Mr.Akhil Gupta is the Chairman of DIPA (Digital Infrastructure Providers Association) and Vice Chairman of Bharti Enterprise.He has played a pivotal role in Bharti’s
phenomenal growth right since inception - both organically and by way of various acquisitions.
He has led the formation of various partnerships for Bharti with leading international operators like
British Telecom, Telecom Italia, Singapore Telecom and Vodafone in addition to induction of leading
financial investors like Warburg Pincus, Temasek, KKR, Qatar Foundation Endowment, AIF and
Sequoia among many other Private Equity funds. He has also been instrumental in raising several
billion dollars by way of project finance for the Group over the years from global banks, bond
markets and Export Credit Agencies (ECAs).
He has conceptualized and implemented the transformational initiatives that include the outsourcing deals undertaken by the group in the areas of Information Technology (IT) with IBM and Network Management. He has also been responsible for the separation of passive mobile infrastructure and forming Indus Towers - a Joint Venture with Vodafone and Idea, which is one of the largest tower companies in the world and is a unique example of collaborating at the backend while competing at the front end. In 2010, he was instrumental in the acquisition of Zain Group’s mobile operations in 15 countries across Africa.
He has also spearheaded the successful public listings of Bharti Airtel (2002), Bharti Infratel (2012) and Airtel Africa (2019) and has been instrumental in introducing Global benchmarks like full Quarterly audits and transparent Quarterly reports to provide all relevant information to investors & stakeholders. Consequently, Bharti Airtel and Bharti Infratel have been constantly awarded highest ratings for Corporate Governance and are acknowledged globally for highest standards of ethics.
He represents the Indian Telecom Industry and Bharti regularly at various forums and important seminars in India and abroad.
He is the recipient of numerous awards which include ET Telecom Lifetime Achievement Award, Voice&Data Lifetime Contribution Award, EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award as an Entrepreneur CEO, CA Lifetime Achievement Award by ICAI, Lifetime Achievement Award by Amity University, CEO of the Year award at National Telecom Awards, CA Business Achiever award by ICAI, Asia Corporate Dealmaker award at the Asia Pacific M&A Atlas Awards, Best CFO awards in multiple categories by CNBC–TV18 and induction to Hall of Fame by CFO India.His book ‘Some Sizes Fit All’ on management has been recently published by Penguin Random House.