Nandan Nilekani 

Indian entrepreneur, bureaucrat and politician. Former Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India and Co-Founder Infosys.

Nandan Nilekani was most recently the Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)—which aims to provide a unique identification number for all residents of India—in the rank and status of a Cabinet Minister.

In March 2014, he resigned as the Chairman of UIDAI to contest for the 16th Lok Sabha election from Bangalore South Constituency. Nandan Nilekani was previously the co-chairman of the board of directors of Infosys Technologies Limited, which he co-founded in 1981. Serving as director on the company's board since its inception to July 2009, he has held various posts at Infosys, including chief executive officer and managing director, president, and chief operating officer.

 

Time magazine listed him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2006 and 2009. 

Dr. Reuben Abraham 

CEO and Senior Fellow at the IDFC Institute.

The the IDFC Institute, is a think-tank set up by India’s largest infrastructure finance company. He is also a non-resident scholar at the Urbanization Project at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Before IDFC, he was on the Faculty and Executive Director of the Centre for Emerging Markets Solutions (CEMS) at the Indian School of Business (ISB), where he continues to serve on the Next Generation Leaders Board of the school.  

 

Reuben was a Legatum Global Fellow for 2013; in 2012, he was named to Wired Magazine’s “Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world.” He was selected as a Young Global Leader for 2009 by the World Economic Forum, where he serves on the Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals, and in 2007, he was a TED Global Fellow, following which he served on the TED Fellows Advisory Board. 

 

Ajay S. Shriram 

President, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) &

Chairman & Senior Managing Director, DCM Shriram Limited 

 

DCM Shriram Limited is a leading business conglomerate with a group turnover of Rs. 6400 crores (over US$ 1 Billion). The business portfolio of DCM Shriram comprises of:

Agri-Rural Business, Chlor-Vinyl Business and Value Added Business like: Fenesta Building Systems, making UPVC windows & doors. The Group’s R&D based Hybrid Seeds business has its presence in India, Vietnam, Philippines and Indonesia. 

 

DCM Shriram has entered into a JV with Axiall Inc., U.S. for PVC compounds.

 

Post his schooling from The Doon School, Dehradun (India), Mr. Shriram obtained a Bachelors degree in Commerce from Sydenham College, Bombay. He attended various training & management development programs in India & overseas and participated in the “Programme for Management Development” (PMD) at the Harvard Business School, Boston, USA.

 

H. E. Grahame Morton

New Zealand High Commissioner to India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal

Grahame Morton joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) in 1996.  

Grahame was announced New Zealand’s High Commissioner designate in March 2014 by Hon Murray McCully, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

 

Prior to his current role, some of the the roles That Grahame filled in MFAT were of:

• Director General and Divisional Manager, North Asia Division, MFAT, Wellington (2011-14)

• Head of China, Asia Division, MFAT, Wellington (2009-2010)

• Deputy Director, Australia Division, MFAT Wellington (2007-2009)

• First Secretary, New Zealand Embassy, Beijing (2004-2007) 

• Senior Policy Officer (marine policy), Antarctic Policy Unit, MFAT, Wellington (2002-2004).  He was New Zealand’s representative to the Commission for Antarctic Marine Living Resources Administration and Finance Committee.

​H. E. RAVI THAPAR

Indian High Commissioner to New Zealand

Mr Thapar is an Economics graduate from India and later studied Law at Berkley, and did his Law post-graduate there. 

 

He has served at the Indian Embassy in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, San Francisco, Surinam, and Italy. Mr. Thapar was posted as the Consul General of India in Milan (Italy) in June 2004 and then later was appointed India's ambassador to Lebanon in Nov 2009. 

 

Mr. Thapar has handled SAARC/Pacific Divisions, Consular, passport and Visa sections, apart from Multilateral Economic Relations. 

 

Hon. Nathan Guy

Minister for Primary Industries and Racing, MP for Otaki

 

Nathan entered Parliament as a List MP in 2005 and was elected National's Junior Whip in 2006. He was promoted to Senior Whip in early 2008 and retained this position following the 2008 general election when he won the Otaki seat incorporating the Kapiti and Horowhenua Districts.

 

In June 2009 he was appointed as the Minister of Internal Affairs, and also served as Associate Minister of Justice, Associate Minister of Transport and the Minister responsible for the National Library and Archives New Zealand.

 

In 2011 Nathan won the seat of Otaki with an increased majority and was appointed to Cabinet as the Minister of Immigration, Racing, Veterans’ Affairs and Associate Minister of Primary Industries. In January 2013 he became the Minister of Primary Industries, and retained the Racing portfolio.

 

Nandan Nilekani 

Indian entrepreneur, bureaucrat and politician. Former Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India and Co-Founder Infosys.

Nandan Nilekani was most recently the Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)—which aims to provide a unique identification number for all residents of India—in the rank and status of a Cabinet Minister.

In March 2014, he resigned as the Chairman of UIDAI to contest for the 16th Lok Sabha election from Bangalore South Constituency. Nandan Nilekani was previously the co-chairman of the board of directors of Infosys Technologies Limited, which he co-founded in 1981. Serving as director on the company's board since its inception to July 2009, he has held various posts at Infosys, including chief executive officer and managing director, president, and chief operating officer.

 

Time magazine listed him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2006 and 2009. 

Dr. Reuben Abraham 

CEO and Senior Fellow at the IDFC Institute.

The the IDFC Institute, is a think-tank set up by India’s largest infrastructure finance company. He is also a non-resident scholar at the Urbanization Project at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Before IDFC, he was on the Faculty and Executive Director of the Centre for Emerging Markets Solutions (CEMS) at the Indian School of Business (ISB), where he continues to serve on the Next Generation Leaders Board of the school.  

 

Reuben was a Legatum Global Fellow for 2013; in 2012, he was named to Wired Magazine’s “Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world.” He was selected as a Young Global Leader for 2009 by the World Economic Forum, where he serves on the Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals, and in 2007, he was a TED Global Fellow, following which he served on the TED Fellows Advisory Board. 

 

Ajay S. Shriram 

President, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) &

Chairman & Senior Managing Director, DCM Shriram Limited 

 

DCM Shriram Limited is a leading business conglomerate with a group turnover of Rs. 6400 crores (over US$ 1 Billion). The business portfolio of DCM Shriram comprises of:

Agri-Rural Business, Chlor-Vinyl Business and Value Added Business like: Fenesta Building Systems, making UPVC windows & doors. The Group’s R&D based Hybrid Seeds business has its presence in India, Vietnam, Philippines and Indonesia. 

 

DCM Shriram has entered into a JV with Axiall Inc., U.S. for PVC compounds.

 

Post his schooling from The Doon School, Dehradun (India), Mr. Shriram obtained a Bachelors degree in Commerce from Sydenham College, Bombay. He attended various training & management development programs in India & overseas and participated in the “Programme for Management Development” (PMD) at the Harvard Business School, Boston, USA.

 

H. E. Grahame Morton

New Zealand High Commissioner to India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal

Grahame Morton joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) in 1996.  

Grahame was announced New Zealand’s High Commissioner designate in March 2014 by Hon Murray McCully, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

 

Prior to his current role, some of the the roles That Grahame filled in MFAT were of:

• Director General and Divisional Manager, North Asia Division, MFAT, Wellington (2011-14)

• Head of China, Asia Division, MFAT, Wellington (2009-2010)

• Deputy Director, Australia Division, MFAT Wellington (2007-2009)

• First Secretary, New Zealand Embassy, Beijing (2004-2007) 

• Senior Policy Officer (marine policy), Antarctic Policy Unit, MFAT, Wellington (2002-2004).  He was New Zealand’s representative to the Commission for Antarctic Marine Living Resources Administration and Finance Committee.

​H. E. RAVI THAPAR

Indian High Commissioner to New Zealand

Mr Thapar is an Economics graduate from India and later studied Law at Berkley, and did his Law post-graduate there. 

 

He has served at the Indian Embassy in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, San Francisco, Surinam, and Italy. Mr. Thapar was posted as the Consul General of India in Milan (Italy) in June 2004 and then later was appointed India's ambassador to Lebanon in Nov 2009. 

 

Mr. Thapar has handled SAARC/Pacific Divisions, Consular, passport and Visa sections, apart from Multilateral Economic Relations. 

 

Hon. Nathan Guy

Minister for Primary Industries and Racing, MP for Otaki

 

Nathan entered Parliament as a List MP in 2005 and was elected National's Junior Whip in 2006. He was promoted to Senior Whip in early 2008 and retained this position following the 2008 general election when he won the Otaki seat incorporating the Kapiti and Horowhenua Districts.

 

In June 2009 he was appointed as the Minister of Internal Affairs, and also served as Associate Minister of Justice, Associate Minister of Transport and the Minister responsible for the National Library and Archives New Zealand.

 

In 2011 Nathan won the seat of Otaki with an increased majority and was appointed to Cabinet as the Minister of Immigration, Racing, Veterans’ Affairs and Associate Minister of Primary Industries. In January 2013 he became the Minister of Primary Industries, and retained the Racing portfolio.

 

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