Monday, 24 June 2024

Azim Premji, Founder Azim Premji Foundation

India

Champion's Profile

Net worth estimated $4.7 billion, Azim Premji (born 24 July 1945) is an Indian business tycoon, investor, engineer, and philanthropist, who is the chairman of Wipro Limited. In 2001, he founded Azim Premji Foundation, a non-profit organization. In December 2010, he pledged to donate US$2 billion for improving school education in India. This has been done by transferring 213 million equity shares of Wipro Ltd, held by a few entities controlled by him, to the Azim Premji Trust.

UNDP SDG

Education & Sustainable Society

Description and impact

Azim Premji Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that has been working since 2000 with the elementary education system in rural government schools. The primary goal of the Foundation is to contribute to a society that is “a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society” as envisaged in the Constitution of India. Towards this goal, we have identified education as a critical area that has a direct impact on the economic, social and cultural development of the nation.