Country Director for India
Gitesh Agarwal is based in Bengaluru, Karnataka, the “Silicon Valley” of India.
With 23 years of Corporate and Government experience, Gitesh Agarwal has come to CWEIC from his recent role as a Trade & Investment Commissioner (India and Sri Lanka) with Trade & Investment Queensland, a CWEIC Strategic Partner. Mr Agarwal is an Indian-Australian national and was educated in Australia in Sydney and in Madras.
As Head of the India Office for TIQ, Gitesh led the team to enhance the A$10 billion bilateral trade between Queensland and India. He also actively contributed to the development of Queensland’s first ever country strategy focussed on India as well as its operational execution.
Gitesh has advised over 1000 companies with India strategy across multiple industries, ranging from Agri; Food & Beverages; Education & Training; Biotech & Health; Mining; Cleantech; Retail; Automotive; Creative, Design & infrastructure industries.
He has won numerous awards including being selected twice as “Top 100 Chief Marketing Officers” in India, through independent global agencies while in his corporate role as the Chief Marketing Officer, for one of India’s leading global firms in Workplace Solutions.
India is the engine room of the Commonwealth and CWEIC is delighted to open a hub there. As the Commonwealth’s largest country and with the country exporting $50 billion worth of goods to Commonwealth countries and importing $54 billion from Commonwealth countries, it is vital importance to intra-Commonwealth trade.
Mr Agarwal will head the India office from Bengaluru which is known for ITeS (Information Technology Enable Services), it is also home to India’s largest life sciences; aerospace and automotive industries. The Capital of the State of Karnataka, Bengaluru offers considerable opportunities for the Commonwealth network.