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Harsh Mariwala

Founder ASCENT and Chariman, Marico Ltd.

Mr. Harsh Mariwala leads Marico Limited as its Chairman. He is also Chairman & Managing Director of Kaya Limited. Over the past three decades, Mr. Mariwala has transformed a traditional commodities driven business into a leading consumer products and services company in the Beauty and Wellness space. From a turnover of Rs. 50 Lakhs in 1971, Marico's products in hair nourishment, male grooming and healthy foods generated a turnover of about Rs. 6,132 Crores during 2015-16. Marico’s market capitalization stood at INR 34,126 crore on June 30, 2016. Further, the Skin care and solutions business under Kaya generated turnover of Rs. 370 crores for FY 2015-16. Under his leadership, Marico has achieved several awards and over 100 external recognitions in the last few years. Mr.Mariwala's entrepreneurial drive and passion for innovation, enthused him to establish the Marico Innovation Foundation in 2003. The Foundation acts as a catalyst to fuel innovation in India. Mr Mariwala started ASCENT in 2012, a not-for-profit expression of his passion to create a unique trust based peer-to- peer platform for high potential growth-stage entrepreneurs that leverages the “power of the collective” and enables them to share and exchange experiences, ideas, insights and create a healthy ecosystem to learn from each other and grow their enterprise.” 

He was the President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in 2011. Mr. Mariwala has been a part of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and is now a part of the World Presidents Organization (WPO). He has held the position of YPO Education, Membership and Chapter Chair for the Bombay Chapter and was a member of the International Forum Board of YPO International.