New Delhi – Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Group CEO, Bharti Enterprises has been appointed as the Vice-Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), which is amongst the world’s oldest and most respected global business organisations.
He becomes the third business person from India in the history of ICC to be appointed to this position. The ICC World Council elected the new ICC
leaders at a meeting held in Doha, Qatar.
The past Chairmen of ICC from India were distinguished business leaders Late Hari Shankar Singhania (1993-1994), and Late Dr. Bharat Ram (1969-1971), who was also the first Indian to be appointed as the Chairman of the ICC Executive Board.
Founded in 1919, ICC represents private-sector views to national governments and intergovernmental bodies around the world. It advocates for free trade and the market economy, working through a network of national committees and direct members in over 130 countries. ICC was awarded the highest level consultative status with the United Nations (UN) in 1946, and since then has represented the private sector by engaging in a broad range of activities with the UN and its specialized agencies.
Commenting on his appointment, Sunil Bharti Mittal said, “I am honoured at being chosen by this prestigious organisation to serve it in this capacity. ICC is playing an important role in driving global economic growth by reducing barriers to trade and economic opportunity. I look forward to working with the distinguished members of the ICC towards taking forward this agenda and addressing the needs of the international business community.”
Sunil Bharti Mittal is a member of several premier international bodies – Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Reuters Editorial Advisory Board, Singapore’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council, Telecom Board of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the leading UN Agency and also a Commissioner of the Broadband Commission at ITU. He is a member of the India- US CEO Forum, the India- UK CEO Forum and India Japan Business Leaders Forum.
Appointed by the Prime Minister of India, he is also the Co-Chair of the India-Africa Business Council and the India-Sri Lanka CEO Forum.
Sunil Bharti Mittal is also associated with several academic institutions – as member of the Executive Board of the Indian School of Business, member of the Governing Body of London Business School, member of Harvard University’s Global Advisory Council and the Dean’s Advisory Board of Harvard Business School.
About The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
ICC is the largest, most representative business organization in the world. Its global network comprises over 6 million companies, chambers of commerce and business associations in more than 130 countries,
with interests spanning every sector of private enterprise.
A world network of national committees keeps the ICC International Secretariat in Paris informed about national and regional business priorities. More than 2,000 experts drawn from ICC’s member companies feed their knowledge and experience into crafting the ICC stance on specific business issues.
The United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the G20 and many other intergovernmental bodies,
both international and regional, are kept in touch with the views of international business through ICC.