Ambassador of France to confer ‘Knight of the Legion of Honour’ to Wipro Chief Azim Premji tomorrow

Ambassador of France to confer ‘Knight of the Legion of Honour’ to Wipro Chief Azim Premji tomorrow

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Bengaluru, Nov 27 : Ambassador of France to India Alexandre Ziegler will confer the highest French Civilian distinction, Chevalier de la Legion of Honneur- ‘Knight of the Legion of Honour’ on Wipro Chairman Azim Premji on Wednesday, November 28.

The award was in recognition of Premji’s outstanding contribution to developing the information technology industry in India, his economic outreach in France and his laudable contribution to society as a philanthropist through the Azim Premji Foundation and University, according to a release here on Tuesday.

The dignitary, during his two-day visit to tech hub on Nov 28 and 29, will meet the Indian and French Tech business community and attend the Bengaluru Tech Summit.

The Ambassador of France will meet representatives of more than 30 innovative companies from the French technology business community either from France or with strong linkages to France. Large French digital companies already have a strong footprint in India, employing over 130,000 people at their R&D centers and facilities.

This meeting will be an opportunity to initiate the development of a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem that draws inspiration from the French Tech movement, a growing global community made up of a new generation of entrepreneurs, investors, engineers and innovators gathered under one banner.

On November 29, Ambassador Ziegler will attend the inaugural session of the Bengaluru Tech Summit and visit the exhibition. He will then visit the Infosys campus and attend a leadership meeting.

Speaking ahead of the occasion, Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler said, “I will be delighted to attend the 2018 Bengaluru Tech Summit, whose theme of ‘Innovation & Impact’ echoes France’s robust policy of capitalising on initiatives developed by French Tech members themselves and building on existing ideas to create a snowball effect. I am looking forward to meeting sectoral French companies, which are creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem to foster and support innovation and partnerships between France and India. And last but obviously not the least, it will be a privilege for me to confer the insignia of Knight of the Legion of Honour on renowned tech magnate and philanthropist, Premji.” (UNI)