India’s “Transformative Moment”? Modi, the Economy and Aerospace


Dinesh Keskar
Senior Vice President of Sales, Asia-Pacific and India
Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Anand Yang
Tamaki Professor of International Studies
Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

K&L Gates
925 Fourth Ave, Suite 2900
Downtown Seattle

$5 For Students
$15 for Members
$25 for Non-Members
Light refreshments will be served
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The landslide election victory of Prime Minister Narendra Modi  reflected widespread discontent with India’s  flagging economic performance and shrinking job opportunities. The new government has pledged more “business friendly” policies,  raising optimistic expectations for economic policy liberalization, market reform, and investment trends.

Included in reforms is the easing regulation of the Indian aviation market. This matters to the aviation industry, where air travel in India and South Asia expected to grow 8.3 percent per year over the next 20 years according to a market outlook by Boeing.

Tata Group, a major conglomorate in India has already announced plans to benefit from this economic agenda by highlighting new areas of growth including defense and aerospace.

All of this matters for businesses in Washington state, which counts India as its 10th largest export customer. How might new leadership in the country impact the Indian consumer market as well as the aviation and aerospace industry?


Dinesh Keskar is senior vice president, Asia-Pacific & India Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, a position he assumed in February, 2012. He is responsible for the Boeing business relationships with airline customers in Asia Pacific & India and for sale of commercial airplanes to customers in those regions.

Prior to his current role, Keskar was vice president of Boeing International and president of Boeing India. In that role he was responsible for representing the entire enterprise and for leading Boeing-wide efforts focused on expanding the company’s local presence and pursuing new growth and productivity initiatives in India. Since he joined Boeing in June 1980, Keskar has held senior positions in engineering, marketing and sales. Keskar developed the techniques to conduct flight tests and analyze flight test data to obtain airplane math models for the 737, 747, 757 and 767 flight simulators.
Before joining Boeing, Keskar worked as a research associate in the Flight Dynamics and Control Division at NASA Langley Research Center. Keskar received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Nagpur India. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati, an MBA from City University in Seattle and attended the Berkeley Executive Program at the University of California, Berkeley.

Anand A. Yang is Professor of International Studies and History at the University of Washington, Seattle. Between 2002 and 2010, he was Director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and the Tamaki Chair of International Studies. Prior to joining UW in 2002, Yang taught at Sweet Briar College and the University of Utah, where he was chair of the History Department and, subsequently, Director of its Asian Studies Program.


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