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Sunil Bharti Mittal

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Sunil Bharti Mittal
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Sunil Bharti Mittal is the Founder, Chairman and Group CEO of Bharti Enterprises, one of India’s leading business groups with interests in telecom, retail, financial services, realty and agri-products.

Bharti Airtel, a group company of Bharti Enterprises, is among the leading global telecom services providers with operations in Asia and Africa. Bharti has joint ventures with several global leaders; Singtel, Wal-Mart, AXA and Del Monte.

Sunil started his career at 18 after graduating from Panjab University in India in 1976 and founded Bharti. Today he heads a successful enterprise which employs over 30,000 people. Bharti Airtel, the flagship group company, has a market capitalization of over US$ 30 billion.

Sunil has been recognized with the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian awards. He has also been conferred the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for 2009. He is a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Trade & Industry and serves on its Sub-Committee on Promoting Financial Inclusion. He served as the President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the premier industry body in India (2007-08).

Sunil has been awarded the Global Economy Prize 2009 by The Kiel Institute, Germany. The US-India Business Council has also honored him with ‘Global Vision’ Award 2008. He has received the GSM Association Chairman's Award for 2008. In 2006, he was chosen Asia Businessman of the Year by Fortune and Asia Pacific CEO of the Year by Frost & Sullivan. Sunil has been named Business Leader of the Year by several important media houses, including The Economic Times, Business Standard, and NDTV. He was the Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004. He is also a member of the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs, Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Sunil was Co-chairman of the World Economic Forum at Davos in 2007 and is a member of its International Business Council. He is a member of several premier international bodies – Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Leadership Council of The Climate Group. Sunil is also on the Telecom Board of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the leading UN Agency for Information and Communication Technology. He is a Commissioner of the Broadband Commission at ITU. He is a member of several business forums including the India-US CEO Forum, India-UK CEO Forum, India-Italy CEO Forum, India- Japan CEO Forum and India- Sri Lanka CEO Forums.

Sunil is associated with several world-class academic institutions - member of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmadabad; member of the Executive Board of the Indian School of Business; member of the Governing Body of London Business School; member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of Harvard Business School; member of the Cambridge India Partnership Advisory Board.

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 is operating 242 primary schools and 5 Senior Secondary Schools catering to over 30,000 under-privileged children in rural India. Sunil was ranked among the Top 25 Philanthropists in the World in 2009 by the Barron’s Magazine.

Sunil has been conferred with the degree of Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) by the University of Leeds, UK and the degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by the Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology. He is an Honorary Fellow of The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers. He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, USA.

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