About the Programme
The Indo-UK ties are built on the bedrocks of shared history and mutual interests. Both are vibrant democracies with rich history and diversity which further emphasizes the importance of this bilateral relationship. Indo-UK ties have also continued to grow due to stronger cultural and personal relations. As both countries start their post-Covid plans, they are exploring different and new avenues of collaboration while deepening their traditional ties. The session will focus on new challenges, opportunities and potential areas for collaboration between the two countries, with some of the top experts in the bilateral relations
Chandrajit Banerjee (CB) is the Director General of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). CII is India’s apex industry organisation, proactively enhancing the competitiveness of Indian Industry. CB has been with the CII for over 33 years and has served as its Director General since 2008. In this post, he is responsible for the overall operations of CII. He has held and also holds Trusteeship and Board Member posts in many Indian and global institutions of repute. CB is a Member of a number of important Government Advisory Bodies at the National and State levels. As DG of CII, he is responsible for leading and contributing to many policy level dialogues and discussions to enhance the competitiveness of India Inc and towards the development of India. Prior to his appointment as Director General, CB held several leadership positions in key areas including sectoral verticals of Manufacturing, Services, Agriculture and Life Sciences as well as the SME sector. He has also led CII’s policy work relating to macroeconomic policy, financial services and corporate governance. He is also Secretary for many bilateral CEOs Forums constituted by the Government of India. CB’s International awards include an honour from China on China-India Friendship Award by the Chinese Premier for his contributions towards the development of bilateral ties between India and China, and the decoration of “Knight Commander” by Spain in recognition of his meritorious achievements and exceptional contributions towards promoting relations between India and Spain. Chandrajit Banerjee is a Post-Graduate (MS) in Economics with specialisation in Economics of Planning and Econometrics from the University of Calcutta. Earlier, he did his Graduation from St. Xavier's College (Calcutta) in Economics (Hons). He has also been honoured with Honorary Doctorate (D. Phil Honoris Causa). As an apex Industry body, CII works closely with the Government of India and Industry to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India. CII is a non-government, not-for-profit industry-led and industry-managed organisation serving directly and indirectly 300,000 enterprises, both private and public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs. More than 250 National and Regional Sectoral and Industry bodies are members of CII. CII has over 100 sectoral and subject-based Committees to further policy issues for the country and focus on competitiveness of Indian Industry. With 68 offices, including 10 Centres of Excellence, in India, and 9 overseas offices as well as institutional partnerships with 390 counterpart organizations in more than 130 countries, CII serves as a reference point for Indian Industry and the international business community.
Karan Bilimoria, Founder, Cobra Beer and Chairman, Cobra Beer Partnership Limited
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 121 Gold and Grand Gold medals since 2001, making it one of the most awarded beers in the world. Lord Bilimoria 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 was the youngest University Chancellor in the UK when appointed. Karan was a former Senior Non-Executive Director of the Booker Group now TESCO PLC (2007-2016); he is one of the first two visiting entrepreneurs at the University of Cambridge; 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. In 2008 he was awarded the Pravasi Bharti Samman by the President of India. He is an Honorary Fellow of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge and was Chair of the Advisory Board of the Judge Business School, Cambridge University from 2015-2020 and subsequently appointed as an Honorary Ambassador. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young and graduated in law from the University of Cambridge. He is also an alumnus through executive education of the Cranfield School of Management, the London Business School and the Harvard Business School. In July 2014, he was installed as the seventh Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, making him the first Indian-born Chancellor of a Russell Group University in Great Britain, and he is the President of the UK Council for International Students Affairs (UKCISA). Since 2017 Lord Bilimoria has been a Bynum Tudor Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford. Lord Bilimoria is an Honorary Group Captain in 601 Squadron Royal Air Force. In June 2020, he was appointed President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). In September 2020, he was appointed as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford based at the Centre for Corporate Reputation. Karan has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from University of East Anglia, University of Birmingham, Brunel University, Cranfield University, University of Exeter, Heriot-Watt University, London Metropolitan University, Staffordshire University, York St John University, University of West London (previously Thames Valley University), and University of Westminster.
Shobana Kamineni is the Executive Vice Chairperson of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited and a member of its founding family. Apollo Hospitals is the pioneer of private healthcare in India and is Asia's foremost integrated healthcare conglomerate. Championing Special Initiatives for over seven years, Shobana now steers the organization's emergence as a proponent of integrated digital first healthcare services in India through Apollo 24/7. She heads Apollo Pharmacy, India's largest pharmacy chain with a pan-India network of over 4000+ stores, 30,000+ employees; it serves more than 5,00,000 customers a day. She was founder and chairperson of Apollo Munich Health Insurance, acknowledged as India's best specialized Health Insurance company for 9 years, consecutively and now merged with HDFC ERGO. In addition, Shobana is the Vice-Chairperson of the KEI Group, a diversified logistics, leisure & infrastructure business, that she founded with her husband. As lead Director in Apollo’s research and innovation activities, and cognizant of the convergence between healthcare, pharmaceutical & biotech industries and the academia, Shobana championed the creation and Incubation of a Biobank – a catalogued library of Ethically consented, anonymised bio-samples. An active member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Shobana’s appointment as its President in 2017- 18 created history, as she was the first ever woman to hold the position since its inception in 1895. Dedicated to ensuring that more women enter the workforce, she launched the Power of Parity Initiative. Alongside, in keeping with her keen interest to participate in Public Health, Shobana accepted a Board and Audit committee position in FIND (Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics), a Geneva based, international non-profit organization that enables the development and delivery of much-needed diagnostic tests for poverty-related diseases. Since its inception, FIND partnered in the delivery of 21 new diagnostic tools and has active collaborations with more than 200 partners. Passionate about inculcating a culture of wellness, Shobana had championed the establishment of 'Billion Hearts Beating' - an NGO dedicated to educating fellow Indians about preventing heart disease and staying heart-healthy. In 2018, she was invited by the Indian Ministry of Corporate Affairs to be member of the National Foundation for Corporate Governance (NGFC) Trust. In addition, since January 2020, Shobana is the Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Health and Healthcare Industry Governors Community. Further, in her capacity as the Co-Chair of the WEF’s Closing the Skills Gap Taskforce in India, she has steered focused action on human capital development and in preparing India’s workforce for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and future of work. Shobana has been a recipient of prestigious national awards for Entrepreneurship and Leadership. The Women Economic Forum conferred upon her the award of ‘Businesswomen of the Decade’ in recognition of her work in healthcare and empowerment of women. She was conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Science by the prestigious Bryant University, USA, recognition of her life's work in healthcare & pharmaceuticals and her leadership role in business expansion in India.
Nandita Sahgal Tully is a Managing Director at ThomasLloyd Sustainable Infrastructure Asset management based in London. Nandita has been with ThomasLloyd since 2017 and heads ThomasLloyd Group’s investments in the Indian subcontinent. In 2018, she led ThomasLloyd’s first investment into renewable energy in India – investing into SolarArise India Projects, a Delhi-based developer and operator of grid-connected solar power projects in India. Nandita is also a Group Board Member and the Chair of the Audit Committee at the UK India Business Council (UKIBC).
Tarun Das is currently the Chairman of the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG); Sasakawa India Leprosy Foundation (S-ILF) and also Chairman, Advisory Board, JCB India. He is on the Board of Trustees of various non- profit institutions such as Ananta Aspen Centre (AAC); Ananta Centre (AC); The Aspen Institute, USA; Council on Energy Environment and Water (CEEW); Singapore India Partnership Foundation (SIPF); Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER); CII-Triveni Water Institute; World Wildlife Fund (WWF). He has been working closely on deepening international ties. He is Co-Chair, US – India Strategic Dialogue, India- Japan Strategic Dialogue, US-India -Japan Strategic Dialogue and Member, India- Singapore Strategic Dialogue, India-China Strategic Dialogue, India-Israel Forum, US - India Climate Change Dialogue. He is India Chair of the Trilateral Commission. He is also Member, International Advisory Board, Chubb (USA). Formerly, he was the Director General of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) from April 1967 to May 2004 and from June 2004 to Oct 2009 he was the Chief Mentor of CII. He has authored a book: “Crossing Frontiers.” He has received Padma Bhushan for his contribution in the field of Trade and Industry, by the President of India; Singapore National Award (Public Service Medal) by the Singapore Government for his contribution in strengthening economic ties between India and Singapore; Honorary Doctorate in Science, The University of Warwick, UK; Honorary CBE for contribution to Indo-British relations; Honorary Doctorate by the Tel Aviv University, Israel for extraordinary commitment to promoting the Indian Economy in the global arena; Sweden Royal Order of the Polar Star for contribution in strengthening Indo- Swedish relations; Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by Japan Government for contribution in strengthening India- Japan relations.