AIMA’s global advanced management program is a hit in California


The All India Management Association (AIMA) – India’s apex body of management professionals – conducted the 16th edition of its Global Advanced Management Program (GAMP) in Silicon Valley from November 27 to December 3, 2022.

GAMP was conducted after a hiatus of two-plus years due to Covid and saw the participation of many leading Indian Companies including Tata Steel, State Bank of India, PowerGrid, NTPC, and CavinKare. Senior executives from the organizations participated in a meticulously crafted program on learning Open Innovation through classroom lectures, site visits to some of the most innovative companies in the Valley, and speaking to thought leaders and futurists.

The participants were awarded Certificates by AIMA Director General Rekha Sethi. The next edition of GAMP will be held from June 25 to July 1, 2023. AIMA is the apex body for
management in India with over 38000 members and close to 6000 corporate and institutional members through 67 Local Management Associations affiliated.

The program was co-directed by Prof. Solomon Darwin, Executive Director of the Garwood School of Innovation at the Haas School of Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley, and Professor Naeem Zafar, a faculty member at University of California Berkeley and Northeastern University.

Some of the companies the delegates visited included Google, NVIDIA, IBM, Autodesk, Ericsson, Wipro Innovation Centre, and Kaneka Aerospace. The Universities visited included UC Berkeley and Stanford as well.

The program included visits to the US Army Corps of Engineers the Bay Model and to the SFO Ecotarium.

The executives made presentations on reworked Business Models for their companies to a high-profile jury comprising Dr Preetha Ram, Managing Partner, Pier 70 Ventures, R Paul Singh, Entrepreneur and Educator, and Ex-CEO, CMO and CRO, Advisor in the Art and Science of Start and Growth; and Jay Boddu, Venture Capitalist and Ex-Vice President, Juniper.

Some of the speakers who addressed the delegation were PK Aggarwal, Dean, UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus and former CTO of California State; Jim Spohrer, Member Board of Directors International Society of Service Innovation Professionals (ISSIP); Prith Banerjee, Chief Technology Officer, Ansys, and Faraz Hoodbhoy, Advisor, Gridware and Entrepreneurship Course Mentor, UC Berkley.

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