Graduate among 'most influential' foreign policy professionals

MBA graduate Sujit Nair featured in leading global list

Date: 26 September 2013

An MBA graduate from London Metropolitan University has been internationally recognised for playing a major role in promoting trade and investment between the UK and southern India.

Sujit Nair completed his MBA from London Metropolitan Business School before going on to co-found the British South India Chamber of Commerce. He has now been named among the ‘99 Most Influential Foreign Policy Leaders Under 33’ by Washington DC-based Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and global affairs magazine Diplomatic Courier.  

“It feels great to be recognised,” said Sujit, who grew up in Bangalore, India. “We have worked closely with UK Trade and Investment and other related organisations to enhance trade connections, and we have provided a platform for companies and businessmen who wish to become part of the South India-UK trade community.

“I believe that we have been able to both promote the South India business community in the UK and support British businesses in South India. We have also fostered credible working relationships between government representatives from both countries.” 

This work has had a major impact on the foreign policies of both India and the UK, and Sujit is proud to be recognised for his contribution at such a young age.

“I'm glad I that I have received this kind of recognition at this stage of my life. I am the only person from India to be included in the list. It may be a small step for many but it's a giant leap for me considering where I have come from. Recognitions like this tend to open a number of doors which could provide me with the opportunity to realise my potential and make positive changes.”

Since graduating from London Met in 2009, Sujit has been a very busy man. He worked in marketing and advertising before pursuing his entrepreneurial dream to set up his own enterprises, including his healthcare e-commerce venture Ortho Medical. He was also elected as a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). 

Much of this success came from studying at London Met, according to Sujit, and he looks back at his time at the Business School with fondness.

“Studying at London Met provided me with an opportunity to network with the best in the business and learn from talented and experienced individuals. The best part of London Met for me was spending time at its specialist business incubator called Accelerator, which specialises in business development programmes for high value and innovative companies.” 

So, what advice does the successful graduate have for current students at London Met?

“The main thing I’d recommend is to go to the various events on offer and network, because much of the value of their time at London Met will be in the network they build during their studies,” he said.

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