Mr. Kris Gopalalakrishnan
Chairman – Axilor Ventures, Co-founder and former CEO – Infosys
Mr. ‘Kris’ Gopalakrishnan served as the Vice Chairman of Infosys from 2011 to 2014, and as its CEO & MD from 2007 to 2011, and is one of the co-founders of Infosys.
Recognised as a global business and technology thought leader, he was voted the top CEO (IT services category) in Institutional Investor’s inaugural ranking of Asia’s Top Executives. He was selected as one of the winners of the 2nd Asian Corporate Director Recognition Awards by Corporate Governance Asia in 2011. In 2009, Kris was also selected to Thinkers 50, an elite list of global business thinkers. He was elected President of CII, India’s apex industry chamber during 2013 – 14, and served as one of the co-chairs of the World Economic Forum in Davos in January, 2014. In January 2011, the Government of India awarded him the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian honour.
He serves on the Board of Governors of IIT Madras, and IIM Bangalore. He is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIIT Bangalore, and is also on the Board of Trustees of the Chennai Mathematical Institute. Kris holds a master’s degrees in physics and computer science from IIT Madras.