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Mr. Mark Runacres

Indian Advisor, Confederation of British Industries
Date of Visit 12th October 2012

After 25 years in the British Diplomatic Service (which took him to New Delhi twice, latterly as British Deputy High Commissioner (2002-2006), to Paris and to the UK Mission to the UN in New York), Mark now lives and works in India in the corporate and civil society sectors.

Mark is the India Adviser to the Confederation of British Industry and runs the British Business Group in Delhi. He is Non-Executive Chair of A4e (India), a subsidiary of the UK’s largest trainer of the long-term unemployed; and a promoter and Director of:  Sheffield Haworth (India), a JV in executive search with a major UK firm in this field; and Canta Consultants (The Hearth), an education-focused consultancy.  He is also on the Advisory Board of Avian Media, one of India’s fastest growing PR/Public Affairs firms, as well as Public Affairs Asia.

Mark acts as a consultant to various businesses in India: JMD Consultants, a successful Delhi-based market entry consultancy; Penn Schoen Berland, WPP-owned political and commercial communication strategists; and Liqvid, a global eLearning service provider.

Mark is a Non-Executive Director for:  Religare Capital Markets Ltd ; Religare Capital Markets (Europe) Ltd; G4S Corporate Services (India) Pvt  Ltd; SQN Services Pvt Ltd; Domesteq Service Solutions Pvt Ltd; Mass1 Engagement Pvt Ltd; and Elara Capital (India) Pvt Ltd.

In the civil society sector, Mark is an Independent Director of the Business and Community Foundation and a member of the Research Advisory board of the Asia Energy Institute, based at The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) where Mark used to be a Senior Visiting Fellow. He is on the Advisory Board of The Third Pole, the Panel of Judges for the Sujana Excellence Awards, the Board of the Delhi Area Benevolent Fund and is a Trustee of the Lords and Commoners Cricket Scholarship Fund. Mark also sits on the India Board of the British Foreign Ministry’s Prosperity Fund.