Mr. Akhilesh Gupta has been at Harvard University since 2015 as a Senior Fellow/Guest.
He was the Chairman of Blackstone India till December 2014. Mr. Gupta joined The Blackstone Group as Senior Managing Director in 2005 and started its operations in India.
Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Gupta served as CEO - Corporate Development, for Reliance Industries Limited. His efforts at Reliance were focused on developing Reliance’s E&P, Refining, and Telecom businesses from scratch. He was the founding CEO of all these three businesses.
Mr. Gupta began his career at Hindustan Unilever. From 1981 to 1992, he worked in the U.S, first in consulting with Strategic Planning Associates and ICF International in Washington D.C., where Mr. Gupta became a partner at the firm, and then as Chief Financial Officer of two integrated retailers and manufacturers of furniture in California.
Mr. Gupta received his MBA from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University in 1981 and a B.Tech degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, which conferred on him the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004
Mr. Gupta has served over a dozen company Boards, including Boards of several Blackstone portfolio companies, and Reliance group companies. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, on The Dean’s Leadership Council at Harvard Divinity School, on the Advisory Board of Global Education Innovation Initiative at Harvard University and on the Board of World Teach.
Mr. Gupta is one of the founding members of Asia Society (India Chapter) and a Partner in The Acumen Fund. He is a Director on the Board of Hindustan Power Projects Private Limited.
Mr. Gupta joined the Board of the Company on September 9, 2014