Ajit Gulabchand is Chairman and Managing Director of HCC - one of India's leading construction companies, founded by industrialist Seth Walchand Hirachand in 1926. At the helm of affairs in HCC since 1983, Mr. Gulabchand's path-breaking management initiatives have grown HCC into a modern and vibrant infrastructure player, with a vast business portfolio and a knowledge asset and expertise of more than 3000 professionally qualified people.
HCC has executed a majority of India's most challenging infrastructure projects. Projects executed across India bear HCC's hallmark of worldclass innovation, from Roads & Expressways, Tunnels, Bridges, Dams and Barrages, to India's first and longest open sea Cable-Stayed Bridge in the country's commercial capital, Mumbai.
Mr. Gulabchand is a man with a vision. This is evident through his stewardship of HCC into an integrated group spanning Engineering & Construction, Real Estate, Infrastructure and Urban development and Management. The HCC group of companies comprises HCC Ltd (Engineering & Construction), and its subsidiaries HCC Real Estate Ltd, HCC Infrastructure Ltd and Lavasa Corporation Ltd.
As India is poised to play a major role in global business, Mr Ajit Gulabchand stands tall amongst India's business leaders driving the country's vision of its future. Conferred with the Infrastructure Leader Award for 2009 by CNBC TV 18 Mr Gulabchand was the only Indian business leader to be honoured with an invitation to participate on panels at the UN Summit on Climate Change held in September 2009. And he is one of the few Indian infrastructure developers to actively pursue green policies in project design and implementation processes as an integral part of HCC's business activities.
Mr. Gulabchand is today regarded as a major spokesperson for the Indian infrastructure sector in global forums. A regular participant at the WEF, Davos for two decades, he Chair's the Governor's steering board of the Engineering and Construction community and is a member of the CII-WEF Infrastructure Task force. He is also a founder member of the Geneva-based Disaster Resource Network (DRN) in collaboration with the WEF, the United Nations and International Red Cross. As Chairman of DRN India, he has been involved in disaster management during a number of natural disasters in India and abroad. He is also a signatory member of the United Nations Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate.