Opportunities & Challenges Ahead: New India @75
India will complete her 75 years of Independence on 15th August 2022. This anniversary involves widespread celebrations of India @75 and her notable achievements in this time, but also reflection at this crossroads as the country seeks to agree on its role in the world in the future. In a country with a population of over 1.3 billion people, over 400 spoken languages, challenges from climate change and relations with its neighbours, ensuring that the next 75 years will bring continued success to the people of India requires wisdom as well as solutions.
Our panel of experts will discuss not only the extensive opportunities in the world’s largest and most pluralistic democracy but the wide-ranging challenges to India and how they can be solved, with a focus on critical areas of the economy, entrepreneurship, energy and defence as Indian leadership and policymakers target becoming a USD5 trillion economy by the end of this decade.
About the speakers:
Deepak Lalwani OBE was born in Bombay, India and is Founder and Director of Lalcap Ltd, a London based consultancy specialising in doing business with India. Prior to setting up his own company, he was Director – India at London stockbroker, Astaire, where he worked for over 16 years. He is only one of two persons from India to be elected as a Member of The London Stock Exchange more than 30 years ago and is regarded by peers as an authority and pre-eminent contributor on the Indian economic story. He is a qualified UK accountant (Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants) and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (UK). He has a great passion to enhance UK-India business and investment ties. For over 25 years he has authored and published the influential “India Report”, which is distributed to key decision makers globally, including investment managers at global financial institutions, businessmen worldwide, Chambers of Commerce, UK MPs, members of The House of Lords in the UK and the media. He is also a guest speaker on India at MBA programmes of major UK business schools. A philosopher at heart, he has been involved with many charitable causes over the years, including having the honour and privilege to be a Samaritan. Deepak has a great passion to strengthen UK-India business ties and deepen goodwill, for which in 2010 he was honoured by Her Majesty The Queen with the OBE in the UK.
Alan Rosling CBE has been an Asia Scotland Institute speaker on two earlier occasions and serves on ASI’s Advisory Board. His new venture, ECube Climate Finance, sets out to help finance an energy transition in Indian industry. He is the Chairman of Azure Power, one of India’s leading renewable developers (NYSE AZRE). He sold his earlier business, Kiran Energy Solar Power, in 2018. Alan served as the Chairman of Jardine Matheson Group, India and was an Executive Director of Tata Sons. Earlier, he was a Special Advisor in the Number 10 Policy Unit, Strategy Director of United Distillers, CEO of a division of Courtaulds Textiles, and a banker at SG Warburg.
Rahul Roy-Chaudhury is the Senior Fellow for South Asia at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, where he heads its South Asia programme. His research and publications focus on India’s foreign, defence and security policies; the Indian navy and the Indian Ocean; regional security issues; and UK-India relations. He organises annual ‘track 1.5’ meetings on these issues in Muscat, Bahrain, Islamabad, New Delhi and London. Rahul has published two books, Sea Power and Indian Security and India’s Maritime Security. Earlier, he served in the National Security Council Secretariat in the Prime Minister’s Office in India. He is a Research Associate at the Centre for South Asia Studies at Oxford University.