The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering Industry, Government and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes.

CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, with around 9000 members from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 300,000 enterprises from 286 national and regional sectoral industry bodies.

For more than 125 years, CII has been engaged in shaping India’s development journey and works proactively on transforming Indian Industry’s engagement in national development. CII charts change by working closely with Government on policy issues, interfacing with thought leaders, and enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and business opportunities for industry through a range of specialized services and strategic global linkages. It also provides a platform for consensus-building and networking on key issues.

Extending its agenda beyond business, CII assists industry to identify and execute corporate citizenship programmes. Partnerships with civil society organizations carry forward corporate initiatives for integrated and inclusive development across diverse domains including affirmative action, livelihoods, diversity management, skill development, empowerment of women, and sustainable development, to name a few.

As India completes 75 years of Independence in 2022, it must position itself for global leadership with a long-term vision for India@100 in 2047. The role played by Indian industry will be central to the country’s progress and success as a nation. CII, with the Theme for 2022-23 as Beyond India@75: Competitiveness, Growth, Sustainability, Internationalisation has prioritized 7 action points under these 4 sub-themes that will catalyze the journey of the country towards the vision of India@100.

With 62 offices, including 10 Centres of Excellence, in India, and 8 overseas offices in Australia, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Singapore, UAE, UK, and USA, as well as institutional partnerships with 350 counterpart organizations in 133 countries, CII serves as a reference point for Indian industry and the international business community.

Confederation of Indian Industry
The Mantosh Sondhi Centre
23, Institutional Area, Lodi Road, New Delhi - 110 003 (India)
T: 91 11 45771000 / 24629994-7
E: info@cii.inW: www.cii.in

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The CII Suresh Neotia Centre of Excellence for leadership (CII-SNCEL) is part of CII’s Integrated agenda of building competitiveness through Centres of Excellence ( COE). CII-SNCEL is one of the 10 COEs set up for enhancing development and progress through a diverse range of services. Established in 2009 at Kolkata, the Centre was initiated with the purpose of serving as a key facilitator of leadership development across various segments of business and socio cultural demographics. CII-SNCEL was conceived on the core belief that the quality of leadership will play a vital role in enabling the ‘new India’ to succeed in its mission for inclusive growth and competitiveness, and thereby becoming a frontrunner in the global economy. Grooming current and future leadership is top priority for the ‘new India’ which is characterized by start-ups, first generation enterprises, family run businesses, digital revolution, disruptive business practices, global headwinds and growth of new institutions.

Message from Leadership



Chairman - CII-SNCEL

Even amidst a challenging global economic environment, India continues to be one of the rare economies still exhibiting considerable promise and growth potential. As the nation completes 75 years of Independence in 2022, I firmly believe that the country is well poised to attain global leadership in line with its long-term vision for India@100 in the year 2047.

Industry and businesses in India today continues to drive the country’s growth agenda through several different channels. Most importantly, it is investing in the future of the nation, creating employment opportunities for the people and generating physical, intellectual and human capital. Its activities are therefore intrinsically related to the development of the nation.

Beyond businesses - India today is characterised by a larger ecosystem of Government bodies, developmental institutions, social entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs and start ups which also need Leadership development interventions for a n all round development of the country.

It is within this larger role of nation building, that the CII-Suresh Neotia Centre of Excellence for Leadership continues to develop a range of comprehensive leadership interventions both for businesses and its ecosystem that will enable India to liberate itself from the many constraints that affect growth and development and put it on a robust growth path.



Director General - CII

The CII-Suresh Neotia Centre of Excellence for Leadership (CII-SNCEL) is a critical component in CII’s efforts to shape India’s developmental journey and transform leadership across levels of Industry and society.

The Centre leverages the strong foundation of CII’s extensive national and global outreach which enables it to access wide-ranging resources from over 9000 members from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, an indirect membership of over 300,000 enterprises from 286 national and regional sectoral industry bodies and 350 plus partnerships with counterpart organisations across the globe including reputed institutions of learning.

As India moves from its 75th year of Independence towards its centenary year, people and process leadership will be the fulcrum on which the progress of the country will rest.

CII-SNCEL focusses on enhancing organisational competitiveness through a wide range of offerings including long duration, technology-enabled immersive leadership learning journeys, programmes, Masterclasses featuring eminent thought leaders of global repute, knowledge creation conferences, and strategy sessions. Led by Indian experts and global thought leaders, it catalyses enterprise journey to move up the ladder of success and compete effectively in challenging markets by infusing new leadership ideas and developing enterprise capacity.

Vision and Mission


To become a World Class Centre of knowledge and learning, providing training, information and consultation on all aspects of leadership development.


  • To facilitate development of leadership ‘attributes’, ‘skills’ and appropriate ‘business processes’ in industry, institutions and environment through consultancy, knowledge transfer and training on cutting edge processes and practices.

  • To create, accumulate and disseminate knowledge on the core theme of leadership
  • Catalyse innovation in leadership development programs across socio cultural segments
  • Enable transformational thought leadership through mobilization of top minds in the leadership space

Mandate and Focus Areas

Impact Areas

  • Leadership development for scale-up, sustainability ,modernization of traditional businesses, first generation enterprises and family run enterprises
  • Competencies building for a ‘new India’ to enable leadership capabilities across various segments in the organization, from C-suite business heads to senior leaders, to front line managers , young and future leaders

The Mandate

The Centre aims at establishing itself as a premier Centre of Leadership Development through a multitude of interventions focusing on “people” and “process” transformations.

CII- SNCEL‘s view of the leadership ecosystem has at its core, interventions that will focus on existing businesses and industry, including first generation entrepreneurs/start-ups and SMEs to enable a sustainable framework for organizational success. In the larger goal, the Centre envisages going beyond to develop special programmes for the education sector, Government institutions and PSUs, social enterprises, women and youth.