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Stuart Rose
Stuart Rose

Stuart Alan Ransom Rose, Baron Rose of Monewden Kt (born 17 March 1949) is an English businessman, who was the executive chairman of the British retailer Marks & Spencer. Following the appointment of Marc Bolland in May 2010, Rose stepped down as executive chairman at the end of July 2010 and remained as chairman until early 2011 when he was replaced by Robert Swannell. He was knighted in 2008 for his services to the retail industry,and created a Conservative Life Peer on 17 September 2014, taking the title Baron Rose of Monewden, of Monewden in the County of Suffolk.

Career:

Rose first joined Marks & Spencer in 1972, as a management trainee. Rose remained with Marks & Spencer until 1989, when he joined the Burton Group as Chief Executive in 1994. The Burton Group demerged, forming the Arcadia and Debenhams businesses.

In 1997, he joined Argos as Chief Executive, where he was charged with defending the company against a takeover bid from the home shopping giant, Great Universal Stores (GUS). Ultimately, GUS did succeed in taking control of Argos, although Rose was widely praised for negotiating an increased price for the retailer.

In a turbulent time in its history, Rose became the Chief Executive of Booker plc, where he oversaw the merger of the company with Iceland to form the Big Food Group.

Rose joined the Arcadia Group in 2000 as Chief Executive and left in 2002 following its acquisition. Rose turned around the fortunes of the Arcadia Group, and sold the group for over £800m, netting himself around £25m as part of the deal.

Rose received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 2007

He was appointed to the position of Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer in May 2004 at the age of 56 and subsequently fought off several takeover bids by Philip Green for the Group. For this role he was paid an annual salary of £1,130,000. Rose appeared to be rejuvenating the Marks & Spencer Group as he did at Arcadia. In January 2007, he was named the “2006 Business Leader of the Year” by the World Leadership Forum for his efforts in restoring the fortunes of Marks & Spencer. He was knighted in the 2008 New Year Honours and was appointed chairman of Business in the Community on 1 January 2008.

On 10 March 2008, it was reported that Rose was to become executive chairman of Marks & Spencer from 1 June 2008.However, in the light of a recent profits warning, which sparked an unprecedented thirty per cent-plus plunge in the company’s shares, this appointment caused some concern to many shareholders.Nevertheless, they voted to re-appoint him at their annual meeting on 9 July 2008.

He stepped down as chief executive in May 2010, as executive chairman in July 2010, and as chairman in January 2011 following the appointment of Robert Swannell.

On 19 January 2011, Rose was appointed as a non-executive director of Woolworths Holdings Ltd, a large South African retail group listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

On 6 September 2012, Rose was appointed as non-executive chairman of Dressipi.com, an online personalised fashion service that matches clothes and accessories to a shopper’s shape, style and individual preferences.

On 22 January 2013 it was announced that Rose will be appointed as an independent non-executive director and chairman Designate of Ocado, a UK internet-only grocery retailer, effective from 11 March.

He was recruited to advise the Government on turning around failing hospitals, asked to examine how to improve the organisational culture in under-performing hospitals and ways to recruit talent from inside and outside the NHS in February 2014.

In 2014, Rose was created a life peer and took a seat on the Conservative Benches in the House of Lords.

Subrah Iyar
Subrah Iyar

– Subrah S. Iyar (b. 1957) is a leading technocrat, entrepreneur and Web conferencing pioneer of Indian origin. He is the founder and CEO of WebEx which has recently merged with Cisco Systems.

Early life

Subrah S. Iyar was born and brought up in Mumbai, in a Tamil family. He did his schooling in Mumbai and graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology. On completion of his graduation he moved to the US in 1982. He worked with Intel, Apple Inc., Quarterdeck, and Teleos Research prior to the establishment of WebEx.

Founding of WebEx

Iyar chose to take the path of an entrepreneur in 1996, when he founded WebEx in partnership with Min Zhu.

The founding of the company by Subrah Iyar was fuelled by a new-found interest in web conferencing. Min Zhu, a Stanford-trained System Engineer had been struggling to develop a web-conferencing tool. Coincidentally, during this time, he befriended Subrah Iyar who was running Quarterdeck’s research lab and the two formed a partnership.

Growth of WebEx

WebEx struggled to make a profit in its early days, largely because of low bandwidth. However, with the advancement of technology and the shift to broadband technology, it began to emerge as a potent competitor with clients such as Hoover’s Online, Oracle and Tibco Software. WebEx went on to receive its first funding of $25 million in December 1999.

As a result of the new ideas propounded by Subrah Iyer, 2000 became a honeymoon year for WebEx. The revenues crossed the million mark and Subrah Iyar’s own net worth rocketed from a paltry $450,000 in January 2000 to $129 million in November 2000. When enquired about it in an interview at a later stage, Subrah Iyar remarked: “It didn’t get too scary, because I knew we had done everything based on fundamentals. You always have a feeling of uncertainty. But it was never a feeling of terror.”

In 2003, when Microsoft purchased conferencing company Placeware it was thought to be the end of the road for Subrah Iyar and WebEx. However, WebEx survived and completed a $45 million acquisition of Intranets.com in 2005. In fact, as per the company website, more than 3.5 million people use Cisco’s WebEx products every month to communicate and collaborate online.

On March 15, 2007, Cisco Systems purchased WebEx for $3.2 billion.

Founding of Moxtra

In 2012, Iyar became Co-Founder and CEO of Moxtra, Inc. While working at WebEx, Iyer noted the need for the adhoc meeting for people on the move, it was this need that lead to the inspiration of the Moxtra app. Moxtra is a mobile content collaboration app that received its first round of funding by Cisco and KDDI from Japan.

Sumner Redstone
Sumner Redstone

Sumner Murray Redstone (born Sumner Murray Rothstein; May 27, 1923) is an American businessman and media magnate. He is the majority owner and chairman of the board of the National Amusements theater chain. Through National Amusements, Redstone and his family are majority owners of CBS Corporation and Viacom (itself the parent company of Viacom Media Networks, BET Networks, and the film studio Paramount Pictures). According to Forbes, as of September 2015, he was worth US$5 billion.

Redstone was formerly the executive chairman of both CBS and Viacom. In February 2016, at the age of 92, a week after a court-ordered examination by a geriatric psychiatrist, Redstone resigned both chairmanships, replaced by Leslie Moonves at CBS and Philippe Dauman at Viacom. Redstone then became chairman emeritus.

Early life and education:

Sumner was born to a Jewish family in Boston, Massachusetts, to Belle (née Ostrovsky) and Michael Rothstein. In 1940, at Sumner’s behest his father agreed to change the family surname from “Rothstein” to “Redstone” (“Red stone” is a literal translation of the German-Jewish name, “Rothstein”).Michael Rothstein owned Northeast Theater Corporation in Dedham, Massachusetts (the forerunner of National Amusements) and the Boston branch of the Latin Quarter Nightclub.

Redstone attended the Boston Latin School, from which he graduated first in his class. In 1944, he graduated from Harvard College,where he completed the studies for his baccalaureate in three years. Later, Redstone served as First Lieutenant in the United States Army during World War II with a team that decoded Japanese messages. After this military service, he worked in Washington, D.C., and attended Georgetown University Law Center. He transferred to Harvard Law School and received his law degree in 1947.

After completing law school, Redstone served as special assistant to U.S. Attorney General Tom C. Clark (who later served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1949 to 1967) and then worked for the United States Department of Justice Tax Division in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, and thereafter entered private practice. In 1954, he joined his father’s theater chain, National Amusements and in 1967, he became CEO of the company. As the company grew, Redstone came to believe that content would become more important than distribution mechanisms: channels of distribution (in varied forms) would always exist, but content would always be essential (Redstone coined the phrase, “Content is king!”). He invested in Columbia Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Orion Pictures, and Paramount Pictures (Redstone’s Viacom would buy Paramount in the 1990s), all of which turned over huge profits when he chose to sell their stock in the early 1980s.

In 1979, he suffered severe burns in a fire at the Copley Plaza hotel, in Boston, but survived after thirty hours of extensive surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. Though he was warned that he might never be able to live a normal life, eight years later he was fit enough to insist on playing tennis nearly every day and to launch a hostile takeover of Viacom.Redstone has discussed the story of surviving the fire as a reflection of his strong determination and will to live.
Philanthropy:

Sumner Redstone has contributed over $150 million to various philanthropic causes.

In April 2007, Sumner M. Redstone announced a commitment of $105 million in charitable grants to fund research and patient care advancements in cancer and burn recovery at three major non-profit healthcare organizations. The cash contributions of $35 million each will be paid out over five years to FasterCures/The Center for Accelerating Medical Solutions, based in Washington, D.C.; the Cedars-Sinai Prostate Cancer Center in Los Angeles, California; and the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
Over the last few years, Redstone has contributed $1.5 million to the Global Poverty Project.
He has given millions of dollars to the Cambodian Children’s Fund, a nonprofit program that provides a wide range of critical health and educational services to impoverished and abused children in the capital city of Phnom Penh. Redstone’s contribution will be used to create the Sumner M. Redstone Child Rescue Center, a stand-alone facility scheduled to open during the fall of 2007 for children 5 to 16.
In early 2010, Redstone pledged a $1 million gift to Autism Speaks in support of scientific research into the causes of autism and effective treatments. Redstone had given financial support to Autism Speaks previously.In 2011, Redstone gave an additional $500,000 to the group in support of its Translational Research Initiative, bringing his cumulative lifetime contribution to Autism Speaks to $1.7 million.
In July 2010, Redstone donated $24 million to the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California to support cancer research.
In September 2012, Redstone donated $18 million to the Boston University School of Law. The gift funded, in part, the construction of the five-story Sumner M. Redstone Building, a classroom building which opened in 2014.
Since October 2012, Redstone has donated a total of $350,000 to the Go Campaign, which funds projects in 21 countries with a focus on helping orphans and other needy children.
In May 2013, the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation donated $1 million to Literacy Inc., a New York City-based nonprofit literacy organization.
In January 2014, it was announced that the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation had donated $10 million to Harvard Law School for public-interest fellowships, the largest charitable contribution ever made to the law school in support of public service. The money supports students who work in public-interest positions after graduation.

Sundar Pichai
Sundar Pichai

Full Name       :          Pichai Sundararajan

Born                :          12th – Jul – 1972

Height             :          178 CMS ( 5 Feet 10 Inches )

Birth Place      :          Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Country           :          India

Education       :          Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Stanford University California,

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Occupation     :          CEO

Industry          :          Internet

Net worth       :          $150 Million
Biography:
Google surprised the world by announcing the appointment of a new CEO on 10th August 2015. It became a proud moment for the Indian community to see an Indian-born make it to the list of the CEOs in the Tech. Industry. Sundar Pichai, a name now well-known across the globe has had his share of struggle before making it to the top.
Early Life and Childhood:
Pichai Sundararajan, more commonly known to us as Sundar Pichai was born in Madurai, in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, on July 12, 1972. He belongs to a lower middle-class family and had never experienced the luxury of watching television or traveling by car in his childhood.

His father Raghunath Pichai  worked as an Electrical Engineer in General Electric in Chennai and therefore, the family lived in the city, at Ashok Nagar. His father was the manager of a factory that made components for electrical objects. The stories of the work challenges faced by his father always inspired Pichai.

His mother, Lakshmi, was a Stenographer until she gave birth to her kids. Sundar has a younger brother as well.

Pichai saw technology in his hands at the age of 12 when his father bought a land line phone for the house. He had an extraordinary skill of memorizing and remembering numbers.  He could keep in mind all the numbers he dialed. Pichai was not only good with numbers whilst at school but also the captain of his high school cricket team.
Education:
Sundar completed his Class X at Jawahar Vidyalaya, at Ashok Nagar and completed the Class 12 from Vana Vani School at Chennai. Pichai then graduated in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur.

He completed his MS (Masters in Science) in Material sciences and Engineering from Stanford University and later went on to complete an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Pre-Google Career:
Sundar Pichai worked for McKinsey & Company in management consulting during his pre-Google days. He also contributed his talents in engineering and product management at Applied Materials.
Career at Google:
Pichai joined Google in 2004 and is known to have worked on popular products like Toolbar. He also has worked on other products Google Gears and Google Pack, before Chrome was launched.

However, the success of the Toolbar helped Pichai pace his career. Google noticed that the toolbar increased the user searches. This eventually led to the start of Google Chrome; Google’s very own browser.

Pichai has led product management and also found Google’s client software products such as Google Chrome and Chrome OS. Pichai is the man responsible for driving Google’s Chrome OS and browser to the fore.  He was appointed as VP of product development in 2008. He introduced Chrome browser to the world. Soon it was followed by Chrome OS in 2009. Pichai came more into the public limelight at Google presentations from 2008 and very soon became a well-known face of Google. He was the Senior VP of Chrome and apps by 2012.

It was in 2013 that Pichai became a well-known personality worldwide. He stepped into the shoes of Andy Rubin as the overseer of all Android related products, almost after a decade at Google.

In 2015, Sundar was announced to be the new CEO of Google as their well-known leader; Larry Page was retiring from Google to take up the reigns at Alphabet, Inc. their new holding company. Earlier that year, he was announced to be the Product Chief at Google by Larry Page himself.

He was also a running contender for the post of Microsoft’s new CEO, a job that ultimately went to Satya Nadella.
Personal Life:
Sundar Pichai married his longtime girlfriend, Anjali Pichai. They were classmates when they studied together in IIT Kharagpur. Together, Anjali and Sundar have two beautiful kids; a son and a daughter.

They have bought a house in Brooklyn, New York for $6.8 million. As he is right now a citizen of US, he resides there with his entire family.
Achievements:
The man responsible for the smooth ties with partners like Samsung is believed to be Sundar Pichai. Android was added by Sundar Pichai to the Google products he oversees on 13 March 2013. Andy Rubin formerly managed Android.

Sundar Pichai serves as a Member of Board of Advisors at Ruba, Inc. He headed Jive Software from April 2011 until 30 July 2013.

Google appointed Pichai CEO on August 10, 2015, after previously being appointed Product Chief by then-CEO Larry Page on 24 October 2014.

He has made over $100.5 million in the year 2015.
Awards:
2015 – Alumnus IIT Kharagpur

 

Sunil Duggal
Sunil Duggal

Sunil Duggal is an Indian entrepreneur and business executive. He is the current Chief Executive Officer of Dabur, India’s largest Ayurvedic medicine manufacturer.

Sunil Duggal is the present CEO of Dabur. He joined the Ayurvedic medicine producer in 1995. Today, the brand is a household across India. Twenty years ago, Duggal joined Dabur as General Manager (Sales and Marketing) and basically took care of the Family products Division. Under his dynamic leadership, this particular division saw an unprecedented growth in profits. After a long, enduring stint of hard work, Duggal was made the Vice-president of this division. But the success story did not end there, he was made the Director of Sales and Marketing, Dabur India Limited in 2000.

Duggal is a BITS, Pilani graduate in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and he also holds an MBA from IIM-Calcutta.He has previously worked for Wimco, The Times Of India and also Pepsi Foods. His experience in all these corporations equipped him with the tools and techniques to reach great heights of success at Dabur.

What is motivating about Duggal is the fact that under his leadership, Dabur has heavily invested in rural infrastructure for the growth of its various sectors. He stands testimony to Gandhiji’s statement that the real India resides in its villages. But sadly enough, according to Duggal, the dynamic rural growth is now showing signs of a slowdown. Despite the pessimism surrounding the viabililty of investing in the rural infrastructure, Duggal made sure that Dabur doubled its investments there. His only regret today is that the growth story in rural areas has not reached its full potential.

He also believes that employment generation techniques are not fully being implemented, which is leading to losses for the nation’s economy. But Duggal is not sitting with folded hands – he believes in the immense potential of the rural areas and therefore, he is ensuring that the company does not stop investing in rural infrastructure and employment generation.

Being a dynamic visionary, the few losses incurred in this endeavour do not pose a grave challenge for him – since Dabur has expanded its outreach to the US and UK as well, and the profit margins are quite high, it accounts for the mitigation of the losses, which are few and far between, in the rural sector.

He does not shy away from taking risks and believes in empowering his employees to take their own decisions with respect to company matters. He does not believe in any unfair hierarchical set-ups which might hinder the way in which the employees in an organisation improvise and take decisions which are fruitful for the organisation. This belief in the potential of the employees and their decisive capability has stood Duggal in good stead.

Sunil Khairnar
Sunil Khairnar

Mr. Sunil Khairnar serves as a Director of Topworth Group of Companies. Mr. Khairnar is a vastly experienced professional in the food and agribusiness sector in India. He has keen interest and is deeply involved in integration of small and marginal farmers into market systems and also works towards optimum utilization of IT and Internet Applications in Agriculture and Rural Development. He is on the boards of a large livelihood based Micro Finance organization based in Hyderabad and a company setting up an Ultra Mega Food Park in Karnataka.

Mr. Khairnar served as a Director of National Bulk Handling Corporation Ltd. He was the founder director in an Indo-Australian joint venture for bio diesel from jatropha called Mission Biofuels India Pvt. Ltd. His knowledge and expertise stands him in good stead to drive the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities and Public Affairs for the Financial Technologies group. Mr. Khairnar’s mandate includes conceptualizing and implementing CSR projects. Prior to Financial Technologies, he worked in the food and agribusiness sector in India for more than 14 years. After working in various commercial functions with the Godrej group and Cargill Inc. for 7 years, he conceptualized and set up Indian Agribusiness Systems Pvt. Ltd. He founded Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals (www.isapindia.org) which works in agriculture and rural development in 18 Indian states.

Mr. Khairnar has been on various committees connected with agriculture at the Planning Commission, Prasar Bharti and various Govt. Departments. He contributes on the advisory boards of development journals and an agricultural university. He was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship of the Ashoka Foundation in the USA in 2001. He is the Founder Member of Rural Marketing Association of India. Mr. Khairnar is a graduate in Agriculture Engineering and a Post Graduate in Management from IIM, Ahmedabad.

Sunil Mittal
Sunil Mittal

Sunil Bharti Mittal (born 23 October 1957) is an Indian entrepreneur, philanthropist and the founder, chairman and Group CEO of Bharti Enterprises, which has interests in telecom, retail, financial services, and agri business. The Group flagship Bharti Airtel, with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa and a customer base of over 275 million, is India’s largest telecom company and world’s third largest mobile operator. Bharti Airtel clocked revenues of over USD 14.5 billion in FY2013. He is listed as the 8th Richest person in India by Forbes with a Net worth of $7 Billion.

In 2007, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honor. On 1 July 2013 he was elected Vice-Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneurial ventures.

A first generation entrepreneur, Mittal started his first business in April 1976 at the age of 18, with a capital investment of ₹20,000 (US$300) borrowed from his father. His first business was to make crankshafts for local bicycle manufacturers.

In 1980, he along with his brothers Rakesh, Rajan started an Import Enterprise named Bharti Overseas Trading Company. He sold his bicycle parts and yarn factories and moved to Mumbai. In 1981, he purchased importing licences from exporting companies in Punjab.[11] He then imported thousands of Suzuki Motors’s portable electric-power generators from Japan. The importing of generators was suddenly banned by the then Indian Government.

In 1984, he started assembling push-button phones in India,[11] which he earlier used to import from a Taiwan company, Kingtel, replacing the old fashioned, bulky rotary phones that were in use in the country then. Bharti Telecom Limited (BTL) was incorporated and entered into a technical tie up with Siemens AG of Germany for manufacture of electronic push button phones. By the early 1990s, Mittal was making fax machines, cordless phones and other telecom gear. Mittal says, “In 1983, the government imposed a ban on the import of gensets. I was out of business overnight. Everything I was doing came to a screeching halt. I was in trouble. The question then was: what should I do next? Then, opportunity came calling. While in Taiwan, I noticed the popularity of the push-button phone — something which India hadn’t seen then. We were still using those rotary dials with no speed dials or redials. I sensed my chance and embraced the telecom business. I started marketing telephones, answering/fax machines under the brand name Beetel and the company picked up really fast.”. He named his first push-button phones as ‘Mitbrau’.

In 1992, he successfully bid for one of the four mobile phone network licences auctioned in India. One of the conditions for the Delhi cellular license was that the bidder have some experience as a telecom operator. So, Mittal clinched a deal with the French telecom group Vivendi. He was one of the first Indian entrepreneurs to identify the mobile telecom business as a major growth area. His plans were finally approved by the Government in 1994 and he launched services in Delhi in 1995, when Bharti Cellular Limited (BCL) was formed to offer cellular services under the brand name AirTel. Within a few years Bharti became the first telecom company to cross the 2-million mobile subscriber mark. Bharti also brought down the STD/ISD cellular rates in India under brand name ‘Indiaone’.

In May 2008, it emerged that Sunil Bharti Mittal was exploring the possibility of buying the MTN Group, a South Africa-based telecommunications company with coverage in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East. The Financial Times reported that Bharti was considering offering US$45 billion for a 100% stake in MTN, which would be the largest overseas acquisition ever by an Indian firm. However, both sides emphasize the tentative nature of the talks, while The Economist magazine noted, “If anything, Bharti would be marrying up,” as MTN has more subscribers, higher revenues and broader geographic coverage. However, the talks fell apart as MTN group tried to reverse the negotiations by making Bharti almost a subsidiary of the new company. In May 2009, Bharti Airtel again confirmed that it was in talks with MTN and the companies agreed to discuss the potential transaction exclusively by 31 July 2009. Talks eventually ended without agreement, some sources stating that this was due to opposition from the South African government.

In June 2010, Bhartil led by Mittal acquired the African business of Zain Telecom for $10.7 billion making it the largest ever acquisition by an Indian telecom firm.In 2012, Bharti tied up with Wal-Mart, the US retail giant, to start a number of retail stores across India. In 2014, Bharti planned to acquire Loop Mobile for INR 700 crores, but the deal was called off later.

Awards and recognition:
Padma Bhushan, Government of India, 2007
Transforming India Leader,NDTV Business Leader Awards
GSMA Chairman’s Award
Asia Businessman of the Year, Fortune Magazine, 2006
Telecom Person of the Year, Voice & Data, 2006
CEO of the year, Frost and Sullivan Asia Pacific ICT awards, 2006
Best Asian Telecom CEO, Telecom Asia Awards, 2005
Best C.E.O, India, Institutional Investor, 2005
Business Leader Of The Year, Economic Times, 2005
Philanthropist of the Year Award, The Asian Awards, 2010
INSEAD Business Leader Award, 2011
Honoris Causa Doctorate of Sciences (D.Sc.) Degree, Amity University Gurgaon, 2016

Sunny Varkey
Sunny Varkey

Born           :        1957
Kerala, India
Residence   :        Dubai
Occupation :       Entrepreneur,education philanthropist
Known for  :      GEMS Education,Varkey Foundation
Children     :      Dino Varkey
Jay Varkey

Sunny Varkey (born in 1957 in Kerala, India) is a non-resident Indian, Dubai-based education entrepreneur and education philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of the global advisory and educational management firm GEMS Education, which is the largest operator of private kindergarten-to-grade-12 schools in the world, with a network of over 130 schools in over a dozen countries. He is also the chairman of the umbrella business organisation the Varkey Group, and the founder and trustee of the philanthropic Varkey Foundation. As of 2012, Varkey is also a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.

Varkey Foundation:

Varkey’s strong spiritual values, and the example of his father, gave him a passion for philanthropy. In December 2010, he consolidated and structured his various donations and charitable initiatives by creating the Varkey Foundation (initially the Varkey GEMS Foundation) as the philanthropic arm of GEMS. The foundation intends to impact 100 impoverished children for every child enrolled at GEMS schools, via enrolment and education-access initiatives, worldwide teacher training programs, advocacy campaigns, and physical projects such as building classrooms, schools, and learning centres. Bill Clinton launched the foundation. Argentine president Mauricio Macri met with Varkey (third from left) at the World Economic Forum in 2016.

In March 2011, the foundation partnered with UNESCO for girls’ education in Lesotho and Kenya, and donated $1,000,000 to the effort. In September 2011, a further $1 million was pledged with UNESCO to train 10,000 school principals in India, Ghana, and Kenya. In 2014, the foundation’s Teacher Training Programme committed to train 250,000 teachers within 10 years in under-served communities across the world.

In 2013, the Varkey Foundation helped launch the annual Global Education and Skills Forum, in partnership with UNESCO and the U.A.E. Ministry of Education. Bill Clinton gave the inaugural keynote address. Varkey hopes the annual forum will become the “Davos of education”.At the second annual forum in March 2014, Varkey announced the Global Teacher Prize, a $1 million award to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession, to be presented at the third annual GESF in 2015.

Varkey Group:

Varkey Group is the umbrella organisation covering GEMS Education and Varkey’s other businesses, including healthcare and, previously, construction. Varkey founded the company in 1979, and it is based in Dubai, with additional offices in the UK, U.S., and India.

In 1984 Varkey founded Welcare, a healthcare consultancy and management venture which developed a number of hospitals and clinics. A controlling interest in Emirates Healthcare, the Varkey Group’s umbrella company which held Welcare, was purchased by Mediclinic International in 2012. The sale of his healthcare sector allowed Varkey to focus on education and educational philanthropy.

Honors:

Global Indian Business Award (2007)
CEO Middle East Award – Corporate Social Responsibility (2007)
Outstanding Asian Businessman of the Year (2007)
Rajiv Gandhi Award for Eminent Educationist (2008)
Padma Shri Award (2009)
Honorary Order – Public Recognition award from the Government of Russia (2011)
Middle East Excellence CEO of the Year – Knowledge Development and Education Partnership (2012)
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador (2012)
Education Business Leader of the Year,
Gulf Business Industry Awards (2012)
Honorary Doctorate, Heriot-Watt University

Susanne Klatten
Susanne Klatten

She is the majority owner of Altana, a chemical manufacturer based in Germany. She also has substantial shares in BMW. Most of her wealth has been inherited from her father.

Syed B. Ali
Syed B. Ali

Syed Basharat Ali, usually referred to as Syed Ali, is the founding chairman, president, and CEO of Cavium Networks, a San Jose, California-based company specializing in MIPS-based network and security processors. Cavium Networks develops and manufactures processor architectures and cores for digital consumer, networking, personal entertainment, communications and business applications.

He received a BSEE from Osmania University, in Hyderabad, India and an MSEE from the University of Michigan.

Career:

Mr. Ali worked at Samsung Electronics, SGS-Thompson, Tandem Computers, and American Microsystems Inc. (now part of ON Semiconductor) before becoming part of the founding management team at Malleable Technologies, which was acquired by PMC Sierra in 2000.

In 2000, Mr. Ali founded Cavium Networks. On May 1, 2007 Cavium had its IPO, and grew to have a market capitalization of 1.3 billion US dollars  in the first week of October 2007.

Awards:

Syed B. Ali received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2008 and was a national finalist for the award in 2011. The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year© award is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs, spanning more than 140 cities and 50 countries worldwide.