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Chairman and Managing Director
Non-Executive, Non Independent Director
Nita M. Ambani (DIN 03115198) is a Commerce Graduate from Mumbai University and a Diploma Holder in Early Childhood Education.
Mrs. Ambani is a businesswoman, educationist, philanthropist and a strong proponent of sports. She is the Founder & Chairperson of Reliance Foundation (RF), which has impacted the lives of over 20 million people across India, through initiatives in Rural Transformation, Health, Education, Sports for Development, Disaster Response, Arts, Culture & Heritage and Urban Renewal.
A teacher by training, she believes that education and sports are the bedrock of any young, developing society. She is committed to building India as a multi-sports nation and leads various grassroots programmes that have cumulatively reached out to over 15 million children, this includes Reliance Foundation Youth Sports, Reliance Foundation Young Champs and Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA.
Mrs. Ambani is the architect of Mumbai Indians, which is a three time champion of the Indian Premier League (IPL), making it one of the most successful IPL teams. She is also the Founder & Chairperson of Football Sports Development Limited that launched the Indian Super League (ISL) in 2014, which has revolutionised football in India. In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the world of sports, she was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee in 2016.
Mrs. Ambani provides leadership to 14 schools that educate 16,000 students every year. She is the Founder & Chairperson of Dhirubhai Ambani International School (DAIS), which has consistently been ranked as the best International School in India, and is in the league of top international schools in the world.Further, the Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarship Programme has supported over 11,500 scholars, 20% of whom are specially-abled and almost 50% are girls.
She also leads Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre, which provides international quality, affordable healthcare. It is the largest gold certified green hospital in Mumbai. Reliance Foundation’s ‘Health for All’ initiative has provided primary medical care to about 2.5 million underprivileged people. The Reliance Foundation Drishti programme has gifted vision to over 17,000 people through corneal transplants and its international Braille newspaper in Hindi is circulated in India and 15 other countries.
Mrs. Ambani is committed to preserving and promoting India’s art, culture and heritage. RF partnered with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, to showcase the works of Nasreen Mohamedi, the renowned Indian abstract artist in 2016. RF also sponsored the ‘Gates of the Lord – The Tradition of Krishna Paintings’ exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015.
Over the years, Mrs. Ambani has received many awards and honours. In 2017, she was conferred with the ‘Pravinchandra V. Gandhi Award for Excellence in Public Life’ by the Rotary Club of Bombay and was also honoured with ‘The Global Philanthropist and Leader of the Year Award’ by Vogue India Magazine. Reliance Foundation, under Mrs. Ambani’s leadership, was awarded the prestigious Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Award by the President of India in 2017 and was awarded with the Best Corporate Promoter of Indian Sports by Times of India in 2018. She was also honoured by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in January 2017 for her philanthropic work, becoming the first South Asian to receive this honour. Forbes Asia magazine ranked her amongst Asia's 50 Most Powerful Businesswomen in 2016.
She is on the Board of Reliance Industries Limited, India’s largest private sector company and a Fortune Global 500 company. She is also on the Board of EIH Limited (The Oberoi Group).
Mr. Hital R. Meswani (DIN 00001623) is a Management & Technology graduate from the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) in the USA. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, UPenn, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the Wharton Business School. He joined Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) in 1990 and is the son of Mr. Rasiklal Meswani, one of the Founder Directors of the company.
He is on the Board of the company as Whole-time Director, designated as the Executive Director, RIL, since August 4, 1995. His overall responsibility spans the Petroleum Refining and Marketing Business, Petrochemicals Manufacturing and several corporate functions of the company including Human Resources Management, Information Technology, Research & Technology and Capital Projects Execution. He has been involved with almost all mega initiatives of the group through its growth journey. He was instrumental in execution of the world class petrochemicals complex at Hazira and the mammoth Reliance Jamnagar Refinery complex, the largest in the world at any single location. He had also led a company-wide business transformation initiative, which has resulted in the development of the constitution of RIL – the Reliance Management System.
He has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by IChemE (Institution of Chemical Engineers – the International Professional body for Chemical, Biochemical and Process Engineers) in recognition of his contribution to the process industries. He is a member of the Engineering Board of Overseers of University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) and is a recipient of the prestigious ‘The 2011 D. Robert Yarnall Award’ from The Engineering Alumni Society of the UPENN. He was conferred the Honorary CEPM-PMA Fellowship Award for Project Management Excellence. He is also a Member of Board of Management - Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai.
He is a member of the Finance Committee, Stakeholders’ Relationship Committee, Risk Management Committee, Human Resources, Nomination and Remuneration Committee and Chairman of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee of the Company.
He is a Director of Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings Ltd, Reliance Commercial Dealers Ltd and The Indian Film Combine Private Ltd.
Past Chairperson of State Bank of India from 2013 to 2017.
Forty years career as a banker with State Bank of India, the largest bank in India.
Held several positions during her career with the bank including working in foreign exchange, treasury, retail operations, human resources and investment banking. This included positions like the chief executive of the bank's merchant banking arm- State Bank of India Capital Markets; Chief General Manager in charge of new projects. She has also served at the bank's New York office.
Involved with the launch of several new businesses such as SBI General Insurance, SBI Custodial Services, SBI Pension Funds Pvt. Ltd. and the SBI Macquarie Infrastructure Fund.
In 2016, she was named the 25th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. Ranked among the FT Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine. Named the 4th most powerful women in Asia Pacific by Fortune in 2017.
India Today magazine ranked her at 19th in India's 50 Most powerful people of 2017 list. In 2018, she was named Business Leader of the Year at The Asian Awards.
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