FORA.tv Speaker - Kanwal Rekhi
Kanwal Rekhi, is the Chairman of the Centre for Civil Society. Born in Rawalpindi (now in Pakistan) in 1945, Kanwal Rekhi came to India with his family after partition and settled down in Kanpur.
He graduated as an electrical engineer from IIT Bombay in 1967 and did his MS from Michigan University in 1969. He worked as an engineer, systems analyst, and manager for many years before floating his first company, Excelan in 1982. After Novell bought Excelan in 1989, he joined the Board of Directors of Novell and was named Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.
He left Novell in 1995 to start afresh a venture capitalist and angel investor. He is actively focused on helping young entrepreneurs getting started and was the motivating force behind K. B. Chandrashekahar's Exodus. Currently involved at the Board Level in many companies including 123signup.com, Instantis, Mediaway, Sierra Atlantic, and Versata, Rekhi is also involved in increasing the visibility of premier educational institutions in India.
Rekhi recently gifted US $ 2 Million to IIT Bombay to help set up a new School of Information Technology. Rekhi was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1987 by the Arthur-Young/Venture magazine. He was named to Board of Advisors to the President of Michigan Tech and was also honoured with a Doctorate in 1997 in Business and Engineering.
12.11.08 | 01:06:11 min
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