Ex Minister of State for Investment in Cabinet Office and the Department for International Trade, UK
Global Chair, Advisory Council
Institute of Directors, India
Chair, UN Women UK and former Minister
International Development and Energy
& Climate Change, Govt. of UK
UAE Chairman, Institute of Directors, India
Director General, Education & Training Development
Ministry of Interior, UAE
Hon. Minister of State Foreign Commonwealth
& Development Affairs
(South Asia, Middle East, UN, Human Rights)
PM's Special Envoy for Preventing Sexual Violence
Govt. of UK
Govt. Industries & Commerce Department
Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir, India
Co-Promoter & President
Apeejay Stya & Svran Group
Chairperson, Apeejay Stya Education Research Foundation, India
Principal Secretary Tourism & MD
Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board
Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, India
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Vice President, Confederation of British Industry (CBI), UK
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Sir Donald Gordon
Prof. of Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Prof. of Strategy, London Business School
Prof. of Regenerative Medicine
School of Life Sciences
University of Westminster (UK)
Prof. Organisational Behaviour &
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London Business School
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Dubai Quality Group is a non-profit organization set up by the Dubai Economy under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Guided by the vision of H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Quality Group was established in 1994 to develop and promote Excellence in UAE. Dubai Quality Group organizes various training programs, conferences & awards throughout the year with the objective of improving Quality of Service & Business Excellence in the Region. The group extends membership opportunities to organizations, in exchange of various benefits. Cost-effective and value-added workshops are conducted on a regular basis to provide attendees with knowledge, tools and techniques to implement new and effective management theories within their own organizations.
The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Rwanda (iCPAR) was established through an Act of Parliament (Law Number 11/2008 of 06 May 2008) with a broad mandate to grow and regulate the accountancy profession. Under this mandate, the Institute is responsible for the admission and regulation of the profession in Rwanda; the registration and granting of practicing certificates to Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and practicing firms; the monitoring of compliance with professional standards, the investigation and discipline of its members; and the delivery of accounting qualifications, programmes and examinations.
The Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) is a non-stock, not-for-profit organization dedicated to professionalizing corporate directorship and raising the corporate governance standards of the Philippines. ICD was established in the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis by former Philippine Finance Secretary Dr. Jesus P. Estanislao, the institute's Chairman Emeritus, to establish and promote higher corporate governance standards in the Philippines.
SAIPA is the largest and most technologically advanced Professional Accountancy Organisation (PAO) for Professional Accountants in South Africa.
SAIPA boasts a membership of over 15 000 members and celebrates almost 40 years in the industry. SAIPA represents qualified Professional Accountants (SA), Professional Accounting Technicians (SA), Professional Tax Technicians (SA), Professional Tax Specialists (SA) and Professional Tax Practitioners (SA) in practice, commerce and industry, academia and the public sector. For almost 40 years, SAIPA has been a pioneer in the South African economy, contributing to the advancement of the accountancy profession, influencing legislation and constantly transforming to keep abreast of business, financial and social developments in the country and internationally. SAIPA is a member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA), the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), and the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA).
SME Chamber of India, a premier national Chamber has been working for the development of SMEs from manufacturing, service sectors and allied industrial / business sectors for the last 29 years. The Chamber integrates SMEs, large corporates, MNCs, banks, investors, policy makers, Young & Women entrepreneurs and Start–Ups to establish and enhance contacts for better business growth and expansion.
The Chamber has been on a forefront for policy implementation, policy change and encouraging SMEs to avail various incentives, government schemes as well as business and investment opportunities in the era of Make-In-India. The Chamber organises various activities to impart knowledge, skills, scale and provides a platform for promotion of products and services, enhancement of contacts for the business growth, utilisation of unique marketing and branding facilities, advance technology for improvement of capabilities & productivity, quality assurance, utilisation of benefits and advantages of various government departments for domestic and export promotion.
ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants with over 200,000 fully-qualified members and 500,000 students worldwide - and they're among the world's best-qualified and most highly sought-after accountants. Our mission is to be a global leader in the profession by: - Providing opportunity and open access to people of ability wherever they are in the world - Supporting and promoting the highest ethical, governance and professional standards - Advancing the public interest Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. Through our public interest remit, we promote appropriate regulation of accounting, and conduct relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.
We’re the global experts on gold.
Leveraging our broad knowledge and experience, we work to improve understanding of the gold market and underscore gold’s value to individuals, investors, and the world at large. Collaboration is the cornerstone of our approach. We’re an association whose members are the world’s most forward-thinking gold mining companies. Combining the insights of our members and other industry partners, we seek to unlock gold’s evolving role as a catalyst for advancements that meet societal needs. We develop standards, expand access to gold, and tackle barriers to adoption to stimulate demand and support a vibrant and sustainable future for the gold market. From our offices in Beijing, London, Mumbai, New York, Shanghai, and Singapore, we deliver positive impact worldwide.
Welcome to the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh, a state which exudes timelessness in every way. The exotic land is an intoxicating mixture of rich history, vibrant sights, awe inspiring art and shrines. From north to south, east to west, Madhya Pradesh is adorned with beautiful tourist attractions. On the state's rugged northern side, there are the famous temples of Khajuraho. Never before was sensuality and spirituality depicted as artistically as here. Two of India's most famous wildlife sanctuaries- Kanha and Bandhavgarh are embracing the state's area. Towards the southwest are the Buddhist stupas of Sanchi and 15th-century citadels of Mandu. Madhya Pradesh tourism offers you a wonderful mix of nature, heritage, wildlife and spirituality.
Ravin Group established in the year 1950, is one of India's fastest growing business groups. The group comprises companies managing diverse business interests in the power and energy sector. The Ravin Group management board comprises of highly qualified professionals with significant expertise in various markets and have been pioneers of change in the industry.
The Group's values of Sustainability, Integrity and Innovation propel it to perform and excel in all spheres of activity. Ravin Group offers comprehensive solutions across 5 verticals such as Manufacturing, Renewable Energy, EHV & Accessories, Trading, EPC Services in the fields of renewables, cable laying, cable jointing and termination, sub – stations etc.
State Bank of India (SBI) a Fortune 500 company, is an Indian Multinational, Public Sector Banking and Financial services statutory body headquartered in Mumbai. The rich heritage and legacy of over 200 years, accredits SBI as the most trusted Bank by Indians through generations.
SBI, the largest Indian Bank with 1/4th market share, serves over 45 crore customers through its vast network of over 22,000 branches, 62617 ATMs/ADWMs, 71,968 BC outlets, with an undeterred focus on innovation, and customer centricity, which stems from the core values of the Bank - Service, Transparency, Ethics, Politeness and Sustainability. The Bank has successfully diversified businesses through its various subsidiaries i.e SBI General Insurance, SBI Life Insurance, SBI Mutual Fund, SBI Card, etc. It has spread its presence globally and operates across time zones through 229 offices in 31 foreign countries.
Gokaldas Exports Ltd is a manufacturer and exporter of apparel in India. Its principal business activities include the design, manufacture, and sale of a wide range of garments for men, women, and children and caters to the needs of several international fashion brands and retailers. The company mainly operates in two geographical areas - India and the rest of the world. Its principal source of revenue for the company is the export of garments and related products.
In the 20 years since its inception, the Singapore-based Global Indian International School has established 18 campuses across 7 countries in East Asia, South East Asia and the Middle East, spreading quality education with a vision to create global leaders with an entrepreneurial streak. Using innovation at every step, GIIS has ensured that students imbibe its teaching and learning methods in a highly engaging and digitally savvy environment.
Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, aptly called “Ship Builder to the Nation”, is one of India’s leading Defence public sector undertaking shipyard under the Ministry of Defence. Main activities are construction of warships and submarines with facilities situated at Mumbai and Nhava (under development). We have the capability to build warships, submarines, merchant ships upto 40,000 DWT since 1979. For outfitting work, the company has a large number of workshops with sophisticated equipment and machines specific to hull fabrication and ship construction work. The Company has qualified manpower to implement CAD/CAM/CIM using the latest ship design software’s, operating from a number of work stations having the latest computer hardware to provide, up to date design and production support, commensurate with for the yard’s capabilities. The workforce is well trained in various disciplines. Regular training programmes keep the men technologically abreast of the latest techniques of their profession.
Punjab National Bank (International) Limited is a UK incorporated commercial bank offering a range of financial services to its customers. PNBIL is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Punjab National Bank (PNB), India. PNB is a leading public sector bank in India having more than 100 million customers and a network of over 6900 branches.
PNBIL was incorporated in the UK on 13th April 2006 and registered with the Companies House in England & Wales under NO. 5781326. PNBIL has been authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA). It got authorization on 13th April 2007 (Baisakhi Day and exactly 116 years after PNB was incorporated) to conduct Banking Business in the UK under Registration No. 459701. Complete details of the authorization are available in the FCA register. PNBIL started its UK operations in May 2007 and presently operating through its seven branches, four branches viz. Moorgate, Southall, Ilford and Wembley in Greater London and three branches viz. Leicester, Birmingham and Wolverhampton in Midlands. Its corporate office is located at Moorgate in City of London.
Design Forum International (DFI) is a New Delhi based architectural practice that is firmly rooted in the “People-first” approach to design. Founded in 1995 by three graduates from the Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur), Mr. Anand Sharma, Mr. Anoj Tevatia and Mr. Goonmeet Singh Chauhan envisioned the practice to foster an egalitarian organization ethos, where distinct architectural talent could find self-expression and contribute towards the development of human-centric architecture in a collaborative work environment. Since its inception, the practice has been a witness to the unfolding journey of India; from being a third-world country to the fastest growing economy. Through the diverse portfolio including projects across residential, retail, workplaces, recreational, hospitality, institutional, master planning and civic infrastructure, DFI endeavours to contribute to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of being a part of “Nation Building''. Spread across the nation, their notable projects have set benchmarks in the Indian built environment.
GAIL (India) Limited (formerly known as Gas Authority of India Ltd.) is a central public sector undertaking under the ownership of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India. It is headquartered in GAIL Bhawan, New Delhi. Its operations are overseen by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. It has the following business segments: natural gas, liquid hydrocarbon, liquefied petroleum gas transmission, petrochemical, city gas distribution, renewable Energy including Solar & Wind, exploration and production, Petrochemicals, GAILTEL and electricity generation. GAIL was conferred with the Maharatna status on 1 Feb 2013, by the Government of India. Only 10 other Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) enjoy this coveted status amongst all Central PSUs.
The Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICMAI), which was also known as The Institute of Cost & Works Accountants of India (ICWAI) is a professional accountancy body in India. It is under the ownership of Ministry of Corporate Affairs of the Government of India. It has been given a prime responsibility by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to contribute to the cost and management accounting profession at the global level.
The ICMAI is a Founder Member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA) and South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA). ICMAI is a member of the National Foundation of Corporate Governance (NFCG).
Here and Now 365 was founded by Manish Tiwari over 15 years ago. It provides strategically led campaigns for businesses targeting Britain’s culturally diverse market. Why is that important? Ethnic and Multicultural marketing does not just enable brands to reach their target audience; it also makes the brand stand out in a way that is relevant to our times and society. And this relevance can be achieved only when we have a pulse on what is happening in the community from a brand connect perspective. We are quick in identifying these opportunities and agile in delivering impactful communication with quick turnaround times so that the brand stays relevant to the communities.
Central Depository Services Limited (“CDSL”) was found in 1999 to fulfil one goal: Convenient, Dependable and secured depository services. Over two decades later, everything we have done – the values we have built on, dematerialisation of various asset classes, e-services – have all been in support of that singular goal, at an affordable cost. We are a Market Infrastructure Institution (MII) and a crucial part of the Capital market structure, providing services to all Market participants - Exchanges, Clearing Corporations, Depository Participants (DPs), Issuers and Investors.
Tristar Group is a global business, headquartered in Dubai, which offers end-to-end fuel logistics solutions to blue-chip clients including international and national oil companies and intergovernmental organizations. Its integrated energy logistics platform spans road and maritime transportation, specialized warehousing, fuel farms, commercial aviation refueling and fuel supply operations.
Tristar has over 20 years proven legacy of operational quality making it a partner of choice to its customers, with a track record of profitable growth. The company operates to the highest international health, safety, environmental and compliance standards and receives awards for its exemplary record of operational and safety excellence, as well as sustainability initiatives.
VFS Global is the world's largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions. VFS Global is the trusted partner of 66 client governments, operating a global network with more than 3,000 Application Centres in 144 countries. The company has processed over 248 million applications since its inception in 2001. The company manages non-judgmental and administrative tasks related to applications for visa, passport, and consular services for its client governments, enabling them to focus entirely on the critical assessment task. VFS Global has its headquarters in Zurich/Switzerland and Dubai/United Arab Emirates.
VFS Global is majority-owned by funds managed by Blackstone, the world’s largest alternative asset manager. The Swiss-based Kuoni and Hugentobler Foundation and EQT, a global investment organisation, headquartered in Stockholm/Sweden, hold minority stakes in VFS Global.
A joint venture between Tata Motors Limited (40%) and Hitachi Construction Machinery Company Limited (60%), Tata Hitachi provides world class construction equipment to address India’s infrastructure and mining needs. Focused on developing global products to suit Indian working conditions, the organization’s product lineup includes a wide range of excavators: from 2T – 800T Excavators, Backhoe Loaders, Wheel Loaders and 35T – 290T Rigid Dump Trucks. Tata Hitachi has two plants at Dharwad – Karnataka and Kharagpur – West Bengal. The plants epitomize world class manufacturing and state-of-the-art–technology.
Kochi Metro Rail Limited was started with the objective of building and running a metro line, but later we decided to use KMRL as an opportunity to migrate citizens from personal vehicles to public transport and change the face of transportation and mobility in the process. KMRL is trying to build itself as Kerala’s urban transport solutions provider. By being the first metro system in the country with an integrated multimodal transport system, Kochi Metro will not only give the city a much-required face-lift but also provide an end-to-end connectivity.
A French colony until 1954, this coastal town retains a number of colonial buildings, churches, statues, and systematic town planning, as well as urban architecture of the local Tamil style. As such the town has been dubbed "The Europe of India". The town struggles to preserve what little remains of the ambiance once created by this unique mix of cultural heritage. It nevertheless draws tourists from around the world and from across India. Pondicherry is also a popular weekend destination, which can be reached easily from the nearby cities such as Chennai and Bangalore, principally because lower taxation on alcoholic beverages makes drinking in the Union Territory enclave much less expensive than in neighboring states.
Established in 1969, REC Limited is a 'Maharatna' category NBFC focusing on Power Sector Financing and Development across India. Its business activities involve financing projects in the complete power sector value chain; for various types of projects including Generation, Transmission, Distribution and Renewable Energy. Domestically, REC holds the highest credit ratings from CRISIL, ICRA, IRRPL and CARE and internationally is rated at par with the sovereign ratings. Aided by growth in profits year-on-year, the net worth of REC stands at a staggering ?52,600 crores as on 30th June 2022. REC’s funding illuminates every fourth bulb in India.
The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is a central public sector undertaking under the ownership of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India. It is headquartered in New Delhi. ONGC was founded on 14 August 1956 by the Government of India. It is a central public sector undertaking whose operations are overseen by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. It is the largest government-owned-oil and gas explorer and producer in the country, and produces around 70% of India's crude oil (equivalent to around 57% of the country's total demand) and around 84% of its natural gas. In November 2010, the Government of India conferred the Maharatna status to ONGC.
The Apeejay Stya Group is a social commitment in the pursuit of excellence in education. It comprises the Apeejay Education Society and the Apeejay Stya University. All Apeejay Stya institutions are guided by the vision of Dr Stya Paul, Founder Chairman, Apeejay Education Society, based on value-based holistic education focusing on acquiring thinking skills and learning for life. It encompasses a vision that is truly global and is driven by innovative techniques, progressive curricula, and state-of-the-art infrastructure.
Dr. Stya Paul's legacy of excellence is being carried forward by his daughter and only child, Mrs. Sushma Paul Berlia, Chairman of the Apeejay Education Society. She has made an outstanding contribution in ensuring that the Apeejay Stya vision of quality education of global standards leading to man-making and nation-building is effectively reflected in the conceptualization & standardization of the academic programmes and curricula across all its institutions.
We are one of India’s largest mutual fund managers with 4.00 trillion in assets under management. Started in 1999, we were set up as a joint venture between Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited (“HDFC”) and abrdn Investment Management Limited (erstwhile known as Standard Life Investments Limited). During FY18-19 we carried out an initial public offering, and became a publicly listed company in August 2018. Our principal shareholders are HDFC and abrdn Investment Management Limited which own 52.6% and 10.2% stake, respectively. HDFC Asset Management Company (“HDFC AMC”) is the investment manager to the schemes of HDFC Mutual Fund (“HDFC MF”). We offer a comprehensive suite of savings and investment products across asset classes, which provide income and wealth creation opportunities to our large retail and institutional customer base of 10.2 million live accounts.
National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), is an ISO 9001:2015 certified Government of India Enterprise under Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). NSIC has been working to promote, aid and foster the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises in the country. NSIC operates through countrywide network of offices and Technical Centres in the Country. In addition, NSIC has set up Training cum Incubation Centre managed by professional manpower.
Shriram Pistons & Rings (SPR) is today the largest manufacturer of Pistons, Pins, Piston Rings and Engine Valves in India and supplies to major OEMs in India and around the world, and the After Market. The Company's partnerships with global leaders enables access to world-class technology and processes, that have been implemented in its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities at Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh) and Pathredi (Rajasthan). This includes a Tech Centre with comprehensive in-house Design and Development facilities, including FEA, 3D Modeling, Simulation and Diagnostic software, Engine Testing facilities etc. These enable SPR to offer end-to-end solutions and new designs of Pistons, Rings and Engine Valves for improvement in fuel efficiency, lower oil consumption and meeting the latest emission norms. SPR has provided several innovative cost effective solutions by partnering with OEMs in India and abroad that have won the Company recognition and rewards for Excellence in Technology, Quality and Overall Performance.
The University of Westminster is a public teaching focused university based in London, United Kingdom. Founded in 1838 as the Royal Polytechnic Institution, it was the first polytechnic to open in London. The Polytechnic formally received a Royal charter in August 1839, and became the University of Westminster in 1992. Westminster has its main campus in Regent Street in central London, with additional campuses in Fitzrovia, Marylebone and Harrow. It also operates the Westminster International University in Tashkent in Uzbekistan. The university is organised into three colleges and 12 schools, within which there are around 65 departments and centres, including the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) and the Centre for the Study of Democracy. It also has its Policy Studies Institute, Business School and Law School. Westminster had an income of £205.1 million for 2017–2018, of which £22 million was from funding grants, research grants and contracts.
H.E. Vikram K. Doraiswami joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1992. His initial posting was in the High Commission of Hong Kong as third secretary, following which; he served in the Indian Embassy in Beijing for 4 years. He has had the distinction of serving in the Prime Minister’s Office as the private secretary of the Prime Minister of India. His noteworthy stints also include his stint at India’s Permanent Mission to the UN as Political Counsellor and his posting as the Consul General of India in Johannesburg in South Africa. Over his long illustrious career, Mr. Doraiswami has served as India’s ambassador to Uzbekistan, the Republic of Korea and as India’s High Commission to Bangladesh. In between his foreign assignments, at the Ministry of External Affairs, He served as the Joint Secretary in the Americas Division, head of SAARC, and Bangladesh and Myanmar division. He was also tasked with setting up of a new division on Indo-Pacific at the MEA. He assumed charge as the High Commission of India to United Kingdom on 23 September 2022.
Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta is an AGMUT (erstwhile J&K) cadre officer of the Indian Administrative Services. He has vast administrative experience in both, Jammu and Kashmir, and the Government of India, where he has displayed an extraordinary acumen as a leader. He is currently the Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir. Since his appointment he has initiated key good governance initiatives for the development of the State, including security initiatives, which have resulted in unprecedented flow of tourists last year and uptake in a number of economic activities. Earlier, he has served in the state Government as Financial Commissioner; also as Principal Secretary in the Power Development Department, and Commissioner & Secretary, Information Technology Department, amongst others.
Mr. Rajesh Kumar Srivastava, assumed the charge of Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) from 1st September, 2022. Mr. Srivastava is an industry veteran bringing with him an extremely rich professional experience spanning almost near to four decades. He joined ONGC in 1984 as a Graduate Trainee and has over the years risen in the hierarchy of ONGC by serving in different capacities and key positions, including position of Chief of Exploration and Development Directorate. He has played a key role in discoveries of hydrocarbons and making field development plans for major oil & gas fields of ONGC including fields in Assam and Assam Arakan Basin, Mumbai High, Bassein & Neelam, besides others. As an acknowledgement of his contributions he was awarded with ‘Geologist of the Year’ in 2002 and honoured with the prestigious ‘National Mineral Award’ in 2009.
With over 45 years of professional experience in business leadership, Mr. Eugene Mayne leads all the activities of Tristar Group spanning Surface Transport, Ocean and Coastal Transport, Specialized Warehousing, Fuel Farm Management, Turkey Fuel Supply Operations, Commercial Aviation Services, Lubricants and Chemicals Distribution. A very Effective communicator and motivator who identifies and leverages assets to reach organizational goals, under his leadership the group and its entities have grown to become Middle East’s largest privately-owned liquid logistics company with operations in more than 29 countries spread across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Europe and Americas. Over the years he has received a number of prestigious accolades and awards including Seatrade Maritime Lifetime Achievement Award 2020 Middle East, Indian Subcontinent & Africa and has been chronicled as a logistics leader by the ITP Media Group.
Prof. Michael Mainelli is a scientist financier trying to promote societal advance through better finance and technology. He founded Z/Yen, the City of London’s leading think-tank and venture firm, in 1994. Z/Yen is renowned for its Global Financial, Green Finance, and Smart Centres indices, as well as notable ‘firsts’ in research. Educated at Harvard, Trinity College Dublin, and LSE, where he was also Visiting Professor in innovation and IT, he became a senior partner with BDO Binder Hamlyn, and Corporate Development Director for the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Evaluation & Research Agency. Michael is a fellow of Kings College London, Goodenough College, and Gresham College, visiting professor at UCL’s Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple, and non-executive director of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service and a listed mining company.
Mr. Miles Celic is Chief Executive Officer of TheCityUK and has held this position since September 2016. He is also a member of the Department for International Trade Advisory Groups on Financial Services and Professional Advisory Services, a board member of UK Finance and a board member of the Financial Services Skills Commission. Mr. Celic began his career in broadcasting, making and presenting radio and television programmes for the BBC and others. He moved on to work in the UK Parliament, where he focused on foreign affairs and defence issues. Miles subsequently worked in a number of leading reputation management and public policy consultancies, including a period at an arm of Omnicom – one of the world’s largest communications agency groups – where he advised clients including the BBC, the International Committee of the Red Cross and a number of international financial firms. In 2007, Miles joined HSBC’s policy function to lead political engagement.
Ms. Nirupa Shankar has been with Brigade Group since 2009. She oversees the company’s hospitality, office and retail ventures. She has helped launch 5 hotels, signed up another 6 hotels, which are already in various stages of construction. She also oversees Human Resources (HR), Public Relations (PR) and Innovation functions at Brigade. She has an analytical bent of mind and has introduced a data-oriented approach towards decision making in the company. Ms. Shankar has the serial entrepreneurial bug in her and has successfully conceptualized and launched the multi-award-winning lounge bar HIGH Ultra Lounge in Bangalore, the highest point for food and beverage in South India in 2014. She launched India’s first and only real estate accelerator called Brigade Real Estate Accelerator Program, an initiative to mentor high-tech start-ups in real estate, including hospitality in 2016 and her latest venture is the Art Café which combines a hip, vibrant café with original masterworks accessible to millennials.
Prof. Soumitra Dutta has been appointed the Dean of Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, in June 2022. Previously he was the founding Dean of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. He is also President, Portulans Institute; Chair of the Board, Global Business School Network and Member, Global Board, Dassault Systèmes. Professor Dutta is an authority on innovation in the global knowledge economy. He is the co-editor and founder of the Network Readiness Index, published by Portulans Institute and the Global Innovation Index, published by the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization).
Mr. Sandeep Singh is the Managing Director, Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery Company Private Limited (Tata Hitachi), a leader in the Indian Construction Equipment Industry. He joined Tata Hitachi in August 2015. Mr. Singh has over 3 decades of experience in Sales, Marketing, Customer Support and General Management roles across Automotive, Tractor and Construction Equipment industries. He has spent 22 years at Toyota where his last position in India was as Dy. MD & Chief Operating Officer in 2014. Prior to joining Tata Hitachi, he was based at Bangkok, Thailand where he was responsible for Strategy Planning Operations of Toyota Motor Asia Pacific. Mr. Singh began his career with the Mahindra group where he worked in the Tractor and Automotive industry. He also had a 5-year stint in the Construction Equipment industry with JCB India, where he was the Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing.
Mr. Terry Heymann is CFO at the World Gold Council and has broad experience across the gold supply chain. In addition to his role as CFO and Company Secretary. Mr. Heymann also oversees the World Gold Council’s ESG initiatives, including development of the Responsible Gold Mining Principles, the Conflict-Free Gold Standard and the Guidance Note on All-In Costs, all of which support increased transparency and integrity in the gold industry. Mr. Heymann also leads the World Gold Council’s programme of work around ESG, including supporting further progress by the gold industry in helping to deliver the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and address climate change. Prior to joining the World Gold Council, he was a Principal at Marakon Associates, a leading strategy consultancy, where he helped clients in several industries on strategic issues and new product development.
Prof. Didier Cossin works with owners, boards and senior leaders to help them improve performance through best-in-class governance and decision making. He is the Founder and Director of the IMD Global Board Center and also holds the UBS Chair in Banking and Finance at IMD. Prof. Cossin is the originator of the Four Pillars of Board Effectiveness methodology and an advocate of stewardship, the idea that leaders should aim to deliver positive long-term social and economic impact. He is an expert in the governance of investments, including how ESG can be integrated in the investment process all the way through to asset allocations and not only in asset selection and engagement. He is the author of two books on governance: Inspiring Stewardship and High Performance Boards and has published articles in leading journals such as Management Science, the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Computational Finance and MIT Sloan Management Review. He is also a columnist for CEOWORLD magazine.
Prof. Ludo Van der Heyden has been Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD since 1988 and has been the INSEAD Chaired Professor in Corporate Governance since October 2010. He is the founding Academic Director of INSEAD's Corporate Governance Initiative (ICGI) and, with colleagues, still co-directs the International Directors Programme and the Modern Governance in Banking (or IDP for Bankers, with Peter Nathanial). He created the Value Creation for Owners and Directors programmes (with Massimo Massa). He directed the Advanced Management Program (INSEAD’s most senior general management programme, from 2000 to 2008), the INSEAD Zentrum Leipzig (1994-1999), was co-Dean of INSEAD (1990-1995), and also PhD Director & Associate Dean for Research (1989-1990). Before joining INSEAD, Prof. Heyden was on the faculty of the School of Organization and Management at Yale University (1980-1988) and of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1978-80).
Prof. Colin Coulson-Thomas is Director-General, IOD India, UK and Europe Operations and President of the Institute of Management Services. He has helped directors in over 40 countries to improve director, board and corporate performance and is the author over 60 books and reports. He has also held local, regional and national public sector board appointments and a variety of other board, professorial and leadership appointments. He received a CSR Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 CSR Leadership Summit and is the first Honoured Fellow of the Institute of Responsible Leadership. Honorary Professor, Aston University; Visiting Professor, Lincoln International Business School; and a Distinguished Professor at Sri SIIM where he is also President of the Council of International Advisers.
Mr. Martin Wolf is chief economics commentator at the Financial Times, London. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 “for services to financial journalism”. He was a member of the UK government's Independent Commission on Banking between June 2010 and September 2011. Mr Wolf was joint winner of the Wincott Foundation senior prize for excellence in financial journalism for 1989 and again for 1997. He won the RTZ David Watt memorial prize for 1994. In 2006, he became the sixth winner of the Journalism Prize of the Fundacio Catalunya Oberta (Open Catalonia Foundation). He won the "Commentator of the Year" award at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards of 2008.
CMA P. Raju Iyer was elected as the Vice President of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India for the year 2020-2021. In addition to this, he is also Associate Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK. He has a rich experience over a period 4 decades with increasing and progressive responsibilities covering wide areas of organisational development, wealth creation & value addition process to the profession. Being a professional with strong desire towards inclusive growth of the profession, he was elected as the Chairman of SIRC of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India for the year 2013-14, (Performed at various capacities as RCM from 2007). He is also the Founder and Convener 2012-13, Chennai West Study Circle, SIRC of ICSI.
A multidimensional personality, Mrs. Berlia is a leading Entrepreneur, Industrialist and Educationist who has devoted her life to nation-building with global footprints. Mrs Berlia was the first woman to lead a multi-state apex chamber of commerce in India, serving as the President of the PHDCCI in 2005-06. She was the first woman in India to lead her own pharmaceutical company, when not yet 30, and was the first woman entrepreneur of a major educational group in India. Mrs. Berlia is a Former Member of the Board of Governors, IIT Rourkee, and Former Chairperson, Board of Governors, NIT, Jalandhar. She is the Chairperson of ASSOCHAM’s National Council for ‘Ease of Doing Business’ and is a member of the National Management Committees of ASSOCHAM and FICCI. In 1995, Mrs Berlia represented India at the UN World Social Summit at Copenhagen and delivered the keynote address on the ‘Role of Women at the Work Place’.
Mr. Nehal Vora is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Central Depository Services (India) Ltd. (CDSL) since September 24, 2019. CDSL is the first and only depository to be listed on the stock exchange in Asia and the first and the only depository to launch operations at the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) at the GIFT City, Gandhinagar, India. He was recently awarded the ‘CEO of the year’ by the 20th Global Edition Business Leader of the year awards. He also received the ‘The Vocational Excellence Awards’ by the Rotary Club of Bombay Seaface. Mr. Vora is a member of the SEBI Policy Committees, FPI Advisory Committee (FAC), Market Data Advisory Committee (MDAC) and Secondary Market Advisory Committee (SMAC) and he chairs the Working Group on the Data Protocols for Secondary Markets of the MDAC. He began his career with Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in 1996. In his earlier role as the Chief Regulatory Officer of BSE Limited and the member of the Executive Leadership Team, he drove regulatory excellence through membership compliance, surveillance, inspection, investigation, regulatory communication, investor services, listing compliance and regulatory legal teams.
Mr. Stephen Sidebottom, MA, MBA, Chartered FCIPD, FRSA. Stephen has over 30 years’ international experience of working in HR and Organisation Development primarily in global financial services and in both private and public sectors. He has also had nearly 20 years’ experience on the boards of various membership associations. He is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of Kent Savers Credit Union and provides strategic business and HR advice to business leaders through his own consultancy practice. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and a member of the Court of the Guild of Human Resource Professionals. Stephen has lived and worked in the UK, Asia, and Middle East. He started his professional career as a banker before doing an MBA at London Business School and transitioning into HR.
In 2001, Mr. Zubin Jal Karkaria conceptualised and set up VFS Global – as an outstanding example of disruptive innovation. He was also the CEO of the Switzerland-headquartered Kuoni Group (of which VFS Global was a part) globally from 2015 until 2017. VFS Global, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland and Dubai, UAE is a portfolio company of Blackstone, the world’s largest alternative asset manager. Joining Kuoni in 1991, Mr. Karkaria handled several managerial roles before he was appointed as the CEO and Managing Director of Kuoni India and South Asia in 2005. He was made a member of the Kuoni Group Executive Board in 2013, and in 2015 he became the first Asian to be appointed as the CEO of Kuoni Group. In December 2016, Mr. Karkaria was appointed ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite’ (Knight of the National Order of Merit) by the President of the French Republic, François Hollande. He has won several other accolades such as the “Pioneer of the Global Visa Services Industry” and being listed as one of the “Top 25 Young Executives in India” by Business Today.
Mr. Michael G Jacobides is the Sir Donald Gordon Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Professor of Strategy at London Business School. His work, which has received the Sloan Foundation Award, has appeared in the top academic journals such as SMJ, AMJ, AMR, OrgSci and Industrial & Corporate Change, where he is a co-Editor. He studies industry evolution, value migration, firm boundaries and organization design. He is the Chief Expert Advisor on the Digital Economy at the Hellenic Competition Commission and a co-author of the WEF’s White Paper on Digital Platforms and Ecosystems. A winner of the 2018 Theory to Practice Award from the Strategie Forum, he was selected in 2019 as one of the Thinkers50. He works on thought leadership with consultants such as McKinsey, IDEO, Accenture, PwC, Deloitte, Keystone and ECSi, and on strategy with corporates such as Haier, Huawei, MasMovil, Vodafone, Nokia, SAP, Enel, Santander, Helvetia, Zurich, CS, Airbus, DeBeers, Burberry, MerckSerono and the NHS. He served on the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum and has presented at the Davos Annual meetings.
Lord Karan Bilimoria is the founder of Cobra Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited, a Joint Venture with Molson Coors, and Chairman of Molson Coors Cobra India. In the Monde Selection, one of the most prestigious quality awards in the world for beer, the Cobra range have collectively been awarded a total of 128 Gold and Grand Gold medals since 2001, making it one of the most awarded beers in the world. He is the Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, a former Chancellor of Thames Valley University (now the University of West London). He is a founding member of the Prime Minister of India’s Global Advisory Council. In 2006, Karan Bilimoria was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, making him the first ever Zoroastrian Parsi to sit in the House of Lords.
Multi-disciplined executive with a broad range of international market entry experience including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and listings. Mr. Bouverat has dealt with numerous hands-on international trade and finance scenarios, specializing in infrastructure solutions. A passion for British manufactured products and international trade has placed him in a valued position by successive Governments, participating on vital trade missions with Prime Ministers and Ministers, to numerous countries over the last twenty years. Philip joined JCB in 2002 to bring the Chinese market into JCB’s global strategy, he is currently based in London covering international diplomatic liaison, with particular emphasis on India. He is a founding Director of the UK India Business Council, China-Britain Business Council, and Chairs The Infrastructure Group. He was a founder member of the UK Gov Asia Task Force and now sits on the Board of the ASEAN Council, founder Director of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council.
Prof. Randall S. Peterson is Academic Director of the Leadership Institute and Chair of the Research Ethics Committee. As Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School, he teaches on the EMBA, MBA, MFA, and Executive Education on leading teams and organisations, high performance teams, leadership assessment, and interpersonal skill development. He teaches the ‘Leadership Week’ of the Accelerated Development Programme for transition into general management, as well as leadership on the Senior Executive Programme. His research is published in the leading scholarly journals in the field including Academy of Management Annals, Organizational Behaviour and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Applied Psychology, Administrative Science Quarterly and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Randall has also edited a book entitled Leading and Managing People in Dynamic Organizations.
Mr. Nayan Mehta currently heads all finance, accounting, treasury and taxation functions of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). He represents BSE as the Senior Vice Chairman on the Executive Board of the South Asian Federation of Exchanges. He represents BSE on the Boards of group companies and joint ventures of BSE and as a member of the Qualified Audit Review Committee of SEBI. He has previously worked at Credit Analysis & Research Ltd. as Joint General Manager (Accounts), CFO at Multi Commodity Exchange of India Limited and has also worked at the National Stock Exchange. He holds a Bachelor in Commerce degree from University of Mumbai. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant as well as a qualified Cost and Management Accountant.
Mr. Ayush Gupta assumed charge of Director – HR at GAIL (India) Limited on the 22nd of August 2022. Prior to this he was serving as Chief General Manager for Human Resource Development in GAIL. Mr. Gupta has a long and extensive experience of 30 years in the fields of Training and Human Resource Development, Talent Acquisition, Leadership Development, Performance Management, HRD Initiatives, Project Management and Operations & Maintenance. He has led several initiatives to enhance employee experience including the critical digital initiatives to streamline employee engagement. Gupta joined GAIL in the year 1998 as Dy. Manager (Electrical) at Agra and Firozabad City Gas Distribution Project. There he was involved in implementation of the city gas distribution network in Taj trapezium zone and led several initiatives for bringing down the stock loss in the region. He is currently also on the board of GAIL Gas Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of GAIL.
Dr. Graham Wilson is a behavioural scientist and psychotherapist, who writes and speaks on leadership, management, personnel, and organizational development. He is an executive confidant and facilitator, conference rapporteur, and a lecturer with the Oxfordshire Business and Enterprise School. He is chair of two charities, executive lead for research in the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) Coaching division, and project manager for research for the RLSS UK (Royal Life Saving Society).
Mr. Suhel Seth is the Managing Partner of Counselage India Private Limited, which is a branding and marketing consultancy. He advises Chairpersons and CEOs across the globe. His current clients include Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons; Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries; Pawan Munjal, Chairman of Hero MotoCorp; Sanjiv Goenka, Chairman of RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group; Fortis Healthcare; SRL Diagnostics; GMR and True Beacon, to name a few.
He has been the principal brand advisor to MNCs who are either looking at entering India or are in India and facing headwinds either from a brand perspective or a corporate issue. Amongst these MNCs were the entry strategies for Vodafone, Dassault and Diageo.
Prof. Colin Coulson-Thomas is Director-General, IOD India, UK and Europe Operations and President of the Institute of Management Services. He has helped directors in over 40 countries to improve director, board and corporate performance and is the author over 60 books and reports. He has also held local, regional and national public sector board appointments and a variety of other board, professorial and leadership appointments. He received a CSR Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 CSR Leadership Summit and is the first Honoured Fellow of the Institute of Responsible Leadership. Honorary Professor, Aston University; Visiting Professor, Lincoln International Business School; and a Distinguished Professor at Sri SIIM where he is also President of the Council of International Advisers.
Mr. Vijay Karia, is the Chairman and MD of Ravin Group of Companies. Ravin group is a leading player in the Indian power and energy. He has been Chairman of Cable Division of IEEMA. As Chairman and Managing Director of Ravin Group, he has been instrumental in leading the electrical cable segment in many ways by launching new and improved products from time to time, and has been a pioneer and largest exporter of cables from India. His is the first Indian cable manufacturing company to set up its manufacturing facility overseas in UAE. He was recently awarded as India's Most Inspiring Entrepreneur by the Economic Times, and is considered as one among the top 50 Entrepreneurs by ET today.
Mr. Atul Temurnikar is a prominent member of the education industry in South East Asia, Middle East and India and serves as a founding Trustee and Executive Chairman of Singapore based Global Schools Foundation (GSF), a not-for-profit organisation. He is a philantrophist and born leader. Recently he contributed 200000 Singapore Dollar to PM Care Fund for Covid19. An engineer by qualification, he has completed his Masters in Management from the University of East London. His career saw him venturing into the education sector after a 14-year stint in information technology (IT) firms like HCL Technologies Ltd and IBM (1997-2002). Mr. Temurnikar is recipient of many awards / accolades incl Walter L. Hurd Executive Medal from Walter L. Hurd Foundation, USA and the Asia Pacific Quality Organization.
Dr Kamali is a leader in organizational change, and has spearheaded education, training, research and applied technology programmes in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East for more than two decades. In 1989, following doctoral studies in engineering at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., he returned to the UAE where he took up senior leadership positions with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) — the UAE’s largest institution of higher learning with 17 campuses. Five years later, he founded the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT), HCT’s entrepreneurial and commercial arm. In 2005, he was HCT Vice Chancellor till 2015.
Baroness Sandip Verma was born in Punjab, India, moving to the UK with her parents at the age of one. A successful business woman, Lady Verma started her first business at the age of 19 in high fashion, supplying high street multiples. In 2000, she changed her business to the service sector and went into auxiliary care. She joined Conservative Party in 1999. In 2006, she was raised to the peerage as Baroness Verma of Leicester in the County of Leicestershire. Prior to becoming Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for DECC in September 2012, Baroness Verma was Spokesperson for Cabinet Office, International Development, Women and Equalities and Business Innovation and Skills. Baroness Verma also served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Development from May 2015 until July 2016.
Ms. Helen Brand is chief executive of ACCA, the global body for professional accountants, a post she has held since 2008.
Helen has built her career within professional bodies and has considerable experience and knowledge of the 178 markets in which ACCA currently operates. She is a founding member of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and now serves as a co-Vice-Chair of the Value Reporting Foundation which was created through the merger of the IIRC and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) in June 2021.
She is a member of the UK government’s Professional and Business Services Council, and she was appointed to the UK DIT’s Trade Advisory Group on Professional Advisory Services in August 2020. One of the few women to lead a global professional body, Helen is a regular media commentator on the role ethics and the delivery of public value play in business and society.
Gopichand P. Hinduja, fondly known as ‘GP’ in business circles, is Co-Chairman of the Hinduja Group.
From the very first acquisition of globally renowned iconic brand, Gulf Oil, in 1984, or in 1987, making the first major NRI investment into India with the acquisition of Ashok Leyland, the then struggling Indian automotive manufacturer, or later to acquisitions of the UK’s electric bus manufacturer, Optare which he has overseen and guided to be transformed into Switch Mobility, the leading EV foray of Ashok Leyland. He was also instrumental, first in acquisition of Houghton Inc. in USA by the Group, and later in its merger with Quaker Inc to become Quaker-Houghton, an NYSE listed global leader in metal working fluids, of which the Group is the single largest shareholder. GP remains at the forefront of the Group’s global M&A activities. Irrespective of any of the business sectors that the Group may be invested in, GP prefers to have a direct, hands-on approach towards any M&A opportunity that Group keeps exploring.
RT Honorable Lord Swraj Paul of Marylebone, PC - an Indian born, British businessman and Philanthropist is the Chairman of Caparo Group Limited.
After completing his education, he joined his family business in Calcutta. Subsequently, in 1966 he went to England for medical aid for his younger daughter, Ambika. Following Ambika’s tragic death in 1968, he founded the Caparo Group in the United Kingdom. The first Caparo company was Natural Gas Tubes Ltd, a Steel Tubes Manufacturing Plant in Huntingdon, UK. The Caparo Group with headquarters in London, UK: has operations in the UK, USA, Canada, India and UAE.
Lord Paul has been conferred with the prestigious civilian award Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 1983. In 1996, He was appointed as a Life Peer by Conservative Prime Minister John Major, and he sits in the House of Lords as a Cross-Bencher with the title Baron Paul of Marylebone, in the City of Westminster.
Ritu Prakash Chhabria is the Founder member and Managing Trustee of the Mukul Madhav Foundation (MMF). Working ceaselessly with MMF over the past 23 years to transform the way charity is done in India, she has constantly worked to support the under-served with dignity and not dole outs. Personally involved in impacting numerous lives and livelihoods through initiatives in education, healthcare, self-employment, women empowerment, sanitation, water conservation and every other genuine need that remains unfulfilled, and comes to her attention. Supporting and furthering the under-served across geographies, ages, gender, occupations, and religions. Her every action is powered by a deep spirituality, and her active practice of meditation and gratitude. With a Masters in International Relations, she majored in Economics from Richmond College, London, with a minor in Marketing. This has held her in good stead when liaising with local government bodies, benevolent corporates and international collaborators.
Prof. Medhat is the Chief Executive of the UK Institute of Innovation & Knowledge Exchange and Chief Executive of the STEM Foundation. He is a Visiting Professor of Innovation & Digital Transformation to the University of Westminster, and a Member of the ISO Technical Committees for Innovation, Artificial Intelligence, and Defence Standardisation. Professor Medhat is also an active member and contributor to the UK Scientific and Parliamentary Committee. He led innovation accreditation and skills certification programmes in many multinational organisations such as BAE Systems, EDF Energy, GXO, Hitachi-Horizon Nuclear, MBDA Missile Systems, UK Ministry of Defence, NATO Allied Command, Panasonic, Siemens, Toyota and Thales amongst many others. Prof Medhat served as Principal and Chief Executive of Dubai University, Vice President/ President of a Nasdaq listed technology company, and held the IBM Chair in Concurrent Engineering (Worldwide).
Mr. Krishnakumar Srinivasan is currently the MD & CEO of Shriram Pistons & Rings Ltd. In the past, he has managed leadership roles with Bharat Forge Limited, Eaton Corporation, & Schaeffler, primarily in the automotive space. He is a resilient customer oriented, seasoned professional with over 3 decades of outcome-driven headship roles in diverse industries. For over 1.5 decades, he has been handling complete P & L of multinational companies in India and overseas. He was handling the overseas operation of Bharat Forge in Europe and US operations apart from being the President of strategic business. He was also the Asia pacific President for Eaton based out of Shanghai. He has an excellent blend of Technical, Commercial and financial acumen. He is an excellent team leader and an ‘Out of Box’ thinker with profound exposure in Automotive and CV Industries. He is an active member of ACMA, CII & IMA and is involved in various social activities especially focusing on Girl child education. He is the Co-Chairperson of National Council on Auto & Auto Ancillaries, ASSOCHAM and is member of National Council on Making Manufacturing Future Ready at CII.
Mr. Navneet Munot is the MD & CEO of HDFC Asset Management Company Limited (HDFC AMC/ HDFC Mutual Funds), a joint venture of HDFC Ltd. with Abrdn Investment Management Limited. He has 28 years of rich experience in financial markets, and joined the firm in February 2021. Prior to this, he was the Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer of SBI Funds Management Private Limited. He was a key member of the Executive Committee, responsible for overseeing investments worth over $ 150 billion across various asset classes in mutual funds and segregated accounts. He was also a Director on the board of SBI Pension Funds (P) Limited. In his previous assignments, he was the Executive Director & Head – multi-strategy boutique with Morgan Stanley Investment Management and Chief Investment Officer – Fixed Income and Hybrid Funds at Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund. He has a Masters’ degree in Accountancy and Business Statistics; is a qualified Chartered Accountant from India; Charter Holder of the CFA Institute and CAIA Institute. He has also done Financial Risk Management (FRM).
Mr. B. V. R. Subrahmanyam, IAS (Retd) is a 1987 batch Indian Administrative Services officer of Chhattisgarh cadre who served as the Commerce Secretary of India. Over the long course of his illustrious career, Mr. Subrahmanyam worked in the Prime Minister’s Office between 2004-2008 and March 2012 – March 2015 under Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Narendra Modi respectively. In between his PMO stints he worked with the World Bank. In 2015 he was shifted to Chhattisgarh where he was a principal secretary followed by an Additional Chief Secretary (Home). He also held additional charges of jail and transport during his tenure there. Subrahmanyam was appointed by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet as the Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir in June 2018. As Secretary of Commerce in the Government of India, Mr Subrahmanyam led the negotiations on India-UK free trade agreement and is also tasked with completing the Pragati Maidan Project. Mr Subhrahmanyam belongs to Andhra Pradesh and holds an engineering degree along with a management degree from London Business School.
Mr. Goonmeet Singh Chauhan is an architect, urbanist, aspiring author and a futurist with boundless enthusiasm. Mr. Chauhan established Tevatia, Chauhan & Sharma along with his two partners in 1995, which later gave birth to Design Forum International in 2003. He believes that architects must go beyond the stated brief and use their imagination to discern the dynamic flow of life that shall happen within the containers called buildings to create habitats that are birthed in their context and irradiate experiential joy and visual delight.His notable projects include the Select Citywalk, a distinguished retail centre, CyberWalk and the recently inaugurated New Courts Block at the Delhi High Court. His contribution to the once in a lifetime opportunity of being a part of “Nation Building” includes projects like the VanijyaBhawan, Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India, NIT Delhi, New Integrated Terminal Building, Guwahati International Airport, Metro Stations, Dakshineswar Skywalk, Kolkata, ITO Skywalk, Amritsar Railway Station and Multi-Modal Logistics and Transport Hub, Dadri.. To celebrate the opening of the New Courts Block, he recently authored a book titled 'The Delhi High Court- Making of the New Courts block', which solemnizes the completion of the project.
Mr. Vivek Kumar Dewangan, IAS is the Chairman & Managing Director of REC Limited since May 17, 2022. He is an IAS officer (Manipur:1993) and holds B.E. in Electronics from NIT, Bhopal and P.G. in Optoelectronics & Optical Communication from IIT, Delhi. Prior to joining REC, he was Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Power, Government of India. During his illustrious IAS career, he has held various administrative positions in the areas of Finance, Power & Energy, Petroleum & Natural Gas, Elections, Law & Justice, Commerce & Industries, Minister’s Offices (Corporate Affairs, Agriculture & Food Processing Industries), Education, Human Resource Development, Sericulture, Agriculture & Cooperation, Economic affairs, Economics & Statistics, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, District Administration (Surguja & Raipur district in Chhattisgarh and Senapati district in Manipur) and revenue administration. As CMD, he provides strategic vision and overall direction to REC for achieving its corporate objectives. He is also the ex-officio Chairman of REC’s wholly-owned subsidiary viz. REC Power Development and Consultancy Limited (RECPDCL).
Mr. Jiten Vyas is the Chief Commercial Officer at VFS Global and is responsible for the Passport & Consular Services, eVisa Services, and other high growth businesses. Prior to this, Jiten led VFS Global’s business operations in the Australasia, China, Africa and Europe and CIS regions as the Regional Group Chief Operating Officer, responsible for overall business growth, building strong client government relationships and managing the company’s extensive operations in these regions. Having joined VFS Global in 2003 he has held multiple leadership roles within the company across various geographies and has played an important role in developing strong relationships with all client governments. As one of the company’s longest serving management team members, and as an Executive Board member, Jiten has played a pivotal role in the overall development of VFS Global into a truly global leader. A hospitality graduate with over two decades of industry experience, Jiten has worked with leading hospitality brands such as Hilton and Oberoi Hotels & Resorts prior to VFS Global.
Mr. Manish Tiwari has been working in the media for over a decade and has a good understanding of how it works. His media and marketing firm, 'Here and Now 365,' was launched in 2005 and has been a driving factor in generating brand communications among the varied populations of the UK. Dabur, Airtel, SBI, HDFC, Unilever India, Taj Mahal, Brooke Bond, and many other Indian and South Asian companies have been introduced to the UK market by his company. Manish Tiwari has been a standout performer in his field, completely dominating the advertising and marketing industry. His team at ‘Here and Now 365’ has been constantly updating and renewing so that it stays relevant even today. They are well-known for assisting clients in achieving quarterly and annual objectives. Mr. Tiwari has been named as one of the top 20 diversity professionals in the world by the Guardian.
Mr. Liam Healy is the senior vice president (SVP) and managing director, International at Diligent Corporation, the leader in modern governance providing SaaS solutions across governance, risk, compliance, audit and ESG with $600 million in revenue. In his role, Liam leads all aspects of Diligent’s business in the APAC and EMEA regions including new client acquisition, customer success, marketing, professional services, and finance. He previously served as managing director of EMEA; SVP of Diligent Entities where he doubled the revenue of the business unit and head of sales at BoardEffect, which was acquired by Diligent. Prior to his career in business, Liam spent eight years playing and coaching professional baseball in America. Liam received a bachelor of science from Towson University.
Prof. Brendon Noble is a medicines development specialist and biotechnologist with an interest in musculoskeletal health, biomaterials and cell therapy production. He is Professor of Regenerative Medicine and Head of the School of Life Sciences at the University of Westminster and served as Chief Scientific Officer & Director of Strategy at the U.K. Stem Cell Foundation. He has been working in the field of stem cell biology since 1989. He developed his work in the Medical School at Cambridge University where he jointly held a Medical Research Council (MRC) Programme grant in the MRC Bone Group and was then Professor of Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh where he directed the Bone and Cartilage Repair Programme in the Medical Research Council "Centre for Regenerative Medicine". Professor Noble has co-founded two cell therapy companies and has patented in the cell therapy field. He is familiar with the complexities and challenges associated with new cell therapy production for clinical use.
Dr. Peter Bonfield as Vice Chancellor and President of University of Westminster has responsibility to direct all the university activities and development. He was previously Chief Executive Officer of the BRE Group, which focused on research, standards and training to enable a safer and sustainable built environment around the world. He was also the President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) during 2019/20. Dr. Bonfield is currently the Deputy-Chair of London Higher, the organisation representing the 39 or so London Universities, where he has founded and Chairs the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Network focused on students and colleagues who collectively face many challenges. Dr. Bonfield was awarded the OBE in 2012 for services to research and innovation in the construction industry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, the Chartered Institute of Building, the City and Guilds Institute, Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.
Mr. V.A. George, Executive Chairman, Thejo Engineering Limited, Chennai is a Mechanical Engineer with a Post Graduate Diploma in Management. He holds a Board Director Diploma with Distinction from the International Institute of Management Development, Switzerland, a Corporate Director Certificate from Harvard Business School, USA, an Advanced Certificate in Corporate Governance and a Certificate in Global Management from INSEAD, Paris. He is a fellow of All India Management Association and Institute of Directors. He has more than four decades of experience in the corporate world (both in public and private sector) of which, more than 25 years has been in senior management positions. He is a Director on multiple Boards. He has served Equipment Leasing Association of India as its Chairman and had been an Adjunct/Visiting Faculty in several Management Institutes, including XLRI, Jamshedpur and Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai.
Mr. K Lakshminarayanan is currently the Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Law and Information technology in the Government of Puducherry, a Union Territory in India. Mr. Lakshminarayanan over the years has been a key figure in Puducherry’s administration and public policy. He is a member of Puducherry’s Legislative assembly having been elected to the Raj Bhawan constituency since the year 2001. Apart from his current responsibilities in the departments of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Law and IT; Mr Lakshminarayanan earlier held the prominent portfolio of PWD Minister. He has been a vocal advocate for enhancing Puducherry’s infrastructure including the development of ferry terminal and minor port under the Sagarmala Scheme. In the year 2021, he was appointed the Protem Speaker of Puducherry Assembly by the Governor and tasked with the important duty of discharging oath to the hon’ble Members of Legislative Assembly.
Mr. Sheo Shekhar Shukla, IAS is Principal Secretary, Tourism, Culture & Public Relation Department, Govt of M.P. and Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board. He is serving in the Tourism Department since August 2020 in which time several important international and domestic campaigns have been conceptualized and successfully organized. He has been instrumental in steering the tourism policy in the state towards responsible and eco-tourism with a focus on rural and agri-tourism. The state has also become a major hub for spiritual and wellness tourism. In his long years of service, Mr. Shukla has been an exemplary administrator with extensive knowledge and expertise about the state and its varied social schemes and programs. His present responsibilities include overseeing the entire Tourism portfolio for the state. Mr. Shukla also handles the portfolio of Principal Secretary of Culture and Public Relations Dept of Govt of M.P. He holds M. Tech in Nuclear Science and have about 26 years of work experience in the Indian Administrative Services. He has held various assignments in the field as collector and Commissioner.
Mr. Navin Chawla, IAS (Retd) is former Chief Election Commissioner of India. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1969. In the course of a varied and interesting career, he served in the Governments of Delhi, Goa, Puducherry and Lakshadweep as well as Ministries of Labour, Home, and Information and Broadcasting, where as Joint Secretary and later as Secretary, he helped to shape the "Open-Sky" policies. In 2005 he was appointed Election Commissioner. In April, 2009 he took over as Chief Election Commissioner. During his tenure he successfully completed, to national and international acclaim, the General Elections in April – May 2009 and initiated several important reforms. After his retirement, he has been invited to lecture at Institutions and Universities across the country. He is also frequently invited by Electoral bodies overseas to observe their elections.
Mr. Stephen Rouatt is the CEO of the UK & Ireland markets for Signify, he was previously the Global Head of Strategy, Alliances & MI. Formerly known as Philips Lighting, Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in consumer (B2C) and professional (B2B) lighting products, systems and services ($8 billion in revenues). Stephen has been a member of several World Economic Forum (WEF) groups, the UK Green Building Council, the UK Corporate Leaders Group, the UK LIA, and an Advisory Board member for Koach.net. Previously he was with ING Bank, as well as McKinsey and Accenture. Experienced with scale-ups and large corporations, covering growth and restructuring - he has 20+ years of industry and consulting experience across a range of sectors (e.g., CPG, Telecoms, Banking), but is most passionate about Innovation and Technology in products and services, including IoT and Fintech.
Mr. Lalit Agarwal is an Indian Value retail baron. He has over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience in the retail industry and is the Founder, and Managing Director of V-Mart Retail Ltd., the country’s first organized value fashion retail chain in tier 2/3/4 cities and townships. As a leading industry voice, Mr Lalit holds the role of the Chairman of Retailers Association of India (RAI) for the Northern Region, and for the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He has been awarded the 'Retail Leader of the Year in 2018' by Indian Retail (Franchise India). ‘NITI Aayog’, nominated him for the ‘Champions of Change’ initiative by the Government of India. Under his leadership, the company has been recognized as "The world's best-performing departmental store chain" by Bloomberg in 2018. He has been an avid speaker and contributed to forums like the World Retail Congress. He has been awarded as the 'Retail Leader of the Year in 2018' by the Indian Retail (Franchise India). As the Managing Director, the company has scaled up from a store in 2003 to over 400+ stores in 27 cities in 2022 and with a market cap of nearly a Billion USD.
Ali Bin Mohammed AlMuwaijei is currently serving as Vice President at Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), looking into Governance, Compliance and Agility since March 2019. He is also a Member of the Board of Governors of the Institute of Internal Auditors Inc. and holds the distinction of being a certified auditor from the UAE Ministry of Economy. Prior to joining DEWA, Mr. AlMuwaijei was Senior Vice President at Dubai South, responsible for overseeing and directing the development, efficient operation, enhancement and implementation of the Corporate Support strategy. During his stint with Dubai South, he also participated in UAE Government’s Leaders Program which aimed to develop the best UAE leaders through rigorous programs, focussing on instilling 21st century leadership competencies.
Alice Williams leads the Strategy development and execution for Schneider Electric in the UK and Ireland. Alice joined the Strategy team at Schneider Electric in January 2019, focusing on cross function business analysis and government affairs, before assuming the role of VP Strategy in March 2020. Her role is to simplify complexity and map routes for the seven operating business units across 17 main end user segments to ensure that we can deliver impactful solutions for our customers across the width of the Schneider portfolio. Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Alice spent nine years serving as a commissioned officer within the British Army, conducting primarily intelligence and reconnaissance-based roles in Afghanistan, Malaysia, Ghana, France, Belgium, Poland and North America. As such she is passionate about the role of information and insight in delivering strategic effect.
Dr. Assoc. Prof. Tatyana Boikova has Ph.D. in Economics and is Associate Professor at Baltic International Academy. She delivers lectures on Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Economics, EU Institutions and Decisions Making. Her research interests include the sustainable growth of innovative economies, macroeconomic instability and the cyclic fluctuations of business activity, the financial market dimension and corporate governance in the new economy. She participates as a speaker at high-impact international conferences and has refereed international publications. She is an Associate Editor of the International Journal, Frontiers in Finance and Economics, a Member of the Royal Economic Society, the International Society for the Intercommunication of New Ideas, and the Academic Council of the United Nations System.
Rajeev Verma, a 1992 batch IAS officer of the AGMUT cadre, has been appointed as the new Chief Secretary of the Union Territory in place of Ashwani Kumar. Mr Kumar has been transferred to New Delhi. Mr. Verma is currently serving as the Principal Secretary (Home) and Agriculture Production Commissioner and Chairman of Staff Selection Board to the Arunachal Pradesh government. The order announcing the transfer and new appointment was issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday. Though the order says the changes would take immediate effect, it was not certain whether Mr. Kumar would relinquish charge before the scheduled visit of Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday.
Mr. Prashant Goyal, IAS is a 1993 batch Indian Administrative Service officer of the AGMUT Cadre. Since inception he has worked in various government departments at various positions including Finance, Commerce, Taxation and Infrastructure. He has served as the Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance where he was in-charge for the UN, Multilateral Institutions, and Coin & Currency. Prior to assuming charge as the Principal Secretary for Department of Industries and Commerce, Jammu & Kashmir, Mr. Goyal also served as an advisor to the Asian Development Bank in Manila and as Principal Secretary for Finance, Planning and IT at the Government of Puducherry. Mr. Goyal has a B.E. Degree in Electrical Engineering from NIT Jaipur and PG Diploma in Public Policy and Management from IIM, Bangalore. He holds certificates from University of California, Irvine in Macro Economics & Micro Economics Policy.
Mr. Sarmad Hafeez, IAS is an IAS officer in the AGMUT cadre and is the Secretary of Tourism of the beautiful UT of Jammu and Kashmir, the Crown of Incredible India. After having received his Master's degree in Law from the United States of America he returned to India and joined the civil services to serve in his home State of Jammu and Kashmir. Having considerable experience in the field of tourism and as the secretary to government for the Department of tourism, Jammu and Kashmir, he has been instrumental in reviving tourism post COVID and his proactive approach and initiatives have been widely recognised and hailed for the revival of tourism in the country. Several innovative initiatives, the Iconic festivals, aggressive publicity campaigns, improvement of tourist services, sustainable tourism initiatives, opening up of new tourist destinations, focus on experiential tourism and improvements in services have resulted in the highest ever tourist footfall in Jammu and Kashmir which is fast becoming the most sought after tourist destination in the country.
Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon is the Minister of State for the Middle East, South Asia and the United Nations at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). He is also the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict. Lord Ahmad was Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the United Nations until September 2020. He was then appointed Minister for South and Central Asia, North Africa, United Nations and the Commonwealth until September 2022. From 2018 to 2019, Lord Ahmed was the special envoy to the Prime Minister for Freedom of Religion or Belief. Apart from this he has also served as the Minister for Aviation and Trade, Minister for Countering Extremism, Transport Minister, Skills & Aviation Security. From 2012 to 2014 he was the Government Whip and Lord in Waiting. He was also the National Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party from 2008 to 2010. Lord Ahmed is the Councillor (Wimbledon Park) and Cabinet Member in the London Borough of Merton (2002 to 2012). Lord Ahmad had a 20-year career in the City working in banking and finance, including at the NatWest Group where he was a senior manager in corporate banking and financial markets.
Dr. Prem Mahi, is one of the senior executives of Mott MacDonald Limited, UK having spent more than 32 years there. Dr. Mahi has a deep knowledge and understanding of current power market and future ideas for growth and risk management. In his current role he looks at business development (client management), strategy (developing and updating our five-year vision) and innovation management (developing future trends and ideas) in the energy sector. He also has extensive experience in energy project development (from feasibility study to decommissioning), pollution control, climate mitigation and policies for power generation (thermal, renewable, hydro, nuclear, energy form waste), transmission lines and oil & gas.
Doug Gordon is an international speaker, a radio presenter and CEO of D&S Performance Optimisation. He spent 21 years in the Investment industry selling Hedge Funds and Mutual Funds B2B to Global Banks, Institutional Fund Managers and Stockbrokers. He held positions of Head of Sales and Marketing and Sales Director at two of the top Fund Managers in Europe. In 2012 he had a near death experience which was the same year he did an industry record of over $1.75BN in sales in one year. Doug has spoken on stage in America, all over Europe and the UK with film stars, TV Celebs, sports stars, CEOs, and NY Times Bestselling authors. In terms of conferences he has spoken at the All-Ireland Business Summit, the National Finance Summit, the Irish Business Expo, the National Health Summit, at the Association of Key Account Managers Summit, the World Family Office Investment Summit, The International Transfer Agency Summit, the Hyper Sales Growth Conference and at the Speak and Write to Make Millions conference.
The Lord Johnson of Lainston CBE is a former UK Minister of State for Investment in Cabinet Office and the Department for International Trade, who served during the tenure of Prime Minister Liz Truss. He also served as the Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party from 2016 to 2019. Lord Johnson is a financier and hedge fund manager by profession, the co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Somerset Capital Management. From 2006 to 2010, Johnson was a Conservative councillor for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. In the 2017 New Year Honours, Johnson was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) "for political service". Johnson began his career in finance with Robert Fleming & Co. in 1995, and then with Jardine Fleming, Hong Kong, in 1998. In 2001, he went into asset management, and worked for Lloyd George Management until 2007. In 2007, he co-founded Somerset Capital Management with three of his fellow colleagues from Lloyd George Management in Hong Kong. Lord Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from Durham University, graduating in 1995.
Mr. Loknath Behera, IPS retired as the Director General of Police & State Police Chief, of Kerala in June 2021. In the past, he has worked in the NIA (National Investigation Agency) & CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) for about 16 years. Since August 2021, he has taken over as the Managing Director, Kochi Metro Rail Ltd. In the year 2009, he was called by the Govt. of India (GoI) to join the newly formed National Investigation Agency (NIA), the Counter Terrorism Law Enforcement Agency of India. He is considered the founder member and credited for establishing and building the ‘National Investigation Agency’ (NIA). He joined the Indian Police Service in 1985 as an ASP in Kerala Cadre, holding several important posts like DCP in Trivandrum, Commissioner of Police, Cochin. Thereafter he was the SP and DIG in CBI, for more than 10 years. He was conferred the Meritorious Service Medal in 2002 for outstanding contribution to the Indian Police and Distinguished Service Medal in 2009 for outstanding contributions to the Indian Police by President of India. He has also won Awards for Excellence in Public Service from various public institutions and private bodies.
Prof. Mike Saks is a Visiting Professor at the University of Westminster and Emeritus Professor at the University of Suffolk. He studied for his doctorate in Sociology at the London School of Economics, where he also taught, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, the Institute of Knowledge Exchange, the Research Council for Complementary Medicine, and the Royal Society of Arts. He was Provost and Chief Executive at University Campus Suffolk (UCS), Senior Pro Vice Chancellor/Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln and Dean of Faculty of Health and Community Studies at De Montfort University – following over ten years contributing to the Schools of Business, Law, Public Administration and Social Sciences there. Professor Saks has continued to publish extensively in areas of health, professions, regulation and research methods. Mike Saks has a strong enterprise profile. He is a member of the Innovation Council, along with many Chief Executives of major multinational corporations. He has formally advised the UK Departments of Health and professional bodies, such as the General Medical Council and the General Social Care Council, on the regulation of health and social care professions. He has also been Chair of the UK Human Tissue Bank and the Research Council for Complementary Medicine.
Dr. Randhir Auluck is the head of the School of Organisations, Economy & Society (SOES), Westminster Business School at the University of Westminster. Formerly she was Associate Head of School on Enterprise & Innovation, Coventry Business School at Coventry University. Here she was leading the strategic and high value executive education programmes and a multi-million pound portfolio. She is also the City Councillor of Coventry City Council, representing Upper Stoke ward, and has particular interest in public sector reform and public service management issues. She is a serving Magistrate, Vice Chair of the Board of the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, Trustee Coventry Relate and Trustee Central Academies Trust. Dr. Auluck is passionate about leadership, communities, learning, education, collaborative learning, and creativity. Apart from her interest in leadership and leadership development, she takes keen interest in strategic change management, inclusion and strategic HRD.
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