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Independent Consultant, Advisor
Leadership coach Speaker, Author

Group Global Strategic Advisor
Group Global Ombudsperson
Jubilant Bhartia Group

Co-Founder, Public Affairs Forum of India

Adjunct Professor, The Takshashila Institution

Ajay Khanna

Ajay Khanna is a leader in Public Affairs & Public Policy, Advocacy, Corporate Affairs & Communications, and Strategic advisory with a demonstrated history of working across industry sectors with strong global connects. Skilled in Crisis Management, Crisis Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility, Government Relations, Strategic thinking & Global networking, He is also an experienced Ombudsperson. Ajay has a career span of 42 years with focus on ethics & values based leadership, a member of the boards of companies, Ngo’s & several organisations.

Ajay is currently Group Strategic Advisor & Group Global Ombudsperson of Jubilant Bhartia Group. Ajay joined the Group in 2009. As an Ombudsperson, he is an impartial, confidential and independent resource to help various stakeholders to resolve workplace or business related issues. He has the responsibility of creating awareness among stakeholders, helping to build a culture based on values and compliance.

Ajay was founding Chief Executive Officer (2002-2006) of India Brand Equity Foundation (www.ibef.org). This was a unique Public Private Partnership initiative to Promote, Project & Position India’s growth story globally. IBEF, under Ajay’s leadership led “India Everywhere” campaign at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2006. A number of high profile global initiatives were taken during Ajay's four-year stint as the CEO of IBEF, a joint initiative of Ministry of Commerce, Government of India & Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Ajay was Deputy Director General (1999-2008) with the Confederation of Indian Industry (www.cii.in), an apex industry association. He held several leadership positions in his career span of over 27 years with the CII & led several key functions at international, national & regional levels. One of the key function was the relationship with the World Economic Forum, which Ajay handled for over 20 years. This included participation at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos & arranging its annual India Economic Summit.

Ajay worked with Accenture India as a Partner (2008-2009) responsible for managing relationships with the Government & Corporates before joining Jubilant Bhartia Group. He has been member of several high level Government delegations, committees and task forces of the World Economic Forum.

He was the Vice Chair of South Asia Regional Strategy Group (RSG) of World Economic Forum & is closely involved with the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneur of the Year- India Award. He is a regular at WEF annual meeting in Davos where he has been participating for over 35 years.

In 2008, Ajay Co-Founded Public Affairs Forum of India (www.pafi.in).Public Affairs Forum of India aims at aligning business, society and government on long term priorities; fostering trust across all stake holders; collaboratively developing smart and relevant policies, proposals and processes that foster innovation and rely on evidence based research and promotes capacity building to navigate change within the context and complexity of India. Ajay chairs its flagship annual national forum since its inception.

Ajay is an Adjunct Professor at The Takshashila Institution, Bengaluru where he teaches Public Policy, advocacy & corporate affairs. He writes regularly for major newspapers on topical subjects & is considered a thought leader in Public Policy, Advocacy & stakeholder engagement.

Ajay is a graduate in Commerce from Shriram College of Commerce & a Degree in Law from University of Delhi & currently lives in Delhi NCR, India. Ajay is married to Renu, a Corporate Lawyer & a Social Worker. Their daughter, Dr Surbhi is a medical Psychiatrist & son, Dr Ankur is a dentist, both practising in the US.

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