Dr. Subhash Chandra Chairman, Essel Group
Dr. Subhash Chandra, Chairman of the Essel Group of Companies is amongst the leading lights of the global media & entertainment industry. A self-made man, and a true visionary, Dr. Chandra has consistently demonstrated his ability to identify new businesses and lead them on the path of success.
Dr. Chandra is rightly referred to as the Media Moghul. With his pioneering vision and entrepreneurial mindset to achieve growth, he revolutionized the television industry by launching the country's first satellite television channel - Zee TV in 1992 and later the first private news channel, Zee News. ZEE as a brand today, has achieved a global recognition, reaching over 959 million viewers in 169 countries offering a rich bouquet of channels in India and internationally in general entertainment, sports, lifestyle, movies, English and regional genres and alternative lifestyles. Aiming to achieve five times viewership growth and four times growth in content consumption by the year 2020, ZEE strives to be ranked amongst the top global media brands.
Dr. Chandra also shares his rich experience on the Dr. Subhash Chandra (DSC) Show, which is watched by over 230 million viewers across the country. With this popular show, he is now a guiding force for the youth of the nation, enriching and empowering their lives.
For his contributions to the industry, Dr. Chandra has been awarded the 2011 International Emmy Directorate Award at their 39th International Emmy Awards night in New York. Dr. Chandra became the first Indian ever to receive a Directorate Award recognizing excellence in television programming outside the United States.
Dr. Chandra has made his mark as an influential philanthropist in India. He has set up TALEEM (Transnational Alternate Learning for Emancipation and Empowerment through Multimedia) to provide access to quality education through distance and open learning. He is also the Chairman of Ekal Global - a movement to eradicate illiteracy from rural and tribal India. The Foundation provides free education to over 1.4 million tribal children across more than 52,000 villages through one-teacher schools. He is the moving force behind the Global Vipassana Foundation - a trust set up to help people raise their spiritual quotient. Dr. Chandra is also the Founder Chairman of Global Foundation for Civilization Harmony (India) (GFCH), an Eastern initiative for conflict avoidance and a partner of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC). The founder patrons of GFCH include His Holiness Dalai Lama and late former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, among others.