Mukesh Aghi, PhD, joined the Claremont Graduate University Board of Trustees shortly after he became president of the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) in January 2015. Formed in 1975, the USIBC is the premier business advocacy organization advancing U.S.-India commercial ties. Today, USIBC is the largest bilateral trade association in the United States, with offices in New York, Silicon Valley, and New Delhi.
Aghi has more than 27 years of experience across diverse industries and geographies, and he has a proven track record of leading various international business organizations. Immediately prior to his appointment at the USIBC, Aghi was chief executive and member of the board of directors at Larsen & Toubro Infotech, which has a presence in the construction, engineering, manufacturing, and financial services markets.
Prior to joining Larsen & Toubro, he was chairman and CEO of Steria Asia Pacific and Global Executive Sales Director. He was founding CEO of Universitas 21 Global, a venture of Thomson Corporation. He also spent many years with IBM, operating in multiple geographies, including in India as its president. Aghi headed international operations for Ariba Inc. from California and was instrumental in growing and building JD Edwards & Co. globally.
Aghi grew up in Delhi, India. He received his bachelor’s degree from Middle East College in Beirut before earning an MBA from St. Andrews University and a certificate from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He graduated from Claremont Graduate School with a PhD in International Relations in 1985. Aghi now lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and two children.