‘I learn from each interaction with him’
Sanjay Dhawan treasures the lessons
he has learnt — and is still learning — from
We all play many roles in our daily lives. However, most of us pend our entire life- times perfecting any
one of those roles. We may choose to
dedicate ourselves to being successful
entrepreneurs or respected teachers or
selfless social workers.
Very rarely do we come across an
individual who has chosen to live his
life very differently, focusing not just
on setting and achieving huge milestones in his professional life through
hard work and entrepreneurship, but
then on utilizing the knowledge that he
has gained in his journey to mentor
other businesses to success and profitability, and then bringing his life to a
full circle by using the knowledge and
the financial resources generated from
his endeavors to reinvest in the growth
and upliftment of mankind as the ultimate social activist.
I am fortunate to have the daily
pleasure of spending time with and
learning from such a person, Dr Romesh Wadhwani.
Dr Wadhwani is a visionary leader
who plays his many roles with great
He is an extraordinarily successful
entrepreneur who used his intelligence, drive, and motivation to build a
highly successful business — Aspect
Development — and then turned
around and continued to utilize his
knowledge to nourish many start-ups
under the umbrella of his private equity fund, the Symphony Technology
Most people would have been satisfied with so much success.
Instead, Dr Wadhwani continues to
use his extraordinary business acumen
in running his most significant venture
to date — the Wadhwani Fundation.
The foundation is Dr Wadhwani’s
philanthropic initiative whose goal is
not just to dispense money slated for
charity to a group of needy people.
Its uniqueness lies in its mission
statement: To accelerate economic
development in India and other developing economies.
The foundation utilizes a very unique
approach by which it takes part in the
National Entrepreneurship Network,
research and innovation, and provides
an opportunity network to the disabled.
In this way, the foundation does not
passively help people. Instead, it helps
them become responsible for their own
The Shanta Wadhwani Centre for
Cardiac and Neural Research, a closely
watched initiative of the foundation at
the National Centre for Biological
Sciences in Bengaluru, is involved in
cutting edge research in understanding
the regeneration and the degeneration
of the brain and the heart, two of the
least understood, but the most intriguing organs in the body utilizing a world
The foundation partners with myriad
institutions of professional education
in India, fostering new ideas and innovations, and providing hope to thousands of hopeless people.
In my role at Symphony-Teleca, one
of the several ventures that the
Symphony Technology Group has chosen to invest its resources in, I learn
from each interaction that I have with
There is not a single meeting with
him that I leave without having gained
either more knowledge or a new perspective. The most important thing
that I have learnt from him is that
exploring just one dimension of who
we are is not enough.
Professional and personal success
brings great joy, but it is really the
assistance that we extend to others by
teaching them to help themselves that
brings meaning to our lives. ;
Sanjay Dhawan is Chief Executive
COUR TES Y: ROMESH WADH WANI
Romesh Wadhwani has used his extraordinary success to not just nourish many start-ups, but also people.
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