India Summit 2013

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With economic storm clouds overhead, India’s general election juggernaut is getting ready to roll. Never has the epithet ‘land of contradictions’ been more fitting. Soon, over 750m people will be able to cast their vote in the world’s biggest democracy. But, how will India’s slumdogs and millionaires vote ? The outcome will be crucial for business and India’s place on the world stage.

+91 Europe is proud to present the most significant India Summit of 2013, to take stock of how different sectors of India’s economy are performing. We will discuss what it will take for the economy to hit top gear again, and how the UK, Europe and America can benefit.

In true +91 style, we will be inviting top CEOs, politicians, academics and media commentators to share their thoughts.


The Montcalm Hotels, Great Cumberland Place, London, United Kingdom
14 November 2013


Economic and political climate

Trends and predictions


Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer 1993-1997; Home Secretary 1992-1993; Secretary of State for Education 1990-1992; Secretary of State for Health 1988-1990; Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain Secretary of State for Justice 2010-2012. Current member of David Cameron’s cabinet.

His Excellency, Mr Johan Verbeke, Ambassador of Belgium

Anand P. Raman, Editor-at-Large, Harvard Business Review (Moderator)


UK – India: Opportunity for an ambitious new relationship

How can Europe create an enhanced partnership with India ?

How can we drive growth and prosperity in both regions?

Rt Hon John Redwood MP; Pioneered privatisation programme in Margaret Thatcher’s government. Secretary of State for Wales 1993-1995; Co-Chairman on Review Group of Economic Competitiveness;

SV Rangan, Director, IFG Worldwide

Anand P. Raman, Editor-at-Large, Harvard Business Review

Shalini Agarwal, Partner, InSe Legal (Moderator)


Outlook for liberalisation of FDI regulations

What industries have the highest growth potential ?

What are the do’s and don’ts of doing business in India ?

Which companies are successful in India ?

Prof Rod Coombs, Deputy President, University of Manchester

Dr Joanna Newman, Director, International, Universities UK

Dr Anil Seal, Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge

Christine Shields, Founder, Shields’ Economics (Moderator)


The thirst for education in India and the demographic dividend

What are India’s immediate education needs ?

Which education technologies have most potential in India?

Development of innovation based businesses and the knowledge economy

Mihir Bose, BBC Broadcaster

Dr David Landsman, Executive Director, TATA Europe

Ashish Chauhan, CEO, Bombay Stock Exchange

Anand P. Raman, Editor-at-Large, Harvard Business Review (Moderator)


Expansion of Indian companies in America and Europe

Factors driving foreign acquisitions

What are the competitive strengths of Indian companies?

Case studies

Lord Ajay Kakkar, Prof of Surgery, University College London. UK Business Ambassador

David Taylor, Prof of Pharmaceutical and Public Health Policy, University College London

Vinay Nair, Head of International Business Development, Acumen Fund

Christopher Thornham, Partner, Taylor Wessing


Development of medical infrastructure, hospitals and diagnostic centres

Opportunities for UK-India collaboration in life sciences research

Affordable healthcare

Jaideep Prabhu, Nehru Professor of Indian Business, Cambridge University

Rajesh Bhatt, General Manager, TATA Europe

Andreas Raptopoulous, CEO, Matternet Inc

Christian Finn, Director, Murgitroyd & Co (Moderator)


How multinational companies leverage Indian talent

Frugal engineering

New technologies which have potential in India

Which companies are using India as an innovation hub

Guillaume de Foucault, VP EMEA, Godiva

Katharina Flohr, Managing and Creative Director, Faberge´

Marek Reichman, Director of Design, Aston Martin

Rakesh Rawal, CEO, +91 Europe (Moderator)


The Indian consumer: From Gandhi to Gucci

Building and positioning luxury brands in the Indian market

Luxury cars in India

Mihir Bose, BBC Broadcaster

Interviewed by Rani Singh, BBC Broadcaster




The Montcalm Hotels, Great Cumberland Place, London, United Kingdom