India's Insitute of Directors visit the University of Leicester

Posted by pt91 at Oct 30, 2014 11:45 AM |
Top business delegation to be briefed by University experts and hear from city’s business community about links with India

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 28 October 2014

Photo opportunity: 10.45am on Friday 31 October at College Court, Knighton Road, Leicester LE2 3TQ

Interview opportunities: at 1-2pm on Friday 31 October at the National Space Centre, Leicester

The University of Leicester is to play host to the cream of Indian business and industry as part of a study tour by the Institute of Directors, India.

The Institute of Directors, India, (IOD) Global Convention takes place in London from 28–31 October and the Institute also celebrates its Silver Jubilee Year.

The Rt. Hon. Baroness of Leicester, Sandip Verma, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Ministry for Energy & Climate Change, UK is the Chairperson of Steering Committee for the Convention, which also features the Rt. Hon. Patricia Hewitt, Chair, UK India Business Council.

As part of the convention on Corporate Governance and Sustainability, IOD delegates will travel to the University of Leicester on Friday 31 October to hear from University experts as well as from the city’s and region’s business communities.

The delegates will be addressed by President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester Professor Paul Boyle and Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor International Professor Martin Halliwell. Professor Boyle will also be giving a special address at the IOD conference on the morning of 29 October.

During a packed programme in the city, the delegates will meet in College Court, the University of Leicester’s hotel and conference centre; they will travel through Belgrave during Diwali; and also have sessions on high tech industry at the National Space Centre.

University of Leicester experts across a wide spectrum of research, business and governance will address the delegates, focusing on research, enterprise and business development; professional development; management strategy, and board room structures.

Members of the Asian business community will highlight links between India, business and the Midlands, the food and drinks supplier chain and a case study of the Axis Group India. Members of the Belgrave Business Association will also meet with the delegation.

At the National Space Centre, University Council and Development Board Member Bhikhu Hindocha will address delegates followed by a focus on high-tech, space science and business. This will include talks on MIRA technology park enterprise zone, engineering and high-tech industry and the Space Catapult Project.

Professor Halliwell said: “The University of Leicester is very proud to host the Institute of Directors, India.  The University, as well as the city, has strong historical, cultural and commercial links with India and this high-profile visit is a testament to the value that directors of Indian institutions place on our connections.  This visit is an important opportunity to cement our ties and foster new links with this increasingly important market for higher education and business.”

Manoj Raut, CEO & Director of the Institute of Directors, India, said: “The Convention is a unique international forum to discuss latest issues concerning corporate governance, sustainability, CSR & boardroom issues. Delegates can network with global peers and professionals –the convention is being attended by over top 100 organisations and 250 leaders from across the globe.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to listen to global thought-leaders, as well as experienced best performers. We are looking forward to visiting Leicester and hearing from University experts and from the business community.”

The University of Leicester visit programme is as follows:

University of Leicester Visit Day, IOD India (31 October)

11.00 – 11.10 Welcome by Professor Paul Boyle, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester

11.10 – 11.50 Session 1: Enterprise and Research

Chair: Professor Kevin Schϋrer, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Leicester

1. Enterprise and Business Development – Professor Andy Abbott, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Enterprise), University of Leicester

2. Professional Development and Working with Businesses – Elain Crewe, Head of Continuing Professional Development, University of Leicester

3. Management Strategy and Board Room Structures – Professor Peter Jackson, Professor of Economics and Strategy, School of Management, University of Leicester

11.50 – 12.30 Session 2: Asian Business Community

Chair: Professor Martin Halliwell, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Leicester

1. India, Business and the Midlands – Uday Dholakia, Chair, Leicester Asian Business Association and Indo British Trade Council

2. Food & Drinks Supplier Chain– Professor Samir Dani, Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, University of Huddersfield

3. Axis Group India – Anil Lall, Engineering Manager and Malcolm Moore, Managing Director, Axis Group

National Space Centre

1.00 – 2:00 Networking Lunch

including a short presentation by Bhikhu Hindocha FCA, JP

University of Leicester Council and Development Board Member

2:00 – 3:00 Session 3: High Tech, Space Science and Business

Chair: Professor Martin Halliwell, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Leicester

1. MIRA Technology Park Enterprise Zone – Terry Spall, Commercial Director, MIRA

2. Engineering and High Tech Industry – Professor Helen Atkinson, Professor and Head of the Department of Engineering, University of Leicester

3. Space Catapult Project – Professor Paul Monks, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Earth Observation Science, Department of Chemistry, University of Leicester

London Convention (28-30 October)

The Rt. Hon. Baroness Sandip Verma, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Ministry for Energy & Climate Change chairs Steering Committee for the Convention. Speakers include:

• Rt Hon Shailesh Vara MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice, Govt of UK

• H.E. Ranjan Mathai, High Commissioner of India to UK

• Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, Chair, UK India Business Council (UKIBC)

• Rt Hon Lord Swraj Paul, PC, Chairman, Caparo Group Plc. UK

• Rt Hon Alok Sharma, Member Parliament for Reading West, House of Commons

• Jessica Fries, Executive Chairman, The Prince's Accounting for Sustainability Project

• Simon Osborne FCIS, CEO, The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators

• Helen Brand OBE, Chief Executive, Association of Chartered Certified

• Vindi Banga, Sr. Partner, Clayton Dubilier & Rice and Ex. Chairman, Hindustan Uniliver, UK

• Dr. A S Durga Prasad, President, The Institute of Cost Accountants of India

• Andrew Ratcliffe, Deputy- President, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales & Sr Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

• Dr. A S Durga Prasad, President, The Institute of Cost Accountants of India

• Professor Paul Boyle, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester

• John Griffith-Jones, Chairman, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), UK

• Professor Sir Andrew Likierman, Dean, London Business School (LBS),UK

• Dr. R. Seetharaman, Group Chief Executive Officer, Doha Bank, Qatar

• Dr. Santrupt Misra, CEO, Carbon Black Business and Director, Group HR, Aditya Birla Group

• Roshni Nadar, CEO of HCL Corporation Trustee, Shiv Nadar Foundation

• R. Sridharan, President, The Institute of Company Secretaries of India

• Prof Andrew P. Kakabadse, Professor of Governance and Leadership, Henley Business School, University of Reading

• Maxine Mawhinney, BBC TV News Anchor & Presenter, UK

The registered Participating Organizations include Reliance Industries Ltd (India), The Savola Group (Saudi Arabia), IRPC (Thailand), BBC (UK), Dubai Aluminium, Caparo Group (UK), Dubai Customs, IBM, Marks & Spencer plc, RWE npower, Industrial Development Corporation (SA), Old Mutual Group (UK), DuPont, PwC, FRC, Accenture, KPMG, Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited (India), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (India), HCL, Lafarge, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (India), Doha Bank (Qatar), Bajaj Allianz (India), GIIS (Singapore), PepsiCo, IL &FS, Canara Bank, YES Bank, DP World, State Bank of India, HDFC Life, Aditya Birla Group, Tata Steel and so on.

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