Kris Gopalakrishnan

Co-Founder, Infosys

Senapathy ‘Kris’ Gopalakrishnan is one of the seven founders of Infosys and served as the Vice Chairman of Infosys from 2011 to 2014, and as its Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director from 2007 to 2011. In 2014, Kris co-founded Axilor Ventures, a venture capital platform for young entrepreneurs. Kris is recognized as a global business and technology thought leader and was voted the top CEO (IT services category) in Institutional Investor's inaugural ranking of Asia's Top Executives. Kris was also selected to Thinkers 50, an elite list of global business thinkers, in 2009. He was elected President of India's apex industry chamber, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for 2013 – 14, and served as one of the co-chairs of the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2014. In January 2011, the Government of India awarded Kris the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian honor. He serves on the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, among other institutes. Kris holds post-graduate degrees in Physics and Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.