Uday Shankar

Director, Bodhi Tree Systems

Partnering with James Murdoch’s Lupa Systems, Uday established Bodhi Tree Systems in 2021 as a strategic investor in consumer technology opportunities in Asia and the Middle East, with a focus on India. In addition to media, Bodhi Tree is also investing in other consumer technology sectors that represent significant opportunities including healthcare and education. Qatar Investment Authority, the sovereign wealth fund of the State of Qatar, is an investor in Bodhi Tree Systems. Reliance and Viacom18 have formed a strategic partnership with Bodhi Tree Systems to form one of the largest TV and digital streaming companies in India with brands including the record breaking JioCinema, India’s fastest growing online streaming video platform with live sports and entertainment.

Uday is one of the most successful and globally recognised Indian executives who created a leading media and entertainment business in APAC. Uday has served in several leadership roles including as Chairman and CEO of Star India, President of 21st Century Fox Asia, and President of The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific & Chairman of Disney & Star India. Under his leadership, Star transformed into the region’s leading company placed distinctively at the intersection of media, entertainment & technology. Uday is the Immediate Past President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), India’s premier industry association.