With its strong democratic principles, a large and young population and a diverse and rich culture, India has frequently captured the world’s imagination as the 'next big thing'. Indeed, over the last two decades, India has impressed with its strong economic growth, an ambitious space programme and its IT capabilities and infrastructure. But while India has made much progress; many, both within India and outside, believe that it can achieve more. For too long, India has been on the cusp of more dramatic change, but it hasn't made this transition yet.

In this unique series of fireside chats, Dr Kamini Gupta of Kings' Business School and Sanam Arora of the National Indian Students and Alumni Union speak to thought leaders across sectors to explore this paradox between what India promises to become and where it currently is. How can India leverage its unique resources and capabilities to claim its place as a global superpower? How can India lead the world in the next few decades and which areas is it particularly poised to lead in? What are the challenges that have prevented India from fully delivering on its potential and how can we overcome them? What lessons does the Indian experience with business, capitalism, politics and religion hold for other countries of the world?

Going Beyond Discussion

There has been a great increase in the number of webinar-based conversations. These discussions are important and have increased access to expert insights, which can now be heard by audiences across the world. However, we want to take this forward to the next step. The discussions in the India Series will be followed up with actionable outcomes aimed at ushering in sustainable and inclusive development for India. Importantly, we will provide the platform required to enable contributions from audience members and other interested stakeholders. As a webinar attendee you have the opportunity to do more than listen; and contribute more directly if you so wish.


Sanam Arora

Sanam Arora

Chairperson, NISAU UK

Sanam is the founder and chairperson of the National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK, the largest association of Indian origin students and young professionals outside India. An Investment Management consultant, Sanam works with leading asset managers, providing strategy and management consulting.
She is an alumnus of the London School of Economics and is a recipient of the LSE SU’s Honorary Studentship. She has a keen interest in furthering the UK – India bilateral relationship and regularly provides thought leadership in this space.She tweets at @arora_sanam.

Kamini Gupta

Dr Kamini Gupta

Asst. Professor, KBS

Dr Kamini Gupta is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at King’s Business School, King’s College London. Her award-winning research focuses on the domain at the intersection of business and society; and she has a special interest in social issues in India.
Kamini holds an Honours degree in Economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce, an MBA from IIM Lucknow and a PhD from London Business School. Apart from her research that has been published in top management journals, she also writes and appears regularly in Indian and British press on issues that have social and economic implications. She tweets at @dr_kaminigupta.



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The King's Business School-NISAU India Series is hosted by Dr Kamini Gupta of Kings' Business School and Sanam Arora of the National Indian Students and Alumni Union, speaking to thought leaders across sectors to examine how India can leverage its unique resources and capabilities to claim its place as a global superpower, and how challenges to this transition can be overcome.


This wide-ranging discussion will explore thoughts on how India can leverage its expertise in Science and Technology to emerge stronger in a post-Covid world; the future of healthcare in India; and the role of sustainability in igniting India's growth engine.

Ms Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is a pioneering biotech entrepreneur, a healthcare visionary, a global influencer and a passionate philanthropist. She is a pioneer of India’s biotech industry and founder of Biocon. She is the proud recipient of two of India's highest civilian honours, the Padma Shri (1989) and the Padma Bhushan (2005). She was also honoured with the Order of Australia, Australia’s Highest Civilian Honour in January 2020. In 2016, she was conferred with the highest French distinction - Knight of the Legion of Honour.

She has most recently been named as the winner of EY World Entrepreneur of the Year™ 2020 Award, which is a testimony to her entrepreneurial journey of over four decades. She has been ranked as one of the world’s top 20 inspirational leaders in the field of biopharmaceuticals by The Medicine Maker Power List 2020. She was felicitated with ‘Advancing Women in Science and Medicine Award for Excellence’ in 2017 by The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, USA.

She holds key positions in various industry, educational, government and professional bodies globally. She has been elected as a full-term member of the Board of Trustees of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. She has been elected as a member of the prestigious USA based National Academy of Engineering (NAE). She also serves as the Lead Independent Member of the Board of Infosys Ltd and Non-Executive Director on the Board of Narayana Health.

Ms Mazumdar-Shaw believes in compassionate capitalism and is the first woman business leader from India to sign the Giving Pledge, an initiative of the Gates Foundation, committing to give the majority of her wealth to philanthropic causes. She is very passionate about innovation and mentors many science-based start-ups.



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