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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 first generation corporations, with interests in Telecom, Space, Insurance, Real Estate, Hospitality and Food. Bharti has joint ventures with several global leaders: SingTel, SoftBank, AXA, Del Monte, the UK Government, amongst others.

Bharti Airtel, the flagship company of Bharti Enterprises, is a global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across South Asia and Africa. The company ranks amongst the top three mobile operators globally and covers a population of over two billion. Airtel is India’s largest integrated telecom provider and the second largest mobile operator in Africa. At the end of March 2021, Airtel had over 470 mn customers across its operations.

Bharti Global in partnership with the UK Government recently acquired OneWeb - a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation. This new-age Space initiative will provide high-speed, low-latency broadband connectivity in deep rural, maritime, aviation and defense sector across the globe by 2022. Sunil is the Executive Chairman of OneWeb.

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 the Chairman of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Chairman of GSM Association (GSMA) concurrently from 2016 to 2018. He has been a Trustee at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) from 2009 to 2021. 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), Member of Board of Trustees at Education Above All Foundation, Qatar and on the Board of Qatar Foundation Endowment. He has also served as the President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the premier industry body in India. Sunil has served on the boards 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 initiatives - 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 has served on the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School.

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 more than 180 Satya Bharti Schools as well as supports over 790 government schools to ensure holistic education. Over 4.5 lakh underprivileged children in rural India have benefitted from the programmes of Bharti Foundation since its inception. 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