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IFCCI’s 46th Annual General Meeting

The Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IFCCI) celebrated its 46th Annual General Meeting at Sofitel Mumbai BKC.


The 46th Annual General Meeting of the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IFCCI) took place in Mumbai on September 29, 2023, at the Sofitel Mumbai BKC in the presence of dignitaries such as Shri. Devendra Fadnavis, Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, and H.E. Mr. Thierry Mathou, Ambassador-Designate of France to India.  

The meeting had close to 300+ influential C-level business leaders from the Indo-French community to discuss "India's Journey: Global Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and ESG Practices." IFCCI is recognized as a vibrant bilateral chamber dedicated to nurturing mutually beneficial trade relations between India and France. At the very outset, Ms. Shweta Pahuja, Regional Director, Western Region IFCCI started the session with her welcome remarks. Mr. Sanjay Singh, Treasurer, IFCCI & CEO & Head of Territory BNP Paribas India presented IFCCI's financials which was followed by Ms. Payal S. Kanwar who announced the newly elected Governing Council members. Mr. Shishir Pundlik, Managing Director Crédit Agricole CIB India set the stage for the two interactive panel discussions on India’s emergence as a manufacturing and supply chain hub for the world and How are Indo-French companies implementing their ESG roadmap in India?  

Panel Discussion I: India's emergence as a manufacturing and supply chain hub for the world 

Moderated by Ms. Pritha Jha, Partner, Pioneer Legal 


-Sanjiv Bhatia, EVP & Head of New Economy Group, Financial Sponsors & MNC Coverage, Axis Bank 
-Shreeram Sethuraman, Managing Director, Head Transaction Banking India, BNP Paribas India 
-Atit Mahajan, Managing Director, CMA CGM India  
-Jayesh Gadekar, Chief Strategy Officer, J.B.Boda Group  
-Ipsita Das, VP, IFCCI Mumbai & Managing Director, Moët Hennessy India 
-Ashish Saraf, VP, IFCCI Delhi & VP & Country Director, Thales India 

Panel Discussion II: How are Indo-French companies implementing their ESG roadmap in India? 

Moderated by Mr. Govindraj Ethiraj, Founder & Editor, The Core 

-Deepak Sharma, Zone President Greater India and MD & CEO, Schneider Electric India 
-Ashwin Yardi, CEO, Capgemini India 
-Jean Touboul, CEO, Pernod Ricard India 
-Dilkhush Cooper, Head of Strategy and Business Development India, BNP Paribas India 
-Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO, Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) 

Sarah Bernard, Talent Management Specialist - Human Resource Business Partnership Ceva Logistics provided a testimonial about her experience with the VIE Program.  Speaking at the occasion, Ms. Payal S. Kanwar, DG, IFCCI presented the milestones achieved by the chamber in the past year. This was followed by the acknowledgment and felicitation of IFCCI's outgoing President, Mr. Sumeet Anand, Founder & CEO of IndSight Growth Partners, President – France India Foundation. 

This AGM was an important one as it was an elective year. Mr. Jean Touboul, CEO of Pernod Ricard India was elected as the President of IFCCI, succeeding Mr. Sumeet Anand, CEO, IndSight Growth Partners, President – France India Foundation. Mr. Touboul's appointment aligns with Pernod Ricard India's 30th anniversary in the country, highlighting the changing business landscape and strengthened India-France relations. H.E. Mr. Thierry Mathou, Ambassador-Designate of France to India, delivered a special address during his inaugural visit to Mumbai.  

The business session witnessed a Fireside Chat on Maharashtra - The Gateway to India with Shri. Devendra Fadnavis, Hon'ble Deputy Chief Minister, Govt. of Maharashtra, Ms. Payal S. Kanwar, Director General, IFCCI and the newly elected president of IFCCI, Mr. Jean Touboul, CEO, Pernod Ricard India. The discussion focused on Maharashtra's role in attracting foreign investors, infrastructure-led growth, technology for governance, and balancing economic growth with sustainable practices. The Chamber felicitated Shri. Devendra Fadnavis, Hon'ble Deputy Chief Minister, Govt. of Maharashtra for his excellent leadership and support provided to French companies investing in the State of Maharashtra. A vote of thanks was given by Mr. Yohann Samuel, Regional Director- Southern Region IFCCI. 

The event concluded with networking cocktails and dinner which took place at Jyran.  

We thank our sponsors for making the event a huge success  

Special thanks to:
-Platinum SponsorsAxis BankBNP ParibasCapgeminiJ.B.BODA GroupSchneider ElectricPioneer Legal
-Gold SponsorsSaint-GobainNRB Bearings Limited
-Silver SponsorscelioCrédit Agricole CIBGodrej GroupMazars, Moxy Steel, PERAJ INSURANCE BROKERS PRIVATE LIMITEDServier, Suhana
-Experience PartnersCHANDONLongitude77, Suzette
-Gifting PartnersJean Claude Biguine - Salon & SpaMANEMONINHeirloom Bay Private Limited
-Hospitality PartnerSofitel Mumbai BKC

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