BIOGRAPHY OF SECRETARY GENERAL, SUNIL D SHARMA
Mr. Sunil D Sharma, is currently the Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer of International Society for Small and Medium Enterprises (ISSME). He played the leading role in the establishment of ISSME. Mr. Sharma is a knowledgeable and multi-faceted personality and is well versed with the working, management, applicable laws and rules & regulations of both national as well as international Non-Government Organisations. An energetic and dynamic personality, Mr. Sharma has participated in number of local, national, regional, and international conferences as well as concerned UN agencies programmes and other events throughout the globe on SME related issues.
Ever since he took up the reins of ISSME as Secretary General in 2011, Mr. Sharma fine-tuned its activities to meet SMEs’ varied new demands emanating from emerging world economic scenario. He has sought to give voice to the world’s small business community. He has over 16 years of experience in studying the development as well as industrial sector, particularly the issues related to small business development, identifying business opportunities and articulating the concerns and interest of SMEs at different forums. Prior to his association in ISSME, he had gained extensive experiences by working with private sector, industry association, and international non-governmental organisations at senior positions and gained hands on experience in promoting and development of SMEs. He has extensive knowledge and practical experience in setting up units based on alternate and environment-friendly technologies, use of ICT tools, policy lobbying for SMEs, facilitating SMEs in international networking and building new contacts as well as in enhancing international trade, etc. He has widely travelled within India and visited several countries on official business like United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Romania, Austria, Ireland, Turkey, UAE, Korea, Swaziland, Botswana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Hungary, Germany, etc.
A bit of an idealist, Mr. Sharma likes to delve deep and develop insights into issues pertaining to SME, entrepreneurs and enterprise. He believes the SME sector needs to be made part of the policy-making exercise for achieving the national objectives.
A scion of an educated Indian family, Mr. Sharma was born in 1977 at New Delhi, India. He studied at Delhi University and Uttar Pradesh Rajshri Tandon Open University. He holds Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Sociology. In addition to these, he has over a half dozen of diplomas & certificates on Computer Software Engineering, Finance, Management, Information Technology and Documentation from different institutions across the globe. He has also received numerous awards during his education and professional career.
The Secretary-General speaks English and Hindi. He is married and has a son and a daughter.
Mr. Sharma started his career in 1999 with a very small organization engaged in the creation of livelihoods through agro-based industries in the remote corners of north Indian region. He later moved to an organisation working for the creation of sustainable livelihoods in the central parts of India and then to an organization working globally for small and medium-sized enterprises in 2006. Mr. Sharma is having personal interests in the following areas: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; Green Businesses; Innovation and Technology Transfers; Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Development; International Trade; and Spiritualism.
Mr. Sharma is also holding the post of Founder and Secretary General/CEO of World Association for Green Enterprises (WAGE) – a leading international non-governmental organization working for the promotion and sustainable development of Green Enterprises across the world and Uttarakhand Patrakar Parishad (UPP) – non-governmental organization – a leading national voice of journalists as well as media agencies/houses of Uttarakhand province in India.