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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


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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Rakesh Bharti Mittal


Rakesh Bharti Mittal is Vice-Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, one of India’s leading business groups with interests in telecom, agri-food business, financial services, realty, and communication & media devices.

Bharti Airtel, the flagship company of Bharti Enterprises, is among the world’s largest telecommunications companies offering mobile, fixed broadband, digital TV solutions and mobile commerce to over 400 million customers in 18 countries across India, South 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: Singtel, AXA, Del Monte, SoftBank, and Brightstar.

Rakesh is the Chairman - Bharti AXA Life Insurance, Bharti AXA General Insurance and FieldFresh Foods. He is also a Non-Executive Director - Bharti Airtel and Managing Director - Bharti Realty Limited.

Rakesh served as the President of CII for the year 2018-19. He has been the Chair of several CII Councils and Committees at the National level.

Rakesh is the Co-Chair of the India-Uzbekistan Business Council. He is also a member of India-UK CEO Forum, India-Japan Business Leaders’ Forum, India Pakistan Joint Business Forum (IPJBF), Founders Circle - Brookings India and the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). Rakesh is a member of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), Member of the Governing Board of Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and Member of the Advisory Board of Pranab Mukherjee Foundation. Rakesh also serves as a member of the Economic Advisory Council – Government of Haryana. In the past, he served as a member of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Society of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the National Food Processing Development Council (NFPDC), MoFPI, Government of India. Rakesh also served as the Honorary Consul for Republic of Sierra Leone in India from 2014 to 2020.

A passionate advocate of right to good education, Rakesh serves on Boards of several educational institutions. He is a member of All India Board of Studies for Post-Graduate Education and Research in Engineering & Technology (AIB-PGERT), Board of Indian School of Business (ISB) and Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Bharti Institute of Public Policy at ISB Mohali. 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 Court at Bennett University. He serves as member of the Managing Society and Governing Board of Dayanand Medical College & Hospital, Ludhiana. He is also the President of Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust and also the Chairman of the 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, a member of the Board of Governors of Thapar University, the Punjab Education Development Board and Member of the Executive Council at Uttarakhand Open University. Rakesh served as a member of the ‘Round Table on School Education’ for Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India. He also served as a member of the International Advisory Council of Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, USA and the Executive Council of YMCA University of Science and Technology. Rakesh was also a member of India – Canada CEOs Forum and Punjab Investment Advisory Council (PIAC).

Rakesh 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 villages across 16 States. With a focus on the girl child, the Satya Bharti Schools provide free education, mid-day meals, books and uniforms to all the children. Supporting the Prime Minister’s mission of Swachh Bharat, Bharti Foundation launched Satya Bharti Abhiyan and has provided over 25,000 individual household toilets in Ludhiana and rural Amritsar, impacting lives of over 1,86,000 beneficiaries and enabled these areas to become open defecation free.

Rakesh has been awarded the Honorary Doctor of Civil Law Degree by Newcastle University, UK. He is a recipient of several awards including the prestigious ’Horasis – Indian Business Leader of the Year 2016 Award (Internationalization), ‘Institute of Engineers - Engineering Excellence Award 2004’, and ‘LMA - Entrepreneur of the year Award 1992’. In 2019, the Satish Chander Dhawan (S.C.D) College, Ludhiana bestowed Rakesh with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his invaluable contributions in business, different areas of public interest, and nation as a whole.

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Rajan Bharti Mittal


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 and has played a pivotal role in Bharti’s phenomenal growth right since inception and has been closely involved from the very beginning in the growth of Bharti in the telecommunication services sector – 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.

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, Network Management and has also been responsible for the separation of passive mobile infrastructure and forming Indus Towers - a Joint Venture with Vodafone and Idea, which has become the largest tower company in the world and is a unique example of collaborating at the backend while competing at the front end. With innovative thought leadership, he has helped Bharti Airtel in becoming the lowest cost producer of minutes worldwide while ensuring that it provides good margin despite the lowest tariffs in the world.

In June 2010, he was instrumental in executing the acquisition of Zain Group’s mobile operations in 15 countries across Africa for an enterprise valuation of over USD 10 billion which is the second largest outbound deal by an Indian company.

He has also spearheaded the successful public listings of both Bharti Airtel (2002) and Bharti Infratel (2012) 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 TAIPA (Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association) and President of TSSC (Telecom Sector Skill Council). 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 30 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 “EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017” 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, “Asia Corporate Dealmaker” award at the Asia Pacific M&A Atlas Awards, “Best CFO” awards in multiple categories at CNBC – TV18 and induction to “Hall of Fame“ by CFO India.

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Gopal Vittal

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

Gopal Vittal is currently serving as the Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) - India & South Asia. In his role as MD & CEO of the country’s largest privately integrated telecom operator he is responsible for defining and delivering the business strategy and providing overall leadership for Airtel’s India & South Asia operations.

Under Gopal’s leadership Airtel has won multiple awards across Corporate Governance, Treasury, Sustainability and Innovation. Airtel has been recognized as the second most valuable brand in the country by Brand Equity.

Gopal was previously with Bharti Enterprises where he was the Group Director of Special Projects. In this capacity, he worked towards formulating and supporting Airtel’s International strategy and expansion. He also held the post of Director, Marketing at Bharti Airtel where he made significant contributions towards driving revenue growth, market leadership and building Airtel as an iconic brand.

In addition, Gopal has also been with Hindustan Unilever, where he headed the US$3.5bn Home and Personal Care Division. Over a twenty year tenure at Unilever, he worked on several national and global assignments across sales, marketing and general management.

Gopal 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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