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Reconnection Britain and India   
Reconnecting Britain and India
Ideas for an Enhanced Partnership
Jo Johnson & Rajiv Kumar (EDS.)
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2011  Edition         :   ISBN - 978-81-7188-898-6
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Reconnecting Britain and India: Ideas for an Enhanced Partnership”
seeks to survey the main features of a diverse and complex bilateral relationship. As the shadows of the colonial period fade into history, this book aims to analyse the scope for a new relationship that recognises the role the UK can play in India’s quest for international stature. Original essays from more than three dozen thought-leaders from the worlds of academia, business, politics and the arts assess the potential for the two countries to forge an ‘enhanced partnership’, the objective set out by the two prime ministers, Manmohan Singh and David Cameron during the latter’s 2010 visit to India.

About the EditorS:

Jo Johnson is the Member of Parliament for Orpington, UK. He is an elected member of the Public Accounts Committee and Deputy-Chairman of the Indo-UK All Party Parliamentary Group. Prior to his election in May 2010, he worked for 12 years at the Financial Times in a number of roles, including Associate Editor, Editor of the Lex Column, South Asia Bureau Chief and Paris Correspondent. He remains a Contributing Editor at the FT. A graduate of Balliol College, Oxford, he has further degrees from the Institut d’Etudes Européennes in Brussels and from INSEAD.

Rajiv Kumar is Secretary-General, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), New Delhi. He is the former Director and Chief Executive, ICRIER, one of India’s leading economic policy think tanks. He has previously worked with the Government of India, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He was also member of the National Security Advisory Board. Dr. Kumar is a D.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University and has several publications to his credit. He is also an active columnist.


— Manmohan Singh

— Jo Johnson and Rajiv Kumar

UK-India: A 21st Century Partnership
— David Cameron

Section I
Strategic Partners in Emerging Global Governance

1. India’s Geopolitical Centrality
— Kishore Mahbubani

2. Shrinking Horizons: Obstacles to a British-Indian Partnership
— Pratap Bhanu Mehta

3. India, Britain, and the Language of Partnership
— Sanjaya Baru

4. Reinventing the Raj: The Future of Indo-British Security Cooperation
— C. Raja Mohan

5. Shared Interests in ‘AfPak’ Issues and Counter-Terrorism
— Rahul Roy-Chaudhury

6. The Military Phoenix: Reviving Indo-British Defence Cooperation
— K. Raja Menon

7. The Opening Door: Opportunities for Defence Industrial Cooperation between the United Kingdom and India — Richard L. Olver

Section II
Mapping Economic Futures

8. India’s Globalisation: A Framework For Analysis
— Vijay Joshi

9. India and Global Governance: Some Pre-conditions and Likely Role
— Rajiv Kumar

10. From Trading Posts to Trading Partners: The Growth of the UK-India Trade Relationship — Meghnad Desai

11. Opening the ‘Floodgates’: Internationalisation of the Indian Legal Services Market? — Jonathan Brayne

12. Can 1.3 Billion Indians Learn to Love Football?: The Opportunities for Expanding the Premier League in India — Richard Scudamore

13. What the UK and India can Learn from Each Other in the Telecommunications Industry — Vittorio Colao

Section III
Peoples, Minds, and Identity

14. The Soft Power of India
— Shashi Tharoor

15. Literary Ties
— William Dalrymple

16. India and the UK: Making the Past a Catalyst
— Pavan K. Varma

17. British Influence in India
— Mark Tully

18. The Role of the Modern Diaspora in the UK-Indian Relationship
— Judith M. Brown

19. Personal Relationships: A Foundation for a Prosperous Partnership
— Martin Davidson

20. From Curry to Corus: Brand India and the ‘Enhanced Partnership’
— Suhel Seth

Section IV
Partners in Sustainability

21. The Western Oil Majors: Historical and Prospective Involvement in India’s Petroleum Sector — Vikram Singh Mehta

22. Prospects for Future Collaboration between the Indian and UK Health and Life Sciences Sectors — Mark Walport

23. Tackling the Energy Deficit: British Business and India’s Nuclear Power Industry — Keith Parker

24. Pathways to Global Partnership: Enhancing the UK-India Relationship
Mukesh D. Ambani

25. Indo–UK Collaboration in Future Markets
Prodipto Ghosh

Section V
The Human Resources Revolution

26. The UK’s Role in India’s Foreign Aid Programme
— Gareth Price

27. India’s Skills Challenge in the Global Economy
— Rajan Bharti Mittal

28. Open Learning for Open Societies: The Role British Institutions can Play in the Indian Human Resources Revolution — Martin Bean

29. Re-Conceiving India-UK Ties: A Personal View
— Shiv Nadar

30. Joining Hands to Nurture Human Resource in India
— Roy Newey

Section VI
A Win-Win Relationship in Financial Services

31. Changing India: Enhancing the Financial Relationship
— Peter Sands

32. The Role of International Capital Markets in Supporting India’s Economic Growth — Xavier Rolet

33. The Role of International Insurance Companies in India’s Infrastructure Development — Tidjane Thiam

34. Harnessing International Banks to the Financial Inclusion Agenda
— Naina Lal Kidwai

Contributors :

Mukesh D. Ambani is the Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries. A chemical engineer, he also pursued an MBA at Stanford University in the United States. Son of Dhirubhai H. Ambani, founder chairman, he joined Reliance in 1981 and initiated its backward integration journey from textiles into polyester fibres and further into petrochemicals, petroleum refining and going up-stream into oil and gas exploration and production. He created several new world class manufacturing facilities involving diverse technologies that have raised Reliance’s petrochemicals manufacturing capacities from less than a million tonnes to about twenty million tonnes per year. Mr Ambani is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry, government of India, and the Board of Governors of the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi. Further, he is a member of the Indo-US CEO Forum, the International Advisory Board of Citigroup, International Advisory Board of the National Board of Kuwait, Advisory Council for the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, International Advisory Board of Brookings, International Advisory Board of Council on Foreign Relations, Member of the Business Council and McKinsey Knowledge Advisory Council. He is the Chairman, Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore; Chairman of Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar; Co-Chair of India-Russia CEO Council; Co-Chair of Japan-India Business Leader's Forum and a member of the Advisory Council of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai.

Sanjaya Baru is Editor, Business Standard (India) and Consulting Senior Fellow for Geo-economics and Strategy, International Institute of Strategic Studies, London. He was formerly Media Advisor to the Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh and also the PM’s spokesperson and principle speechwriter (2004-2008). He has been a Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore); Chief Editor, The Financial Express; Associate Editor, The Times of India and The Economic Times; and Professor, Indian Council for Research in International Economic Relations (ICRIER), Delhi. His publications include: Strategic Consequences of India’s Economic Performance (Academic Foundation, 2007). He is presently also a Member of the India-ASEAN Eminent Persons Group, and is on the governing board of the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.

Martin Bean is the fifth Vice Chancellor of The Open University, the UK’s largest academic institution and a global leader in the provision of flexible and inspiring learning. Before joining The Open University in October 2009, he was General Manager within Microsoft’s Worldwide Education Products Group where he was focused on developing solutions to help the global education community address its challenges. In this role he was responsible for product management, business development and marketing. As well as commercial roles spanning from Europe to Asia Pacific to North America, he is heavily involved in shaping education in the developed and developing world, and is currently a member of the Commonwealth of Learning’s Board of Governors.

Jonathan Brayne is a partner in the projects group in London. Brayne has since 1985 been a partner in the international law firm of Allen & Overy LLP. He practices in the finance field. Previously, he was Chairman of their global Banking Group and an elected member of their Board of Directors. He was one of the founding partners in the firm’s New York office and also in its Hong Kong office, spending a total of 12 years in those offices. He has spent the rest of his career in London, where he is now based.

Judith M. Brown was born in India and educated in Britain.  She did her undergraduate and graduate work in history at Cambridge, and during her career has taught at Girton College, Cambridge, Manchester University’s History Department and since 1990 has been Beit Professor of Commonwealth History in the University of Oxford and is a Professorial Fellow of Balliol College. She has written widely and lectured in the UK and overseas on modern Indian history.  Her main interests and publications are on 20th century Indian political history (particularly the careers of Gandhi and Nehru), the South Asian diaspora, gender and history, and Christian missions.  She was one of the original members of the Indo-British Round Table, and was also a Trustee of the Charles Wallace (India) Trust, and a member of the Scholars’ Council of the Library of Congress.

David Cameron became Prime Minister after the General Election in May 2010. In his first year as Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron has led a Conservative/Liberal Democrat Coalition government that has set out bold action to deal with Britain’s deficit; established a radical programme of school, health and welfare reform; and set out a vision of building the ‘big society’ by giving individuals, families and communities more power and control over their lives.

Prior to becoming Prime Minister, Cameron was elected Leader of the Conservative Party in December 2005 on a mandate to change and modernise his Party. During his time as Leader of the Opposition, he promoted social justice and social action; advanced the green agenda; set protecting the NHS as a top priority and was proud to see a significant increase in the number of women and ethnic minority candidates standing for the Conservative Party.

As a Member of Parliament, he held a number of positions on the Opposition Front Bench prior to becoming Party Leader. After the 2005 General Election, he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills. He had previously held the positions of Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons (2003), Front Bench Spokesman for Local Government Finance (2004), and Head of Policy Coordination in the run-up to the General Election of May 2005. He was also a member of the influential House of Commons’ Home Affairs Select Committee between 2001 and 2003.

Before he became an MP, David Cameron worked in business and government. He was educated at Eton College and Oxford University, studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics and gaining a first class honours degree. After graduating he worked for the Conservative Party’s Research Department and then as a Special Adviser in government, first to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and then to the Home Secretary. Afterwards, he spent seven years at Carlton Communications, one of the UK’s leading media companies, and served on the management board.

Vittorio Colao was appointed Chief Executive of Vodafone Group Plc in July 2008. He holds a Business Degree cum Laude from Bocconi University and an MBA with Honours from Harvard Business School. He spent the early part of his career working for Morgan Stanley in London, for Mondadori, the Italian publisher, and for McKinsey in Italy. He was a Partner with McKinsey until 1996, working in the media, telecommunications and industrial goods sectors and was also responsible for heading the finance practice and consultant recruitment. Vittorio joined Omnitel Pronto Italia, Italy’s second mobile operator, as Chief Operating Officer in 1996. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 1999, and Regional CEO, Southern Europe for Vodafone Group Plc in 2001, following the acquisition of the business. He became a member of the Board of Directors of Vodafone Group Plc in 2002 and was subsequently appointed Regional CEO for Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa in 2003. In 2004, he left Vodafone to become Chief Executive Officer of RCS MediaGroup, the leading Italian publishing company. He returned to Vodafone Group Plc in 2006 as Chief Executive Officer, Europe and Deputy Group CEO, and as a member of the Board of Directors.

William Dalrymple was born in Scotland and brought up on the shores of the Firth of Forth, but has lived in Delhi on and off for the last 25 years. He is the author of seven books about India and the Islamic world, all of which have won major literary awards, including City of Djinns (Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Prize), White Mughals (Wolfson Prize for History and SAC Scottish Book of the Year Prize), The Last Mughal (Duff Cooper Prize and Crossword Vodafone Award for Non-Fiction) and Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India (Asia House Literary Award). He has also written and presented a number of prize-winning radio and TV documentaries, among them The Long Search (Stanford St Martin Prize) and Indian Journeys which won the Grierson Award at BAFTA. He is one of the founders and a co-director of the annual Jaipur Literary Festival, and has honorary doctorates of letters from the universities of St Andrews, Aberdeen and Lucknow.

Martin Davidson is the Chief Executive of the British Council. He took up the role in April 2007, having been Deputy Director-General since September 2005.

Martin’s commitment to international relationships has been a constant feature of his career, since as a young English graduate he went to Hong Kong as Administrative Officer, taking the high-level decisions on the running of a town of a million people. He joined the British Council as Assistant Representative in Beijing in 1984. British Council China was an operation of six people working in a converted bicycle shed at the British Embassy. In those days it was illegal for a Chinese national to speak to a foreigner. Martin played a pivotal part in building this fledgling presence up to its present strength of more than 230 people in four state-of-the-art offices. Martin himself was responsible for opening the South China office in Guangzhou and returned to Beijing in 1995 as Director of an operation fast establishing a reputation in an environment where understanding the Chinese way of working is fundamental. He speaks both Cantonese and Mandarin. He has also held various posts in the British Council’s Geographical Directorate with responsibilities that have included South East Europe, in a particularly troubled time in the region’s history, the Middle East, East Asia and the Americas. Born in Lowestoft in 1955, he graduated with an honours MA in English Language and Literature from St Andrew’s University. He is a Governor of Goodenough College and Board Member of the Great Britain China Council.

Lord Meghnad Desai is Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics (LSE) UK, where he taught between 1965 and 2003. He was elevated to the House of Lords in May 1991 and sits as a Labour Peer. He has written over 20 books, the latest of which is The Rediscovery of India (2011).

Prodipto Ghosh is a multidisciplinary professional specialising at the interface of science, economics, and public policy. Currently, he is Distinguished Fellow at The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi. He was Permanent Secretary of India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests (2003-2007). His concurrent positions include: Member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change, and Member of the Eminent Persons Group on G-20 matters of the Ministry of Finance. He also advises the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) on climate change and environmental matters. He has a PhD in Economics and Policy Analysis from the Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, and was a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) from 1969 to 2007. He is the author of a number of peer-reviewed papers.

Jo Johnson is a British politician. Prior to his election as the Member of Parliament for Orpington in May 2010, Jo worked for 12 years at The Financial Times in a number of roles, including Associate Editor, Editor of the Lex Column, South Asia Bureau Chief (based in New Delhi) and Paris Correspondent. He remains a contributing editor at the FT. In Westminster, he is an elected member of the influential Public Accounts Committee. He is also the Deputy-Chairman of the Indo-UK All Party Parliamentary Group and Deputy-Chairman of the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council. He is a member of the advisory board of Dishaa, an initiative to promote closer ties between the next generation of leaders in the UK and India, launched by David Cameron in 2010. A graduate of Balliol College, Oxford, he has also degrees from the Institut d’Etudes Européennes of the Université Libre de Bruxelles and from INSEAD. A Londoner by birth, he is married with two children.

Vijay Joshi is a Fellow of St. John’s College, Oxford and an Emeritus Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. He has written (jointly with I.M.D. Little) two major books on India, viz.: India’s Economic Reforms 1991-2001 (Oxford University Press, 1996) and India: Macroeconomics and Political Economy 1964-1991 (World Bank and Oxford University Press, 1994). He has also published widely in scholarly journals and elsewhere on topics in International Economics and Development Economics. During his varied career, he has served as Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance, government of India and Special Adviser to the Governor, Reserve Bank of India. Since 1996, he has been a non-executive director of the J.P. Morgan Indian Investment Trust.

Naina Lal Kidwai is Executive Director on the Board of Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited and Country Head of HSBC India, which employs 35,000 people comprising banking services, insurance, asset management, HSBC Securities and Capital Markets, retail broking, HSBC Software Development (India) Private Limited and the global service centres (BPOs servicing HSBC’s operations in the UK, EU and USA).

An MBA from Harvard Business School, US, she has been recognised in India and abroad with several awards and listings for leadership and business. Repeatedly ranked in the Fortune global list of Top Women in Business, in the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times Global Listing of Women to Watch and listed by Time Magazine as one of their 15 Global Influentials 2002. In 2007, she received the Padma Shri from the government of India for her contribution to trade and industry.

Her international engagements include being a non-executive director on the board of Nestle SA; Chairman, City of London’s Advisory Council for India; Global Advisor, Harvard Business School. She is on the Governing Board of NCAER, Audit Advisory Board of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, and on the National Executive Committee of CII and FICCI. Her interests include microfinance and livelihood creation for rural women and environment.

Rajiv Kumar is currently the Director General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI). He is a non-executive member of the Central Board of Directors of State Bank of India, Member of Board of Trustees, of India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF) and also on the Board of Directors for the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF). He is a member of the G-20 Advisory Group, Ministry of Finance, government of India. He was a member of the National Security Advisory Board for two years until October 2008. Dr Kumar was a Professor at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (1987-1989); worked in the government of India from 1989 to 1995, first in the Bureau of Industrial Costs and Projects, Ministry of Industry (1989-1991) and then as Economic Adviser in the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance (1991-1995). He has worked at the Asian Development Bank, Manila for nearly 10 years (1995-2005) and was the Chief Economist at the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), New Delhi (2004-2006). Prior to joining FICCI, he was Director & Chief Executive of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) during February 2006 to August 2010, one of India’s leading independent economic policy think tanks. He has a D.Phil in Economics from Oxford University and PhD from Lucknow University and has several books and publications to his credit. He is also an active columnist.

Kishore Mahbubani is currently the Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) at the National University of Singapore. Before this, he served in the Singapore Foreign Ministry from 1971 to 2004, where he was Permanent Secretary from 1993 to 1998. He also served twice as Singapore’s Ambassador to the UN. Prof. Mahbubani has published and spoken in all corners of the globe and is the author of Can Asians Think? (1998), Beyond the Age of Innocence: Rebuilding Trust between America and the World (2005), and The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global power to the East (2008). He graduated in philosophy from Singapore and Canada and served as a Fellow of the Center for International Affairs in Harvard University from 1991 to 1992. The Foreign Policy Association Medal was awarded to him in New York in June 2004 with the following opening words in the citation: ‘A gifted diplomat, a student of history and philosophy, a provocative writer and an intuitive thinker.’ He was listed as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines in September 2005 and was also included in the March 2009 Financial Times list of Top 50 individuals (including Barack Obama, Wen Jiabao and Nicolas Sarkozy) who would shape the debate on the future of capitalism. Most recently, Prof. Mahbubani was named by Foreign Policy in November 2010 as one of the top 100 Global Thinkers. His articles have appeared in a wide range of journals and newspapers, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Time, Newsweek and The New York Times.

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is President, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He has previously taught at Harvard and New York University, Law School. He has published widely on political theory and on Indian politics. His most recent publications include (co-editor with Niraja Jayal) The Oxford Companion to Politics in India (2010), and The Burden of Democracy (2003). He is the recipient of the Malcom S. Adisheshiah Award for Social Sciences. Mehta was also Member Convenor of the Prime Minister of India’s National Knowledge Commission; is a member of the National Security Advisory Board. A prolific columnist, he is also Editorial Consultant to the Indian Express. Mehta has a Phd in politics from Princeton University. He also has an enduring debt to St. John’s College Oxford, where he read philosophy, politics and economics (PPE).

Vikram S. Mehta is the Chairman of Shell Companies in India. He began his career with the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), government of India in 1978.  He resigned in 1980 to join Philips Petroleum in London. He returned to India in 1984 as Advisor to Oil India; a state-owned company and joined Shell International in 1988. He has been Chairman of the Shell Group in India since 1994. Mr Mehta has a BA degree in Mathematics from Delhi University, an MA in Economics from Oxford University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.  He is on the Board of Overseers of Fletcher.

Rear Admiral K. Raja Menon was a career officer and a submarine specialist in the Navy and retired in 1994 as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Operations). Published work include, Maritime Strategy and Continental Wars (1998), a standard text for the Staff College. A Nuclear Strategy for India (2000), a recommended reading for the Indian Strategic Force. The Indian Navy: A Photo Essay (2000) is the official gift of the navy. He has also edited books Weapons of Mass Destruction: Options for India (2004), and an Occasional Paper, ‘The US-India Non-Proliferation Divide; The Way Ahead’ by Cooperative Monitoring Center, Sandia in 2005. The Long View from Delhi: The Grand Strategy of Indian Foreign Policy (2010). Admiral Menon was a member of the Arun Singh Committee and of the National Defence University Committee. Visiting Lecturer at all institutes of higher study of the Indian armed forces and the Foreign Office. Headed the group that recently wrote the Indian Navy’s New Maritime Strategy. Recently retired as the Chairman of the Task Force on Net Assessment and Simulation in the National Security Council, and is a distinguished fellow in the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, Delhi and the National Maritime Foundation, Delhi.

Rajan Bharti Mittal is the Vice Chairman & Managing Director of Bharti Enterprises—one of India’s leading business groups with interests in telecom, financial services, retail, manufacturing, realty and agri-business. Bharti Airtel, a group company of Bharti Enterprises, is among the leading global telecom service providers with operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa with an aggregate of over 220 million customers. Bharti has joint ventures with several global leaders: AXA for financial services, Del Monte for its agri-business. Rajan is also the Chairman of the Bharti-WalMart joint venture in India. Born in 1960, Rajan is a graduate from Punjab University and an alumnus of Harvard Business School, US. He is actively involved in overseeing the activities of the group at the corporate level.

C. Raja Mohan is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. He is also the Consulting Editor of The Indian Express, New Delhi and a non-resident senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, DC. Earlier he was Professor of South Asian Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Mohan has a master’s degree in Nuclear Physics and a PhD in international relations. He was the Washington correspondent of the The Hindu and the paper’s strategic affairs editor. He is currently a member of India’s National Security Advisory Board. His recent books include: Crossing the Rubicon: The Shaping of India’s New Foreign Policy (2004); Impossible Allies: Nuclear India, United States and the Global Order (2006); Power Realignments in Asia: China, India and the United States (Co-editor, 2009).

Shiv Nadar is the founder and chairman of HCL Technologies. At a time when India had a total of 250 computers, he led a young team which passionately believed in and bet on the growth of the IT industry. That vision in 1976, born out of a Delhi ‘barsaati’, akin to a garage start-up, has resulted three decades later in a $5.9 billion global transformational technology enterprise today. From designing India’s first PC at the same time as global IT peers in 1978; to working on the Boeing Dreamliner’s airborne systems today, HCL has stayed a true pioneer of modern computing. HCL’s range of offerings spans product engineering, custom & package applications, BPO, IT infrastructure services, IT hardware, systems integration, and distribution of ICT products-across a wide range of focused industry verticals. The HCL team comprises over 80,000 professionals of diverse nationalities, who operate from 31 countries including over 500 points of presence in India. HCL has global partnerships with several leading global 1,000 firms, including leading IT and technology firms.

Roy Newey is the group board director of A4e. Roy has led A4e’s international expansion from the UK into the EU, Middle East, Africa, India and Australia. Roy is currently working with policy- makers in China, Zambia and Spain to address labour market challenges. Roy is an international thought leader and regular speaker on skills, employment issues, education and entrepreneurship. Together with representatives of other social enterprises and NGOs, Roy is involved in the UN Disability agenda. Roy has a real passion for the role skills can play in alleviating poverty in India and he was invited to join the UKIBC board in 2009. From this base he has led the inception of the UK India Skills Forum and brought together more than 700 UK skills organisations that wish to trade and participate in the India Skills Mission to provide vocational training to 500 million people by 2022.

Richard L. (Dick) Olver was appointed Chairman of BAE Systems in July 2004. Prior to that he was Deputy Group Chief Executive of BP from January 2003. Dick was appointed to the Board of BP and became Chief Executive, Exploration and Production in January 1998. He continued his association with BP as Deputy Chairman of TNK-BP from July 2004 until October 2006.

Dick joined BP in 1973 and held a wide variety of positions in the upstream oil and gas business as well as corporate planning and strategy. He is a chartered engineer with a First Class Honours degree in Civil Engineering and is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group, the Multi-National Chairman’s Group, and the India-UK CEO Forum. He is also a UK Business Ambassador, a member of the Trilateral Commission and a member of the Global Leadership Foundation (GLF). Dick is married with two daughters and five grandchildren. His interests include education, sailing, ballet and fine arts.

Keith Parker was appointed Chief Executive of Nuclear Industry Association (NIA), UK in September 2003. NIA represents over 250 companies operating in all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle in the UK. He has led three UK nuclear industry delegations to India. He was part of the top level business delegation that accompanied the Prime Minister, David Cameron, on his visit to India in July 2010. He is also a member of the UK-India Business Leaders Climate Group (UKIBLCG) designed to explore areas of collaboration between the two countries to encourage green growth and economic development.

Gareth Price is a Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House and a member of the Asia Task Force of the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). His research focuses on South Asia, examining issues such as India’s foreign policy and its domestic political economy. Before working at Chatham House, he worked at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), UK and Control Risks Group working on South Asia. His PhD explored the politics of North-East India.

Xavier Rolet is the Chief Executive at the London Stock Exchange Group. Mr Rolet joined the Board as a Director on 16 March 2009 and was appointed Chief Executive on 20 May 2009. From 2000 to 2008, he was a senior executive at Lehman Brothers and, most recently, CEO of Lehman in France. Prior to Lehman Brothers, he held senior positions at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson (1997 to 2000), Credit Suisse First Boston (1994 to 1996) and Goldman Sachs (1984 to 1994). He is also a member of the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School, US.

Rahul Roy-Chaudhury is the Senior Fellow for South Asia at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), UK, where he heads its South Asia programme. Earlier, he served in the National Security Council Secretariat in the Prime Minister’s Office in India. Prior to his official appointment, he was on the faculty of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) in New Delhi. He writes regularly for IISS publications, and is the author of two books India’s Maritime Security (2000) and Sea Power and Indian Security (1995). He is currently completing his IISS Adelphi book on Rising Power India.

Peter Sands was appointed Group Chief Executive of Standard Chartered PLC in 2006 following four years as Group Finance Director. Prior to this, Peter was Director and senior partner with McKinsey & Co. During Peter’s tenure as CEO, Standard Chartered has successfully navigated the financial crisis without any recourse to government support. Peter is also the co-chair of the UK-India CEO Forum.

Richard Scudamore was appointed as Chief Executive of the Premier League in November 1999, with ultimate responsibility for all aspects of the competition and the business. Since Richard’s appointment, the Premier League has grown to become the world’s most watched League, viewed by a cumulative television audience of 2.5 billion people in more than 200 countries. Before taking up his positions at the Premier League and Football Foundation, Richard spent two years as Chief Executive of the Football League. Prior to his career in football, Richard was a Senior Vice President of the Thomson Corporation based in New York responsible for their US newspaper publishing division. He also managed all advertising, sales and marketing activities for the company. This assignment followed a number of general management roles within Thomson, covering a range of media. He is a Bristol City fan.

Suhel Seth is the Managing Partner of Counselage India. Counselage is India’s only strategic brand management and marketing consultancy advising chairpersons and CEOs on branding and marketing. His clients include several companies: House of Tata, NDTV, Coca Cola, Max India, Hero Honda and the Sanjiv Goenka Group amongst others. Suhel writes columns in The Financial Times, The Hindustan Times, The Telegraph and The Indian Express on current affairs and has co-authored two books on Calcutta with Khushwant Singh and R.K. Laxman. Suhel also sits on the regional boards of Citibank and Coca Cola and on the global advisory boards of Cavendish and RADA.

Manmohan Singh India’s fourteenth Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh is rightly acclaimed as a thinker and a scholar. He is well regarded for his diligence and his academic approach to work, as well as his accessibility and his unassuming demeanour. Dr Singh completed his Matriculation from the Punjab University in 1948. His academic career took him from Punjab to the University of Cambridge, UK, where he earned a First Class Honours degree in Economics in 1957. Dr Singh followed this with a D.Phil in Economics from Nuffield College at Oxford University in 1962.

In 1971, Dr Singh joined the Government of India as Economic Advisor in the Commerce Ministry. This was soon followed by his appointment as Chief Economic Advisor in the Ministry of Finance in 1972. Among the many Governmental positions that Dr Singh has occupied are Secretary in the Ministry of Finance; Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission; Governor of the Reserve Bank of India; Advisor to the Prime Minister and Chairman of the University Grants Commission. He spent five years between 1991 and 1996 as India’s Finance Minister. His role in ushering in a comprehensive policy of economic reforms is now recognised worldwide.

Dr Manmohan Singh has been a Member of the Rajya Sabha since 1991, where he was Leader of the Opposition between 1998 and 2004. He was sworn in as Prime Minister on 22nd May after the 2004 general elections and took the oath of office for a second term on 22nd May 2009.

Shashi Tharoor is an elected Member of Parliament, is an former Minister of State for External Affairs and a former Under-Secretary General of the United Nations. Dr Tharoor is the prize-winning author of 12 books, both fiction and non-fiction, including the classic The Great Indian Novel (1989), India: From Midnight to the Millennium (1997), Nehru: The Invention of India (2003), and The Elephant, the Tiger and the Cellphone: Reflections on India in the 21st Century (2007). A widely-published critic, commentator and columnist (including for The Hindu, The Times of India and Newsweek), Dr Tharoor served the United Nations during a 29-year career in refugee work, peace-keeping, the Secretary-General’s office and heading communications and public information. In 2006 he was India’s candidate to succeed Kofi Annan as UN Secretary-General, and emerged a strong second out of seven contenders. He has won India’s highest honour for Overseas Indians, the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, and numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

Tidjane Thiam became Group Chief Executive of Prudential PLC in October 2009. He joined the Group as CFO in March 2008. He started his professional career with McKinsey & Company before becoming Chief Executive and later Chairman of the National Bureau for Technical Studies and Development in Côte d’Ivoire. Tidjane was also a cabinet member as Secretary of Planning and Development. He later returned to France to become a partner with McKinsey & Company before joining Aviva in 2002. In January 2011, he was appointed to chair the G20 High Level Panel for Infrastructure Investment until the November 2011 G20 Summit.

Sir Mark Tully is a British writer and broadcaster. Born in Calcutta in 1935, he was educated at Marlborough College and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He has an MA in History and Theology. He was commissioned in 1st Royal Dragoons during National Service. He has held a number of roles at the BBC, which he joined in 1964, including Delhi Correspondent between 1972 and 1994. He is now a freelance journalist and broadcaster living in Delhi. Since 1995, he has presented BBC Radio 4’s programme Something Understood. He is the author of several books on India, the latest being India’s Unending Journey. His next book, India: The Road Ahead, is to be published in August 2011. He has received numerous decorations in both India and the UK: he was made a KBE in 2002 and awarded the Padma Bhushan by the government of India in 2005. He is an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and an Honorary Doctor at the Open University and the universities of York, Strathclyde and Bradford.

Pavan K. Varma is the Chairman of Reliance Industries. He has held several crucial posts in the government of India, including Press Secretary to the President of India, the Spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs, High Commissioner to Cyprus, and Director of The Nehru Centre in London. Currently, he is Ambassador of India to Bhutan. Apart from his diplomatic career, he is the author of over a dozen books, including The Great Indian Middle Class (2007) and Being Indian: Inside the Real India (2009) (described by The Economist as ‘one of the most subtle recent attempts to analyse the continent-sized mosaic of India and simplify it for the general reader’). His latest book is Becoming Indian: The Unfinished Revolution of Culture and Identity. Varma was conferred an honorary doctoral degree for his contribution to the fields of diplomacy, literature, culture and aesthetics by the University of Indianapolis in 2005.

Sir Mark Walport is Director of the Wellcome Trust, which is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in health by supporting the brightest minds. Before joining the Trust he was Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Medicine at Imperial College London. He is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, the India-UK CEO Forum, the UK India Round Table, the Advisory Board of Infrastructure, UK and a non-executive member of the Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research. He received a knighthood in 2009 for services to medical research.

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