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India-Japan: The next great partnership

Sometime before the end of this decade, India will take Japan's place as the world's third-largest economy. Having already surpassed China as the most populous country, the sheer size of India's national market means astonishing opportunities for businesses. Although still nascent, firms stand to profit from economies of scale, internal migration in the tens of millions, and the confidence in a growing middle-class. And it is growing quickly.

The world's largest democracy is, among other things, an incredibly dynamic financial hub. It has the world's 4th largest stock market and no fewer than 100 startup companies valued at more than $1bn (unicorns). A single domestic market is emerging, in which more firms and consumers use a myriad of financial and digital solutions, and subsidies are being handed out by PM Modi's government to attract multinational companies. Yet, there are questions over the resilience of its financial system, inequality within cities and between states, lacking infrastructure, and increasingly, the risk of job displacement from AI.

What does India's rise mean for Japan? How can Japanese companies benefit from India's rising middle class, measurable in the hundreds of millions? Are there new opportunities, or indeed challenges, in sight for foreign firms established in Japan?

Join us at this evening event, where we bring together some of the most influential business leaders working closely with India to share their views on what this turning point means for Japan Inc.


6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Registration and Networking
6:30 PM - 6:50 PM
6:50 PM - 8:00 PM
Panel discussion and Q&A
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Dinner and drinks


  • Andrew Staples (Editorial Director, Initiatives & Alliances of Economist Impact)

    Andrew Staples

    Editorial Director, Initiatives & Alliances of Economist Impact

    Andrew is the global Editorial Director of The Economist Corporate Network (ECN), the Economist Intelligence Unit’s briefing and advisory service for senior business leaders. He leads and supports a team of Network Directors (NDs) across Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and ensures that editorial consistency and quality are maintained to the highest level.

    As editorial director, Andrew ensures that the values and standards of The Economist brand are upheld across all the networks and drives ECN editorial strategy through the innovation of new services and products.

    Andrew joined the Economist Group in 2013 and prior to his current role, ran ECN in Tokyo (later North Asia) and South-east Asia.

    Andrew provides members with insight and analysis on a range of topics related to ASEAN and the broader East Asian economy. He regularly chairs and moderates major Economist events, delivers custom briefings to senior executives (including Fortune 500 C-suite) and public figures (including heads of states) in his areas of expertise in the international media (BBC, CNN, CNBC, Channel NewsAsia, Al Jazeera).

    Prior to joining The Economist Group, Andrew was an associate professor of international business at business schools and leading universities in the UK (University of Sheffield) and Japan (Keio University, Doshisha Business School and Globis University Graduate School of Management).

    Andrew has published widely in his areas of expertise and his major publications include Responses to Regionalism in East Asia: Japanese Production Networks in the Automotive Sector published as part of the Palgrave Macmillan Asian Business Series and chapters in edited volumes including Asian Inward and Outward FDI: New Challenges in the Global Economy and popular textbooks including Asian Business and Management. He was also a Senior Editor for the internationally peer reviewed journal Asian Business and Management.

    Andrew has an MSc in East Asian Business and a PhD in International Political Economy from the University of Sheffield, U.K., and was a Ministry of Education research scholar at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo (2001-2003).

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  • Paul Dupuis (CEO & Chairman of Randstad K.K.)

    Paul Dupuis

    CEO & Chairman of Randstad K.K.

    From Windsor, Ontario in Canada.
    Over 25 years experience working in the Asian Region including Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and India. Paul’s professional track record has been one of consistent and trailblazing achievements in the areas of business growth and development, turnaround and transformation, recruitment, strategic planning, talent management, innovation and entrepreneurial excellence.
    In 2011 he was based in Singapore as Head of Asia for a Japanese recruitment firm, and joined Randstad Japan in 2013 as a Managing Director and Board member.
    He relocated to Bangalore as the MD & CEO of Randstad India from 2017- 2021, and in July 2021 he was appointed as the Chairman and CEO of Randstad K.K.
    A frequent guest speaker on leadership, the labor market, Japan and India.
    He is the author of the best selling book, ‘The E5 Movement'.

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  • Amit Ranjan (Director of Banking Transformation at Microsoft)

    Amit Ranjan

    Director of Banking Transformation at Microsoft

    Amit is an accomplished business leader known for his expertise in leveraging cutting-edge technologies such as Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, and other innovative tools to drive growth and streamline operations. With a proven track record of success across multiple industries, including Financial Services, E-commerce, Automotive, and Consumer products, Amit has played a key role in guiding leading organizations through periods of significant growth and transformation.

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  • Dhruv Anand (Country Head & Managing Director of Wipro Japan K.K.)

    Dhruv Anand

    Country Head & Managing Director of Wipro Japan K.K.

    Dhruv holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from Pune Institute of Computer Technology, India, and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, India. Dhruv has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, specializing in consulting, digital engineering, IoT, and emerging technologies across Japan’s automotive, manufacturing, and hi-tech sectors.

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  • Rodrigo González (Director, Tokyo of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Rodrigo González

    Director, Tokyo of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Rodrigo González is the Director for Tokyo of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network.

    He works closely with regional business leaders to assist them in economic and market trends, business competitiveness, monetary and fiscal policy and general economic advisory to help them optimise their business strategies and further enhance their connections to their c-suite peers.

    He has vast experience in statistical analysis, strategy consulting and market research in different industries in and outside Japan. Rodrigo is a published author in environmental and transport economics and has spoken at international conferences in global warming and fiscal policy throughout the world.

    Rodrigo holds a PhD in Economics from Keio University and is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Japanese.

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Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo - Conway Rooms 2+3, 27th Floor

Marunouchi Trust Tower Main, 1-8-3 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Chiyoda City, Tokyo, Japan

If you have any questions please contact Mie Tanaka

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