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Entrepreneur, Member of Parliament - Rajya Sabha, Co-Chairman – Vigilance & Monitoring Committee of Bangalore Urban District, Convenor – Agenda for Bengaluru Infrastructure and Development (ABIDe) Task Force, Chairman - National Military Memorial, Bengaluru, Founder – Flags of Honour Foundation and Past President, FICCI - Rajeev Chandrasekhar has made a distinguishing mark with every role he has donned. 

Rajeev Chandrasekhar was a part of the team that built the first Pentium processors at Intel. He founded BPL Mobile and was one of the first investors in the early 90’s to develop India’s first and largest green field telecom infrastructure. BPL Mobile had invested and built a world-class telecom infrastructure in the metro of Mumbai and the circles of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Kerala and laid the foundation for the Telecom revolution in India. Rajeev Chandrasekhar is widely recognized for his significant role in the development of the now successful telecom sector. BPL Mobile which later merged with Essar-Hutch was benchmarked the largest ever M&A in the country, with a valuation of over 1.2 billion US dollars. 

He founded Jupiter Capital in 2005 with a vision to foray into businesses of tomorrow in emerging new markets of globalizing economy of India. Jupiter Capital is recognized today for having built exciting and successful businesses and brands.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar was elected to the Rajya Sabha in May 2006, as a Member of Parliament representing Bangalore in the Rajya Sabha, Rajeev Chandrasekhar undertakes an active role in leading several issues – awareness campaign to urge people get out and vote, open and transparent public consultation around the Bengaluru Airport, strengthening of the LokAyukta, proposing a War Memorial dedicated to past, current and future soldiers. He is also a strong votary on Governance and Regulatory issues. 

Mr Chandrasekhar is the Founder and Managing Trustee of RC Foundation which mainly focuses on programmes aimed at primary education for poor children and has been at the forefront of raising finances and resources for important causes like support for Tsunami affected people, Kargil war and defence personnel, training of tribals in Kalahandi region of Orissa and rehabilitation of children impacted by the tragic burning of school in Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu.

In an effort to serve and support the martyrs / wounded veterans of the Military, Paramilitary and Police Forces of India and their families, Mr. Chandrasekhar launched the Flags of Honour Foundation on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas on 25 July, 2009.  The Foundation is an endeavour to be a platform and a bridge between the citizens who seek to help, and the families of martyrs/wounded veterans.  The Foundation will identify the need and requirements of these families and effectively route the much needed financial, social, and material support.  

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Biography

Rajeev Chandrasekhar
Member of Parliament

Date of Birth :           May 31, 1964 
Married to    :           Anju Chandrasekhar
Children       :           Two, Ages (9 and 8)

Mr. Rajeev Chandrasekhar : -

  • Currently Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, representing Bengaluru
  • Member of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance
  • Member of Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Finance
  • Member of Parliamentary Forum on Youth
  • Co-Chairman, Vigilance & Monitoring Committee, Bangalore Urban District
  • Convenor – Agenda for Bengaluru Infrastructure and Development (ABIDe) Task Force, Bengaluru
  • Chairman – National Military Memorial, Bengaluru
  • Founder – Flags of Honour Foundation

Past

  • Past President – FICCI
  • Member of Prime Ministers Council on Trade & Industry – 1999-2003
  • Member of Advisory Committee in the Ministry of Information Technology, Government of India – 1999-2002
  • Chairman of Government of Karnataka, Infrastructure Task Force 1999-2002
  • Director, Bangalore International Airport Limited
  • Director, Karnataka Power Corporation Limited

Public Service Interest:

  • Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s interests are in Technology, Infrastructure, Government Finances and National security. Has and continues to contribute significantly in areas such as Public-Private partnerships for development of country’s infrastructure, Government Finances, Governance and National security for a strong India.

He is the Founder and Managing Trustee of RC Foundation which mainly focuses on programmes aimed at primary education for poor children and has been at the forefront of raising finances and resources for important causes like support for Tsunami affected people, Kargil war and defence personnel, training of tribals in Kalahandi region of Orissa and rehabilitation of children impacted by the tragic burning of school in Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu.

Professional background

  • Intel : 1986- 1991

 

Rajeev Chandrasekhar was a Senior Technology professional in the Silicon Valley between 1985 and 1991 at the worlds leading Technology Company.

 

 

  • Intel Inc – Senior Design Engineer of the team that designed and launched 32 bit 80486 microprocessor.
  • Intel Inc – CPU architect in the Pentium team.  He was a member of the team that designed the architecture of the then path breaking Pentium microprocessor.
  • BPL Mobile: 1994 – 2005

 

In 1991, he returned to India and founded BPL Mobile in 1994 was one of pioneers to invest in and build the Indian Telecom sector. Over the last 12 years Rajeev has been a widely recognized and key active participant/contributor in the development of the Indian Telecom sector from a government monopoly dominated one to a vibrant success in the Indian infrastructure sector. The Indian Telecom sector is widely recognized as one of the successes of private entrepreneurship in Infrastructure sector.

 

BPL Mobile, the company and franchise he built was one of the pre-eminent Indian cellular franchises which were acquired in 2005 in what was then the largest domestic M&A transaction in India.

  • Jupiter Capital: July 2005 – Present

 

Rajeev Chandrasekhar is Founder and Non-Executive Chairman ofJupiter Capital. Jupiter Capital is a venture development, management and investment company focusing on infrastructure and technology ventures, Media and Aviation, for the future.


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