Board of advisors

Bharat Shah

Chairman Board of Advisors

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.

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.

Pallavi Shroff

Managing Partner, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Ms. Pallavi S. Shroff, Managing Partner of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, with over 36 years of extensive experience in Litigation, Arbitration and Competition Law. Her broad and varied representation of public and private corporations and other entities before legal institutions has earned her national and international acclaim. Ms. Shroff is also the National Practice Head of Dispute Resolution at the Firm, and mentors the Competition Law practice. Ms. Shroff has also been closely involved with some of the largest and most challenging litigation and arbitration cases in India with regard to energy, infrastructure, natural resources, M&A, legislative and policy related matters. She appears regularly in the Supreme Court and High Courts of India, and in arbitrations, mediations and international legal disputes. She is highly ranked and acclaimed by various other publications and ranking institutions for her acumen and thought leadership. She has been recognised as one of the ‘Most Powerful Women in Indian Business’, by Business Today, for consequently 5 years. She is the only Indian lawyer listed as a ‘Highly Regarded Individual’ in Who’s Who Legal 2016 for her acumen in Litigation.

Dilip Cherian

Co-founder, Perfect Relations

Dilip Cherian, who is widely regarded as the ‘Image Guru’ of India, is the co-founder of Perfect Relations, which is South Asia’s largest Image Management and public affairs consultancy group for the last 20 years, with more than 17 offices in India and across South Asia. Dilip is also a valued political advisor and a practicing lobbyist of repute. Dilip started his career in Government, where he was Economic Consultant to the Ministry of Industry, Bureau of Industrial, Costs & Prices (currently known as Tariff Commission), and went on to become the editor of Business India – India’s leading business magazine. Subsequently, he was designated as the Co-Founder and Business Editor of The Observer of Business & Politics, one of India’s largest business dailies. Dilip was recently elected to IPRA’s (International Public Relations Association) Global Council as the India Council Member for a two-year tenure. He is also the Indian partner with one of the world’s leading communication consultancies, Baird’s CMC. Dilip is a much sought after speaker, moderator and anchor at national and international industry platforms as well as premier management institutions. He authors two widely read columns in leading Indian publications on macro-economics, Indian bureaucracy, and polity. He also comments on economy and business in some specialist publications and on a number of television channels. Dilip is a member of the Board of Governors in Advertising Standard Council of India (ASCI) and has recently consented to serve on the Governing Council of the National Institute of Design (NID).

Jamil Khatri

Partner at KPMG

Jamil Khatri, who heads the Accounting Advisory Services practice of KPMG globally, is the only professional within the Big Four to head a global business unit from India. In his 20-year career, Jamil has assisted several Indian companies including ICICI, L&T, Wipro, Dr. Reddy's, the Godrej group, MindTree and Tech Mahindra in transitioning to international accounting practices and in meeting their financial reporting and governance obligations for overseas listing. Jamil is involved with shaping KPMG's point of view on the Companies Act, 2013 and interacts regularly with regulators on transition challenges.

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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