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Emerging India in a Global Economy
Kamalesh Sharma, currently the Indian High Commissioner in London, was a member of the Indian Foreign Service from 1965 to 2002. He is currently a permanent representative at the United Nations in Geneva and his role includes acting as Ambassador for Disarmament and Spokesman for developing countries in United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Mr Sharma was Ambassador to Germany and the first Ambassador to the Central Asian Republics of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
Back in India, he held high rank government positions including Head of International Organisations and Policy Planning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Head of Division in the Treasure, in charge of oil sector and development assistance from Europe.
His honorary positions include Fellow of Harvard University (Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs), Fellow of Foreign Policy Association of the United States and recipient of the Medal of the Association, former Member of the Board of the International Peace Academy in New York, Governor of the Ditchley Foundations and Vice President of the Royal Overseas League.
Kamalesh Sharma was educated in St. Stephen's College, Delhi, and King's College, Cambridge.
Dr. Gareth Price is the head of the Asia Programme at Chatham House, overseeing research into a wide range of social, political and economic issues throughout Asia. Dr Price's own research interests focus on South Asia, focussing on India's changing global position and on th interaction between India's economic growth and its political system.
Dr Price has also worked for the Economist Intelligence Unit, covering economic and political developments in India, Pakistan and Nepal. Dr. Price has also worked for a political risk consultancy, Control Risks Group, and as a consultant for a wide range of government and public-sector clients. Dr Price is a frequent media commentator on economic and political developments throughout South Asia.
He received his PhD, which contexutalised ethnic conflict in North East India within the context of the Indian state, in 1998 from the University of Bristol.
Iain McCoo is a Senior Vice President and Head of Finance for Lehman Brothers Services India Private Limited overseeing the full suite of Financial responsibilities for India, including Financial and Regulatory reporting, Management Information, Tax and Strategy.
Prior to this, Mr McCoo served the Firm as financial controller in Equities, Commodities and for its Swiss and Italian operations. Most recently, he was European controller for the Firm’s Investment Banking Division. Before joining Lehman Brothers in 1991, he worked in the manufacturing field and as an auditor.
Mr McCoo has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Asif Ahmad is Director, Asia Pacific of UK Trade and Investment, which is run jointly by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. UKTI offers assistance to business seeking trade and investment opportunities.
Mr Ahmad joined the FCO in 1999, working initially in the Resources Directorate where as Deputy Head of Resource Budgeting Department he worked to secure Treasury funding for two Spending Reviews. He was promoted to the Senior Civil Service in 2002 and headed the FCO’s Commonwealth Department. Responsibilities there included representing the UK’s interests in dealings with members of the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth Secretariat.
He has worked in the Prime Minister’s Office as Head of the Communication and Information Centre.
Prior to joining the civil service, Asif Ahmad worked as a business adviser in Business Link London.
After graduating in Economics from Durham University, he was at National Westminster Bank for 18 years. He worked in international corporate finance, corporate communications, office of the Group Chief Executive, international private banking (Coutts) and as Senior Manager of a network of London branches.
Dinkar Jetley is the Global Head of Trust & Securities Servcies and Global Cash Management - Financial Institutions within Deutsche Bank's Global Transaction Banking division.
Trust & Securities Services provides trustee, administration and custody services on over $3 trillion in debt and equity securities worldwide while Global Cash Management provides an extensive range of solutions to financial institutions wishing to manage and optimise cash flows and working capital.
Dinkar Jetley joined Deutsche Bank in 1999 where he has held a number of executive positions in the transaction banking business. Before joining Deutsche Bank he spent 14 years with Citibank in retail and corporate banking in the US, Canada, France and the UK.
Dinkar Jetley has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business in the US.
Devyani is a business focussed HR professional with strong international change management experience across EMEA, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
Having worked in complex organisations across different industries (Financial services - Citibank, AXA, Telecommunications – Lucent Technologies, Oil & Gas – The BG Group and Consultancy – Price Waterhouse) she brings an innovative perspective in resolving people issues.
Her current role at BG as Regional HR Director for Asia Pacific & the Middle East has helped the group strategically address issues around Organisation Effectiveness, Resourcing and Talent management. She strongly believes HR can be a catalyst in helping organisation change and maintain a competitive edge.
Her educational background includes a First Class Degree in Electronics and an MBA in addition to being a trained Behavioural Scientist. She has won several merit scholarships including the Chevening Scholarship and the National Talent Scholarship.