Board of advisors

Bharat Shah

Chairman, HDFC Securities


Bharat D. Shah was appointed to the HDFC Board on July 25, 2014. He holds a bachelor's degree in Science from the University of Mumbai and a diploma in Applied Chemistry from Borough Polytechnic, London. He is presently the chairman of HDFC Securities Limited and has been one of the founder members of HDFC Bank Limited. He is also on the board of various companies including Hexaware Technologies Limited, Exide Industries Limited and 3M India Limited. He has played a key role in the establishment and consistent growth of the HDFC Bank.

Carrie Morgridge

Chief Disruptor, Morgidge Family Foundation


American philanthropist and author from the CISCO Family, which has signed Giving Pledge with Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. She is the vice-president of the Morgridge Family Foundation. For the past fifteen years, she and her husband, John, have worked tirelessly to leverage their foundation’s funds, spark innovation, and fuel transformation in the areas of education, conservation, health & wellness, and the arts.

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

Chief Yuva Mentor


Indian filmmaker and screenwriter. He is best known for writing and directing Rang De Basanti and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. His upcoming movie Mere Pyaare Prime Minister(inspired by Yuva Unstoppable) advocates against the issue of open defecation and sanitation problems in the country and work towards a solution.

R. Balakrishnan

Indian filmmaker


R. Balakrishnan, popularly known as R. Balki is an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter and former Group Chairman of the advertising agency Lowe Lintas (India). He is best known for directing Cheeni Kum (2007), Paa (2009) and Ki & Ka (2016). His upcoming movie PadMan is an Indian biographical comedy-drama film inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu.

Mohit Burman

Promoter and Director of Dabur India Ltd


Mohit Burman is currently the Managing Director of Elephant Capital plc, a public limited company, listed on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.He is the driving force behind the Burman family's foray into several high-growth and sunrise sectors of Financial Services like Life Insurance, Pensions, Annuities and Asset Management, besides Agriculture and Retailing.He is also a co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kings XI Punjab along with businessman Ness Wadia and actress Preity Zinta.

Ashima Bhat

Head – Finance, Infra & Strategy, HDFC Bank


Ms. Ashima Bhat is the Head of Finance, Strategy and Infrastructure Services of the Bank. Ms. Bhat has over 20 years of experience in banking. She completed a Masters in Management Studies, majoring in Marketing, from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. She has been with the Bank since its inception in November 1994 and has since held various roles across the Corporate Banking, Supply Chain, SME and Emerging Corporates groups.

VVS Laxman

Indian cricketer


VVS Laxman is a former Indian cricketer and currently a cricket commentator. He is considered to be one of the greatest Indian batsmen of all time. In 2011, Laxman was awarded the Padma Shri award, India's fourth highest civilian award. Together VVS Laxman Foundation and Yuva Unstoppable have been empowering 24 students with scholarship to IITs.

Bill O'Dowd

Dolphin Entertainment


Bill O’Dowd founded Dolphin Entertainment in 1996, and it has since become one of the world’s leading production companies specializing in children’s and young adult live-action programming. With offices in Los Angeles, Miami and New York, Dolphin enjoys a solid reputation as an Emmy-nominated producer, international distributor, and financier of quality television, film and digital programming. To date, Dolphin has produced over 300 hours of original television programming, which have been seen in over 100 countries worldwide.

Mr. O’Dowd also serves on the Leadership Council of United Way Worldwide, as well as on the Board of Directors of United Way of Miami-Dade County and United Way of the United Kingdom

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