B Ramalinga Raju, chairman and founder of Hyderabad-based Satyam Computer Services was declared India’s Entrepreneur of the Year on Tuesday in a worldwide series of awards given by consulting firm Ernst & Young.
Manoj Kumar Upadhyay, founder of Acme Telepower, which provides power management solutions, was named the Start-up Entrepreneur of the year in the list of 10 awards that salute achievements in different categories of industry and business leadership.
The Lifetime Achievement award went to Keshub Mahindra, patriarch of the diversified Mahindra group. Ela Bhatt of Gujarat-based Self Employed Women’s Association was conferred the social entrepreneurship award.
Raju will represent India at the E&Y World Entrepreneur of the Year award at Monte Carlo scheduled to be held in May next year. A jury headed by ICICI chairman KV Kamath picked the Indian winners from among nominees.
Delhi’s Atul Punj, chairman and managing director of Punj Lloyd Ltd, got the award for the infrastructure and construction category, while Cyrus Poonawalla, chairman of Pune-based Serum Institute of India Ltd, won the honour in the healthcare and life sciences category.
Raghav Bahl won the Business Transformation Entrepreneur award for growing his small news provider company, Television Eighteen, into Network 18, a diversified media house, while Shikha Sharma, CEO of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, was named the manager entrepreneur of the year.
Shiv Nadar of the HCL group won the honour in the services category, while Sajjan Jindal of JSW Steel took the award in the manufacturing segment.