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Northeast Wisconsin International Business Network (NEWIBN)

The Northeast Wisconsin International Business Network (NEWIBN) is a forum for local companies to access current information on issues, practices and trends that influence all aspects of international trade. 

Network features: 

  • Speaker series - highlighting global thought leaders 
  • Discussions on current and emerging issues in global trade
  • Dialogue on global markets and business operations 
  • Networking opportunities 

Upcoming Event | March 11, 2016

Growing Your Business in India

NEWIBN is inviting businesses and economic development organizations to attend the complimentary Global New North/Wisconsin Economic Development  event.

Friday, March 11, 2016
7:30-10 a.m.
Cost: $49 (Students: $15)
Corporate Conference Center at NWTC

Learn about opportunities U.S. companies have in exporting their goods and services into India; including the things to ask, what Indian customers are looking for and where to start.

Join Pradeep Nedungadi, Visthar, LLC., to discuss the current global business climate and how India proves itself as a leader on a global scale.


About Pradeep Nedungadi

Pradeep Nedungadi has over twenty five years of experience in international business development, global marketing strategy formulation and implementation, project/program management and business process improvement. Prior to founding Visthar LLC in 2003, he was a consultant with Kepner-Tregoe, an international management consulting firm headquartered in Princeton, NJ. His consulting experience includes working with a number of medium and large multinational companies located in the U.S. and overseas --- including Australia, Canada, Mexico and India, and in various S.E. Asian countries.

Pradeep’s expertise in strategy consulting, process improvement and project management within the U.S, combined with his deep knowledge of the Indian marketplace and business environment enables him to help clients structure and implement entry or growth strategies tailored to the US and Indian markets. His extensive network of government and private industry contacts within the regions prove to be a valuable resource to his clients.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Economics from Bombay University, India, and a B.S. degree in Management from the University of Houston, TX.

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Upcoming Events:

April 2016  |  Topic TBD  |  Location: FVTC D.J. Bordini Center, Appleton, WI 

May 2016  |  Gain Global Market Intelligence Locally  |  FVTC D.J. Bordini Center, Appleton, WI 

Additional details and registration information will be available soon. 

Previous Event

Why Canada Matters to Wisconsin and Wisconsin Business

October 28, 2015  |  11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  |  D. J. Bordini Center  |  Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton

Canada and the United States share the world’s largest and most comprehensive trade relationship, supporting millions of jobs in each country. Canada is Wisconsin’s #1 customer, buying more goods from the state than its next six largest foreign markets combined. 158,000 jobs in Wisconsin depend on Canada-US trade and investment.

Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss the strong economic ties between Canada and the Appleton Region and the importance of continued collaboration with Consul General of Canada, Dr. Roy Norton. Currently representing Canada in Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin and Northwest Indiana, Roy Norton also served as Consul General in Detroit. He has also served as the chief liaison with the United States Congress at Canada’s Embassy in Washington D.C. 

Cost: Free event

Featured speaker: Consul General Roy B. Norton

As the Consul General of Canada based in Chicago, Roy Norton represents Canada in Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin. The Canadian Consulate General, which he heads, promotes Canadian interests - trade, investment, the environment, culture and academic relations being among the principal ones. The office also provides consular and passport services.

Until March, 2014, Roy served as Canada’s Consul General to Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio, based in Detroit. From 2006 to 2010 he was Minister (Congressional, Public and Intergovernmental Relations) at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., with responsibility for the Canadian government's relations with the U.S. Congress, as well as for media and public relations, cultural and academic relations, the interests of Canadian provinces & territories in Washington, D.C., the activities of Canadian legislators in Washington, and outreach to U.S. states.

That was his second posting in Washington; he served in the Embassy's Economic Section from 1990-1994 and was a member of Canada's negotiating teams for the intellectual property and investment chapters of NAFTA.

From 2000 until 2006 Roy was based in Toronto, working for the Government of Ontario (in '05-'06 as Assistant Deputy Minister, International Relations & Chief of Protocol in the Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs; previously as Assistant Deputy Minister Export Development, and President/CEO of Ontario Exports Inc., in the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade).

Prior to his earlier Washington assignment, Roy worked in the Canadian Parliament (first in the House of Commons, then in the Senate) and, subsequently, for five years, as Senior Policy Advisor to the Canadian Foreign Minister. After leaving the Embassy in 1994 he worked as a consultant to the Canadian Departments of Foreign Affairs and Industry and to several private sector firms.

Born in Ottawa, Roy graduated initially from Carleton University (MA in Canadian History). He also holds Masters Degrees from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government (in Public Administration) and Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (in International Public Policy), as well as a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins SAIS (in International Relations).

Register today!

Growing Your Business in India

Friday, March 11, 2016
7:30-10 a.m.
Corporate Conference Center at NWTC

Cost: $49 (Students $15)


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