Nabeel Abaas is an Indian entrepreneur, the founder of the Epigram Group of companies, a media consultant and a journalist.
Born : 24 September 1969 (age 46) Mumbai, India
Occupation : Entrepreneur, writer, journalist
Early Life and Career:
Nabeel Abbas started his career as a film journalist over a decade ago, covering the film industry in India for leading publications across the country and abroad. He was a film critic for the Times of India Group and would often write on the business of cinema for The Economic Times. From the print medium, he then ventured to the electronic format as a consultant the Star Group during the launch of Star Movies in India. He remained a consultant for Star Movies for a period of four years for all programming related to cinema, having interviewed top international talent like Baz Luhrmann, Luc Besson, Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich, Cate Blanchett, Joseph Fiennes, Mel Gibson, Ben Kingsley and Bollywood talent like Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Ashutosh Gowariker, Ramgopal Varma and John Mathew Matthan, to name a few.
From writing to consulting, he began handling promotions, and was responsible for designing, marketing and positioning of films with a repertoire that included Bollywood blockbusters like Sanjay Bhansali’s Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, high calibre films like Aamir Khan’s Lagaan and Deepa Mehta’s Earth (1947), and Hollywood films like Titanic, True Lies, Dunston Checks In and Die Another Day – to name a few. He has also been a pioneer and an authority on Talent Management. Executing promotional tie-ins early on in his individual capacity with leading brands like Videocon, Smirnoff, Pepsi and Parle, Nabeel is responsible for some ground breaking brand-building exercises with films as media vehicles when brand promotions with films were at the infancy. He has also developed the concept of poster art and film design in India, pioneered the use of the internet for film promotions, and edited television & theatrical trailers for the Hindi & Foreign Film Industry. Nabeel was also one of the first ones to use Viral Marketing in Bollywood.
Nabeel’s unique talents as a copywriter, critic and media consultant, and film experience encouraged him to set up Epigram, now one of the leading entertainment agencies in the country, providing integrated marketing communications for leading entertainment properties. Nabeel is also a founding director of Movie Talkies India Pvt. Ltd, whose portal www.movietalkies.com syndicates content on Bollywood to MSN India, Yahoo India and AOL India in the form of daily stories, interviews, features, movie stills, event stills, other imagery, and broadband content.
Naguib Onsi Sawiris ( born 17 June 1954) is an Egyptian billionaire businessman. Sawiris is Chairman of Weather Investments’s parent company and Chairman of Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding S.A.E.
Since joining Orascom, the family business in 1979, Sawiris has contributed to the growth and diversification of the company into what it is today – one of Egypt’s largest and most diversified conglomerates and the country’s largest private sector employer. Sawiris established and built the railway, information technology, and telecommunications sectors of Orascom. The success of these ventures as well as the other sectors of the company led to the management’s decision to split Orascom into separate operating companies in the late 90s: Orascom Telecom Holding (OTH), Orascom Construction Industries (OCI), Orascom Hotels & Development and Orascom Technology Systems (OTS).
As the founder of OTH, Sawiris has led the growth of the company, culminating in the merger deal between Wind Telecom, the parent company of Orascom Telecom Holding and VimpelCom Ltd. in April 2011. At the time, the merger created the world’s sixth largest mobile telecommunications provider by number of subscribers with operations in 20 countries serving 181 million customers. As part of the merger deal, Sawiris spun off Orascom Telecom’s non-gsm operations and Egyptian-based telecom assets into Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding of which he is Chairman.
Sawiris led the acquisition of La Mancha Resources Inc through a tender offer launched by Weather Investments II. La Mancha Resources Inc. is an international gold producer based in Canada with operations, development projects and exploration activities in Africa, Australia and Argentina. In August 2012, Sawiris was appointed Chairman.
In the wake of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, Sawiris, was the founder of the Free Egyptians Party (Al Masreyeen Al Ahrrar).
In September 2015, he offered to buy an island off Greece or Italy to help hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict. However, he conceded the plan could face challenges in terms of jurisdictions and customs regulation.
Awards and recognition:
Sawiris is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, industry awards and civic honors, including the “Legion d’Honneur“ (the highest award given by the French Republic for outstanding services rendered to France). In July 2011 Sawiris was awarded the Honor of Commander of the Order of the “Stella della solidarietà italiana” (Star of Italian Solidarity) for his outstanding contribution to the Italian economy through his investments in Italy. In 2006, the prestigious “Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam” award was conferred upon him by General Pervez Musharraf for services rendered to the people of Pakistan in the field of telecommunication, investments and social sector work.
Naresh Goyal is an Indian businessman and founder Chairman of Jet Airways. He started operating Jet Airways in 1993. Following the 2005 IPO of Jet Airways, Forbes magazine declared him the sixteenth richest person in India with a net worth of $1.9 billion.
Naresh Goyal was born in Sangrur – Punjab, northern India in 1949 in the house of a jewellery dealer. His father died when he was a child. He studied up to sixth standard at Govt. Raj High School for Boys. When he was eleven years old, his family went through an economic crisis and his house was auctioned. He then lived with his mother’s uncle. Goyal holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree.
In 1967, He began his career as a cashier in his maternal uncle Seth Charan Das Ram Lal’s travel agency, East West Agencies, at a starting salary of Rs 300 a month. After graduating in Commerce, Mr. Goyal joined the travel business with the GSA for Lebanese International Airlines.
From 1967 to 1974, he underwent extensive training in all facets of the travel business through his association with several foreign airlines. He also travelled overseas extensively on business during this period.
In 1969, He was appointed the public relation manager of Iraqi Airways and from 1971 to 1974 was the regional manager for ALIA, Royal Jordanian Airlines.Meanwhile, he also worked with the Indian offices of Middle Eastern Airline (MEA) where he gained experience in various areas including ticketing, reservations and sales in 1974, with £500 from his mother, he set up his own agency named Jetair, representing the likes of Air France, Austrian Airlines and Cathay Pacific.
In 1975, he was appointed regional manager of Philippine Airline in India.
Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Services’ from Ernst & Young (September 2000)
Distinguished Alumni Award-2000’ for meritorious and distinguished performance as an Entrepreneur (October 2000)
Outstanding Asian-Indian’ award for leadership and contribution to the global community given by the Indian American Centre for Political Awareness (November 2003)
Aerospace Laurels’ for outstanding contribution in the field of Commercial Air Transport (April 2000 and February 2004)
The first BML Munjal Award for Excellence in Learning & Development in the Private Sector category (January 6, 2006)
NDTV Profit Business Award 2006 (July 28, 2006)
Accorded the prestigious TATA AIG – Lifetime Achievement Award (8 September 2007)
Travel Entrepreneur of the Year” award at the 19th annual TTG (Travel Trade Gazette) Travel Awards (25 October 2007)
“Man of the Year Award” by the Aviation Press Club (APC) (April 9, 2008)
Business Person of the Year award by UK Trade & Investment at the prestigious India Business Awards 2008 ( September 9, 2008)
CNBC TV18 India Business Leader Awards (January 22, 2009)
“International Entrepreneurs of the Year” by the readers of Asian Voice (February 27, 2009)
Lifetime Achievement Award of the Year by the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) (August 2010)
‘Hall of Fame’ honor from Hotel Investment Forum of India 2011 (January 2011)
Belgium conferred the “Commandeur of the Order of Leopold II”, one of the country’s highest civilian distinctions ( November 2011)
Amity Leadership Award for Business Excellence (October 2012)
Natarajan Chandrasekaran is an Indian business executive who is the CEO and managing director of Tata Consultancy Services. Chandrasekaran took over as the CEO on October 6, 2009 prior to which he was COO and Executive Director of TCS.
Born: June 1963, Mohanur
Coimbatore Institute of Technology, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli
Awards: CNN-IBN Indian of the Year in Business
Natasha Mudhar is the CEO and Managing Director of Sterling Media, London. Raised in London, Natasha Mudhar graduated from City University in Sociology and Media. Her mother, Teji Singh founded Sterling Media in the year 1995 in London.
Around the time Natasha started at Sterling, marketing Indian cinema to the global diaspora began picking up pace and Natasha’s mother started it in the United Kingdom. Sterling Media is credited as one of the first communication agencies to have given taken Indian cinema a global platform.
Natasha remembers that breaking into the market wasn’t easy. With her persistent hard work, drive for innovative strategies and an incredible team in place, the industry accepted her and Natasha says they have managed to give the company a global position in the market.
Natasha, apart from focusing on Sterling become a global company, also headed a historic UN campaign in India. Natasha picked up most of her skills on the job, and believes there is no substitute to hard work. Her mantra is to challenge the conventional hierarchy. One powerful tip from this entrepreneur, which she herself has closely followed in life, is to never underestimate the power of initiation and innovation.
Her mission is to develop the company into a global business that links corporates, celebrities and governments internationally. In addition to the international work with mainstream brands, she is proud that Sterling is recognized as a pioneer in popularizing the India narrative to a global audience, fostering thought-leadership opportunities across both business as well as cultural links.
Naveen Jindal (born 9 March 1970) is an Indian industrialist,and a former Member of Parliament (MP) from Kurukshetra, Haryana. He is the Chairman of Jindal Steel and Power Limited, a part of the $17 billion diversified O.P. Jindal Group founded by his father. He represented Kurukshetra in the northern Indian state of Haryana in the 14th and 15th Lok Sabha.
He is an active campaigner for population stabilisation, women’s empowerment, environmental conservation, health and education. As an acknowledgement of Jindal’s support to his alma mater, the University of Texas at Dallas renamed its School of Management the Naveen Jindal School of Management in 2011. Along with his wife noted danceuse Shallu Jindal – he founded the Flag Foundation of India, which is their effort to foster among Indian youth respect for the Tiranga and the values it embodies.
Naveen Jindal is the Chairman of Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL). With an annual turnover of over US $3.5 billion, JSPL is part of the US$18 billion diversified O.P. Jindal Group. JSPL (earlier known as Jindal Strips Limited) was a moderately performing enterprise when Naveen Jindal first took over its Raigarh and Raipur operations in 1993. Today, JSPL operates the world’s largest coal-based sponge iron manufacturing plant in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, and plants in Jharkhand and Odisha. The company has set up captive power plants using waste products from the sponge iron making process to generate power.
Naveen Jindal is the Chairman of Jindal Power Limited (a subsidiary of JSPL) which runs the 1,000 MW O.P. Jindal Thermal Power Plant in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh – India’s first such 1,000 MW plant in the private sector.
Naveen Jindal topped the executive pay charts for listed companies in India with a package of Rs 734.2 million for the last fiscal 2011–12, which grew by over Rs six crore from previous year.
Honours and awards-
Jindal has been conferred with the Justice P.N. Bhagwati Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to legal education and corporate philanthropy. Instituted by the Capital Foundation, the award was presented by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, December 2011
University of Texas at Dallas, renamed its School of Management after Naveen Jindal in 2011. It is now called the Naveen Jindal School of Management.
Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the field of Energy and Infrastructure, 2010
Gold medal in the team skeet event for India at the Singapore Open Shooting Championship, 2007
Silver medal in the team skeet event at the 9th South Asian Federation Games, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2004
Bronze in the team event at the Singapore Shooting Invitation, 2003
Silver in the team event at the Singapore Shooting Invitation, 2002
Gold medal in individual skeet event at the 5th Sardar Sajjan Singh Memorial Master Shooting Competition, Jaipur, 2007
Gold medal in the team skeet shooting event at the 49th National Shooting Championship, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, 2005
Gold medal in team skeet shooting at the 48th National Shooting Championship, New Delhi, 2004
Gold medal in the individual category (with a championship record) at the National Shooting Championship, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, 2003
Gold medal (with a new national record) in the team event at the 47th National Shooting Championship, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, 2003
Gold medal in the team skeet event (with a new Games record) at the 32nd National Games, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, 2002
Gold medal in the team skeet event (with a new national record) at the 46th National Shooting Championship, New Delhi, 2002
Gold medal in the team skeet event at the 45th National Shooting Championship, New Delhi, 2002
Silver medal in skeet shooting at the 33rd National Games, Guwahati, Assam, 2007
Silver medal in the individual category (with a new national record) in the 300-meter big bore prone position at the 50th National Shooting Championship, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, 2007
Silver medal in the team event at the 50th National Shooting Championship, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, 2007
Silver medal at the 50th National Shooting Championship, New Delhi, 2006
Silver medal in the individual category (with a new national record) in the 300-meter big bore prone position at the 48th National Shooting Championship, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, 2004
Silver medal in the team event at the 48th National Shooting Championship, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, 2004
Silver medal in the individual event (with a new Games record) at the 32nd National Games, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, 2002
Silver medal in the team skeet event at the 19th National Games, Mohali, Punjab, 2001
Bronze medal for Haryana in the team event at the 52nd Big Bore Shooting Championship, Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, 2008
Bronze medal in the individual event at the 45th National Shooting Championship, New Delhi, 2002
Dr.-Ing. Norbert Reithofer (born 29 May 1956 in Penzberg, West Germany) is a businessman and former chairman of the board of management (CEO) of BMW. He currently serves as chairman of the supervisory board.
After finishing his Fachabitur, he graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the Munich University of Applied Sciences in Munich. He then moved on to the Technical University Munich to study Production Engineering and Business Administration. After graduation he became Research Assistant at the university at the Institute for Machine Tools and Business Administration of Joachim Milberg, under whom he gained his Doctorate.
In 1987, he joined BMW as head of maintenance planning. From 1991 to 1994 he was Director of the Body in White Production Division. From 1994 to 1997 Reithofer then became Technical Director of BMW South Africa. From 1997 to 2000, Reithofer was President BMW Manufacturing Corporation (USA), based in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
In March 2000, he returned to Munich to join the BMW Board of Management, responsible for production. In 2002, Reithofer and Development Chief Burkhard Goeschel halved the standard BMW time it took to reach full production of the new generation E90 3 Series, from six months to three. On 1 September 2006 he succeeded Helmut Panke as chairman of the board and CEO of BMW.
Awards and honours:
2005: Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold (Grosses Goldenes Ehrenzeichen) for Services to the Republic of Austria (2005)
2010: Bayerischen Verdienstorden
2012 Chevaliers of the Légion d’honneur