Board of trustees and advisory board
Mr. Tarun Das – Chairman
Former Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
Mr Tarun Das has spent his professional career in the development and promotion of Indian Industry. Starting in November 1963 with the predecessor body of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) he was the Director General and Chief Executive of CII from April 1967 to May 2004 and Chief Mentor from June 2004 to October 2009. His leadership of the organization over three decades has led to strengthening business and strategic ties between India and the world.
Mr Das studied at the University of Calcutta and Manchester University. He is a recipient of honoris causa degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) from the university of Warwick.
He is member of the Track II Strategic Dialogues between India and USA, Japan, China, Singapore, Israel and Turkey. He is Co-chair of US-India Strategic Dialogue, US-India-Japan Strategic Dialogue, India–Japan Strategic Dialogue, India-Israel Forum.
Mr Das is currently associated with several institutions. These include Council on Energy Environment and Water (CEEW), Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), World Wildlife Fund India (WWFI), CII – Triveni Water Institute, Institute of Economic Growth (IES), Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST), Indian Institute of Management, Shillong (IIMS), Ananta Aspen Centre, Ananta Centre and Aspen Institute, USA.
He has published a book, Crossing Frontiers: The Journey of Building CII, which is an account of his years in CII.
He was awarded the civilian honor of Padma Bhushan in 2006 by the Government of India for his contributions to Indian trade and industry.