UK-India Relations Energised by Future Leaders

LONDON and MUMBAI, India, November 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

In 2010 90,000 people were employed in the UK by Indian firms, with many more involved in the activities of British firms in India[1].Indeed, over 1 million people travel between the UK and India every year[2].

There is a growing level of mutual investment between the two nations, but increased communication and collaboration between leaders from both countries is needed to support this.

This is why leadership development organisation Common Purpose's Dishaa Venture aims to expand, enrich and energise relations between India and the UK by investing in the development of the next generation of leaders from the two countries.

Common Purpose Ventures bring together diverse groups of leaders to foster discussion and build shared approaches to 21st century political, economic and social challenges.

Participants in this, the second Dishaa Venture, are skilled and respected practitioners in their fields and looking to effect change both in their organisations and wider society. The diverse group, 20 from the UK and 20 from India, will come together in London from 29 November to 3 December to develop their leadership skills by meeting, interviewing and debating with a range of leaders, all operating in very different contexts. Bringing this group together will expand the existing partnerships, friendships and dialogues that are already taking place between leaders in India and the UK.

Founder and Chief Executive of Common Purpose Julia Middleton said: "The links between the UK and India are long standing but more importantly, they are deep, edgy, thoughtful and multi-dimensional. By learning together the participants will be able to enrich the connections between both countries and produce some very exciting ideas."

"Dishaa showed me that by working together with a diverse group of people from both the UK and India, there is so much we can do and so many changes we can make in the world for the better" said Vandana Saxena Poria, CEO of Get Through Guides Pvt. Ltd and a graduate of the first Dishaa Venture held in Pune, India in February 2011.

The Dishaa Venture is run in partnership with the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office and sponsored by United Business Media (UBM), Tilda, Cisco, Fly Kingfisher and PwC. British Prime Minister David Cameron is patron of Dishaa and launched the Venture in July 2010.

Jennifer Duvalier, Group People & Culture Director, UBM explains why her organisation sponsors the Dishaa Venture: "UBM is a keen supporter of Dishaa, believing that individuals learn most powerfully when they have the opportunity to engage with impactful development experiences and to share their learning journey with a diverse network of fellow learners."

Notes for editors

Common Purpose is an independent international leadership development organisation. Over the past 21 years, Common Purpose has designed and delivered courses that help people at all stages of their career become more effective leaders in society.

Common Purpose runs courses that give people from the private, public and not-for-profit sector the inspiration, skills and connections to become better leaders both at work and in society. Common Purpose helps people, organisations, cities and regions to succeed, by broadening the horizons of their leaders and developing their ability to work together and lead complex change. and

Key information

  • Four-day intensive Venture in London, UK - 29 November-3 December 2011
  • Continued development of solutions with expert advisors and mentors using Cisco TelePresence, December 2011 - June 2012
  • Presentation of solutions to a panel of policy experts, Autumn 2012
  • Participants from organisations including Hindustan Unilever, Welsh Government, British Red Cross, Government of Uttarakhand, Rajiv Ghandi Foundation, Standard Chartered, 3i, BAE Systems and Vodafone Group Plc
  • Interviews with and quotes from stakeholders, spokespersons, participants and alumni of Dishaa available
  • Photographs and videos from both current and previous Dishaa Ventures available
  • At each event the participants will be presented with a challenge to explore. They will investigate the challenge locally, and work together to come up with ideas and recommendations. Each year a different challenge will be selected for that year's participants to investigate.
  • This Dishaa challenge is: Unique carbon cutting measures are happening locally in India and the UK. How do we accelerate and multiply our actions to reduce carbon emissions by 50% in the next five years?
  • The challenge for the last Dishaa Venture in February 2011 was: Heart surgery at $1,000 (USD) - what has to change in how society operates and innovates to make this a reality? The final report which includes models and solutions from this is available upon request.
  • Availability to accompany Dishaa participants as they visit corporations, community projects and local government initiatives to investigate the carbon reduction challenge.

For further information please contact:

Isabella Betkowski
Communications and Alumni Officer
T:    +44(0)207-608-8122
M:    +44(0)7958-560-943

1. A transcript of a speech given by the Prime Minister in Bangalore, India, on 28 July 2010 [ ]

2. British High Commission New Delhi [ ]

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