Ragu Bhargava, CEO and Co-Founder of Mihi, Global Upside, and Global PEO Services, won the 2017 Pride of India Award presented to him by the NRI Institute at a gala at the UK House of Lords in London last week.
The NRI Institute honors Indian-origin business executives who have made a lasting impact through entrepreneurship and innovation.
Ragu, who co-founded Global Upside with his wife Gita Bhargava (COO at Mihi) in 1996, has built the once small accounting services firm into a formidable service provider in its space. The firm today boasts an expansive portfolio of Finance, HR, Payroll Support, and Professional Employer (PEO) services, has developed a unique HR technology, and is supporting clients in 150+ countries.
“I am extremely honored to be the 2017 recipient and it is a distinct privilege to be in the company of past recipients, who I consider to be extremely innovative leaders. Nearly 20 years ago, Global Upside set out with a vision to change how companies can accelerate growth. I am honored and humbled to see our positive contributions being recognized. We are fostering innovation to truly change the game for companies that are in the growth phase,” said Ragu.
Lord Diljit Singh Rana, British politician and member of the House of Lords – a former recipient of the award himself – presented the award to Ragu and commended him for his work in business and for giving back to the community.
Ragu has been an avid supporter of children’s education via City Year, an organization that is dedicated to helping provide education to youth in the most disadvantaged communities in the United States.
The Pride of India Award
The Pride of India awards are given by the NRI Institute, a non-profit organization focused on connecting the Indian diaspora. The awards are given in several categories and nominations are accepted and vetted by the institute’s steering committee.
“Entrepreneurs foster innovation and are role models for youth across the globe. These awards are a way to connect these brilliant minds and share their stories with the world. It’s a great honor to be recognizing Ragu (Bhargava),” said Manu Jagmohan Singh, Secretary General of the NRI Institute.
Some other notable winners of the NRI Institute awards in recent years include business magnate and philanthropist Lord Swaraj Paul; Hinduja Group leaders, Srichand and Gopichand Hinduja; beer magnate Lord Karan Bilimoria; venture capitalist Vinod Dham; serial entrepreneur B.V. Jagadeesh; tennis legend and philanthropist Vijay Amritraj; venture capitalist Vish Mishra; Madagascar-based business tycoon Ylias Akbaraly; Baroness Sandip Verma; CMD of Jaura Infratech R.S. Jaura; and Director of Lloyds TSB’s Asian Markets Division Kamel Hothi among others.