Horasis India Meeting – 2014


Impressions from the 2013 meeting:

  • We want to create 100 million skilled jobs. This is critical to meet the socio-economic needs of India’s youth

    Anand Sharma, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, India

  • We need more and better reforms to boost the economy, which has been hobbled by inflation as well as by fiscal and current account deficits

    Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto, India

  • The reform package has signalled a renewed intent by the administration to escape the policy deadlock in which it was languishing

    Ashish Chauhan, Chief Executive Officer, Bombay Stock Exchange, India

  • With India’s economy at crossroads, what are the prospects for political and economic reforms? How do business leaders advance their corporate agenda in an environment of policy change?

    Karan Thapar, President, infotainement Television, India

  • Structural reforms to bolster resilience to shocks are necessary to increase India’s competitiveness

    S. D. Shibulal, Chief Executive Officer, Infosys, India

  • Of late the interest in Indian culture in general and in Bollywood in particular has become huge

    Imtiaz Ali, Film Director and Writer, India

  • We are closely collaborating in our efforts to battle climate change. And we want to promote more widespread solar adoption to help displace fossil power generation and, in turn, limit greenhouse gas emissions that accelerate climate change

    Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy, India

Liverpool, United Kingdom, 22-23 June 2014

Horasis convened the 2014 Global India Business Meeting on 22-23 June in Liverpool, United Kingdom, co-hosted by the City of Liverpool. This year’s Global India Business Meeting was part of the International Festival for Business, a series of global business events held in Liverpool to celebrate entrepreneurship and economic growth. The Global India Business Meeting emphasised the Festival’s focus on emerging markets with India at the core. Download the Report, and visit the photo gallery:


The Global India Business Meeting is the foremost annual of Indian business leaders and their global counterparts. The meeting gathered 250 senior decision makers from business and government. Informed by the outcomes of the national elections, the meeting engaged participants to provide a holistic and timely perspective on the future direction for India.


In his welcoming speech, N.K. Singh, Former Member of Parliament, Former Member of the Planning Commission, Former Secretary to the Prime Minister, India, announced that the Indian government will push for more economic reforms in the months ahead, including the easing of limits on foreign direct investment in various sectors. Addressing participants, Gregory Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, United Kingdom, said that India holds great promise for economic engagement with the United Kingdom.


N.K. Singh, Former Secretary to the Prime Minister of India Gregory Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change


Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, United Kingdom, reported that UK firms are the largest European investors in India and there is more Indian investment in the UK than the rest of the EU combined. Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto, India, opined that now – with the optimism linked to the new government – economic growth is expected to come back to 8-10% within the next 3-5 years. Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament, Former Union Minister, India, told participants that while the economic turnaround won’t be quick, the ongoing reform process is reason to hope.


Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto, India, co-chair of the Global India Business Meeting Shashi Tharoor, Former Union Minister, India


Awarded as Indian Business Leaders of the Year were Rajendra S Pawar, Chairman, NIIT; Ajay Piramal, Chairman, Piramal Group; Deepak Premnarayen, Chairman, ICS Group; and Amit Sarin, Chief Executive Officer, Anant Raj Group.


Ajay Piramal, Chairman, Piramal Group Rajendra S Pawar, Chairman, NIIT, India
Mac Maharaj, Spokesperson of the Government of South Africa The Indian Business Leaders of the Year


A special plenary panel focused on Mac Maharaj, Spokesperson of the Government of South Africa, and his unique contribution to world history. Mac Maharaj who was sent to Robben Island in 1964 after being convicted of sabotage, helped to negotiate South Africa’s transition to majority rule. ‘Change must always be accompanied by the crafting of a new vision,’ he said.


The co-chairs were:

Nazir Alli, Chief Executive Officer, South African National Roads Agency, South Africa
Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto, India
Subodh Bhargava, Chairman, Tata Communications, India
Lord Karan Bilimoria, Chairman, Cobra Beer Partnership, United Kingdom
Ashish Chauhan, Chief Executive Officer, Bombay Stock Exchange, India
Jochum Haakma, Director, TMF Group, The Netherlands
Mikael Hagström, President International, SAS, USA
Rajive Kaul, Chairman, Nicco Group, India
Naina Lal Kidwai, Immediate Past President, FICCI and Country Head, HSBC India, India
David Landsman, Director, Tata Limited, United Kingdom
Sunil Kant Munjal, Jt Managing Director, Hero MotoCorp, India
Ajay Piramal, Chairman, Piramal Group, India
Rajendra S Pawar, Chairman, NIIT, India
Niraj Sharan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Aura, USA
Bhav Singh, President, Pearson English, United Kingdom
Gunjan Sinha, Chairman, MetricStream, USA
Jyotsna Suri, Senior Vice President, FICCI and Chairperson, Bharat Hotels, India
Harshbeena Zaveri, President, NRB Bearings, India


With the Global India Business Meeting, Horasis offers business and government to discuss a wide range of issues related to the Indian economy. The location of the meeting rotates annually, and was held so far in Munich (2009), Madrid (2010), Naples (2011), Antwerp (2012) and Belfast (2013).


About Horasis (www.horasis.org):
Horasis as an independent international organization is committed to enacting visions for a sustainable future through the active participation of global business leaders in series of annual meetings. In addition to the Global India Business Meeting, Horasis holds meetings on China, Russia and the Arab world.


About the International Festival for Business (www.ifb2014.com):
The International Festival for Business is a 50-day business festival hosted in Liverpool during June-July 2014. It will be an ambitious global showcase for great British industry across multiple sectors, and will champion UK businesses to new markets, new products and new partners. Comprising over 100 world-class events, the festival is a key part of the UK government’s ambition to promote economic growth, rebalance the economy and double UK exports by 2020. Backed by UK government, IFB 2014 will cast a light on the spheres of commercial endeavour that are transforming the new economies and business landscapes of Britain and beyond. Key themes of the festival include: manufacturing, science & technology; maritime, logistics & energy; knowledge, professional & financial services; higher & further education & research; low carbon & renewables; cities, enterprise & urban business; knowledge, creative & digital.