Global Cambridge in Mumbai

Global Cambridge in Mumbai

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  • Alumni and guests at the event in New Delhi, 2017
    Alumni and guests at last year's event in New Delhi
  • Alumni volunteers and attendees at the event in New Delhi, 2017
    Alumni volunteers and attendees at the event in New Delhi, 2017
Meet alumni in your area, hear from Cambridge's leading experts and discuss challenging questions at Global Cambridge events.
Saturday, 24 February 2018 - 2.00pm to 5.00pm IST
Open to: 
Alumni and guests

Join the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen J. Toope (Trinity 1983), and a distinguished panel to hear how Cambridge is addressing challenges facing the world today.

After the panel discussion, continue the conversation and network with other attendees at our drinks reception.


2pm - Arrival
3pm - Panel discussion hosted by the Vice-Chancellor: ‘What are the challenges in ensuring that India’s economic growth can be both inclusive and sustainable?’ Followed by Q&A
4pm - Reception with drinks and snacks
5pm - Close

An attendee of a recent Global Cambridge event said: "I most enjoyed the talk, the sense of community, and the opportunity to network with other Cambridge alumni in the region.”


Ms Zia Mody

Zia Mody

A founding partner of AZB & Partners, Zia Mody is one of India’s foremost corporate attorneys. Zia has been recognised for her contribution to the legal world both in India and internationally.

She is considered an authority on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, securities law, private equity and project finance.

She is Non-executive Director of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) in India, a Member of the City of London Advisory Council for India and a Former Member of Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services for Small Businesses and Low-Income Households of Reserve Bank of India.

She studied law at Selwyn College, Cambridge. Following a master’s degree at Harvard Law School she qualified as an attorney in the State of New York, and worked at Baker & McKenzie in New York before returning home to India to start her own practice in Mumbai in 1984.

She has worked with GE, Tata Group, Reliance Industries Ltd, Aditya Birla Group and the Vedanta Group. She also advises large private equity houses including KKR, Bain Capital Warburg.

Alumni information: 
Selwyn 1976, Law

Professor Bhaskar Vira

Professor Bhaskar Vira

Director, University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute; Professor of Political Economy, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge; Fellow, Graduate Tutor and Director of Studies in Geography at Fitzwilliam College.

Bhaskar Vira’s research is concerned, in particular, with the often-hidden costs of environmental and developmental processes, and the need for scholarship to draw attention to the distributional consequences of public policy choices. His work brings a critical political economy perspective to contemporary debates about development priorities and competing implications for nature and human wellbeing.

Bhaskar has played important roles in science-policy processes linked with environment and development, including the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the UK National Ecosystem Assessment and the Royal Society Working Group on Human Resilience to Climate Change and Disasters. He Chaired the Global Forest Expert Panel on Forests and Food, and is currently working as a member of the Global Forest Expert Panel on Forests and Water.

He is committed to novel approaches that bring together different disciplines and foster collaboration, and is a key member of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), which is a unique collaboration between the University of Cambridge and leading internationally-focused biodiversity conservation organisations clustered in and around Cambridge.

Alumni information: 
St John's 1988, Economics

Dr Kishore Sengupta

Dr Kishore Sengupta

Kishore Sengupta is the Director of Executive Education and a Reader in Operations Management at Cambridge Judge Business School. His research, teaching and consulting are in managerial decision making in complex dynamic environments and the use of technology in the workplace.

Before coming to Cambridge, Kishore held academic positions at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France (2001-2014), the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California (1989-2000), and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (1996-1998). He has also worked at the AT&T Network Software Center (now Lucent Technologies) and Ernst & Young. Kishore has served as advisor on complex projects with large business organisations, NASA, and the US Department of Defense.

Kishore has published in several leading academic and practitioner journals. This includes a widely acclaimed article in the Harvard Business Review on how managers fail to learn from experience. His research has been highlighted in the Wall Street Journal.

About the Global Cambridge series

The Global Cambridge series showcases the excellence and diversity of Cambridge's research and scholarship, and its contribution to society through new ideas, discoveries and innovation.

In 2018, we'll also be visiting Beijing, Cardiff, Dublin, Geneva, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Cambridge and Mumbai

Closeup of Mumbai on a map

The University values its relationship with India, recognising our shared past and a rapidly developing – and exciting – future. There are 1,500 alumni in India, of which 230 are in Mumbai, and eight officially-recognised alumni groups across the country.

Cambridge’s research engagement with India focuses on collaborative partnerships across a wide range of disciplines; including public health and biomedical sciences; energy and sustainability; education, humanities and social sciences; and innovation, entrepreneurship and business.

Collaborative projects in the Mumbai area include:

Science and Technology

  • Engineering and Materials Science (IIT Bombay)
  • Geotechnical centrifuge development
  • Nanoscience and nanotech
  • Thorium as uranium replacement

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Kāśikāvṛtti Sanskrit research
  • Economic history and growth
  • Use of ICT in reducing rural development bottlenecks

Business entrepreneurship and other related activity

  • Sustainability leadership
  • Strategic road-mapping



+44 (0)1223 332288


Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai
1/136, Dr. E. Moses Marg
Gandhi Nagar, Upper Worli, Worli
Mumbai ,

Location information

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