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2015 SMARTZ Open Quiz Contest - Preliminary Round Results!

The results of the Preliminary Round of the 2015 SMARTZ Open Quiz Contest have been announced. Contestants, please check your mailboxes to find out if your team has made it to the next round.

Heartiest congratulations to all the qualifying teams! Wish you all the best for the next round to be held at the Embassy of India in Tokyo on November 28th (Saturday) from 14:30 JST. Details of the next round have been conveyed to the qualifying teams by email.


Team Agera



The Preliminary Round of the 2015 SMARTZ Open Quiz Contest will be held on Sunday, October 25th. Details are as below:

Date: October 25, 2015 (Sunday)

Time: 16:00 ~ 18:00 (All participants should report at the reception desk by 15:15)

Venue: Kita Kasai Community Hall, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo
(7 minutes walk from Tozai Line Nishi-Kasai station (North exit), near Gyousen Park).
[Click here for access information]

Access Map:
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[Click here to locate the venue on Google Maps]


We look forward to seeing you on the 25th. All the best!

Team Agera


When Agera began its journey a few years ago, we had decided that one of our key focus areas would be to make our mark in the space of knowledge and education. We have conducted seminars, arranged some events and have continued to commit ourselves to becoming educators in a global context. Adding on to our efforts in that direction, it gives me immense pleasure to announce the launch of our biggest event so far. Agera Consulting is organizing the SMARTZ Open Quiz Contest in Tokyo, Japan in the autumn of 2015 to bring together people of diverse interests and backgrounds while promoting a quest for knowledge in a spirit of team camaraderie and exhilarating competition.

This quiz contest is planned as an annual event open to quiz enthusiasts in Japan belonging to all nationalities. The contest will be hosted by one of the most well-known quizmasters from India – Mr. Giri “Pickbrain” Balasubramaniam who conducts the TATA Crucible Quiz Contest and is seen on national television every weekend hosting quiz shows. More than 100 teams of 2 members each are expected to participate and the finals is envisaged to be a mega event in Tokyo drawing an audience in excess of 500.

The event is being supported by some of the most respected organizations in Japan and we are looking forward to making this one of the most successful and talked about events of the year.

Aniruddha Mallik
President & CEO


This morning, a close friend reminded me of a saying in Japan - "In business, if you can survive the first 3 years, then you survive forever". Today, Agera completes its second year and steps into the 3rd. And if I go by what my friend told me, year number 3 shall be a very important one for the company.

Business, in my opinion, is not a game of trial and error. It requires focus, strategy, meticulous planning, seamless teamwork and efficient execution. A sharp awareness of the circumstances and trends, a feel of the pulse of the customer base and a keen instinct that is able to help us navigate through tricky situations... these are essential qualities that we at Agera have worked towards developing during the last 2 years. As technology continues to shrink the world and the barriers of doing business continue to crumble, the challenges for companies also evolve, thus giving them the opportunity to become more agile and open to change. And it is this ability to change that will determing the degree of success of any company in the modern era.

On this special day for Agera, I would like to sincerely thank all of you for the encouragement and support and also re-iterate Agera's commitment towards making a strong and positive impact in the various areas we get involved in.

Aniruddha Mallik
President & CEO



Last year, I delivered a business lecture at the Shinagawa campus of Tamagawa University's Tama Graduate School of Business (TGS). The theme was "Indian Business Leadership". Even though I was not really sure at the time how such a lecture (delivered in English!) would be received by students who were doing the school's executive MBA programme, I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. Not only was my lecture properly understood by almost everyone who attended (barring one person who wasn't comfortable with the English language at all), the contents were actually quite highly rated by the attendees. Even during the session, the quality of questions that were asked and the comments I heard were very impressive!

Based on the success of this lecture, Tokuoka sensei, who is the Head of the Department for the school's MBA programme was kind enough to invite me to join the school's panel of visiting professors and conduct a series of classes during the autumn session in 2015. Building on the first lecture's theme, I opted to put forward a curriculum based on the expanded theme of: "Business in Globalised India - The Japan Perspective". The idea behind this expanded theme is to focus not just on global business in the Indian and Japanese contexts, but also explore topics related to leadership, business styles and innovation.

I consider it a huge honour to be part of a panel that comprises of very senior and highly respected experts from a wide range of fields and I shall strive to add maximum value to the students of TGS through the classes that I conduct. The role of a "sensei" in Japan is considered to be worthy of the highest respect and I am privileged to have been granted this role by TGS. 



Aniruddha Mallik
President & CEO


More details about the Executive MBA course are available on the TGS website:


TGS Web MBACourseInfo


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