Mr. Sam Pitroda, Chairman

Sam Pitroda is an internationally respected development thinker, policy maker, telecom inventor and entrepreneur, who spent over four decades in Information and Communications Technology. Read More

Mr. Arun Maira

Arun Maira was appointed a Member of the Planning Commission in the Government of India in 2009. Read More

Dr. K. Kasturirangan

For over nine years until 2003, Dr. Kasturirangan steered the Indian Space programme as Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Read More

Dr. Ramesh Mashelkar

Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, CSIR Bhatnagar Fellow, is presently also the President of Global Research Alliance, a network of publicly funded R&D institutes from Asia-Pacific, Europe and USA with over 60,000 Read More

Mr. Kiran Karnik

Kiran Karnik held the office of President of NASSCOM, the premier trade body for the IT software and services industry in India, till 2008. Read More

Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty

Dr. Devi Shetty is a renowned cardiac surgeon and his team has pioneered neo-natal cardiac surgery. Read More

Mr. R. Gopalakrishnan

R. Gopalakrishnan has worked for thirty one years in Hindustan Unilever, and for twelve years in Tata. Read More

Ms. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

A successful technocrat of global standing, Ms. Shaw heads India Read More

Mr. Shekhar Kapur

Shekhar Kapur is considered one of India’s most visionary film directors. Read More

Mr. Saurabh Srivastava

Saurabh Srivastava, Chairman of CA Technologies, India, is one of India Read More

Dr. Anil K. Gupta

Presently, Dr. Gupta is a Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and Visiting Professor of Innovation Management in Emerging Markets, European Business School, Berlin. Read More

Dr. Sujatha Ramdorai

Sujatha Ramdorai is Professor at the School of Mathematics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). She has been with TIFR since 1985. Read More

Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee

Mr Banerjee has held several senior posts with the CII for twenty two years (in all four regions of CII). He has been the Director General of CII since 2008. Read More

Dr. Samir Brahmachari

Dr. Samir K. Brahmachari Ph.D., former Professor, IISc, Bangalore; Founder-Director, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, (CSIR) Delh. Read More

Dr. Sanjay Dhande

Dr. Sanjay Govind Dhande has been the Director of Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur since 2001. He was the Founder Director of PDPM Indian Institute of Information Technology Design & Read More

Mr. Sam Pitroda, Chairman Mr. Arun Maira Dr. K. Kasturirangan Dr. Ramesh Mashelkar Mr. Kiran Karnik Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty Mr. R. Gopalakrishnan Ms. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw Mr. Shekhar Kapur Mr. Saurabh Srivastava Dr. Anil K. Gupta Dr. Sujatha Ramdorai Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee Dr. Samir Brahmachari Dr. Sanjay Dhande

Mr. Shekhar Kapur

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Shekhar Kapur is one of world’s most well known film directors and one of the few directors who have worked extensively in India’s film Industry (Bollywood) as well as in Hollywood.Shekhar was a successful Chartered Accountant and Management Consultant in London before he turned his interests to media. He returned to India and went on to become one of India’s most well known models and highest paid Television actors. He directed many award winning commercials before finding his passions in film direction.
He started his direction career with a Hindi film “Masoom” which went on to win 5 filmfare awards, the biggest film awards in India. He then made a breakthrough science-fiction film “Mr. India,” which was a huge commercial success, and is considered one of the iconic films of the 80s in India cinema.
He then went on to direct the critically acclaimed “Bandit Queen” which became an international commercial and critical success, and was invited to numerous international festivals. It was based on the real life story of bandit queen Phoolan Devi.
He established “Indian talkies” a film company with Ram Gopal Varma and Mani Ratnam, two of India’s prominent directors. The company produced a film “Dil Se” in 1998 starring Shahrukh Khan, India’s biggest star, and is considered one of the best films of Indian cinema.
In 1998, Kapur got international recognition for directing “Elizabeth,” which was nominated for 7 Oscars and won Oscar for best make-up. The film also catapulted Cate Blanchett into a major Hollywood star after her portrayal as Queen Elizabeth.
In 2000, he was awarded India’s state honor, the “Padma Shri.”
He directed Heath Ledger in “The Four Feathers” for Paramount/Miramax based on the novel by the same name by A.E.W. Mason. Heath Ledger’s performance as the British Army officer was widely acclaimed.
Kapur executive produced the Bollywood-themed Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Bombay Dreams,” which became a very big hit in London’s West End and was remade into a Broadway musical in New York.
Kapur then executive produced “The Guru” for Universal Studios starring Heather Graham.
He formed Virgin Comics and Virgin Animation an entertainment company focused on creating new stories and characters for a global audience. The Company was founded with Richard Branson and his Virgin Group, and well known spiritual guru and motivational author Deepak Chopra.
Kapur returned to direct Cate Blanchett in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” also for Universal Studios which was a sequel to the original Elizabeth. Golden Age was nominated for 2 Oscars including Cate Blanchett for actress in a leading role, and won the Oscar for best costume design.
He directed a segment of the film “New York, I love you.” He is one of the 12 internationally acclaimed directors for the film which is similar in concept to the successful feature film “Paris, je t'aime” that opened the 2006 “Un Certain Regard” section of the Cannes Film Festival.
He recently directed a short film “The Passages” in Buenos Aires which was commissioned by Swarovski. He was then invited by Swarovski to do an installation based on the film at Swarovski’s Kristallwelten museum in Wattens, Austria.
Shekhar recently produced the documentary “Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told” that was invited to the official selection of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was the festival’s most successful Saturday night premiere screening. Shekhar also served on the Cannes Film Festival’s jury in 2010.
In 2011 Shekhar joined hands with Oscar winning composer A R Rahman and Cisco Systems to form a new media company Qyuki to promote creative talents in India through the medium of social media.
Shekhar is regularly invited to speak at the World Economic Forum. He is currently an environmental activist with water conservation related issues. He is also on the board of the International Global Water Challenge, the world’s premier body for water related issues. He also speaks actively all over the world on the impact of technology on media and how new media is changing the world.
Kapur is presently involved with his passion project, “Paani” about the impending water wars in the world.

Mr. Shekhar Kapur on Indian Innovations


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