Ivanka Trump on Modi, Hyderabadi Biryani, and more…

Ivanka Trump, daughter and Advisor to US President Donald Trump, recently visited Hyderabad for the annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017 (GES), co-hosted by India and the US. With an aim to bring together leading investors, entrepreneurs, academicians, think-tanks, and other stake holders to propel the global entrepreneurship ecosystem, the three-day summit, from November 28-30, was held in South Asia for the first time.

Ivanka lead a delegation of senior White House officials as well as American entrepreneurs. Held at the city of Hyderabad, which boasts of tech centres of the world’s largest IT companies including Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Uber, the theme for this year’s summit was ‘Women First, Prosperity for All’ and included 1,500 young entrepreneurs, and most of them were women.

A fashion entrepreneur in her own right, Ms Trump started her speech speaking about things related to India – including Hyderabadi Biryani, the success of India’s techies including Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella, and a lack of venture capital available to women entrepreneurs.

Hard selling India before an international audience, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited entrepreneurs from across the globe to invest in the country for the world at large by taking advantage of an investment-friendly environment.

“To my entrepreneur friends from across the globe, I would like to say: Come, Make in India, Invest in India – for India, and for the world. I invite each one of you to become a partner in India’s growth story. And once again assure you of our whole-hearted support,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the city’s audience at Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC).

Later in the evening, Ivanka and other delegates of Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) attended a dinner hosted by Narendra Modi at Taj Falaknuma.

Modi along with Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, Telangana Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan, and some top politicians and industrialists dined with Ivanka on 101-seater dining table at the palace hotel. The guests were treated with a variety of delicacies including the famous Hyderabadi Biryani.

Ivanka received a royal treatment as a horse-drawn carriage from the Nizam era ferried her from the main gate to the palace atop the hill. She and other guests were greeted with a rose petal shower on entering the palace.

The White House advisor also went around the palace, which was once the residence of the Nizam, the ruler of erstwhile princely State of Hyderabad.