Rahul Sharma Co-founder, Micromax Informatics Limited

Rahul Sharma is currently the Managing Director of Micromax and is at the helm of affairs of the leading Indian conglomerate that is one of the market leaders in consumer technology. Under Rahul's leadership, Micromax has not only become one of the leading smartphone players in the world, it has also taken strides in the consumer electronics business. He has been instrumental in scaling up the brand globally and today Micromax is one of the top smartphone players across international markets including Russia and other SAARC countries.

The phenomenal growth of Micromax can be attributed to Rahul's dynamism and passion for technology. With the in-depth understanding of the market that Rahul brings to the table, Micromax is known for its differentiated products that are close to the consumer needs. Rahul to his credit has pioneered many firsts in Indian mobile phone market including innovations such as the 30-day battery backup phone, dual SIM phones, QWERTY keypads, universal remote control mobile phones, and an integrated services platform called AROUND- the global first in the industry. Scaling up the brand further, Micromax today has diversified into other consumer categories like air-conditioners and Smart TVs that is helping Micromax build a strong connect with consumers across multiple touch points.

Rahul takes great pride in investing all his energy in improving the business performance of the organization. Passionate about being a catalyst for change, Rahul is a rare combination of business acumen and a creative mind and is adept at leveraging his knowledge, skills and expertise to maximize people's potential. The brand's product portfolio embraces more than 60 models today, ranging from feature rich, dual - SIM phones, 4G smartphones, tablets, LED televisions an Air conditioners.

With the Mobile being at the centre stage of everything that we do today, it has the power to change lives and as one of the global leaders, Micromax is taking strides in making the smartphone not only smarter but intelligent. With an ambition to make an ecosystem of connected devices, Micromax under Rahul's able leadership is the first and the only handset brand which is bringing compelling software services integrated on the mobile device and has also invested in 10 start ups in the last 2 years. In this regard, Micromax has recently announced an independent fund 'Orbis Capital' that aims to invest in internet start-ups.

Rahul and Micromax have been consistently rewarded at some of the most prestigious awards such as the 'Most Promising Company for the Next Decade' by CNBC Awaaz and the 'Emerging Company of the Year 2011'. In recognition of his achievements, Rahul was awarded The Forbes Person of the Year in 2010. He has also been awarded the prestigious 'GQ Man of the Year (Excellence in Business)' in 2013. He was among the only Four Indians in Fortune Magazine's Global Power List of 2014- Fortune's '40 under 40' list of 2014. He was also awarded as the 'Best IT Person of the Year 2016' by DataQuest.

Today, Rahul has set his eyes to lead out to the global frontiers with innovative products that challenge the status quo that Innovation comes at a price. With an in-depth understanding of rapidly changing consumer preferences coupled with the use of advanced technologies, Rahul has been able to differentiate Micromax in the highly competitive space of consumer technology.