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Report on Webinar held at 2 pm on July 18, 2020.

The COVID 19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to every country in the world, since all the countries are facing similar challenges, therefore knowledge sharing on the approaches and measures in dealing with covid-19 pandemic among the countries and stakeholders is critical for their effective response and swift recovery from the crisis. IMDR has started a new series of meet-up for our students, wherein, resource persons who are witnessing such economic upheavals in different parts of the country will join us to share how business and economies are preparing to unlock and overcome the challenges in from of them.

Under this initiative IMDR Pune invited Mr. Kumarjit Bhattacharjee from South Africa on Saturday, 18th July 2020. He is the CEO of Intermac Pharmaceuticals, an integrated life sciences company with its corporate headquarters in Singapore and multinational operations. Mr. Bhattacharjee is currently responsible for building and handling the business in Johannesburg, South Africa.

He is alumnus from PGDM Batch of 1997-99. The webinar was conducted for the students of PGDM-II. He discussed about his significant learning from his alma-mater IMDR Pune.

The speaker has diverse knowledge in different business areas in South Africa. The students got an overview of the impact of COVID-19 in South Africa and what measures were taken in order to combat the ongoing pandemic. During the discussion various perspectives were explored in terms of economical and psychological challenges faced by the country.

The speaker conveyed the importance of tourism, logistics, mining and IT sectors in the country’s economy. He also threw light on the significance of being flexible and adapting to changes. He spoke about his experience in Pharma sector and what challenges one should consider while switching industries.

The major take away was that one should constantly update one’s knowledge and curiosity is the path to grow. The session was interactive and the students found it insightful.