Influence

We’re a driving force for collaboration, engaging with our academic, industrial and government partners in India to influence policy and tackle global issues. 

Through our partnerships, we empower our academics, students and researchers and turn experience and excellence into positive action.

Meet our influential figures and alumni:  

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Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, CBE, DL – Chancellor of the University of Birmingham

Lord Bilimoria CBE, DL is the founder of Cobra Beer and Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, and Senior Non-Executive Director of the Booker Group plc. In 2004, Lord Bilimoria was appointed a Commander of the British Empire for services to business and entrepreneurship, and in 2006 was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, making him the first ever Zoroastrian Parsi to sit in the House of Lords.

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Dr Alwyn Didar Singh – Doctor of the University

Dr. A. Didar Singh, a former civil servant of the Indian Administrative Service, took over as Secretary General of FICCI in November 2012. He is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Migration of the World Economic Forum and is an international expert in e-commerce, trade and migration and has done several studies in the area of ICT strategy and e-commerce for international agencies, including the International Trade Centre, World Health Organization and South Centre, Geneva, as well as the Commonwealth Secretariat, London.

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Ajit Kumar Seth – Doctor of the University

Ajit Kumar Seth was in the 1974 Indian Administration Service (IAS) cohort and is a member of the Uttar Pradesh Cadre. He gained his B.Sc (Hons.) and M.Sc. in Chemistry from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi and also M. Phil in Life Sciences from the Jawaharlal Nehru University. He subsequently obtained a Master’s Degree in Development Finance from the University of Birmingham. Ajit Kumar Seth has served in different capacities in the Government of India as well as in the States. For five years he was Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.

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