Managing Director for India
Jetline Group Of Companies, India
Rajan Navani is the Vice Chairman & Managing Director of the Indian arm of the Jetline Group of Companies with interests in packaging manufacturing, IT services, digital media and new ventures in innovative entertainment and organized consumer retail. With a large vision to play a key role in the digital lives of 1.2 billion Indians, the group has recently made significant investments and is building businesses in powering varied consumer facing digital platforms, products and services with a deepened technology focus on digital marketing and data analytics through its group company Jetsynthesys. Rajan is responsible for the India strategy and its implementation for all the group companies. The roots of the Navani group originate back to the 1930’s in Bangkok, Thailand where the group continues to have its diversified business operations. Prior to this, Rajan worked with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in Maryland, USA before returning to Thailand and then to India to enter the family business. Rajan is currently the Chairman of the National Committee on India@75, the Past National Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) Young Indians and is a member of CII’s National Council. Through India@75, he is working with multiple stakeholders including government, corporates and civil society in helping build a Dream India by 2022, seventy five years since its independence. Rajan is a founding trustee of the India@75 Foundation. He is a fellow of the Aspen India Leadership Initiative 2011–2012 and member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He is also a BMW Herbert Quandt Foundation’s Young World Leader, a CNBC India’s Young Turk and part of the ASEAN 100 Leadership Forum. Rajan is also playing an active role in helping shape the government and business US‐India partnership and is a member of the Singapore-India and Israel-India Track II strategic dialogues. He is a board member of Indiaspora, a powerful network linking the Indian American Diaspora with India. Rajan was the founder Chairman of the Emerging President’s Group, a forum for second generation industrialists and a promoting member of the Family Business Forum. He is actively associated with various other business and social organizations in India and Thailand. Rajan is married to Sheetal and has two daughters Ilina and Arusha. Rajan holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA, under a NASA grant, majoring in Digital Satellite Imaging and Remote Sensing graduating with the award for outstanding academic achievement. A gold medalist at the University of Poona, India in the Bachelors of Electronics and Telecommunications program from College of Engineering Pune (COEP), Rajan also has a diploma in Business Management.