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Tarun Das

Mr. Issac Herzog
Mr. Issac Herzog

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

With Ratan Tata at IIC November 2013

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Tarun Das

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Tarun Das is currently the Chairman of the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG); Sasakawa India Leprosy Foundation (S-ILF) and also Chairman, Advisory Board, JCB India.

He is on the Board of Trustees of various non- profit institutions such as Ananta Aspen Centre(AAC); Ananta Centre (AC);The Aspen Institute, USA; Council on Energy Environment and Water (CEEW);Singapore India Partnership Foundation (SIPF);Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER);CII-Triveni Water Institute; World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

He has been working closely on deepening international ties. He is Co-Chair US – India Strategic Dialogue, India-Japan Strategic Dialogue, US-India-Japan Strategic Dialogue and Member, India- Singapore Strategic Dialogue, India-China Strategic Dialogue, India-US Climate Change and Energy Dialogue, India-U.K Climate Change and Energy Dialogue. He is India Chair of the Trilateral Commission.He is also Member, International Advisory Board, Chubb (USA).

Formerly, he was the Director General of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) from April 1967 to May 2004 and from June 2004 to Oct 2009 he was the Chief Mentor of CII.

He has authored a book: “Crossing Frontiers.”

He has received Padma Bhushan for his contribution in the field of Trade and Industry, by the President of India; Singapore National Award (Public Service Medal) by the Singapore Government for his contribution in strengthening economic ties between India and Singapore; Honorary Doctorate in Science, The University of Warwick, UK; Honorary CBE for contribution to Indo-British relations; Honorary Doctorate by the Tel Aviv University, Israel for extraordinary commitment to promoting the Indian Economy in the global arena; Sweden Royal Order of the Polar Star for contribution in strengthening Indo- Swedish relations; Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by Japan Government for contribution in strengthening India- Japan 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.

Forbes Marshall 1st Founder's Day Lecture

2nd October 2020

Tata Literature Live! Business Shastras

Arun Maira in conversation with Tarun Das