Rohinton Soli "Ronnie" Screwvala is an
Indian entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the cofounder of UpGrad, an
online education company. He was the founder and CEO of UTV Group (UTV Software
Communications, Bloomberg UTV, and UTV Motion Pictures), which was founded in
the year 1990. Screwvala was the Managing Director of UTV India, Managing
Trustee of the Swades Foundation and Founder & Advisor: at Unilazer
Ventures Ltd., (a privately held PE/VC & Business Company).
He has been named on Esquire's List of the 75 Most
Influential People of the 21st Century (September 2008) and ranked 78 among the
100 most influential people in the world on the Time 100 (compiled by Time
Magazine, 2009). He was also listed amongst 25 Asia’s Most Powerful by
Fortune Magazine, titled the Jack Warner of India by Newsweek, and
named Entrepreneur of the year by Ernst & Young.
Ronnie Screwvala was born on 8th September 1962 in
Mumbai, India. He is also an Indian Film Producer, Philanthropist.
Screwvala established UTV group in 1990 which
provided Television content to broadcasters. In less than 2 decades of its
incorporation, UTV advanced into gaming, broadcasting, film producing and other
businesses. The first film produced under the banner of UTV was Dil Ke Jharoke
Main in 1997. Apart from producing films his production company also started
cartoon channel Hungama TV and business channels like Bloomberg UTV.
Ronnie Screwvala is a well-known entrepreneur and
owns a Kabaddi team, U Muma. He also has stakes in e-commerce portals like
zivame.com and lenskart.com.
He has contributed immensely to the society through
his NGO Swades Foundation. Swades has provided drinking water in 139 rural
villages of Maharashtra. He speaks about his successful entrepreneurial
journey across the world.
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.