|11:30 AM - 12:00 PM||Registration and Networking|
|12:00 PM - 1:30 PM||Presentation and Q&A [Lunch will be served]|
|1:30PM – 4:30PM||One-on-One Meetings with Department of Commerce
[RSVP to Shannon.Fraser@trade.gov by March 8th]
Through interactive discussions with the panel presenters, cleantech startups will gain insight on San Jose's preeminence in international markets and the local programs that are spurring domestic and international adoption of U.S.-developed clean energy technologies. This session will provide insight on U.S. Commercial Service resources and programs that match U.S. clean tech firms with overseas buyers, through B2B matchmaking, international partner searches, vetting of potential overseas partners, and trade missions. The City of San Jose will highlight the San Jose Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) program which allows a business or individual to delay, reduce or eliminate duty payments on foreign merchandise that enters the Foreign Trade Zone. This session will also include an overview from a logistics/transportation service provider who will highlight the requirements needed to ship U.S. products to overseas market via freight forwarder and export forwarder.
Environmental Business Cluster
100 E. Santa Clara Street,1st Floor Training Room
San Jose, CA 95113
Aileen Nandi, Foreign Service Officer (India, Mexico), U.S. Commercial Service
Ms. Aileen Crowe Nandi arrived in California in August 2011 for a domestic stint at the San Jose (Silicon Valley) Export Assistance Center. Following her five years in India, she assists U.S. companies to enter the Indian market. Her most recent assignment was Chennai, India, where she served from 2008-2011. There Ms. Nandi advocated for U.S. commercial interests and organized trade promotion activities in South India, including path-breaking trade missions for energy efficiency, franchising and cosmetics companies. She was also responsible for the education, biotech, machine tools, and automotive sectors. As Principal Commercial Officer for four states in South India, Ms. Nandi managed three U.S. Commercial Service offices (Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad) and coordinated with Colombo, Sri Lanka, a partnership post.
Joe Hedges, Office of Economic Development, City of San Jose
Joe Hedges has been with the City of San Jose Office of Economic Development since 1991. In his position as International Program Manager, he oversees a variety of international programs, including the Foreign Trade Zone and business retention and attraction initiatives for international businesses and works with the City's Airport on air service development. He has planned and implemented several City economic development missions to Asia, Europe, and Latin America to advance San Jose's economic interests. Prior to joining the City, he planned and organized several international business, trade and legal conferences in Japan, China, Russia, and the U.S.