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Confederation of Indian IndustryA symposium organised by the India Media Centre in collaboration with:

Public Diplomacy Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and Confederation of Indian Industry, UK.

The symposium will bring together leading figures from India and the UK to examine the cultural aspects of India’s growing global profile.

Keynote address

High Commision of India

Dr Shashi Tharoor
Member of Parliament; former Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India and former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information

Other speakers to include

Shekhar Kapur
Eminent filmmaker

Conrad Bird
Head of Public Diplomacy & Strategic Campaigns, FCO, UK

Public Diplomacy Division

Dr Kiran Karnik
Former Head of Nasscom, India

As places are limited, please RSVP by Friday 11 February 2011 to Helen Cohen
E: [email protected]

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Programme

9:30

Coffee and registration

10:00

Welcoming remarks

Professor Colin Sparks
Director Communication and Media Research Institute, University of Westminster

His Excellency Mr. Rajesh Prasad
Acting High Commissioner of India, London

Introduction to the symposium

Professor Daya Thussu
Co-Director of India Media Centre, University of Westminster

10:30

Keynote speech

Moderator: Jo Johnson, Member of Parliament, UK

Dr Shashi Tharoor
Member of Parliament and former Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India

11:15

Coffee/tea

11:45

Session 1

India abroad: the diasporic dividend

Chair: Professor Lord Parekh
University of Westminster

Professor Yudhishthir Raj Isar
The American University of Paris/Maître de Conférence, Sciences Po, Paris

Andrew Whitehead
Editor BBC World Service News

Dr Sarmila Bose
University of Oxford

1:15

Lunch

2:15

Session 2

Software for Soft Power – India as communication giant

Chair: Dr Zareer Masani, formerly of the BBC

Dr Kiran Karnik
Former Head of Nasscom

Conrad Bird
Head of Public Diplomacy and Strategic Campaigns
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK

Sunil Chopra
Vice President & Global Head - Sales, Banking and Financial Services, Tata Consultancy Services

Dr William Crawley
Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London

3:30

Coffee/tea

4:00

Session 3

Culture as Soft Power

Chair: Rosie Thomas, Co-Director of India Media Centre, University of Westminster

Shekhar Kapur
Eminent filmmaker

Professor Dina Iordanova
University of St. Andrews

Dr Seema Anand
Partner, Tharoor Associates

5:15

Concluding remarks:

The soft power of Public Diplomacy

Navdeep Suri, Joint Secretary (Public Diplomacy), Ministry of External Affairs, India

Dr Peter Goodwin, Head of Research, School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster

5:30-6:30

Reception