The Indian Professionals Forum is holding a drinks reception to introduce The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) to its members on Thursday 9th May 2019 from 6pm – 8pm at the Guildhall Club, 3rd Floor West Wing, Guildhall London EC2P 2EJ.
We anticipate it to be an intimate and informal evening during which you will also have the opportunity of engaging with the CSJ’s founder, The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP.
Iain Duncan Smith was educated at Dunchurch College of Management, the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, the Universita per Stranieri in Perugia and HMS Conway in Anglesey. As part of the Scots Guards, Iain saw active service in Northern Ireland and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and served in Canada and Germany. Iain later worked for GEC-Marconi, a defence company, and Bellwinch, a property company. He has also been on the board of Jane’s Information Group, a publishing company. Iain married Betsy in 1982 and they have four children – Harry, Edward, Rosie and Alicia.
Iain was elected Member of Parliament for Chingford in 1992, and he was re-elected in 1997 as Member of Parliament for the re-drawn constituency of Chingford and Woodford Green. Iain was promoted to William Hague’s Shadow Cabinet in 1997. As Shadow Secretary of State for Social Security, Iain exposed Labour’s hypocrisy and failure on welfare reform. When he was promoted to Shadow Defence Secretary, he exposed the Government’s failure to give British forces sufficient funding and equipment.
In 2001, Iain was elected Leader of the Conservative Party. After stepping down in 2003, he set up the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), an independent think tank committed to tackling poverty and social breakdown. Iain worked tirelessly as Chairman of the CSJ until the 2010 General Election, when he was appointed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. He served in this position until March 2016. Iain remains the Member of Parliament for Chingford and Woodford Green and is always happy to deal with constituents and their concerns.
The House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence was formed to “to consider the economic, ethical and social implications of advances in artificial intelligence." and is chaired by Lord Clement-Jones.
The Committee's inquiry into artificial intelligence concluded that the UK is in a strong position to be among the world leaders in the development of artificial intelligence during the twenty first century. Britain contains leading AI companies, a dynamic academic research culture, a vigorous start-up ecosystem and a constellation of legal, ethical, financial and linguistic strengths located in close proximity to each other. Artificial intelligence, handled carefully, could be a great opportunity for the British economy. In addition, AI presents a significant opportunity to solve complex problems and potentially improve productivity, which the UK is right to embrace. Their recommendations are designed to support the Government and the UK in realising the potential of AI for our society and our economy, and to protect society from potential threats and risks. The Committee considered five key questions:
Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence Report of Session 2017–19: AI in the UK - ready, willing and able? [pdf]
This event at the House of Lords introduces attendees to policy makers and their thoughts on developments in artificial intelligence and is an opportunity to network with fellow professionals.
On 26th March IPF and FICCI hosted the first in a series of lectures on Legal Reforms in India. The first session focussed on Intellectual Property reforms hosted by Rosenblatt Group and offered attendees a chance to learn about the latest developments in India's IP laws and network with fellow professionals.
Mr. Ajit Mishra is Rosenblatt Group's Partner & Head of India Practice since October 2017. Previously he has led the India desk for two major City based law firms and was Managing Partner of Fox Mandal’s London office. A dual qualified corporate lawyer in both India and England & Wales, Ajit has a strong track record in corporate and commercial law, specialising in cross-border foreign direct investment laws. Ajit joined Rosenblatt as they have identified India as one of the fastest growing economies in the world and has emerged as one of the most attractive destinations for investments and doing business.
Dr. Alka Chawla, a PhD in Copyright Law from the University of Delhi has been teaching the subject of Intellectual property in Faculty of Law, University of Delhi for almost three decades. She figured in the “Top hundred powerful women in Law” list released by the world IP Forum in 2017. She is nominated as a “National expert on Intellectual Property “ by the European Trade and Business Council, Mentor to the Intellectual Property Protection Organisation, Advisor to National IP Organisation and Member Education Committee, FICCI. Dr. Alka has authored two books on Copyright Law published by Macmillan and Lexis Nexis and written a number of articles and research papers in reputed journals. She is the author of a well acknowledged report on Counterfeiting and Piracy in India, for the OECD. She has been a resource person for seminars, workshops and courses conducted by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), US Patent and Trademark Office, University Grants Commission (UGC) etc.
The presentation covered the following topics:
Impact of Government Policy on Immigration, Education & Youth Mobility from India
13th March 2019, High Commission of India, London
The High Commission of India in the UK in partnership with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI UK) and Indian Professionals Forum (IPF) organized an Interactive Session on “Impact of Government Policy on Immigration, Education & Youth Mobility from India” at the India House. The session included a panel discussion reviewing the report and making specific suggestions and recommendation as it affects immigration and attracts key skilled workers from India.
While welcoming the delegates Mr. Manish Singh, Minister (Economic), High Commission of India shared that the large number of Indian Companies that operate in the UK, contribute not just to the GDP but also to the job market. He added that a conducive immigration policy is on the top of the agenda for bilateral discussions between India and UK.