SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

MNCs: Growth engines or gains for few?

Mr. Vindi Banga

Date: 16 October 2017Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 16 October 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 116

Type of Event: Talk

Multi-National Corporations play a very important economic and increasingly political role in the fortunes of many countries. They can be much vilified but equally can also have positive effects on the countries they are investing in. This conversation interrogates the changing role of MNCs, how they interact with states as their roles expand into areas of governance and what the future looks like for co-operation between the public and private sectors.

Mr Vindi Banga joined CD&R's London office in 2010 as Partner after a 33-year career at Unilever.
He is currently the Chairman of CD&R portfolio company, Kalle GmbH, and serves on the Board of High Ridge Brands. Mr. Banga played the lead operating role on CD&R's investment in Diversey, Inc. and Mauser GmbH and helped establish the Firm's joint venture in India, Kedaara Capital Advisers.

He is the former President, Foods, Home and Personal Care and member of the Executive Board at Unilever. He led the creation of a One Unilever Global Foods, Home & Personal Care Global Category Organization, responsible for innovation and marketing mix development across 170 countries for all 270 Unilever brands, and he was responsible for Unilever's sustainability agenda. Previously, Mr. Banga served as President, Home and Personal Care Asia and as Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Unilever Ltd, Unilever's operating company in India.

He served on the Prime Minister of India's Council of Trade & Industry from 2004 to 2014. He is on the Board of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Senior Independent Director on the Boards of Marks and Spencer plc and GlaxoSmithKline plc. Mr. Banga holds a B.Tech. Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management. In 2010 Mr Banga was awarded the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian honours, by the Prime Minister of India

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