Mr. Naveen Tewari


Mr. Naveen Tewari obtained his bachelor's degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and earned his Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School (HBS). At HBS, he was a recipient of the "Dean's Award," the highest student honor, for his exceptional leadership and contribution. Mr. Tewari started his career at McKinsey & Company, where he worked on developing the go-to-market strategy for a large Indian conglomerate's entry into the telecom sector. While working there, he also had the opportunity to work with the top management of various technology companies on key business issues. Thereafter, he joined Charles River Ventures (CRV), a top tier VC firm focusing on early stage investments in the software and communications space. Shri Tewari worked with CRV on developing their India investment strategy. He also worked briefly with a mobile VoIP startup in the Silicon Valley.


Mr. Tewari founded InMobi in 2007 and currently serves as the CEO of the firm. He has been responsible for the overall vision, strategy and execution at InMobi. His view of the growth of the smartphone and app economy led to the development of InMobi as a key tenet in this mobile ecosystem. InMobi is the largest independent mobile advertising network in the world. Today, the company has set up businesses across US, Europe, China, Japan, Australia and Asia-Pacific region. It is backed by some of the industry's highly regarded investors such as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sherpalo Ventures and SoftBank.

InMobi has raised over $215 Million and is India's largest product company today, with a massive global footprint. The InMobi network today reaches over 700 million consumers across 165 countries. In 2013, InMobi was recognized by MIT Technology Review as one of the top 50 disruptive companies in the world. Shri Tewari has been recognized by a business insider as the second most important person across the globe in mobile advertising. Mr. Tewari is also the Founder and Chairman of a US based non-profit organization, India School Fund (ISF) that focuses on setting up schools in rural India. Started in 2006 with only a few Harvard Business School friends, ISF friends have grown in numbers across India and the US.

Mr. Tewari was conferred with the IIT Kanpur's Distinguished Alumnus Award for excellence in entrepreneurship.

Achievements and Honors

  • 'Future Leaders Award' presented by Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, 2015.
  • Fortune's '40 under 40' most powerful, influential and important people in business, 2015.
  • The 'Pathbreaker of the Year' Award, 2014.
  • Forbes India Leadership Award for 'Outstanding Start Up', 2014.
  • '100 Most Creative People', across the world 2014.
  • 'Distinguished Alumnus Award' for excellence in entrepreneurship by IIT, Kanpur, 2013.
  • The 'Pathbreaker of the Year' Award, presented by Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, 2013.
  • '7th Most Important Person' by Business Insider's the Mobile Power List, 2013.
  • 'Mobile Top 50' in The Drum, 2013.
  • '2nd Most Important Person' by Business Insider's the Mobile Power List, 2012.