Dr. Shiv Nadar serves as Chief Strategy Officer and Board Member and is the Founder of HCL Technologies. He also co-founded Shiv Nadar & Sanjay Kalra Associates. Albeit a more recent entrant in the software services space, HCL is already among top Indian IT software majors and a force to reckon with for global technology giants. Mr. Nadar was conferred the Padma Bhushan Award - the third highest civilian honor conferred by the President of India in January 2008, in recognition of not just his contribution to trade & industry in India but also his deep commitment to the public good. In 2009, Forbes Magazine featured him in its list of 48 Heroes of Philanthropy in the Asia Pacific region. In September 2009 the UK Trade & Investment India presented Shiv Nadar the 2009 Businessperson of the Year Award in acknowledgment of HCL's pioneering investment in the UK. In November 2009 he was conferred the CNBC Asia Business Leader Award for Corporate Social Responsibility, their Asia Viewers' Choice Award and 'India Business Leader Award' for the year. The University of Madras and IIT Kharagpur awarded him an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Science for his outstanding contribution to IT in India. HCL has been on an acquisition streak. Last year, HCL agreed to acquire Mumbai software firm Geometric, controlled by the billionaire Godrej family, in a share swap valued at $190 million. More recently, it bought Butler America Aerospace, a defense and aerospace services firm, for $85 million. His eponymous Nadar University is partnering with Dell for technology projects in areas such as cloud computing and big data. Dr. Shiv Nadar is also an Angel Investor.