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May 6th, 2015
How to Create True Blended Value Via Social Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

Conducted in partnership between The ICA Institute and the WellStar College of Health & Human Services



Featuring Dr. Archana Singh, Professor for the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India.

Location: Kennesaw State University Prillaman Hall Indoor Plaza
Time: 10am - 1pm

Lunch will be provided 

Dr. Archana Singh is Professor at the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India, where she teaches social entrepreneurship, qualitative research and corporate social responsibility. The focus of her research includes understanding the process of social value creation in different types of social enterprises, ranging from non-profit to for-profit, from three different sectors: health, livelihood and education, in India. She worked with several NGOs in rural and urban areas on various social issues, such as AIDS awareness, women Self-Help Group (SHG), women empowerment etc.



May 8th, 2015
New Drivers for Chinese Economic Development

Conducted in partnership between The ICA Institute and The Confucius Institute



Featuring Dr. Wang Fuming, Professor of International Business and Director of China-Australia Center at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China

Location: Kennesaw State University Prillaman Hall Indoor Plaza
Time: 10am - 1pm

Dr. Wang Fuming is Professor of International Business and Director of China-Australia Center at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. In his presentation, Dr Wang will discuss the current economy of China and its key contributors in the last three decades. He will then go on to present future business opportunities in the manufacturing, service, green and infrastructure sectors in China.



Past Events



October 7, 2014
Business Success with India

ICA Institute is a supporting partner in "Business Success with India" organized by GIACC and EY.



Business Success with India 
- Best Practices

Location: Ernst & Young, Atlanta GA. 
Time: Beginning at 7:30 am 

Join GIACC And Ernst & Young as they host Business Success with India.

Start with a networking breakfast and participate in presentations from a host of Subject Matter Experts that have traveled from DC, NY as well as India. They will present on topics including: Transfer Pricing, Income Tax, Business Atmosphere in India, New & Favorable Business Policies, Business Etiquette and more. Culminate with a celestial Indian lunch!



Subject Matter Expert Presenters Include:

-Consul General of India for the SE USA: Hon. Ajit Kumar (Invited)
-India Income and Indirect taxes: Riad Joseph & Mithun D'Souza (NY)
-Transfer pricing: Miller Williams (DC), Samit Shah (Atlanta), Ameet Kapoor (India) & Govind Hariharan (KSU)
-Business Culture in India: Dr. Jag Sheth
-Business Etiquette: David Gault

A half day conference on best practices, with continental breakfast networking & a celestial Indian lunch.


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February 18, 2014.
India Summit at Halle Institute Panel on Jugaad To Juggernaut Innovation

Click here to view video archive of the India Summit




January 24, 2014
Inaugural India Day at KSU

On the 24th of January, the ICA Institute, in collaboration with the Consulate of India, the Coles College of Business, IFSA and others, is organizing the Inaugural India Day at KSU, a day filled with panels on topics from religion to study abroad to doing business in India. Panels begin at 9 am at the Student Center University Rooms A and B and run till 5.30 pm. The Panels are free and open to the Public.


Following that we will have a BY INVITATION ONLY Reception and Dinner at the KSU Center from 6 to 9pm at which keynotes will include the Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Parsons, Ambassador, Ajit Kumar (Consul General of India), Dr. Jagdish Sheth, Attorney General, Samuel Olens and Senator Johnny Isakson (video).


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Click here to view video archive of the Inaugural India Day at KSU



Monday, November 4, 2013

ICA Distinguished Speaker Series


Recent Developments in the Chinese Economy and the Path Forward
By Richard Herd, Chief China Economist at the OECD


Richard Herd For the past ten years, Richard Herd has been the Chief China Economist at the OECD. Prior to January 2012 he was also responsible for India. He has been in charge of economic analysis of these two countries producing regular bi-annual forecasts and policy recommendations for the two countries. He has led the teams that produced the first OECD Economic Surveys of these economies, as well as the first Survey for Korea.


He has also produced Economic Surveys for Japan and the United States. Prior to working at the OECD, he worked at the Foreign Office and the Bank of England in London. In addition to working at the OECD, Mr. Herd is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Shenzhen. He has appeared on various Chinese media including CCTV, Phoenix TV and has been interviewed by Radio China International, as well as the BBC, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, France 24 and Arte.


Mr Herd studied economics at Trinity College, University of Cambridge.



Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Suresh SharmaICA Institute in partnership with Coles College Breakfast Series will host Dr. Suresh Sharma on 'The Third American Dream'


Sharma is an internationally acknowledged business and thought leader who has contributed extensively in the areas of energy, aviation, e-business, security, global sourcing, policy, and healthcare among others. In Suresh Sharma’s latest book The 3rd American Dream, he expertly brings out the huge rise of innovation, entrepreneurship and its deep-rooted connection with the American way of life. Sharma lays a cohesive and pragmatic roadmap for a new business ecosystem for the 21st century America.


7:30 to 8:00 am
Breakfast & Networking
8:00 to 9:00 am
Presentation and Q&A


The Georgian Club
100 Galleria Pkwy
Atlanta, GA 30339



September 26, 2013
Jugaad Innovation: A Powerful Growth Model for Complex Times

By Navi Radjou, Co-author of the best-seller Jugaad Innovation and From Smart To Wise


Navi Radjou

Innovation is a key priority at companies worldwide. However, the old formula that has sustained innovation for decades in the West - expensive R&D projects and highly structured innovation processes - are inadequate for these complex times. The West has much to learn from emerging markets like India, China, Africa, and Brazil where a new approach to frugal and flexible innovation called "Jugaad" has been embraced by thousands of entrepreneurs to drive inclusive and sustainable growth. Jugaad is a Hindi word meaning an innovative fix; an improvised solution born from ingenuity and resourcefulness.


In this engaging talk, Navi will show how jugaad is leading to dramatic growth in emerging markets and how Western companies can adopt jugaad innovation to thrive in our hypercompetitive world. The Economist called Jugaad Innovation "the most comprehensive book yet to appear on the subject" of frugal innovation.


Introduced by
Robin T. Wilson, M.D., WellStar Health System's Senior VP and Chief Health Innovation Officer



July 10, 2013
TiE Atlanta July 2013: Grow Globally - How to Scale Your Business Internationally


Join us for a joint event with the ICA Institute. Global company panelists discuss 3 different strategies for global scaling: 1) Through Acquisition 2) Through Joint Ventures 3) Through expansion to the market. 


Ron Chang, Global Head, M&A-UPS
John Kampfe, EVP and CFO, Turner Broadcasting System
Bob Collins, VP and Chief Administrative Officer, Zep, Inc.


Govind Hariharan, Executive Director, ICA Institute 



June 10 - 14, 2013
ICA Institute Distinguished Visitor, Dr. Jayasankar Neelakantan


Dr. Jay Neelakantan who is additional commissioner for transfer pricing (TP) in chennai will be visiting the ICA institute all of week of 9th June to launch a TP initiative at the Institute.


The India China and America Institute (ICA), housed in the Coles College of Business, had a special visiting faculty member from Chennai, India for a week during June. Jay Neelakantan is a Government of India officer in the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and Additional Commissioner of Income Tax, Transactional Pricing. He traveled to Atlanta and Kennesaw State University to kick-start research in pricing models.

Neelakantan primarily worked with Dr. Govind Hariharan, Executive Director of the ICA Institute and Professor in the Department of Economics, Finance, and Quantitative Analysis. "In an increasingly global world, the success of international commerce is key to the well being of national and local economies,” says Hariharan. “Pricing such transactions, especially within various entities of global corporations, has a huge ramification on profitability, efficiency and taxes. In many recent surveys, this has been highlighted as the major area of concern for companies and governments alike. As a high ranking official experienced in the practice of transactions pricing and with a doctorate in Operations research specializing in pricing, Dr. Neelakantan is the perfect example of the high caliber of visitors at the India China America (ICA) Institute at Coles College.”


The two also plan to involve various accounting firms, law firms, and other academics in the research. “How pricing models can be employed in international transactions is a worldwide topic, but our research is starting right here in Atlanta,” said Neelakantan. “Atlanta is rapidly becoming a global hub for commerce and the ICA Institute is well positioned as a thought leader.”


A Coles College undergraduate International Taxation class had the pleasure of receiving a guest lecture from Neelakantan. He explained to the students that when different constituents from international enterprises interact, those are called ‘International Transactions’. He showed the students transaction models and described how the models arrive at prices. In particular, Neelakantan showed the differences between prices adopted in the United States versus India.


Hariharan considered the visit a success: “Based on week-long discussions and the follow up, ICA Institute will produce a series of reports to push the frontiers in scientific knowledge and practice of International Transactions Pricing."


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Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Trans Pacific Partnership, China and India: Economic and Political Implications


Co-organized by the China Research Center and the India-China-America Institute;
Hosted by the Institute of International Business, GSU

Presented by Amitendu Palit

National University of Singapore (NUS)
Institute of South Asian Studies

The global economic crisis erupted in September 2008 and took the world by storm. While the attention of the world was focused on the bloodbath in capital markets and tumbling of financial titans, a development in international trade went almost unnoticed. The US president George Bush announced his country's participation in the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership. This was an agreement executed by four APEC members - Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore (P4) -  in May 2006 for achieving a 'high quality' 21st century trade agreement ensuring seamless trade between the contracting members. It had hardly elicited attention at the time of its inception. Subsequently, the US commitment to negotiations on the agreement for expanding it to a larger Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) involving other members from the Asia-pacific for producing a modern and sophisticated regional trade framework sharpened the focus on the TPP. 


Event Date & Location

Date/Time: Thursday, May 16, 2013 | 10:30am

Location: GSU Robinson College of Business Building, 35 Broad Street, Atlanta, GA 30303; room 1442

There is valet parking at the old Commerce Club building right across the street from the Business School (Bank of America Building) at the corner of Broad and Marietta Streets.  The Five Points Marta Station is across the street. 



Thursday, January 24, 2013
How the World’s Poor Live on Less than $2 a Day

Dr. Jonathan Morduch
New York University

Dr. Jonathan Morduch

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Jonathan Morduch is Professor of Public Policy and Economics at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. His research focuses on how people use finance, and how financial markets shape economic growth and inequality. Jonathan has lived and worked in Asia, but his current focus is on how families are coping with economic ups and downs in eight communities in California, Mississippi, Ohio, Kentucky, and New York. The new study jumps off from ideas in Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day (Princeton University Press, 2009) which takes a close look at how families in Bangladesh, India, and South Africa devise ways to make it through a year living on $2 a day or less.


Jonathan’s research on innovative financial contracts and the spread of banks is collected in The Economics of Microfinance (2nd edition, MIT Press, 2010), and has shaped policy through work with the United Nations,World Bank, and other international organizations. In 2009, the Free University of Brussels awarded Jonathan an honorary doctorate to recognize his research. He holds a B.A. from Brown and Ph.D. from Harvard, both in Economics.Jonathan is Executive Director of the Financial Access Initiative at NYU, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Economic Perspectives.


Event Date & Location

Date/Time: Thursday, January 24, 2013 | 12:30pm - 1:40pm

Location: Burruss Building, room 151 - 41 Owl Dr, Kennesaw, GA 30144

Directions: Click here for directions and maps

Parking: Central Parking Deck


Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Golden Growth: Restoring the Lustre of the European Economic Model

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Indermit Gill is the Chief Economist of the Europe and Central Asia Region of the World Bank. Prior to this, he was the Director of the World Development Report 2009: Reshaping Economic Geography. He joined the World Bank in 1993 and has held various positions. He was the sector manager in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Unit in the East Asia and Pacific Regional Office, where he was also economic adviser to the chief economist. Previously, he had been the economic adviser to the vice president of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Unit. During 1997-99, he worked as a senior country economist in the Brazil Country Management Unit. Upon his return to Washington and between 2000 and 2002, he served as lead economist of human development in the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office. His research has been published in several books and academic journals. Indermit Gill has an M.A. in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago.


Event Date & Location

Date/Time: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | 7:00pm - 8:15pm

Location: Prillaman Hall, Room 1000 - 41 Owl Dr, Kennesaw, GA 30144

Directions: Click here for directions and maps

Parking: Central Parking Deck


Thursday, November 15, 2012
Bringing Innovations to Market in a Connected World

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Internationally renowned author, scholar, and consultant Dr. Bhaskar Chakravorti, Senior Associate Dean for International Business and Finance and Executive Director of Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context and the Center for Emerging Markets Enterprises (CEME) will visit and lecture at the ICA Institute. For Dr. Bhaskar Chakravorti's profile visit here. Further details to follow.


Event Date & Location

Date/Time: Thur, November 15, 2012 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Location: Prillaman Hall, Room 1000 - 41 Owl Dr, Kennesaw, GA 30144

Directions: Click here for directions and maps

Parking: Central Parking Deck



Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The China Strategy - a Panel Discussion:
Should China be a part of your company's business strategy?

Panel Overview & Objective

In a world that grows flatter by the minute, there is no doubt that China will continue to impact American business. China is the most populous country in the world with a rapidly growing economy and manufacturing hub.


How are you preparing your company for the implications of this reality?


A panel of experts will help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of doing business in and with China. Areas discussed will include culture, partnerships, talent, legal, intellectual property, tax, transfer pricing and more.

This discussion is designed for CEOs, Presidents and other senior executives of U.S. based businesses that are considering a business strategy that includes China or are interested in expanding their Chinese presence.


Event Date & Location

Date/Time: Tues, October 16, 2012 | 8:00am - 10:00am | Continental Breakfast included

Location: The KSU Center - 3333 Busbee Drive, Blg 33, Kennesaw, Georgia 30144

Directions: Click here for directions and maps.


Panel Members & Moderator

Panel Members


Scott Ellyson, CEO of East West Manufacturing
Govind Hariharan, Executive Director of The ICA Institute
Mason Cargill, Attorney with Jones Day
Debbie Torrance, Tax Partner with Smith Howard



Dan Erling, President of Accountants One

Click here to see the panel members' and moderator bios.



Monday, July 23, 2012
Meeting with the Chinese Education Delegation

On July 23rd, a delegation of Chinese higher education representatives will be visiting Atlanta to participate in an education seminar hosted by Dr. Yawei Liu, Director of the China Program at the Carter Center. ICA will participate in the deliberations.

When: Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Location: Carter Center


Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
Meeting with Gujarat delegation

The ICA Institute participated in luncheon hosted by US-India Business Council and Confederation of Indian Industries for the Vibrant Gujarat 2013 delegation led by Honorable Shri. D.J. Pandian, IAS, Principal Secretary, Energy & Petro Chemicals Department, Government of Gujarat (India).


Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
ICA Speaker Series

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The ICA Institute's Industry-Government-Academic Program (IGAP) Presents: Collaborative Solutions for Financial Inclusion. For further information and registration please visit or RSVP here.


Thursday, June 14th, 2012
China Global Outlook

ICA Institute is an organizer of China Global Outlook Dialogue with Chinese Executives about Their U.S. Strategies at the Carter Center. For details visit here. This event will be held on the Kennesaw State University campus in the Prillaman Hall. Parking will be in the KSU Central Parking Deck.


Monday, June 4, 2012

The ICA Institute interviewed in Atlanta Business Radio. Listen here.


Thursday, May 17 - 18, 2012

The ICA Institute participates in Institute of South Asian Studies and East Asian Institute workshop on China-India media mediation workshop in Singapore. Click here for program.



Tuesday, May 10, 2012

The ICA Institute co-organizes Coles College Breakfast Series talk by CEO of East West Manufacturing Scott Ellyson.


Tuesday, May 3, 2012

The ICA Institute and Georgia Indo American Chamber of Commerce host Hon. Keith Vaz member of British Parliament at a reception. Click here for details.


Tuesday, May 3, 2012

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The ICA Institute hosts Dr. Amitendu Palit, Head of Programming at ISAS, National University of Singapore for a talk on China and India: Will Politics Outweigh Economics. Click here for program.


Sunday, April 15 -17, 2012

The ICA Institute will be a cooperating entity for the Inaugural Conference of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society.


For further information and registration please visit


Friday, March 2nd and 3rd, 2012
2012 Emerging India Summit

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India SummitThe ICA institute will be collaborating with the Halle Institutes 2012 Emerging India Summit to be held at Emory on March 2nd and 3rd.
The various panels at the Summit are:


March 2nd, 2012-1)Innovation and Technology 2) Innovations in Health and Healthcare 3)Creativity and the Arts.
The Indian Ambassador Nirupama Rao will attend on Friday with her keynote at about 4:30pm, followed by a reception and dinner in which there will be a Q&A with the Ambassador.


March 3rd, 2012- 4) Innovative Strategies of Emerging Multinationals from India, 5) U.S. Companies Going to India: Innovations, Challenges & Opportunities.


For further information and registration please visit


Click here to see video.


India Summit


Monday, February 23, 2012
12th Annual "Lessons in Leadership"

India China America (ICA) Institute was a partner in the 12th Annual "Lessons in Leadership"

When: February 23, 2012


For further information and registration please visit


Monday, February 21, 2012
India China America (ICA) Institute and Kennesaw State University Collaboration

Exclusive Evening Reception to celebrate the collaboration

When: Monday, February 21, 2011

Location: Jolley Lodge, Kennesaw State University

Participation is by invitation only.

For press and/or media inquiries, kindly contact Anitha Vadavatha at or +1.678.596.5573

Friday, February 10, 2012

The ICA institute will be cohosting The Forum on Business Opportunities and Development on Financial System in China. For further information and registration please visit The Confucius Institute.





Call for Papers | ASIA-USA Partnership Opportunities
Symposium on ASIA-USA Partnership Opportunities (SAUPO)
April 8, 2011 Friday
Call For Papers and Presentations

Topic Areas
All areas of arts and humanities, business, information sciences, education, social sciences are invited

Purpose of the Call for Papers and Presentations:

The Kennesaw State University (KSU) Asian Studies Program announces the Call for Papers and Presentations on a new global interdisciplinary “Symposium on Asia-USA Partnership Opportunities.” The goal of this conference is to share ideas in a unique format which addresses the interests of scholars, practitioners, and administrators in working together between the USA and Asian countries such as China, Japan, Korea and India. This symposium will serve as a platform for governments, universities and corporate entities to address critical strategic needs of the businesses they intend to serve in Asia and the U.S. Speakers from multinational companies with operations in Asia and the USA will be present, as well as academicians to discuss both domestic and global concerns between these nations. Diplomats and policy makers from China, Japan, Korea, India and the U.S. will be present at the conference as well. Dr. Jagdish Sheth, renowned scholar and world authority in the field of marketing, will be the featured dinner keynote speaker.

The theme of the 2011 conference is: Globalization and Asia-USA partnership

Consistent with the theme of the Conference, the submitted papers and presentations are expected to address the following questions:

  1. Given the future global political, business and cultural climate, what changes in common business and operational processes and practices are required to create and sustain a competitive advantage for Asian-owned companies in the USA?
  2. What are the challenges and opportunities American businesses need to pay attention to when doing business in Asia or with Asians?
  3. What do companies need to understand about the interplay among governments, politics, cultures, and business practices in Asian societies?
  4. What actions should be taken by businesses, academic institutions and governments to be more proactive as well as responsive to the complexities characterized by this Globalized Era?

The following represent some of the paper and presentation topics of interest:

Abstract Submission Guidelines:

  1. One page abstract of 250-300 words to be submitted by 1st December, 2010.
  2. Abstracts should be sent to
  3. Subject line of the email, indicate “2011 SAUPO Conference Paper Abstract – X” where “X” stands for the letter that specifies the primary theme or category for your paper as described below.
  4. Primary theme or category for your paper and presentations (choose one):
    • Opportunities, challenges, and threats in creating and sustaining competitive advantages
    • Processes and practices of managing various sized businesses
    • Governmental policies toward businesses and specific industries
    • Intercultural communications in successful business relationships
    • Theories and practices on the interplay between businesses, governments, and politics
    • International or global education
    • Other Emphasis

Selected papers from the conference may be eligible for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Emerging Knowledge on Emerging Markets (JEKEM). If you would like to have your paper considered for publication in JEKEM, please submit the full manuscript of the paper by 15th January 2011. Manuscripts must be prepared by SMA Style Guidelines. Manuscripts will be double-blind reviewed for acceptance according to JEKEM procedures. Please indicate in the email submission of your abstract if you would like your manuscript to be considered for publication in JEKEM.

At least one author of each accepted paper (abstract) must attend the conference and present the paper.

The location of the conference at Kennesaw State University, located outside Metro Atlanta, Georgia, serves as an ideal venue for such a gathering of this momentous scale.

Questions regarding the Call for Papers may be directed to:
Dr. Leila Borders (, Dr. Sarasij Majumder (, or Dr. Guichun Zong (, Co-Chairs of the Program Committee
More information about the conference can be found at

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