Sharma - Lobbyist - New Delhi, DL, India

Nikhil Sharma

New Delhi, DL, India

Services

Lobbyist

Summary:

• Mapping of organizations, companies, government agencies and individuals: Stakeholder mapping, assessments of key decision makers and influencers in the government, private, and civil society sectors; as well as an engagement strategy linking with core interlocutors
• Advising organizations understand political and economic developments in India at national and state level that affect clients
• Identifying new opportunities including investments, acquisitions, markets and talent
• Providing government affairs and public relations support regionally and on the ground in India

Work History

Advisor, India

Bower Group Asia

From September 2013

• Mapping of organizations, companies, government agencies and individuals: Stakeholder mapping, assessments of key decision makers and influencers in the government, private, and civil society sectors; as well as an engagement strategy linking with core interlocutors

• Advising organizations understand political and economic developments in India at national and state level that affect clients
• Identifying new opportunities including investments, acquisitions, markets and talent
• Providing government affairs and public relations support regionally and on the ground in India

Assistant Director- NKFH (National Knowledge Functional Hub) & Global Education Partnership

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)

January 2013 - September 2013

New Delhi, India
Assistant Director- NKFH (National Knowledge Functional Hub) & Global Education Partnership
Jan -September 2013


• Leading nationwide effort of creating an eco-system of sustained Industry- Academia Interaction across 6 hubs covering East, West, North, North East, North West and South India. Each Hub is envisage to be represented by 10 Industry champions and 20 spokes education Institutions of the neighboring region
• Collaborated with captains of the Indian industry to analyze various issues, trends, current regulatory changes pertaining to the higher education sector in India
• Worked jointly with Government of India and private sector on initiatives augmenting capacity in existing institutions, enhancing institutional autonomy and transparency, building excellence through research and innovation, faculty development, and internationalization
• Designed, developed and managed effective corporate education initiatives for major academic institutions,
professional associations and government agencies

• Organized and participated in international conferences, summits, collaborative meetings with national and international research organization for exchange of ideas and promoting Indian education sector

• Leading marketing and communication campaign to increase visibility of state level opportunities in the higher education sector in India
• Developed advanced leadership program and partnered with leading universities of the world for Indian
academic leaders including vice chancellors, deans, head of department and independent directors

• Interacted with various group of external stakeholders including high commissions, foreign universities, trade
bodies to establish contact points overseas and forge International partnership in the field of joint research & innovation, faculty development and study abroad programs

Achievements:
• Been a part of the 5 member team that institutionalized FICCI-NKFH (National Knowledge Functional Hub). A public...

Assistant Director, Washington DC, USA

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), USA

August 2011 - January 2013

• Advocated, lead and implemented India's policy debate in the USA by bringing together key stakeholders
• Provided legislative guidance and counsel in support of new and existing business opportunities in the USA
• Conducted proprietary research and surveys among Industry members, monitored trends, remain informed on upcoming events and policy priorities for India in the USA
• Interface with external stakeholders (e.g. USG, diplomatic community, think tanks) to help shape policy agendas in support of Industry's objective
• Interface between Indian and American business community looking to set up or expand operation in India and handholding service for prospective Indian investment in the USA
• Designed and successfully implemented grant proposals for various focused market fund in the USA
• Advised and assisted small and medium enterprise (SMEs) on startup strategies, licensing requirements and technology cooperation
• Work collaboratively with various state governments, governor's office, regional institutions, investment promotion agencies of the USA and hosted high level Indian delegations
• Established and maintained regular contact with senior business leaders, key association groups, sectoral experts and media professionals
• Developed weekly news wrap covering key policy developments in the USA for Indian opinion leaders

Achievements:
• Selected as the youngest employee in FICCI to have lead a team to represent Indian industry's concerns in the USA
• Successfully represented and advocated views of Indian industry on easing FDI norms in multi-brand retail, insurance and banking sector and pitched for a stronger US investment in India
• Been a part of the high level team that developed and institutionalized "Millennium Alliance". A US $15 million joint partnership with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), FICCI and the Technology Development Board (TDB)
• Networked and developed strong personal relationships with the chief of...

Assistant Director - Africa

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)

August 2008 - August 2011

• Organized high level political and business meeting to enhance India's comprehensive economic partnership with Pan-African nations
• Worked collaboratively with various national, international, regional economic unions and trade bodies including African Union Commission, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), East African Community (EAC), Southern African Development Community (SADC), League of Arab States, African Development Bank and leading chambers of commerce and industries in the region
• Travelled extensively in the region representing Indian delegation at various summits, conferences including high level India-Africa Forum Summit
• Conducted secondary research on consumer trends, market potential, investment risk, and remained updated of latest developments in the region
• Facilitated and hosted African Trade Ministers meet jointly with Ministry of Commerce and Industries and External Affairs, Government of India in New Delhi
• Developed effective campaign strategies, knowledge paper and articles on sectoral opportunities, issues, legislation and latest political developments across Pan-Africa
• Worked collaboratively with major think tanks and research scholars, media professionals of India and Africa

Achievements:
• Worked closely with the office of H.E Amr Moussa, then Secretary-General of the Arab League for the 2nd India-Arab Investment Projects conclave
• Been a part of the team jointly working with Ministry of commerce & Industries and Ministry of External Affairs of India, designing framework and guidelines for India-Africa Business Council and India-Africa Investment gateway to further trade and investment ties
• Developed and Implemented 'Namaskar Africa'- a unique regional grouping bringing together captains of industry from the countries of West Africa in Lagos, Nigeria and East Africa in Nairobi, Kenya
• Established and maintained personal contact with senior business leaders, key association groups, research scholars and...

Summer Intern

UNICEF

June 2007 - August 2007

• Assessed the Role of youth in village governance aegis of UNICEF supported NGOs
• Evaluated Micro level village planning as an effective tool for youth mobilization in governance
• Role of gender dynamics in determining youth participation

Summer Intern

Federation of India Chambers

April 2007 - June 2007

• Evaluated Regulatory Mechanism for higher educational institutions (University Education)
• Formulated model for signalling academic and industrial perception towards regulatory framework
• Researched proposal for policy recommendation and flexible accommodation of diverse educational institutions

Qualifications & Certifications

Economy and Business

Harvard University

Economics

Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi

Economics

Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi

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