US-India Strategic Partnership Forum Honors General Jim Mattis and General Manoj Naravane with Distinguished Public Service Awards and Warburg Pincus CEO Chip Kaye, ReNew Founder and CEO Sumant Sinha with Global Leadership Awards

Washington D.C.— Yesterday, the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) presented several awards to exceptional leaders who have been instrumental in strengthening ties between the U.S. and India. General Jim Mattis, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), Former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Davies Family Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution, and General Manoj Naravane, Former Chief of Army Staff, Indian Army, were honored with the Distinguished Public Service Award while Chip Kaye, the CEO of Warburg Pincus, and Sumant Sinha, the Founder, Chairman and CEO of ReNew Power received the Global Leadership Award 2022.

Mukesh Aghi, President and CEO of USISPF said, “We are honored to celebrate these four individuals for their significant contributions to the U.S.-India partnership, which will continue to have long-term effects in improving relations between the two countries, both in business and defense.”

For the first time ever, USISPF presented the Distinguished Services Award for contributions to strengthening defense ties between the U.S. and India. Recipients of this award included General James Mattis, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), Former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Davies Family Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution, and General Manoj Mukund Naravane, Former Chief of Army Staff, Indian Army.

During his time as Secretary of Defense, General Mattis took India to new heights as a strategic partner with the United States and emphasized a commitment to shared values of a safe and secure, prosperous, and free Indo-Pacific. General Mattis acknowledged the award, saying, “I want to thank the US-India Strategic Partnership and its board for this Distinguished Service Award.  Working together, the U.S. and India can ensure that the Indo-Pacific is free, open and prosperous in this century. Our militaries and defense industries are partnering on cutting edge technology to protect our people and preserve regional stability. USISPF has quickly become a critical partner, helping both governments and the private sector tackle challenges and find new opportunities for cooperation.” 

During his time as Chief of Staff of the Indian Army, General Naravane helped to modernize the Indian army, along with improving defense partnerships and growing interoperability between the U.S. and India. General Naravane said, “I want to thank the US-India Strategic Partnership and its board for this Distinguished Service Award.  Working together, the U.S. and India can ensure that the Indo-Pacific is free, open and prosperous in this century. Our militaries and defense industries are partnering on cutting edge technology to protect our people and preserve regional stability. USISPF has quickly become a critical partner, helping both governments and the private sector tackle challenges and find new opportunities for cooperation.” 

The Global Leadership Award is an annual award, focusing on leaders who have expanded business ties between the U.S. and India. Chip Kaye has led Warburg Pincus for the past two decades, including during the firm’s expansion into Asia. Under Chip Kaye’s leadership, Warburg Pincus opened their first Asia office in 1994, paving the way for other global private equity firms to enter the region.

Accepting this award, he said, “I share my gratitude for this meaningful recognition with my Warburg Pincus India colleagues who, for more than 25 years, have played a growth catalyst role by partnering with innovative companies in the region. We appreciate our long-standing relationships with Indian entrepreneurs and look forward to continuing to partner with talented management teams to build valuable, sustainable companies.”

Sumant Sinha founded ReNew Power in 2011 and has grown it to become India’s largest renewable energy company. ReNew, now generates almost 2% of India’s total electricity annually, and in doing so helps mitigate half a per cent of India’s carbon emissions in a year.

Acknowledging the award, Sumant said, “I am deeply honored and humbled to accept the USISPF 2022 Leadership Award. This recognition is made more meaningful as it comes at a time when businesses in both the U.S. and India are increasing collaboration across sectors; with a focus on innovation, the clean energy transition, fighting climate change, sustainability, and green supply chains. Both countries share similar democratic values and foster a culture of collaboration, inclusion, diversity, innovation and of not accepting the status quo. I am proud that, as chairman of ReNew Power, I have had the opportunity and privilege to contribute to deepening business and economic ties between both nations.”

About the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF):

The US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) is committed to creating the most powerful partnership between the United States and India. As the only independent not-for-profit institution dedicated to strengthening the U.S.-India partnership in Washington, D.C. and in New Delhi, USISPF is the trusted partner for businesses, non-profit organizations, the diaspora, and the governments of India and the United States. 

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