bhutan bilateral relations was the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation signed in 1949 between the two countries, which was further revised in February 2007. The India-Bhutan Friendship Treaty not only reflects the contemporary nature of our relationship but also lays the foundation for their future development in the 21st century.
The Golden Jubilee of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between India and Bhutan is being celebrated. As we celebrate half a century of India and Bhutan relations, we propose to celebrate the same through joint interaction of India and Bhutan with the rest of the world through a three phased academic program being hosted at Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India.
AMU has joined hands with Gedu College of Business Studies, Royal University of Bhutan. GCBS and AMU have organized multiple very successful event in the past hosted by GCBS, Bhutan. These events are the attempt to take this relationship further by celebrating the relationship between the two countries.
1.1. Significance of the Event
The Indo-Bhutan relationship is not only strong but strategic for both the countries. The organizers also believe that the general awareness among the Indian Society, has been in terms of Indo-Bhutan relation, is found to be low. This event aspires to create awareness about the importance of the Indo-Bhutan relations and deliberate on strengthening the economic situation in the two countries. The Organizers believe that Entrepreneurship is a building block of economic activities in the region. Henceforth, the theme on which international delegates will deliberate has been kept as “START UP TO SCALE UP: Management & Policy Interventions”. Further, organizers feel that it would be unfair on the part of the event management, if direct learning doesn’t happen. In order to facilitate the learning component Organizers intend to offer a two days pre conference workshop revolving around research methodology, keeping in the mind the research areas benefitting the two nations. The proposed celebration week is divided in three parts i.e. A pre Conference Workshop for two days, One Day International Symposium on Indo-Bhutan relations, followed by two days International Conference.
1. Aligarh Muslim University
Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is an Indian public central university. It was originally established by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan as Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College in 1875. The Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College was renamed as Aligarh Muslim University in 1920. The main campus of AMU is located in the city of Aligarh. Spread over 467.6 hectares, AMU offers more than 300 courses in both traditional and modern branches of education. Additionally, AMU has three off-campus centers at Malappuram (Kerala), Murshidabad (West Bengal) and Kishanganj (Bihar). The university comprises all castes, creeds, religions and genders, and is an Institute of National Importance provided under the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution. Internationally, AMU was ranked 801-1000 in the QS World University Rankings of 2018. The same organization ranked it 238 in Asia and 161-170 among BRICS nations. It was ranked 601-800 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2018, 158 in Asia] and 157 among BRICS & Emerging Economies in 2017. It was ranked 17 in India overall by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2018, and 10th among universities.
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2. Gedu College of Business Studies, Royal University of Bhutan
The Royal University of Bhutan founded on June 2, 2003 by a royal decree, is the national university system of Bhutan. The university was established to consolidate the management of tertiary education in Bhutan. It is a decentralized university with eight constituent colleges and one affiliated college spread across the kingdom. The principle which influenced the development of a university system was the government's priority for equitable development.
Then, the Royal University of Bhutan shifted the faculty of Commerce and its students from Sherubtse College to this business college in 2008. Appointing Mr. Lhato Jamba as the Project Director, he was tasked to lay the foundation and supervise the modifications of the existing infrastructure into an educational institution. Subsequently, he took over as the first director of the college. Currently, Dr. Sonam Choiden as its second President manages the overall administration, management and development of the college. The college has 72 faculty and 75 administrative staff and 1603 students during the 2017-2018 academic session.
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Resource Persons and Advisors
Dr. Hashem Abdullah AlNemer
Founding General Director
Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
University of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Hashem Abdullah AlNemer is Founding General Director for Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at University of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. As founding General Director of the center Dr. Hashem planned and implemented the center and initiated various successful programs to promote entrepreneurship and innovation among Saudi nationals.
Dr. Hashem has done PhD in Insurance and Finance from Durham University, UK. He has two masters first MBA in Strategic Management from Maastricht School of Management, The Netherlands, and Master of Commerce in Banking and Finance from Griffith University, Australia. He is presently serving as Associate Professor of Insurance and Finance. Dr. Hashem is passionate researcher and has published papers in various International Journals. He has also presented papers in International conferences across the world.
Besides academics Dr. Hashem has rich experience of working in various industries on various positions. He is also member of various government institutions in Saudi Arabia and member of many global professional organizations. He is regular writer for famous newspapers in Saudi Arabia on Economics, Investments, and Tourism.
Prof.(Dr) Farooq Ahmad khan
Leh , University of Kashmir, INDIA
Prof. (Dr) Farooq Ahmad khan is the Rector, Satellite Campus, Leh , University of Kashmir. Prof Khan, a senior faculty in the Department of Management Studies has more than 30 years of, teaching, research and administrative experience to his credit. Prof. Khan has held very important positions in the university over the years which includes ,Director Centre for Career Planning and Counselling (CCPC) and Co-coordinator NSS. He is recipient of Indira Gandhi NSS award with a citation at Durbar Hall, Rashtrapati Bhawan. He has published various research articles on various aspects of Entrepreneurship and in other areas of Management and has enormously contributed to the academics and research .His work has been published in various national and international reputed journals. Prof Khan has authored books on Entrepreneurship Development. He has also participated in various national and international conferences.
Dr. Carlos Bazan
BSc(Eng), MBA, MSc(AM), MSc(BA), PhD, PEng
Memorial University, Canada
Dr. Carlos Bazan is currently Assistant Professor and Engineering Chair in Entrepreneurship with the Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science at Memorial University (Canada). His research work lies at the intersection of academia, innovation and entrepreneurship; it is concerned with turning academic research outcomes into successful businesses, e.g., via translational research & development. Dr. Bazan has been studying efficient and effective ways of translating basic and applied research outcomes into commercially viable products and services. This includes the identification of both best practices for successful technology innovation, transfer and commercialization; and barriers in the ecosystem that are hindering the translation of university innovations into successful businesses. He is the author of the Translational R&D Model and Methodology: “From Lab Bench to Store Shelves,” used to design and conduct translational R&D projects for a more seamless transition from research to business.
Dr. Bazan earned several academic degrees: Doctor of Philosophy in Computational Science (San Diego), Master of Science in Business Administration, Finance (San Diego), Master of Science in Numerical Methods (Barcelona), Master of Business Administration (Asuncion), and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (Asuncion). Outside of academia, he has extensive “C” level management experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit business worlds. He worked for a technology social enterprise as Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Board of Directors for several years in San Diego, California. While in Latin America, he spent many years working for energy companies as both Member of the Board of Directors and Chief Financial Officer. Carlos is also a serial entrepreneur and has started or helped start several businesses in a wide range of industries.
Prof. Robert D. Manning
Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University, KSA
Robert D. Manning received his PhD degree with a specialization in Comparative International Development from the Johns Hopkins University, USA. Dr Robert has held academic appointments at Rochester Institute of Technology, (including endowed Chair in Globalization), Georgetown University, American University, Smithsonian Institution, and University of Yucatan, Mexico, where he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar. Dr Robert has taught and conducted research in many countries and throughout the United States. He has received numerous academic awards and research fellowships. Dr Robert has testified as an expert witness before US Senate and House of Representatives. Dr Robert is Principal Investigator of two International-Comparative projects: “Aspirations and Obstacles to Entrepreneurship,” and “Competitive Consumption, Credit Cards, and Household Debt.” The Phase I case-study of Saudi Arabia has been completed (over 2200 questionnaires), Phase II is ongoing in GCC (Qatar, Kuwait, UAE), and Phase III is being launched in US, Canada, UK, Germany, India, Italy, and Lebanon.
Dr. Hamad Balhareth
Dean for Research and Consultations
Startup Accelerator Manager
University of Hail,Saudi Arabia
Dr. Hamad Balhareth has been a life-long learner of business and expert in entrepreneurship, circular economy and business technology. Professionally, he is dedicated to assisting organizations in achieving growth through new initiatives and the design and execution of innovative methods and business development programs. Currently, he is working as a Dean for Research and consultations as well as Startup Accelerator Manager at UOH. He also has been the Vice Dean of Business Administration College, Chairman of Management Information System (MIS) and Supervisor of Entrepreneurship Unit. He has developed and manages several initiatives to benefit all the departments of the university.
As per educational background he has done his Master’s degree from University of Surrey and completed his Doctorate in Business Informatics from University of Reading. He has done his Entrepreneurship Development Program from Massachusetts Institute of technology, a program of key Performance indicators from The Geaoge Washington University College of professional studies, USA and Business and Entrepreneurship program from University of Cambridge.
Dr. Jamshed A. Siddiqui
Country Director – India
Chief Representative – South Asia
University of Technology Sydney
Based in New Delhi, Dr. Jamshed A. Siddiqui is responsible for Strategy Development and Implementation - Overseeing the development and implementation of UTS India strategy; New Business Development; Environmental Scanning and Policy Analysis; Relationship Management - Indian higher education and research institutions, Indian government and its agencies, Australian diplomatic mission in India and its agencies; Build industry linkages; Develop UTS alumni relationships and networks; and Establish and manage UTS India representative office.
Dr. Siddiqui has worked as Senior Director with PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI), New Delhi. Later, he was Consultant to Electronics & Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC), Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India. He was Executive Director of Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC). Dr. Siddiqui served as Deputy Director of the Fulbright Commission in India (United States-India Educational Foundation). Before joining UTS, Dr. Siddiqui was Country Director – India & Chief Representative – South Asia with the University of Newcastle, Australia.
Dr. Arjun Bhardwaj
British Colambia University, Canada
He is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Management at the Kelowna campus of University of British Columbia (UBC). Prior to joining UBC, AJ was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard University. Earlier, AJ completed his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University. AJ has diverse cross-cultural exposure and has lived, worked, or studied in four countries (Canada, India, Japan and the United States). His research has been published in the Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Group and Organization Management, Journal of Business and Psychology, Journal of Social and Political Psychology, and Management International Review. From 2012-2016, AJ served as the Graduate Studies Coordinator for the IGS Program (M.A. and Ph.D.) in the Faculty of Management, and at the campus level, as a member of the College of Graduate Studies Council and the Research Advisory Council to the Vice-Principal (Research).
Dr. Khamis S. N. Al Muniri
Dean, University of Buraimi, Oman
Dr. Khamis Dean: College of Business University of Buraimi. He possess hands on experience in managerial roles in public and private sector in Sultanate of Oman. In the public sector, he had worked as a Superintendent of Administration & Finance in Ministry of Health, where he was actively involved as a trainer. On completion of his post graduate qualification, he had the privilege of work as a Director of Academic Affairs in Ministry of Manpower. In the private sector, he worked for Al Hilal Group as a General Manager for Human Resource & Administration. As an academic he has a rich experience working as a Dean of Administration & Finance in the Higher College of Technology & Nizwa College of Technology and a Deputy Vice Chancellor at Al Sharqiya University.
Dr. Prabha Devi Thoudam
Senior Faculty, College of Business,
University of Buraimi, Oman
Vice-Chancellor of Jayoti Vidyapeeth Women's University of Jaipur, Dr Thoudam Prabha Devi has become the youngest lady Vice-Chancellor in India besides being the first ever lady who holds the high profile post from Manipur. She joined the private University in 2008 as a professor and was finally chosen as the Vice Chancellor of the same after getting promoted initially to the position of Dean.
The lady started her teaching career from Nirmalabas High School, Imphal and then after few years she started teaching in many colleges and universities including Baptist College at Nagaland and Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi.
Prof Abdul Hannan Chowdhury
Primeasia University, Bangladesh
Professor Abdul Hannan Chowdhury is Vice Chancellor Primeasia University. He was former Professor of the School of Business, Executive Director, Dean of the School of Business, Member of the Syndicate and the Director Career and Professional Development Services (CPDS) of North South University. He has 29 years of teaching and research experience with various reputed institutions in Bangladesh, Canada and the United States of America. He has worked as a faculty member at the University of Windsor, Canada, Northeastern University, Boston, USA, University of Calgary, Canada and at the Islamic University, Bangladesh. In 2014, he was made a visiting Professor of the Yunnan Normal University, China. He was awarded PhD in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, USA in 1999 and MS in Operations Research from Northeastern University, USA in 1996. In 2001, he was awarded Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) Industrial post-doctoral fellowship and completed his research at the University of Calgary, Canada in 2002. He has published more than 50 papers and two books and presented more than 40 papers in different international conferences.
President, Gedu College of Business Studies,
Royal University of Bhutan
Sonam Choiden is the President of Gedu College of Business Studies (GCBS) under the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB). Her area of specialization in teaching and research are Economics, Economics of Happiness and Gross National Happiness (GNH), Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Development Economics, Statistics, Data Analysis, and Quantitative/Qualitative Research Methods.
She also serves as an independent Board Director for Financial Institute’s Training Institute; an external Examiner for Economics program at the Royal Thimphu College (RTC); the quality assessment expert for Research Performance at South East Asian Universities (REPESEA). Sonam received her MA in Economics from University of Waikato, New Zealand, and her PhD from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Business School, Australia.
Prof. Subhajit Sanyal,
CEO, Itahari International College,
A British MBA with more than thirteen years of experience in manufacturing and service industries, in global companies, along with more than ten years of experience in management education. Subhajit has cross-functional exposure in different international corporations, particularly in the field of fine chemicals and telecommunications in India and UK. Besides that he has more than ten years of experience in academia. He has also served Oxford Brooks University faculty member. An accomplished Corporate & Sales Trainer, Subhajit has imparted training and development by conducting workshops for the working industry professionals. As a professional speaker Subhajit has spoken on various management topics at different forums and seminars and has presented his professional paper at the international conference in Bhutan. His areas of professional interest lie in Marketing & Strategic Management.
Dhirendra Mani Shukla
Dhirendra Mani Shukla is Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Management Udaipur (IIMU). Before joining IIMU he has served Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode as Assistant Professor. He has also been Part time Visiting Faculty at Indian Institute of Management, Ranchi. Dhirendra received Scholars Exchange Grants (SEG-2016) for two joint research projects (out of the five selected for the grant) under the prestigious Indo-Swiss Joint Research Programme in Social Sciences for the year 2017-2018. His area of research are; Strategic Alliances, Alliance Portfolio, Organizational Learning, Social Networks, Innovation, High-Tech Industries, Social Entrepreneurship.
Prof. Saleh Mohammed Mashehdul Islam
Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology
Dr. Saleh Mohammed Mashehdul Islam is a full Professor, School of Business, Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, Dhaka. He has vast experience of teaching and research. He has published a large number of research papers in the journals of national international repute. Besides that he has teaching experience of more than 15 years.
Dr. Zaid Ahmad Ansari
Director of Graduate Programs at College of Business and Economics ,
Qassim University, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Zaid Ahmad Ansari is Director of Graduate Programs at College of Business and Economics (AACSB Accredited), Qassim University, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Ansari is PhD in commerce from Aligarh Muslim University, India and Post Doctorate from Tohoku University of Community Service and Science, Japan. He has also done ‘Train the Trainers’ program from Greenwich University UK. As an Associate Professor, his teaching and research interests are in the fields of Marketing, Consumer behaviour, and Ecommerce. He has worked on various sponsored research projects. He has published research papers in several international journals and presented papers in International conferences. Besides, teaching and research he has good experience in administration and accreditation
Arifusalam Shaikh has a PhD in Management Science from Kent Business School (University of Kent, Canterbury, UK) with a background in Industrial Engineering. He worked as a business school faculty member in the Middle East and currently is a Project Manager for a research project at Memorial University, St John’s, Canada. He is a co-investigator in several projects focusing on entrepreneurship at Memorial University. He is currently studying entrepreneurship intent, social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship ecosystem, building tools for students to facilitate their venture into entrepreneurship, among others. The projects involve collaboration with various entrepreneurship centers at Memorial University like Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship and Centre for Social Enterprise that offer entrepreneurial training support for students. His research team is now collaborating with universities around the world for research in the field of entrepreneurship. He is also a co-founder of a startup company Creatros Technologies Inc., based at St John’s, Canada.
Prof. Jabir Ali
Director, MANAGE, Hyderabad, India
Prof. Jabir Ali is currently serving MANAGE Hyderabad. Prof. Jabir has more than 15 years of academic experience in organizations of repute such as Institute of Cooperative & Corporate Management, Research and Training (ICCMRT), Lucknow, Centre for Food & Agribusiness Management, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow; G.B. Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad and National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi. His areas of interest in teaching and research include ICT in Agriculture, Agribusiness Business Environment and Policy Analysis, International Trade Logistics and Agribusiness Supply Chain, Agricultural Commodity Futures and Options, Social Marketing and Social Entrepreneurship. He has published more than 40 research papers in refereed national and international journals such as International Journal of Consumer Studies (Wiley- Blackwell), Health Policy and Planning (Oxford University Press), International Journal of Information Management (Elsevier), Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development (Emerald), British Food Journal (Emerald), Journal of Food Products Marketing (Routledge), Journal of Foodservice Business Research (Routledge) and South Asia Research (Sage).
Prof. Baharul Islam
Dean, IIM, Kashipur, India
Dr K M Baharul Islam has been teaching and researching in the area of Communications, Corporate Law, Education, Development and Planning for almost twenty years. Starting his career as a faculty at NIT Silchar (1994-2002), he served a number of universities abroad and became a Reader at NCERT, New Delhi in 2002. Between 2007 and 2012 Dr Islam served as the Chairman and CEO of the South Asian Regional Gateway set up by the Development Gateway (USA). He is the Professor and Chairperson of Communications area at IIM Kashipur. He leads three major sponsored projects: (1) The World Bank's Capcity Building Program on Environmental Impact Assessment in South Asia, (2) Development of Performance Indicators for Lower Judiciary commissioned by the Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India, and (3) Development of Disaster Management Strategy for Uttarakhand (sponsored by ICSSR).
CEO & President
Novel Academy, Pokhra, Nepal
Mr. Habib ul Islam
Vice President Education at Witty Birds - Toastmasters Club,