The "sold out" IACCGH Gala 2003, scheduled for June 7th will celebrate the achievements of IACCGH. The Gala offers our members a greatly enhanced ecosystem and opportunity to network with business leaders from across the country.
Indian Cabinet Minister Shatrughan Sinha will be the keynote speaker and will be joined by guest speaker Dr Tom Brown, VP of M D Anderson Cancer Center
The Head of AIIMS Delhi Cancer Center Dr Vinod Kochupillai and her colleague Dr Atul Sharma and Dr K T Dinshaw (Director, Tata Cancer Mumbai) are arriving from India to join us at the Gala.
Susan Ralston from the office of Karl Rove (Senior Advisor to President Bush ) is flying in from Washington .
Other distinguished guests include
India's Consul General in Houston Skand Ranjan Tayal,
BMC CEO Bob Beauchamp
Vinmar CEO Vijay Goradia
Vijay Mahajan, Prof U T Austin & Dean, Indian School of Business, Hydrabad
MN Senator Satveer Choudhary,
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee( confirmation awaited)
House Representative Martha Wong
Mayor Pro Temp Gordon Quan
Council Member Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, MD
Council Member Bruce Tatro
Candidates for Mayor of Houston
Councilman Michael Berry
Councilman Orlando Sanchez
Representative Sylvester Turner( confirmation awaited)
Councilman Bill White
The Port of Houston Authority
Dr Raymond Flumerfelt, Dean Cullen College of Engineering
Swadesh Chaterjee National President NAFPI
Leaders of the Indo American Chambers in
Dallas: Chairman AK Mago
Tampa: Chairman Dilip Kanji & VP Ajay Jambekar
Atlanta: Chairman Ani Agnihotri
Tulsa , OK and other cities
Leaders from other local Minority Chambers of Commerce
Native American Chamber : President :Carrol Cocchia
Asian Chamber (confirmation awaited)
MHRDA: Roy Moore
Houston Minority Business Council President Richard Huebner
President of AAMA( www.aama.org) Dr Rudy Ramos.
The Head of AIIMS Delhi Cancer Center Dr Vinod Kochupillai and her colleague Dr Atul Sharma and Dr K T Dinshaw (Director, Tata Cancer Mumbai) are arriving in Houston on June 4th for meetings with M D Anderson in preparation for possible sister hospital agreements between Houston and India.
M D Anderson Cancer Center is arranging a "Grand Rounds" visit at their hospital. on June 6, 2003 at 12:00 Noon.
Chairman:Sen Pathak, Ph.D., F.N.A.Sc., Professor emeritus, UTMDACC
"Cancer in India with Western and Eastern Approaches of Treatment"
1. Katy Dinshaw, M.D., Director, TATA Cancer Center, Mumbai
Topic: "Addressing the Cancer Agenda in India: How have we Measured Up?"
2. Vinod Kochupillai, M.D., Head, Cancer Center, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
Topic: "Status of Modern Oncology in India"
3. Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, U.T.M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Topic: "Yoga and its Impacts on Cancer Treatment"
The visitors from India will also meet the leadership at M D Anderson and will discuss how to go forward in building the research bridge the IACCGH is facilitating.
The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (IACCGH) has laid the foundation to a bridge linking US and India in the quest to treating cancer globally. IACCGH initiated a fact finding mission in October 2002 and the M D Anderson Cancer Center delegation led by founding President Durga Agrawal and President Ashok Shah (a ccompanied by Past President Ashoke Nath and Jagdip Ahluwalia) met Indian President Kalam and the then Health Minister Shatrughan Sinha.
In March 2003 the IACCGH facilitated a seven member M D Anderson delegation to fly to Mumbai and Delhi. The Team consisting of Dr.'s Bharat Aggarwal, Suresh Reddy, Ann Gillenwater, Li Mao, Cliff Chao, Charles Lu, Jan S. Lewin, and administrator Karen Francis participated in a symposium on"Common Cancers In India: Evidence Based Management" at Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH).
Dr John Mendelsohn and Dr Tom Brown of M D Anderson are planning an October 2003 trip to India and the Chamber sees this as a positive step in the efforts to build a strong bond between research in the two countries. The Chamber hopes to see strong sister hospital relationships emerge from these efforts.
The Chamber feels this effort makes good business sense with both sides equally benefiting from the relationship. India has already proved its edge in the IT arena. The Chamber feels that to be a global leader partnering with India makes sound business sense.
Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (IACCGH) is a not for profit organization established in 1999. The mission of the Chamber is to be the "vehicle of economic development" for Indo-Americans in the U.S. and leverage a Global partnership between India and the United States.
The Chamber has succeeded in leveraging the network by forging alliances with local minority Chambers of Commerce, Indo American Chamber in Tampa, Dallas and Atlanta and with the US India Business Council in Washington DC. The Chamber also has an Alliance with IACC (Indo American Chamber of Commerce-the largest bi-lateral Chamber in India).
Another success IACCGH has recently had is the formation of the Math Think Tank with University of Houston and St. Stephen's college in Delhi in a cooperative program.
Other programs promoting networking and knowledge sharing have been a golf tournament and
a monthly radio program showcasing Indo-American success stories.
In the month of April and May the Chamber has organized seminar series focusing on Leadership skills and business practices.
The first of these series was May 8th and the topic was "Leadership in turbulent times" by Michael Brezina of HP.
You can learn more about the Chamber and its activities at
or call 713-624-7131.