Rishad Premji is the Executive Chairman of Wipro Limited.
Earlier, Rishad was Wipro's Chief Strategy Officer. He led Wipro’s M&A strategy and conceptualized Wipro Ventures, a $250 million fund to invest in start-ups developing technologies and solutions that complement Wipro's businesses with next-generation services and products. He was also responsible for investor and government relations for the company.
Rishad is on the boards of Wipro Enterprises Ltd., a leading player in FMCG and infrastructure engineering, and Wipro GE Healthcare, a joint venture between Wipro and GE.
He is also on the board of the Azim Premji Foundation, one of the largest not-for-profit initiatives in the world. The work of the Foundation spans from education to other important areas of equity and human wellbeing, focused on India. In education, the Foundation has its own operations, working to improve public education, and running universities focused on the social sector; in the other fields, it works by supporting a large number of not-for-profits through multi-year financial grants.
For financial year 2018-19, Rishad was the Chairman of NASSCOM, the trade body of India’s $190 billion software industry.
Prior to joining Wipro 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 M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. 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.