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. Over the last three decades, HCL has evolved into an $8.5 billion global enterprise with over 125,000 professionals from 140 diverse nationalities, who operate from 41 countries, including over 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.
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. This year Shiv Nadar was named as the most generous Indian by the Hurun India Philanthropy List 2016, a ranking of the most generous individuals from India.
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.
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 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 its inception and continues to provide strategic direction to the overall operations of the company.
Shikhar is an Executive Director of the $8 billion enterprise, HCL Corporation. In this role, 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. He founded the Shiv Nadar Schools in 2012; the Foundation's first foray into urban education. In a 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.
He is a Trustee of The Habitats Trust, which aims to secure key habitats and their indigenous species. The Trust envisions India’s natural habitats to be secured for future generations, and all species sharing the planet in all fairness and harmony.
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.