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Past events

The Aditya Birla India Centre invites prominent Indian business leaders to speak at London Business School. The centre also organises special events, seminars and conferences that stimulate debate and highlight the issues surrounding Indian business. 

  • 2012

    Habitat for Humanity IndiaBUILDS


    Bollywood stars and business leaders laid bricks and tiles at London Business School, representing the 100,000 houses that will be built in India by 2015. The event marked the start of Habitat for Humanity's IndiaBUILDS in the UK – a new drive to support families living in substandard housing in India.

  • 2011

    Indian School of Business Strategy Research Conference

    Professor of Strategic and International Management Phanish Puranam was the co-organiser of this event, held at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, in July 2011. The conference featured papers from international faculty.

    India Business Forum

    Held in May 2011 at London Business School, the theme of the forum was Envisioning India’s New Landscape. Speakers included business leaders and LBS faculty.

    SMS India Research Workshop

    Professor Phanish Puranam was a panellist at the event, conducted at IIM, Kolkota, India in February 2011.

  • 2010

    15 November 2010

    Vinita Bali, MD, Britannia Industries Ltd.

    Indian Consumer Packaged Goods Industry

    September 2010 

    How will India transform the global innovation landscape?

    part of a three-day visit to the UK by senior members of the Indian Institutes of Technology.

    29 September 2010

    Vineet Nayar, CEO, HCL Technologies

    Employees First, Customers Second

    12 April 2010

    Peter Unsworth, Chief Executive, Tetley Tea

    Drinking the Big Fish

    25 March 2010

    Sir Gulam Noon, Chairman, Noon Products

    25 January 2010

    S Gopalakrishnan, CEO and MD, Infosys Technologies

    Growth Drivers for Business as we Emerge Out of this Downturn

  • 2009

    18 November 2009

    Dr Kiran Bedi, India's first and highest ranking female police officer

    India: The Urge to be Outstanding

    11 June 2009

    S Ramadorai, CEO and MD Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

    Surviving a Turbulent Market

    8 June 2009

    Harsh Mariwala, Chairman & Managing Director, Marico

    Institutionalising Innovation - The Marico Experience

    19 May 2009

    Mike Jatania, CEO, Lornamead Group

    Lornamead - The Story of Adding Value to Brands

    27 January 2009

    Ganesh Natarajan, Chairman, NASSCOM

    The Crucible of Innovation. A New Churning in a $50 Million Industry

  • 2008

    25 November 2008

    Alan Rosling, Executive Director, Tata Sons

    Tata:  The Creation of an Indian Multinational

    27 May 2008

    S Ramadorai, CEO and MD Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

    The Future of Globalized Knowledge Services

  • 2007

    28 June 2007

    P Chidambaram, Minister of Finance, Government of India

    27 February 2007

    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE DL, CEO, Cobra Beer

    2 February 2007

    (co-sponsored with the Indian Business Forum)

    Kamal Nath, Minister of Trade & Commerce, Government of India

  • 2006

    3 October 2006

    Azim Premji, Chairman, Wipro Ltd

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.

Past events:

  • 10 September 2010

    How will India transform the global innovation landscape? 

    (In association with India Business Forum and the Indian Institute of Technology UK Alumni)

    The seminar was an interactive debate on the state of innovation in India and why it has in it the potential to transform the global innovation landscape. The session was part of a three day visit to the UK by senior members of the Indian Institutes of Technology.

  • 6 October 2009

    Innovation in Education

    (In association with India Business Forum and the Indian Institute of Technology UK Alumni)

    The seminar on innovation in the Indian education sector comes at a very important time as India is about to embark on major reforms in the higher education sector with the IITs playing a crucial role in shaping the landscape. This also opens up unprecedented opportunities for international educational institutions as well as for investors to tap into one of the largest markets in the world.

  • 21 April 2009

    Imagining India and India's Global Powerhouses

    A panel discussion with Nandan Nilekani, Co-Chairman, Infosys Technologies and Nirmalya Kumar, Professor of Marketing, London Business School was held to discuss their latest books, Imagining India and India's Global Powerhouses respectively. The discussion was chaired by Robin Buchanan, President of London Business School.

  • 15 May 2008

    Integrating Global Expertise 

    (A seminar in association with Aditya Birla Minacs)

    While much is made of the cost savings and political issues that business process offshoring entails, relatively little attention is paid to the fact that the successful offshoring of services also represents a breakthrough in organizational models for integrating globally dispersed expertise. The skills that both client and vendor companies are developing at capturing and transferring knowledge as well as achieving coordination across locations and their relevance in a globalizing economy, where value chains are often distributed across ownership and geographic boundaries were discussed at the seminar. The event included speakers from Deutsche Bank, Nissan Motors, McKinsey and London Business School.

  • 31 October 2007

    Made in India Multinationals: Strategies and Challenges

    A special dinner, panel discussion and art event, co-hosted by the Aditya Birla India Centre and Harvard Business Review, was held at London Business School on 31 October 2007. The evening was opened by The Hon Apurv Bagri who welcomed guests and introduced the panellists. Followed by Anand Raman (Senior Editor of Harvard Business Review) who presented his survey of "New Champions, Global Challenges".

    The high profile panel consisted of Aditya Mittal (Chief Financial Officer of ArcelorMittal), Rajesh Hukku (Chairman & Managing Director, i-flex solutions) and Nirmalya Kumar (Co-Director of the Aditya Birla India Centre), and was moderated by Tom Stewart (Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Business Review). The evening closed with talks by Richard Blurton and Sona Datta from the British Museum on Jamini Roy, the father of modern Indian painting, a selection of whose paintings were exhibited. The exceptional dinner was catered for by the Cinnamon Club.

Academic Seminar Speaker Series

  • 18 August 2009

    18 August 2009

    Prof. Ajai K. Singh, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University

    A Dissection of Bookbuilt IPOs: Subscriptions, Underpricing, and Initial Returns

  • 11 June 2009

    13 May 2009

    Prof. Arie Y. Lewin, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

    The Role of Corporate-Wide Offshoring Strategy in Directing Attention to Offshoring Drivers, Risks and Performance

  • 11 June 2009

    23 April 2008

    Dr Sanker De, Indian School of Business

    Do Business Networks Benefit Member Firms?