Rishad Premji is the Executive Chairman of Wipro Limited.
Until recently, 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 — a joint healthcare venture between Wipro and General Electric.
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 provide 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 $190 billion software industry.
Prior to joining Wipro Ltd. 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.