KP Balaraj, Bangalore
KP received an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BS in Business Management from Brigham Young University Hawaii, where he graduated as valedictorian of his class. He grew up in Chennai, and attended Don Bosco and MCC schools. KP is a former top ranked national tennis player, having represented India at the international level. He is based in Bangalore, India. KP Balaraj is a co-founder and Managing Director of WestBridge Capital, and has over 15 years of venture capital and private equity investing experience in India and Asia. WestBridge is a leading investor in high growth Indian companies across sectors including Financial Services, IT, Consumer Services and Healthcare.
KP was also a co-founder and Managing Director of Sequoia Capital India, where he helped lead and build one of the most successful venture capital franchises in India with a primary focus on early stage technology and consumer investments. Earlier, KP was part of Goldman Sachs where he served as a member of Goldman-backed funds and operating companies that focused on private equity in Asia.
Sumir Chadha, USA
Sumir Chadha is the Co-founder and Managing Director WestBridge Delaware Advisors LLC. Sumir has over 15 years of investing experience in India spanning public companies, private equity and venture capital. Prior to that, Sumir was part of the Principal Investment Area at Goldman Sachs & Co, based in New York and Singapore, where he focused on venture capital investments in services and software companies in both the United States and India. He began his career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co., based in New York and New Delhi. Sumir currently serves or has served on the board of many successful investments that he has been instrumental in making including Applabs, GlobalLogic, MarketRx, Pangea3, QuickHeal, Scioinspire, Shaadi, Star Health Insurance and SKS Microfinance.
Tarun Khanna, USA
Tarun Khanna is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School, where he has sought for two decades to study the drivers of entrepreneurship in emerging markets as a means of economic and social development. At HBS since 1993, after obtaining degrees from Princeton and Harvard, he has taught courses on strategy, corporate governance and international business to MBA and Ph.D. students and senior executives. For many years, he has served as the Faculty Chair for HBS activities in India and South Asia. He has served as the Director of the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute since 2010.
Dipti Mathur, USA
Dipti Mathur is biochemist turned collector of contemporary South Asian art. She has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and has performed post-doctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the Seattle Art Museum and the San Jose Museum of Art, on the Collections Committee of the Asia Society Museum, New York, on the Contemporary Art Advisory Panel of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum and was a founding member of the Asian Contemporary Art Consortium, San Francisco.
Dipti currently serves on the Board of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, on the SFAAM’s Collections Committee, and is co-chair of NOVA, the SFAAM’s contemporary art initiative. She is on the Executive Council of the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University and chairs their Arts Council and chairs the Arts Advisory Board of the Institute of South Asia Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She also assists the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Seattle Art Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art, and the Asia Society Museum in New York on building their collections of contemporary South Asian art.
Dipti is a supporter of the Hawai’i Contemporary and underwrote the exhibit of renown contemporary artist Chitra Ganesh at the Hawai’i Triennial, 2022. Her ongoing focus is on working with key institutions in the US – universities and museums, in particular – in deepening their understanding of the contemporary culture of South Asia and expanding their engagement with it. Dipti lives in Palo Alto with her husband, Rakesh.
Aditya and Megha Mittal, London
Aditya Mittal is the Chief Executive Officer of ArcelorMittal. He was previously President and Chief Financial Officer of ArcelorMittal. Aditya joined Mittal Steel in January 1997, serving in various finance and management roles. In 1999, he was appointed Head of Mergers and Acquisitions. In this position, he led the Company’s acquisition strategy, resulting in Mittal Steel’s expansion into Central Europe, Africa and the United States. Between 2004 and 2006, Aditya was the President and CFO of Mittal Steel. In 2006, he initiated and led Mittal Steel’s offer for Arcelor, creating the world’s first 100-million-tons-plus steel company.
In 2008, Mr. Mittal was named ‘European Business Leader of the Future’ by CNBC Europe and was ranked fourth in Fortune magazine’s ‘40 under 40’ list in 2011. He is an active philanthropist with a particular interest in child health. Mr. Mittal serves on the boards of Aperam, Iconiq Capital, and Wharton School and is Chairman of India’s second largest oil refinery, HPCL-Mittal Energy Limited (HMEL). He is also a trustee at Brookings Institute and an alumni of the World Economic Forum Young Global Leader’s Programme. Mr. Mittal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with concentrations in Strategic Management and Corporate Finance from the Wharton School.
Megha Mittal is Managing Director of ESCADA.
Lakshmi and Usha Mittal, India
Mr. Mittal is the Executive Chairman of ArcelorMittal. He was previously chief executive officer of ArcelorMittal. He is a renowned global businessman who serves on the boards of various advisory councils, and is an active philanthropist engaged in the fields of education and child health.
Mr. Mittal graduated from St. Xavier’s College in Kolkata, where he received a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He began his career working in his family’s steelmaking business in India before moving to Indonesia in 1976 to set up a small steel company that grew to become ArcelorMittal, the world’s leading steel and mining company and one of the foremost industrial companies in the world. He is widely recognized for the role he played in restructuring the steel industry toward a more consolidated and globalized model, pursuing and successfully integrating many acquisitions in North America, South America, Europe, South Africa, and the CIS. Today, ArcelorMittal continues to be the largest and most global steel manufacturer.
In addition to his role at ArcelorMittal, Mr. Mittal is an active participant of various boards and advisory councils. He is chairman of the board of Aperam and a member of the board of Goldman Sachs. He previously sat on the board of Airbus NV. He is a member of the Foreign Investment Council in Kazakhstan, the National Investment Council of Ukraine, the Global CEO Council of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council, the World Steel Association’s Executive Committee, the European Round Table of Industrialists, the Indian School of Business and is a member of the board of Trustees of Cleveland Clinic.
Mr. Mittal and his wife, Usha Mittal, are active philanthropists. In 2017, the Mittal family made a significant gift to Harvard University, where Mr. Mittal is a member of the Global Advisory Council, to support the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University. The Mittal family has also made important gifts to the Great Ormond Street Hospital supporting the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre, which formally opened in January 2018, and UNICEF, specifically on the topic of child malnutrition in India.