Mr. Satish Kumar Modi
Chairman, Modi Global Enterprises, Ambassador for Philanthropy
The chairman of Modi Global Enterprises, Satish Kumar Modi, is part of a family and a business that plays a leading role in India and, increasingly, around the world. His father, the late Rai Bahadur Gujar Mal Modi, established the Modi Group of Industries and, in 1933, established the industrial township of Modinagar, which now has a population of half a million people.
Satish Modi is now developing the town further to create a ‘Dream City’ in Modinagar, that, besides providing all the modern infrastructure and facilities, will also focus on various aspects of art and culture.
Satish Kumar Modi started India 's first private airline, ModiLuft in partnership with Lufthansa and is credited with re-launching this airline as SpiceJet a leading private airline of India.
Beyond business success, Satish Modi has maintained the legacy of his philanthropist parents by supporting a range of charities, educational institutions and the arts.
In May 2000 Satish Modi and his wife Abha established the International Institute of Fine Arts to provide quality education to students in the fields of art and creative design.
Satish Modi has written a book entitled, ‘In Love with Death’. The aim of this book is to help people overcome their fear of dying, to make them look at death positively, motivating them to live their lives filled with goodness, love and compassion. Besides English, the book has also been released in the Thai and Mandarin languages. Several filmmakers from around the world have expressed their interest in making films and television serials based on ‘In Love with Death’.
In December 2016, Satish Modi was invited by the China Global Philanthropy Institute (CGPI) to deliver the keynote address at the Asia Society in Hong Kong. CGPI receives continuous support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. CGPI invited Satish Modi to visit China in March 2017 for a three-city tour, where he delivered talks on Philanthropy and on the ‘Art of Dying’. CGPI honoured Mr. Modi with the Master of Philanthropy degree.
Satish Modi was invited to be the Keynote Speaker at The Global Scholars Symposium (GSS) held at Rhodes House, at the University of Oxford, from May 11th-13th 2018, where he delivered a stimulating talk and workshop, covering various subjects from his book, 'In Love with Death'.
On the invitation by the University of Cambridge, Satish Modi delivered a talk on ‘Heritage and Industry – synergies and collaborations’ at the University of Cambridge on the 7th of December 2019.
Satish Modi has received a number of awards and honours, both in India and abroad. He was appointed an ‘Ambassador for Philanthropy’ by the UK's Founding Ambassador for Philanthropy, Dame Stephanie Shirley, in recognition of his philanthropy in India and role as an advocate to others.