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London : Going Global @London on 30th june 2013

The Global Citizen Forum (GCF) is an initiative of Futurepreneur and Founder-Chairman, Spice Global, Dr. B.K. Modi who has been a regular feature on the Forbes Billionaire list. Dr Modi has always lived and worked on the philosophy of challenging conventional wisdom. A passionate advocate of Global citizenship and an interconnected world, he launched GCF on the premise that technology has precipitated the creation of a global village. Since its inception in Singapore in February 2013, the forum has attempted to spread this message with events in India, China, Malaysia and Dubai by engaging opinion on issues impeding global growth and providing solutions based on dialogue.

In continuation to its primary objective of spreading global awareness, GCF will be organizing its London event on 30th june-2013, titled ’Going Global @ London’. The event would provide a platform to debate and deliberate upon several global issues based on the founding principles of GCF, and would be graced by eminent speakers from various walks and disciplines in Great Britain. Conceptualized as a by-product of globalization, GCF would attempt to explore the extent to which Global Consciousness has manifested in society at various personal and professional levels.

As this awareness has started to play a key role in the decision making process, it has resulted in the homogenization of cultures across nations. GCF shall attempt to trace the role of technology in inducing this cultural similarity by making information freely available and the impact it has in defining the future by creating social value for organizations.

A key sub-theme of the conference in London will be the contribution of the Commonwealth in creating a unified global communication structure through the English language. As the official global language, what advantages do English speakers have in the international market? Subsequently, are native English speakers optimally utilizing this to gain global experience through study and work abroad opportunities? The role of emigration in the development of youth thus begins to gain prominence.

Instead of being considered as a national loss of human capital, can migration of British youth be looked upon a positive force that can contribute to rapid economic development in the UK? Such a shift in viewpoint is bound to strain the current legal and cultural framework that restrains emigration. GCF London conference shall seek to provide a common platform for decision makers from the field of education, business and government to reconsider current practices and harness this force to lay the foundation of a more globally competitive and skilled English workforce.


Global Cities and Global Citizens
Global cities are the pioneers of globalisation. However, most parameters that rate and define global cities are institutional and performance related- placing the onus on the government or wealth creators who should focus on making globally conscious decisions for rapid growth.

Ian Harebottle
CEO, Gemfields
“Celebrate your native culture but be proud of your commonality”
Kapil Dudakia
CEO, Educationist, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur
“The strength of nations lies in its focus on empowering itself- not in one upmanship.”
John P Morgan
Inspirational Speaker
“Passports, visas, detentions and deportations, should now become a thing of the past.”
Anwesha Arya
Historian and Anthropologist
“An interconnected world can only emerge when teach youth to give back to the earth and be aware of something greater.”
Isha Judd
Spiritual Leader, The Isha Foundation
“Love yourself as a human being, let go of all limitations of and embrace the earth as yours.”
Creating social value through innovation
The use of technology and innovation by business conglomerates to create social value. Treating the business organisation as a microcosm of the macrocosm (the global city) and balancing economic ventures with social achievements, not necessarily philanthropic in nature.

Thomas Zilliacus
Director, Yuuzoo
“New generation of social networking has gone beyond Twitter and Facebook. Targeted social networking allows for strangers to discuss issues without the need to know each other.”
Tommy Hutchinson
Founder & CEO I-genius
“Globalisation creates innovation and together they create wealth and expectation”
Hussain Shafiei
Founder, Lobbi UK
“Internet and satellite technologies should be considered as a basic human right, making it illegal for telecom providers to charge excessively especially in developing countries”
Pratik Dattani
“Innovation can be measured through a triple bottom shine comprising of people, planet and profit”
Lady Christine Bamford
Senior HRM Advisor (UK)
“The internet has allowed us to mentor Global Cities and Citizens by running free programs online that can help spread the message of Global Citizenship”
Emigration as a positive force in a globalised market
The economic emergence of non-English speaking nations like Brazil, Japan, China and India, English is being used as a connecting language across nations. Thus, with the widespread adoption of their language, youth in the UK enjoy relative ease of travel for work and study- can they use this advantage to succeed in the global market and contribute to the rapid development of the British economy?

Mishana Hosseininoun
Dphil Candidate, Oxford University
“Emigration is a force of nature; it is manifested in the migration patterns of birds. This proves to us that we are already born as global citizens.”
Raj Bhatt
Vice Chairman & CEO Elara Capital
“History is proof that the most developed cities are often a melting pot of cultures. As strong economy is built on the skills of emigrant workers.”
Helen Cavanagh
“Emigration allows people to explore their potential and gives them the freedom to develop as the person they wish to be.”
Gulzari Babber
President CIMA
“The contribution of CIMA in proving opportunities for graduates in this country irrespective of their nationalities is a great example of the opportunities available for professional and personal development of individuals.”
Thank you note
Lord Raj Loomba
House of Lords, Westminster Parliament
Thank you note

Inaugural Session

Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Modi
Founder, Global Citizen Forum
“To foster international connectivity- there needs to be more channels of communication between residents of ‘global cities’ – only then we can achieve the ideal of an interconnected world.”
Prof. Olinga Ta’eed
Director, CCEG
“The key elements of being a global citizen are social innovation, capacity development and technological séance.”
Gopichand Hinduja
Chairman, Hinduja Automobiles
“There is a need to ‘act local, think global’- As citizen of the world we have a huge responsibility of understanding the far reaching implication of our actions.”
Prakash Hinduja
Chairman, Hinduja Group (Europe)
“Global intelligence can help contribute to the world and can be used to create a solution to solve world problems.”
George Hardwick

Creative Poet, Ted Network
“In the world we face a lot of amazing challenges, and if those challenges are to be transformed into opportunities then we need creativity.”