Dr Asif Iqbal is the President of the Indian Economic Trade Organisation(IETO) and the India Africa Trade Council. An Architect by profession and as the president of the IETO travels with various customised delegations to bridge the Academic gap between Industry and the Academia.  Asif Iqbal has been bestowed by a Doctorate from the University of Jerusalem in Social Behaviour Management and is a Keynote speaker at various Academic conferences and International summits including the World Economic Forum, Caspian Week, India Africa forum, Summit of Minds and the Paris Peace Forum. Mr. Iqbal is responsible for advising various international governments that need to make key decisions that involve a huge diversity of issues: from budgetary choices, to communication ones; from organizational engineering to productivity issues. He has the experience of dealing with a broad range of stakeholders, both at the internal and external “fronts”: donors, policy makers, media, private sector and the Industry. Having the right balance between academic knowledge and management capacities, He has the skills that are most appropriate for leading an international think tank.

Dr Asif Iqbal commenced as a Director General of the Asian Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) and has been leading from the top and organizing think tank dialogues called TAB (Transcending Arabian Borders) A dialogue that brings in together all top businessmen from Arab nations. He also heads the advisory committee of the Chamber for the “Annual Asian Arab Awards” that is held annually and that brings in achievers both the continents of Asian and Arab World. The Chamber soon expanded to Qatar, Morocco, UAE, Tunisia, Albania, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Nepal, Israel, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka with honorary country directors reporting to him.

He also is director on the board of Indo Pacific Islands Chamber of Commerce and was responsible for taking India’s first ever business delegation to Papua New Guinea and Fiji. During this period bilateral treaties and trade agreements were signed between the two countries.

Dr Asif Iqbal led the delegation continuously for 4 years continuously at the Sarajevo Business Forum(SBF), a gathering of top business leaders and State heads of the Eastern European regions. During this time, he has closely been associated with the Indian Embassy, Budapest that is accredited to Bosnia Herzegovina. He has signed MOU’s with the University of Sarejevo and various other chambers of commerce in Bosnia. He was awarded the Sarajevo Mayors Medal for his achievements for building the relations between the two countries. He was also given the state medal by the Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in India. He opened the chapters of Indo Bosnia Chambers of commerce in Kashmir, Hyderabad, Orissa and Chennai.

Dr Asif led the delegation to Kingdom of Morocco which was invited by the Prime Minister of Morocco for promoting India Morocco Relations. His delegation visited Casablanca, Oujda, Rabat and met with the Minister of Energy, Prime Minister and the Industry Minister in Morocco. They signed MOUs for cultural cooperation and Solar training program between the two countries. Later during the same year, a delegation from Morocco led by a woman minister Thay Thay visited India and had participated in the women conclave.

Dr Asif leads Indian delegations regularly to the International Trade Export Development Forum in Budapest Hungary, World Economic Forum, Commonwealth Heads meet and was responsible in bridging the export gap requirements for Indian exporters and to promote Make in India program.  Dr Asif led the Nobel Prize delegation to Stockholm and Norway to invite various Nobel Prize winners to participate in Academic development of Indian students and was part of the organising committee of the Nobel Fashion Week in Sweden.

Dr Asif led the delegation to France at the Nuclear Energy Conference to explore opportunities for Indian students in the field of Knowledge exchange transfer programs for Indian students in emerging opportunities in Nuclear Energy. He held discussions with Accenture UK to collaborate on the Blockchain technology platform for Nuclear energy programs. He also discussed opportunities for the India France Nuclear program ITER in Jaitapur. He works closely with big nuclear companies in Japan and Turkey.

Dr Asif visited Israel along with the Chief Minister of Karnataka State and the Agriculture Minister and the Members of Legislative assembly. During this time they signed MOUs with various stakeholders and consultants in Milk Industry, Livestock and Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture. He led a few other delegations to Israel in Defense, Cybersecurity and AgroPark in collaboration with Favorich Food park in Israel. Dr Asif was a part of the delegation along with Mr. Sunil Mittal, Shobana Kamineni, Prakash Hinduja, Naushad Forbes, Ram Madhav and a host of other Indian business CEO’s.

Dr Asif led the delegation to Portugal, Namibia, Milan, Armenia, Spain, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania and concluded various high-level consultations for effective bilateral relations. He has been awarded the Diploma by the President of Bulgaria Ruman Radev for promoting relations between the two countries. He led a business delegation headed by the President of Republic of India Shri. Ramnath Kovind. He is a member of the Academic Council in the Mahatma Gandhi University in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and which was initiated during the visit of the president. He collaborated with the New Buyona Studios in Bulgaria for the production and shoot of Brahmastra, a Bollywood movie with leading actors. He has successfully conducted the Asian Arab Awards 2019 in May 2019 in Hyderabad India , A round table conference that was attended by more than 130 international delegates and which was a successful synergy collaboration between the two regions where Bahrain was a partner country along with Morocco, UAE, Nepal, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and 23 other countries.


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