May 31, 2023: Coventry University Group has appointed Leena Arora Kukreja as the Regional Managing Director of its new India Hub, which is due to open later this year.
Leena will be the most senior representative of the university group in the region and will lead the hub’s opening and the development of new collaborations. The India Hub, will be the sixth in Coventry University Group’s network of Global Hubs, joining those in Brussels, Dubai, Africa, China and Singapore.
The global hubs act as Coventry University Group’s embassies, serving key regions and developing collaborative relationships that further its work as an economic development organisation for governments and public and private sector organisations.
India is a key market for the Group, which already recruits thousands of Indian students every year to its campuses in Coventry and London. India’s large and skilled talent pool, young population and thriving research sector make the country ideal for the Group’s collaborative working approach.
Leena has extensive experience in facilitating bilateral and multilateral higher education, science and innovation collaborations, and was previously Senior Advisor at the Office of Science and Innovation based at Embassy of Sweden in New Delhi.
Leena brings with her a wealth of experience from her time working for the Australian Government as Senior Advisor to the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, where she successfully managed the Australia India Strategic Research Fund.
She has also worked extensively with the UK science and innovation community and in her role as Senior Advisor to the UK Science and Innovation Network for the British High Commission, Leena led on various innovation projects including the launch of India-UK Industrial research and development programme. Additionally, in her tenure as Head- Newton fund at British Council India, she established the Newton-Bhabha PhD placements and Newton-Bhabha Researcher Links Workshops.