IILM Confers 9th Distinguished Global Thinker Award on Mr. Naveen Jain


New Delhi, Delhi, India
The 9th IILM Distinguished Global Thinker Award was conferred on Naveen Jain, an exceptionally successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, today in New Delhi. The Award was presented to Mr. Jain by Mrs. Malvika Rai, Chairperson, IILM.

Welcoming Mr. Jain, Professor Rakesh Chaudhry, Senior Director IILM, shared that IILM launched the Global Thinker Award in 2006, to celebrate and honour those distinguished individuals who have contributed substantially to the global stream of consciousness, ideas, and knowledge, and have made a long lasting impact.

In the past years, IILM has conferred the Global Thinker Award on Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, Professor C.K. Prahalad, Mr. Sam Pitroda, Lord Meghnad Desai, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Professor Andre Beteille, and Professor Soumitra Dutta.

IILM is one of the leading business schools in India offering undergraduate, postgraduate, and executive education programmes in management.

IILM has been inducted in the leadership group of the United Nations Global Compact PRME initiative – Principles for Responsible Management Education. This leadership group works on planning and implementing the framework of responsible management and leadership education. IILM is the only business school from India to be a part of this lead group of champion business schools. IILM, together with Babson College, USA and Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, is the co-lead for the faculty development initiative for PRME.

In EdUniversal ranking of the best business schools in India for the year 2105, IILM has been Ranked 11 in 3 Palmes of Excellence category, based on Deans’ recommendations.

Born in 1959, Mr. Naveen Jain graduated with B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee and completed his MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur. Mr. Jain moved to the USA in 1983. He was listed in the Forbes 1999 list of richest Americans.

Mr. Naveen Jain continued his entrepreneurial success as a founder of Intelius, Inome, Talent Wise, Moon Express and World Innovation Inc. His most recent entrepreneurial venture is working with scientists at US national labs and NASA to identify radical technological breakthroughs to improve the lives of billions around the world. Mr. Jain serves on several boards related to science, technology and education. He is the chairman of the X Prize Foundation and on the board of directors for Singularity University.

While accepting the award, Mr. Jain expressed his gratitude and thanked IILM for conferring this award. He spoke on the disruptive innovation and fast paced changes in the industry. He emphasized that an entrepreneur need not be afraid of failures as failed ideas leave a trail for future innovations. He called upon students to think at least a decade ahead. On the pace of change in technology, he averred that an innovation today becomes obsolete in a short span of time. He emphasized, “Entrepreneur never fails; only ideas fail.”

Mr. Jain also delivered a Lecture on “Using Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Solve Humanity’s Big Challenges.” He highlighted “Until someone tells you – you are crazy, you are not dreaming big. Every disruptive idea comes from non-experts”.

IILM Director Dr. Smitha Girija thanked Mr. Jain, distinguished guests. The award ceremony closed with the singing of National Anthem.