Cambridge India Business Dialogue: A Convergence of Visionaries

31 May 2024

We are thrilled to invite you to the inaugural Cambridge India Business Dialogue, set to unfold on 31 May 2024, at Cambridge Judge Business School. This one-day event promises to be a pivotal platform for exploring the dynamic interactions between global and local dimensions in business, under the overarching theme of “India Ahead: Shaping the Global Future with Local Innovations”.

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Cambridge Judge Business School in the autumn.

A deep dive into local innovations impacting the global arena

The Cambridge India Business Dialogue will unravel how Indian innovations are steering significant transformations on a global scale. With a robust lineup of keynote speeches, engaging fireside chats, and insightful panel discussions, this event will dissect the synergies between local innovations and global markets through diverse sub-themes, addressing crucial sectors and trends.

Illustrious speakers on the forefront of change

Join us for enlightening discussions with:

Dr Yusuf Hamied

Chairman of Cipla, Padma Bhushan Awardee

Dr Hamied is a pioneer in making life-saving drugs affordable globally.

Speaking about: Keynote message on India’s innovation potential.

Lopa Patel, MBE

UK-based entrepreneur and digital innovator

Lopa is the founder of Asians in Tech and is currently the chair at Diversity UK and National Science and Media Museum, promoting technology, entrepreneurship, and inclusion in business. She’s also a non-executive director at UK IPO.

Deep Kalra

Chairman of MakeMyTrip

Mr Kalra revolutionised online travel in India and founded MakeMyTrip.

Speaking about: Digital Entrepreneurship and Innovation in India and Its Global Potential.

Arya Taware

Entrepreneur, Exited Founder of FutureBricks, Forbes 30 under 30

Ms Arya Taware, a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree, founded and led FutureBricks, achieving a £12.5M loan book with 0% defaults, and exited successfully.

Speaking about: Tech Innovations and India’s Role in Shaping Global Business Futures

Sir David King

Head of the Climate Crisis Advisory Group

Sir David is a climate expert who has advocated for science-based policy as a UK government advisor.

Speaking about: India’s Potential to be a Global Sustainability Leader.

Dr Arabinda Kumar Padhee

Principal Secretary of the Department of Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment, Government of Odisha

Dr Padhee has extensive experience in agriculture policy space and has a unique understanding of agriculture research and development.

Speaking about: India’s Potential to be a Global Sustainability Leader

Lt Col Monish Ahuja

MD of Punjab Renewable Energy Systems Private (PRESPL)

Lt Col Ahuja is pioneering waste-to-energy solutions in India.

Speaking about: India’s Potential to be a Global Sustainability Leader.

Lord Karan Bilimoria

Founder of Cobra Beer, Member of the House of Lords

Lord Bilimoria created a unique beer which blends lager’s refreshment with ale’s smoothness.

Speaking about: Starting a Business in the UK: Challenges and Opportunities.

Ravi Kant

Former Vice Chairman and Ex-CEO of Tata Motors

Mr Kant led the acquisition of Jaguar Land Rover, UK, turning the business around from $1.5 billion to $39 billion in revenue.

Speaking about: Leadership and Innovation in the 21st Century.

Nadia Sood

Group CEO & Founder of CreditEnable

Nadia Sood is the CEO of CreditEnable, leading innovative financial solutions to improve SME access to capital. She is a recognized leader in fintech, with extensive experience in global financial services.

Speaking about: Keynote message on India’s innovation potential.

She also sits on the board of JLEN, a listed FTSE 250 Index company.

Priya Guliani

CEO of EarthID

Priya Guliani is the CEO at EarthID, an industry-first device-agnostic decentralised identity platform enabling organisations to prevent identity frauds, drive compliance and foster customer trust. She mentors and advises startups and has been featured on Innovate Finance’s FinTech Powerlist twice.

Speaking about: Tech Innovations and India’s Role in Shaping Global Business Futures.

Perses Bilimoria

Founder and CEO of Earthsoul India

Mr Bilimoria founded India’s first compostable and biodegradable product manufacturing company.

Speaking about: India’s Potential to be a Global Sustainability Leader.

Priyank Narayan

Seasoned entrepreneur and educationist

Mr Narayan is the author of the national bestseller “Leapfrog”.

Speaking about: Moderating the discussion with Mr Deep Kalra.

…and other exciting speakers.

Event details

  • Date: 31 May 2024
  • Time: 09:30 onwards
  • Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Cambridge Judge Business School
  • Refreshments will be provided during the event, followed by a drinks reception in the evening

We look forward to welcoming you to an enriching day of insights and inspirations at Cambridge Judge Business School!

A detailed schedule will be available closer to the event.

Meet our organising team

Ujjwal Pandey

Ujjwal brings 7.5 years of diverse consulting expertise in industries including EVs, chocolates, and green hydrogen, with a focus on sustainability.

Past education and experience: Vellore Institute of Technology and McKinsey.

Ravi Chaganti

Ravi has an extensive 8-year engineering background in the telecommunications and software industries.

Past education and experience: McGill University, Ciena, Ericsson, and Microsoft.

Ashutosh Sarda

Ashutosh is an architect turned business analyst. He runs an architecture and interior design firm alongside a wellness brand.

Past education and experience: IIT Kharagpur and Flipkart.

Tanmay Datta

Tanmay is a development banker and a mechanical engineer with a background in financial reporting, due diligence, risk, financial modelling, and compliance.

Past education and experience: CFA Level II, Jadavpur University, and NABARD.

Rushali Bhandari

Rushali has 5 years of consulting experience and collaborated with Indian entrepreneurs to implement market expansion strategies outside India and develop sustainable and compliant global operating models.

Past experience: PwC.

Mansa Shroff

Mansa is a microbiologist and is deeply passionate about cross border partnerships in healthcare and digital health.

Past experience: Harvard GHI, MIT’s startup ecosystem, and Co-President of Aditya Birla World Academy Alumni.

Dhruv Nayar

Dhruv has 8 years of consulting experience in digital transformation projects in transportation, utilities, and financial services sectors.

Past education and experience: Nanyang Technological University, Deloitte, and PwC.

Lavanya Dalasari

Dr Lavanya is a dentist with 7 years of experience in the healthcare industry and carries expertise in leading teams to deliver real-world data to improve cancer outcomes and treatment analysis.

Shreya S S

Shreya is a software engineer with 3 years of experience leading a mobile application development team for facilities and wellness management.

Past education and experience: PES University and Goldman Sachs.

Tanu Gupta

Tanu is a seasoned analytics professional with work experience in the healthcare, consulting, e-commerce, and mobility industries.

Past education and experience: Vellore Institute of Technology, Meesho, Ola, and ZS.

Srishti Bhandari

Srishti has 6 years of experience working in audit in sectors including oil and gas, mining, and manufacturing.

Past education and experience: ACCA, Oxford Brookes, and PwC.

Soumya Bhaskaran

Soumya has 5 years of experience in business development and corporate strategy across edtech and healthcare/pharmaceutical industry.

Past education and experience: Delhi University, Young India Fellowship (Ashoka University), Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, and Great Learning.

Devikaa Nanda

Devikaa is an impact-driven professional with consulting experience in curating edtech courses and building higher education institutions.

Past education and experience: University of St Andrews, LokNeeti Indian School of Public Policy, 9.9 Education, Observer Research Foundation.

Neha Reddy Palakolanu

Neha transitioned from engineering to the education sector, managing projects at the intersection of technology, education and social impact in both edtech and nonprofit contexts to enhance learning outcomes.

Experience: Teach for India, Junior Achievement.

Meet our mentors

Jaideep Prabhu

Co-Director of the Centre for India and Global Business

Jaideep is a Professor at CJBS and a Fellow of Clare College. His qualifications include a BTech (IIT Delhi) and a PhD (University of Southern California). Jaideep is also a renowned author, having co-authored the award-winning book, Frugal Innovation, which explores how entrepreneurs in India are thriving despite limited resources. His research primarily centres around international business, marketing, strategy, and innovation, with interests in radical innovation in high-tech industries, the impact of firm culture on innovation, and R&D location decisions. Jaideep’s work has been featured in prestigious media outlets, including The New York Times, The Financial Times, and MIT Sloan Management Review. His most recent book, How Should A Government Be? The New Levers of State Power, was published in 2021.

Marvin Fernandes

Co-Director of the Centre for India and Global Business

Marvin is a Fellow at CJBS, a Senior Scholar at the London School of Economics, a Sloan Fellow at London Business School, and a qualified Chartered Accountant. His primary area of research interest is government innovation and permanent funds in the context of intergenerational equity. His experience combines an uncommon mix of cross-disciplinary skills with deep expertise in entrepreneurship, finance, brand and innovation. He designed Goa/India’s first model permanent fund to mitigate resource curse and safeguard intergenerational equity (2015) and is the creator of India’s first licenced animation character, Chhota Birbal (2002), designed to preserve local identity.

Our sponsors

  • Cambridge Bombay Society.
  • Confederation of Biomass Energy Industry of India.
  • Cambridge Education Lab.
  • Cambridge India Business Forum.
  • HSBC UK logo.
  • Manulife Investment Management.
  • Prepsl logo.