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The Aditya Birla India Centre provides a platform for Indian business leaders and policy makers to speak at London Business School and engage with the LBS community and the wider business community. In addition, research symposiums and special events are held in India.


Upcoming Event

28 September 2017, London Business School

India at 70: Opportunities and Insights for Business

As India marks 70 years of independence. Vidyapath and the Aditya Birla India Centre at London Business School invites you to a stimulating discussion on India at 70: Opportunities and Insights for Business. We are delighted to host the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, His Excellency Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha as our keynote speaker for the event followed by a panel discussion with knowledgeable speakers covering a spectrum of expertise from business, regulations and academia. The event will close with a reception and an opportunity to network with our speakers and other attendees.

India at 70: Opportunities and Insights for Business will consider India today, its past and the road ahead, as it is projected to be the fastest growing economy in the world. How will Indo-British relations change after Brexit? What are the opportunities on both sides? How can India's role develop into a greater global role?

Location: London Business School
Date: Thursday, 28th September 2017

16:30-17:00 Registration
17:00-18:30 Keynote & panel discussion
18:30-20:00 Reception

Spaces are limited and so please register soon if you wish to attend.

Distinguished Speaker Series 

Through our speaker series, the Centre aims to support Indian companies, academics and public-policy makers in their pursuit of global business capabilities, as well as to help global corporations and governments understand business in India. The Speaker Series seeks to enable interaction between leaders of emerging and established businesses in India, and the wider global business community.

Seminars, conferences and special events

The Centre organises and hosts seminars, conferences and special events that showcase, support and provide a platform to stimulate debate and highlight issues surrounding Indian business.

The latest Aditya Birla India Centre events are shown below, see other London Business School events.

Aditya Birla India Centre Research Symposium 2016

Date: Saturday 20 February 2016
Time: 14.30 - 20.00
Venue: Four Seasons Mumbai, 1/136, Dr. E. Moses Road, Worli, Mumbai (Map)

Join top London Business School faculty and senior business and industry speakers to explore how our world-class academic research interacts with the dynamic business environment in India.

Confirmed speakers so far include:


  • Julian Birkinshaw, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Academic Director, Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Sir Andrew Likierman, Dean, London Business School 

  • Madan Pillutla, London Business School Term Chair Professor of Organisational Behaviour 

  • Naufel Vilcassim, Professor of Marketing and Academic Director, Aditya Birla India Centre 

Many more will be added in the coming weeks.


Booking your place: a formal invitation, including more details on the programme and how to book, will be sent by email in mid-December. In the meantime, please save the date and encourage your fellow LBS alumni to do so too.

Aditya Birla India Centre Distinguished Speaker Series lecture

Date: Wednesday, 3 February 2016
Time: 18:00-18:45 (registration) 18:45-19:45 (talk and Q&A) 19:45-20:30 (drinks reception)

Venue: London Business School


We are delighted to invite you to the Aditya Birla India Centre Distinguished Speaker Series lecture which will be given by Sunaina Sethi, the Operations Director and Wine Buyer for JKS Restaurants, which includes Michelin-starred Trishna, Marylebone and Michelin-starred Gymkhana, Mayfair. Gymkhana was named the UK’s Number One Restaurant in the National Restaurant Awards and BMW Square Meal’s Restaurant of the Year in 2014, and was recently awarded a Tatler Restaurant Award for Best Kitchen of 2015. In addition to two Michelin-starred restaurants, JKS opened Hoppers, Soho in 2015 and have also partnered with and backed Bubbledogs, Kitchen Table, Bao and Lyle's.

A Zagat ‘30 under 30’ award winner, Sunaina is an expert sommelier and known for championing wines from lesser known regions, including the nascent wine industry of India.

After finishing her degree in business management at Nottingham University, Sunaina spent a year working in banking with HSBC in Germany before returning to the UK to pursue her love of wine and enter the family business. Working alongside her brothers, Karam Sethi (JKS Restaurants founder and Chef Proprietor of Trishna and Gymkhana) and Jyotin Sethi (Managing Director for the group), Sunaina created the wine lists at Trishna and Gymkhana, showcasing bottles from all over the world.

Spaces are very limited and so if you would like to attend please register here.

To find out more about The Aditya Birla India Centre, the focal point for India-related research and activities at LBS, please see our website. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us via

Naufel Vilcassim, Academic Director
Suseela Yesudian, Executive Director

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