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Mon, Jul 19, 2021

Batra on Outlook: Think tank recommends India set up new trade negotiating body

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Economy & Business India

Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: South Asia

The next US administration will need to confront a slew of regional challenges, including China’s growing political and economic clout; a resurgence of majoritarian politics; strained India-US relations; the impending Afghanistan peace process; and post-COVID-19 reconstruction.

Five Big Questions by South Asia Center

Conflict Coronavirus

Mon, Jun 15, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic will expedite long-standing transformations in supply chains and entertainment digitalization

Traditional industry was under heavy pressure to improve productivity through digitalization long before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the longevity of corporates in retail, travel, financial services, and real estate is in severe question, as disruptions by the COVID-19 pandemic have wreaked havoc on productivity. After COVID-19, remodeling business operations and digitalization will be necessary for survival.

New Atlanticist by Ridhika Batra

Coronavirus International Markets

Ridhika Batra is a nonresident senior fellow at the South Asia Center, as well as the vice president of corporate affairs, Americas for the Mahindra group. She is responsible for group public policy for all of Mahindra group companies in North and South America. Mahindra group is an Indian multinational conglomerate with operations in over 100 countries. With leadership in utility vehicles – the group has presence in agribusiness, automotive, components, construction equipment, defense, energy, farm equipment, finance and insurance, information technology, leisure and hospitality etc. Ridhika is also on the board of Bristlecone – a San Jose HQ supply chain consultancy with presence in over 10 countries. 

Previously she was the Country head and Director for Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry in USA, based in Washington DC since 2014. Prior to that, she served as the country head for UK and France from 2007 to 2013 for FICCI. She has a Masters’ degree from University of Sussex, UK and has specialized in international law and global finance. 

Ridhika’s expertise is in public diplomacy, trade negotiations, government relations, foreign policy and economic diplomacy between India – USA, India – UK and India – France. For the past 7 years, Ridhika has been working extensively on India-USA bilateral trade and investment matters. She has worked closely with the administration and industry in India to ensure their USA, UK & France agendas are aligned well with their counterparts in the 3 countries.