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Sunil Mittal Joins the Carnegie Endowment’s Board of Trustees

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace announced today that Sunil Mittal, the Chairman and Managing Director of the Bharti Group, has joined its Board of Trustees.

Welcoming the announcement, the President of the Endowment, Jessica T. Mathews, said:

“We are honored to welcome Sunil Mittal to the Carnegie Endowment’s Board of Trustees.  As we transform the Endowment into the first multinational – and ultimately global – think tank to find solutions to increasingly global problems, I can think of few better people than Sunil to help us achieve that goal.  As one of India’s leading and most innovative entrepreneurs with global, Asian and American partners, Sunil is a perfect example of the next generation of leaders who understand the importance of forging partnerships to address future needs.”

Sunil Mittal is from the town of Ludhiana in Punjab. He started his first business in 1976 at the age of 18 and was one of the first Indian entrepreneurs to identify the potential in the mobile telecom business.  In just ten years he, along with a highly professinal team of managers, including his two siblings, built the Bharti Group - one of India’s leading business groups, including the country’s largest mobile phone company.  He is the founder, Chairman and Group CEO of Bharti.

Mr Mittal said:  “I am delighted to join the distinguished ranks of the Carnegie’s Board of Trustees at such an exciting time in the Endowment’s century-long history.  The recent redefinition of its role and mission – to become the first global think tank – is a vital one which I support fully.  The many problems confronting the world can only be addressed properly through strong international partnership and collaboration.”

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace launched its “New Vision” on 6 February 2007, adding operations in Beijing, Beirut and Brussels to its existing longstanding offices in Moscow and Washington, to form effective, independent international partnerships through which to address global issues.