Dr. Subhash Chandra Chairman, Essel Group
Dr. Subhash Chandra, (DIN 00031458), Non-Executive Chairman of the Company and Promoter of Essel Group of Companies is among the leading lights of the Indian industry. A self-made man, Dr. Chandra has consistently demonstrated his ability to identify new businesses and lead them on the path of success.
Dr. Chandra who is referred to as the Media Moghul of India, revolutionised the television industry by launching the country's first satellite Hindi channel Zee TV in 1992 and later the first private news channel, Zee News. His bouquet of businesses includes television networks (ZEE & ZMCL), a newspaper chain (DNA), cable systems (Siti Cable), Direct-to-Home (Dish TV), Satellite Communications (Agrani and Procall), Theme parks (Essel World and Water Kingdom), Online gaming (Playwin), Education (Zee Learn), Flexible packaging (Essel Propack) and Infrastructure development (Essel Infraprojects). Credited with tremendous business astuteness, Dr. Chandra has charted a course of growth and success, unparalleled in business history. All of Dr. Chandra?s ventures are path-breaking in nature, be it Essel Propack, which is the largest speciality packaging company in the world; Asia's largest amusement park Essel World; or the first satellite television channel in India (Zee TV).
Dr. Chandra has been recipient of numerous industry awards and civic honors including (a) Entrepreneur of the year (Ernst & Young) in 1998; (b) Businessman of the Year (Business Standard) (1999); (c) Entrepreneur CEO of the Year (International Brand Summit) (1999); (d) Global Indian Entertainment Personality of the Year (FICCI) (2004); (e) Lifetime Achievement Award at the CASBAA Convention (2009); (f) Hall of Fame for continuing contribution to industry in Entrepreneurs category at the INBA (2010); and (g) International Emmy Directorate Award (2011). Dr. Chandra became the first Indian ever to receive a Directorate Award recognizing excellence in television programming outside the United States. He has also been awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration by the University of East London.
Dr. Chandra has made his mark as an influential philanthropist in India. He set up TALEEM (Transnational Alternate Learning for Emancipation and Empowerment through Multimedia), an organisation which seeks to provide access to quality education through distance and open learning. He is also associated with Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India - a movement to eradicate illiteracy from rural and tribal India. The Foundation provides free education to nearly 1 million tribal children across more than 52,000 villages through one-teacher schools. He is also the moving force behind the Global Vipassana Foundation - a trust set up to help people raise their spiritual quotient.