2010 Young Laureate, Science & Health
India, Born 1980
A graduate of the University of Delhi, Piyush Tewari built a highly successful career as a director and general manager of a private equity firm. After his 17-year-old cousin died following a road accident, Tewari investigated the reason for his death -- the length of time it took to provide basic life support -- and, in his spare time, set up the SaveLife Foundation (SLF) to prevent unnecessary roadside fatalities. The foundation trains police officers and volunteers to provide rapid care including trauma management, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, control of bleeding and spinal immobilization for road accident victims.
In June 2011, Piyush Tewari left his job in private equity to become full-time CEO of the SaveLife Foundation.
Published in 2010
The SaveLife Foundation is driven by passion, excellence and a zeal for public service -- all qualities that I pursue.
Passion and knowledge.
Gardening with my late grandfather.
My idea of happiness is seeing people around me happy. I am most happy when I see my actions bringing a positive change in someone's life; be it my family, my friends, my co-workers or the people who SaveLife intends to serve.
I spent my adolescence in tough economic circumstances. Seeing my parents struggle to bring us up pained me, but also motivated me to work hard and do well in life. It is this motivation that kept me focused on my education and, then later, on my professional life.
My family pictures from the past 10 generations.
White-water rafting once a year, going to the cinema and spending time with friends and family.
Values need to be practised and not just preached. I learnt this in AIESEC [an international organization developing leadership among students] during college.
Being entrusted at the age of 28 to lead a company with multi-million dollar revenues and hundreds of employees.
The scores of police officers, firemen and paramedics from around the world who risk their lives to save victims of accidents. I admire their courage and their ability to control their emotions when faced with tragedy.
Iron Man: courageous, fun-loving and brilliant.
Bill Gates. His focus on philanthropy inspires me tremendously.
Dr Sanjeev Bhoi, the Officer In-charge of the Emergency Department at AIIMS Trauma Center in New Delhi, has been the most memorable and interesting person I have met while carrying out this project. His passion for emergency medicine and his expertise in this field are truly admirable.