Hudson Institute Appoints Rajeev Chandrasekhar to Board of Trustees

Washington, November 13, 2018 -- Hudson Institute announced today that Rajeev Chandrasekhar has been appointed to the Institute’s Board of Trustees.

“Rajeev Chandrasekhar is one of India’s leading policymakers and entrepreneurs, and we are delighted to have him join our Board of Trustees,” said Hudson Institute President and CEO Kenneth R. Weinstein. “His leadership, insight and experience will be great assets contributing to Hudson’s growing presence in India.”

“As India and the United States become closer strategic partners, I’m delighted to contribute to the framework of deepening cooperation through my relationship with Hudson,” said Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Member of the Indian Parliament and Hudson Trustee.

Chandrasekhar currently serves as a Member of Parliament representing the State of Karnataka in the Upper House of the Indian Parliament. A member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, he has served in parliament for three terms and was previously elected as an independent MP for two terms. Since joining parliament in 2006, his committee assignments have focused on informational technology, finance, defense, urban development, and anti-corruption. While serving as a MP and as president of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Chandrasekhar led efforts after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks to establish the National Intelligence Grid and coordinate India’s core security agencies.

Prior to entering politics, Chandrasekhar founded BPL Mobile, one of India’s first major mobile network operators. After selling his majority stake in 2006, Chandrasekhar established Jupiter Capital, an investment and financial services firm specializing in emerging areas of technology, media and transportation investments. He is a passionate advocate of entrepreneurship and currently serves as Chairman of Jupiter Capital.

Earlier in his career, Chandrasekhar established the Namma Bengaluru Foundation, which supports civic values in the Bengaluru City; and the Flags of Honour Foundation, which focuses on the welfare of India’s armed forces personnel and their families. He is a graduate of the Manipal Institute of Technology and the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and is awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science by Visvesvaraya Technological University, India.

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