2019 class of 40 under 40 EU India Leaders list ( #EuIndia40)
Europe India Centre for Business and Industry is proud to acknowledge the contributions of young leaders who will play an important part in shaping EU India trade relations during the next few decades. #EuIndia40, an initiative of EICBI to discover Top 40 under 40 EU-India Leaders, will cover the stories of these young leaders and their contributions in promoting EU India relations.
On 10th April 2019 at the European Parliament in Brussels, Europe India Centre for Business and Industry Patron Hon Caroline Nagtegaal, Member of European Parliament - Netherlands & Vice Chair for EU delegation for relations with India, released a list of 40 under 40 leaders who have been playing a key role in promoting EU/ India and UK/ India trade and relations. This 2019 class of EU - India leaders (UK was still officially part of EU then) included 16 women and 24 men from all walks of life and represented 16 different nationalities - Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom. The list featured the stories of young entrepreneurs, policy leaders, thought leaders, business executives, trade body leaders, all under the age of 40, who are going to play an important part in shaping European Union - UK - India trade relations during the next few decades.
We are pleased to present the 2019 class of EuIndia40 - Top 40 under 40 EU India Leaders.
The young leaders received their credentials at the European Parliament in Brussels during the Europe India Business Leaders Conference on
10th April 2019. Find the photos here - http://bit.ly/EuIndia40photos
Mr. Adam Savitz - UNITED KINGDOM
Principal - Xynteo
Adam has led the creation of India2022 a coalition of purpose-led businesses committed to reinventing the growth model for India, fit for the economic, social and environmental realities and needs of the 21st century. The coalition was conceptualized in late 2016 and launched in March 2017, with the support of its founding partners from the EU and India – Hindalco, an Aditya Birla Group Company; Baker Hughes – a GE company; Cyient; Hindustan Unilever; Shell; Tata Trusts and TechnipFMC. The India2022 coalition is a multi-stakeholder partnership created to bring together organizations to develop collaborative business solutions to achieve sustained, inclusive and sustainable growth for all.
Mr. Aldo de Pape - BELGIUM
Founder & CEO - TeachPitch
TeachPitch is a technology that helps teachers cope with the problem of information abundance through the process of curation, artificial intelligence and online training. The platform brings together 10,000s of teachers from over 130 countries who are all searching for the most relevant online teaching & learning content at the right moment in time. TeachPitch also offers its teachers the opportunity to make some additional income through its Digital Skills Program; a peer-to-peer tutoring platform designed for educators to develop new digital skills so they can become even better at their jobs - also in a rapidly evolving new digital economy. India is the third largest market for TeachPitch, thereby providing an opportunity for number of learners in EU to learn Indian languages from teachers in India.
Ms. Alice Chikara - INDIA
CEO & Founder - Optimonē
An economist at heart, Alice has built Fintech Start-up Focused on Cross-Border SME Trade Finance, covering India-EU Trade corridor. Her organisation, Optimone, is a Corporate Financial Management platform for small & mid sized corporates which provide solutions for optimizing balance sheet & cash flow, real-time monitoring of financial health and, speedy & competitive cost access to finance. Banks can leverage the Platform deep data analytics for real-time insight into the Financial Health of their commercial banking clients, which is crucial for lending, underwriting, risk management, transaction banking & sustainable deposit growth. She has a degree in Banking & Finance from LSE, UK and serves as Board Director of 2 BSE Listed Cos :Indowind Energy & Indus Finance (NBFC) Ltd.
Mr. Amarjit Singh - UNITED KINGDOM
Chief Executive Officer - India Business Group, London
Amarjit is CEO of India Business Group, a leading trade and investment consultancy, based in London. With specialisation in law and international relations, he advises on a range of issues including business strategy, market research, international business development and contractual matters. An award winning commercial lawyer by background, he is at the forefront of building and strengthening global trade and investment relations. He specialises in cross-border business transactions between the UK, EU and India markets. He is named in the global Sikh 100 Power List and also serves as Special Advisor for India to the University of Southampton.
Dr. Anrin Bhattacharyya - AUSTRIA
Founder & CEO - RECYRON Engineering and Consulting e.U
Dr Bhattacharyya is an experienced metallurgist, inventor and consultant in the steel, coal and raw-materials sector. Born in Calcutta, India in 1986, he completed his doctoral studies from Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria. RECYRON, the groundbreaking ironmaking process is his brainchild. He has several publications to his credit and has presented at various international forums across the globe. As the Founder & CEO of RECYRON Engineering and Consulting e.U., Anrin is currently in charge of several projects with steel companies all over the world, especially in the EU and India. He is presently looking for partners in minerals trading to diversify the business portfolio. He is fluent in English, German and Bengali.
Mr. Anshul Garg - INDIA
Managing Director - Mohan Group of Companies
Anshul is a versatile businessman and philanthropist who is also advisor to various investors & start-ups. His Parent Company - Mohan Electro-Casting Pvt Ltd - is involved in Heavy Steel Castings and Machinery Division ranging from 5T (Min.) - 65 Ton (Max.) single piece which stands at one of the top leading manufacturer of specialized machinery equipment’s for all esteemed OEM’s and End Users in various European Union countries to various related industries of Rolling Mill, Cement Mill, Integrated Steel plant, Power Plants, Sponge Iron Mills etc. Besides, in 2014, he was nominated by ET-Awards for leaders of Tomorrow. In September 2017, he was appointed as Vice President for State of U.P by Indian Importers Chambers of Commerce & Industry.
Mr. Aryaman Bhatnagar - GERMANY
German Chancellor Fellow - Global Public policy institute
Aryaman is a German Chancellor Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. During his 2018-2019 fellowship, he will focus on Germany's foreign policy and its engagement with Afghanistan. His wider research interests include Indian foreign policy and political and security developments in South Asia, particularly Pakistan and Afghanistan. He has previously worked as a project manager and advisor for Friedrich Ebert Stiftung India's Peace and Security program, as an associate fellow with the Neighbourhood Regional Studies Initiative at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, and as a research officer with the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi. In 2017 and 2018, he was also a Global Governance Futures 2027 Fellow, focusing on transnational terrorism.
Ms. Caroline Nagtegaal MEP - NETHERLANDS
Member of European Parliament from Netherlands
Ms Caroline Nagtegaal is the Member of European Parliament from Netherlands and Vice Chair of European Parliament's delegations for relations with India. The delegation aims to enhance mutual understanding between Europe and India to open channels of communications to help develop untapped potential. MEP Caroline Nagtegaal is devoted to building an honest economy that profits both traditional family businesses and starts-ups in the Netherlands and in the EU. While job creation is her top priority, she wants to advocate for a sustainable economy that takes nature in account and rejects a culture of disposability.
Ms Chiara Lo Faro - FRANCE
Entrepreneur - Société C. Lo Faro
Chiara is a dynamic professional who believes in strengthening EU-India relations. An Italian national, her wish to experience the world from a different perspective lead her to quit her country at the age of 22 to move to India. Once in New Delhi, she worked in strategy consulting and funding for companies entering the market, while learning Hindi and acquiring the status of Overseas Citizen of India. She recently moved to France and now offers her cross cultural expertise to business, which are aimed at providing cultural and strategy support to European and Indian companies working together.
Mr. David Vlerick - BELGIUM
Investment Officer - Vlerick Group
With a background in finance (M&A and Private Equity) David joined the family group - an industrial and investment firm - some years ago. The family group has an ongoing 50/50 Joint Venture with Indian group (Raymond) in textile industry which requires close cooperation with Indian counterparts. Family group is also cornerstone investors in Indian Investment Fund via which Vlerick group is looking to contribute to and benefit from India's growth story. David along with his team invest in a wide variety of sectors and geographies (with a particular fondness for India despite mixed results) and along a set of principles mainly related to the integrity and competence of the investee company’s management and existing shareholders.
Ms. Garima Mohan - GERMANY
Research Fellow - Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi)
As a research fellow in Berlin, Garima leads GPPi's work on the global order, and focuses on the foreign and security policy of rising powers, including India and China. Her current research is concentrated on Europe-Asia relations. She is the scientific coordinator for the EU’s Asia-Pacific Research and Advice Network (APRAN), which supports EU policymakers on issues concerning the Asia-Pacific. She also heads the EU-India policy dialogues on global governance and security, a project jointly conducted by GPPi and Carnegie India and funded by the EU Delegation to India. She has published widely on a number of issues, including Indian foreign and security policy in Africa, connectivity projects in Asia, maritime security in the Indian Ocean, EU-India relations, and Germany-India ties.
Dr. Jitendar Sharma - INDIA
Managing Director & CEO - Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ)/ Executive Director - Kalam Institute of Health Technology (KIHT)
Known in policy forums as the “Med Tech Man of India”, Dr. Sharma is an Executive Director of Kalam Institute of Health Technology (KIHT) - a technology policy research body set up with the support of Government of India and Executive Chairman of BioValley & MediValley – two med-tech incubators set with support of Government of India. He has been founder of several organizations and architect of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for the state of Andhra Pradesh - the first state in India with 50 million people to declare UHC. He is also the National Chairperson for Indian Bio-Medical Skill Consortium which is an active congregation of over 40 national academic institutions.He had played a key role in Promotion of Indo-German and Indo-Swiss Trade through advance cooperations in the complex field of Medical Technology.
Mr. Joachim Galand - BELGIUM
Business Development Advisor - Wallonia Trade & Investment Agency
Jaochim has close to 10 years of experience in International Business Development, both inward and outward, and with a strong focus on Trade & Investment between India and Europe, where he has developed a strong network of businesses, decision-makers, distributors and public entities. Since 2011, he is representing the Wallonia Trade & Investment Agency to identify, advice and facilitate FDI from India into the Wallonia Region of Belgium. He is also in charge of the Indian Subcontinent Welcome Office in Liège. He is active as a business consultant for helping Indian companies to expand in Europe (fund raising, business development, market studies, search of partners to name a few), as well as for EU companies to expand in India.
Mr. Joel Fernandes - INDIA
Project Lead, Business Support to the EU-India Policy Dialogues
Joel is the Project Lead, Europe for the Business Support to the EU-India Policy Dialogue project at the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC). He possesses over 19 years of professional experience with global organizations such as the Government of British Columbia, European Business and Technology Centre, World Economic Forum, Essar Group, Business France, American Express Bank and Marriott International. He is a Post Graduate from the University of Mumbai with a specialization in Economics & International Business. He is also a Global Leadership Fellow of the World Economic Forum, Switzerland in collaboration with the Wharton Business School, Columbia Business School, London Business School, China-Europe International Business School and INSEAD.
Mr. Kiran Maverick - BELGIUM
Founder - The August Fest/ I am Tomorrow
Kiran is extremely passionate about building platforms for Entrepreneurs and young people. He is the founder of The August Fest, India's Largest Start-up Conference that celebrates Arts & Entrepreneurship. He is also the founder of I Am Tomorrow- an Interactive Festival for #Women in tech & Beyond. Based in Brussels, he holds extensive knowledge about Asia and European Markets and has scaled up several startup companies over the last decade and built massive platforms. He is also the founding member of India’s first student social network during the pre-facebook era and over the last decade launched several products in India, South East Asia and Europe. Apart from building brands or scaling up companies, he always live on the edge and traveled to over 82 Countries & 300 cities.
Mr. Kaushal Shah - UNITED KINGDOM
Director - Paper Plus Europe
Kaushal set up Paper Plus to make sustainable paper out of Sugarcane fibres, which are sourced from India. EnvoPap, the brand of Sugarcane based paper from Paper plus Europe,which was started in 2015 and has made a revenue of 5.5 Million so far by exporting Sugarcane based paper made in India across Europe. envoPAP is composed of 80% sugarcane fibres and 20% wood fibres. Every metric tonne of envoPAP produced saves 50 trees from being potentially chopped down for manufacturing paper . Currently, envoPAP is working on creating the most earth-friendly straws, crisp packets, food packing materials and more from waste materials of agriculture residue. Kaushal sees sustainable development as a core business of the sector, paving the way for securing a safe and healthy working environment and the desire to develop sustainable products.
Mr. Kenney Jacob - INDIA
CEO - Ayruz Data Marketing Pvt. LTD
Kenney Jacob is an angel investor, serial entrepreneur, and marketer with over 18 years of experience. He is a published author and a known speaker in digital and marketing in South India. He has helped numerous brands and corporations to ideate and execute customer-centric digital campaigns that span the entire customer journey including promotion of tourism from EU to India and helped EU companies find talent and setup offices in India. He co-founded MobME Wireless Solutions Limited in 2005, before moving to other successful ventures. Currently, he is the CEO of Ayruz Data Marketing Pvt. LTD, a global digital marketing and analytics agency based out of Philadelphia, and a digital marketing consultant to several known brands in an individual capacity.
Ms. Laura Power - IRELAND
Schools Programme Manager - The Hope Foundation
Laura manages The HOPE Foundation’s School Immersion Programme in Ireland; an initiative for Secondary School students to fundraise and raise awareness for HOPE within their local communities, as well as travel to Kolkata, India to see the work of HOPE first hand. Funds raised from the programme contribute significantly to the continued operation of HOPE’s over 60 projects in Kolkata. Those benefiting from HOPE’s work meet the Irish students through an immersive experience within HOPE’s projects. Both sides have the opportunity to learn about different cultures, new perspectives, and the positive changes being made through this continued partnership.
Mr. Marius Ochel - GERMANY
Head - Indo-German Association Partnership Program, German Association of the Automotive Industry
Marius leads the Indo-German Association Partnership Program between the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). Through this project, funded by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, the associations can successfully deepen topics of common interest such as electric mobility and renewable fuels for the automotive industry in both countries. Marius is responsible for organizing and coordinating conferences, workshops, joint research papers and bilateral delegations in the scope of the project. Main areas of expertise: Automotive Industry in Germany and India, contacts to relevant OEMs, suppliers and political decision makers.
Ms. Monica Florina Boța Moisin - ROMANIA
Founder - The Cultural Intellectual Property Rights Initiative
Author of the TEDx Talk "Cultural Fashion: Transform the Fashion Industry from Villain to Hero" Monica is an intellectual property & fashion lawyer and cultural entrepreneur. She founded The Cultural IP Rights Initiative as a global network enabling cultural sustainability and supporting the rights of artisans as custodians and transmitters of traditional knowledge. Monica works on implementing benefit- sharing business models in the fashion business based on integrating traditional craftsmanship in contemporary fashion supply chains. She works closely with Indian artisans who run small scale enterprises and provide coaching and pro bono legal support in developing solutions to ensure transmission of traditional knowledge and fair compensation for the artisans
Mr. Naveen Madishetty - INDIA
Founder - Chakra Green Solutions, Green Business Policy Advisor - World Academy of arts
Naveen has 14 years of experience in EU India context, with focus on Corporate Sustainability, Strategic policy issues, Technology commercialization and International Business development and worked across companies like Steinbeis centre for technology, Transfer India, EnerSearch GmbH & ARCI (government of India), His immediate last assignment was with State Chamber of Commerce & Industry in the capacity of Associate Director. He is a Graduate from Stuttgart University, Germany. Besides, he has demonstrated world’s first of its kind technology projects in field of renewable energy and waste management in India and Germany which got numerous international awards. He is nominated to TWAS engineering science 2018, Italy and was awarded International DAAD fellow from India by federal ministry of economic cooperation, Germany on Indo-German industrial relations.
Mr. Nishant Choudhary - INDIA
Dy. Managing Director - DFDL, Co-chair (Legal Advocacy) - EuroCham Myanmar
Nishant has extensive India and Myanmar experience. He has advice on several high value transactions in sectors like banking and finance, telecommunication, power generation, oil and gas, real estate, general corporate, and competition law. Nishant is very active with EuroCham Myanmar and has helped key Indian and European investments in Myanmar. He has also linked several investors in Myanmar with business opportunities in Europe and India. Rooted in financial sector, Nishant has extensively advised on some of the major financial transaction in Myanmar, including several high value offshore project financing, one of the largest (also the first) onshore syndicate financing of Myanmar foreign banks branches and the licensing of one of these branches.
Ms. Nora Babalova - SLOVAKIA
Cultural Project Management - European Commission
Nora Babalova works as a Trade Analyst at the Embassy of India to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg. She holds a Master’s degree in European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) with a specialisation in EU-Asia relations, and two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the Charles University in Prague, one in Indology (philology) and one in Liberal Arts and Humanities. Previously she worked for two years for the South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF), a Brussels-based think tank. She is a member of the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Culture in the Slovak Republic. Her experience includes work in cultural projects management at the European Commission.
Dr. Nupur Kohli - NETHERLANDS
CEO - DrNupurKohli.com
Nupur was part of the Dutch trade mission headed by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte which came to India in May 2018. She accompanied the delegation in her capacity as the Founder Director of Netherlands-India Information Services (NIIS Health) which focuses on promoting healthcare and healthcare technology between India and Netherlands. She is an award winning Medical Doctor, Strategic Healthcare Advisor, twice most inspiring woman of the Netherlands, Author, Global Speaker with 100+ keynotes, 2x TEDx and 80+ international media appearances. An M.D. from AMC-Amsterdam and Business Fundamentals from Harvard Business School-USA, she is a Forbes under 30 Fellow, member World Economic Forum Global Shapers and Shaping-Europe, International Advisory Board-Amsterdam Economic Board, Royal Dutch Medical Association.
Mr. Philip Grinsted - GERMANY
Advisor - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Philip works as Advisor at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH – the German Agency for International Cooperation – in the Global Project Quality Infrastructure commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. He specialises in public policy matters of trade and economic development in an emerging markets context, especially China and India. He holds a dual Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.
Mr. Praveen Paranjothi - LUXEMBOURG
Managing Partner of Pinegray Partners/ Founder - Startup Europe India Network
Praveen is an entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist. Praveen advises tech-driven VC/PE funds and companies and invests in scalable innovations built by great teams. He has led commitments of over half-a-billion dollars in venture and growth capital funds and co-investments and served on the Advisory Board of over 14 venture and growth capital funds. He has previously worked for the European Investment Fund, Siemens VC, Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks. He has also worked with market leading VC teams who have invested in top-notch tech companies incl. Spotify, UiPath, Collibra, Airbnb, HelloFresh. His experience spans across the US, Europe, Israel and Asian markets.
Ms. Prianka Mahanty - UNITED KINGDOM
UK Director - Kylla
Prianka Mahanty is a rising star at the Mayfair, London office of Kylla Corporate Transactions, from where she oversees the firm’s growing number of India-related private equity deals. With her Indian roots and vast experience in the manufacturing sector, she is the linchpin between high growth companies and Kylla’s investors and was most recently involved in the launch of a €50 million convertible bond. Alongside her private equity work, Prianka has been closely involved in developing an algorithm-based hedge fund that is showing average returns of 55% per annum, which is of particular interest to Indian and European investors. Prianka graduated from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and is following a Chartered Financial Analyst programme in the UK. When she’s not busy with work and business in general, Prianka likes to travel to quaint locations and read as many books as her Kindle can store.
Mr. Rahul Ithape - INDIA
Founder - NAKSHI / UK India Startup Corridor
Rahul Ithape is Serial Entrepreneur and Angel Investor. Rahul has created big impact by empowering more than 1000 Artisans and designers with platform Nakshi.com. NAKSHI BOLD & BEAUTIFUL-a runway for cancer survivors was covered by BBC (Link) and CNN News18 (Link) to support cancer charities and promote talented Indian designers in London. NAKSHI is a a fair trade platform and got awarded with Startup India recognition by Govt. of India after 18 months of launch and then also got selected in NASSCOM's 10000 startup accelerator program. Nakshi also got featured in Huffington Post and it is UK Government HMRC SEIS approved startup.
Mr. Rakshit Mehta - SWITZERLAND
Chairman & Managing Director - Euro Alliance SA
A Techno-preneur with over 18 years of experience working with developed and developing ecosystems spanning sectors like IoT, wireless charging, med tech & life sciences, digital currencies - blockchain tech, renewable energy, water & ad tech. He specializes in IP commercialization & technology management, venture capital, international trade, & investments. He is the Founder Partner of Indo Swiss Blockchain Alliance which promotes education and implementation of blockchain technologies across industry sectors between Swiss/EU & India. He is also actively involved with top global foundations in the field of disability and rehabilitation and holds the position of Resident Director Switzerland, Europe & Asia with Jaipur Foot - BMVSS, the world’s largest private NGO for disability registered under the UN ECOSOC
Mr. Ricardo Vidal - PORTUGAL
Chief Product Officer - Wefox
After changing the way people look into banking, Ricardo is now on a mission to do the same with insurance, as the CPO of the biggest Insurtech in Europe, Wefox. Ricardo has built several financial Products, across many international geographies, including a Lending-as-a-Service Product that served as the base to expand Kreditech into India. Ricardo also supported to create India’s Fintech Hub by being an Advisory Council of India Fintech Opportunities Review 2017. Ricardo is an Internationally Awarded FinTech influencer & Product Executive, and can often be seen as an Advisor and Mentor in several international Startups, VCs and Accelerators
Ms. Ruchi Rajendra Biyani - GERMANY
Head - European Office - Nishith Desai Associates
Ruchi leads the European Practice of Nishith Desai Associates (NDA). Since Ruchi’s relocation to Europe, one of her objective has been to create increased awareness about India and to clear existing myths and misconceptions. Through her work she continuously endeavors to get people acquainted about the opportunities, possibilities, challenges and risks that exist while doing business in India. She actively participates in various forums, chambers and associations such as International Bar Association, International Fiscal Association, International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA), OAV – German Asia Pacific Business Association, Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, Swiss India Chamber of Commerce etc.
Ms. Silvia de Vaan - NETHERLANDS
CEO & Founder - Sweepsmart
Sweepsmart is a Dutch-Indian social enterprise offering zero waste solutions to municipalities and companies in emerging and developing countries based on European waste management principles tailored to the local context. Waste pickers-turned-waste managers collect and segregate waste for recycling, based on Europe-meets-local design hardware, processes and IT. Silvia works with local and international governments, multinationals and NGOs to clean streets, oceans and achieve smaller landfills and create jobs to be proud of! With 5 years’ experience as consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and 4 years as social entrepreneur (including business development in India and setting up a factory in Tanzania), she knows about running social businesses in a smart way.
Ms Sneha Rakesh - INDIA
Managing Director - Akarmaxs/ President - Samagraabhivrudhi
Sneha is a social entrepreneur who heads Akarmaxs and Samagraabhivrudhi. Akarmaxs is a Business Process Outsourcing firm which works with number of clients globally including clients from EU whereas Samagraabhivrudhi is a non-govt, non-profit, voluntary organization which provide free Technical courses for students who can’t afford to pay for them. Additionally, students who learn technical skills imparted by Samagraabhivrudhi also get the opportunity to work on the projects outsourced to Akarmaxs, thereby helping them to secure a better livelihood. Sneha's journey started from the dusty lanes of a small village in Karnataka and her journey to the world stage has been a tale of grit and entrepreneurial success. She intends to impart training to rural youth and then get them ready to work on world class projects.
Ms. Stefania Benaglia - ITALY
Senior Expert, Public Diplomacy Project - European Union Delegation to India
Stefania is an expert on Public Diplomacy and on EU Foreign and Security Policy, with specialization on EU-India relations. Based in Brussels, she is a Senior Expert in the Public Diplomacy Project of the European Union Delegation to India and is India Associate fellow at Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI). Between 2014 – 2017 she moved to Delhi, working on EU-India defence cooperation. She previously worked for the EU, NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, and the International Institute of Counter-Terrorism in Israel.
Mr. Stefano Greco - ITALY
Founder Director and Associate Professor - Chitkara University
Stefano teaches to Indian students and University staff on what is the European Union and how it works. He is a coordinator of the Erasmus + Jean Monnet Module Decoding European Union and is also an Euraxess India Ambassador. During the previous job at the Department of European Studies, Manipal University where he used to teach MA European studies, he has coordinated the international collaboration and project management activities concerning the EU and India. An EU governance lover who is obsessed with problem-analysis and innovation, he is creating bridges between India and Europe by blending his passion for work, creativity, strategy and fund raising
Ms. Sulur Vanangamudi Subashini - INDIA
Executive Director - Apex Pharmaceuticals
Subashini has been instrumental in strategically positioning the organization to provide Herbal medicinal products based solutions for health and well being of people in European Union. Apex has supplied to European union, cost effective, life saving Generic drugs to the tune of 15 million Euro in the last 5 years. She has been Instrumental in strategically positioning the organization to provide Herbal medicinal products based solutions for health and wellbeing of residents in European Union. Under her leadership, Apex has set up a formulation R&D to cater to the need of Europen union for its future health care needs. She has also played a key role in product development activities of new poly herbal medicinal products meant for some specific ailments and are under different stages of clinical trials. These products will soon be launched in Europe market.
Mr. Sune Kare Sørensen - DENMARK
Political Advisor - Royal Danish Embassy, New Delhi
Sune has a solid background in diplomacy, consulting, journalism and talent management. Starting May 1st 2019, he will assume the position of Head of Section, Global Cooperation, at the Danish Energy Agency, which is a key player in the joint Indo - Danish cooperation on climate and energy. Sune is a Post Graduate from Aarhus University with a specialization in International and Global History. He is also an alumni of the Transparency International School on Integrity for future leaders.
Ms. Tehmina Sethna Plaza - SPAIN
Founder - Onenak Business & India
Tehmina specialises in helping Indian companies to expand their businesses in Spain and France and helps Spanish and French companies to do their businesses in India. Her work contributes to promoting closer EU-India relationships as she dedicates herself to facilitate the businesses between both parts. She also promotes India story by giving presentations at universities in Spain. She is a specialist in international trade and is also an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI). Through her blogs, she promotes the business opportunities in India to her network of companies in EU.
Mr. Vijibabu Gurugubelli - INDIA
Director - Lead Process India Pvt Ltd
Vijibabu takes pride in leading many Food related businesses leads between EU-India clients, to win several EXIM contracts and technology transfers. As a Lead Tutor & Auditor for Food Safety Standards, he exposed the Filters of Quality / Safety / Authenticity / Legality / Ethical requirements to many Asian Vendors to achieve EU standards. Familiar to his bestowed by-name "Mr.POPPADOM" & “PAPPADUM PRINCE” , he continues to support this labour intensive industry at all level - from Home-made Cottage level to Modern Manufacturing set-up. He strongly believes the need of the hour is to conceptually think and understand the big picture of EU business opportunities and changing Indian Economic Policies on International Trade & Investments.
Ms. Zuzana Gombosova - SLOVAKIA
Co-founder - Malai Biomaterials
She is a graduate of MA Material Futures at Central Saint Martin's in London and has background in fashion and textile design. In 2017 she co-founded Malai Biomaterials, material development start-up, residing in Kerala, India, that focuses on research and development of sustainable and biodegradable materials based on Bacterial Cellulose. Zuzana's interest in to promote use of healthy and biodegradable materials made from underutilized resources such as agricultural waste across many applications. Her work on Bacterial Cellulose and its composites has been recognized by international media and she has recently been awarded Elle Deco award in category Young Talent.