Nishith Desai, hailing from Gujarat and settling in Mumbai in 1962, is a trailblazing figure. Armed with LLB, LLM, and expertise in International tax research, he founded Nishith Desai Associates, an innovative international law firm. His mastery as an International Tax, Corporate, and Technology lawyer is complemented by a wide-ranging interest in law and society. Nishith’s forward-looking approach drives his exploration of cutting-edge domains like blockchain, autonomous vehicles, and gene-editing technology.
He’s pivotal in crafting crypto-assets regulations for the Indian Government. Notably, he spearheaded advancements in Financial Services and advised Mauritius and India on offshore financial centers. His commitment to societal good and innovation is exemplified by the Imaginarium Aligunjan, a research center fostering ‘Blue Sky Thinking.’ Nishith Desai Associates has consistently earned acclaim, including Asia-Pacific’s Most Innovative Law Firm (2017) and India’s Most Innovative Law Firm for five consecutive years, reflecting Nishith’s pioneering legal journey.
L To R: Gursharan Dhanjal Vice Chairman SKOCH Group; Sameer Kochhar, Chairman, SKOCH Group; Mr Nishith Desai, Founder, Nishith Desai Associates
SKOCH Award, independently instituted in 2003, is India’s honest civilian honour conferred by an independent organisation as a third party assessment. It is the only award in the country that is based on feltneeds assessment and outcome evaluation based on evidence. It therefore, recognises people, projects and institutions that go the extra mile to make India a better nation.
SKOCH Award covers the best of efforts in the area of digital, financial and social inclusion. It encompasses the best of governance, inclusive growth, excellence in technology and applications, change management, corporate leadership, corporate governance, citizen service delivery, capacity building, empowerment and other such softer issues that get normally lost in the glamour and glitz of industry sponsored or advertising focused jamborees.
The SKOCH Award not only acknowledges exceptional achievers – organisations and individuals – but also spurs institutional guidance and best practices in the industry.