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Aliko Dangote
Aliko Dangote

He is the founder, CEO and Chairman of the Dangote Group that he established in 1977. The company now owns or controls a huge percentage of the commodities being traded in his native Nigeria.

Alisher Usmanov
Alisher Usmanov

He is the majority owner of Metallinvest, a company that he founded to safeguard his metal interests. He has interests in iron ore, steel, natural gas and media companies. He is also the chairman of Gazprom Invest Holdings, the investment holding subsidiary of Gazprom, the gas company owned by the state. He is also a shareholder of Arsenal FC in the English Premier League. He also owns Gallagher Holdings, a company registered in Cyprus with interests in oil, gas, media, pharmaceuticals and technology.

Amancio Ortega Gaona
Amancio Ortega Gaona

He is the co-founder and Chairman of the Inditex Group, a Spanish fashion and clothing merchandiser. The company boasts of brands like Zara, Massimo Dutti, Tempe, Stradivarius, Pull and Bear and Bershka. He is considered to be one of the richest men in Europe.

Anand Burman
Anand Burman

Anand Burman (also known as Anand Chand Burman and Dr. Anand C Burman) an Indian entrepreneur and chairman of Dabur a leading consumer goods company.Anand a billionaire with a net worth of $4.9 billion is among the Top 20 richest Indian and Forbes global billionaires

Early life:

Burman was born in an Indian business family. His father was Ashok Chand Burman chairman emeritus of Dabur.He finished his initial school education at St. Paul’s School in Darjeeling, India. Burman completed his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin and his Master of Science degree from the University of Kansas. Burman also got his doctorate in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Kansas.

Dabur:

Anand joined his family business Dabur as manager Research and Development department in 1980. He came on the companies board in 1986 and became chairman of Dabur in 2007.

Awards & Recognitions:
EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2011
Featured on Top 50 family business leaders 2013

Anand Mahindra
Anand Mahindra

Anand Mahindra, the group’s Managing Director since 1997, became its Chairman in 2012, a position from where he continues to lead our evolution. As the group’s leader-statesman, Anand’s tenure has seen us strengthen our presence in India, blaze new trails the world over, and focus on innovation and technology as Mahindra’s key drivers in the 21st century. Anand also spearheads our efforts to codify our philosophy of empowering people everywhere to Rise, and has made Mahindra a coveted, purpose-driven brand. His global perspective has led to a renewed focus on our culture, making Mahindra a great place to work. Mahindra’s critical shift in its mind-set, from second-to-none to a global federation of innovative companies, has been Anand’s singular achievement.

Anand’s career at Mahindra began at Mahindra Ugine Steel Company Ltd., the country’s foremost producer of specialty steels, as an Executive Assistant to the then Finance Director. In 1989, he was appointed its President and Deputy Managing Director. Two years later, he moved to Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., kick-starting our era as the country’s dominant producer of off-road vehicles and agricultural tractors. His storied rise has seen the group acquire, amongst others, Swaraj Tractors, Ssangyong Motors, Reva Electric Car Company, Satyam Computer Services, Gipps Aero, Aerostaff Australia and Peugeot Scooters.

Anand is co-founder of the Harvard Business School Association of India and has served on the Boards of the National Stock Exchange of India and the National Council of Applied Economic Research, as Chairman of the Governing Council of the National Institute of Design, and as a member of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research. Some of his other noteworthy accolades include being listed by Fortune Magazine as among the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders (2014) and being voted “Entrepreneur of the Year” at the Forbes India Leadership Awards (2013).

A noted business commentator and humanitarian with over 3.1 million followers on Twitter, Anand frequently makes the case for Indian business at global forums. He initiated the Nanhi Kali programme two decades ago to provide free education to economically under-privileged girls. He’s also responsible for one of the largest personal donations overseas by an Indian – an endowment of 10 million USD to the Harvard Humanities Center, which has been renamed as the Mahindra Humanities Center.

Anand graduated with honours (magna cum laude) from Harvard College, Massachusetts, in 1977, and secured an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1981.

Ananda Krishnan
Ananda Krishnan

He owns two major telecommunication companies in Malaysia, namely Maxis Communications and MEASAT Broadcast Network Systems. He is the Chairman and CEO of the Usaha Tegas Group Holdings and TAK Corporate Holdings. He is known as an advocate of education in his native country.

Anant Gupta
Anant Gupta

Anant Gupta is President & Chief Executive Officer of HCL Technologies, a US $6.2 billion global Information Technology services company.

Early life:

Anant Gupta was born in Delhi on 8 January 1965. He schooled across the country including Don Bosco, Chennai, Bal Bharti Air Force School and Modern School in Delhi thanks to his father’s travelling job.

Anant obtained B.Sc. (Hons) Physics with Electronics from St. Xavier’s College, University of Bombay in 1985 and M.Sc. (Engg) Microelectronics & Telecommunications, University of Liverpool, UK in 1987. He started his career as a Senior Design Engineer & Manager-R&D at India Telecomp Ltd where he set up the design group at the company.

Career at HCL:

Anant began his career with HCL in 1993. Since then he has held a series of leadership positions in the company, most recently as President of HCL’s Infrastructure Services Division. In this role, he led the company’s foray into global markets through its pioneering Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) Services and was responsible for its business results in all the global markets in which HCL operates. Having been a key architect of the RIM model, he led the Division to become a $1bn business for the company growing its contribution to HCL’s revenues from 10.2% in 2005 to almost 30% today.

Described as focused, passionate and futurist, Anant’s distinctive leadership style was profiled and commended in a business bestseller ‘Blueprint to a billion: 7 essentials to achieve exponential growth’ authored by renowned management guru David G. Thomson.

Industry contributions:

Anant Gupta has written “The Blackbook on the Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) Industry– Demystifying the third ‘wave’ of Outsourcing”.He is a founding member of NASSCOM’s RIM Forum.

Anant has played a transformational role in the evolution of the IT Operations Management space, having pioneered three revolutionary delivery models – RIM as an alternate to the prevalent Total Outsourcing model, Business Ready Infrastructure (BRI) Service as a smart sourcing alternate for Utility Computing and the world’s first hosted pay-by-use Enterprise Systems Management Framework called MTaaS. He is also credited with playing a pioneering role in outlining the contours of several emerging technology formats and delivery models. His work on defining the 21st Century Enterprise blueprint enabled by Digitalization, Internet-isation of Things and Next-generation ITO has seen him win several prestigious citations, including being appointed as Chairman of WEF’s Steering Committee on IIoT.

Anant has also been a Task Force member of the New Energy Architecture project run by the World Economic Forum and has contributed significantly to global research literature on next generation Technology paradigms. His writings on this subject can be viewed at his LinkedIN Influencer Blog here.

Anant is a passionate proponent of the Sustainability & Diversity agenda. His efforts towards empowering women employees at HCL won him the prestigious 2014 Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Leadership Award – 7 Principles from UN Women and UN Compact.

Anant serves as a Trustee of the HCLT Foundation and is also the Executive Sponsor for the company’s Diversity and Sustainability programs.His efforts towards empowering women employees at HCL recently won him the prestigious “2014 Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Leadership Award – 7 Principles” from UN Women and UN Compact.

Anant has also been a Task Force member of the New Energy Architecture project run by the World Economic Forum.

André Lacroix
André Lacroix

André Lacroix (born 1960) is a French businessman who, from 16 May 2015, is chief executive of the FTSE 100 multinational company Intertek Group plc.

From 1 January 2006 to 31 March 2015 Lacroix was the Group Chief Executive of Inchcape plc, a British multinational automotive retail and services company.Until 20 May 2005, Lacroix was chairman and CEO of Euro Disney SCA, the company that owns and operates Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee, France. He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Euro Disney S.C.A. from mid-2003 to mid-2005 and President of Burger King International from mid-2000 to mid-2003.

Lacroix is currently Chairman of Good Restaurants AG.

André Lacroix is a graduate of ESCP Europe.

Andrew Mackenzie
Andrew Mackenzie

Andrew Stewart Mackenzie (born December 1956) FRS is a Scottish businessman, CEO of BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining company. He succeeded Marius Kloppers on 10 May 2013. In 2014, he was paid $7,123,000 in total compensation.

Early life:

Andrew Stewart Mackenzie was born in December 1956, grew up in Kirkintilloch, Scotland, and was educated at the University of St Andrews where he graduated with a first class bachelor’s degree in Geology in 1977. He went on to study at the University of Bristol where he was awarded a PhD in Organic Chemistry in 1981.

Career:

Mackenzie was a postdoctoral research fellow with the British Geological Survey.[citation needed] He was a Humboldt Fellow and worked at the Nuclear Research Centre in Julich, Germany. He published over 50 research papers as a scientist.

In 1983, Mackenzie joined BP’s research division. He worked his way to BP Finance, and then as head of capital markets. After 22 years at BP, he left as group vice president petrochemicals.

In April 2004, Mackenzie joined Rio Tinto as chief executive of the industrial minerals division. In June 2007, he served as the chief executive officer, diamonds & minerals.
He served as trustee of a think tank, Demos from 2005 until June 2008.

Mackenzie became the chief executive of non ferrous in BHP Billiton in November 2007. He succeeded Marius Kloppers as the CEO of BHP Billiton on 10 May 2013.

Awards and honours:

Mackenzie was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014. His nomination reads
“     Andrew Mackenzie is one of the world’s most influential applied earth scientists. He made seminal contributions to geochemistry in his early career, especially in relation to the formation of oil. For most of his career he has been a leader in the energy and mining industries working within BP, Rio Tinto and most recently in BHP Billiton. He has made major innovations in both technical and business arenas within these companies, and is pre-eminent as an earth scientist in the commercial world. He has recently been appointed CEO of BHP Billiton.

Personal life:

Mackenzie speaks five languages. He met his wife, Liz, whilst they were students at St Andrews.

Andrew Rosen
Andrew Rosen

Andrew S. Rosen is current Chairman and CEO of Kaplan, Inc.,a global education company that began as a test prep provider in 1938 and was purchased by The Washington Post Company, now Graham Holdings Company, in 1984.Rosen joined Kaplan in 1992 and was named Chairman and CEO in November 2008 following the resignation of long-time Chairman and CEO Jonathan Grayer.

Education and career:

Rosen joined The Washington Post Company in 1986 as a staff attorney for The Washington Post newspaper and moved to Newsweek as Assistant Counsel in 1988. When he moved to Kaplan, he served as Center Administrator, Regional Director, and Vice President for Field Management prior to assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer in 1997. He was then named President of Kaplan, Inc. in 2002 and later assumed responsibility for all of Kaplan’s higher education operations, including Kaplan University, Concord Law School and Kaplan Virtual Education. Under his leadership, Kaplan Higher Education has grown to account for half of Kaplan’s $2 billion revenue.

In October 2011, Rosen’s first book, Change.edu: Rebooting for the New Talent Economy, was published. The book details Rosen’s belief that the American higher education system has strayed from the goals of access, quality, affordability, and accountability and offers his ideas on how to restore those traits to America’s higher education institutions. Change.edu was listed on Bill Gates’s “Reading List” in Foreign Policy magazine’s December 2011 “The Foreign Policy Top 100 Global Thinkers” feature, and Gates called the book “truly important for the debate on what needs to be done to improve the success of post-secondary education in America”. In a review on Amazon.com, former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein wrote, “this is a must-read book for those who care about fixing our nation’s higher education problems”.

Rosen holds an A.B. degree from Duke University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.Before joining The Washington Post Company, Rosen served as law clerk to the Hon. Levin H. Campbell, Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, in Boston.