Who We Are
Mr. Shiv Nadar Chairman of the Board

Shiv Nadar was born and raised in mofussil Tamil Nadu, in an India awakening to its first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru's “Tryst with Destiny". Studying his way through the Indian schooling and graduate system, a scholastically-gifted Nadar confronted both the harsh realities and the opportunities of a struggling Indian state before he saw his first big town, Chennai, at the age of 21. His story is both a reflection of the times he lived in as well as the future that he always dreamt of shaping.

Nadar was part of the elite DCM management trainee system where he met several of the people with whom he was soon to impact an entire industry as a pioneer of modern computing. In 1976, eight young men left DCM to create HCL in a Delhi Barsati "akin to a garage startup" with a compelling vision – that the microprocessor would change the world.

A visionary, Nadar made HCL an engine of invention turning dreams into reality. HCL, under Nadar's leadership, revolutionized Indian technology and product innovation with many world firsts to its credit – the first 8-bit microprocessor-based computer in 1978, the first Relational Database Management System in 1983 before some of its global peers, client- server architecture in 1984, world's first fine-grained multi-processor UNIX installation in 1989, among others. A pioneer in Remote Infrastructure Management, HCL was instrumental in implementing and managing the infrastructure backbone of one of India's tallest financial institutions – the National Stock Exchange. HCL played a key role in supporting India's telecom revolution through the creation of the largest mobile distribution network with Nokia. HCL Technologies, which spun out of HCL's R&D unit, is currently a top IT services company in India and a global leader in Engineering & R&D Services with a game changing business model.

Nadar has made daring forays based on his conviction of the future. HCL created several valuable Joint Ventures and alliances with marquee partners such as Hewlett Packard, Cisco, Perot Systems, Deutsche Bank and Toshiba among others, to emerge as a global technology enterprise. In the last three decades, HCL has evolved into a $7.5 billion global enterprise with over 20,000 employees from 140 nationalities, operating in 39 countries, including 500 points of presence in India.

After playing a key role in putting India on the global technology map, HCL in 2014 diversified and forayed into healthcare, an area of paramount national importance. HCL Healthcare aspires to be the nation's leading healthcare company by providing innovative medical services, products and training to meet the growing demand for quality healthcare. In 1994, Nadar established what he believed was closest to his heart - the philanthropic Shiv Nadar Foundation and created its first initiative in Chennai, the SSN Institutions, that is a top ranked engineering college. Today the Foundation is a significant driver of social change and transformational education through its landmark institutions spanning the entire education spectrum from schools to universities. VidyaGyan, an innovation in school education, reaches out to the ‘top of the bottom of the pyramid' and creates leaders from across the cross- section of the society. A young and a unique research-led interdisciplinary university, the Shiv Nadar University has been identified as India's first Ivy League institution.

In recognition of his pioneering role in business and philanthropy in India and across the globe, Nadar has received several honours and accolades in the past, notable being the Padma Bhushan from the President of India in 2008, the BNP Paribas Grand Prize for Individual Philanthropy in 2013, the AIMA Managing India Corporate Citizen Award, the ICSI Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in Corporate Governance and the Golden Peacock Award for Social Leadership in 2014. He was also named the Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year in 2015 by Forbes.

Shiv Nadar often says that he is a product of education. He is restless, passionate and a creative institution builder who also likes to quote Andy Grove by stating "Only the Paranoid Survive". Nadar stays in Delhi with his wife Kiran. Kiran Nadar, an internationally renowned bridge player and an avid art collector, has established the iconic Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, India's largest private philanthropic art museum.

Mr. Shikhar Malhotra Vice Chairman, HCL Healthcare Director & Board Member, HCL Corporation Trustee, Shiv Nadar Foundation

Shikhar Malhotra is the Vice Chairman of HCL Healthcare, the first healthcare organization of its kind that aims to address the primary healthcare needs of millions of Indians living in urban India. HCL Healthcare began its operations in 2014 in Delhi and is affiliated with Johns Hopkins International, USA. Shikhar has led the organization since it’s inception and continues to provide strategic direction to the overall operations of the company.

Shikhar is a Director & Board Member of the $7 billion enterprise, HCL Corporation. In his role as Director, Shikhar is responsible for strategic decisions regarding the overall direction of the Corporation and its new initiatives.

Shikhar is also a Trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, which is focused on creating leaders for tomorrow through transformational education, creativity and art. The Foundation has established the SSN College of Engineering in Chennai, today among the top private engineering colleges in India, the Shiv Nadar University, the VidyaGyan Schools, the Shiv Nadar Schools and the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art. Shikhar brings a global outlook, strategic vision, a passion for social enterprise and institution building to the Foundation and drives its strategic initiatives and future roadmap.

Shikhar founded the Shiv Nadar Schools in 2012; Shiv Nadar Foundation's first foray into urban education with two schools launched simultaneously in Noida and Gurgaon, within the National Capital region of Delhi. A third school began operations in 2015 in Faridabad, another fast growing suburb of Delhi. In this short period, the schools have gained an enviable reputation in India's capital with its unique approach to education for life and to equip students with a skillset that will allow them to adapt to the ever-dynamic demands of the world. While the school focuses on academic excellence, it is its well-rounded student development initiatives that have stood out and gained recognition.

Shikhar was born in India and raised in Kuwait. He has an undergraduate degree in Entrepreneurship from Babson College. He resides in Delhi with his wife Roshni and their two sons.

Dr. Mohan Chellappa Board Member

Dr Mohan Chellapa is an internationally renowned gastrointestinal surgeon. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, in additional to holding a business degree. Dr. Chellappa pioneered laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgery in Asia and has been credited with training numerous surgeons from India, Middle East and Asia Pacific regions on laparoscopic techniques.

One of the founders of Johns Hopkins Medicine International, he has been instrumental in securing and establishing various clinical, management and enterprise developmental initiatives of Johns Hopkins Medicine globally.

Mr. Pawan K Danwar Board Member

Post working 6 years with two big corporates in North India, Pawan joined HCL group in May 1996.

He is a finance professional and serves as the Executive Vice-President & CFO of HCL Corporation (holding company of HCL). He brings over 25 years of vast experience to HCL. His association with the HCL group spans over 20 years and he has served in several different finance profiles in the organization such as Business Finance, Corporate Restructuring, Acquisition & Business Integration, Treasury (fund raising, investment & forex management), Planning & Strategy, Commercial, Business Development, Secretarial, Legal & Corporate Compliance and investor relationship. He has structured and negotiated some big business contracts for HCL in the past decades. Pawan has not only been instrumental in shaping different financial strategies for HCL but he has also been associated with various new business initiatives and has credited with turning them into big scale ventures over the period. Out of 20 years with the HCL Group, he has spent 14 years in operating companies in various capacities including P&L responsibility .

He has deep understanding of various industries like IT; Healthcare; Education; Skill & Talent; Insurance; Chemical etc. Besides serving the businesses / operations; he is serving activity the Board of HCL Infosystems & HCL Healthcare besides various other committees of the Board.

He has ample exposure in the international business environment and has travelled extensively while executing various deals & discussions. Pawan is also associated with the Shiv Nadar Foundation & HCL Foundation, one of India’s largest private philanthropic institutions, for the last 5 years. He supports/serves the Foundations in various capacities and deeply connected with various social revolutionary projects in the field of education and rural development. He also liaisons with various government departments; institutions & bodies.

Pawan is a qualified Chartered Accountant & Company Secretary.