With Ratan Tata at IIC November 2013

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Tarun Das

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Mr. Issac Herzog
Mr. Issac Herzog

Jamshyd Godrej and Tarun Das with Issac Herzog when Leader of Opposition, now President of Israel

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  • Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) , 1974-2004

  • Chief Mentor, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), 2004-2009

  • Member, Advisory Board, CII-Triveni Water Institute

  • Member, Board of Governors, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)

  • Member, Board of Trustees, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)

  • Member, Board of Trustees, Ananta Centre and Ananta Aspen Centre

  • Life Trustee, Institute of Economic Growth (IEG)

Awards and Recognition

  • Awarded ‘Padma Bhushan’ for contribution in the field of Trade and Industry



  • Member, International Advisory Board (IAB), Chubb Insurance, New York

  • Lifetime Trustee, The Aspen Institute, USA

  • Co-Chair, US-India Strategic Dialogue

  • Co-Chair, US-India-Japan Strategic Dialogue

  • Member, India-USA Climate Change and Energy Dialogue

  • India Chair, Trilateral Commission

Awards and Recognition

  • USIBC Blackwill Award for contribution to India-US Relations


  • Chairman, Advisory Board, JCB India Ltd

  • Member, India-UK Track II Dialogue on Climate Change

Awards and Recognition

  • Honorary Doctor of Science, University of Warwick

  • Honorary CBE for contribution to Indo-UK Relations


  • Member of the Board, Singapore-India Partnership Foundation

  • Member, India-Singapore Strategic Dialogue

Awards and Recognition

  • Public Service Medal from the Government of Singapore for contribution to strengthening India-Singapore ties



  • Founder Co-Chair, India-Israel Forum.

  • Member, Board of Governors, Tel Aviv University

Awards and Recognition

  • Honorary Doctor of Science, Tel Aviv University



  • Co-Chair, India-Japan Strategic Dialogue

  • Chairman, Sasakawa-India Leprosy Foundation

Awards and Recognition

  • Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by Japan Government for strengthening India-Japan relations


Awards and Recognition

  • Royal Order of the Polar Star for contribution to strengthening Indo-Swedish relations.

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By Tarun Das

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), 125 years old in 2020, is one of a kind. An Institution with a difference.


From very humble beginnings in 1895, it evolved, through many ups and downs, into a national body which was effective in serving and representing industry but, more importantly, took Indian business into many uncharted waters, crossing frontiers.


This book tries to captures the culture and ethos, the strategy and outcome as CII moved from a point of breakdown to a significant leadership role.

Click here to read it online