Romesh Wadhwani gets his Padma Shri in San Francisco



Dr Romesh Wadhwani, who was chosen for the Padma Shri honor by the government of India in 2020 in recognition of his services through the Wadhwani Foundation, received his award from India’s consul general in San Francisco on Jan 18.

The Wadhwani Foundation has been active in promoting policies to accelerate economic development in emerging economies through large-scale job creation. It is active not only in India but also in several other countries.

Besides being a successful tech entrepreneur, Wadhwani has led several novel initiatives such as the National Entrepreneurship Network, Startup and Small Business Initiative, and Global Innovation Network.

The award is usually presented by the president of India at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. However, on account of the travel restrictions because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr Wadhwani had requested that his award be presented to him through the consulate general in San Francisco.

Consul General TV Nagendra Prasad said he was honored to present the award on behalf of India’s government to Dr. Wadhwani who has established himself as a successful entrepreneur and impactful philanthropist.

The award ceremony was attended by Shantanu Narayen, chairman and chief executive officer of Adobe, who was himself awarded the Padma Shri in 2019, and several tech leaders and venture capitalists from the Bay Area.