What would you call an Indian who had a vision of making it big in a Communist-ruled country in the late 80’s? Maverick! Born in UK, growing up in Durgapur, Sagnik Roy had an avid interest to know more about China and its culture. After obtaining his degree in Sinology from Vishwa Bharati University, Sagnik relocated to China to pursue his higher studies at Beijing Language and Culture University.
This is the story of a man who pursued his dreams and achieved success. His aspirations and drive to become successful in a country that analysts felt was very difficult even for multinationals to set foot. Having completed his studies instead of returning to India, Roy stayed put and began his career as an Office Manager. Sagnik blended in so well with the Chinese and married a Chinese woman that over time he was nicknamed in the business circles as ‘the son-in-law’ of China.
Roy gradually built a business empire worth $600 million with Chinese co-owners. His passion and his interest to make it big made the Great Red Wall of China seem porous. His decades of work-experience, contacts in the political and bureaucratic circles and access to some of the top echelons in the Chinese Govt. made him a unique foreign resident.
His work so far…
After putting in decades of hard work Roy continues to be a director of Xiyate Yongtong Co. Ltd (TXYCO Ltd). His chance meeting with John Dennis Liu (an American environmentalist based in China) made him realize the importance of environment and the issues plaguing it. Roy decided to devote his time and energies in the project EEMP (International Environmental Education Media Project). He is also an advisor to various Govt bodies in China and India.
His walk to fame
Strathmore’s Who’s Who and Princeton Who’s Who named Roy as one of the influential foreigners in China in 2007 & 2008.
ICMR selected Sagnik for their business strategy case study in 2009.
Many leading newspapers and media houses such as CNN-IBN, Business Today, Business India, Times of India, The Economic Times and other Chinese and Indian newspapers, magazines have hailed Roy’s China achievements of past two decades.
In his own words…
With China now being a country where investments and dream jobs exist, it is time Indians borrowed a leaf or two from Roy, give up the misconceptions of Chinese red tapism and set out to conquer it. Roy’s story of an Indian immigrant, a doer, a philanthropist, an environmentalist and as a businessman can be summed in his own words, ‘Talking through interpreters and middle-men does not take you very far here. Neither does the Harvard style of doing business. Identifying the real decision-makers in a Chinese company is itself a tall task”.
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