Con­fer­ence in Suva this Fri­day

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O ne of the three speak­ers at the Fiji In­sti­tute of Ac­coun­tants (FIA) Lead­ers Con­fer­ence this Fri­day will be the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of FMF Group, Ram Bajekal.

The con­fer­ence will be held at the Grand Pa­cific Ho­tel in Suva with the theme: “Lead­ing Fiji into the Fu­ture: Re­spond­ing to the New Global Econ­omy”.

There will be two types of ses­sions - one for the ex­ec­u­tive man­age­ment which will be in the morn­ing and the af­ter­noon ses­sion will be for the mid­dle man­age­ment.

Mr Bajekal will be talk­ing in the morn­ing ses­sion and can be de­scribed as one of the most in­ter­est­ing speak­ers in Fiji. He will be speak­ing on the theme: “Look­ing in to Grow Out”.

Mr Bajekal is recog­nised for his thought-lead­er­ship and his views are reg­u­larly sought by think tanks, both for­mally and in­for­mally. He is also a very ac­tive speaker at in­dus­try fo­rums. He is a Char­tered Ac­coun­tant from In­dia and also a Ful­bright Scholar. He was only the third In­dian to be awarded the pres­ti­gious Ful­brightCII Fel­low­ship that took him to Carnegie Mel­lon Univer­sity, USA, for man­age­ment stud­ies. Mr Bajekal has spent most of his work­ing life in In­dia with di­verse or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Price­wa­ter­house­Coop­ers, Hin­dus­tan Photo Films, Unilever Group and the Mu­ru­gappa Group. Prior to join­ing FMF, he had an ear­lier stint in Fiji work­ing with the Car­pen­ters Group be­tween 2004 and 2006. In 2006, upon com­plet­ing 25 years in what he calls “the cor­po­rate sec­tor rat-race”, Mr Bajekal took a three-year sab­bat­i­cal to work with an NGO in ru­ral In­dia. There he worked on im­part­ing busi­ness skills to mi­cro-en­trepreneurs from low-in­come com­mu­ni­ties.

He re­turned to cor­po­rate life with FMF in 2009 and says it is only be­cause of the work-life bal­ance that Fiji al­lows, that he re­turned to the

cor­po­rate world. On the per­sonal side he is a keen sportsman and ac­tively plays hockey, cricket, golf and bad­minton. He is fond of tra­di­tional jazz and In­dian classical mu­sic.

Ram Bajekal, FMF Foods Group man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, recog­nised for his thoughtlead­er­ship will be speak­ing at the FIA Lead­ers Con­fer­ence this Fri­day.

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