Asian Studies Advisory Board (ASAB)
Mr. Ani Agnihotri, President & CEO, IIIrd Millennium Technologies; Chair, USA India Business Summit
Agnihotri is the Founder and Managing Partner of US India Business and Research Center, a management consulting company that provides custom market research and service on setting up country operations, joint ventures and M&A. He is also the President & CEO of IIIrd Millennium Technologies, Inc., an Atlanta-based company that provides IT and outsourcing solutions. In the past 23 years, Agnihotri has worked within a wide range of industries including BPO, KPO, software development, and consumer products. He currently serves as India's consultant for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce as well as for the Georgia Economic Development Department. He is an Honorable Adviser to the State Government of Chhattisgarh in India. Agnihotri is Founder and Program Chair of USA India Business Summit and has served on the Georgia-Indo American Chamber of Commerce, and the Indo-Jewish Coalition. He is the current Chairman of the Asian American Heritage Foundation in Georgia. He has shared the platform with leaders such as The Honorable Mikhail Gorbachev, Former USSR President, F.W. De Klerk, Former President of South Africa, and Honorable Narasimha Rao, Prime Minister of India. In 2010, Agnihotri was named a finalist for the 2010 Governor’s International Awards by Atlanta Business Chronicle. In January 2011, Georgia Trend named Ani as one of the 100 most influential Georgians.
Dr. Daniel Choi, President, Cyprus Investments
Dr. Choi was born and raised in Korea. In 2010, he was named President of Cyprus Investments. He also serves as the Vice President of Strategy and Integration for Superior Essex, in Atlanta, GA. Before these appointments, Dr. Choi served as Executive Director for Business Coordination at Superior Essex in Atlanta, GA from 2008-2009. Dr. Choi has worked at leadership positions in other parts of the world, including Korea (2003-2008), as the Director of Cooperate Strategy Division for LS Cable & System, and in Germany (1997-1998) as a Guest Research Engineer, RWTH Aachen. Dr. Choi holds a Ph.D in material science and engineering from Seoul National University (1996) and a MBA from the Helsinki School of Economics (2006).
Mr. Sandeep Dadlani, SVP & Head Americas– Retail, CPG & Logistics Infosys Ltd
Sandeep Dadlani is Senior Vice-President and Head of the Retail, CPG and Logistics Unit, Americas at Infosys. Sandeep runs a portfolio P&L of approximately $1 Billion today across USA, Canada and Latin America.
Sandeep has over 17 years of operations, consulting and product management experience between Citigroup and Infosys. He has helped Infosys’ Retail & CPG clients become more competitive by embracing new emerging trends across digital consumers and emerging markets. He sits on the advisory and steering committee boards on several transformation programs at global multinational retailers and CPG companies. He has authored several white papers in the areas of Innovation, Business Transformation and Shared Services.. He has been often quoted in publications like Forbes, Business Week, CGT, Stores, etc. He regularly speaks at industry forums like Consumer Goods Technology , NRF, Emerging Markets forums and at Infosys Investor/Analyst meetings. Sandeep holds an MBA (Finance) and an Electronics Engineering degree. He is a resident of Kennesaw, GA and is on the Board of Hands-On Atlanta, a non-profit volunteer-network organization focused on Education, Environment & Economic Recovery. Sandeep is also on Advisory Boards at specific programs at Georgia-Tech and Kennesaw State University. Sandeep featured for consecutive years on the UN Global Compact Supply Chain Sustainability Advisory Board and co-authored their report on supply chain sustainability. He currently is on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Ethics and Values
Mr. Vikram Das, Managing Director Audit, Grant Thornton
Vikram has more than 14 years of experience in public accounting. He is a CPA and a Chartered Accountant who has extensive experience working with clients in the international space. He audits both public and private clients primarily in the consumer and industrial products industry. In addition to his role within the audit practice, Vikram is also a leader with the firms Market Entry Group, which helps corporations expand their international footprint. Vikram is a member of the AICPA and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. He also serves on the board of the Atlanta chapter of ASCEND, an Asian Accountants Association. Vikram earned his master’s in accounting from the University of Pune in India.
Mr. Jorge L. Fernandez, Vice President, Global Commerce, Metro Atlanta Chamber
Named the Vice President of Global Commerce for the Metro Atlanta Chamber on May 15, 2006, Jorge L. Fernandez leads the international investment recruiting arm of the Chamber’s economic development division. Prior to joining the Chamber, Fernandez was the international and alliance vice president for Delta Air Lines at its world headquarters in Atlanta. His responsibilities encompassed all Caribbean, Latin American, Paciﬁc and Transatlantic operations, including airport customer service, ﬁnance, human resources, reservations and sales activities outside of the United States. Originally from Havana, Cuba, and fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, Fernandez holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Puerto Rico and a master’s degree in international marketing from Texas Christian University. Fernandez was named by Hispanic Business magazine as one of the “100 Most Inﬂuential Hispanics in the United States” for 2003 and is the recipient of Panama’s 2002 “Friendship Award.” In 2009, he received the International Person of the Year Award from the Governor of Georgia. For more information, please visit:
Mr. Alex Gregory, President & CEO, YKK Corporation of America
Alex Gregory began his career with YKK America Group in 1973 when he joined YKK Industries -- now YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. (YKK USA) -- as one of its first American employees. At the Company’s then new Macon manufacturing operation, he held positions of increasing responsibilities -- first as manager of the weaving department, then as assistant vice president of manufacturing, and later as vice president and senior vice president of manufacturing. In the autumn of 1991, he joined YKK Corporation of America in its Atlanta headquarters as senior vice president of corporate planning. In 2000, he was promoted to executive vice president, corporate development, and in 2001 he was named president and CEO. In 2004, he was named the first non-Japanese Group Officer for YKK Corporation in Japan. In 2008, he was elected to YKK Corporation’s Board of Directors in Japan as YKK’s first non-Japanese Director. Gregory is a graduate of Georgia Tech from which he holds a degree in textile engineering. He also holds graduate degrees from Georgia College & State University. Gregory and wife Glenda have two married children: a daughter, Kristen, and a son, Alex III. They also have two granddaughters, Emma and Mya, and a grandson, Alex IV.
Ms. Yonni Kim, Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP
Ms. Kim is a native of Seoul, Korea, and works in the Corporate Practice Group for Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP, with an emphasis on business transactions and economic development. Her particular focus is on Southeastern US businesses who conduct business in Korea and Germany. She passed the first and second Staatsexamen in Germany and is qualified as a Rechtsassessorin, or German lawyer. Ms. Kim also spent five years in a variety of positions in Frankfurt, Seoul and New York City as part of a post-graduate practical law training rotation program supervised by the State Court of Hessia at Frankfurt, including a period of practice with the Seoul law firm of Kim & Chang. In addition, she serves as Director of Regional Development for the Korean-Southeast United States Chamber of Commerce, and in 2007 was named "Member of the Year." She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Georgia council for International Visitors, a nonprofit, community-based organzation whose mission is to build cross-cultural understanding and mutually beneficial personal and professional relationships between Georgians and leading citizens from around the world.
Mr. Randy Knott, Senior Vice President, AMEC
Currently serving as a Senior Management and Technical Leader for AMEC Environment and Infrastructure, Inc., throughout the world from the Atlanta, Georgia Office, Randy is a company Vice President, Senior Principal, and Senior Project Manager. He has been with AMEC for over 30 years following four years with the US Army Corps of Engineers. He specializes in environmental protection and restoration, historic structure preservation and restoration, geotechnical and foundation engineering, construction management, and the application of geosciences to engineered construction. Randy earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his master's in civil engineering from Mississippi State University, and is a registered professional engineer in several southeastern states. He is a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers, a member of the Society of American Military Engineers, the Association of Conservation Engineers, and several other professional organizations. Randy has received several professional local and national awards, including several awards for projects he has managed and provided technical leadership, such as the ASCE Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award. He has been involved in AMEC's services and business development activities in China for over 15 years. Besides North America, Randy has worked on projects in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Central and South America, and various islands in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and the Caribbean.
Mr. C.N. (Madhu) Madhusudan, Founder & CEO, VectorSpan Inc.
Madhu Madhusudan is an accomplished executive with over 25 years experience in setting up, acquiring and operating businesses in Europe, India and the United States. Madhu specializes in launching new businesses, turning around management, outsourcing, strategic investments, and acquisitions. As an early member of the team that built NIIT in India, Madhu held key roles in setting up NIIT’s Bangalore operations, turning around NIIT’s Mumbai operations, and establishing NIIT’s HR, IS and Corporate Planning functions. In 1991, Madhu relocated to the U. S. to build NIIT’s first overseas presence. Under his leadership, NIIT USA became its largest overseas operation and was nominated twice for the Atlanta International Business Award. Madhu is currently the founder & CEO of VectorSpan Inc., an enterprise focused on enabling companies to plan their growth/exit strategy, cross border transactions and integration. Madhu is the President of TiE Atlanta, and has served as Chairman of the Board for the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. He is a member on the Board of ThinkSoft Global Services Ltd. In 2007, Madhu was named one of the "Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award" for innovation, leadership and vision in business. He studied at the St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore, The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and the Harvard Business School.
Mr. Jim McGee, Senior Director of Government Relations, Huawei Technologies USA, Inc.
Since 2010, based in Plano Texas, Mr. Jim McGee has been the Senior Director of Government Relations for Huawei Technologies USA, Inc. McGee is responsible for legislative and regulatory monitoring and actions of the U.S. government and State legislatures in Texas, Louisiana and Georgia. He strives to develop and maintain effective relationships with key members of U.S. Congress and State legislatures. From 2003-2010, McGee served as a surrogate for U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey in North Texas, covering 54 counties. McGee provided assistance to County Judges and City Managers requesting federal grants, funding or legislative proposals, and represented the Senators at various meetings and summits. McGee successfully maintained working relationships with the North Texas Congressional Delegation and State legislative offices for the Senators. Prior to 2003, McGee founded two marketing companies, and acted as the National Sales and Export Manager for an equipment manufacturing Company.McGee was a National Leadership Programs Distinguished Alumni Award winner.
Dr. John McIntyre, Director, Georgia Tech CIBER
Dr. John R. McIntyre is center director of the Georgia Tech CIBER, professor of management and international relations, with joint appointment in Georgia Tech’s College of Management and Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. He received his graduate education at Northeastern University and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia. Prior to joining Georgia Tech in September 1981, he was Research Associate for International Management at the Dean Rusk Center of the University of Georgia Law School. In addition to numerous books, Dr. McIntyre has published in journals such as Technology and Society, Public Administration Quarterly, International Management Review, Defense Analysis, Studies in Comparative and International Development, The Journal of European Marketing, Politique Internationale, International Executive, and International Trade Journal.
Dr. Penelope B. Prime, Professor of Economics, Georgia State University
Dr. Prime is professor of international business at the Institute of International Business, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University. Her teaching and research focus on development of emerging markets, with a particular emphasis on China's economy and business environment. Her most recent books are Global Giant: Is China Changing the Rules of the Game? (co-edited with Eva Paus and Jon Western, Palgrave McMillan, 2009) and Taiwan’s Democracy: Economic and Political Challenges, (co-edited with Robert Ash and John W. Garver, Routledge, 2011). Dr. Prime’s experience includes directing study abroad programs, taking over 300 students to China; conducting field research in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong; traveling across most of China and living in Nanjing and Beijing for extended periods of time; analyzing China’s economy for the Center for International Research at the U.S. Bureau of the Census from 1991-1998; and working with companies on China strategy, business environment, negotiations and cultural understanding. Dr. Prime is also the founder and director of the China Research Center (ChinaCenter.net), a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education about contemporary China. Before joining the GSU faculty, Dr. Prime taught at Mercer University, Kennesaw State University, and Carleton College.
Ms. Shelly Riera, AT&T Director of Advertising
Ms. Shelly Riera has more than 10 years of advertising and marketing experience with a focus on international and multicultural advertising. She currently manages AT&T’s multi-platform advertising and marketing programs targeting Asian, African American, Disabilities and Military consumers. Prior to joining AT&T, Riera developed international marketing campaigns targeting Latin American consumers for Turner Broadcasting System International. Originally from Washington D.C., Riera has lived in St. Louis, Atlanta and has also spent time in Spain. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Jagdish Sheth, Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing, Goizueta Business School of Emory University; Director of the India, China, America Institute (ICA Institute)
Dr. Jagdish (Jag) N. Sheth is the Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing in the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He has taught at University of Southern California, University of Illinois, Columbia University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Sheth is well known internationally for his research in consumer behavior, relationship marketing, competitive strategy and geopolitical analysis. A prolific author, in 2000 Dr. Sheth and Andrew Sobel published a bestseller, Clients for Life (Simon & Schuster). The Rule of Three (2002, Free Press), coauthored with Dr. Rajendra Sisodia, altered the current notions on competition in business. It has been translated into German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese and Chinese; and was produced as a seven-part television series by CNBC (India). His most recent books include Firms of Endearment; The Self-Destructive Habits of Good Companies…And How to Break Them; Tectonic Shift; and Chindia Rising: How China and India Will Benefit Your Business. Winner of numerous awards and honors, Dr. Sheth has consulted for corporations world-wide, including AT&T, BellSouth, Cox Communications, Delta, Ernst & Young, Ford, GE, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Nortel, Pillsbury, Sprint, Square D, and 3M.
Mr. Li Wong, Publisher & CEO, Georgia Asian Times
Mr. Li Wong founded Georgia Asian Times (GAT) in 2004 to cover the multicultural Asian American community in metro Atlanta and Georgia. GAT is the only media that covers the Asian American community in the English language. He has formerly served as country manager for Dow Jones Interactive Publishing and the Asian Wall Street Journal in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to that, he was Director of International Affairs for the John Buck Company, a Chicago-based property development and investment company. Li has also served as Director of Marketing for Asia Pacific for Site Selection magazine. Li has extensive experience in the corporate real estate, economic development, and foreign direct investment area. In addition, Li is the founder and Executive Director of the Atlanta Asian Film Festival. It is currently the largest festival of its kind in the southeast US region and has gained popularity for its unique Asian film screenings. Li graduated with an MBA in International Business and a BBA in Management from Georgia State University. He serves on the Board of Visitors at Emory University and as a Board member of the Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival.
Mr. Henry Yu, Managing Director, Fifth Third Bank
Henry Yu recently joined the Fifth Third Bank. Formerly, Mr. Yu worked at East West Bank as its Senior Vice President from July 2011 to August 2012. From January to June 2011, Henry Yu was the President of Shanghai Bosun Capital Advisors. From January 2008 to December 2010, Mr. Yu was a senior manager for the Standard Chartered Bank of China. Prior to 2008, he was the Managing Director of Global Trade Solutions for SunTrust Bank of Atlanta, USA. At SunTrust, Mr. Yu also served as Compliance Task Force member of the Corporate and Investment Banking Group, Diversity Council member, and Head of Asian Bankers Initiatives. His past affiliation included a senior management position at Comerica Bank and National City Bank. Mr. Yu started his banking career with the Hong Kong branch of Bank of America in 1981. His experiences cover trade and trade finance, credit administration, structure finance (asset-backed securitization, CDO/CLO distribution), domestic and global cash management, securities investment, capital markets, wealth management, multi-national client relationship management, and financial institution relationship management. In addition to bank clients from Asia, Mr. Yu handled banking and finance needs of many Asian companies such as Acer Computer (Taiwan), Winbond Electronics (Taiwan), Astra Group (Indonesia), Reliance Group (India), Korean Electric Power, Asia Pulp and Paper (Indonesia & Singapore), Hong Leong Group (Malaysia), V Tech (HK), China's CITIC Group, Sino Pac, COFCO, COSCO, and many Japanese automakers in the USA such as Mazda, Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Subaru-Isuzu, as well as top five Japanese trading companies.
2013 Advisory Board