King Charles Knights Airtel Africa Founder Sunil Bharti Mittal

March 4, 2024
Airtel Africa Founder Sunil Bharti Mittal

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The founder and chairman of Airtel Africa Plc, Mr Sunil Bharti Mittal, has been knighted by King Charles III in recognition of his contribution towards promoting India-United Kingdom (UK) business relations.

The businessman was awarded Honorary Knighthood, the Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE), for contributions towards advancing India-UK business relations, including his instrumental role in the listing of Airtel Africa on the London Stock Exchange in 2019, where it is a constituent of the FTSE100 Index.

He also led the revival of OneWeb (now Eutelsat), leading a consortium with the UK Government and other strategic investors to offer satellite broadband services globally.

Mr Mittal, a member of the India-UK CEO Forum, has been awarded the Honorary Doctor of Civil Law from Newcastle University and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Leeds.

He is a member of the Vice Chancellor’s Circle of Advisors at the University of Cambridge. Additionally, Sunil Bharti Mittal has served on the Governing Body of the London Business School (LBS) and as a Member of the India Advisory Group at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

“I am deeply humbled by this gracious recognition from His Majesty, King Charles. UK and India have historical relations, which are now entering a new era of increased cooperation and collaboration.

“I remain committed to working towards strengthening the economic and bilateral trade relationships between our two great nations. I am thankful to the Government of the UK, whose support and keen attention to the needs of business has been critical in making the country an attractive investment destination,” the Airtel Africa chair said.

The KBE is one of the highest honours conferred by the British Sovereign to civilians. It is awarded in an honorary capacity to foreign nationals.

Modupe Gbadeyanka

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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