Mr. Akhil Gupta is an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University. He is the former Chairman of Blackstone India, having started its operations in India. He was also the CEO-Corporate Development for Reliance Industries Limited, after starting its businesses in oil and gas, refining, and telecom. Mr. Gupta is one of the founding members of Asia Society India Chapter and a Partner in The Acumen Fund. He currently serves as a member of the Advisory Council of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford and the HKUST Business School. Mr. Gupta received his MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, which conferred on him the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004.