Adi Godrej

Adi Burjorji Godrej

Indian industrialist and head of the Godrej family.


  • Adi Godrej – born 3 April 1942.
  • He is chairman of the Godrej Group.
  • As of 2012, he is one of the richest Indians with a net worth of US$9 billion.
  • He is The Chairman of Godrej Group & Chairman of Indian School of Business.


  • He received his undergraduate degree from MIT.
  • He completed his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
  • He was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity & a member of Tau Beta Pi.

Industry Profile:

  • He modernized and systematized management structures and implemented process improvements.
  • Adi Godrej took the Godrej Groupto great height during the License Raj.
  • Under Adi Godrej’s leadership, the group is also involved in philanthropic activities.
  • Godrej is major supporter of the World Wildlife Fund in India.
  • They developed a green business campus in the Vikhroli township of Mumbai, which includes a 150-acre (0.61 km2) mangrove forest and a school for the children of company employees.

Awards & achievements: 

  • He is the chairman of the Indian School of Business since April 2011.
  • He was elected as the president of Confederation of Indian Industry(CII) for the year 2012-13.
  • In April 2013 Godrej was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at The Asian Awards.
  • He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award, in 2013.
  • He was awarded the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in February 2013.

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam

Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, is an Indian scientist and administrator who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007.


  • A. P. J. Abdul Kalam was born on 15 October 1931 in a Tamil Muslim family to Jainulabdeen, a boat owner and Ashiamma, a housewife, at Rameswaram, located in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
  •  Kalam is popularly known as the Missile Man of India for his work on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology.
  • Before his term as President, he worked as an aerospace engineer with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
  • He is the  11th President of India from year 2002 to 2007.


  • He completed his school education at the Rameshwaram Elementary School.
  • He went on to attend Saint Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli, then affiliated with the University of Madras, from where he graduated in physics in 1954.
  • He then moved to Madras in 1955 to study aerospace engineering.

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  • He worked as an aerospace engineer with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • He worked as an aerospace engineer with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
  • He was elected the President of India in 2002.
  • He is currently a visiting professor at Indian Institute of Management Shillong, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and Indian Institute of Management Indore.
  • He is also the chancellor of the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology Thiruvananthapuram.


Year of award or honour Name of award or honour Awarding organisation
2012 Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) Simon Fraser University
2011 IEEE Honorary Membership IEEE
2010 Doctor of Engineering University of Waterloo
2009 HONORARY DOCTORATE Oakland University 
2009 Hoover Medal ASME Foundation, USA 
2009 International von Kármán Wings Award California Institute of Technology, U.S.A
2008 Doctor of Engineering (Honoris Causa) Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
2007 King Charles II Medal Royal Society, U.K.
2007 Honorary Doctorate of Science University of Wolverhampton, U.K
2000 Ramanujan Award Alwars Research Centre, Chennai
1998 Veer Savarkar Award Government of India
1997 Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration Indian National Congress
1997 Bharat Ratna Government of India
1990 Padma Vibhushan Government of India
1981 Padma Bhushan Government of India

Indra Nooyi

Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi

An Indian-American business executive and the current Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo.


  •  An Indian-American business executive and the current Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo.
  • The second largest food and beverage business in the world by net revenue.
  • Current citizenship status : United States.
  • She is born on 28 October, 1955 in Madras (presently Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India.
  • According to Forbes, she is consistently ranked among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.
  • In 2013, she has been ranked 10th in the list of Forbes World’s 100 most powerful women.


  • Indra Nooyi was educated at Holy Angels Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School in Madras.
  • She received a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from Madras Christian College in 1974.
  • She completed her  Post Graduate Diploma in Management (MBA) from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta in 1976.
  • She joined to Yale School of Management in 1978 and earned a Master’s degree in Public and Private Management.
  • At Yale, she completed her summer internship with Booz Allen Hamilton.

Industry Profile:

  • Beginning her career in India, Nooyi held product manager positions at Johnson & Johnson and textile firm Mettur Beardsell.
  • After Graduating in 1980, Nooyi joined the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and then held strategy positions at Motorola and Asea Brown Boveri.
  • Nooyi joined PepsiCo in 1994 and was named president and CFO in 2001.
  •  In 2006 she became the fifth CEO in PepsiCo’s 44-year history.

Awards & honours :

  • Forbes magazine ranked Nooyi fourth on the 2008 and 2009 list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.
  • Fortune magazine has named Nooyi number one on its annual ranking of Most Powerful Women in business for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
  • In 2008, Nooyi was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report.
  • In 2008, she was elected to the Fellowship of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • In January 2008, Nooyi was elected Chairwoman of the US-India Business Council (USIBC).
  • Nooyi has been named 2009 CEO of the Year by Global Supply Chain Leaders Group.
  • In 2009, Nooyi was considered one of “The TopGun CEOs” by Brendan Wood International, an advisory agency.
  • In 2010 she was named #1 on Fortune‘s list of the “50 Most Powerful Women” and #6 on Forbes’ list of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women”.
  • Nooyi was named to Institutional Investor’s Best CEOs list in the All-America Executive Team Survey in 2008 to 2011.
  • Year Name Awarding organization
    2013 Honorary Degree North Carolina State University.
    2011 Honorary Doctor of Laws Wake Forest University.
    2011 Honorary Doctor of Laws University of Warwick.
    2011 Honorary Doctorate of Law Miami University.
    2010 Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Pennsylvania State University.
    2009 Honorary Degree Duke University.
    2009 Barnard Medal of Honor Barnard College.
    2008 Honorary Degree New York University.
    2007 Padma Bhushan President of India.
    2004 Honorary Doctor of Laws Babson College.