Today I find myself back in the city of London joined by our Global Indian Ambassador for International Trade and Social Development and former senior civil servant Ash Verma, as he guides me through the dramatic changes unfolding in the UK political scene with the upcoming elections.
We look at the unspoken “elephant in the room” on the Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak contest and discuss how it is impacting the national identity of Britishness. We also plunge into the ideas of the diaspora dividend and query what the next PM may want to consider when looking to take a modern facing Britain to the global shores.
About Ash Verma:
Ash is a former British civil servant, business consultant, mentor, facilitator, social entrepreneur, and Non-Executive Director, with fifty years of experience and expertise in many aspects of British Government policy, funding, design and delivery of public, private, and voluntary sector partnership projects, programmes, and initiatives. These include inner cities regeneration; economic development; enterprise and entrepreneurship, education and skills, international trade and investment; community development and cohesion, race relations and equal opportunities, healthcare and wellbeing, especially for isolated and vulnerable people and those with learning disabilities.
His passion to bring business and communities together, create meaningful legacies and help to introduce responsible business practice, is longstanding. Ash was included in the first ever publication of the Asian Power 100 in September 2005 and again in September 2007 as one of a select number of key influencers on Asian matters in the UK, as well as for his overall contribution to regeneration, economic and community development, equal opportunities, and international trade.
An Honorary Fellow of Brunel University London, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD and the Automated Customs International Trade Association (ACITA), and one of the founder members of West London Business, Ash was the co-author of the report on the former Employment Department Group’s “Policies, Practices and Procedures on Race Relations in Employment”.
Ash Verma held a wide range of leadership positions during his thirty-five-year professional career between 1973 and 2008, including:
Chief Executive, Heathrow City Partnership, a private, central, and local government regeneration initiative, where he led £50m investment in complex regeneration, economic development, enterprise support, workforce skills and transport projects, like Hayes Business Studios, Southall Business Centre, and Routes to Work. November 2000 to June 2010.
Leader of West London Task Force, a £10m inner cities regeneration and community cohesion initiative. November 2000 – June 2010.
Business Development Director, May 1996 – October 2000 for the former Government Office for London (GOL), where he managed over £150m of public funds in economic development, enterprise and entrepreneurship and economic and social regeneration programmes, delivered by various partners in West London, as well as managing the London Business Link Network.
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About the Global Indian Series:
My name is Rajan Nazran Chief Explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO), because let’s face it, we are everywhere!
For almost 15 years we have travelled across the globe covering 60 countries to date whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable 50 shades of brown community.
Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for us!
Our purpose is simple, to build a living encyclopaedia of the human experience of the community and a safe mooring ground for open discussions, whether you are an NRI, Indian Diaspora, person of Indian origin (PIO) or a fan of South Asian anthropology, what we do is bring people and communities together.
We do this by plunging into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin (PIO), taking a second look at the countries we now call home and tackling the conversations we need to know more about.
Through our range of award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV) and fascinating discussions, our impactful stories and platforms have spearheaded national and international conversations that have brought people together. Our work is featured in global brands including The Indian Express through to the CNBC network.
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Presenter – Rajan Nazran
Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth
Guests in order: Ash Verma
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