Mr. Tarun Das



Tarun Das has dedicated his professional career to the development and promotion of Indian Industry. Starting in November 1963 with the predecessor body of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) he was the Director General and Chief Executive of CII from April 1967 to May 2004 and Chief Mentor from June 2004 to October 2009. His leadership of the organization over three decades has led to achievements in strengthening business and strategic ties between India and the world. He is Member of the Advisory Group for G-20, Ministry of Finance; Member, Expert Group, Planning Commission on Government-Industry Consultations; Member, Working Group on Business Regulatory Framework for the 12th Five Year Plan ( 2012-2017) , Planning Commission; Member, Expert Group, Prime Minister’s Office to formulate a jobs plan for the State of J&K Youth; Member, Council of IITs, Ministry of Human Resources Development; Member, Round Table on Skills Development, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Member, National Culture Fund, Ministry of Culture and Member, Kerala State Planning Board. He is also Trustee, Council on Energy Environment and Water; Managing Trustee, Indian Business Trust for HIV/AIDS; Vice President and Treasurer, World Wide Fund- India (WWF); Member, Board of Trustees, Public Interest Foundation; Member, Apex Council on India@75, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII); Member, Board of Trustees, Aspen Institute India and Lifetime Trustee of The Aspen Institute, USA. He is the Co-Chair of the Indo–US Strategic Dialogue and of Indo-US-Japan Strategic Dialogue, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Member of the India- Singapore Strategic Dialogue and the India-China Strategic Dialogue, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He is Member, Board of Directors, John Keells Holdings PLC (Sri Lanka); Member of the International Advisory Board of ACE Insurance(USA); Member, India Advisory Board of VOITH (Germany) and Member, India Advisory Board, JCB (UK). He was awarded Honorary Doctorate in Science by The University of Warwick, UK in 1996, Honorary CBE by Her Majesty the Queen for contribution to Indo-British relations in 1998, the 2004 Singapore National Award (Public Service Medal) by the Singapore Government for contribution to strengthening economic ties between India and Singapore. He was also awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2006, one of the highest Civilian Awards, for contribution in the field of Trade and Industry, by the President of India. In May, 2011 he was conferred with the Honorary Doctorate by the Tel Aviv University in Israel for extraordinary commitment to promoting the Indian Economy in the global arena.