Roshni Nadar Malhotra is the chairperson of HCL Technologies and the first woman to lead a listed IT company in India. She is the only child of HCL’s founder, Shiv Nadar. In 2019, she is ranked 54th on the Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list. According to IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List (2019), Roshni Nadar is the richest woman in India.
Roshni Nadar grew up in Delhi, studied in Vasant Valley School and graduated from Northwestern University majoring in Communication with a focus on Radio/TV/Film. She also graduated with a Masters in Business Administration having a focus on Social Enterprise Management and Strategy from the Kellogg School of Management.
She worked in various companies as a producer before joining HCL. Within a year of her joining HCL, she was elevated as executive director and CEO of HCL Corporation. She subsequently became the chairperson of HCL Technologies after her father Shiv Nadar stepped down.
Prior to becoming CEO of the HCL Corporation, Roshni Nadar had been serving as the trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, which runs on the not-for-profit Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering in Chennai.She had also been involved in brand building across the HCL Group. Nadar is also chairperson of VidyaGyan Leadership Academy, a leadership academy for economically underprivileged. Passionate about wildlife and conservation, she set up ‘The Habitats’ trust that aims at protecting India’s natural habitats and indigenous species in a bid to create and conserve sustainable ecosystems.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
2014: NDTV Young philanthropist of the Year.
2017: Vogue India Philanthropist of the Year
2015: Conferred “The World’s Most Innovative People Award” for Philanthropic Innovation by The World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (WSIE)