Horasis India Meeting – 2015


Impressions from the 2014 meeting:

  • We have always had a special relationship between our countries

    Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, United Kingdom

  • The Indian government will push for more economic reforms in the months ahead

    N.K. Singh, Former Secretary to the Prime Minister, India

  • While the economic turnaround won't be quick, the ongoing reform process is reason to hope

    Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament, Former Union Minister, India

  • Revenge was not our motivation. Change must always be accompanied by the crafting of a new vision

    Mac Maharaj, Spokesperson of the Government of South Africa, South Africa

  • 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

    Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto, India

  • Stock market indices zoomed to new highs in anticipation of the electoral outcome

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

  • Many Indian firms are increasingly looking to invest abroad to accomplish its motives of acquiring technology

    Sunil Kant Munjal, Jt Managing Director, Hero MotoCorp, India

  • It is important to increasingly leverage global value chains

    Rajendra S Pawar, Chairman, NIIT, India

Interlaken, Switzerland, 5-6 July 2015

Horasis convened the 2015 Horasis India Meeting on 5-6 July in Interlaken, Switzerland, co-hosted by the Canton of Bern and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). The meeting gathered 300 senior decision makers from business and government from around the globe engaging them to shape India’s future directions. Download the report and visit the photo gallery.


The Horasis India Meeting was the first landmark business meeting on India to take stock of the state of the Indian economy after having seen the new government one year into power. The majority of participants had a firm belief in the steps taken by the government to usher in economic growth. In his welcoming speech, Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Railways, India, stressed the Indian government’s commitment to wide-ranging reforms. ‘The Indian government will push for more economic reforms in the months ahead,’ added Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India). According to Sumit Mazumder, Chairman, TIL; President, CII, India, Narendra Modi’s iconic style of leadership has come as a breath of fresh air for Indians. Edmond Alphandéry, Former French Minister of Economy, France, was confident that India will shed its gradualism. ‘We need more and better reforms to boost the economy,’ conveyed Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto, India.


His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Hans-Jürg Käser, President and State Councillor, Canton of Bern
Minister Gordhan, South Africa, introduced by Deepak Premnarayen, Chairman, ICS Group Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto and Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII


Speaking on behalf of the Canton of Bern, Hans-Jürg Käser, President and State Councillor, Canton of Bern, Switzerland, welcomed participants to both start and continue discussions to further build on existing links between the Canton and India. Johannes Matyassy, Assistant State Secretary for Asia Pacific, Switzerland, said that ‘India holds great promise for economic engagement with Switzerland.’ Highlighting some of the advantages of investing in South Africa, Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, South Africa, maintained that his country is the natural partner of India in the emerging markets realm. Arvind Kumar, Secretary Industries & Commerce, State of Telangana, India, reported that economic indications as rising stock markets and the strengthening rupee are good indicators of positive changes to come.


A special plenary focused on His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s unique contribution to societal well-being and inclusive growth.


Announcing the 2015 Indian Business Leaders of the Year, Horasis – together with our strategic partner PwC – celebrated four outstanding entrepreneurs who have been building successful Indian firms: Ashish Chauhan, Chief Executive Officer, Bombay Stock Exchange; Praveen P Kadle, Chief Executive Officer, Tata Capital; Sunil Kant Munjal, Jt Managing Director, Hero MotoCorp; and Nasser Munjee, Chairman, DCB Bank.


The Indian Business Leaders of the Year On the top of the mountain


The co-chairs were:


Abdulmajeed Ismail Al Fahim, Chairman, Pearl Dubai, UAE
Edmond Alphandéry, Former French Minister of Economy, France
Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, India
Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto, India
Subodh Bhargava, Chairman, Tata Communications, India
Lord Karan Bilimoria, Chairman, Cobra Beer Partnership, United Kingdom
Naushad Forbes, Director, Forbes Marshall, India
Francesco Gherzi, Chairman, Gherzi Engineering AG, Switzerland
Sunil Godhwani, Chairman, Religare Enterprises, India
Rajive Kaul, Chairman, Nicco Group, India
Sunil Kaushal, Chief Executive Officer South Asia, Standard Chartered Bank, United Kingdom
Habil Khorakiwala, Chairman, Wockhardt, India
Sumit Mazumder, Chairman, TIL, President, CII, India
William Meaney, Chief Executive Officer, Iron Mountain, USA
Joachim Nagel, Member of the Executive Board, Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany
H M Nerurkar, Chairman, TRL Krosaki Refractories, India
Vachara Phanchet, Chairman, Sittipol Holdings, Thailand
Dilip Piramal, Chairman, VIP Industries, India
Deepak Premnarayen, Chairman, ICS Group, India
Gunjan Sinha, Chairman, MetricStream, USA
Ashok Trivedi, Co-Chairman, IGATE Corporation, USA
Urs Widmer, Chief Operating Officer, SIX Swiss Exchange, Switzerland


The Horasis India Meeting is the foremost annual meeting of Indian business leaders and their global counterparts. With this 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 has been held in Munich (2009), Madrid (2010), Naples (2011), Antwerp (2012), Belfast (2013) and Liverpool (2014).

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 Horasis India Meeting, Horasis holds meetings on China, Russia and the Arab world.



Bern Economic Development Agency Confederation of Indian Industry



All India Management Association (AIMA) CEO Clubs Network Swiss-Indian Chamber of Commerce



Strategic Partner:




Knowledge Partners:

MetricStream Quintessentially Lifestyle India SIX Swiss Exchange Standard Chartered Bank



Accomodation Partner:

Victoria-Jungfrau Hotel    



Touristic Partner:

Jungfrau Railway Holding