Sushil Kumar Gupta, of the Rotary Club of Delhi Midwest, D 3011 is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2020–21. He will be declared the president-nominee on October 1 if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
Gupta wants to increase Rotary’s humanitarian impact as well as the diversity of its membership.
“As individuals, we can only do so much,” Gupta said in a statement. “But when 1.2 million Rotarians work together, there is no limit to what we can achieve, and in the process, we can truly change the world.”
Gupta has been a Rotarian since 1977 and has served Rotary as district governor, training leader and resource group adviser, and as a member, vice chair or chair of several committees.
He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the IIS University, Jaipur, in recognition of his contributions to water conservation.
He has also received the coveted Padma Shri Award, the fourth-highest civilian award in India, conferred by the President of India for distinguished service to tourism and social work.
Gupta has also received the Distinguished Service Award from The Rotary Foundation for his support of its humanitarian and educational programmes. He and his wife Vinita are Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation and members of the Arch Klumph Society.
Gupta is chair and managing director of Asian Hotels (West) Ltd, and owner of Hyatt Regency, Mumbai, and JW Marriott Hotel, New Delhi Aerocity. He has served as president of the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India and on the board of directors of Tourism Finance Corporation of India Ltd. He is the president of Experience India Society, a public-private partnership between the tourism industry and the government of India that promotes India as a tourist destination. He is also vice chair of the Himalayan Environment Trust and serves on the board of Operation Eyesight Universal in India.
The members of the Nominating Committee for the 2020–21 President of Rotary International are Kazuhiko Ozawa, RC Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan; Manoj D Desai, RC Baroda Metro, Gujarat, India; Shekhar Mehta, RC Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India; John G Thorne, RC North Hobart, Tasmania, Australia; Guiller E Tumangan, RC Makati West, Makati City, Philippines; Juin Park, RC Suncheon, Jeonranam, Korea; Elio Cerini, RC Milano Duomo, Italy; Gideon M Peiper, RC Ramat Hasharon, Israel; Per Høyen, RC Aarup, Denmark; Paul Knijff, RC Weesp (Vechtstreek-Noord), the Netherlands; Sam Okudzeto, RC Accra, Ghana; José Ubiracy Silva, RC Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil; Bradford R Howard, RC Oakland Uptown, California, USA; Michael D McCullough, RC Trenton, Michigan, USA; Karen K Wentz, RC Maryville, Tennessee, USA; Michael K McGovern, RC South Portland-Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA; and John C Smarge, RC Naples, Florida, USA.
Picture by Rasheeda Bhagat