Anurag Behar is the CEO for Azim Premji Foundation, Chief Sustainability Officer of Wipro Limited & Vice Chancellor, Azim Premji University.
The Foundation is committed to a vision of “contributing towards a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society”. The Foundation runs institutions and programs in India for improving school education and for other areas of human development. The extensive field work of the Foundation is in collaboration with various State governments, to help improve equity and quality of the public education system. The current geographical focus of this work is in 7 states of India, which have over 350,000 schools. The Foundation also does significant work on matters of policy and curriculum across India.
The Foundation has established the not-for-profit Azim Premji University, with teaching and research programs focused on the fields of Education and Development. Anurag also serves as the President of this University. He is also deeply involved with the Foundation’s efforts to support not-for-profit organizations working on certain specific issues in the social sector, by providing multi-year grants. The Foundation has been set up by Azim Premji with his personal wealth, with an endowment of about Rs 150,000 crores (USD 21 Billion).
Anurag is a member of the Committee that has developed India’s National Education Policy (2019), the first comprehensive education policy for the country, since 1986. He has been deeply engaged with efforts to improve education in India, for the past seventeen years.
He has been a vocal advocate for the critical importance of public systems, in particular the public education system. His many years in business have given him an insider’s view in to both the possibilities and limits of markets. For the past few years he has also been engaged with environmental and ecological issues. He writes widely, including a fortnightly column for the national newspapers Mint & Hindustan, and other publications.
Anurag has earlier played leadership roles in business. As the CEO of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, he led the business from being No. 20 in the world to being the No. 1 in 5 years. He has also been responsible for many corporate functions for Wipro including Brand, Quality and Innovation. He continues to provide oversight to the social and ecological initiatives of the Wipro Group, as its Chief Sustainability Officer. He is a member of Wipro’s Group Executive Council.
Anurag has served on various Boards including that of Wipro GE Healthcare Ltd, The University of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and of the TERI University. He serves on many government & sector councils, such as MHRD’s EQUIP, the National Mission on Teachers and Teacher Education, the Government of India implementation committee for the Justice Verma Commission, Karnataka Knowledge Commission, and with the CII’s National Climate Change Council.
He has an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur and a BE in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Trichy. Both institutions have honored him with their Distinguished Alumnus award. He was elected as a ‘Young Global Leader’, by the World Economic Forum in 2008. He enjoys long distance running.