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Session highlights:

Over the years I have come to realise that it is not a lack of capital that is holding us back but rather the way in which we deploy it.

As we rebuild from the current crisis we have an unparalleled opportunity to put people and planet at the heart of global value creation and to move towards sustainable markets that generate long-term value through the balance of natural, social human and physical capital.

Looking forward, new employment opportunities, entire new industries and markets rooted in genuine sustainability are within our grasp. With the potential for unprecedented economic activity built around a circular bio economy that places nature and restored biodiversity at its heart.

During the Covid crisis, we have been working with India to keep supply chains open and keeping trading routes alive; as we emerge from Covid, it is vitally important we don’t move to protectionism.

On the trade side, we are not letting the grass grow under our feet; UK-India are carrying on negotiations virtually given the current crisis.

Session highlights:

The UK and India should focus on designing products in the UK, making them in India and exporting these to the world.

Tech is woven into every thread of global business and that has helped the UK and India to cope with the Covid-19 crisis.

UK is in a very good position to build on PM Modi’s Atmanirbhar Bharat mission.


Mohit Joshi, President, Infosys
Richard Heald Group CEO & Chair, UK India Business Council
William Russell – Lord Mayor of City of London
H E Gaitri Kumar, High Commissioner of India to United Kingdom, Government of India
Liz Truss, Secretary of State for International Trade, UK Government

This is an important time to look to the future and really embrace our shared challenges and opportunities and to build upon our shared values and relationships.

We need to go into the post-Covid with our eyes wide open to a world that is fast-changing, to actually be more engaging and outward-facing.

We are changing our immigration policy in an unprecedented way, this is the biggest change we’re seeing since 1971 in the UK and will end the overt discrimination by equalising our processes by introducing a points-based system.

Unconscious and cognitive biases within all sectors & businesses really need to be tackled around the world, not just in India. There needs to be a real change in people’s mindset.

The industry needs to create roles that are more flexible so women can manage the many responsibilities they juggle. Also, the industry needs to address things like pay/wage gap – which don’t even make sense in the 21st century.

The mindset is what really needs to change, not just in India but the world over. And if we can be a catalyst to this change, then that would be a big achievement.

The way work processes are built now is for men and their working patterns. They do not take into account the internal and external responsibilities that women have and how they may come into conflict. If we really want to be the revival then we must take these factors in mind.

Janhavi Dadarkar CEO & Founder, Maiora – Governance and Strategy Consulting
Shalni Arora CEO, Savannah Wisdom
Poonam Gupta CEO, PG Paper Company Ltd
Baroness Usha Prashar Chair, FICCI UK
Jyotsna Suri Chairperson & Managing Director, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group

There is work to do to ensure resilience and it is something the UK & India could gain an awful lot out of collaborating on.

Latest UK government figures show that India is the second highest in terms of countries from around the world from
which people have come into the NHS.

Indian industries have repurposed to focus on the pandemic cause and scientists & vaccine industry have been amazing in coming together with entrepreneurs.

India has the silent medicine of yoga and meditation to give the world.

Ayushman Bharat has been a gamechanger, created new opportunities for the private sector and this is an
area where the India-UK partnership can really be enhanced.

– Madhukar Bose – South Asia and Digital Healthcare Lead, Healthcare UK (Department for International Trade)
– Dr Indu Bhushan – CEO, Ayushman Bharat
– Alan Gemmell – Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner & British Deputy High Commissioner, Western India
– Dr Praveen Gedam – Additional Chief Executive Officer, National Health Authority
– Prof Andrew Hardy – Chief Executive Officer, University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust
– Dr Aman Puri Consulate General of India, Birmingham
– David Highton – Chair, Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
– Roshan Shetty – Head of Life Sciences & HealthCare EMEA, Infosys
– Sangita Reddy – Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group
– Prof K. VijayRaghavan – Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India
– Karamjit Singh – Chairman, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

17,000 were repatriated from India back to the UK, that’s 60% of all Brits repatriated in the Covid-19 lockdown highlights the strong people to people ties between India and the UK.

The utilisation and reimagination of technology as an underlying fabric of society is the entire philosophy of Building Back Beter.

Covid-19 is a global challenge & the UK has been proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with India in our international response.

Tim Jones, CBE Executive Director, Tata
Lord Jitesh Gadhia, Member, House of Lords
H E Gaitri Kumar, High Commissioner of India to United Kingdom, Government of India
Amit Kapur, Head UK & Ireland, Tata Consultancy Services Limited
Dominic Raab, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, UK Government
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN, Government of UK

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