Adil Zainulbhai

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Adil Zainulbhai
Alma materIIT Bombay
Harvard Business School
Occupation(s)Chairman of Network18
Chairman of Quality Council of India (QCI)
Chairman of Capacity Building Commission (CBC).
Chairman, BoG, IIT Ropar

Adil Zainulbhai is the chairman of Network18 Group,[1] the mass media subsidiary of the conglomerate Reliance Industries.[2] He is also the chairman of Quality Council of India (QCI) since 2014,[3][4] and has been appointed as the chairman of the Capacity Building Commission (CBC), a commission set up by the government for its "Mission Karmayogi" project.[5][4] Zainulbhai sits on the boards of Reliance Industries, Larsen & Toubro and Cipla as independent director,[3] and is a member of the Washington, D.C based US-India Strategic Partnership Forum.[6]

Zainulbhai graduated from IIT Bombay with a degree in mechanical engineering, and attended the Harvard Business School for a post-graduate degree in management. He has been granted a position in the advisory board for the Indian Institutes of Technology and is the president of Harvard Business School alumni association in India. Zainulbhai joined McKinsey & Company in 1979 in the United States where he headed the company's Washington office and initiated its Minneapolis office. In 2004, he returned to India after being appointed as the chairman of McKinsey India. In the company, he was closely associated with and was the protégé of Rajat Gupta, the first foreign born head of the company. Zainulbhai resigned from McKinsey in 2012.[3]


  1. ^ "I think once the trend reverses itself, it reverses for the better, says Arun Jaitley". Livemint. 6 December 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  2. ^ Jha, Sanjay K. (12 June 2021). "Network 18 shelves cartoonist Manjul's contract". The Telegraph (India). Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Ganesan, Ranjita (20 September 2014). "Adil Zainulbhai: The makeover man". Business Standard. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  4. ^ a b Langa, Mahesh (2 April 2021). "Centre embarks on major reform drive in bureaucracy and civil services". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Capacity Building Commission formed, Adil Zainulbhai appointed as chairman". Business Standard. 2 April 2021. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  6. ^ "QCI Chairman Adil Zainulbhai, others join USISPF Board". Business Standard. Press Trust of India. 20 May 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2021.