India Business Forum 2008

The first Indian chapter of the world's largest and most respected series of leadership events will take place in Mumbai, between 4th-6th December. Other speakers at the elite Indo-International leadership forum include Donald Trump Jr., Steve Forbes, Shashi Tharoor and Adi Godrej.

Informa, the owners of information super-brands including Lloyd's List, Taylor & Francis and Datamonitor, this month confirmed that Indian Test Cricket captain Anil Kumble will be speaking at Leaders in India Business Forum 2008, in Mumbai. Kumble will be speaking in a special panel session on how business can learn from sports, chaired by highly respected cricket commentator and journalist Peter Roebuck. Key partners and sponsors of Leaders in India include NewsX, Time Magazine, Radio City 91.1 FM and The Trump Organisation.

Fresh from his team's emphatic series-leveling victory over Sri Lanka in Galle, Kumble said that "What makes the role of a captain so exciting for me is the constant learning that takes place by leading a talented and resilient team, and converting this into a winning formula. A great leader not only inspires the people he leads, but is inspired by them. I am delighted to be participating in Leaders in India, where we will attempt to build a bridge between two worlds that may seem very different, but are made of the same substance the worlds of sports and business."

Abhaey Singh, Managing Director of Informa India acknowledged that 'Anil Kumble is amongst those men whose ability as a professional and inspiration as a leader serves as a point of reference to many of us in our individual spheres of activity - including within the business context. He is a legend in his own right and undoubtedly one of the finest ambassadors of modern India. It is with great pleasure, therefore, that we welcome Anil to Leaders in India, and I am sure that he will add a unique and much valued perspective to the event.'

Leaders business fora command audiences of 1000s of top corporate executives every year, with past speakers most recently including Kofi Annan, CK Prahalad, Philip Kotler, Stephen Covey and Richard Branson. According to Peter Rigby, Chairman of Informa plc. 'Leaders in India is a fantastic opportunity for participants to meet and mingle with their professional counterparts from both India and abroad. Similar forums in Dubai and London have become 'must attend' events over the past few years - attendees have found them extremely worthwhile, interesting and stimulating, and we anticipate that Leaders in India will be exactly the same'.

Leaders in India is a three day forum dedicated entirely to the business community, and is expected to be India's largest single meeting point of global and Indian corporate leaders. In addition to providing an excellent opportunity for peer-to-peer networking, the 'Leaders' team prides itself on providing the most thoroughly researched and solution-focused points of discussion in its series of interactive audience Q&As with key business leaders.

'Inspiration is the underlying essence of Leaders in India. And that comes from the precedent and words of some of the greatest business leaders of our generation' says Singh. 'It is difficult, otherwise, to stimulate the minds and passions of so many highly intelligent, motivated and time-poor corporate executives' adds Singh, referring to the audience of CXOs that typically attend 'Leaders' Business Forums.

On why Informa has decided to bring 'Leaders' to India, Singh adds that 'Indians are ideas people we love inspiration, and Leaders in India will be three days packed with the proverbial tingles down your spine.'

'But more than just that, our country is gradually positioning itself at the fore of the 21st century knowledge economy. From our legendary IITs & IIMs, to our booming media and information industry; and from complex analyses performed for global firms in our KPO centres, to continual advances in indigenous rocket science India's inherent knowledge resources are now being more comprehensively harnessed by and interconnected with Indian and global business. So we think it's an excellent time to leverage the hugely respected Leaders brand into this very exciting country.'

Featuring many of the biggest names in Indian and global business, the event will also host the most coveted new awards for the country's business leadership, as well as a unique, televised evening debate conducted in the British Speaking Union's parliamentary style of debating.

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