SETTING THE BENCHMARK FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND NETWORKING, THE LEGAL ERA GENNEXT CONGRESS ON
THEME: GEOPOLITICS, BUSINESS & LAW: UNDERSTANDING IMPACT, CHALLENGES & DEVELOPMENT ACROSS THE WORLD
The 9th Annual GENNEXT Business & Law Congress, 2020, to be held on March 6th and 7th, 2020, at HOTEL TAJ LANDS END, MUMBAI, INDIA, will see thought leaders and policymakers congregate to discuss the impact of geopolitics on business and how organizations can tide over threats while cashing in on opportunities.
The past few years have brought a wave of reforms for India; demonetization, the Goods and Services tax (GST) and the Fugitive Economic Offenders’ bill, not to mention the lending of more teeth to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, Companies Act and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. Barely days ago, the Judiciary brought a contentious socio-political issue to its logical conclusion by ordering that the disputed land in AYODHYA be handed over to the RAMJANMABHOOMI trust for building a Ram temple and an alternate five acres of land be handed over to the SUNNI WAQF BOARD for building a mosque. However, as India pushes on all fronts to occupy pride of place in the world, it cannot afford to ignore the key geopolitical undercurrents driving business and governance across the globe.
For starters, we are moving from a US-dominated to a multipolar world partly due to the growth in emerging economies and partly due to inequality and political discontent in developed markets. This will result in intensely higher levels of complexity for businesses spanning the globe. Secondly, Western democratic models are being challenged by alternative political systems that have proved more resilient and less fractious while tackling global challenges. Thirdly, the 4th Industrial Revolution is well upon us, and its formidable combination of big data, analytics and technology promises to disrupt not only global business but also our world order. These major shifts are manifesting themselves in developments such as the corroding relations between USA and China, internal and external challenges to the unity and stability of the European Union (EU), and a move towards evolution and not revolution in global trade relations, among others.
Abhijit Yadav heads BRG’s Global Investigations + Strategic Intelligence practice in South Asia and is based in Mumbai. He has extensive experience in conducting a wide range of investigative assignments, including fraud, business intelligence, due diligence and FCPA investigations for a host of multinationals and domestic Indian firms.
Before joining BRG, Mr. Yadav headed the forensic practice for a risk mitigation firm in India, with a remit to lead and grow the compliance, forensics, business intelligence and investigations practice in the region. He also previously worked at a global consultancy firm, where he played a crucial role in not only setting up its India operations, but also leading its business intelligence and investigative effort in the region.
Prior to joining the corporate sector, Mr. Yadav spent 13 years as an officer in the Indian Navy, most recently serving as Deputy Director–Signal Intelligence. In this role, he headed classified intelligence operations and covert deployments in a tri-service organization. He was handpicked to serve on frontline warships and was deputed for crucial antipiracy operations in the Gulf of Aden, wherein he was instrumental in averting hijack and hostage situations. He also served as a deputy director of Information and Electronic Warfare for the Western Naval Command, with responsibility for formulating and implementing strategic initiatives and the redesign of intelligence systems.
Mr. Yadav is a alumnus of India’s National Defense Academy. He is proficient in English and native in Indian languages, Hindi and Marathi.