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Vishal Chordia is EO Global Citizen of the Year
May '18
Courtesy: PR Newswire/Vishal Chordia
Courtesy: PR Newswire/Vishal Chordia
Indian entrepreneur and chairman of the Maharashtra State Khadi and Village Industries Board Vishal Chordia has been named EO Global Citizen of the Year 2018 for his work in rural development and innovative approach. The award was presented at the annual EO Global Leadership Conference, which was attended by over 1,500 entrepreneurs from 54 countries.

Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO), the world's leading peer-to-peer network of successful business owners, is honoured to name Vishal Chordia, Chairman of the Maharashtra State Khadi & Village Industries Board (MSKVIB), as the 2018 EO Global Citizen of the Year.

The Global Citizen of the Year award is a prestigious accolade presented annually to an EO member whose entrepreneurial spirit, innovative approach, and effective business practices transcend borders, change lives and set an example for EO members and the global business community. Vishal Chordia takes his place among distinguished past winners who have nurtured entrepreneurial growth in developing nations, built schools and revolutionised healthcare to make it more affordable and accessible for the underprivileged.

An active entrepreneur and a founding member of the EO Pune chapter, Vishal Chordia has been empowering rural development in Maharashtra for two decades. He leads Suhana, a multi-million dollar spice export company and last year accepted the position as the chairman of the MSKVIB. Recognising the role that crafts and rural entrepreneurs can play in reducing both economic and social inequities, he pioneered the 'MahaKhadi' initiative that is reorganising crafts and village industries to alleviate poverty and create just working opportunities for craftspeople across the state.

"Vishal embodies the EO spirit of 'being significant' and is an outstanding role model for business leaders around the world. His commitment and dedication to his community and his vision to help it flourish and prosper has led to success in his personal endeavours and more recently with his work at the MSKVIB," said Brian Brault, EO global chairman. "We are honoured to have Vishal so actively involved with the Entrepreneurs' Organisation and to be able to present him with the coveted Global Citizen of the Year award."

"Giving back to my community and helping to empower artisans and rural entrepreneurs of Maharashtra is something I am passionate about, making it easy to dedicate my career to these efforts," said Chordia. "My involvement with Entrepreneurs' Organisation has been very meaningful as it offers an environment of learning and growth and provides the perfect platform to inspire and draw inspiration from fellow entrepreneurs to make dreams a reality and also look beyond to make an impact on our communities and economies." (SV)

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