Sanjiv Kaura is the youngest country wide Chief Executive Officer, who rose to fame after joining the reality show
Lead India in the year 2007. The show is an initiative, which started on the 60th
Independence Day of India and aimed to search for the country’s new bold leader. Sanjiv completed his studies at Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) and was qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He is also an NRI. He then went to Harvard and at the age of 28, he started his career in the ICI world.
However, when he decided to launch the RTE movement and started working on the development projects in India, he quit his job. Sanjiv stated that he was dissatisfied with what he is doing. He was once the Program Director of the Harvard University. Sanjiv has also been the CEO of Times of India Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility (Bennett Coleman & Co. Limited). He also worked in Wilmington, Delaware in the US and Blakeley in the UK. He also served as a Lieutenant in The Territorial Army.
On August 15, 1995, Sanjiv got married to Ritu, daughter of an army officer. When his wife got pregnant, he realised that he wanted his son to be born in India. In 1998, they returned to the country for good. Lakshya, their first son, was born in Ahmedabad. Sanjiv was originally from Delhi. In his return to India, Sanjiv led the RTE movement and also got involved in the education field and skill development of the Public Private Partnerships (PPP). In the year 2008, he was declared as the Times of India’s 2nd National runner-up, from which he commenced the Lead India campaign.
He also bagged Best National Field Work Award. After Lead India, he teaches English and computer studies to the people of Himachal Pradesh. Sanjiv also believes that winning Lead India would help him in entering politics. In the year 2000, after a two-year break, he worked as National Convenor for the National Alliance for Fundamental Right to Education (NAFRE). He led a movement from over 26,500 villages and helped in changing the Constitution in making education a basic right. Sanjiv also studied at St. Patrick’s School, Asansol and Kennedy School of Government.