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Ronnie Screwvala

Founder - UTV Group, and Founder trustee - Swades Foundation

Ronnie Screwvala is a first generation entrepreneur who pioneered Cable TV in India, built one of the largest toothbrush manufacturing operations and went on to create a Media & Entertainment conglomerate – UTV – spanning Television, Broadcasting, Digital, Mobile and Motion Pictures.

Demonstrating an innate ability to merge creativity with commerce, Newsweek termed him the Jack Warner of India, Esquire rated him one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st Century and Fortune as Asia’s 25 most powerful.

Onto his second innings, Ronnie is driven by his interest in championing Entrepreneurship in India and is also focused through Unilazer to build his next set of ground up businesses in high growth and impact sectors.

Ronnie is also passionate about Social Welfare and is active along with his wife Zarina as Founder Trustees of The Swades Foundation, which operates with the single minded focus of empowering one million lives in Rural India every 5-6 years through a unique 360 degree model with verticals in Water, Sanitation, Health, Nutrition, Community Mobilisation, Education, and most importantly Agriculture & Livelihood, to lift them out of poverty permanently.

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Why Building Toilets Is Not Enough

The problem stems from a general misconception that rural India is eagerly awaiting sophisticated solution providers from urban India to rescue them. To be able to truly help improve the lives of rural communities, we need to internalise four words: trust, empathy, aspiration and empowerment.
02/02/2015 12:03 PM IST