Programme

PROGRAMME

The India-UK Business Convention is built around a Leadership Conclave and a Business Convention. The Convention will be held over three days from Thursday 10th September to Saturday 12th September.

RUNNING OVER THE THREE DAYS.

10th September: Cocktail Reception & Gala Dinner
19.00 – 20.00 COCKTAIL RECEPTION

Rani Bagh
20.00 – 22.30 GALA DINNER
Speeches and Addresses throughout the evening

Durbar Hall
11th September: Leaders Conclave ‘Innovation in the Economy’ – Sponsored by KPMG
09.45 – 11.45 INNOVATION IN THE ECONOMY – (Gold Ticket Holders only)
This session will discuss the role of innovation in international trade and its dramatic evolution in recent years. This session will go one step further and argue that the UK and India are on course to become innovation strategic partners. The session will consist of:

  • Opening remarks Richard Rekhy, CEO, KPMG India
  • Ministerial addresses
  • CEO Forum moderated by Shereen Bhan, Managing Editor, CNBC TV18
  • Closing remarks Nitin Atroley, Head of Sales and Markets, KPMG India

Broadcast by CNBC TV18

Durbar Hall
12.00 –13.00 DELEGATE LUNCH Shah Jehan
11th September:  Day
13.10 –13.20 OPENING OF BUSINESS CONVENTION AND LAMP LIGHTING BY DIGNITARIES

  • Presentation of Innovation in the Economy Report by Ivan Menezes, CEO, Diageo
Durbar Hall

13.20 – 14.05

“AN UNBEATABLE COMBINATION”

  • Keynote Addresses by Cabinet Ministers followed by discussion

Moderator:

  • Shereen Bhan, Managing Editor, CNBC TV18

Broadcast by CNBC TV18

Durbar Hall
14.10 –15.10 MAKE IN INDIA PANEL DISCUSSION
Join us for an insightful session on understanding the commercial opportunities being created by the ‘Make in India’ campaign.

Speaker:

  • Shri Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion

Panellists:

  • Anand Kripalu, CEO & Managing Director, Diageo
  • Vipin Sondhi, Managing Director & CEO, JCB India Ltd
  • Rana Kapoor, Managing Director & CEO, YES BANK
  • Mark Simpkins, Vice President & General Manager India, BAE Systems

Moderator:

  • Ananth Narayan, Regional Head, Financial Markets, India & South Asia, Standard Chartered
Durbar Hall
15.10 –15.25 TEA BREAK  
15.30 – 15.50 Address by Smt. Vasundhara Raje, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Rajasthan Durbar Hall
16.00 –17.00 DIGITAL INDIA PANEL DISCUSSION –
This session will provide insights on the impact of digitalisation and associated technological development across sectors in the UK and India and how these can bring a more intelligent and more sustainable future to our world.

Speaker:

  • Luis Alvarez, CEO, BT Global Services

Panellists:

  • Dhiraj Rajaram, Founder & CEO , Mu Sigma
  • R Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM
  • Sunil Sood, Managing Director & CEO Vodafone India Ltd.
  • Ashok Vaswani, CEO for Personal & Corporate Banking, Barclays

Moderator:

  • Neel Ratan, Global Leader – Digital Government Network, PwC Global
Durbar Hall
17.00 – 17.20 Address by Shri Siddaramaiha, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka Durbar Hall
17.25 – 17.40 TEA BREAK
17.45 – 18.45 COMPETITIVE FEDERALISM PANEL DISCUSSION
This session will focus on the implications stemming from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s changes to what was a complex governance structure, replacing the Planning Commission with the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) and the enactment of the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission. The focus will be on what this means in terms of competition between states for FDI.

Panellists:

  • Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC Ltd
  • Sir Gerry Grimstone, Chairman, Standard Life
  • Ms Naina Lal Kidwai, Chairman India and Director ASP, HSBC
  • Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, Chair, UK India Business Council
  • Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman, Quality Council of India

 

Moderator:

  • Sir Richard Stagg, Chairman, Rothschild India
Durbar Hall
11th September: Evening
19.10 –19.30 COACHES DEPART Main Hotel entrance
19.30 –22.30

DINNER AT THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONERS RESIDENCE

  • Address by the British High Commissioner, Sir James Bevan
  • Ministerial address
  • Address by Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, Chair, UK India Business Council

 

Residence
12th September: Day
09.00–09.15 WELCOME TO THE DAY by Richard Heald, Group CEO, UK India Business Council

  • Launch of HSBC and KPMG survey of UK Business in India
  • Address by Akshay Bhalla – Partner, Markets – International Business Corridor, KPMG
Durbar Hall
09.20–10.30 ‘INDIA – RED CARPET OR RED TAPE’ PANEL DISCUSSION

This session will discuss the ‘Make in India’ campaign and the increasing focus on ‘Ease of Doing Business’. As the Union and State Governments strive to create the right framework for business growth and investment, this panel discussion will highlight the issues, challenges, and way forward during the second year of Modi’s government.

Speaker:

  • Ajit Gulabchand, Chair and MD, Hindustan Construction Company

 

Panellists:

  • T.V. Mohandas Pai, Chair, Manipal Global Education
  • Sunil Kaul, Group President – Technology, Innovation & Excellence in Manufacturing, ANAND Automotive Limited
  • Sunil Sanghai, MD & Head of Banking, HSBC India

 

Moderator:

  • Rakesh Kaul, Partner – Government & Public Sector Practice, PwC India
Durbar Hall
10.30 –10.40 TEA BREAK
10.45 –11.45 BREAKOUT SESSIONS:

a) CHANGING CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR: ONLINE AND OFFLINE

Speakers:

  • Lyn Duncan, CEO, cloudBuy
  • Shaurya Mehta, Co Head – Nature’s Basket Online, Godrej’s Nature’s Basket
  • Venu Nair, Managing Director, Marks & Spencer Reliance, India

b) GROWTH IN INDIA: ORGANIC OR INORGANIC –

Speakers:

  • Frank Hancock, Managing Director, Head of Corporate Finance, India, Barclays
  • Chris Cracknell, CEO, OCS Group
  • Ajay Sethi, Managing Partner, ASA & Associates LLP
  • Sudhanshu Priyadarshi, Global Chief Operating Officer, Cipla Ltd

Durbar Hall

Jehangir 2

11.45 –12.00 TEA BREAK
12.00 –13.00 BREAKOUT SESSIONS:

a) FINDING AND RETAINING THE RIGHT PEOPLE AND MANAGING THE SKILLS GAP –
Speakers:

  • Ashok Bajpai, Managing Director, G4S Corporate Services (India)
  • Sanjay Shetty, Vice President, Randstad India

b) EASE OF DOING BUSINESS – STATE LEVEL BUSINESS COMPETENCE –
Speakers:

  • Jaijit Bhattacharya, Partner, Infra & Government services, KPMG
  • St John Gould, Director – UK Trade, Investment & Prosperity – India, British High Commission, Delhi
  • Shailendra Singh, Joint Secretary, DIPP, Ministry of Commerce

c) COMPLIANCE : UNDERSTANDING THE UK BRIBERY AND INDIAN COMPANIES ACT –
Speakers:

  • Vidya Rajarao, Partner, Grant Thornton
  • Siddharth Talwar, Partner, Grant Thornton
  • James Owen, Senior Managing Director – India & South Asia, Control Risks

Durbar Hall

Jehangir 1

Jehangir 2

10.45 –12.45 UK TRADE AND INVESTMENT AND UK EXPORT FINANCE SESSIONS

a) TAKING YOUR BUSINESS GLOBAL FROM THE UK

Discover why the UK is the perfect gateway to international expansion. Hear from Indian companies who have already invested in the UK and are thriving in the UK and Europe as a result. With favourable tax rates, a shared language, an internationally business-friendly timezone, easy access to the rest of Europe… Indian companies invest more in the UK than they do in all other EU countries combined, and this session will help equip your company to make that next big breakthrough into the rest of the world, via the UK.
Speakers:

  • Mr. Vishwanath Alluri, Founder & Executive Chairman, IMImobile
  • Neel Ghose, VP – International Operation, Zomato Media Pvt Ltd
  • Kumar Iyer, British Deputy High Commissioner, Mumbai & Director General UK Trade and Investment, India
  • Samit Kumar Biswas, CEO & Director, Advatech Healthcare Pvt. Ltd & Advatech Health Care Europe Ltd
  • Alpesh Patel, Dealmaker, UK Trade and Investment
  • Lalit Malik, Chief Financial Officer & Head Business Development, Eicher Motors Ltd
Mumtaz
10.45 – 11.45 B) FINANCE SUPPORT FOR YOUR CONTRACTS WITH UK SUPPLIERS FROM THE UK GOVERNMENT with Ali Sherwani, Regional Head, MENA & Asia, International Business Development UK Export Finance

  • How UK Export Finance can help you access financing
  • UK Export Finance’s products and services
  • Case studies of how UK Export Finance has assisted overseas buyers of UK goods and services
Jehangir 1
13.00 – 14.30 CLOSING LUNCH AND NETWORKING

  • Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, Chair, UK India Business Council
Shah Jehan

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