Founder & Chairman – HCL
Founder & Chairman - Shiv Nadar Foundation
Shiv Nadar is the Founder and Chairman of HCL Enterprise, an $8.1 billion global organization with over 127,000 professionals operating from 43 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 off 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 remains 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 large 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 honours 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.
Executive Director & CEO, HCL Corporation
Vice Chairperson, HCL Technologies
Trustee, Shiv Nadar Foundation
Founder & Trustee, The Habitats Trust
Roshni Nadar Malhotra is the CEO and Executive Director of the $8.1 billion global enterprise, HCL Corporation. She is responsible for providing strategic guidance to the organization. Roshni is also the Vice Chairperson on the Board of HCL Technologies and the Chairperson of its CSR Committee.
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.
Ms. Robin Abrams, holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Nebraska. Ms. Robin Abrams was most recently interim CEO at ZiLOG. She had been the President of Palm Computing and Senior Vice President at 3Com Corporation.
Ms. Abrams was formerly the President and CEO at VeriFone. Before joining VeriFone in 1997, Abrams held a variety of senior management positions with Apple Computers. As Vice President and General Manager of the Americas, she oversaw sales and channel management for U.S., Canada and Latin America. Prior to that, she was the Vice President and General Manager of Apple Asia, where she was responsible for sales and marketing in the region.
Ms. Abrams spent eight years with Unisys in several senior-level positions. Her responsibilities included managing the delivery of business solutions focused on banking, airlines, government and networking. A portion of her tenure at Unisys included a five-year stint in Asia Pacific. The first twelve years of her career were in various management positions at Wells Fargo Bank (formerly known as Norwest Bank).
Ms. Abrams has served several U.S. public company boards including ZiLOG and BEA Systems (until it was acquired by Oracle) and currently serving Sierra Wireless and Openwave Systems. Ms. Abrams also serves on the Anita Borg Institute Board and several academic advisory committees.
Mr. R. Srinivasan has an Electrical Engineering degree from Madras University and an MBA degree from the IIM, Ahmedabad. He is the Founder, Vice Chairman of Redington (India) Ltd- a 3.6 billion dollar Technology Products Supply Chain Solution Company operating in India, Middle East, Africa & Turkey. Prior to starting Redington in Singapore, he spent 3 years in Indonesia with a leading Textile Company from 1978 to 1981. Srinivasan’s experience also includes a number of years with Readers Digest and The Coco-Cola Corporation in India. He is an expert in Strategic and Business Management.
Mr. Sosale Shankara Sastry, aged 56 years, is currently the Dean of Engineering at University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Sastry is B. Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay; M.S. EECS (1979), University of California, Berkeley; M.A. Mathematics (1980), University of California, Berkeley and Ph.D. EECS, University of California, Berkeley. His areas of personal research are embedded control, cybersecurity, autonomous software for unmanned systems (especially aerial vehicles), computer vision, nonlinear and adaptive control, control of hybrid and embedded systems, and network embedded systems and software.
He has been concerned with cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection. He has co-authored over 450 technical papers and 9 books. During his career the positions held by him include Member, Scientific Advisory Board for Singapore National Research Foundation and Member of Science and Technology Advisory Board for the Thai Prime Minister.
Mr. S. Madhavan was until recently a senior partner and Executive Director in PricewaterhouseCoopers from where he retired. He was responsible for leadership development and coaching through annual performance planning for all leadership positions. His responsibility also included oversight and delivery of sectorally focused firm wide services, from Assurance to Advisory and Tax, being a primary relationship partner for several global clients. He was also a long standing leader of the indirect tax practice in PricewaterhouseCoopers and is nationally and globally recognized as a leading subject matter expert in that area. He is currently the Co-Chairman of the GST Task Force in FICCI, has been the past President Northern Region, Indo American Chamber of Commerce and the past Co-Chairman of the Taxation Committee, Assocham.
Sudhindar Krishan Khanna is the Chairman and Managing Director of IEP Mumbai, a leading control oriented PE Fund. He was admitted to the partnership of Accenture in London and then relocated to India to start Accenture’s practice. He was the Country Managing Partner of Accenture in India & the Middle East and a lead member of the Accenture global management team. He was responsible for the startup of all major Accenture businesses in India, including consulting, ITO, BPO and KPO. Mr. Khanna serves on the board of United Spirits, Peninsula Holdings, Canara HSBC Insurance. He received his Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College (New Delhi) and is a Chartered Accountant.
Mr. Thomas Sieber aged 53 years, has a Business Administration degree from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He was the CEO of Orange Switzerland (now Salt Mobile SA) and later on became the Chairman of the Board of Directors. He has been a member of Board of Directors at IT-services provider Garaio AG, Sierra Wireless, the Global leader in “Internet of things”; Danish wireless solution company RTX. He is serving as the Chairman of the emergency watch start-up Limmex AG and at Axpo Holding AG which is one of two national Energy providers in Switzerland and active in 20 countries throughout Europe.
Ms. Nishi Vasudeva is BA (Economic) from, Delhi University and an MBA from IIM Calcutta with over 38 years of experience in the petroleum industry. She is an internationally acclaimed leader and is the first woman to chair an oil and gas company in India.
She represented HPCL as Chairman / Director on the board of several Joint Venture companies. She was responsible for developing the vision and long term objectives, improving growth and profitability, driving a high performance culture geared towards operational excellence and consistent value creation for shareholders & all stakeholders.
Prior to assuming responsibility as C&MD, she served on HPCL Board as Director-Marketing and was responsible for pan India sales (B2B & B2C segments), Brand building, Efficient supply chain management, Infrastructure development and leading HPCL foray into new business lines.
Her career at HPCL included leadership positions in Marketing, Corporate Strategy, Planning and Information systems and has led key business transformation & organizational restructuring projects.
She is the first Indian to be awarded the Global CEO of the year at Platt’s Global energy awards 2015. She received the SCOPE Award for excellence and outstanding contribution to Public sector Management from the Hon’ble President of India and was also recognized with Outstanding Women Manager Award by SCOPE.
She has been a member in several committees for development of policy in the Oil Industry and Hydrocarbon sector in India.
Deepak Kapoor is the former Chairman & CEO of PwC India. He took retirement from PwC in March 2017 after having been associated with it for 39 years. During his illustrious career with PwC, he served in various leadership and client service roles in India and overseas. He was also a member of the PwC global Strategy Council, led the Deals practice for PwC India and was also the leader of Telecom, Entertainment and Media practice. He has extensive experience / expertise in areas relating to financial reporting, audit, mergers and acquisitions, crisis management and corporate advisory work. His experience in India and overseas encompasses multiple sectors including Consumer products, Manufacturing, Telecom, Technology, Healthcare and Entertainment & Media.
Deepak is a Fellow member of the Chartered Accountants Institute of India, a Fellow member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and a member of the Certified Fraud Examiners, USA.
Mr. James Philip Adamczyk has 36 years of experience in information technology, software engineering and technology consulting. He has a degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and MS in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Capella University as well as certificates in Accounting from Columbia University and a Certificate in Financial Markets and Trading from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Mr. Adamczyk joined Accenture in 1982, became a partner in 1992 and later became a Senior Executive and Managing Director. In the late 1990’s, he left Accenture to start a web-based food distribution business, which he sold in 2001 and returned to Accenture. In the second part of his career at Accenture, he led the technology architecture practice in the Financial Services consulting vertical and spearheaded Accenture’s creation of a Business Process Management Automation consulting capability. He was appointed as the Chief Technology Officer of Accenture’s software business. Since leaving Accenture in 2014, he served as an investor and adviser to a number of software and technology consulting start-ups.
Mr. Adamczyk has extensive expertise in areas relating to software engineering for corporate systems, consulting and software company management, large scale systems integration, professional services company management and mergers and acquisitions.