UK-India Network - 17.08.10

New UK-India initiative to be delivered by Common Purpose in partnership with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)

UK-India Network - 17.08.10

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Prime Minister, David Cameron has announced the launch of a new, dynamic and self sustaining network of British and Indian young leaders, which will be delivered by Common Purpose.

The aim of the initiative is to expand, enrich and energise relations between India and the UK by investing in the next generation of leaders, and develop shared approaches to 21st Century political, economic and social challenges.

Twenty exceptional young talents in each country from diverse fields including: civil society, government, the civil service, arts, media, politics and business will be identified to participate in the initiative following an open application process. The initiative will commence in autumn 2010.

The Prime Minister made the announcement about the initiative as part of his India visit with a 100-strong delegation of leaders in government, and the private and public sectors.

"To my mind globalisation should be about more than the trade of goods and services; it must be about the trading of experiences and stories between friends on opposite sides of the world and our countries can set the example. That's why today we are launching a new network to bring together the next generation of British and Indian leaders. There will be politicians - they always seem to turn up everywhere, yes - but there will be entrepreneurs, scientists, people in the media and dynamic young people from both our countries, brought together to find solutions to the challenges we face. I hope that by the time of the next UK-India summit they will be coming back to us buzzing with ideas and inspiration which both government and the private sector can act on," Prime Minister, David Cameron said.

Whilst in Bangalore, the Prime Minister participated in a Common Purpose course for emerging leaders at Infosys headquarters exploring issues around courage and leadership.

"We have discovered just how much young leaders from both countries have to learn from each other," says Julia Middleton, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Common Purpose. "The experience, energy and commitment of leaders in both the young and old democracies is deep and inspiring."

An independent Advisory Group comprised of leaders from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors from the UK and India will indentify a pressing and common issue to both countries. They will set the challenge for all 40 participants to work together and develop ideas and potential solutions.

The 40 participants will meet for four days in either India or the UK to consolidate ideas and determine a plan to combine their energies and address the issues. They will then form into smaller groups and use technology to continue to work together over the course of six months, at which point they will present their ideas to policy makers in both countries.

Sponsors of the Network to date are: Barclays, Kingfisher Airlines, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Tilda Riceland and United Business Media. The venue at Pune, kind courtesy Tata Management Training Centre.

Common Purpose is working in partnership with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to deliver this initiative.

Applications are encouraged from potential participants across all sectors who have demonstrated leadership; as individuals, at work or in society. To ensure a rich and diverse group, bursary places are available for those who would otherwise not be able to afford to participate.


For further information on the application process for the UK-India Future Leaders network, please contact Adirupa Sengupta on +44 (0)207 608 8150.

For media enquiries, and to arrange interviews and images, please contact Lyndal Stuart on +44 (0)20 7608 8122 or +44 (0)795 856 0943.



Established more than 300 years ago, Barclays has grown to offer a range of products and services tailored to meet the specific needs of its customers all over the world. Today, Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in retail banking, credit cards, corporate banking, investment banking, wealth management and investment management services with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs more than 144,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for more than 48 million customers and clients worldwide. As a responsible global citizen, Barclays is committed to ensuring the sustainability of the communities in which the business operates, and strives for sustainable relationships with customers and clients worldwide.

Kingfisher Airlines

Kingfisher Airlines is India's only five star airline. India's favourite airline commenced operations with a brand new fleet of aircraft on 9 May 2005. Widely acclaimed as India's most premium private airline, it now offers over 380 flights daily connecting 71 key business and leisure destinations in India and abroad. Kingfisher Airlines is committed to the spirit of innovation and offers its guests the unparalleled flying experience. It has been  conferred the 'Five - Star Airline Status', the most recognized and prestigious award that honours airline Product and Service Quality Excellence, by Skytrax, the world's leading, independent travel forum and air travel information organisation

Kingfisher Airlines has been conferred numerous national  and international awards in the last five years, the latest being the awards conferred  at the world airline awards in Hamburg, wherein it bagged the best Airline award for India and central Asia, Staff excellence award and the Best economy seat in the world award.


PricewaterhouseCoopers provides industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services to build public trust and enhance value for our clients and their stakeholders. More than 163,000 people in 151 countries across our network share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and practical advice.

'PricewaterhouseCoopers' refers to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (a limited liability partnership in the United Kingdom) or, as the context requires, the PricewaterhouseCoopers global network or other member firms in the network, each of which is a separate and independent legal entity.


Tilda Pure Basmati is the UK's number one Basmati brand by volume and value. With over 30 years of experience in buying, importing and selling the highest quality Pure Basmati Rice, it's a name that you can trust. This year Tilda is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Tilda supports over 10,000 farmers in India, each of whom it knows by name, by providing free Pure Basmati seeds, advice on farming techniques and ultimately ensures they receive a fair price for their crop at the market.

Tilda remains a family business, employing over 200 people in the UK, and is proud of its reputation for uncompromising quality and commitment to sustaining the legendary status of Basmati.

United Business Media

UBM is a leading global media business which provides events; data, marketing and information products; print products; and targeting, distribution and monitoring services to specialist business communities. UBM employs more than 5,800 staff in more than 30 countries worldwide.


The venue at Pune, kind courtesy Tata Management Training Centre.