Nikhil is actively associated with the trendy World Trade Center (WTC) in Pune, India for International Trade Promotion and organizational outreach programs. WTC Pune is part of a global ecosystem of 320+ cities in 89+ countries. He also spearheads International Supply Chain Education Alliance (ISCEA India) - SCNext India SkillPRO as CEO for India - the global knowledge sharing initiative for Supply Chain & Operations domain. ISCEA is known for its certification – education and recognition in Supply Chain domain in 15+ countries.
• Nikhil brings to the table his multi-faceted experience spanning 39+ years of corporate roles encompassing functions like global and local procurement, infrastructure creation - its business development and supply chain management in leadership roles. His experience in setting-up Foreign Trade related infrastructure like Dry ports - Inland Container Depot (ICD), Container Freight Station (CFS) at Dighi and Talegaon - Pune, domestic Food Park at Shirwal gave him a strong footing in accelerating business development of India’s first Free Trade Warehousing Zone (FTWZ) at Arshiya, Panvel. He nurtures business ideas with visionary zeal for garnering market share to achieve sustainable growth proactively, beyond benchmarks for his MNC principals and Domestic Majors.
• His grasp of Export-Import business and international trade regulations pertaining to cross-border transactions, multi-modal transportation and logistics infrastructure is unmatched. His hands-on involvement from ideation to implementation has helped making PUNE-MUMBAI region in Maharashtra-India self-sufficient in EXIM trade infrastructure. He has a key role in promoting hinterland clearances, providing connectivity with major sea ports / international airports for containers and cargo. Major gateway ports / airports including JNP Nhava-Sheva / Mumbai thus benefit from decongestion while hinterland trade and industry gain from glocal solutions, closer to their consumption and manufacturing locations. All stake holders of foreign trade including importers - exporters, customs brokerages, shipping lines and airlines have immensely benefited from his innovative solutions. He is an integral part of Clear-in-Pune mission and Ease-of-Doing-Business initiatives of Indian Customs – Pune Customs – Government of India.
• He has played a pivotal role in facilitating sustainable global sourcing / foreign trade of well-known MNCs & Indian corporate fraternity in hinterland India including Bajaj Auto, Coca Cola, Cummins, GE, General Motors, Halyard, Honeywell, Jabil Circuits, JCB, Katoen Natie-IOT, Kimberly Clark, L&T, L’Oreal, LG, Mahindras, Mercedes Benz, MTU - Rolls-Royce, POSCO, Renault-Nissan, RPG Raychem, Tatas, Tetrapak, TRENT-Westside, Unilever Lipton, Volkswagen, Whirlpool, et all.
Designing and successfully implementing cost-process efficient global SOPs and value-adds is his forte. He has immensely contributed in increasing foreign trade of Small and Medium Enterprises by pioneering Customs Bonded movement of Less-than-Container-Load (LCL) and air shipments between hinterland and gateway ports / airports.