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Sunil Bharti Mittal

Founder and Chairman

Sunil Bharti Mittal is the Founder and Chairman of 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 amongst others. Read more...

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Rakesh Bharti Mittal

Vice Chairman

Rakesh Bharti Mittal is the Vice-Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, one of India’s leading business groups with interests in telecom, agri business, financial services, retail, realty, and communication & media devices. Bharti Airtel, a group company, is among the leading global telecom service providers with operations in 17 countries across Asia and Africa. Bharti Infratel, a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel, is a leading provider of passive telecom infrastructure in India. Bharti has joint ventures with several global leaders including AXA for financial services and Del Monte for agri and food processing business.

Rakesh is the Chairman of Bharti AXA Life Insurance, Bharti AXA General Insurance, FieldFresh Foods and Centum Learning. He is also on the Boards of Bharti Telecom, Bharti Ventures and other group companies.

Rakesh is a member of the National Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) since 1999 and is currently the Chairman of CII Development Initiative Council (DIC). Rakesh is also a member of India – Canada CEOs Forum and India Pakistan Joint Business Forum (IPJBF) to strengthen and promote economic relations. He is currently on the Governing Body of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Punjab Investment Advisory Council (PIAC) and is also as a member of the National Food Processing Development Council (NFPDC), MoFPI, Government of India.

Rakesh was the Chairman of CII National Council on Agriculture since 2009, and has also served as the Chairman of several National Committees of CII. He served as the Chairman of its Northern Regional Council during 2004-05. In the past Rakesh has served as a member of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Screening-cum-Implementation group on the recommendations of Technical Advisory TACSA, Committee for Encouraging Investments in Supply Chain, and Working Group on Agricultural Marketing Infrastructure, under the Planning Commission and also the Assam Investment Advisory Board (AIAB).

A passionate advocate of right to good education, Rakesh serves on Boards of several educational institutions. He is a member of the Executive Board of Indian School of Business (ISB) and the Campus Advisory Board (CAB) of ISB, Mohali. He is a member of the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and also a member of the ‘Round Table on School Education’ for Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India. Rakesh is the Co-Chairman of the Advisory board of Bharti School of Telecommunication Technology & Management. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Bharti Institute of Public Policy and a member of the Punjab Education Development Board. Rakesh is on the Governing Boards of Dayanand Medical College & Hospital and the Institute of Integrated Learning in Management (IILM). He is a member of the Executive Council of YMCA University of Science and Technology and Chairman of Governing Council of Sat Paul Mittal School. In the past he has served on the Advisory Council of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Delhi, and a member of the Board of Governors of Thapar University, Punjab. Rakesh was also a member of the International Advisory Council of Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, USA.

Rakesh believes that a responsible corporate has a duty to give back to the community in which it operates. Rakesh is a Life Trustee and the Co- Chairman of Bharti Foundation, which was set up with the vision “To help the underprivileged children and young people of our country realize their potential”. Bharti Foundation's Satya Bharti School Program reaches out to underprivileged children in villages and provides them free quality education along with school uniform, books, stationery and nutritious mid-day meals. Currently, 187 Satya Bharti Primary Schools, 62 Satya Bharti Elementary Schools, and 5 Satya Bharti Senior Secondary school are operational, reaching out to over 39,000 students across the Indian states of Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal.

Bharti Foundation won the Qatar Foundation’s 2012 “World Innovation Summit for Education” (WISE) Award for its transformative impact and innovative approach to improve the quality and delivery of education to underprivileged children in rural India. Bharti Foundation was chosen as the “Corporate Citizen of the Year” at the Economic Times Awards 2010. Besides his role as the Co-Chairman of Bharti Foundation, he devotes time to several charitable institutions in India.

Rakesh has been awarded the Honorary Doctor of Civil Law Degree by Newcastle University, UK.

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Rajan Bharti Mittal

Vice Chairman

Rajan Bharti Mittal is the Vice Chairman of Bharti Enterprises – one of India’s leading business groups with interests in telecom, financial services, retail, manufacturing, realty and agri-business. Bharti Airtel, a group company of Bharti Enterprises, is among the leading global.

Born in 1960, Rajan joined Bharti Enterprises after graduating from Punjab University. An alumnus of Harvard Business School, he is actively involved in overseeing the activities of the group at the corporate level. With his rich experience in the marketing function, he is also involved in many of the new business ventures of the Group.

Rajan has been honored with the "Indian Business Leader of the Year Award 2011" by Horasis, The Global Visions Community and has also been awarded the “Leonardo International Prize 2012" by Comitato Leonardo, the Italian Quality Committee.

He is currently serving in a number of leadership roles in different industry bodies. He is on the Board of Trustees of Brookings Institution, the world’s oldest and most prestigious think tank. In the past he has been the Vice President of ICC (International Chambers of Commerce) in India and the President of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) for the year 2010 – 2011. He is currently a Member of its Executive & Steering Committees and also a Member of the Council of Management at AIMA (All India Management Association). He has held several key positions in various industry associations in the past as well. In FICCI he was Chairman of Retail Committee in 2007, Infrastructure Committee in 2006, Telecom & IT Committee in 2004 & 2005, and Telecom Committee in 2001, 2002 and 2003. He was the President of Association of Basic Telecom Operators (now known as Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India - AUSPI) for 1999-2000.

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Akhil Gupta

Vice Chairman, Bharti Enterprises & Executive Chairman, Bharti Infratel Ltd

Akhil Gupta is Vice Chairman of Bharti Enterprises and Executive Chairman, Bharti Infratel Ltd. He has been closely associated with various strategic, financial, mergers and acquisitions and business performance issues and transformational initiatives for the group.

Akhil has played a pivotal role in Bharti’s phenomenal growth having been closely involved from the very beginning in the group’s the telecommunication services business. He has led the formation of various partnerships for Bharti with leading international companies and investors.

Akhil has spearheaded several innovative initiatives that include the outsourcing deals undertaken by the group in the areas of information technology (IT), network management, outsourcing of Call Centres management and separation of tower infrastructure of Bharti Airtel and forming Indus Towers a Joint Venture with Vodafone and Idea, which has become the largest tower company in the world.

He is currently Chairman of TAIPA (Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association of India) and President of TSSC (Telecom Sector Skill Council of India). Akhil represents the Indian telecom industry and Bharti regularly at various forums and seminars in India and abroad.

He is a Chartered Accountant by qualification with over 30 years of professional experience, and attended an “Advanced Management Program” at Harvard Business School in 2002.

Akhil Gupta has been awarded 'CEO of the Year' at the National Telecom Awards 2012. He was also honoured for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Telecom Sector’ by the industry’s leading telecom magazine – tele.net

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Mukesh Bhavnani

Group General Counsel

Mukesh Bhavnani is the Group General Counsel of Bharti Enterprises. In his role as the Group General Counsel he is responsible for strategic and high impact legal policy and structuring across all Bharti businesses, litigation related to key matters and M&A.

Mukesh has over 39 years of varied experience across multiple industries including mining and oil &gas, insurance, infrastructure, media, and consumer goods. Mukesh has inter alia worked with Vedanta Resources Plc, Essar Group, Sony Entertainment Television, Max New York Life Insurance, Coca-Cola India, Jumbo Group in Dubai, Godrej Soaps.

Mukesh is a Graduate in Law and Commerce from Bombay University and a qualified Company Secretary.

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Deven Khanna

Group Director - Chairman's Office

Deven is the Group Director, Chairman's Office and is responsible for driving key initiatives and strategic projects across all businesses of the group.

Deven has nearly 30 years of experience in finance and general management. He started as the Group Financial Controller in 2004 and later became Corporate Director - Finance in 2008 before taking on the current role in 2011. He has spearheaded financial reporting, business planning, revenue assurance, taxation, risk management and a host of strategic projects including structuring initiatives.

Deven serves as a Director on the boards of Bharti Enterprises Holdings Pvt Ltd, Bharti Telecom Ltd, Bharti Hexacom Ltd, Bharti Telemedia Ltd, Comviva Technologies Ltd & Centum Learning Ltd and has served on the boards of Bharti AXA Life Insurance Ltd and Bharti AXA General Insurance Ltd.

Prior to joining Bharti, Deven worked with Triveni Engineering & Industries Ltd as the Chief Financial Officer for a business portfolio including sugar, steam turbines, sugar machinery, water treatment, micro hydel and oil drilling.

Deven is a commerce graduate from Sri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

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Harjeet Kohli

CFO - Emerging Businesses

Harjeet Kohli serves as CFO Emerging Businesses . 

In his role as the CFO Emerging Businesses, he is responsible for strengthening the financial management processes & controls as also governance of group's non telecom businesses, in addition to creating shareholder value . 

Harjeet has over 20 years of work experience as a business and finance professional and a product specialist across equity, financing and markets space, both as a banker to large corporates as also as an issuer / corporate.

Harjeet serves as a Director on the boards of Bharti Enterprises Limited, Bharti AXA Life Insurance Company Limited, Bharti AXA General Insurance Company Limited, Bharti Realty Limited, Comviva Technologies Limited, Beetel Teletech Limited, Centum Learning Limited, Centum Workskills India Limited, amongst others.

Prior to joining Bharti, Harjeet served as Director of Corporate and Investment Bank Head at Citigroup India. 

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Arvind Chopra

Group Director - Internal Assurance

Arvind Chopra is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce with Honours, from Shriram College of Commerce, Delhi University. He currently leads the Internal Assurance function at Bharti Enterprises Limited in the capacity of Group Director.

With experience of over 30 years both in India and internationally, in the areas of Internal and External Audit, Corporate Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance, Arvind has been a Partner with reputed and global consulting firms like Price Waterhouse Coopers, LLP (London) and KPMG (India).  He has also been the Global Corporate Director & Vice President, Internal Assurance, with Arcelor Mittal in London and Group President – Assurance & Cost Control with the Essar Group.  He also had held management positions in Arthur Andersen & Co and Nestle.

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How our Mobile towers are reducing carbon footprint

Mobile towers are the lifeline of any cellular network. A smooth network depends on uninterrupted and adequate supply of power. In many parts of India, power supply is erratic. Most towers have a diesel generator backup. The telecom industry, with nearly 6,00,000 towers, is the largest consumer of diesel today.

Bharti Infratel, one of India’s top tower companies, has taken a pioneering step towards replacing diesel generators with solar energy, reducing Co2 emissions by 2.5 tonnes per tower every year.

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