Indiaspora recently completed our “Global Connect: London Calling” Delegation, from July 11th to the 14th. During our delegation to England, we hosted a number of different invitation-only events for our members and select friends. We were joined by 45 members and met over 100 leaders in the Indo-British Community and the UK at large!
The purposes of our delegation included connecting with prominent members of the Indian diaspora in the United Kingdom across different professions; finding common philanthropic interests for giving to India and our local communities; meeting Indo-British entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and others in business/industry; and strengthening global diaspora ties with senior British politicians and scholars.
For a full agenda, please see below.
Our England Delegation was planned by Indiaspora Executive Director Sanjeev Joshipura and Sreerag Sarma, who serves as Indiaspora’s Member Relations and Programs Coordinator.
During our delegation to England, Indiaspora hosted a number of different invitation-events for our members and invited guests. For a more detailed review of our events, please see the Descriptions Tab!
Indiaspora began its trip with a welcome breakfast for our Members at the Mayfair Hotel on Thursday, July 11th. This was an opportunity to hear about the exciting itinerary during the trip, and meet the Indiaspora delegates!
The Academic Bridge between the UK and India
Indiaspora, in conjunction with the Oxford India Centre, hosted a discussion and lunch with leading academicians on Thursday July 11th, at the Oxford and Cambridge Club. Here, Delegates could speak with academicians on the work that they are doing related to India and the Indian Diaspora.
Inspiring Diaspora Philanthropy
Indiaspora, in conjunction with the Oxford India Centre, hosted a conversation with leading philanthropists on Thursday July 11th at the Oxford and Cambridge Club. Delegates could speak with individuals and organizations in the philanthropy arena on the work that they are doing as it relates to India and the Indian Diaspora.
Indiaspora-Oxford India Centre High Tea
Indiaspora and the Oxford India Centre hosted a “High Tea” at the historic Royal Automobile Club on Thursday July 11th. Invited guests could network and enjoy a British summer garden party at this historic and iconic venue.
Zaiwalla & Co LLC Summer Evening Reception
Indiaspora had been graciously invited to join the prestigious Solicitor firm Zaiwalla and Co. at a Summer Drinks Reception at the historic Kensington Palace Pavilion on July 11th evening. This formal reception allowed Indiaspora members to have exclusive interactions with leading members of British Society.
Entrepreneurship and Business Breakfast
The morning of July 12, Indiaspora hosted an Entrepreneurship Breakfast at the May Fair Hotel. This breakfast was an opportunity for Indiaspora delegates to meet with leading entrepreneurs and business people in the UK. Indiaspora met with the UK India Business Council, Level39 (a startup incubator), and TiE London.
A Tour of the Tate Modern
Indiaspora organized a private, curated gallery tour and discussion on South Asian Art at the world-famous Tate Modern Art Museum on Friday July 12th. Delegates could explore one of the most famous art museums in the world!
The Indiaspora Summit: Bridging the Diaspora
The Indiaspora Summit, hosted by Virendra Sharma MP, was an invitation-only event at the Houses of Parliament, in the Terrace Pavilion on July 12th. Attendees included Global Diaspora leaders, including British Parliamentarians. This event hosted discussions on entrepreneurship, philanthropy, sports, and India’s soft power.
Private Reception with Indian High Commissioner Ghanasyam
Indiaspora Delegates were given the privilege of a private reception with the Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Ruchi Ghanashyam at the historic India House, on July 12th. Members could speak with the highest ranking Indian Diplomat in the United Kingdom.
“Room With a View”: Dining high above London
Indiaspora members and select invited guests had the opportunity to relax and mingle at our private dinner with a view on Friday, July 12th, at Searcey’s, the rooftop restaurant at the iconic Gherkin building. Members enjoyed a meal at one of London’s most iconic architectural landmarks.
A Guided walk around Old Westminster
Indiaspora organized a private guided walking tour of the city of Westminster, one of London’s oldest districts. This tour, on Saturday, July 13th was a great opportunity to explore Old London!
Indiaspora finished our trip with a dinner on Saturday, July 13th, for our delegates at some of London’s top Indian Restaurants. Delegates could reflect on the trip and speak with the Indiaspora staff on what they found to be the most engaging and interesting parts of the trip!
Indiaspora began its trip with a welcome breakfast at The May Fair Hotel for our Members on Thursday morning July 11th. This was a great opportunity for our members to hear from Indiaspora Executuve Director Sanjeev Joshipura about the exciting itinerary during the trip and a chance to meet their fellow delegates!
After Breakfast, the delegation took a quick walk down the iconic Pall Mall Street to the Oxford and Cambridge Club for our first series of meetings with leaders in England. The first topic was The Academic Bridge between the UK and India. Indiaspora, in conjunction with the Oxford India Centre, hosted a discussion with leading academicians. Delegates were able to speak with scholars from leading institutions across the UK on the work that they are doing related to India and the Indian diaspora.
Following lunch, we reconvened with a discussion on Inspiring Diaspora Philanthropy. Indiaspora held discussions with leading philanthropic groups in the UK. This allowed delegates to brainstorm about a key goal of Indiaspora; which is figuring out how we can be a catalyst for increasing the level of giving by the Indian Diaspora!
After a very productive discussion, Indiaspora headed over to the historic Royal Automobile Club for an Indiaspora High Tea. Delegates and invited guests were able to network and mingle with each other at the historic location while enjoying a traditional British Summer Garden party, with some highly non-stereotypical British weather, bright sunshine! But not even the sun could compete with the 1928 Bentley on display in the main foyer!
That evening, Indiaspora had been graciously invited to join the prestigious Solicitor firm Zaiwalla and Co. at a Summer Drinks Reception at the historic Kensington Palace Pavilion. This formal reception gave Indiaspora members exclusive interactions with leading members of British Society.
We started our second day, Friday July 12th with an Entrepreneurship and Business Breakfast. This breakfast was the perfect opportunity for Indiaspora delegates to meet with leading entrepreneurs and business people in the UK. Indiaspora met with the UK India Business Council, Level39 (a startup incubator), and TiE London.
Upon the conclusion of our breakfast, our delegates headed to the Tate Modern Museum for its daily dose of culture! Indiaspora had organized a private, curated gallery tour and discussion on South Asian Art at the world-famous Tate Modern Art Museum. Delegates got the chance to hear from curators about some of the art and artists on display at one of the world’s most illustrious art institutions in the world!
From the Tate, Indiaspora headed off to the Houses of Parliament for The Indiaspora Summit at the Terrace Pavilion, hosted by Virendra Sharma MP. This invitation-only event was the marquee event of our trip! Our delegates were able to hear from Mr. Sharma, the MP From Ealing Southall; Lord Jitesh Gadhia, Baron Gadhia of Northwood; tennis icon Vijay Amitraj; and a comedic performance by cricket humorist Vikram Sathaye. The event included discussions on entrepreneurship, philanthropy, sports, and India’s soft power. In addition, Indiaspora hosted 2 panels of our members for our British Guests to learn about the long-term vision of Indiaspora and how we are facilitating a culture of Entrepreneurship and Innovation among the global diaspora!
After this historic event, Indiaspora members headed to the iconic India House in London’s Aldwych neighborhood (The Indian Embassy in the UK). There, Members had the chance to meet with Indian High Commissioner Ruchi Ghanashyam and hear from her about the way the Diaspora can engage with India!
We finished our incredibly busy day at a“Room With a View”. Dining high above London, members and invited guests could relax and network at our private dinner at Searcey’s, the rooftop restaurant at the iconic Gherkin building. This was a truly enjoyable meal at the top of London’s most iconic architectural landmarks while sipping on some specialty Indiaspora cocktails!
We kept Saturday nice and light. Indiaspora had organized a private guided walking tour of the city of Westminster, one of London’s oldest districts. This tour was a great opportunity for interested members to explore Old London, well off the beaten path!
Following our walking tour, members headed out to some of London’s most delectable Indian restaurants, Benares and Cinnamon Club. There, Indiaspora had the opportunity to reflect on the trip, and chat with friends, both new and old.
Several Indiaspora members and sports fans availed of the opportunity to watch the Cricket World Cup and Wimbledon finals over the course of the weekend. We considered ourselves truly lucky to witness such an unforgettable day in sport!
All in all, it proved to be an extremely informative, action-packed, productive and fun three days! We hope that the discussions we had and friendships we made will be the start of a conversation that continues to explore areas of mutual interest regarding philanthropy, technology, and connecting the global Indian diaspora.
Photos of Indiaspora’s Delegation to London
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We want to thank all of our partners for this incredible event. This Includes: The May Fair Hotel, The Oxford India Centre, Sommerville College of Oxford, The Oxford and Cambridge Club, The Royal Automobile Club, Zaiwalla and Co. LLP, UKIBC, TiE London, Level 39, the Tate Modern, The Office of Mr. Virendra Sharma MP from Ealing Southall, John Cairns, the England and Wales Cricket Board, the High Commission of India in the United Kingdom, BAPS, Searcey’s at the Gherkin, Private Walking Tours, Benares, and Cinnamon Club. And a special thank you to our Members who joined!