Roshni Nadar received on behalf of her father (Padma Bhushan Dr. Shiv Nadar, Founder & Chairman, Shiv Nadar Foundation) the Golden Peacock Award for Social Leadership - 2014
Shiv Nadar was born in Tamil Nadu, in an India awakening to its first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru's “Tryst with Destiny”. He is scholastically-gifted. He was part of the elite DCM management trainee system. In 1976, eight young men left DCM to create HCL with a compelling vision – that the microprocessor would change the world.
He made HCL an engine of invention. Under his leadership, HCL revolutionized Indian technology and product innovation, with many world firsts to its credit – the first 8-bit microprocessor-based computer, the first Relational Database Management System, client- server architecture in 1984, world's first fine-grained multi-processor UNIX
installation. A pioneer in Remote Infrastructure Management, HCL was instrumental in implementing and managing the infrastructure backbone of one of India's tallest
financial institutions – the National Stock Exchange. HCL played a key role in supporting India's telecom revolution through the creation of the largest mobile distribution network with Nokia. HCL Technologies is currently a top IT services company and a global leader in Engineering & R&D Services.
He has created several valuable Joint Ventures and alliances with Hewlett Packard, Cisco, Perot Systems, Deutsche Bank and Toshiba, to emerge as a global technology
enterprise. In the last three decades, HCL has evolved into a $6.5-billion global enterprise with over 95,000 professionals from 102 diverse nationalities, who operate
from 70 countries.
After playing a key role in putting India on the global technology map, HCL has diversified into HCL Healthcare, aspiring to be the nation's leading healthcare company
by providing innovative medical services, products and training to meet the growing demand for quality healthcare.
In 1994, he established the philanthropic Shiv Nadar Foundation and created its first initiative in Chennai, the SSN Institutions, a top ranked engineering college. Today the Foundation is a significant driver of social change and transformational education through its landmark institutions spanning from schools to universities. VidyaGyan, an innovation in school education, reaches out to the 'top of the bottom of the pyramid' and creates leaders from across a cross- section of the society. The Shiv Nadar University has been identified as India's first Ivy League institution.
In recognition of his pioneering role in business and philanthropy in India and across the globe, he has received several honours, notable being the Padma Bhushan from the
President of India, the BNP Paribas Grand Prize for Individual Philanthropy, the AIMA Managing India Corporate Citizen Award and the ICSI Lifetime Achievement Award for
excellence in Corporate Governance.