Nilakanthi chairs the first ever IIBA conference

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L to R:  HE Ambassador for India  Lokesh, Professor Ciaran Hogairthe UCD, Nilakanthi Ford, Maeve Collins, Ireland Department Foreign Affairs

‘India:Ireland- Culture, diversity and women in business’ September 24th, Dublin

Conference speakers included Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, HE Mrs Radhika Lal Lokesh, Ambassador for India to Ireland, Bibi Baskin, broadcaster RTE and BBC, Sheetal Mehta Walsh, Founder and President of Shanti Life, Maeve Collins Department of Foreign Affairs, .Andrew Kavanagh, Kavaleer Productions, Paul Rowe, Educate together.

Heather Saksem OCS, Minister Leo Varadkar, Paul Rowe CEO Educate Together,Nilakanthi Ford KFVCl to r: Heather Saksem ocs, Ireland Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar TD, Paul Rowe Educate Together, Nilakanthi Ford

The IIBA conference commemorated the centenary of the departure of Irishwoman Margaret Cousins to India. She was subsequently to become the first female District Judge in India, went on to found the Indian All Women’s Conference and is attributed to have composed the tune of the Indian National Anthem.which is still used today. It highlighted the long history of engagement between India and Ireland.

Speaking about the conference, Nilakanthi Ford, Chairperson of IIBA (Ireland India Business Association) said, “Ireland and India have always shared many things in common including history, language, legal systems and values but despite that, trade and business between the two countries has remained well below its true potential. India is poised to become the third largest economy in the world and economists estimate that India will have the largest number of middle class people in the world by 2020, which will create significant opportunities for exporters from Ireland.”

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l to r:  Nilakanthi Ford, Annette O’Donahue AIB, Bibi Baskin Broadcaster, Sheetal Walsh,Shantilife

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