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Announcement of 2022 class of the EuropeIndia40 Leaders list

An annual listing of next-gen leaders under the age of 40 who are doing great work in the India-EU corridor and India-UK corridor.

Friday, 9th December 2022

Virtual Ceremony

4.00 PM - 6.00 PM India Time/ 10.30 AM - 12.30 PM GMT / 11.30 AM - 1.30 PM.CET / 12.30 PM - 2.30 PM EET.

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#EuropeIndia40, an annual listing of next-generation leaders in the India-EU/ India-UK corridor, is an initiative of EICBI to discover the Top Under 40 Europe India Leaders. This listing covers the stories of leaders below 40 and their contributions to promoting EU-India / UK-India relations. EuropeIndia40 leaders are those who contribute to their area of work and create an impact in building stronger connections in the India EU / India UK corridor. 


The 2019 class of #EuropeIndia40 leaders list was released at the European Parliament in Brussels. In contrast, due to Covid related issues, the 2020 class of #EuropeIndia40 leaders list and 2021 Class of EuropeIndia40 leaders were released virtually in the presence of leaders from the European Parliament, Indian Parliament and British Parliament. The 2020 and 2021 Class of leaders were later given their certificates at the European Parliament during the Europe India Leaders Conference on 28th June 2022

India and the EU have celebrated stronger diplomatic relations over the past few years. With Brexit opening new possibilities for furthering European India relations, India can look at having a renewed set of multilateral discussions with the EU and bilateral discussions with the UK. This has led to many conversations in the EU India trade corridor / UK India trade corridor that Brexit will make trade deals between the EU and India / India and the UK a little easier.

This year's list of EuropeIndia40 leaders is part of the EUIndia60 campaign. EUIndia60 campaign commemorates the 60 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and the European Union (EU) in the year 2022. Leadership would play a key role in developing stronger EU- India / UK-India relations compared to other factors. Young leaders with bright minds are not just seeking personal profit but are also committed to fostering closer cooperation between India and the EU / UK. From our experience of playing a key role in promoting EU India / UK India trade relations over the last decade, we can proudly say that future of the EU India / UK India relations looks very exciting as a new brand of young leaders is emerging from both sides. 

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2021 class of #EuropeIndia40 Leaders was released virtually on 5th November as travel restrictions due to coronavirus pandemic affected our plans to have a physical event. ​For the virtual release ceremony, we had Members of Parliament from the British Parliament, European Parliament, Indian Parliament and representation from the EU delegation in India who participated in the announcement ceremony. 


The 22 women and 18 men who made it to the 2021 class of EuropeIndia40 list came from all walks of life and represented 19 different nationalities

British MP Hon Virendra Sharma MP {Member of Parliament - UK/ Chairman - Indo-British All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)}; Member of European Parliament Mr Soren Gade (Chairman of the European Parliament's EU Delegation for Relations with India); Member of European Parliament Mr Sandro Gozi ( Member - EU Delegation for Relations with India, European Parliament/ Former Undersecretary for European affairs of the Italian Government); Indian Member of Parliament Mr Alphons Kannanthanam (Member - Standing Committee for External Affairs, Indian Parliament/ Former Union Minister - India) and Mr Seppo Nurmi (Deputy Head of Mission - Delegation of the European Union to India and Bhutan ) shared a message with 2021 Class of EuropeIndia40 leaders during the virtual ceremony.  Please find the 2021 class list here -

2020 class of #EuropeIndia40 Leaders list was released virtually on 27th November as the corona virus Pandemic had effected EICBI plans to have a physical event in the year.  For the virtual release ceremony, we had Leaders from British Parliament, European Parliament and Indian Parliament participated in the ceremony alongside EuropeIndia40 leaders


From the Indian Parliament, we had Mr ALPHONS KANNANTHANAM - Member of Parliament - India/ Former Union Minister/ Member - Standing Committee for External Affairs, Indian Parliament/ Time Magazine Top 100 Global leaders in 1994. From the European Parliament, we had Mr NICCOLO RINALDI - Directorate General for External Policies of the European Union - European Parliament, Brussels. From the UK Parliament, we had Hon VIRENDRA SHARMA MP - Member of Parliament - Ealing Southall, Chairman - Indo-British All Party Parliamentary Group and Lord WAVERLEY - Member of Parliament - House of Lords, United Kingdom.

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The 14 women and 26 men who made to the 2020 class of EuropeIndia40 list come from all walks of life and represent 19 different nationalities - Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom. Please find the 2020 class list here -

EuIndia40 leaders

The 2019 Class of #EuIndia40 leaders was released on 10th April 2019 at the European Parliament in Brussels. This included 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. Please find the 2019 class list here -


Find agendas and post-conference reports of our previous 26 activities at the British Parliament in London, European Parliament in Brussels & other locations during the last 11 years here HERE.

Introduction & Welcome
Mr Abhishek Tripathi
Vice Chair – Events, Europe India Centre for Business & Industry
Cllr Aarien Uday Areti
Vice Chair – Government Relations, Europe India Centre for Business & Industry
4.00 PM - 4.05 PM India Time/ 10.30 AM - 10.35 AM GMT / 11.30 AM - 11.35 AM CET / 12.30 PM - 12.35 PM EET.
Mr Sujit S Nair
Chairperson, Europe India Centre for Business & Industry
4.05 PM - 4.10 PM India Time/ 10.35 AM - 10.40 AM GMT / 11.35 AM - 11.40 AM CET / 12.35 PM - 12.40 PM EET.
EU-India relations / Announcement of 2022 class of EuropeIndia40 leaders
Ms. Renita Bhaskar
Minister Counsellor (Head of Trade and Economic Affairs) - Delegation of the European Union to India
4.10 PM - 4.20 PM India Time/ 10.40 AM - 10.50 AM GMT / 11.40 AM - 11.50 AM.CET / 12.40 PM - 12.50 PM EET.
India UK Relations
Ms Ovessa Iqbal
First Secretary (Political & Education). Indian Embassy London
4.20 PM - 4.30 PM India Time/ 10.50 AM - 11.00 AM GMT / 11.50 AM - 12.00 PM.CET / 12.50 PM - 1.00 PM EET.
India EU Relations
4.30 PM - 4.40 PM India Time/ 11.00 AM - 11.10 AM GMT / 12.00 PM - 12.10 PM.CET / 1.00 PM - 1.10 PM EET.
UK India Relations
4.40 PM - 4.50 PM India Time/ 11.10 AM - 11.20 AM GMT / 12.10 PM - 12.20 PM.CET / 1.10 PM - 1.20 PM EET.
Virtual Certificate Distribution Ceremony for 2022 Class of EuropeIndia40 leaders
4.50 PM - 5.45 PM India Time/ 11.20 AM - 12.15 PM GMT / 12.20 PM - 1.15 PM.CET / 1.20 PM - 2.15 PM EET.
Ms Cristianas Radu
Vice Chair - Romania
5.45 PM - 6.00 PM India Time/ 12.15 AM - 12.30 PM GMT / 1.15 PM - 1.30 PM.CET / 2.15 PM - 2.30 PM EET.
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