Taha Coburn-Kutay, chairman of UK Asian Business Council, speaks to IndiaGBnews.com about his achievements, doing business in India and the five things he wouldn’t be without on a desert island.
What are your main responsibilities?
I’m the chairman of UK Asian Business Council and CEO of Asia/SuperStartTV. I’m responsible for expanding the network of our organisations globally.
What are your company’s Unique Selling Points (USPs)?
We are a trading platform based in the boundaries of UK assisting businesses from Asia and Africa to trade with each other. We assist businesses in market entry, finding clients, finding suppliers in markets unknown to them but known to us. This proposition makes us stand out from all the other organisations.
What achievement are you most proud of?
The inception of UK Asian Business Council was the greatest day of my life. This is an organisation which I have given birth to and carved out of my two hands.
Today we resonate with the biggest establishments in the world. It has taken four years of hard work and toiling the soil to get here. I believe nothing else in my life could make me prouder and I thank my team profusely who have been on my side through this journey.
What would you still like to achieve in life, leisure or business?
I’m working on a global project which will in my opinion, bring a change in this world for the better. This is something I want to achieve in the life span which I have been destined to live.
What do you think makes India an attractive destination to do business?
Young educated population which is skilled makes India one of the most attractive countries in the world. This young population has disposable income which increases the purchasing power of Indians at par with some of the western countries. Indians are travelling a lot and just to exemplify that Boeing/Airbus has the largest orders from India. Every company in world wants to be in India to have this share from a very large pie.
What sectors do you think will thrive in India and the UK in the coming years and why?
Aviation, defence, IT, tourism, healthcare. These are sectors where both countries are investing in shape of human capital and skill development.
Favourite destinations in India and why?
Kashmir, one because I hail from there and second, there is no beauty like Kashmir in the world. Bollywood has been defining that since cinema started in India.
Favourite destinations in the UK and why?
Cotswold, the beauty and scenery is surreal.
Favourite restaurant in India and UK?
Giftos, Southall because of the authentic food. Kareem’s Chandi Chowk, Old Delhi. There is no food like Kareem’s in India.
Describe your character in five words?
Optimistic, confident, and persistent global citizen.
What are your hobbies?
Travelling and discovering new places.
What five items would you take to a desert island?
Knife, dry fruit, water, a radio and my collection of exotic spices.
What public figures do you most admire and why?
Dr. Manmohan Singh, he was instrumental in changing the economic policies of India and making it an attractive destination globally for investments.
Margaret Thatcher was the dynamic force behind the economic policies. It changed the future of Britain and kept it in the top five economies of the world.