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Nitin Gadkari Encourages New Gen Of Auto Trailblazers

Union Minister of the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari, graced a BW Businessworld initiative celebrating India’s 40 under 40 auto leaders who are ushering in a wave of change in one of the oldest industries

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The Indian auto sector, among the older legacy industries, is also one of the fastest in adopting technology, going green and embracing ‘electric’ to become future-ready in a sustainable and self-reliant India. Celebrating this transformation, BW Auto World, the auto community of the 41-year-old BW Businessworld group, brought together industry captains and top decision-makers to honour a new generation of trailblazers.

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways graced the occasion as Chief Guest of the initiative felicitating the top 40 under 40 leaders of the automotive industry in India.

“The future of the Indian automotive industry is very bright. Presently, the size of the industry is around Rs 7.5 lakh crore and I’m confident that by the end of 2025, it will be more than Rs 15 lakh crore. The new startups in the sector, in electric vehicles (EVs), battery manufacturing, green hydrogen, and the aluminium air technology segments, are performing well in India,” said Gadkari.

The minister further added, “Conversion of knowledge into wealth is the future of the country. Today, this industry is creating employment opportunities for more than four crore potential youth of our country. In the next five years, there will be an addition of one crore new jobs in the sector. I give my best wishes to all the BW Auto World 40 under 40 Awards winners.”

Finding The Winners

In its quest to find these leaders, BW Auto World reached out to over 700 industry professionals under the age of 40. More than 380 nominations were received, out of which nearly 100 were presented to a screening jury and an awards jury. A day of pitches and rigorous judging lead to the power list of BW Auto 40 under 40.

“It’s an honour for all the winners of the BW Auto World 40 under 40 Awards to be felicitated by Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari. Gadkari ji is an innovator and a visionary who proactively pursues his work and inspires the youth of our country,” commented Dr. Annurag Batra, Chairman and Editor-In-Chief, BW Businessworld & Founder, Exchange4media.

He further added, “These awards are jury-led and executed transparently. From the team at BW Businessworld, I would like to wish the best to the winners for the impact they make and I sincerely hope these awards drive them to do even better.”

Nearly 23 winners in the BW Auto World 40 under 40 power list represent the Indian startups and disruptors. Automobile aggregators, manufacturing, self-drive and rentals, pre-owned and communications category make up the rest of the winners.

The Jury comprised names such as Kamal Bali, President & MD, Volvo Group India, Hemalatha Annamalai, Investor, Founder Ampere Electric, Prashanth Doreswamy, President & CEO, Continental, Dr. Annurag Batra, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, BW Businessworld & Founder, Exchange4media and Noor Fathima Warsia, Group Editorial Director, BW Businessworld Group. Supporting the gala night on May 4, 2022 in New Delhi, the awards ceremony was also streamed live on all BW Businessworld platforms.

To The Leaders

The awards were preceded by the BW Auto World New Generation Trailblazers Summit 2022, conceptualised as the most definitive gathering of change-makers, innovators and game-changers of the India auto sector. Top experts analysed and discussed pertinent issues impacting their businesses and the industry as a whole through various discussions on the day, wherein nearly 40 industry leaders took the stage.

BW Auto World is a specialist community covering trends, reviews, opinions and news breaks of the automotive industry in India with coverage encompassing the entire segment of automotive business including four-wheelers, two-three-wheelers, commercial vehicles, EVs, components, OEMs, policy, aftermarket, auto technology and much more.

Sr No.BW Auto World 40 Under 40 Winners
1Akshay SinghalFounder & CEO, Log9 Materials
2Abhimanyu J GoyalCTO, Vogo Automotive
3Abhinandan GopalsettyHead - Sales & Marketing, BMW Motorrad India
4Aditya MunjalDirector, Hero Cycles
5Akash GuptaCo-Founder & CEO, Zypp Electric
6Akhil Aryan Co-Founder & CEO, ION Energy
7AlokaAssociate Director, EV Development, Yulu Bikes
8Amit KumarCEO, OLX Autos India
9Ankit KumarCEO, Skye Air & Investor, GoZero Mobility
10Anmol BohreCEO & Co-Founder, Enigma Automobiles
11Anmol JaggiCo-Founder & CEO, BluSmart
12Aravind SankaCo-Founder, Rapido
13Arun Sreyas Co-Founder & CEO, RACEnergy
14Ashwini  TiwaryFounder & CEO, Autobot India
15Bhavish AggarwalCo-Founder and CEO, Ola Cabs & Ola Electric
16Chandresh SethiaCo-Founder & CBO, EVRE
17Dr. Anshu GuptaProduct Head - Gen 6 Radar, Continental India
18Gajendra JangidCo-Founder & CMO, Cars24
19Greg MoranCo-Founder, Zoomcar
20Jeehaan Adil KotwalCo-Founder, HumSafer Safety App
21Khushboo GuptaAssistant GM, Marketing & Public Relation, Lead- PR, Kia India
22Mihir Mohan Founder & CEO, Pitstop
23Misha Santosh NairChief Operating Officer, MechaniK TV 
24Mohit SharmaCo-Founder & CEO, Oye! Rickshaw
25Nikhil BhatiaCo-Founder & COO, Hop Electric
26Nikhil Nair Founder & CEO, Ohm Mobility 
27Nishant AryaVice Chairman, JBM Group
28P. Hari KiranCo-Founder & COO, eBikeGo
29Rachitta K JunejaCEO, Founder & User, Whide
30Ruchit AgarwalCo-Founder & CFO, Cars24
31Runa AlhawatHead - Communication, MG Motor India
32Sakshi VijFounder & MD, Myles
33Saurav KumarFounder & CEO, Euler Motors
34Siddharth ChaturvediFounder & Managing Director, Boys & Machines
35Sumit ChhazedCo-Founder, OTO 
36Tanay GuptaGeneral Manager- North America, Sona Comstar
37Tarun LawadiaFounder & CEO, PumPumPum
38Tarun MehtaCEO & Co-Founder, Ather Energy
39Vivek SharmaCo-Founder & CEO, Fixcraft
40Vivekananda HallekereCo-Founder & CEO, Bounce

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