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Ravi Uppal

Ravi Uppal has been Managing Director & Group CEO of Jindal Steel & Power Ltd. (JSPL) since October 2012. He has more than 37 years of experience in the engineering and infrastructure sectors in India and abroad. Prior to joining JSPL, Ravi served as President and Managing Director and Board Director of L&T Limited. From 1981 to 2009, Ravi worked for ABB Group in Sweden, Germany and the Middle East. During his tenure, he served as President of Global Markets for ABB Group, Member of ABB’s Executive Committee and Chairman & Managing Director of ABB Ltd., India, where he led a seven-fold increase in business. From 2005 to 2007, Ravi was also President & Regional Head of Asia Pacific Region at ABB Group. Prior to rejoining ABB for a second stint in 2001, Ravi undertook the formidable challenge of setting up Volvo’s operations in India as its first Country Head and Managing Director between 1995 and 2001. He successfully introduced state-of-the-art trucks, buses and construction equipment in the old fashioned and conservative Indian market. Ravi has been Chairman of the India Advisory Board of Schindler and Vice-Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He has served on the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and the Global Board of Directors of BAE, UK. Ravi is currently on the Board of Suzlon, one of the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturers. Ravi has been conferred the Royal Order of the Polar Star and named a Knight of the Order by the King of Sweden. He has also been the finalist of EY’s entrepreneur award and was recognised as distinguished alumni of the prestigious IIT, Delhi.

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Lakshmi Narayan

Lakshmi Narayan is Chairman of WABCO India Ltd., a leading global supplier of technologies and services that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles. Lakshmi’s industry experience spans 35 years at Tata Motors, Bosch and Harman. Having worked as manager of various business divisions of Tata Motors, Lakshmi joined Bosch in 1987. He was responsible for Bosch’s tremendous growth in the automotive space in India, the establishment of the company’s Jaipur plant as well as its Automotive Electronics Business Unit in Bangalore. During his last 9 years at Bosch, Lakshmi served as the company’s Managing Director in India. From 2009 to 2016, Lakshmi was the Country Manager and Managing Director and, since 2016, he is the Advisory Chairman of Harman India. He has been responsible for building a strong development team in India with over 1200 engineers which drives advanced technology work for both domestic and international customers and caters to Harman’s R&D needs worldwide. Lakshmi also serves as Chairman of TVS Automotive Solutions and Dickenson Fowler Pvt. Ltd., and he is on the Board of Directors of Kirloskar Oil Engines, Carborundum Universal Ltd., Rane and TVS Electronics in India. He is a board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in India and has served as Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Southern Region and the Bangalore Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI).

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Ulrich Frei

Ulrich Frei is Director of FUNDES International, Costa Rica, a private, pioneering organization founded in 1984 with the objective to strengthen and develop micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSME’s) in Latin America. As the Executive Director of FUNDES since 2008, Ulrich has led the transformation process in FUNDES from a purely philanthropic organization to a profit-oriented but mission driven leading business solution for improving the competitiveness of Latin America’s MSMEs, with a presence in 13 countries in the region. Since June 2016 Ulrich serves as Director of the Board of FUNDES. Prior to his tenure at FUNDES International, Ulrich occupied senior management positions at Senn Chemicals, Química Suiza, Novartis and CIBA–GEIGY. He has worked and lived for over 20 years in Chile, Venezuela, Peru, Costa Rica, Indonesia and China. Ulrich is determined and excited to use his corporate experience to unleash the full power of business and value generation in service of human dignity.

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Simon Bazalgette

Simon Bazalgette is Group Chief Executive of The Jockey Club, which runs several of the United Kingdom’s biggest sports events including the Grand National, The Derby and The Cheltenham Festival. Simon is often described by media commentators as the most influential figure in British horseracing. He is also Chairman of Jockey Club Racecourses, Senior Independent Director of the London 2017 World Championships and a Non-Executive Director of Racecourse Media Group, Great British Racing and the Racecourse Association. Previously, Simon was Executive Chairman of media operator Racecourse Media Group and Chief Executive of the Sony, Time Warner and BSkyB venture, Music Choice Europe. He also spent six years as Non-Executive Chairman of the Grubb Institute of Behavioural Studies, a charitable foundation that develops research on leadership and organizational development. Simon started his professional life at KPMG.

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Otto Hofstetter Jr.

Otto Hofstetter Jr. is Owner and General Manager of Otto Hofstetter AG, a company specialized in the development and production of injection moulding tools based in Uznach, Switzerland. He was named EY Swiss Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 in the Industry/High-Tech/Life Sciences Category. As a former apprentice, Otto is committed to the training and development of young people who will eventually join the workforce. Otto is the recipient of the 2016 award of recognition by the Hans Huber Foundation for his contributions to skills development. He is considered a “guiding light” in the world of dual vocational training. Alongside his commitment to providing quality training positions at his own company, Otto also advocates practical education at technical universities. As the Chairman of the Foundation for the Promotion of the University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil (HSR), and member of the Vocational School Commission of the Canton of St. Gallen, he shapes the future of dual vocational training and of Switzerland as a successful industrial center. Otto also supports vocational training for young people on an international level. He has been involved in the Swiss Vocational Education and Training Initiative (SVETII) since its inception, and contributed to developing an apprenticeship model for India based on the Swiss VET system.