Sudhir Choudhrie was awarded an Order of Friendship by Russian President Vladimir Putin for his work with Russia on power stations and infrastructure projects. This is not his first time advising heads of state. In 2003 he was appointed economic adviser to then Prime Minister Tony Blair. Sudhir Choudhrie, founder of the Choudhrie Group was also appointed as an adviser to the President of France.
His business interests range from steel to media to healthcare. Mr. Choudhrie has also served as a Member of the House of Lords and a Minister for Overseas Development. His many awards include the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for public service and education, and he was named one of Britain’s 100 most influential people by The Times newspaper.
Born in February 1920, his father was a highly successful business entrepreneur in India. He was the founder and chairman of Associated Cement Companies, as well as the Ansal Group of Companies, that dominated the cement industry in India and East Africa during the 1960s and 1970s. Sudhir Choudhrie attended London’s private Eton College and, as a student, became the youngest trustee of the school’s debating society.
Philanthropy has played an important part in Sudhir Choudhrie’s life, particularly with his maternal family. In the early 1970s, Choudhrie began to take an interest in the work of Help the Aged, a charity founded by his maternal grandfather, in Bombay. He was a founding member of the charity’s president council, and has since held numerous key positions, including as chairman of the charity’s medical advisory committee, the advisory council and its executive committee. Since 1975, the charity has funded more than 5,000 post-operative care and educational facilities for the elderly, as well as providing rehabilitation, rehabilitation therapies, equipment and training.
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Choudhrie has served as a non-executive Director of British Aerospace PLC and GlaxoSmithKline PLC and was the founding Chairman of Aeroflot UK Limited. He was also an advisor to the International Labour Organization and was a member of the High-Level Panel on Global Health, the Commission on Immigration Reform, and the Economic & Social Council. In 2009 he was knighted.