The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, Government, and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes.

CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, playing a proactive role in India’s development process. Founded in 1895, India’s premier business association has over 8000 members, from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 200,000 enterprises from around 240 national and regional sectoral industry bodies.

CII charts change by working closely with Government on policy issues, interfacing with thought leaders, and enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and business opportunities for industry through a range of specialized services and strategic global linkages. It also provides a platform for consensus-building and networking on key issues.

Extending its agenda beyond business, CII assists industry to identify and execute corporate citizenship programmes. Partnerships with civil society organizations carry forward corporate initiatives for integrated and inclusive development across diverse domains including affirmative action, healthcare, education, livelihood, diversity management, skill development, empowerment of women, and water, to name a few.

The CII theme for 2016-17, Building National Competitiveness, emphasizes Industry’s role in partnering Government to accelerate competitiveness across sectors, with sustained global competitiveness as the goal. The focus is on six key enablers: Human Development; Corporate Integrity and Good Citizenship; Ease of Doing Business; Innovation and Technical Capability; Sustainability; and Integration with the World.

With 66 offices, including 9 Centres of Excellence, in India, and 9 overseas offices in Australia, Bahrain, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Singapore, UK, and USA, as well as institutional partnerships with 320 counterpart organizations in 106 countries, CII serves as a reference point for Indian industry and the international business community.

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President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

Vice Chairman, Bharti Enterprises

Rakesh Bharti Mittal is Vice-Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, one of India’s leading business groups with interests in telecom, agri-food business, financial services and realty. Rakesh serves as Chairman-Bharti AXA Life Insurance, Bharti AXA General Insurance and FieldFresh Foods. Rakesh is also on the Board of Bharti Airtel and is Managing Director -Bharti Realty Holdings. Bharti has joint ventures with several global leaders: Singtel, AXA, Del Monte, SoftBank and Brightstar.

Rakesh has been elected as President of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for the year 2018-19 and has been a part of the CII National Council since 1999. He has served as Chairman of various Councils: Agriculture, CSR, Public Policy and Membership. He is also a member of the India-Pakistan Joint Business Forum (IPJBF).

Rakesh is a member of the Founders Circle -Brookings India, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) and Board of Governors at the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA). He has also served as member of the Society of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

A passionate advocate of right to good education and philanthropy, Rakesh is the Co-Chairman of Bharti Foundation with leading initiatives in education and sanitation. Bharti Foundation provides free education and reaches out to over 2,50,000 children across 13 States.

Rakesh serves on Boards of several educational institutions – Indian School of Business (ISB), Chairman -Advisory Council of Bharti Institute of Public Policy at ISB Mohali, Co-Chairman-Advisory Board of Bharti School of Telecommunication Technology & Management, IIT Delhi and Member of the Court, Bennett University. Rakesh is also a member of the Governing Board of Dayanand Medical College & Hospital, Ludhiana.

Rakesh has been awarded the Honorary Doctor of Civil Law Degree by Newcastle University, UK and is the recipient of the prestigious Horasis – India Business Leader of the Year 2016 (Internalization) and LMA – Entrepreneur of the Year Award 1992.

Rakesh is also the Honorary Consul, Republic of Sierra Leone in India.

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