Rishad Premji is the Chairman of Wipro Limited.
He was until recently the Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for shaping Wipro's strategy to drive sustained and profitable growth. Rishad was also responsible for Investor Relations and all Government relations activities for the company.
As the Chief Strategy Officer, he led Wipro’s M&A Strategy and conceptualized Wipro Ventures – a $100 million fund to invest in start-ups developing technologies and solutions that will complement Wipro's businesses with next-generation services and products.
Rishad is on the Board of Wipro Enterprises Limited, a leading player in FMCG & infrastructure engineering and Wipro-GE, a joint venture between Wipro and General Electric in the healthcare domain.
He is also on the Board of the Azim Premji Foundation, one of the largest not-for-profit initiatives in India. The Foundation, which is focused on improving public school education, works with over 350,000 government schools across seven states in India. Separately, he is also on the Board of Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives, which provides grants to organizations that contribute to social change.
For financial year 2018-19, Rishad was the Chairman of NASSCOM, the trade body of India’s $170 billion software industry.
Prior to joining Wipro Limited in 2007, Rishad was with Bain & Company in London, working on assignments across consumer products, automobiles, telecom and insurance industries. He also worked with GE Capital in the US in the insurance and consumer lending space and is a graduate of GE's Financial Management Program (FMP).
Rishad has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University in the US. In 2014, he was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for his outstanding leadership, professional accomplishments, and commitment to society.