Shiv Nadar is the Founder of HCL Enterprise. He is also the Chairman Emeritus and Strategic Advisor to the Board of HCLTech, a group company and India’s third-largest IT services organization. Nadar is credited with being one of India's pioneers of the computing and IT industry. Under his guidance, HCL has continued to ride the waves of the changing IT landscape for 45 years and remains at the forefront of every technological revolution since 1976. While HCL started as a hardware organization—manufacturing the country’s first indigenous computers and introducing them to the Indian consumer—it eventually evolved into a more comprehensive software services organization. HCLTech is one of the few global IT companies founded in the 1970s that remains in existence to date.
Throughout his career, Nadar always acknowledged that successful institution building depends on forging result-oriented partnerships and creating new knowledge. He steered HCL to create several valuable joint ventures and alliances that aided the organization’s emergence as a global technology enterprise. His pioneering spirit and belief in engineering and research shaped the organization's course and is why today, HCLTech boasts about being one of the world's largest IT Engineering and R&D divisions.
Nadar started his career as part of the elite DCM management trainee system. At DCM, he met the people with whom he later started HCL in a Delhi barsati, akin to a garage startup, with a compelling vision that the microprocessor would change the world.
Nadar credits his success to his education and scholarships during his early years. He has always maintained that access to quality education is the most potent tool of transformation and, therefore, in 1994, he established the philanthropic Shiv Nadar Foundation. The Foundation draws heavily on Nadar’s experience building a world-class organization, such as HCL. It endeavors to create institutions of transformational education that will continue to influence and nurture the country’s youth for decades to come. To this effect, the Shiv Nadar Foundation has established six institutions covering the entire spectrum of education, which aim to address the issue of quality in education, create lasting partnerships, and have a strong research orientation.
As of 2020, Nadar invested US$ 988 million through the Foundation, impacting over 34,000 students directly. However, the Foundation’s ultimate aim is to nurture the next generation of leaders in the ideologies of symbiotic growth so that each of them may, in turn, aspire to bring in a small change, creating a large multiplier effect. The impact of the Shiv Nadar Foundation institutions is today reflected in the aspirations of meritorious students who started their journeys from humble, geographically remote backgrounds but are today pursuing their dreams in India and other countries.
In recognition of his pioneering role in business and philanthropy in India and globally, Nadar has received several honors and accolades, notable being the Padma Bhushan from the President of India in 2008.
Nadar is married to Kiran, an Asian Games medalist and internationally renowned bridge player, who is also one of the largest Indian art collectors in the world.