Nita M. Ambani

Non-Executive, Non Independent Director at Reliance Industries

Nita M. Ambani (DIN 03115198) is a Commerce Graduate from Mumbai University and a Diploma Holder in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Ambani is a businesswoman, educationist, philanthropist and a strong proponent of sports. She is the Founder & Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, which has impacted the lives of over 26 million people across India, through its initiatives in Rural Transformation, Health, Education, Sports for Development, Disaster Response, Arts, Culture & Heritage and Urban Renewal. Mrs. Ambani believes that education and sports are the bedrock of any young, developing society and is committed to building India as a multi-sports nation. The Reliance Foundation’s Sports initiatives and its grassroots programmes, such as the Reliance Foundation Youth Sports, Reliance Foundation Young Champs and Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA, have cumulatively reached out to over 18 million children across India. Mrs. Ambani is the architect and co-owner of Mumbai Indians, which is a four-time champion of the Indian Premier League (IPL), making it the most successful IPL team. She is also the Founder & Chairperson of Football Sports Development Limited that launched the Indian Super League (ISL) in 2014, which has revolutionised football in India. In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the world of sports, she was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee in 2016. Mrs. Ambani provides leadership to 14 schools that educate 16,000 students every year. She is the Founder & Chairperson of Dhirubhai Ambani International School, which has consistently been ranked as the No. 1 international school in India, and is in the league of top international schools in the world. The Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarship Programme has supported over 12,000 scholars, 20% of whom are specially-abled and almost 50% are girls. Reliance Foundation plans to establish a world-class multi-disciplinary university. Mrs. Ambani leads Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre, which provides international quality, affordable healthcare. It is the largest gold certified green hospital in Mumbai. Reliance Foundation’s ‘Health for All’ initiative has provided primary medical care to about 2.5 million underprivileged people. She is on the Board of Visitors of the MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Advisory Board of Massachusetts General Hospital. The Reliance Foundation Drishti programme has gifted vision to over 18,000 people through corneal transplants and its international Braille newspaper in Hindi is circulated in India and 15 other countries. Mrs. Ambani is committed to preserving and promoting India’s art, culture and heritage. Reliance Foundation sponsored the exhibition Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs (October 2017 to January 2018) at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and previously showcased the works of Nasreen Mohamedi, the renowned Indian abstract artist. Reliance Foundation also sponsored the ‘Gates of the Lord – The Tradition of Krishna Paintings’ exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. Over the years, Mrs. Ambani has received many awards and honours. In 2018, she was awarded the Best Corporate Promoter of Indian Sports by the Times of India Sports Awards. Earlier, she was conferred with the ‘Pravinchandra V. Gandhi Award for Excellence in Public Life’ by the Rotary Club of Bombay and was also honoured with ‘The Global Philanthropist and Leader of the Year Award’ by Vogue India Magazine. Reliance Foundation, under Mrs. Ambani’s leadership, was awarded the prestigious Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Award by the President of India in 2017. Mrs. Ambani was also honoured by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2017 for her philanthropic work, becoming the first South Asian to receive this honour. Forbes Asia magazine ranked her amongst Asia's 50 Most Powerful Businesswomen in 2016. She is on the Board of Reliance Industries Limited, India’s largest private sector company and a Fortune Global 500 company. She is also on the Board of EIH Limited (The Oberoi Group).
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