Maila Reeves

Rajesh Agrawal

Deputy Mayor of London for Business

Rajesh Agrawal is the Deputy Mayor of London for Business. Born in India, Rajesh moved to London in 2001. As an entrepreneur he founded RationalFX in 2005, and Xendpay in 2014, both companies utilising technology to reduce the cost of international money transfer for businesses and individuals. Rajesh is passionate about promoting entrepreneurship and creating opportunities for young people. He was appointed Chair of Oxfam’s Enterprise Development Programme in 2015 and has been a Patron of the Prince’s Trust for many years. As Deputy Mayor Rajesh aims to be a strong voice for London’s business community, protecting jobs and growth, and ensuring that the capital remains the most open and attractive place to do business in the world.

Recently named as one of the top 100 Tech people in the UK, Maila runs the UK and Ireland investment team for Business Sweden with a particular focus on fintech, digital health and the games sectors.  She also sits on the Executive Board for the Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Council and is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Westminster Business School. An experienced angel investor in, and advisor to, disruptive technology based businesses, Maila is constantly on the lookout for new ideas, technology and relationships to drive significant and long lasting improvement and business growth.

Chairman

UK Asian Business Council (UKABC)

Taha Coburn-Kutay

Taha is the Chair of UK Asian Business Council (UKABC). In addition, he is the Managing Director of Monkey Consulting Ltd, where he specialises in international business development and marketing focusing on the following sectors: Taha has recently joined Asia TV Global  as CEO and will host segments focusing on business and politics, including Business Talk with Taha, Politics: The Debate and In Conversation with Taha. His experience of 22 years in business spans across a number of geographical regions, including the UK, Europe, Asia, Americas and Africa. He has been appointed at the Economic & Business Advisor to the Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara in Uganda.

DUP Leader

DUP

Arlene Foster

Arlene has been involved in politics since a student at Queen's University, Belfast.  A lawyer by profession, she was born in Fermanagh and still lives there with her family.  When the Executive was established in 2007, Arlene was appointed as Environment Minister. Arlene served as Enterprise Minister from 2008 to 2015. During this period she attracted major events like the MTV awards, the Irish Open and Giro d'Italia and secured record levels of investment.  Arlene was appointed as Minister for Finance in May 2015. Arlene Foster became DUP Leader in December 2015 and First Minister of NI in January 2016.

 

Chair

Hinduja Bank

Shanu S.P. Hinduja

A senior member of the Hinduja Group, Shanu S.P. Hinduja is Chair of Hinduja Bank (Switzerland) Ltd, Chair of the Hinduja Foundation US, and Co-Chair and Director of Hinduja Global Solutions Inc. She is a respected speaker on the world's most pressing issues - having notably addressed the leaders of more than 130 countries at the UN General Assembly. In addition to supporting the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the UN Global Accelerator programme, alongside her father Shanu has provided scholarships at Columbia University, Massachusetts General Hospital and Cambridge University through the Hinduja Foundation. Shanu was a founding member of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco's environment-focused Foundation, and graduated in finance and economics from the INSEAD Business School in France. She works closely with her sister Vinoo, and her children Karam and Lavanya.

 

 

 

MD

Serendipity PR & Media Ltd

Sangeeta Waldron

Sangeeta Waldron is a multi-award winning Public Relations professional with over two decades of publicity, branding, communications, crisis management, media and social media experience. She started out her career writing speeches for a previous UK Prime Minister and Ministers, and has worked at the top level with powerful global brands, which includes - The Economist Group; The Times Education Supplement; Mayor of London; Cass Business School; and charities. Today, she runs her own successful PR agency, Serendipity PR & Media, working globally. An award winning journalist and global contributing editor for India CSR; an international speaker; and sits on different boards.

Dr Kamel Hothi OBE

Dr Kamel Hothi OBE has been breaking glass ceilings in the banking world for over four decades is ranked in the top 100 most influential BAME leaders in the UK by the FT and was awarded an OBE for services to promoting diversity in banking. She now supports several boards as an NED, Advisor & Trustee including the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, Alzheimer’s Society, while still balancing the demands of a traditional Indian extended family with 4 generations living in one household.

Non Executive Director

TLC Lions

CEO

The Business Cafe

Penny Power OBE

Penny Power, OBE founded the world’s first online business social network, supporting over 650,000 small business owners in 1998. In 2011 she Founded Digital Youth Academy, creating the Digital Marketing Apprenticeship, supporting 1000 young people into jobs. Public Speaker and author of the Manifesto for Digital Business Britain, Know Me, Like Me, Follow Me and her latest book, “Business is Personal”. Penny is committed to the emotional and mental health of business owners and her book, “Business is Personal”, available globally Amazon as audio, e-book and printed, highlights her own journey from “Accidental Entrepreneur” to the mind-set of a 21st Century Business Owner.

 

 

Founder

Paint Our World

Dr Priya Virmani

Dr. Virmani is a political and economic analyst, a writer, a disruptive social entrepreneur, a well being trainer, a TED speaker and a passionate advocate for women's issues. Dr. Virmani was awarded a PhD from the University of Bristol. She has given talks on topics ranging from globalisation; political economy; entrepreneurship; women's rights and the non-profit sector to psychology and motivation in various countries including India, China, the USA, the UK, Ireland, Austria, Malta and Puerto Rico. She is the Founder and Director of Paint Our World, a humanitarian project that makes our most invisible children, invincible.

 

Dr Peter Collecott CMG

Co-Chairman

The Ambassador Partnership

Peter Collecott is a Co-Chairman of The Ambassador Partnership, a network of some 35 ex-Ambassadors from numerous countries who resolve problems between businesses and foreign governments. Peter was the British Ambassador to Brazil, and prior to that had postings in Germany, Indonesia, Australia and The Sudan, and worked in London on European and Middle Eastern issues. Peter has also served as the Chairman of Canning House, the principal organisation in the UK for fostering relations with Latin America and Iberia; as a Special Advisor to The Prince’s Charities’ International Sustainability Unit, and as Diplomatic Adviser to the Government of Catalonia.

Family Office Advisor

Ty Murphy

Ty Murphy is a family office advisor and the former editor of Family Office Magazine, the most respected premium quality "Family Office" magazine in the world that caters for the ultra-wealthy Family Office sector. The publication is widely read by the world's leading experts from many of the World's renowned institutions from the Family Office and Wealth Management sectors.

Simon Spier

Head of International Trade

techUK

Simon is Head of International Trade at techUK engaging with government and business to support tech companies' growth internationally and enhance international engagement with the UK's burgeoning tech industry. Before joining techUK, Simon was Senior Advisor for Trade and Economic Affairs at the Embassy of Israel, London. His experience includes consulting with leading business in Israel and the UK and with all levels of the public sector. Simon worked extensively with the UK government on the creation of policy that facilitated international trade. Simon holds a BA in International Studies with Political Science from the University of Birmingham and an MBA from the University of Oxford.

 

Atul Pande

Director

Infrasoft Technologies Ltd

Atul represents business interests of Infrasoft technologies limited- a leading global organisation and innovator in 40+ countries specialising in Robotics, AI and Enterprise solution for the financial sector. He has led and been associated with several advanced projects in diverse cultures of over 30 countries in last 28 professional years.

Atul has enterprise level experience in wide range of industry sectors including Oil & Gas, Retail & Distribution, Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical. Specifically, Financial Services sector for last over a decade. He is part of executive management as Director and Vice president of Three Technology innovation companies.  Keeping abreast of the market trends Atul has conceptualised, architected, and shaped multiple innovations which large and small companies have capitalised on. While truly believing in Digital Transformation as a key future ingredient for success and survival, canvasses for Pragmatic Approach.

 

Sunil Sood

CTO

Miltronix

Miltronix offers a range of state-of-the-art Radar Systems specially designed to meet the stringent military, homeland security and civilian applications. Miltronix has always pushed the boundaries of what can be achieved with radar systems. With our experience in the field, more than 20 years, we've been committed to one objective – to produce world class radar systems that meet the needs of our clients in the military and homeland defence sectors.

 

Dame Asha Khemka DBE DL

Dame Asha Khemka stepped down as Principal and Chief Executive of West Nottinghamshire College Group in September 2018 after 12 and a half successful years at its helm. During her tenure, she led:

  • the college turnover from £23 to £70m at it's peak
  • a growth in apprenticeship numbers from 150 to 14,000
  • a £50m facelift of the college's buildings and infrastructure, turning it around into one of the most progressive (and impressive) further education learning environments in the country
  • the creation of The University Centre of Mansfield; marking a moment in history
  • the government's apprenticeship agenda nationally
  • the creation of The Inspire & Achieve Charitable Foundation to support youth from deprived families
  • the transformation of the lives of hundreds if not thousands of young people in the areas of Mansfield & Ashfield

Dame Asha's representation on national boards and committees includes: the Association of Colleges, the Education and Training Foundation, the University of Nottingham, the Indo British Trade Council and Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Institute for Apprenticeships, chairing its Quality Assurance Committee.  She currently sits on the Cabinet Office's Education Honours Committee and is a Board member of Education and Training Group. In 2009 she was appointed Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for services to education, and when in 2014 she was awarded a Damehood (DBE), in the same year she was crowned 'Woman of the Year', presented in person by the British Prime Minister David Cameron. Adding to a wealth of national and international accolades including NRI Gold Award, Asian Woman of Achievement, National Jewel and Inspirational Women of the Year, in November 2016 Dame Asha was acknowledged for her 'Overall Contribution to Apprenticeships' at the Asian Apprenticeship Awards and in April 2017 named 'Businesswoman of the Year' at the annual Asian Business Awards Midlands.

 

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