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Leadership Team

Dr Mohan Kaul
Chairman

Dr. Mohan Kaul is the Chairman of UK Indian Global Business. He is a champion of globalisation and emerging markets. He chairs a specialist advisory and investment consultancy prior to which he was the founding Director General and latter Chairman of the Commonwealth Business Council which was established by the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM).

He has been a member of the Presidential Advisory Councils of Mozambique, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia and similar councils in other countries and works closely with them.

His current assignments include being Vice Chairman of Indo UK Institute of Health, a joint initiative of Prime Ministers of United Kingdom and India with an objective to set up several private hospitals in various Indian Cities with the collaboration of Kings College Hospital and other NHS hospitals in UK. He is also member of the advisory council of British expertise, Governing council of the overseas Indians Facilitation Centre set up by the Government of India, Chairman of India based micro finance commonwealth Inclusive growth services.

His earlier assignments include being Public sector advisor with United Nations, Member of the Board of Directors and the Chair of Governance Committee of ICICI Bank, UK, Member of the Board of Baobab Resources PLC, Member of the Board of Directors of the UK-India Business Council, Member of the board of Central Council of the Royal Over-Seas League, Member of the Board of the World Bank’s Africa Virtual University

Dr Kaul was Professor for several years and later Dean at the prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad. He was also a member of governing body at L D College of Engineering.

Dr. Kaul was nominated on a number of boards and as a consultant to many leading public and private sector firms including Shipping Corporation on India, Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T), DCM, Electronic Corporation of India, Dredging Corporation of India etc. He also served as Advisor to the various Departments of the Government of India-Planning commission, Electronics Commission and Department of Foreign Trade, Government of Gujarat

Dr Kaul has a PhD in Management Science from the University of Paris – Sorbonne. He is the author of a number of publications. He was also conferred the honorary Doctorate of Letters by Cape Breton University Canada.


Rajesh Jain
MD & CEO

Rajesh Jain is the MD & CEO of UK India Global Business and manages consultancy & investment business focussed on Engineering Product Development, Corporate Coaching & Outsourcing. He has worked in UK / Europe for last fifteen years. Prior to this he worked in India with leading multinationals building a bridge to facilitate bilateral business between the most developing and the developed regions of the world.

His core strength is to build business in new global territories using state-of-the-art technologies. He is a strategic planner with expertise in conceptualising and implementing business plans focussed on transformative deals and business acquisition.

He has worked in various business streams including Manufacturing, Marketing, Sales, HR and Operations. He has an in-depth exposure to various industry sectors viz. Energy/Utilities, Construction Equipment, Industrial Products, Aerospace, Automotive and Medical Equipments. Achieving outsourcing excellence is one of his key strength.

He is an excellent team leader with the ability to lead multi-cultural teams. He has worked with various companies viz. AEC (now Torrent Power), Batliboi, Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T) and HCL Technologies and executed large deals with companies like Shell, BAE Systems, Cobham, Terex, Johnson & Johnson, Fiat Group, Lloyds Register, Unilever etc. He has interacted with both the government sector and the private sector.

He has also worked very closely with various consultancy groups viz. McKinsey & Co. and Boston Consulting Group to restructure the businesses for higher performance and productivity.

His credentials include presenting papers/ being speaker member of various key global summits /events viz:

  • Innovative Manufacturing: The UK and India organised by Industry and Parliament Trust
  • Enabling Innovation India organised by UKTI
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, Jetco organised by CII and UKTI
  • Indian Aerospace & Defence Opportunities organised jointly by UK India Business Council, UKTI and ADS

Rajesh Jain is also a Trustee of a registered Charity Organisation in London, Jain Vishwa Bharati and devotes his time for good cause and social uplift of the society.


Collin Harker
Senior Consultant - Operations

Colin is a motivated and ambitious executive with considerable international experience in a range of professional roles. Beginning his career as an economist for an international trade union body, before moving into Trade and Investment promotion with the Commonwealth Business Council, Collin has built up senior management, advisory, financial, project management and research experience gained from a range of work environments. Having served as lead consultant on a range of commercial and advisory projects, Collin brings excellent planning and project delivery skills, writing, training, and the ability to carry out management and organisational reviews.

In his various business development roles, he always achieved the objective of taking the organization to newer height. He has got hands on experience of building the business block by block.

He is supporting and guiding UKIGB with excellent local network of professionals and investors who are keen to explore opportunities in India.


Ishara Bhasi Callan
Head - Investor Service & Media

Ishara is an experienced media relations and communications consultant. She is an emerging markets expert and specialises in international trade, international development, charity, NGOS and corporate communications.

She has a proven track record of running successful media campaigns for outfits including the United Nations Economic Commission of Africa, British Asian Trust, Sipromad Group, Apollo Strategic Communications, The UK India Business Council and the Commonwealth Business Council.

As the head of communications at the UKIBC she worked closely with the UKTI and FCO and with executives from big and small companies, including HSBC, Standard Chartered, PwC, UB Group, PwC, Vodafone, BT, Tata for media campaigns and stakeholder relations. She is also used to working with government ministers and policy makers.

Before joining the corporate sector, she worked on national and international news desks across television and print including The Times of India, TV Today and The Sunday Telegraph. Ishara possesses valuable inside knowledge and understanding of what makes a good story. She uses multi-channel communications to deliver a strong buy-in from media and stakeholders. She designs bespoke PR and marketing campaigns which meet client’s requirements, getting the right people talking about your business. Her experience in newsrooms combined with her expertise in heading corporate communications departments; reflect in her sharp messaging and clever campaigns.

She is in daily contact with and has close links to UK, European, Asian and African media. She has got outstanding coverage in leading international media including the FT, The Times, Guardian, Independent, CNN, Le Monde, RFI, BBC, SKY, and CNBC. She also published reports at the CBC and was editor for UKIBC’s corporate magazine.