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Sunil Bharti Mittal

Founder and Chairman

Sunil Bharti Mittal is the Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, one of India’s leading conglomerates with diversified interests in telecom, insurance, real estate, agri and food, besides other ventures. Bharti has joint ventures with several global leaders: Singtel, SoftBank, AXA, Del Monte amongst others.

Bharti Airtel, the group’s flagship company, is amongst the world’s largest telecommunications companies, offering mobile, fixed broadband and digital TV solutions to over 386 million customers across India, South Asia and Africa.

Sunil has been the pioneer of the mobile revolution in India. At a time when mobile telecom was considered inaccessible for the masses, Bharti Airtel revolutionized the business model to offer affordable voice and data services. Starting from operations in one Indian city in 1994, to presence across 17 countries today, Bharti Airtel has transformed the quality of lives of millions of people globally, providing connectivity and digital empowerment. The company continues to focus on driving data as the ensuing growth frontier, and is leading the rollout of next generation data networks across India and Africa.

Sunil is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian honors, awarded to individuals for demonstrating distinguished services of high order. He has also been awarded Harvard Business School’s Alumni Achievement Honor – the utmost honor accorded by the institute to its alumni. He is the recipient of GSMA’s prestigious Chairman award, besides being decorated with numerous industry honors. Sunil has been conferred Honorary Doctorates by several leading universities in India and UK.

Sunil serves on many international bodies and think-tanks- he is the Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Chairman of GSM Association (GSMA), Member: International Business Council-WEF, Telecom Board of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Commissioner of the Broadband Commission and International Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). He is a Member - Global Board of Advisors at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a Trustee at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and on the Board of Qatar Foundation Endowment. He was the President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the premier industry body in India in 2007-08.

Sunil is closely associated with spearheading the Indian industry’s global trade, collaboration and policy - he has served on the Prime Minister of India’s Council on Trade & Industry. He is also a member of the India-US, India-UK and India-Japan, India-Sweden CEO Forums. He is Co-Chair of the India-Africa Business Council and India-Sri Lanka CEO Forum.

Deeply associated with the cause of education, Sunil is on Harvard University’s Global Advisory Council, Board of Dean’s Advisors at HBS and Governing Board of the Indian School of Business.

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 operates 254 schools as well as remedial centers to impart holistic education to over 1,00,000 under-privileged children in rural India. Sunil was ranked among the Top 25 Philanthropists in the World in 2009 by the Barron’s Magazine. He is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of Qatar’s Education Above All Foundation.

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Speeches

  • Sept
    2010

    Ninth Darbari Seth Memorial Lecture

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  • Dec
    2009

    Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Lecture

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  • Aug
    2008

    Amalgamations - MMA Business Leadership Award 2008

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  • Mar
    2008

    The Future of Communications & its Role In Globalisation

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  • Dec
    2007

    When a Nation Gets Rich it Gets Rich from the top Aspects of Indian Business Development

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Awards & Recognitions

  • Appointed Chairman

    International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), 2016

  • Elected Chairman

    GSMA, 2016

  • Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award

    Harvard Business School, 2016

  • INSEAD Business Leader for the World Award

    INSEAD, 2011

  • Corporate Consciousness Award

    NDTV Profit Business Leadership Awards, 2011

  • Doctor of Science (Academic Recognition)

    Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, 2011

  • Global Game Changer

    ET Telecom Awards, 2011

  • Business Innovator of the Year

    NDTV Profit Business Leadership Awards, 2010

  • Global Telecom man of the Year

    Voice & Data, 2010

  • Philanthropist of the Year Awards

    Asian Awards 2010

  • Taking India Abroad

    CNBCTV18 India Business Leader Awards, 2010

  • Corporate Citizen of the Year Award

    The Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence, 2010

  • Doctor of Laws (Academic Recognition)

    University of Leeds, UK 2009

  • Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award

    Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, New Delhi 2009

  • Global Economy Prize

    Kiel Institute, Germany 2009

  • Business Leadership Award

    Madras Management Association, 2009

  • "Global Vision" Award

    U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC), 2008

  • Business Leader Transforming India

    NDTV Profit, 2008

  • GSMA Chairman’s Award

    GSM Association, 2008

  • Business Week’s top 50 influential Indians

    Business Week, 2007

  • Doctor of Science (Academic Recognition)

    Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, 2007

  • Padma Bhushan Award

    Government of India, 2007

  • Outstanding Business Leader Award

    Society of Indian Law Firms & ASSOCHAM, 2007

  • Business Leader of the Year

    NDTV Profit, 2007

  • Laxmipat Singhania National Leadership Award

    IIM Lucknow, 2007

  • Company of the Year

    The Economic Times, 2007

  • CEO of the Year

    Business Standard, 2007

  • JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award

    All India Management Association, 2007

  • Corporate & Philanthropic Leadership Award

    American India Foundation, 2006

  • Top Executive of the Year

    Asia Money Award, 2006

  • Asia Pacific CEO of Year

    Frost & Suvillan ICT Awards, 2006

  • Asia Businessman of the Year

    Fortune, 2006

  • Best Asian Telecom CEO

    Telecom Asia, 2005

  • Business Leader of the Year

    The Economic Times, 2005

  • Emerging Company of the Year

    The Economic Times Awards, 2004

  • India's Best People CEO

    Hewitt Associates, 2004

  • Businessman of the year

    Business India, 2002

Videos

  • Sunil Bharti Mittal at GSMA’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (February, 2017)

  • Sunil Bharti Mittal at the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress in Shanghai (June, 2017)

  • Headline: ICC Vice Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal at ICC World Council dinner in Sao Paulo

  • Sunil Bharti Mittal on global trade in the 21st century at the 9th World Chambers Congress