ABOUT US network 18

Mr. Adil Zainulbhai

Mr. Adil Zainulbhai is currently Senior Advisor to McKinsey. He retired as Chairman of McKinsey, India after 34 years at McKinsey. He spent the last 10 years in India. Prior to returning to India, he led the Washington office of McKinsey and founded the Minneapolis office. Over the last 10 years in India, Mr. Adil has worked directly with the CEOs and promoters of some of the major companies in India and globally –private companies, MNCs and PSUs. Mr. Adil has also been working with several parts of the government and led efforts around urbanization, inclusive growth and energy. Recently, Mr. Adil co-edited the book, ‘Reimagining India’ which featured 60 authors including prominent businessmen, academics, economists, authors and journalists. The book has been #1 in non-fiction in India on its release and #2 on Amazon’s International Business List in the US. Mr. Adil is currently on the Boards of Reliance Industries Ltd., Larsen & Toubro Ltd. and Cipla. He grew up in Bombay and graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. He also has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Adil is very active in community and social causes. He is a Board member of the American India Foundation, Saifee Hospital, Board of Trustees at Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (redeveloping Bhendi Bazaar in Mumbai), Advisory Board of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Wockhardt Foundation, HMRI (Health Management Research Institute), Harvard Business School Alumni Association of India and on the Global Advisory Board of the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago.

Mr. Deepak Parekh

Mr. Deepak Parekh is the Chairman of Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited. In 1970, Mr. Parekh began his career with Ernst & Ernst Management Consultancy Services in New York. Thereafter he worked with Grindlays Bank and Chase Manhattan Bank for about three years each prior to joining HDFC in 1978.

Besides HDFC Group Companies, Mr. Parekh is on the board of several leading corporations across diverse sectors. He is the Non-Executive Chairman of Glaxo Smithkline Pharmaceuticals and Siemens India Ltd. He is also on the boards of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., Indian Hotels Company Ltd. and international boards of DP World – UAE and Vedanta Resources plc.. In addition, he is also on the Advisory Boards of several Indian corporates and MNC’s.

Mr. Parekh is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan for his contributions to the national economy and public policy. Indian Industry, Government, International organisations and Media have also honoured him with several awards including ‘Bundesverdienstkreuz’ Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit, one of the highest distinction by the Federal Republic of Germany in 2014, “Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honour”, one of the highest distinction by the French Republic in 2010, First international recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award by Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, in 2010. In 2008 he was recognized amongst the ‘Stars of Asia’ by Business Week, listed as one of the top 25 most influential people in business and finance across Asia-Pacific by Asiamoney and was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the Financial Sector by Finance Asia magazine – Hong kong. He was also chosen as the Best Non-Executive Director – 2006 by the Asian Centre for Corporate Governance in recognition of his leadership on the board of several large companies.

Some of the recent prominent awards in India include; “Lifetime Contribution award” at AIMA Managing India Awards 2014. ICSI Life Time Achievement award for the year 2012 for “translating excellence in corporate governance into reality” by the Institute of Company Secretaries, Being inducted in the Hall of fame by India Today Magazine -2012 for being in their power list for 10 consecutive years, ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his exceptional contribution in developing India’s Financial Services Sector - 2012 by Ernst & Young, Business leadership award at Lakshmipat Singhania - IIM Lucknow National Leadership awards 2011,Forbes-India person of the year 2010 as “Institution Builder”, a special award from NDTV and CNN IBN for being part of the team that revived Satyam – 2009.

Mr. Parekh is widely consulted by the Government of India on a range of issues of national importance and has been a member of various Government appointed Advisory Committees and Task Forces which include housing, financial services, capital markets and infrastructure sector reforms. Mr. Parekh is a Commerce Graduate and holds an FCA degree from England and Wales.

Mr. Dhruv Kaji

Mr. Dhruv Kaji serves as a Finance Director of Raymond Ltd. Mr. Kaji has an experience of more than 25 years. He is a Financial Advisor and Management Consultant. His expertise lies in strategic planning. He has experience in evaluating and guiding business projects in India and abroad. He serves as a Director of Colorplus Fashions Limited. He serves as an Executive Director of Pinesworth Holding Ltd. (Singapore). He serves as a Non-Executive & Independent Director at Diamines & Chemicals Ltd. He served as a Director of Balaji Telefilms Ltd. from September 2, 2004 to October 28, 2010. Mr. Kaji is a Chartered Accountant. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from University of Mumbai and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Mr. Rajiv Krishan Luthra

Mr. Rajiv Krishan Luthra is the Founder and Managing Partner of Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, one of India’s largest and most prestigious full-service corporate law firms. He has over three decades of experience as a trusted advisor to the Indian government and top domestic and international corporations. He serves on numerous corporate boards and government commissions, and has served as the convenor of the Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) between India and the UK.?

Luthra & Luthra has, among other awards, been recognized as the No.1 law firm in the world in ‘Global PFI / PPP deals’ and Mr. Luthra has advised on infrastructure projects worth over US$ 80 billion. Mr. Luthra is the recipient of numerous accolades, including the ‘2008 National Law Day Award’ conferred by the Prime Minister of India for “… his singular contribution to the practice of corporate and commercial law in India and for being one of the country’s earliest pioneers in international transaction lawyering.”

Mr. Luthra supports a number of charitable and non-profit initiatives, and founded “LIFE” Foundation (Leading India to a Fresh Environment). He was instrumental in the setting up of the SRIMS Emergency Service Foundation which provides free ambulance services, and is involved in the ‘Save the Tiger Campaign’ along with NDTV.

Mrs. Nirupama Rao

Mrs. Nirupama Rao, was appointed to the Indian Foreign Service in 1973. During a career of four decades she served in various key assignments in the Ministry of External Affairs and in various Indian embassies around the world. She was the first woman spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, the first woman High Commissioner from India to Sri Lanka and the first Indian woman Ambassador to China. From 2009-2011 she served as India's Foreign Secretary. On her retirement in July 2011, she was appointed Ambassador of India to the United States of America.

Ambassador Rao holds a Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) from Pondicherry University. She is a published poet.

Mr. PMS Prasad

Non-Executive Director

Mr. PMS Prasad is an Executive Director at Reliance Industries Limited. He has contributed to the growth of Reliance over the past three decades and has held various posts in the petrochemicals, refining and marketing, exploration and production and fibres businesses of the company. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in science and engineering.

His exemplary leadership in steering the diversification of RIL – from a refining and petrochemicals company to an exploration and product business company earned him the Energy Executive of the Year Award in 2008 from Petroleum Economist. For his contribution to the petroleum sector, he has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree by the University of Petroleum Engineering, Dehradun.

Ms. Jyoti Deshpande

Non-Executive Director

Ms. Jyoti Deshpande has over 25 years of experience in media and entertainment across advertising, media consulting, television and film. She has been part of the leadership team of Eros International since 2001 and as Group CEO & MD she has spearheaded Eros’s growth as a global leader in Indian filmed entertainment. Prior to joining Eros in 2001, Ms Deshpande has worked for 7 years in the field of advertising, media consulting and television with companies such as J Walter Thompson India, Mindshare, Zee Television and B4U Television. Ms. Deshpande has a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and Economics from Mumbai University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from SPJIMR, Mumbai University.

Ms. Deshpande was featured in the prestigious Fortune India magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business (2017/2015) which celebrates the journeys and triumphs of women who not only impact their organizations but are also thought leaders in their industry. Ms. Deshpande was also featured in the list of Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business by Business Today (2015). She was also recently awarded as one of the Women of the Decade for Innovation and Leadership by Women Economic Forum.