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India Day - Business Forum on 25th of June 2019 in Cologne, Germany

Every year since 2010, executives from all over the world have been meeting for India Day and gaining an up-to-date overview of economic, political and social issues. Informative discussion panels and presentations by experts and entrepreneurs provide the participants with practical first-hand knowledge.
A must-attend event for any business person, who operates in an international environment.

The 10th India Day will take place on Tuesday, 25th of June 2019 in the festive Flora in Cologne. The Business Forum offers “India beginners and India experts” imporant updates, interesting panel discussions, practical presentations and a professional networking opportunity on the Indian market.

Agenda 2019

09:00 am


Smt. Pratibha Parkar, Consul General of India, Frankfurt am Main

09:10 am

Ten Years India Day - a review

Interview with the India Day initiators Klaus Maier (Managing Director, Maier+Vidorno GmbH) and Thomas Weidlich (Partner, Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH)

09:25 am

India: The "Growth Champion" is facing structural challenges

  • Dr. Stefan Mitropoulos, Head of Business and Real Estate Analysis, Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen
09:35 am

The largest democracy in the world has voted - an inventory

  • Dr. Maximilian von Laer, Project Manager, Bertelsmann Stiftung
09:45 am

Panel discussion: What's the next step for India? - an outlook


  • Dr. Maximilian von Laer, Project Manager, Bertelsmann Stiftung
  • Britta Petersen, Senior Fellow und Head Outreach and Development, Observer Research Foundation (ORF)
  • Mohan Murti, Managing Director Europe, Reliance Industries Limited
  • Kerstin Pfirrmann, India Advisor for Economics and Development, South Asia Department, Federal Foreign Office

Moderator: Dr. Manuel Vermeer, Managing Director, Dr. Vermeer Consult

10:30 am

Dr. Oetker: Dr. Oetker's recipe for success – how a traditional German company conquers the Indian market

  • Oliver Mirza, Managing Director, Dr. Oetker India

10:50 am

Networking Break

11:15 am

BMW Motorbike: Developed in Munich, built in Bangalore - successful cooperation with an Indian Joint Venture partner

  • Andreas Müller, Head of UX-BM / Cooperation TVS, BMW Motorrad
11:30 am

Dialogue: Indian consumers - understand, inspire and conquer

  • Oliver Mirza, Managing Director & CEO, Dr. Oetker India
  • Andreas Müller, Head of UX-BM / Cooperation TVS, BMW Motorrad

Moderation: Klaus Maier, Managing Director, Maier+Vidorno GmbH

12:00 pm

No standard problems: How politics and industry are reducing technical trade barriers in India

  • Philip Grinsted, Berater, Globalprojekt Qualitätsinfrastruktur (GPQI) – Indien, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
12:15 am

How SMEs can benefit from cooperations with Indian technology start-ups. Examples and experiences of a German founder in India.

  • Flo Oberhofer, Founder, kisanji Social AgriTech Ventures, Impact Investment Advisor & GINSEP Ambassador
12:30 pm

Lunch break

13:30 am

Schueco: Golden Rules & Pitfalls to keep in mind for European companies starting in India

  • Rajeev Antony, Managing Director, Schueco India Pvt. Ltd.
13:50 am

Leuze electronic: The rise of a hidden champion in India - from sales development to an effective subsidiary

  • Matthias Höhl, Vice President Sales Asia, Leuze electronic GmbH & Co. KG
02:10 pm

Panel discussion: "Doing Business in India" – chronicles of entrepreneurs


  • Gero Böhmer, Group Director, WILO SE
  • Dr. Volkmar Kruk, Head of Law, Patents & Insurance, Reifenhäuser GmbH & Co. KG
  • Dietmar Sack, Sales Director Export, Trilux GmbH & Co. KG
  • Dimitrios Xirofotos, Sales Director Region Asia/South America, Spohn & Burkhardt GmbH & Co. KG
  • Reifenhäuser tba

Moderator: Thomas Weidlich, Partner, Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

03:15 pm

Dialogue: The right Staff - success factor in India 

  • Florian Hoser, Director Finance, Business Functions and HR South Asia, Lufthansa India
  • Marcel Nebel, Managing Director, Optanium GmbH

Moderator: Sujata Banerjee, Owner, Management Across Cultures

03:45 pm

Coffee break

04:00 pm

Borussia Dortmung in India

  • Max-Jannis Förster, Senior Manager New Business & Internationalization, Representative India,
    Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA
04:20 pm

Panel discussion: "Best of India Day" – exchange with company representatives of the past years


  • Dieter Brenner, Vice President Markets der Business Unit Automotive, Schlemmer Group
  • Mark Alexander Friedrich, Manager International Affairs, Corporate Public Policy, METRO AG
  • Dr. Caroline King, Senior Director Global Head Business Support, SAP AG
  • Rüdiger Schröder, Managing Director, Kärcher Cleaning Systems Pvt. Ltd.

Moderator: Philipp Dietz, Rechtsanwalt und Partner, Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH &
Thomas Breitinger, Branch Manager, Maier+Vidorno GmbH

05:30 pm

Get Together / End of the event

Host: Alexander Hoeckle, Managing Director International and Business Development, Chamber of Industry and Commerce Cologne

Please note that some of the lectures and panel discussions are in English. Simultaneous interpretation in German and English is available.



Maximilian von Laer
Bertelsmann Stiftung

Andreas Müller
BMW Group

Max-Jannis Foerster
Borussia Dortmund

Pratibha Parkar
Consulate General of India Frankfurt

Philip Grinsted
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

Oliver Mirza
Dr. Oetker India

Dr. Stefan Mitropoulos
Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen

Flo Oberhofer
kisanji Social AgriTech Ventures

Matthias Höhl
Leuze electronic

Florian Hoser

Marcel Nebel

Rajeev Antony
Schueco India


Dr. Manuel Vermeer
Dr. Vermeer-Consult

Alexander Hoeckle
IHK Köln

Philipp Dietz
Luther Rechtsanwalts- gesellschaft

Thomas Weidlich
Luther Rechtsanwalts- gesellschaft

Thomas Breitinger

Klaus Maier

Sujata Banerjee
Management Across Cultures


India Day on 25th of June 2019 from 9:00 am till 6:00 pm in Cologne, Germany

Flora Köln, Am Botanischen Garten 1a, 50735 Koeln, Germany

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The participation fee is EUR 190 p. p. excl. VAT. - 15% Early Bird Discount till 10th of May 2019.

Registration deadline is 14th of June 2019. The invoice will be sent by post after the registration deadline. Please note: In the case of cancellation after the registration deadline we charge the full participation fee. Substitute participants may of course be named.


Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH is one of the leading German corporate law firms with 16 German and international offices. The law firm has extensive experience in doing business in India. Together with Indian partners, Luther offers comprehensive advice in all legal, tax-related, and regulatory matters in the subcontinent.


Maier + Vidorno (M+V) is one of Europe’s leading consultancy and service-provider for India.  With 150 expert employees in all corporate divisions, M+V is specialized in assisting European businesses with setup and expansion of structures on the subcontinent. From Market-Entry, Market Expansion and Turnaround Consulting, to Finance & Accounting, Logistics and Compliance Services – M+V provides customized solutions for a successful Business in India.


Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe is a decentralised network of 600 companies work closely together. In addition to Sparkasse banks, these include numerous specialist financiers, such as the Landesbau- sparkasse banks, Deutsche Leasing, DekaBank or Landesbank groups. This is the German bancassurance provider.


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Maier + Vidorno GmbH
Siegburger Straße 231
50679 Koeln, Germany

E-Mail kontakt_at_indiaday.de
Telefon +49 221 880 408 0
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