Shiv Nadar is the Founder and Chairman of HCL Enterprise, an $8 billion global organization with over 124,000 professionals operating from 41 countries. Nadar is credited with being one of the pioneers of the computing and IT industry in India. Under his guidance, HCL has continued to ride the waves of the changing IT landscape for over 40 years and remain at the forefront of every technological revolution since 1976. While HCL started as a hardware organization, manufacturing the country’s first indigenous computers and introducing them to the Indian consumer, it eventually evolved into a more comprehensive software services organization. HCL is, in fact, one of the few global IT companies founded in the 1970s that remain in existence till date.
Throughout his career, Nadar always acknowledged that successful institution building is dependent on forging result-oriented partnerships and creating new knowledge. He steered HCL to create several valuable joint ventures and alliances that aided the organization’s emergence as a global technology enterprise. His pioneering spirit and belief in engineering and research shaped the course of the organization and is the reason that today HCL Technologies, one of the group companies, boasts one of the largest IT Engineering and R&D divisions in the world.
Nadar started his career as part of the elite DCM management trainee system. It was at DCM that he met the people with whom he later started HCL in a Delhi Barsati “akin to a garage startup” with a compelling vision that the microprocessor would change the world.
Nadar credits his success to the education and scholarships that he received during his early years. He has always maintained that access to quality education is the most potent tool of transformation and therefore, in 1994, he established the philanthropic - Shiv Nadar Foundation. The Foundation draws heavily on Nadar’s experience of building a world-class organization like HCL. It endeavors to create institutions of transformational education that will continue to influence and nurture the country’s youth for decades to come. To this effect, the Shiv Nadar Foundation has established six institutions covering the entire spectrum of education, which aim to address the issue of quality in education, create lasting partnerships and have a strong research orientation.
As of 2018, Nadar has invested close to US$ 800 million through the Foundation, impacting over 25,000 students directly. However, the Foundation’s ultimate aim is to nurture the next generation of leaders in the ideologies of symbiotic growth so that each of them may, in turn, aspire to affect a small change, creating a significant multiplier effect. The impact of the Shiv Nadar Foundation institutions is today reflected in the aspirations of meritorious students who started their journeys from humble, geographically, remote backgrounds but are today pursuing their dreams in India as well as other countries.
In recognition of his pioneering role in business and philanthropy in India and across the globe, Nadar has received several honors and accolades, notable being the Padma Bhushan from the President of India in 2008.
Nadar is married to Kiran, an Asian Games medalist, and internationally renowned bridge player. She is also one of the largest Indian Art collectors in the world.
Roshni Nadar Malhotra is the CEO and Executive Director of the $8.5 billion global enterprise, HCL Corporation. She is responsible for providing strategic guidance to the organization. Roshni is also a Director on the Board of one of the group companies, HCL Technologies and the Chairman of its CSR Committee. In this role, Roshni is responsible for determining the direction of all HCL Foundation initiatives. Under her guidance, the HCL Foundation is working towards creating a source-code for sustainable socio-economic development by making long-term investments in the fields of education, health, livelihoods and environment.
Roshni is a Trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, which is committed to the process of nation building by driving transformational leadership through education. She is also the Chairperson and driving force behind VidyaGyan, a leadership academy for the meritorious but economically underprivileged, rural students of Uttar Pradesh.
Roshni is also the Founder & Trustee of The Habitats Trust, a foundation working towards protecting habitats and their indigenous species. Passionate about wildlife and nature, Roshni founded the Trust with the mission of creating and conserving sustainable ecosystems through strategic partnerships and collaborations with all stakeholders at every level.
Roshni is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a unique and diverse community of the world’s most outstanding, next-generation leaders. She was conferred the prestigious NDTV Young Philanthropist - Indian of the Year award in 2014. In 2015, she was felicitated with The World’s Most Innovative People Award for Philanthropic Innovation by The World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (WSIE), in partnership with the UN. In 2017, she was conferred with Lewis Institute Community Changemaker Award by Babson College. More recently, in September 2017, Vogue India felicitated her with the 'Philanthropist of the Year' award. She was also featured in The World's 100 Most Powerful Women list compiled and released by Forbes, in 2017.
Roshni is married to Shikhar Malhotra and they have two sons.
Kiran Nadar is a trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation and Chairperson, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (www.KNMA.in). She is also an acclaimed international bridge player, a philanthropist and an avid art collector.
She is a key driver behind demystifying art to the common man through the KNMA, a philanthropic initiative in art. She has been acknowledged as a ‘hero of philanthropy’ by Forbes Asia Magazine in 2010 for launching India’s first philanthropic private museum.
Kiran is a Trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, which among its transformational educational initiatives has established the SSN College of Engineering in Chennai, today among the top private engineering colleges in India, Shiv Nadar University, VidyaGyan schools, Shiv Nadar School and the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art. Drawing from her diverse and rich experience in advertising and communications, Kiran plays a very important role in defining the architecture and the aesthetics of the Foundation’s initiatives.
Kiran is also member of the Rasaja Foundation, an educational, scientific and cultural institution created in 1984 by the late Jaya Appasamy, a renowned artist, art historian and art critic. As a representative of the Foundation, she has also been involved in a joint initiative with the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation to promote the education of the Dalit and Muslim girl child in some of the most backward districts in the State of Uttar Pradesh in India.
An advertising, communications and brand professional by background, Kiran started her career at MCM. Then came her stint at NIIT - a company that grew out of Shiv Nadar's vision for computer education in India. Kiran was responsible for shaping the NIIT brand in its formative years with Rajendra Pawar and was closely involved in its brand building strategy. She is one of the top Indian players of competitive bridge as a member of the “Formidables” team, and has not only won many laurels at the National level but has also represented India several times in international competitive bridge events.
Kiran lives in Delhi, India with her husband Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL and Chairman, Shiv Nadar Foundation.
Shikhar Malhotra is the Executive Director and Board Member of the $8.5 billion enterprise, HCL Corporation.
Shikhar is also the Vice Chairman of HCL Healthcare. HCL Healthcare began operations in 2014 in Delhi and he has led the organisation since inception. HCL Healthcare focuses on making Corporate India a healthier place by providing the continuum of care for chronic and acute diseases across a range of healthcare delivery offerings. It operates out of 7 cities pan India and serves over 70,000 families.
As a Trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, Shikhar founded the Shiv Nadar Schools in 2012, the Foundation's first foray into urban education. The Shiv Nadar Schools currently operate out of three campuses located in Noida, Gurgaon and Faridabad. In a short period of time, the schools have gained a reputation for its differentiated curriculum which focuses on academic excellence as well as an emphasis on holistic development making them among the most sought after schools in Delhi NCR.
Shikhar has recently been appointed the Pro Chancellor at the Shiv Nadar University. He will provide a strategic vision and global outlook to the university.
Shikhar is an alumnus of Babson College having studied Entrepreneurship. He is married to Roshni and they have two sons.