Ronnie Screwvala

Entrepreneur and Philanthropist; Founder UTV Group (Now Walt Disney India), Founder Trustee of Swades Foundation, Founder of Unilazer Ventures, Board of Advisor AIESEC India

“Dream with your eyes open”, says India’s foremost entrepreneur, Ronnie Screwvala in his latest entrepreneurial venture – a book full of insights on entrepreneurship, written first-hand from the gritty experience of two decades of building businesses. Ronnie Screwvala, India’s Cable TV pioneer started his realizing his dreams by making one of the largest toothbrush manufacturing operations followed by UTV, which sold out to Disney in 2012. Newsweek termed him the Jack Warner of India; Esquire rated him as one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st Century and Fortune as Asia’s 25 most powerful. Ronnie is now involved in building the next set of businesses for tomorrow, from grounds up - U Sports focused on Kabaddi, Moto Sports and Football; U Education under the brand UpGrad that zeroes in on Online Education – in Higher Studies, Post Graduation and Specialization courses; and U Digital under the brand Arre to target the core 15-34 age group in all things digital for the 21st century. Ronnie and his wife Zarina are committed philanthropists - 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 and most importantly Agriculture & Livelihood, to lift them out of poverty permanently.