SPEAKERS PROFILE - MR ANALJIT SINGH


Mr Analjit Singh is the Founder Chairman of Max India Limited, with interests in life insurance (Max Life), health care (Max Healthcare), health insurance (Max Bupa) and senior living (Antara). Max India Group is renowned for service excellence and has successful joint ventures with some of the pre-eminent firms of the world, including Mitsui Sumitomo of Japan, Life Healthcare of South Africa and Bupa Plc of the United Kingdom. Earlier partners include New York Life Insurance Company, Hutchison Whampoa, Motorola and Lockheed Martin.

A self-made entrepreneur, Mr Analjit Singh was awarded Padma Bhushan, one of India’s top civilian honours, by the President of India in 2011.

An alumnus of The Doon School and Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi, Mr Analjit Singh holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Management, Boston University. 

Professionally, he is the non-executive Chairman of Vodafone India and a Director on the boards of Tata Global Beverages and Sofina NV/SA, Belgium. He has recently served as Chairman of The Doon School.

Mr Analjit Singh is a member of the Founder Executive Board of the Indian School of Business (ISB); India’s top-ranked business school, and has served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee – India’s most prestigious engineering college. In this year, he has instituted a scholarship fund for meritorious management students from India at his alma mater, the Graduate School of Management, Boston University. The scholarship runs under the rubric MAS (Max Analjit Singh Scholarship). Also, he is actively engaged in social services.

Mr Analjit Singh has also served as the co-chair of Prabodhan, a unique forum for facilitating closer and more effective engagement between European and Indian decision makers and opinion leaders, with Mr Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Group, and Mr Vittorio Colao, Group Chief Executive of Vodafone, as co-patrons; and Mr Anshu Jain, Co-CEO of Deutsche Bank, and Mr Marcus Wallenberg, Director, Investor AB; Chairman AB Electrolux, Saab AB, as co-presidents.

He has been felicitated by Senator Hillary Clinton, former US Secretary of State, on behalf of the Indian American Centre for Political Awareness for his outstanding achievement in presenting the international community with an understanding of a modern and vibrant India, and for creating several successful joint ventures with leading American companies and promoting business ties with the USA.

He has been honoured with the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Service Category) and the Golden Peacock Award for Leadership and Service Excellence. In 2014, he was awarded Spain’s second-highest civilian honour, the Knight Commander of the Order of Queen Isabella, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University.

He also serves as the Honorary Consul General of the Republic of San Marino in India.

Among his private businesses, Mr Analjit Singh has significant interests in real estate in India and lifestyle-related ventures in the Western Cape, South Africa, pertaining to viticulture, winemaking and hospitality. The activities are centred around the Franschhoek Valley and Riebeek-Kasteel in the Swartland region.

Mr Analjit Singh’s love affair with South Africa started when he first visited the country with his daughter for the FIFA Soccer World Cup in 2010. Subsequent trips saw him visit Cape Town and venture into the Cape winelands, where he felt “a deep sense of belonging, of energy, a sense of place” in the valley of Franschhoek. He began his search for a property and knew he’d found the right place the minute he set foot on a 40-hectare farm on the slopes of the Dassenberg.

He subsequently purchased the properties on either side. The three farms, namely Dieu Donné, Klein Dassenberg and Von Ortloff, have been amalgamated within his Leeu Collection portfolio under the name Leeu Estates. The Afrikaans word leeu (meaning lion) is the Sanskrit derivation of Singh.

Leeu Collection currently comprises Leeu Estates, a 20-room five-star country house retreat and boutique winery, and Leeu House, an exclusive13-room boutique hotel in Franschhoek village.

Prior to buying these properties Mr Analjit Singh had already acquired a stake in Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, which was started by award-winning winemakers Chris and Andrea Mullineux as Mullineux Family Wines. His is the first Indian investment in the wine and hospitality sector. A trained chemist, he understood the alchemy behind winemaking but decided to learn more by taking a trip to the Napa Valley in the USA to see how things work and taste wines. Today, he is a member of the prestigious Napa Valley Reserve Wine Club.

“South Africa is a beautiful country with the friendliest people, who have made me feel truly welcome. I am excited about the great opportunities that have become available to me and look forward to learning and making a contribution, in particular to the country’s top-notch wine industry,” says Mr Analjit Singh, who only serves South African wine at his home in India.