Then and Now
A former export consultant – now scholar – recounts his days and adventures ahead with the Hinrich Foundation.
After more than three great years of working and learning at the Hinrich Foundation (HF), it is the time for me to move on to the next level. Now, I will be pursuing my Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University under the Hinrich Foundation-VF Corporation Global Trade Leaders Scholarship program starting January 2016.
Moving on to new things is not easy, but since I will be still connected with Hinrich Foundation’s trade-related programs, trade shows, charity bazaars and other promotional activities in Hong Kong, I would say that it is not the end but ather the start of a new chapter with the foundation.
From mentee to mentor
Three years and two months ago, I got the opportunity to start working for HF. My mentor from the HF team in Vietnam trained me for two months and gave me opportunities to work continuously with the foundation. After working independently for more than two and a half years, two bright scholars from Hong Kong Baptist University joined the India HF team last August, and after training them and passing HF India’s legacy to them, I am here to start my new journey as a scholar in Hong Kong.
Through HF, I got the lucky chance to travel abroad first time in my life. And from then till now, it’s my fourth visit to Hong Kong. This opportunity gave me many experiences. I attended trade shows as an exhibitor, learned how to man booths, represent products and suppliers from India and understand buyer behavior. Training, workshops and seminars by HF in Hong Kong helped me understand various aspects of business and trade as well. Meeting with teammates from 10 different countries, sharing work experiences, culture, food and having fun together will always be experiences of a lifetime for me.
Helping SMEs and creating jobs for the Indian society
The most interesting and important task of my job was to assist and train Indian small manufacturing enterprises increase their export sales – hence, helping them with a sustainable business that can result to job opportunities for Indian people.
I traveled to many manufacturing hub cities in India while working on various laborintensive industries, such as home décor, furniture, garments, footwear, fashion accessories, kitchenware, etc. Meeting the suppliers, collecting information about their respective products and industries, doing market research and supplier surveys made my job as Export Consultant very important to me.
During last three years, I produced 13 India Sourcing reports on different industries to help buyers worldwide source quality products from verified Indian suppliers.
Today, I am writing this blog sitting in the library of PolyU because of Hinrich Foundation’s trade-related education and training program. Every year under this program, many scholarships are offered to students from different countries, and I am among the one lucky ones to receive them. That said, I will certainly strive to do the best job I can while I am here.
About the author – Sunil Bishnoi