Dear NBAI members,
First of all, I do hope all of you, your team members and families are doing well and your businesses are back to their normal growth cycle.
I thank you wholeheartedly for your support to NBAI activities during this difficult year of 2020 and join you in warmly welcoming our new members to our growing family of Norwegian member companies in India. While NBAI is still a young entity, it has actively pursued its core agenda of representing Norwegian business interests in India
and has been in the forefront of driving several initiatives to increase collaboration and engagement between Indian and Norwegian companies.
The year 2020 was a tumultuous year where our respective businesses went through several challenges, many of them first time, with no blue print for a response. The fact that all of us have seen through this challenging year, is a great testament to our people in our respective businesses and the power of networking between ourselves internally as well as with our various stakeholders.
Like in our respective businesses, NBAI too has leveraged the power of technology platforms and brought out many interesting seminars, thought leadership sessions, our periodic Samsnakka sessions, etc during the year. More indeed can and will be done and we will strive to examine different and more interesting ways to engage with all of you more often. I request each of you to please provide your suggestions and inputs regularly, to strengthen NBAI, either to me directly or to Mr Dnyanesh Sukhtankar who is driving many of these sessions with passion and energy. We will be happy to weave your suggestions into our NBAI program charter in some form or shape – as NBAI after all is your organisation and we will always stand by you to facilitate and promote your business interests in India.
Since business travel has not resumed fully in India and we still do see some infection spikes in some regions, NBAI will continue to bring you interesting sessions on a wide-ranging list of topics on virtual platforms. This initiative will continue for now till the world’s largest vaccination program that the Govt of India has launched in India gathers momentum and it is safe to resume travel to have face to face meetings.
It is my honour and privilege to represent all of you as Chairman of NBAI and thank you once again for the support provided me so far. I look forward to working with all of you to help you address any concerns that you have in your respective businesses in India. On behalf of the NBAI fraternity and the NBAI Governing Board, I would like to convey our sincere gratitude and appreciation for the efforts of Ms Kristine Anvik Leach – the outgoing Chairperson of NBAI and MD Of Jotun Paints (India) Pvt Ltd ) who led us during 2020-21 and had to move back to Oslo to take up a more challenging global role in Jotun. Pl also join me in welcoming Mr Ajay Gharpure, Vice President Aker Solutions who will be our Vice-Chairman, Mr Girish Sreeraman, Country Head DNVGL, our Secretary and Vishal Lodha (Managing Director of EFD Induction Pvt Ltd,) the new Treasurer of NBAI.
I wish you and your team great success during 2021.
Ganesh Shenoy B
Chairman – NBAI