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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, in addition to other ventures. Bharti has joint ventures with several global leaders: SingTel, SoftBank, AXA, and Del Monte, amongst others.

Bharti Airtel, the flagship company of Bharti Enterprises, is amongst the world’s largest telecommunications companies offering mobile, fixed broadband, digital TV solutions and mobile commerce to over 400 million customers across India, South Asia and Africa.

Sunil has been the pioneer of the mobile revolution in India. At a time when mobile telecom was considered inaccessible for the masses, Bharti Airtel revolutionized the business model to offer affordable voice and data services. Starting from operations in one Indian city in 1994, to a presence across 18 countries today, Bharti Airtel has transformed the quality of lives of millions of people globally, providing connectivity and digital empowerment. The company continues to focus on driving data as the ensuing growth frontier, and is leading the rollout of next generation data networks across India and Africa.

Sunil is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian honors, awarded to individuals for demonstrating distinguished services of high order. He has also been awarded Harvard Business School’s Alumni Achievement Honor – the utmost honor accorded by the institute to its alumni. He is the recipient of GSMA’s prestigious Chairman award, besides being decorated with numerous industry honors. Sunil has been conferred Honorary Doctorates by several leading universities in India and Europe.

Sunil serves on many international bodies and think tanks; He served as Chairman of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) from June 2016 to June 2018. He was also the Chairman of GSM Association (GSMA) from Jan 2017 to Dec 2018. He is a member of International Business Council-WEF and Commissioner of the Broadband Commission, a member of the Global Board of Advisors at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a Trustee at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and on the Board of Qatar Foundation Endowment. From 2007 to 2008, he also served as President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the premier industry body in India. Sunil has served on the board of several multinational companies including Unilever PLC, Standard Chartered Bank PLC and SoftBank Corp.

Sunil is closely associated with spearheading the Indian industry’s global trade, collaboration and policy - he has served on the Prime Minister of India’s Council on Trade and Industry. He is also a member of the India-US, India-UK and India-Japan, India-Sweden CEO Forums. He is Co-Chair of the India-Africa Business Council.

Deeply associated with the cause of education, Sunil is on Harvard University’s Global Advisory Council and the Governing Board of the Indian School of Business. He has also served on the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School and Board of Trustees of Qatar’s Education Above All Foundation.

Sunil 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 nearly 200 Satya Bharti Schools as well as supports over 800 government schools under Quality Support Program to ensure holistic education for over 275,000 under-privileged children in rural India. Sunil was ranked among the Top 25 Philanthropists in the World in 2009 by the Barron’s Magazine.

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  • Sept

    Ninth Darbari Seth Memorial Lecture

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  • Dec

    Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Lecture

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  • Aug

    Amalgamations - MMA Business Leadership Award 2008

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  • Mar

    The Future of Communications & its Role In Globalisation

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  • Dec

    When a Nation Gets Rich it Gets Rich from the top Aspects of Indian Business Development

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Awards & Recognitions

  • ICC Merchant of Peace

    International Chamber of Commerce, 2018

  • Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa)

    Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, J&K, 2018

  • Appointed Chairman

    International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), 2016

  • Elected Chairman

    GSMA, 2016

  • Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award

    Harvard Business School, 2016

  • INSEAD Business Leader for the World Award

    INSEAD, 2011

  • Corporate Consciousness Award

    NDTV Profit Business Leadership Awards, 2011

  • Doctor of Science (Academic Recognition)

    Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, 2011

  • Global Game Changer

    ET Telecom Awards, 2011

  • Business Innovator of the Year

    NDTV Profit Business Leadership Awards, 2010

  • Global Telecom man of the Year

    Voice & Data, 2010

  • Philanthropist of the Year Awards

    Asian Awards 2010

  • Taking India Abroad

    CNBCTV18 India Business Leader Awards, 2010

  • Corporate Citizen of the Year Award

    The Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence, 2010

  • Doctor of Laws (Academic Recognition)

    University of Leeds, UK 2009

  • Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award

    Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, New Delhi 2009

  • Global Economy Prize

    Kiel Institute, Germany 2009

  • Business Leadership Award

    Madras Management Association, 2009

  • "Global Vision" Award

    U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC), 2008

  • Business Leader Transforming India

    NDTV Profit, 2008

  • GSMA Chairman’s Award

    GSM Association, 2008

  • Business Week’s top 50 influential Indians

    Business Week, 2007

  • Doctor of Science (Academic Recognition)

    Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, 2007

  • Outstanding Business Leader Award

    Society of Indian Law Firms & ASSOCHAM, 2007

  • Business Leader of the Year

    NDTV Profit, 2007

  • Laxmipat Singhania National Leadership Award

    IIM Lucknow, 2007

  • Company of the Year

    The Economic Times, 2007

  • CEO of the Year

    Business Standard, 2007

  • JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award

    All India Management Association, 2007

  • Corporate & Philanthropic Leadership Award

    American India Foundation, 2006

  • Top Executive of the Year

    Asia Money Award, 2006

  • Asia Pacific CEO of Year

    Frost & Suvillan ICT Awards, 2006

  • Asia Businessman of the Year

    Fortune, 2006

  • Best Asian Telecom CEO

    Telecom Asia, 2005

  • Business Leader of the Year

    The Economic Times, 2005

  • Emerging Company of the Year

    The Economic Times Awards, 2004

  • India's Best People CEO

    Hewitt Associates, 2004

  • Businessman of the year

    Business India, 2002


  • Sunil Bharti Mittal Co-Chairs the World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit - 2018 in New York (September, 2018)

  • Sunil Bharti Mittal at GSMA’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (February, 2017)

  • Sunil Bharti Mittal at the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress in Shanghai (June, 2017)

  • ICC Vice Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal at ICC World Council dinner in Sao Paulo

  • Sunil Bharti Mittal on global trade in the 21st century at the 9th World Chambers Congress