Successful India launch for ECCI Exec Ed

05 May 2013

After a a successful business development visit to Mumbai in February 2013, ECCI launched its executive education inititative in India this April.

The pilot executive education programme was delivered on 25th and 26th April 2013 at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay’s Victor Menezes Convention Centre, following the February visit by ECCI’s Executive Director, Andy Kerr, and Business Manager, Andrew Mitchell.

The executive programme, co-hosted by the ECCI and IIT Bombay, was on the topic of “Green Finance: Opportunities and Challenges”. The intention and desired outcomes were to facilitate a peer-to-peer discussion between academia, industry and policy within India; and between the UK and India.

The initial feedback from the 30 participants engaged in the two-day discussion and networking has been very positive with many companies interested in further workshops on specific in-depth topics; in particular the telecoms sector and the topic of community energy. Participants in this pilot workshop came from a broad range of organisations such as Tata Cleantech Capital, Tata Consulting Engineers, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, the Royal Bank of Scotland, the State Bank of India, the British High Commission, Areva Solar (part of the Areva SA group) and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

Carbon Masters Ltd, an SME head-quartered in Edinburgh but with offices in Bangalore and Quito, Ecuador, contributed to the proceedings, bringing their fresh Indian telecoms industry experience to the two-day programme.

ECCI’s Andy Kerr said “We (in Scotland and the UK) have a great deal to learn from the innovation taking place in India, for example with regards to distributed energy supply and demand; likewise our counterparts in India are very interested in experience here with financial models and mechanisms to deliver a low carbon economy, such as the Green Investment Bank.”

Andrew Mitchell added, “The ECCI have been greatly encouraged by this first pilot programme in India. We are eager to build on this both with additional workshops on specific topics, such as community renewables, but also with online distance learning offerings”.

"The ECCI would like to acknowledge the significant support of Scottish Development International in helping to make this pilot programme in India a success".

If your organisation is interested in getting involved please contact:

Andrew Mitchell andrew.mitchell@edinburghcentre.org +44(0)7793111386

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