The pandemic has pushed many daily interactions into the digital sphere, leading private sector actors around the world to rethink their ways of doing business. While tech companies have seen their shares skyrocket, they are also keeping an eye on the emerging ’geopolitics of tech’ which sits largely along the east-west axis. As questions of governance, rule of law and competition raise new questions for a digital ecosystem undergoing profound change, this Strategic Conversation with Ashish Kumar Gupta, Corporate Vice President and Head for Europe and Africa (Diversified Industries) at HCL Technologies, will be an opportunity to reflect on the challenges ahead for businesses operating – and thriving – beyond their country of origin.
Friends of Europe’s Strategic Conversations series invites experts to share their views on a range of important and strategically relevant issues through interviews with senior thinkers on the Friends of Europe team.
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- ‘EU-Latin America: reviving the ‘other’ transatlantic relationship’ by Daniel Pietikäinen
- What new challenges have arisen for businesses operating abroad in 2020 – and what’s on the horizon?
- What must be done to support and create digital ecosystems that play a role in the post-pandemic recovery?
- How can rules and regulations be designed to support and encourage innovation?
Ashish Kumar Gupta
Corporate Vice President and Head for Europe and Africa (Diversified Industries) at HCL Technologies
Director, Asia, Peace, Security & Defense, Digital & Chief spokesperson
Under Ashish Kumar Gupta’s leadership, HCL has grown to become one of the more recognised IT service providers in Europe. His work for the company has focused on building business and ensuring the success of these proposals across India, the United States and – since 2004 – in Europe and Africa. This includes the conceptualization and execution of Remote Infrastructure Management Services that eventually led to the formation of a large Indian infrastructure outsourcing industry. Gupta has been instrumental in creating key alliances and partnerships, including the Cambridge Service Alliance and HCL’s digital transformation partnership with Manchester United. In 2019, Ashish was nominated to the board of TechUK and the World Economic Forum – Europe Regional Business Council, focused on collaboration between corporates and start-ups and boosting digital education and upskilling.
Prior to joining Friends of Europe, Dharmendra Kanani was director of policy at the European Foundation Centre (EFC). He was the England director at the Big Lottery Fund, the largest independent funder in the UK and fourth largest in the world. Dharmendra has held senior positions in the public and voluntary sector and advisor to numerous ministerial policy initiatives across the UK.
- By Jamie Shea
- Eye on the Geopolitical Ball
- Area of Expertise
- Peace, Security & Defence
- By Krystal Gaillard
- By Liam Gibson
Next event livestreamed
- Area of Expertise
- Digital & Data Governance