Indian Chamber of Commerce announces its chapter in J&K
Kolkata, 5th January 2024:
In a strategic move, the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has appointed Mr. Khalid Wani as the Chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir State Council. This appointment is a crucial element of ICC’s holistic approach to prioritise and strengthen business activities in the region. ICC has already been active in the North East region of India for the past 3 decades.
With a legacy spanning 98 years, ICC has been a pioneer in fostering business and driving economic growth in India since its establishment in 1925 in Calcutta, now Kolkata. The organization currently operates across 11 key locations in India, including New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Guwahati, Patna, Ranchi, Siliguri, Agartala and Guwahati.
Mr. Khalid Wani, presently serving as the Senior Director at Western Digital, spearheads the company’s operations in India and South Asia. As a vital member of the 6-member India leadership committee, he oversees a substantial 3000+ research and development and engineering facility in the region. With over two decades of experience spanning the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific, Mr. Wani is a recognised thought leader in the industry, acknowledged by Forbes, and a distinguished TEDx speaker. DT India and Channel Middle East have also recognised him among the top ten tech executives in the region.
Beyond his corporate role, Mr. Wani actively engages in the entrepreneurial development association in Kashmir, collaborating across industries to nurture the startup ecosystem in the region. Known for his passion for biking and extensive travels, he has explored over 45 countries.
In a statement reflecting on the prospects for business development, Ameya Prabhu further emphasised, “The ICC’s focus on elevating specific regions, such as Jammu and Kashmir, is part of our broader vision for fostering economic growth across India. We believe in creating partnerships that drive innovation and shared prosperity.” Adding to the sentiments, Ameya Prabhu also stated, “As we witness the strategic elevation of Jammu and Kashmir, the appointment of Mr. Khalid Wani represents a significant step in our commitment to fostering strong business ties in the region. We are confident that under his leadership, ICC will play a pivotal role in driving economic development in Jammu and Kashmir.”
Expressing his sentiments on the appointment, Mr. Khalid Wani stated, “I am honoured and excited to assume the role of Chairman of the Indian Chamber of Commerce in Jammu and Kashmir. This appointment underscores ICC’s commitment to prioritising and strengthening business in the region. I am eager to contribute to the economic growth and development of Jammu and Kashmir and together, we will strive to create a vibrant business environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship in this dynamic state.”