Marc Holtzman, Purnima Voria, Ved Nanda and Sam Zakhem all speak at the National U.S. India Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton hotel.
BY BOB SWEENEY
The elegant Ritz-Carlton Aspen room was the site of the 13th anniversary of the Denver based National India Chamber headed by CEO and Founder Purnima Voria of Lakewood.
Three prominent speakers addressed the international audience to hear about the success of the Chamber and to herald the scope of India as the second largest successful democracy behind the United States in the world.
Holtzman, who was president of The University of Denver 2003-2005 and a member of Gov. Bill Owens cabinet served as Colorado’s first Secretary of Technology and Co-Chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Science and Technology.
He and his wife Kristen now reside in Hong Kong with their four children. Holtzman has had worldwide acclaim with his business acumen and currently is serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Bank of Kigali, Rwanda’s largest financial institution.
He urged business leaders to look to Africa as a world of opportunity for international marketing and trade potential.
Ambassador Sam Zakhem just returned from the funeral of President George H.W. Bush in Washington D.C. and spoke about the success of the Indian Chamber where he has served as Chairman of the Advisors since 2005.
He spoke of the growth of the organization with three NUICC offices in India, and five more opening in 2019 along with new offices in. Europe and Australia.
Zakhem related that CEO Voria was invited by the State Department to accompany Ivanka Trump to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nov. 2017. He also related that Ms. Voria created a post-event program for the women of India to contribute to the GDP of India and the US. Most recently she represented India at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia for trade and investment in 2018.
Voria has also been a national advisor for the Minority Business Development Agency for the 5.8 million minority businesses in the U.S.
Purnima Voria’s two daughters, Anjali Voria (left) and Rakhi Voria (right), flank Sam Zakhem.
Ms. Voria addressed the group stated, “When two democratic nations establish an equal partnership based on trust and mutual respect, the possibilities are truly limitless.”
She related the success of the trip to India with Ivanka Trump to Hyderabad to an Economic Summit with a conference theme of “Women First: Prosperity for All.”
Ms. Voria’s two daughters, who have very successful business careers, were assisting at the luncheon, Rakhi Voria who is a senior leader Microsoft executive, and
Anjali Voria who is a financial Associate with Antero Resources.
For Colorado companies wanting to navigate business with India she related it is vital to understand the business culture and engage with the right partners. Her organization NUICC partners with local governments and corporate leaders to aid business in navigating through bureaucracy and finding strategic parts to engage with.
In closing she related how she worked with Marc Holzman to establish a cultural and exchange programs while he was president of Denver University.
DU iconic international professor Ved Nanda was recognized and honored by the group. Dr. Nanda is a professor of law at the University where he founded the International Legal Studies Program in 1972. He now directs the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law.
Most recently in March of 2018 President Ram Nath Kovind presented Professor Nanda with the Padma Bhushan, one of the highest civilian awards given by the Government of India.
Business leaders interested in joining the National U.S. India Chamber of Commerce can go the website: http//www.nuicc.org
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