London Business School's India Business Forum Announces 10th Annual Conference
This year's LBS India Business Forum will be "India and Africa: Getting Down to Business".
- (1888PressRelease) April 19, 2012 - LONDON: London Business School's India Business forum today announced its tenth annual student-run conference: "India and Africa: Getting Down to Business". The conference will be held at London Business School on Thursday 26 April, from 9 AM to 4 PM. Top delegates from the government, academic, media, non-governmental, and corporate sectors have been confirmed to speak at the event.
In recent years, India has demonstrated remarkable nimbleness and initiative in forging economic ties with African countries. India is hoping that a combination of soft power, historic links, and a record of supporting African causes will facilitate closer economic ties in a manner that is also beneficial to the continent. The Indian initiative is led by its private sector which wants access to Africa's abundant natural resources and burgeoning markets. Indian companies have already invested substantially in sectors such as Oil & Gas, Pharmaceuticals, Petrochemicals, IT, Fertilizers and Infrastructure and are looking to enhance their presence in significant ways in the continent going ahead. With traditional links to both India and Africa, and extensive financial, legal and advisory expertise, London is well placed to facilitate this emerging partnership between India and Africa.
Against this backdrop London Business School's India Business Forum will this year focus on the landscape of Indian corporate investments in Africa, the trade and economic policies of its countries, the challenges that investors face and the resources that are available to them.
Lord Swaraj Paul (Life peer in the House of Lords and Chairman, Caparo Group) will set the tone of the conference with a keynote speech. This will be followed by three core panels that will discuss the topical issues around investing in a resurgent Africa including the experience so far, the view from London, the UK's role as a facilitator, looking ahead as well as future investment opportunities and challenges for investors.
Panels will include such notable speakers as Lord Karan Bilimoria (Life peer in the House of Lords; Chairman, Cobra Beer), Navdeep Suri (Head - Public Diplomacy Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India), Sanjay Mehta (Managing Director, Essar Global), Neeraj Kanwar (Managing Director, Apollo Tyres), Zain Latif (Principal, TLG Capital) and Ibukun Adebayo (Head - Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange AIM).
London Business School's India Business Forum London Conference attracts 300 delegates each year. Business executives, academics, professionals and government leaders are expected to attend and will have the opportunity to engage directly with the speakers. For more information and updated agenda details, please visit www.indiabusinessforum.net.
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About the India Business Forum
Founded in 2002 under the guidance of the late Prof Sumantra Ghosal, the India Business Forum (IBF) is a student-led initiative that aims to be the leading global platform for doing business in and with India. With London Business School as its context, IBF seeks to be a creative force bringing together emerging trends and valuable insights to inform global, regional, and industry-specific strategies pertaining to India. IBF also helps to build high-level India-related networks among participants and exposes them to cutting-edge research and insight, as presented by London Business School professors.
The Forum organises annual conferences in London and India and hosts several other speaker events. IBF leverages its association with London Business School, its advantageous location in London, and its strong connections to India to create a uniquely diverse and unparalleled gathering of participants.
About London Business School
London Business School's purpose is to deliver insights and leaders that have impact. The School has been ranked in the top four in the world by the Financial Times for the full-time MBA programme for the past four years*. In research, the School is ranked top ten and holds the highest average research score of any UK academic institution**.
The School's faculty, from over 30 countries, is grouped into seven subject areas - Accounting; Economics; Finance; Management Science and Operations; Marketing; Organisational Behaviour; and Strategic and International Management.
Studying at the School provides access to an unmatched diversity of thought. With a presence in four international cities - London, New York, Hong Kong and Dubai - the School is well positioned to equip students from more than 130 countries with the capabilities needed to operate in today's business environment. Students further benefit from our 30,000 alumni who provide a wealth of knowledge, business experience and worldwide networking opportunities.
The School awards over 1,000 degrees every year, across MBA, Executive MBA, Masters in Finance, Sloan Fellow and PhD programmes and has most recently added Masters in Management to its portfolio. The Executive Education team offers a portfolio of over 30 open programmes as well as custom-designed programmes developed to meet the specific needs of individuals and their organisation. Annually, over 8,000 participants attend executive programmes that are led by many of the world's leading business thinkers.
* Financial Times MBA 2012 Rankings
** Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008