Premji, Chairman WIPRO, is a Stanford graduate. He has always been driven by the desire to build organisations focused on quality, and committed to adding value--to the lives of customers, clients, the common man and local communities. Since the late 1960s, Premji has led Wipro from a $2 million hydrogenated cooking fat company into a close to $8 billion revenue IT, BPO and R&D Services organisation present in 58 countries. Regularly hailed as one the world’s most influential business icons and global thought leaders, he considers awards and accolades as recognition for Team Wipro. Today, Wipro continues to be socially responsible--employing fair, ethical and ecologically sensitive business practices--and active in fundamental societal issues. Initiatives include the ‘Wipro Applying Thought in Schools’ (in India), the ‘Wipro STEM (Science Technology, Engineering Mathematics) Fellowships’ (in the US) and ‘Mission 10X’ to transform education, as also ‘Wipro Cares’ for local community causes. This enduring focus on real change has also led Premji to establish and personally endow the Azim Premji Foundation and more recently, Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives.
Yasmeen Premji, Director, Azim Premji Foundation, has a Masters in Psychology and a diploma in Interior Design. She was an Assistant Editor at reputed Indian design magazine Inside Outside between 1983 and 1997. She has had a long and abiding interest in and association with social development activities. She has been a Member of the National Committee of the Aga Khan Foundation, India, from July 2001. Yasmeen is also particularly concerned about the extremely disadvantaged children of India and served as a Member of the Managing Committee, Currimbhoy Orphanage, Mumbai, 1990-1997. In Bangalore, she is associated with Vishwas (Society for Mental Health) as a Member from October 2000.
Rishad Premji, Chief Strategy Officer, Wipro Technologies, has a degree in Economics from Wesleyan University in the US and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He also spent a year at the London School of Economics as part of the General Course Programme. Prior to joining Wipro, Rishad worked with Bain & Co in their London Office where he worked on assignments across Consumer Products, Automobiles, Telecom and Insurance. Rishad also worked with GE Capital in the US across several businesses throughout the Insurance and Consumer Lending space and is a graduate of GE's Financial Management Program (FMP). In 2007, Rishad joined Wipro Technologies in Bangalore, as Business Head for Special Projects driving new initiatives for the Banking and Services vertical. Currently, he is a Director of the Azim Premji Foundation (APF) and a member of the Board of Governors of the Azim Premji University. Rishad champions quality education that can provide better opportunities.
Tariq Premji, Vice President, Azim Premji Endowment Fund, is a graduate in commerce and is keenly interested in design, technology and capital markets. He is currently Vice President, Azim Premji Endowment Fund--an entity set up by Azim Premji to fund his philanthropic initiatives. Tariq has been a member of the Fund since its inception in 2011 and has been instrumental in setting up and institutionalising its investment process. He is also on the Board of the Azim Premji Foundation (APF) and was on its founding team. Tariq was also part of the founding team at Premji Invest, the family investment office.