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December 1st, 2009   By   Filed Under: Uncategorized

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Suhas Gopinath - (born November 4, 1986) is an Indian entrepreneur. He is the founder, CEO, and Chairman of Globals Inc, an IT multinational company.

Biography

Suhas Gopinath was born in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. At the age of 12, he launched a web site called CoolHindustan.com[1] but when the logo was hacked to display “CoolPakistan”, Mr. Gopinath reportedly abandoned it.[2]

When an American company invited him to their headquarters so he could maintain their web site, he is said to have declined on the ground that he wanted to be an entrepreneur.[3] However in 2000, at the age of 14 Mr. Gopinath traveled to the United States to found Globals Inc. in San Jose, California, as the laws in India did not allow a minor to set up a company.

He was recognized by several media outlets as The World’s Youngest CEO for” for being the youngest ever in the world to have incorporated a company[4][5] In 2003 Globals Inc. lost a business deal with a Singaporean e-Commerce company reportedly because the then 17-year-old CEO was too young to sign a memorandum of understanding.[6]. As of 2007, Globals have served more than 200 clients worldwide through presence in 11 countries.[7]

In 2005, Mr Gopinath was the youngest among the 175 recipients of the Karnataka state’s Rajyotsava Award.[8] Mr. Gopinath is also a brand ambassador for PETA.[9]
On December 2, 2007, The European Parliament and International Association for Human Values conferred a “Young Achiever Award” on Mr. Gopinath at the European Parliament, Brussels. He was invited to address the European Parliament and businessmen assembled in that parliament.[10]

Mr. Gopinath was announced as a “Young Global Leader” for 2008-2009 by the World Economic Forum, Davos. In that position he would be involved in development programs across the world. He holds a Diploma on Global Leadership and Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School at the Harvard University. He is reported to be the youngest YGL in the World Economic Forum’s history. This year’s Young Global Leaders includes Suhas Gopinath along with Hollywood Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, Musician A. R. Rahman, American Vice President runner and Louisiana State Governor Bobby Jindal, Hotmail.com Founder Sabeer Bhatia[11].

Suhas Gopinath was invited by the World Bank in November 2008 by the World Bank President Robert Zoellick to represent the World Bank’s ICT Advisory Board for adopting ICT in Nigeria and Kenya for increasing employ-ability and fostering ICT skills in students from these countries.[12].

In June 2009, Suhas Gopinath bagged the Make a Difference Award conferred on him by the Incredible Europe at Vienna, Austria.[13].

In October 2009, Suhas Gopinath bagged the SIP Fellow Award at the Global Social Innovators Forum 2009 at Singapore.[14].

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