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Deepak Parekh becomes London international ambassador

Prominent Indian businessman and LSCA member Deepak Parekh, the first international recipient of the ICAEW’s outstanding achievement award, is the first member of a network set up by the London Mayor to champion the capital around the world.

Deepak Parekh

January 2018

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s International Ambassadors Network will include high-level business and cultural figures based in London or overseas. Their role will be to bang the drum for London, promote investment opportunities into London and amplify key Mayoral messages to international audiences.

Parekh is the chairman of Indian housing finance company HDFC Ltd, a financial conglomerate. He also sits on the boards of a number of companies across diverse sectors.

He is also a member of the City of London’s Advisory Council for India which guides the City’s engagement with India. In 2010, he became the first international recipient of the ICAEW’s Outstanding Achievement Award.

Parekh said: “India and the UK have intertwined histories and London has been at the pivot of the social, demographic and economic upsurge between the two democracies. I am indeed honoured to be the first International Ambassador with an aim to promote fair and progressive relations between India and London as the city navigates the next many decades.”

Khan said: “I am delighted that Deepak Parekh has agreed to become the first member of my International Ambassadors Network. As a highly respected Indian business figure, his experience and profile will be invaluable as we build on the excellent relations that we already have with India.”

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