Mukesh Aghi is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the US- India Strategic Partnership Forum. In his current role, Dr. Aghi works extensively with business and government leaders in the U.S. and India to promote trade and strengthen ties between the two countries. He has over 20 years of success in powering business expansion globally, boosting revenue, and increasing margins for companies in a variety of sectors.
Previously, Dr. Aghi served as Chief Executive and Member of the Board at L&T Infotech where he expanded the business on a global level by establishing the global services function, building the global sales leadership team, and preparing for an IPO. During his time at Steria, Inc. (India), Dr. Aghi served as Chairman and CEO of the Asia-Pacific region and oversaw a major merger to transform the company into a $2B+ business. Additionally, Dr. Aghi was the founding CEO of Universitas 21 Global, the world’s largest consortium of research-led universities and global leader in providing post-graduate online education. Earlier in his career, Dr. Aghi served as President of IBM India for IBM Corporation, and spent time working with Ariba, Inc. and JD Edwards & Co.
Dr. Aghi holds several degrees, including an advanced management diploma from Harvard Business School, a Ph.D. in international relations from Claremont Graduate University, an MBA in international marketing from Andrews University, and a BA in business administration from the Middle East College, Beirut, Lebanon. Dr. Aghi also currently serves as a trustee at Claremont Graduate University.
As a fluent speaker in many international languages, Dr. Aghi was recognized by Esquire Magazine as a Global Leader and has won many awards over the course of his professional career, including the J. R. D. Tata Leadership Award. Most recently, Dr. Aghi was the recipient of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award. In his free time, Dr. Aghi is a major marathon and mountaineering enthusiast. Dr. Aghi has competed in over 27 international marathons and climbed some of the highest peaks in North America and Europe.