Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises, one of India’s leading conglomerates with diversified interests in telecom, insurance, real estate, agri and food, besides other ventures. Bharti has joint ventures with several global leaders: Singtel, SoftBank, AXA, Del Monte among others. Has been the pioneer of the mobile revolution in India. Member, past or present, of many international bodies and think tanks. Former President, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Chairman, International Chamber of Commerce and GSM Association. Member: International Business Council, World Economic Forum; Telecom Board, International Telecommunication Union; International Advisory Panel, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). Commissioner, Broadband Commission. Trustee, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Member of the Board, Qatar Foundation Endowment. Believes that a responsible corporate has a duty to give back to the community in which it operates. This belief has resulted in Bharti Foundation, which operates 254 schools as well as remedial centres to impart holistic education to over 1,00,000 underprivileged children in rural India. Recipient of honours and awards, including: Padma Bhushan, India; Harvard Business School’s Alumni Achievement Honor; GSMA’s Chairman award; numerous industry honours; honorary doctorates, universities in India and the UK; ranked among the Top 25 Philanthropists in the World, Barron’s Magazine (2009).