We would like to invite you to join us virtually on 1 March for our Global Women in Business – Understanding trends and unlocking opportunities in the UK-India business corridor. We will hear from some incredible female entrepreneurs and business leaders, followed by the opportunity to ask questions and join the conversation. The event will take place on Zoom from 09:30-11:30 (15:00-17:00 in India) and you are welcome to join for all, or some, of the event.


As part of the International Women’s Day celebrations, we are working in partnership with West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Connexus Global Ventures to host a virtual event with partners from India and across West Yorkshire to inspire businesses to think globally and create international partnerships, bringing together female entrepreneurs and business leaders to share experiences and practical advice to support business growth. The event will focus on the key themes of innovation, working internationally, creating and strengthening global partnerships, access to finance, UK-India cross border opportunities, and trends for business growth.

Link to register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qceyuqzouH9IQYPKNxXBl8_pQC4t2ntEP


Programme and speakers:

09:30-09:35: Welcome and introduction by Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire


09:35-10:20: Panel 1: Innovation and current global trends, featuring women in business from West Yorkshire and India.

  • Co-Chairs – Devapriya Khanna, Founder, Connexus Global & Jennie Holdstock, International Markets Development Manager, West Yorkshire Combined Authority
  • Heba Bevan, CEO and Founder, UtterBerry
  • Sarah Tulip, Senior Director – Head of Northern delivery Centres, & Co-Chair, Women Empowered Network, Cognizant
  • Pavan Riyat-Ward, Managing Director, We are the Allies
  • Archana Bhatnagar, Managing Director, Haylide Chemicals, & President, Madhya Pradesh Association of Women Entrepreneurs (MAWE)
  • Anisha Motwani, Founder and Director, Storm the Norm Ventures
  • Shuchita Gupta, Co-Founder, Care4parents

10:20-10:50: Panel 2:  Ease of doing business – support to build relationships in the UK-India business corridor & for business growth

  • Chair – Amanda Potter, Trade and Investment Manager, West Yorkshire Combined Authority
  • Kavitha Prashad, Head of Inward Investment – Digital and Technology, DIT
  • Lauren Trueman, Enterprise Projects Lead, West Yorkshire Combined Authority
  • Sharon Jandu OBE, Founder, Northern Asian Power Policy Think Tank 
  • Devapriya Khanna, Founder, Connexus Global
  • Jordan Dargue, Chief Investment Officer & Board Director, NorthInvest, and Founder, Fund Her North
  • Nisha Karavadra, Associate Director, UK India Business Council

10:50-11:30: Facilitated business networking in breakout rooms