IBG chief recognised as one of Europe's top influencers

The chief executive of the India Business Group, Amarjit Singh, has been recognised for his ‘crucial role in bridging the divide between the EU and India’.

He has been named in the Europe India Centre for Business & Industry’s EuIndia40 list. The EICBI said the list recognises young entrepreneurs, policy leaders, thought leaders, business executives, trade body leaders, all under the age of 40, who it believes ‘will play an important part in shaping European Union - India trade relations during the next few decades’.

Mr Singh, an award-winning UK commercial solicitor and business adviser with substantial experience of assisting a broad portfolio of businesses with market entry and global growth strategies, said he was humbled by this prestigious award.

“There has never been a moment in modern European history when trade and business were so important,” said the boss of IBG. “We may be undergoing momentous changes in the UK with Brexit, but that doesn’t mean we can’t work together with a common purpose and common goals.

“Ever since I was a child, I felt Britain and Europe could benefit from embracing India, the country of my fore-fathers. Trade breaks down barriers, you know. It brings people who are thousands of miles apart closer together and unites them in ways few other things can.

“Business unites different countries. It helps economies, and together countries reap other benefits, such as creating jobs and prosperity. There is nothing better than knowing that you are helping people you have never met, because you are creating opportunities to succeed.”

The list was unveiled at the European Parliament in Brussels on 10 April. The 17 women and 23 men have been leaders in their field for at least a decade. They come from all walks of life and represent 16 different nationalities.

Sujit S Nair, chair of EICBI said, “EuIndia40 is an initiative by Europe India Centre for Business & Industry to discover young leaders in India and EU, who we believe can play a crucial role in bridging the divide between the EU and India, the two largest multi-party democracies in the world.

“From our experience of playing a key role in promoting EU India trade relations over the last decade, we can proudly say that future of the EU India relations looks very exciting as a new brand of young leaders is emerging from both sides. I am pleased to present EuIndia40 for the year 2019.”

Mr Singh knows the importance of recognising partnerships. IBG is holding the first UK-Indian Business Summit on 29 May 2019, ahead of an invitation-only awards ceremony and gala dinner at the Houses of Parliament. The day will showcase success stories, inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and promote greater flows of business, trade, investment and between the UK, EU and India markets.