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Sunil Bharti Mittal

Founder and Chairman

Sunil Bharti Mittal is the Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises which has interests in telecom, retail, realty, financial services and agri-products. Bharti Airtel, the group’s flagship company, is a global telecommunications company across South Asia and Africa. Bharti has joint ventures with several global leaders: SingTel, SoftBank, AXA and Del Monte. 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 20 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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Manoj Kohli

Managing Director, Bharti Enterprises

Manoj Kohli is the Managing Director, Bharti Enterprises Limited and responsible for the growth and operations of the Bharti group of companies – Retail, Financial services, Foods / Agri, Real Estate, Mobile Internet etc. Prior to this he was the Managing Director and CEO (International), Bharti Airtel, wherein he headed the International Business Group which leads the international strategy & vision for 19 countries and was also responsible for leading the Africa operations which Bharti Airtel acquired in June 2010. Manoj has spearheaded the turnaround and transformation that is unprecedented in the African telecoms sector in the 17 Africa operations covering Networks, IT, BPO, Distribution and Brand and led new initiatives of 3G and Airtel Money in all markets. His 35 years of work experience is equally divided between the manufacturing and telecom sectors.

Manoj is a Director on the Board of Bharti Airtel. Before becoming Managing Director, Bharti Enterprises Manoj held multiple roles as MD & CEO (International), CEO (International) & JMD, CEO & JMD, President & CEO, President of Mobile Services business at Bharti Airtel since 2002. Manoj led Bharti Airtel’s India operations for 8 years during which the customer base grew from 1 million to 140 million before moving to Africa in 2010.

Manoj started his career in 1979 with the Shriram Group, where he initially led the HR function, followed by leadership positions in the Foods, Chemicals and Fertilizer businesses and assignments in Engineering projects, including Shriram Honda. He left as Vice President, responsible for the Air Conditioning & Refrigeration business unit (now known as Tecumseh & Daikin) after a total stint of 15 years. He subsequently worked at AlliedSignal/Honeywell, where he was Executive Director in charge of its new Industrial Park and operations in India.

Manoj joined Escotel, which he led for over 5 years as Executive Director and CEO, before coming on board at Bharti Airtel.

Manoj is the Chairman, Public Policy Committee of GSM Association (GSMA). In the past, he was a Board Member of GSMA in 2008 and reappointed to the GSMA Board in 2012. Manoj was the Chairman – Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Committee on Telecom & Broadband and also the Chairman of Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI). He was adjudged “Telecom Man of the Year” and “Telecom Person of the Year” by Media Transasia and Voice & Data respectively. He is a member of the Academic Council of the Faculty of Management Studies & Faculty of Commerce & Business and has been awarded the “Best Alumni Award” by SRCC, Delhi University.

Manoj holds degrees in Commerce, Law and an MBA from Delhi University. Manoj also attended the “Executive Business Program” at the Michigan Business School and the “Advanced Management Program” at the Wharton Business School.

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Inder Walia

Group Director – Human Resources

Inder Walia joined Bharti Enterprises Ltd in August 2007 as Group Director-Human Resources and Integration of Bharti Group. He is also a member of the Bharti Management Board.


Prior to joining Bharti Enterprises, Inder was the Executive Vice President- Human Resources and a member of the Group Management Committee of ArcelorMittal for over 8 years, where he was responsible for Group-wide HR and post-merger Integration. During this time, he was based both in London and Luxemburg. Inder played a significant role in due diligence, transition management and successful post merger integration of several acquisitions done in North America, South America, Africa, Western & Eastern Europe and Central and South Asia. His biggest challenge and achievement in large scale integration came with the high profile Arcelor and Mittal Steel merger in 2006. Inder has effectively implemented business strategies with special emphasis on Business HR practices across diverse cultures globally.

Prior to working with ArcelorMittal, Inder was Director-HR at Modi Xerox Ltd and Corporate Manager-HR with HCL Hewlett Packard Ltd.

Inder is an Economics and Accounting graduate with Post Graduate Degree in HR from TISS, Mumbai and has attended Advanced Management Programs at US Business Schools.

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Vijaya Sampath

Advisor to the Chairman

Vijaya Sampath is Advisor to the Chairman, Bharti Enterprises. She is also the Ombudsperson for Bharti group.

Vijaya is counted amongst the top General Counsels in India. In her previous role as the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary at Bharti Enterprises, she played a key role in complex legal matters related to key group strategic initiatives including M&A.

She has been in the legal profession for over twenty-five years and has worked both as Partner in a law firm as well as in house Legal Counsel and Company Secretary for large Indian groups and for Indian Aluminium Company Ltd, the Indian subsidiary of a Fortune 100 company on whose Board she served as Executive Director.

She holds degrees in Literature and Law and is also a fellow member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. She has attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and the Strategic Alliances Program at Wharton, USA.

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Mukesh Bhavnani

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

Mukesh Bhavnani is the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, Bharti Enterprises. He is responsible for facilitating all strategic and high impact legal policy and structuring across Bharti businesses, litigation related to key matters, M&A and overseeing the group Secretarial function.

Mukesh has over 30 years of varied experience across multiple industries including insurance, infrastructure, media, and consumer goods. In his last assignment as the Group President – Legal at Essar Group, Mukesh played a key role in several key matters including the listing of the Group’s Energy business on London Stock Exchange. He also successfully led Essar Group’s legal team in various international acquisitions in Canada, Africa, US. Prior to this, Mukesh was the General Legal Counsel with Sony Entertainment. He also headed the legal and compliance function at Max New York Life Insurance. His other assignments include 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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Sarvjit S. Dhillon

Group Director – Special Projects

Sarvjit has over twenty seven years of general and financial management experience in multinational and national corporations of which over sixteen years have been with Bharti.

He is in his 25th year in the telecommunications sector, having lived and worked in London, Singapore, Sydney and Delhi. He worked for Pitney Bowes Corp. (USA) and British Telecom Plc (UK) prior to joining Bharti and has performed corporate, operational, project and financial roles in his career, spanning the telecom space, in value added services, internet, data networks, mobile, broadband, wireless and media services.

Sarvjit is a second generation Indian from the UK. He is a BA honours graduate in accounting and finance (Middlesex University, UK) and a qualified chartered management accountant (Chartered Institute of Management Accounts, UK). Sarvjit holds an MBA (University of Birmingham, UK) specializing in human resource management and advanced marketing, and is a lifetime member of the Stanford University alumni having completed the SEP (Stanford Executive Program, USA) in 2004 at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Prior to his current role, Sarvjit was Group CFO – Bharti Enterprises. During the year 2009, he was awarded the 'CNBC TV18 CFO Award' for the 'Best Performing CFO in Telecommunication Sector'.

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