Founder & CEO, Sampark Foundation

Vineet Nayar is Founder Chairman of Sampark Foundation and former CEO of HCL Technologies and author of the highly acclaimed management bestseller, “Employees First, Customer Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down”(Harvard Business Press,June 2010). A management visionary and radical thinker, Vineet led the transformation of HCL Technologies into one of India’s fastest-growing global information technology service company, which under his leadership grew from a $0.7 billion in 2005 to a $4.7 billion global technology service company with over 85,000 employees across 32 countries by 2013.Vineet was chosen by Fortune magazine for its first ever global Executive Dream Team, and also found a place on the elite Thinkers 50 List. Vineet quit HCLT in 2013 to focus on Sampark Foundation, which he co-founded with his wife Anupama Nayar, to catalyse ‘large-scale transformation in primary education through frugal innovation’. Vineet currently serves as a Senior Advisor to ChrysCapital, McKinsey Leadership Institute and many Fortune 1000 companies. He is on the Advisory Board of the Millions Learning project led by the ex-Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gilliard, and has served as Governor of ICT; member of the Global Advisory Board of Women Leaders and Gender Parity Program at the World Economic Forum.And, as a mentor to multiple technology start-ups, he continues to follow his passion of turning conventional management wisdom, upside down.