Indian Institute of Finance hosted the 18th IIF Webinar series on “Essence of Life and Growth” by Ms. Åsa Jarskog, President, Sweden Africa Chamber, SWEDEN; Founder President, Global Leadership for Sustainable Development, SWEDEN ; Consultant, Jarskog Konsult AB : Stockholm School of Economics (SSE), Swedish International Development Cooperation Authority (SIDA), ABB, Sandvik Sweden, WesBank South Africa, TBS Bank Georgia and over 55 Countries & Governments; formerly Worked with ILO, UNHCR, UNCTAD, World Economic Forum). The Webinar was moderated by Prof. Aman Agarwal, Professor of Finance & Dean (IR) Indian Institute of Finance ( and Executive Editor, Finance India ( The Webinar was attended by over 148 global participants from USA, Sweden, Japan, Africa, Uzbekistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and others.

Ms. Jarskog underlined three important aspects in life. The importance of having a vision, purpose and goals on personal, family, group, organizational, national and global level; the importance of values, living in line with your values as well as creating value. Sustainable value-creation rather than running after money and the importance of being agile, flexible and able to keep two ideas in the head at the same time in order to live in our VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous).

Personal growth is not just about “fixing” yourself or recognizing your weaknesses. It’s also about loving and accepting yourself wholly and unconditionally. It is about recognizing your strengths, appreciating them and building on them, being aware of that when you exaggerate a strength it becomes your weakness said Ms. Jarskog.

According to her, in the next year Åsa sees three scenarios; firstly, end-of-the-world party, going back to business as usual; secondly, continued radical de-globalisation and thirdly re-engineering of economics and world order in a more sustainable way. Learning from the positive effects of the crisis. accelerating the ecological transition and rethinking our growth model.

Her Success Mantra for tomorrow is that every crisis teaches you something and makes you stronger and if we invite good things to come out of this, they will.

Åsa believes in democracy, with its pro’s and cons and feels that Governments cannot ensure peoples happiness & Growth, but merely provide the framework necessary for people to be able to create their own happiness and growth.

Her advise to the youth is to Be yourself, Be true to yourself and your values, and Be the change you want to see in the world! Don’t be victims of a crisis; bring change in yourself what you want to see in others.

Large number of Questions from amongst over 148 participants were asked by Dr. Adkham Bekmuradov (UZBEKISTAN); Mr. Asoke K. Laha (President & CEO, Interra IT USA); Prof. Dr. Junzo Watada (Waseda University, JAPAN & Petronas University, MALAYSIA); Manoj Agarwal (Editor, Banking Frontiers, INDIA); Dr. Namita Sahay (Amity University, INDIA) and many others.

Indian Institute of Finance has initiated the interactive IIF Webinar Series on “Essence of Life and Growth” with the prime objective to bring forth positivity of life based on the life experiences one has gained over 3-4 decades of personal life experiences, professional life, the nation, the economy and the world at large, having seen different colours of life based on ups and downs one has witnessed.