Mr Arun Bedi - FOUNDER & CEO
A specialist deal maker, whose forte is building and sustaining relationships across geographies (New & Emerging Markets, and within the Commonwealth Nations). He started his career by training as a fighter pilot, in the Indian Air Force. Later he left the forces, and trained to be an accountant, in London. Thereafter, he worked with several MNC's in the Oil and Gas and Construction industry at a senior level, and finally in the 90's, he set up Indo British Consultancy, an exclusive boutique Management Consultancy, specialising in the New & Emerging Markets.
He is presently focused on increasing Foreign Direct investment Inflows both ways, between UK – India, India - Brazil, India – Australia, India – Sri Lanka, India – Malaysia, India-Africa, and India-Indonesia. His father served in the Royal Air Force's (Bomber Command) during the Second World War. He returned to India, after independence, and retired as a highly decorated Air Marshal, incharge of Maintenance Command of the Indian Air Force. He was also appointed the honourary ADC to the President of India. His uncle was also a decorated Air Marshal in the Indian Air Force.
Mr Ashutosh RastogiLLB, LLM
He specializes in International Taxation / Transfer Pricing with several years of experience in International Tax litigation, consulting, and advisory work. During the course of his professional career, he has successfully represented several multinational companies before tax authorities in Transfer Pricing/ International Tax related audits and advised companies on several complex Transfer Pricing matters. He has been instrumental in advising and shaping the Transfer Pricing policies of Corporate’s including a telecom major and an e-learning giant. He has been actively involved in Transfer Pricing related research with several important articles and papers to his credit. His articles covering a broad spectrum of Transfer Pricing matters have been published by BNA, IBFD and International Tax Review. He has also served as an IBFD Instructor for Training Conference on ‘Transfer Pricing of Intangibles’. He has been an active speaker on International Taxation and Transfer Pricing related topics on various forums such as seminars of regional councils of ICAI and business schools. He is also the visiting faculty for International Taxation at reputed law schools.
Mr Kabir Bedi MBA DIC
Consultant - New & Emerging Markets
A MBA qualified effective Management Consultant, generating and making ideas happen. He has strong political lobbying, deal making, business development and project management skills having identified and delivered projects for Blue chips companies, Midcap, SMEs, HNI and UHNW Individuals.
Proven ability to lead cross-functional teams, internationally having coordinated projects spanning India, Canada, the UK, USA and Africa.
Culturally sensitive, a team player and proven person-manager with a supportive and developmental style.
Interested in the Homeland Security & Defence Sector as his paternal grand father served in the Royal Air Force's (RAF) Bomber Command during the Second World War. He returned to India, after independence, and retired as an Air Marshal in charge of Maintenance Command of the Indian Air Force (IAF). He was also appointed the honourary ADC to the President of India. My grand uncle was also a highly decorated Air Marshal in the Indian Air Force, and maternal grandfather retired as the Director General of Ordnance Services, in the Indian Army.
• He identified Joint Venture partner’s in India, on behalf of an international Defence contractor, and built a strategic alliance between them, relating to a $500Mn, and $1.5 Bn project. Advised international SME’s on Defence Offsets, Taxation regimes, and Business Risks, relating to the Indian Defence sector.
• Responsible for preparing the term sheet, negotiating and finalising a Joint Venture, relating to the event management industry in India with a leading businessman and politician, and had the interim responsibility to run the company before finding a successor.
• Managed relationships with Kingfisher Airlines and Air India, and identified Sales and Leaseback transactions for the A320 aircraft, on behalf of a billion Dollar aviation fund. I worked closely with the funds board and its legal advisors in the negotiation and structuring of such transactions.
• Scoped, planned and co-managed a team of 15 people through the project life cycle in the implementation of a major public sector Broadband project to provide internet access to 40+ state run schools in the UK.
Dr Tazeeb Rajwani PhD
He is a Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management at Cranfield School of Management. Prior to this role he held a management position at KPMG Corporate Finance, where he was an Innovation Champion and member of the Thought Leadership group at KPMG Europe. He has worked with numerous public and private sector clients, amongst them Transport for London, London Underground, Oracle, Intercontinental Hotels and Nestle. He has written various book chapters, academic papers, reports and white papers on "Strategic Management", including his paper on embracing and exploiting industry turbulence, published in the European Management Journal. His research has been reported in the commercial press, including “The Irish Times and Financial Times”.