Category Archives: Leader ship

Mr. Robin SarkarProject Director, SHIKSHA Initiative

Robin has been associated with the Shiv Nadar Foundation for more than half a decade. He has seen SHIKSHA from

its nascent stage and has been instrumental in the materialization of this project. Robin’s long involvement in

almost all SNF initiatives puts him in a unique position to understand the philosophy behind the foundation and

he has channeled the same ideas and thought processes into molding SHIKSHA. Robin is a young graduate in

physics and has an additional degree of MBA in Advertising. His crisp modernistic ideas coupled with his mature

experience have proved to be the lifeblood of SHIKSHA.

Mr. Sundar MahalingamCSO, SNF and HCL Corp

Sundar is the Chief Strategy Officer of HCL Corporation and the Shiv Nadar Foundation. He has been responsible

for building the HCL brand over the last decade in its journey to becoming a $6.5 billion, 105,000 people

strong enterprise.

He is a core member of the Shiv Nadar Foundation Team and has worked from inception on many of its diverse

initiatives, including VidyaGyan, a leadership academy for the rural underprivileged students; the Shiv Nadar

University, a comprehensive multi-disciplinary university with strong research orientation, and the Kiran Nadar

Museum of Art, India’s largest private philanthropic museum with the vision to take art to the common public.

His professional experience spans almost 25 years in various roles in technology marketing, advertising and

strategy planning. Prior to joining HCL, he has led the strategic marketing and communication initiatives of

various technology companies like Microsoft and Hexaware Technologies. He has worked with J. Walter Thompson in

communication strategy development for many years.

Sundar earned his B. Tech degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi,

and a PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

Sundar is married with two children and resides in Noida. His interests include sports and fitness.

Mr. Pawan K DanwarExecutive VP and CFO, HCL Corp

Pawan is a finance professional and serves as the Executive Vice-President & CFO of HCL Corporation. He brings

over 22 years of vast experience to HCL. His association with the HCL group spans over 17 years and he has

served in several different finance profiles in the organization such as Business Finance, Corporate

Restructuring, Acquisition & Business Integration, Treasury (fund raising, investment & forex management),

Planning & Strategy, Commercial, Business Development, Secretarial, Legal & Corporate Compliance and investor

relationship. He has structured and negotiated some big business contracts for HCL in the past decade.

Pawan has not only been instrumental in shaping different financial strategies for HCL but he has also been

associated with various new business initiatives and is credited with turning them into big scale ventures over

the period. Out of 17 years with the HCL Group, he has spent 14 years in operating companies in various

capacities including driving P&L.

He has ample exposure in the international business environment and has travelled extensively while executing

various deals. Pawan is also associated with the Shiv Nadar Foundation, one of India’s largest private

philanthropic institutions, for the last 3 years. He also handles liaisons with various government departments

and institutions.

Pawan is a qualified Chartered Accountant & Company Secretary.

Roshni Nadar MalhotraChairperson, HCLTech

Roshni Nadar Malhotra is the Chairperson of HCLTech, a leading global technology organization with a market capitalization of over $45 billion, and the Chairperson of its CSR Board Committee.

Roshni is a Trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation. Since its inception, the Shiv Nadar Foundation has invested $1.2 billion in nation building institutions and driving transformational leadership. Roshni is also the Chairperson and driving force behind VidyaGyan, a leadership academy for the economically underprivileged, meritorious, rural students of Uttar Pradesh, and has been working towards nurturing future leaders from rural India who can be catalysts of change for their communities, villages and the nation at large. In 2023, VidyaGyan was a recipient of the Children’s Champion Award from the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) for identifying and nurturing students from underserved rural backgrounds into future leaders through high-quality education.

Passionate about wildlife and conservation, Roshni established The Habitats Trust in 2018. The Foundation aims to work towards protecting India’s natural habitats and its indigenous species with the core mission of creating and conserving sustainable ecosystems through strategic partnerships and collaborations with all stakeholders, at every level.

Roshni is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the MIT School of Engineering, USA and also a member of the Kellogg School of Management Executive Board for Asia. She serves on the board of directors of US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) and is an independent director on the board of HDFC Asset Management Company.

In recognition of her outstanding work both in business and in philanthropy, Roshni has received several honors and accolades. Some of these include being featured for the seventh consecutive year in ‘The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ list, compiled and released by Forbes in 2023. In 2020, Forbes also featured her among the ‘25 Most Powerful Businesswomen in Asia’. Roshni was honored with the ‘Most Powerful Women in Business 2023’ by Business Today. Roshni was conferred with Lewis Institute Community Changemaker Award by Babson College in 2017 and was recognized by Horasis, an internationally renowned think tank, as the ‘Indian Business Leader of the Year 2019. She is an alumnus of the Forum of Young Global Leaders (YGL, 2014-19), a unique and diverse community of the world’s most outstanding, next-generation leaders, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.

Since 2019, she has been producing a TV series for the Animal Planet/Discovery based on the most endangered wildlife species in India – ‘On The Brink’. In 2022, On The Brink episode on Bats was the recipient of the Best Indian National Film Award in the category of science & technology. In 2018, Roshni also produced a children’s film, ‘Halkaa’, directed by the National Awardee Nila Madhab Panda. The movie is based on the unique journey of a slum child battling the issue of open defecation.

Roshni holds an undergraduate degree in Communications from Northwestern University and a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. At Kellogg, she was awarded the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award. In 2023, Roshni was conferred with the Schaffner Award by Kellogg for her contribution to the society.

Mr. Shiv NadarFounder, HCL

Shiv Nadar is the Founder of HCL Group and the Shiv Nadar Foundation. He is also the Chairman Emeritus & Strategic Advisor to the Board of HCLTech, a $13.3 billion global organization with 227,481 professionals operating from 60 countries.

Nadar is credited with being one of the pioneers of the computing and IT industry in India. Under his guidance HCL has continued to ride the waves of the changing IT landscape for over 45 years and remain at the forefront of every technological revolution since 1976. While HCL started off as a hardware organization, manufacturing the country’s first indigenous computers and introducing them to the Indian consumer, it eventually evolved into a more comprehensive software services organization. HCL is in fact one of the few global IT companies founded in the 1970s that remains in existence to date.

Throughout his career, Nadar always acknowledged that successful institution building is dependent on forging result-oriented partnerships and creating new knowledge. He steered HCL to create several valuable joint ventures and alliances that aided the organization’s emergence as a global technology enterprise. His pioneering spirit and belief in engineering and research shaped the course of the organization and is the reason that today HCLTech boasts one of the largest IT Engineering and R&D divisions in the world.

Nadar started his career as part of the elite DCM management trainee system. It was at DCM that he met the people with whom he later started HCL in a Delhi Barsati “akin to a garage startup” with a compelling vision that the microprocessor would change the world.

Nadar credits his success to the education and scholarships that he received during his early years. He has always maintained that access to quality education is the most potent tool of transformation and therefore, in 1994, he established the philanthropic – Shiv Nadar Foundation. The Foundation draws heavily on Nadar’s experience of building a world-class organization like HCL. It endeavors to create institutions of transformational education that will continue to influence and nurture the country’s youth for decades to come. To this effect, the Shiv Nadar Foundation has established six institutions covering the entire spectrum of education, which aim to address the issue of quality in education, create lasting partnerships and have a strong research orientation.

As of March 2022, Nadar has invested US$1.2 billion through the Foundation, impacting over 39,000 students and alumni directly. However, the Foundation’s ultimate aim is to nurture the next generation of leaders in the ideologies of symbiotic growth so that each of them may in turn aspire to affect a small change, creating a large multiplier effect. The impact of the Shiv Nadar Foundation institutions is today reflected in the aspirations of meritorious students who started their journeys from humble, geographically, remote backgrounds but are today pursuing their dreams in India as well as other countries.

In recognition of his pioneering role in business and philanthropy in India and across the globe, Nadar has received several honors and accolades, notable being the Padma Bhushan from the President of India in 2008.

Nadar is married to Kiran, an Asian Games medalist and internationally renowned bridge player. She is also one of the largest Indian Art collectors in the world.