Narayana Murthy to Receive CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award
By Renu Mehta *
Infosys Chairman Narayana Murthy will be honoured with the Canada India Foundation (CIF) Chanchlani Global Indian Award in April this year. In an announcement made at a press conference, CIF executives announced that the head of the Indian conglomerate will be honoured at the CIF Award Gala being held on April 26 this year.
“The highlight of the event at the 2014 Award Gala at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto will be the presentation of the CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award to Narayana Murthy, Founder and Executive Chairman of India’s IT powerhouse Infosys,” announced Dr. V.I. Lucky Lakshmanan, Chair, CIF at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre in Toronto on February 24.
Murthy, described by Time Magazine as the Father of Indian IT sector, and as one of the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time by Fortune magazine, founded Infosys in 1981 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 1981 to 2002 and as chairman from 2002 to 2011, guiding the company to become a multinational corporation and leader of India’s software revolution. Murthy is the recipient of Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award by the Government of India, and has also been honoured by the governments of France and United Kingdom.
As the fifth recipient of the Award, Narayana Murthy joins a select company of the Award recipients including Deepak Chopra, renowned thinker, writer and speaker on human empowerment and a strong proponent of alternative medicine; Sam Pitroda, pioneer of India’s telecom revolution, Tulsi Tanti, trailblazer in the deployment of wind power and Ratan Tata, India’s most respected industrialist and philanthropist.
“By his words & deeds Mr. Narayana Murthy exemplifies the qualities of a Global Indian. He has been an inspiration to millions of Indians, both in India and abroad, to become entrepreneurs”, says Lakshmanan.
In addition to a specially commissioned trophy, the Award includes a sum of $50,000 which is given to a charity of the Award recipient’s choice.
“The Award will be presented at one of the most anticipated events of the year, the CIF Award Gala. The Gala has been graced in previous years by prominent leaders including The Right Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper and India’s former President Dr. Abdul Kalam.” says Laj Prasher, President, CIF.
Around 600 high profile guests are expected to attend this year’s Gala.
CIF also announced the Canada India Infrastructure Forum 2014 being held on April 23 in Ottawa and April 25-25 in Toronto at the press conference. The mandate of the Forum will be to provide a platform for infrastructure sector specific dialogue among Indian and Canadian stakeholders; present current developments in the infrastructure sector in India; promote mutual business opportunities for Canadian and Indian infrastructure companies and publish a policy paper on infrastructure cooperation between Canada and India.
The program is expected to attract about 200 of the most prominent stakeholders and players in the Canadian and Indian infrastructure sectors to identify opportunities for cooperation and address challenges. They will hear and interact with Plenary and Keynote speakers and panelists on infrastructure sub-topics such as transportation (surface, air, waterways), construction (roads, bridges, ports, terminals), water management, power, public private partnership, societal considerations, policy and policy recommendations for the two countries to follow up. Attendees will include legislators and policy makers, regulatory agencies, institutional investors, financial institutions and service providers from Canada and India.
“More than 150 speakers, including ministers from Canadian federal government and provinces, India’s Planning Commission members and central cabinet secretaries and CEO’s from Canadian and Indian private sector have addressed CIF’s previous Canada India Forums and the high caliber participation will continue at the Infrastructure Forum as well”, said Marc Kealey, Co-Chair of the Forum.
* Renu Mehta is a Communications Consultant and a freelance writer.