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Vikas Sehgal
Independent Director

Vikas Sehgal is the Executive Vice Chairman of Rothschild & Co, responsible for the South and South East Asian businesses and also its global automotive business. Key highlights of his career:

  • Former Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Agenda Council for Automotive and Transportation, and member of its Global Future Council for mobility. He has been associated with WEF since 2012, working on a range of issues pertaining to manufacturing, automotive, and mobility.
  • Member of the Board of Houghton International, a US-based industrial chemicals company.
  • Former strategic advisor to Peugeot Citroen (PSA).
  • Advisor to the Government of India since 2016, working closely with the Prime Minister's Office. He is part of the Ministry of Heavy Industries (on automotive and industrial policy) and the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (for FDI in India).
  • Acting adviser to the Government’s Working Group on Aluminum Industry, which aims to develop a sustainable aluminum sector in the country.
  • Youngest ever recipient of the Yuva Ratan Award, recognized for exemplary contribution to society through academics and community service.
  • First Indian to be awarded the International Outstanding Student Officer Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers and recipient of the Most Outstanding Student Award, DCE, the National Science Foundation Scholarship, and Ford Fellowship, MIT.
  • Prior to joining Rothschild & Co in 2011, Vikas managed the automotive and engineering business of Booz Allen Hamilton (he set up their office in India) and earlier, worked in engineering roles at Ford Motor Company and Daewoo Motors.
  • He is a published author with “Higher Education in Third World Countries: Revamping Technical Education Policy” by Uppal Publishing, and 20+ papers and articles in leading global journals to his credit.

Vikas has a B.E. degree (mechanical) from the Delhi College of Engineering (DCE), an MS degree in industrial engineering from the University of Florida, and MS in mechanical engineering and technology policy planning from MIT, Massachusetts. He also has an MBA in finance and international business from the University of Chicago. He has lived, studied, and worked in the US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, China, Japan, and India.

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