WFU School of Business Selects Alumnus to Deliver Graduate Hooding Keynote

3.28.2017 Alumni News, General, News Release, Reynolda Campus, School News

Anil Rai Gupta (MBA ’92) is chairman of Havells India and founding member of  India’s first liberal arts institute, Ashoka University

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Anil Rai Gupta (MBA ’92), chairman and managing director of Havells India, will offer the Wake Forest University School of Business graduate hooding ceremony keynote address on Sunday, May 14.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in Wait Chapel on the University’s Reynolda Campus.

Havells is one of the largest makers of industrial and household electrical products in India. Gupta took the company global in 2007 with the purchase of Sylvania in Europe and South America, one of the biggest overseas acquisitions by an Indian company.

During his time at Wake Forest, Gupta received the academic proficiency award, and the Babcock Award for excellence in academics, integrity, and leadership. He served as vice-president of the graduate Student Government Association at the School.

Actively contributing towards children’s health, nutrition, and education, Gupta and Havells have provided mid-day meals to more than 58,000 school children every day for nearly 10 years.

Gupta, who says he is a firm believer in the transformative power of education, feels that the study of liberal arts is essential in shaping future leaders. He is one of the founding members of India’s first liberal arts institute, Ashoka University.

Media contact: Stephanie Skordas,, 336.758.4098