Akhil Gupta is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone and Chairman of Blackstone India, based in Mumbai. Mr. Gupta started the operations of The Blackstone Group in India in 2005 as its Senior Managing Director, managing Blackstone’s Private Equity operations, and providing support for Real Estate and Advisory services.
Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Gupta served as CEO- Corporate Development for Reliance Industries Limited, focusing on developing Reliance’s oil & gas, refining, and telecom businesses. Mr. Gupta began his career at Hindustan Lever. From 1981 to 1992 he worked in the U.S, first in consulting with Strategic Planning Associates and ICF in Washington D.C., then as Chief Financial Officer of two integrated retailers and manufacturers of furniture.
Mr. Gupta received his Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering, with distinction, from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1973 and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University in 1981. Mr. Gupta received the Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT in 2004.
Mr. Gupta serves on the board of Allcargo Logistics Ltd, NCC Ltd, Hindustan Power Projects Pvt Ltd., Jagran Prakashan Ltd, and Trans Maldivian Airways.
Mr. Gupta is one of the founding members of Asia Society (India Chapter) and a Partner in The Acumen Fund. Mr. Gupta also serves on the Advisory Council of Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.