The New York Chapter of Jain International Trade Organization USA (jitousa.org), held a successful innovation and entrepreneurship conference on Saturday, June 24, 2023, at the Jain Center of New Jersey.
More than 400 attendees from 20 states and 4 countries took part in the successful event, organizers said in a press release.
Some 20-plus industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and academic luminaries, explored the intersection of technology, business, and societal impact, sharing their knowledge and experience, and identified areas for socio-economic growth within the Jain community and the shared global community.
Rajeev Pandya, the JITO USA treasurer & New York Chapter chairperson and the organizer of the event discussed the journey of Jains in NY and the US, and how to continue fostering the Jain network.
Other speakers included Jigar Shah, coordinator of the event; keynote speakers Dr. Neeta Jain, founder and president of the International Ahimsa Foundation, and India’s Consul General Randhir Jaiswal who spoke on US-India relations.
The Keynote Speaker was Professor S.P. Kothari, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Other speakers from the organization included JITO APEX President Abhaya Srisrimal Jain, JITO APEX Secretary and Board Member Sanjay Lodha, JITO International Chairman Mahaveer Mehta, JITO USA Chairman Prem Jain, JITO USA President Dr. Sushil Jain, JITO USA Vice President Kamlesh Mehta, JITO USA Secretary Dipak Doshi and JITO USA Treasurer and New York Chapter Chairman Rajeev Pandya.
JITO USA President Dr. Sushil Jain spoke about the organization and its mission and purpose as well as its ambitions for expanding into several new chapters nationally.
Mukesh Chatter, the CEO of NeoNet, delivered an engaging technology keynote, focusing on the digital transformation currently revolutionizing industries worldwide.
The finance keynote, delivered by Rushabh Kapashi, Senior Partner at McKinsey, shed light on the changing landscape of the financial industry, and his personal journey and how Jain values have helped him in his professional career.
Chintu Patel, founder of Amneal Pharmaceuticals, shared his entrepreneurial journey and experience in the Healthcare/Pharma field. He emphasized the importance of ambition and personal conviction in his journey, shared his perspectives on healthcare innovation, research, and accessibility.
The conference also included interactive panel discussions. The technology panel, moderated by Kamlesh Mehta, founder, CTO, and VP of Engineering of nSolutions, focused on emerging trends and the pervasive growth of AI with panelists Prem Jain, CEO of Pensando, Sam S. Jain, founder and executive chairman of Fareportal (CheapOair and OneTravel), Shail Jain, founder of Foresight Ventures, and Yogendra Jain, CTO of Sonde Health.
The finance panel discussion was led by Apurva Shah, CTO of Launch Potato. Panelists were Naveen Shah, founder and CEO of Navika Group of Companies and Blue Sky Hospitality, Robin Shah, founder, partner & CIO of Tenor Capital Management, Anita Bafna, partner at Ernst & Young, and Saahill Desai, founder and director of DS Advisors.
The final panel discussion on healthcare and pharmaceuticals highlighted the importance of affordability and innovation in the field. Moderator Dipak Doshi, CEO of Protocol Link, guided expert panelists including, Dr. Raj Bhayani MD, ENT and Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Manoj Jain MD, Physician of Infectious Disease, Dr. Shardule Shah, co-founder and CEO of Lime Therapeutics, and Ayush Jain, VP Revolution’s Rise of the Rest.
A workshop focused on educating and motivating aspiring entrepreneurs was led by Yogendra Jain, and many of the industry panellists, as well as Chintan Shah, president of KNB Communications.
The JITO conference had 30+ volunteers and was emcee-ed by Shrija Pandya, Senior Growth and Performance Marketing Manager at AmorePacific US, Akshay Pandya, Growth and Operations Associate at Stay AI, and Vinit Shah, Data Scientist at Spotify.
The event was sponsored by Ami Shah CPA, ASHI Diamonds, Eckuity, International Ahimsa Foundation, Oncospark, Outamation, Sandeep Diamonds, Vertoz, and Yoda Tech.