Ravi Rajagopal (chair designate)

Ravi RajagopalRavi has extensive experience from a 35-year career including 19 years with Diageo. He has a rich and varied background of international and UK commercial and philanthropic experience 

His core skills in finance, and control and risk have been developed over a career working in senior roles in strategy and management. 

Ravi became chair of Fortis Healthcare in June 2018, India’s second largest listed entity in hospitals and diagnostics with 23,000 employees, including 5,000 doctors. 

He is also an independent director and audit chair of both Airtel Africa plc, Africa’s second largest telecoms company (turnover £3 billion) and Vedanta ltd, a diversified mining company. 

Ravi is a trustee for a number of charities including the Science Museum foundation in London. He also chairs a project in partnership with the Indian government that builds and runs childcare centres across north India, providing nutrition and healthcare for 60,000 children, with a three-year plan to increase this to 160,000.

A qualified chartered accountant, Ravi has lectured at Oxford University and Imperial College.