ARcade » Intercultural Relations http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/arcade Weblog maintained by Hill+Knowlton Strategies\' global Analyst Relations team. Wed, 30 Nov 2011 02:40:13 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.2 en hourly 1 Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce Member’s Forum at H&K London tonight http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/arcade/2008/09/23/norwegian-british-chamber-of-commerce-members-forum-at-hk-london-tonight/ http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/arcade/2008/09/23/norwegian-british-chamber-of-commerce-members-forum-at-hk-london-tonight/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2008 10:08:00 +0000 Dominic Pannell http://blogs2.hillandknowlton.com/arcade/11190.aspx Eilert
Hanoa, the CEO of one of our clients Mamut, is giving the key note at their
members forum on September 23.

The subject of Eilert’s talk will be “Doing Business in the UK – Mamut’s Success and Experiences”.
Eilert is a great public speaker and a genuinely interesting man with a
fascinating story to tell about his entrepreneurial background and the
phenomenal success of Mamut.

The
Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) is an independent non-profit
organisation with more than 700 members, including over 150 Young Professional
Members. The NBCC was founded in 1906 and welcomes members from Norway and the United Kingdom. The chamber has
played a significant role in supporting Anglo-Norwegian trade relations during
the past 100 years. NBCC is funded through member subscription fees and its own
activities.

Founded
in 1994, Mamut is a leading European provider of complete, integrated software
solutions and internet services for SMEs. Mamut offers complete and
user-friendly solutions at the best value for money integrating CRM, sales
force, logistics, accounting, e-commerce, domains, e-mail, web hosting and
security. More than 400,000 European customers simplify their daily business
with solutions from Mamut.

Click
here

to see the online invitation. It’s late in the day, but I’m sure we can
accomodate a few more people if you call us on 0207 413 3000 and ask
for Dominic Pannell or Sara Jurkowsky.

The
event will start at 6.30pm, with a drinks reception after the
presentation at around 8pm. The address is our office in Soho Square:

Hill
& Knowlton
20 Soho Square
London W1A 1PR

To view a
map, click here

Nearest
tube: Tottenham Court
Rd

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NASSCOM 2008 http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/arcade/2008/02/16/nasscom-2008/ http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/arcade/2008/02/16/nasscom-2008/#comments Sat, 16 Feb 2008 08:19:00 +0000 Dominic Pannell http://blogs2.hillandknowlton.com/arcade/10248.aspx I’ve spent the past few days in Mumbai, India attending the NASSCOM 2008 India Leadership Forum. The sell-out event was, without question a great success, bringing around 2000 stakeholders from the global outsourcing industry together under one roof for three days.

I have spent much of my time at NASSCOM introducing H&K client ITIDA to analysts and consultants who were attending the event. ITIDA is promoting Egypt as an outsourcing destination as part of Egypt’s ICT Strategy 2007-2010. Discussions at the forum have been overwhelmingly constructive and reaction to the path of progress that Egypt has embarked upon and its stated strategy of partnering with the Indian outsourcing industry was received very positively.

The conference and the trip as a whole has been an eye-opening experience for me on a personal level – seeing this country of such contrasts for the first time and getting a sense of the optimism and ambition that is driving Indian business in the early 21st century. At the Global Leadership Awards ceremony, Shri Praful Patel, Indian Minister of State for Civil Aviation gave several examples of the tremendous leap that Indian companies have made over the past decade. He also observed that India will place aircraft orders of more than $100 billion over the next ten years.

It is undeniable that much remains to be done in order for the wealth created by those businesses to impact the country’s poor meaningfully – the conference was hosted in the lavish Grand Hyatt, from whose windows the widespread poverty within Mumbai is impossible to ignore – but Indian economic success permits development in the wider country.

ITIDA’s spokespeople including its CEO, Dr Hazem Abdelazim, stressed that Egypt is learning from India’s success, particularly the important role that NASSCOM has played in this. They also highlighted that the policies adopted by the Egyptian Government aimed at returning some of the country’s industrial wealth into improving the welfare of the people, particularly through education.

On a slight Web 2.0 tangent (who would have thought it?) I managed to make several new contacts, thanks partly to NASSCOM Connect, which allows registered delegates to contact one another and partly through sheer serendipity. One very charming person I met is Kiruba Shankar who runs social media consultancy Business Blogging Pvt Ltd and who was part of the forum’s blog team. I was very pleased to learn that blogging has taken off in India together with other social media technologies. Indeed over breakfast today I learned that the Times Of India reckons it’s India’s buzziest media brand and I’ve watched numerous TV ads proclaiming that TOI’s email/SMS package is the most advanced available.

*Full disclaimer: NASSCOM and ITIDA are both clients of H&K 

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