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  • Sunil Bharti Mittal
  • Rakesh Bharti Mittal
  • Rajan Bharti Mittal
  • Akhil Gupta
  • Gopal Vittal
  • Rajesh Sud
  • Rajeev Vasudeva
  • Sushil Kumar Sayal
  • Deven Khanna
  • Harjeet Kohli
  • Mamta Saikia

Leadership

Sunil Bharti Mittal

Founder and Chairman

Sunil Bharti Mittal is the Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, one of India’s foremost first-generation corporations with interests in Telecom, Space Communications, Digital Solutions, Insurance, Agri-Processed Foods, Real Estate and Hospitality. Bharti has joint ventures with several global partners like SingTel, SoftBank, AXA, Del Monte and the UK Government, amongst others.

Bharti Airtel, the flagship company of Bharti Enterprises, is a global telecommunications company with operations in 17 countries across South Asia and Africa and ranks amongst the top three mobile operators globally. Airtel is one of India’s largest integrated telecom providers and the second largest mobile operator in Africa and serves nearly half a billion customers across its operations.

In 2020, Bharti Global in partnership with the UK Government acquired OneWeb - a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation. This new-age Space Communications 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 is a recipient of Harvard Business School’s Alumni Achievement Award, the highest alumni honor given by the institute. He is on Harvard University’s Global Advisory Council and has served on the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School. Sunil received GSM Association’s prestigious Chairman’s Award and has been conferred Honorary Doctorates by several leading universities in India and Europe.

Sunil has served as the Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce and the Chairman of GSM Association concurrently from 2016 to 2018. He has been a Trustee at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 2009 to 2021. He is a serving Commissioner of the International Telecommunication Union/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council and a member of the Global Board of Advisors at the Council on Foreign Relations. 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 and investments initiatives. He has served as the President of the Confederation of Indian Industry and has served on the Prime Minister of India’s Council on Trade and Industry. He is Co-Chair of the ICT and Emerging Technologies Working Group of the India-US CEO Forum and a member of the India-UK, India-Japan, India-Sweden CEO Forums. He is Co-Chair of the India-Africa Business Council.

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 173 Satya Bharti Schools and supports over 691 government schools under its Quality Support Program to ensure holistic education.

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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 Services, Telecom Infrastructure & Devices, Space Communications, Insurance, Agri-Processed Foods, Real Estate and Hospitality. He is the Chairman of Del Monte Foods and Bharti Axa Life Insurance. He is also a Non-Executive Director - Bharti Airtel and Managing Director - Bharti Realty Limited.

Bharti Airtel, the flagship company of Bharti Enterprises, is a global telecommunications company with operations in 17 countries and ranks amongst the top three mobile operators globally. One of the largest integrated telecom providers in India and Africa, Bharti Airtel serves over half a billion customers across its operations.

Rakesh served as the President of CII for the year 2018-19. He is the Co-Chair of the India-Uzbekistan Business Council and a member of the India-UK CEO Forum, CII Australia India Business Champions, India-Japan Business Leaders' Forum and the India Pakistan Joint Business Forum. He is a Member of the Governing Board at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and a Life Member of ICRIER. He is a Member of the Founding Circle of Centre for Social and Economic Progress (CSEP, formerly Brookings India).

A passionate advocate for quality education, Rakesh has been associated with primary, secondary, advanced and technical education through multiple roles. He is a member of the Board of the Indian School of Business (ISB), Chairman of the ISB Mohali Campus Advisory Board and Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Bharti Institute of Public Policy, ISB. He is also a Member of the Board of Trustees at Plaksha University. Rakesh is the Co-Chairman of the Advisory Board of Bharti School of Telecommunication Technology & Management at IIT Delhi. He is a Member of the All India Board of Studies for PG Education & Research in Engineering & Technology (AIB-PGERT).

The group's philanthropic arm, Bharti Foundation operates 173 Satya Bharti Schools as well as supports approx. 700 government schools under the Quality Support Program to ensure holistic education. Since inception, nearly 4.5 lakh underprivileged children in rural India have benefitted from programmes run by Bharti Foundation.

Rakesh has been awarded the Honorary Doctor of Civil Law Degree by Newcastle University, UK. He has served as the Honorary Consul for Republic of Sierra Leone in India from 2014 to 2020. He is a recipient of the prestigious 'Horasis - Indian Business Leader of the Year 2016 Award' and 'Institute of Engineers Award 2004'. He has received the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' from S.C.D. College, Ludhiana and was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of J.C. Bose University of Science & Technology, YMCA, Faridabad.

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Rajan Bharti Mittal

Vice-Chairman

Rajan Bharti Mittal is the Vice-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, AXA, Del Monte, SoftBank and Brightstar.

Bharti Airtel, the flagship company of Bharti Enterprises, is among the world’s largest telecommunications companies offering mobile, fixed broadband and digital TV solutions to over 400 million customers in 18 countries across India, South Asia and Africa.

Born in 1960, Rajan joined Bharti Enterprises after graduating from Panjab 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 serves as a member of several industry associations and policymaking bodies. He is currently on the Board of Trustees of Brookings Institution, the world’s oldest and most prestigious think tank and a member of the President’s Council on International Activities (PCIA), Yale University. He is also a member of the India-French CEO Forum and India-Singapore CEO Forum.

In 2013, he was the President of ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) India. He was also the President of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) for the year 2010 - 2011 and is currently a Member of its Executive & Steering Committees. Rajan has also served as the President of Association of Basic Telecom Operators (now known as Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India - AUSPI) for 1999-2000.

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.

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Akhil Gupta

Vice-Chairman, Bharti Enterprises

Akhil is the Vice Chairman of Bharti Enterprises. He has played a pivotal role in Bharti's phenomenal growth right since inception - both organically and by way of various acquisitions.

He has led the formation of various partnerships for Bharti with leading international operators like British Telecom, Telecom Italia, Singapore Telecom and Vodafone in addition to induction of leading financial investors like Warburg Pincus, Temasek, KKR, Qatar Foundation Endowment, AIF and Sequoia among many other Private Equity funds. He has also been instrumental in raising several billion dollars by way of project finance for the Group over the years from global banks, bond markets and Export Credit Agencies (ECAs).

He has conceptualized and implemented the transformational initiatives that include the outsourcing deals undertaken by the group in the areas of Information Technology (IT) with IBM and Network Management. He has also been responsible for the separation of passive mobile infrastructure and forming Indus Towers - a Joint Venture with Vodafone and Idea, which is one of the largest tower companies in the world and is a unique example of collaborating at the backend while competing at the front end.

In 2010, he was instrumental in the acquisition of Zain Group's mobile operations in 15 countries across Africa.

He has also spearheaded the successful public listings of Bharti Airtel (2002), Bharti Infratel (2012) and Airtel Africa (2019) and has been instrumental in introducing Global benchmarks like full Quarterly audits and transparent Quarterly reports to provide all relevant information to investors & stakeholders. Consequently, Bharti Airtel and Bharti Infratel have been constantly awarded highest ratings for Corporate Governance and are acknowledged globally for highest standards of ethics.

He is currently the Chairman of DIPA (Digital Infrastructure Providers Association), President of TSSC (Telecom Sector Skill Council), member of the Advisory Committee on Service Providers of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India, member of Sub Committee of Insolvency Law Committee, Government of India, member of CII Task Force on Insolvency and Bankruptcy and member of CII National Committee on Telecom & Broadband.

He is also on the board of a prominent E-Commerce company - Snapdeal and has played an active part in its turnaround.

He represents the Indian Telecom Industry and Bharti regularly at various forums and important seminars in India and abroad.

He is a Chartered Accountant by qualification with over 40 years of professional experience. He has also done an “Advanced Management Program” at the Harvard Business School in the year 2002.

He is the recipient of numerous awards which include ET Telecom Lifetime Achievement Award, Voice&Data Lifetime Contribution Award, EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award as an Entrepreneur CEO, CA Lifetime Achievement Award by ICAI, Lifetime Achievement Award by Amity University, CEO of the Year award at National Telecom Awards, CA Business Achiever award by ICAI, Asia Corporate Dealmaker award at the Asia Pacific M&A Atlas Awards, Best CFO awards in multiple categories by CNBC-TV18 and induction to Hall of Fame by CFO India.

His book 'Some Sizes Fit All' on management has been recently published by Penguin Random House.

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Gopal Vittal

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, India & South Asia, Bharti Airtel

Gopal Vittal is currently the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (India & South Asia) of Bharti Airtel Limited. In his role as CEO, he is responsible for defining and delivering the business strategy and providing overall leadership for Airtel's India & South Asia operations.

Under the leadership of Mr. Vittal, Airtel had achieved a life-time high revenue market share. Airtel was recognized as the second most valuable brand in the country. In 2018, Airtel was also ranked 10th 'Best Company to Work for' and the 'Best Employer in Telecom' in India. In the last six years, he has strengthened the operation while driving transformation of the telco to be a strong digital services player.

Mr. Vittal was previously with Bharti Enterprises where he was the Group Director, Special Projects (April 2012 - Feb 2013). In this capacity, he worked towards formulating and supporting Airtel's International strategy and data expansion. He also held the post of Director, Marketing at Bharti Airtel (2006-08).

In addition, Mr. Vittal has also been with Hindustan Unilever for over a 20 years. He led several national and global assignments across sales, marketing and general management. In his last four years he was the Head of the US$ 3.5 Home and Personal Care Business driving accelerated growth from 5% to 15%.

Mr. Vittal is an alumnus of Madras Christian College and has completed his MBA from IIM, Kolkata.

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Rajesh Sud

Managing Director, Financial Services

Rajesh Sud is the Managing Director - Financial Services, Bharti Enterprises. At Bharti, Rajesh leads the Life and General Insurance Businesses and is on the board of Airtel Payments Bank. In addition, he will also guide the groups’ current and future interests in the financial services businesses.

Rajesh is a seasoned professional in the Indian banking and insurance industry. A founder member of Max Life Insurance since 2000, Rajesh took over as CEO & Managing Director of Max Life Insurance in 2008. Under his leadership, Max Life underwent rapid transformation and grew to be the 4th largest private life insurer and the largest non-bank promoted private life insurance company in India .He led Max Life Insurance as its Executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director till December 2018 and was also the Chairman of Max Bupa Health Insurance and Max Skill First, a training and skilling company, for the past four years.

Prior to joining Max Life Insurance, Rajesh was Managing Director & CEO of Esanda Finance India, a subsidiary finance company of ANZ Grindlays Bank and was the Head of Asset Finance at ANZ Grindlays Bank. He started his career at Bank of America and was a key member of the team that created a successful Consumer Banking franchise in India and was an integral part of the team that transited that business to ABN Amro Bank, upon its sale in 1999.

Rajesh is a post graduate in Marketing and Finance from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University and also did an Advanced Management Program from Wharton Business School, USA. He mentors select start up CEOs and a technology focused Venture Capital fund and is also the founding member and past President of The FMS Forum, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated towards improving management education.

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Rajeev Vasudeva

Chairman, Centum Learning

Rajeev Vasudeva served as the Chief Executive of Egon Zehnder, the leading global executive search and leadership advisory firm, from Jan 2014 to October 2018. Egon Zehnder’s geographic footprint spans 69 offices across 41 countries with 2500 employees, comprised of over 60 nationalities. Rajeev has lived and worked in three continents and has served on both the global Executive Committee, and Egon Zehnder’s Board of Directors for over a decade. He is currently based in London.

Under Rajeev’s headship, the Firm embarked on a strategy of broadening and deepening its offerings in the area of leadership solutions, delivering robust and profitable growth year on year. 2018 was one of the best years in the history of the firm, cementing its preeminent position as the leadership advisor of choice to Boards and CEO’s around the world.

With deep relationships around the world and in India, Rajeev is an expert counselor on CEO succession, Board performance and effective leadership. He is a trusted advisor to Boards and CEOs on the appointment, assessment and development of leaders and leadership teams.

He is a particularly skilled practitioner in the transformational aspects of leadership, helping global leaders transform themselves and their organizations, to be better equipped to address future opportunities and challenges.

Rajeev started his career with Egon Zehnder in 1995 and led the firm’s expansion into emerging markets that are today critical to the firm’s success. He was responsible for leading Egon Zehnder’s entry into India and establishing it very successfully as the industry benchmark. Once it became the undisputed leader in the market, Rajeev spearheaded Egon Zehnder’s expansion into Africa and the Middle East, opening the Johannesburg office and Dubai offices.

He also co-founded the firm’s global Family Business Advisory practice, recognizing that this niche space required tailored leadership solutions in an ever changing global scenario. His work focused primarily on unique family business challenges like next generation transitions, leadership succession, family and business governance.

Prior to merging his consultancy firm, Sachar, Vasudeva & Associates, with Egon Zehnder, Rajeev worked as a management consultant with Touche Ross and Price Waterhouse in the US and in India.

Rajeev has a BA in Economics from St. Stephen’s College at the University of Delhi, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Delhi, and an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Once a competitive diver and tennis player, Rajeev now enjoys golf, travel, and theatre.

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Sushil Kumar Sayal

CEO & MD, Bharti Realty

Sushil Kumar Sayal is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (MD) since 2014, providing leadership while conceptualizing and implementing a scalable business strategy.

Sayal has experience of more than 30 years in the real estate industry. He was the Founding Director and CEO of Alpha G Corp (2004-2014) and Head of Operations – Mahindra/GESCO (1993-2004) prior to that. His realty skills were honed with major developers such as DLF and Ansals in the early years in his career.

As a Fellow of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) UK, he led teams of highly-accomplished professionals, toward setting new benchmarks in residential and commercial development. One of Sayal’s major contributions to the sector has been his role in establishing the Real Estate Asset Management (REAM) model in India.

He recently won the ‘Most Enterprising CEO’ and ‘Lifetime Achievement’ awards, in an initiative by White Page International.

It has been Sayal’s ardent desire to introduce professionalism in the real estate sector. For this Sayal has authored the book ‘Inside Unreal Estate: A journey through India’s most controversial sector’. The book shares his experiences in the unlevel playing field of the Indian real estate for over three decades.

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Deven Khanna

Group Director, Chairman's Office

Deven Khanna 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 & 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

Group Director – Strategy and Business Development

Starting as a corporate & investment banker & finance professional leading into business roles, Harjeet has 22 years of work experience. As the Director Finance for Bharti Enterprises, he sponsors the business value proposition & growth for all of group's emerging businesses, across Life & General Insurance, Real Estate, FMCG, Tech & Distribution & others; leads the group's and Airtel's corporate finance, funding and risk & markets verticals.

Harjeet also 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, Brightstar India, Centum Learning Limited, Centum Workskills India Limited, amongst others.

Harjeet has also been a specialist across equity, financing and markets space, both as a banker to large corporates as also as a large cap multinational issuer / corporate & leads the corporate finance function for Airtel & Bharti Enterprises, for capital structure, equity, currency & rate risk, investments management, and stakeholders' management. Harjeet has worked on several strategic projects for Bharti Enterprises, across expansion, acquisitions, divestitures, IPO, QIP, Secondary sales, capital markets debt, equity market - across listed companies (Airtel/ Infratel) & including business/franchise deals in Insurance, foods, real estate et al.

Prior to joining Bharti Enterprises 10 years ago, he had 12 + years of corporate & investment banking experience at Citibank, across business build-outs, product lead, structuring, sales, relationship management, capital markets & market management. Having played the role of a Trusted Advisor to clients across all their senior needs, organic as well as strategic; complimented well by corporate / buy side roles across capital management and business - provides him the ability to look at diverse businesses, across industries and varied evolution and situations, for strategic interventions so as to create and enhance value.

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Mamta Saikia

Chief Executive Officer, Bharti Foundation

Mamta Saikia is the Chief Executive Officer of Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises.

She has over 28 years of experience in the development sector. In her current role as the CEO, Mamta is responsible for providing strategic direction and operational leadership to Foundations development programs.

Prior to joining Bharti Foundation, Mamta worked with CRY – Child Rights & You, where she held various positions including Member of the Management Committee, Head – Resource Mobilization and Head – Global Operations. She also served as the Chair of SAFRG and been on the Board of Resource Alliance, a UK based organization.

She has been honored by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, USA) as one of its “2019 Class of Influential Leaders’. Among the several notable accolades Mamta was among the 100 Women Achievers of India (2015-16) under an initiative by the Ministry of Women & Child Development and was felicitated by the Hon’ble President of India. She has also been awarded the ‘Karmaveer Puraskaar: National Citizen Awards for Social Justice & Action’.

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