Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman among 100 most powerful women influencing India-UK relations

On Monday, June 24, 2019, The '100 Most Influential in UK-India Relations: Celebrating Women' list was launched by UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid. The event was organized in London to mark India Day in the Houses of Parliament. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is among the 100 most influential women for driving the UK-India relationship. The women mentioned in the list hold positions of influence in India and the UK across 11 broad sectors including politics, technology, and sustainability.

It mentions Nirmala Sitaraman as one of India's most "powerful women" who plays a "pivotal" role in the bilateral relationship as India's former defense minister and now finance minister of India. According to the UK-based media house India Inc., Nirmala has studied at the London School of Economics (LSE) and worked in the UK in her previous career and is familiar with the UK probably more than all her other colleagues.

The list also includes one of Britain's senior-most Cabinet ministers Penny Mordaunt. She is credited as the first woman to be assigned the role in the UK Cabinet.

Some of the other prominent names include Indian-origin parliamentarians in the UK like Priti Patel and Baroness Sandy Verma, filmmaker Gurinder Chadha, Indian law firm chiefs Zia Mody and Pallavi S Shroff, Apollo Hospitals' managing director Suneeta Reddy and Nasscom President Debjani Ghosh.

Manoj Ladwa, Founder of India Inc. said, "The women highlighted in this list hold positions of tremendous influence and therefore their inclusion here is as much about the promise they bring, as the success they may have already achieved".


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