NEW DELHI, OCT 28, 2021
Isha Ambani has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the prestigious Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum, education and research complex, based in the USA.
The Smithsonian’s Board of Regents approved the appointment of Ambani and two others – Carolyn Brehm and Peter Kimmelman – for a four-year term each, effective September 23, the Museum said in a statement.
The 17-member Board of Regents, consisting of the Chief Justice of the US, the Vice President of the US, three members of the US Senate, three members of the US House of Representatives, and nine citizens, is responsible for the administration of the Smithsonian.
Isha will serve a term of four years as one of the youngest board members of the National Museum of Asian Art, which was the Smithsonian’s first dedicated art museum and opened as the Freer Gallery of Art in 1923.
Isha’s vision and passion for the arts is expected to accelerate the Smithsonian’s efforts to make their collections and expertise more accessible and compelling and enable better understanding and celebration of Indian and Asian arts and cultures.
Daughter of Asia’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, she is a director on Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (Jio), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries that owns businesses across energy, petrochemicals, textiles, retail and digital services.
Jio is today India’s largest mobile network operator with over 440 million subscribers.
Isha manages the branding customer experience and marketing of Reliance Retail and Jio. She was also the force behind the launch of fashion portal Ajio.com and oversees the e-commerce venture JioMart that aims to bring the power of e-commerce to small and medium businesses.
She also serves as the Director of Reliance Foundation, India’s largest Foundation.
Isha has a deep love for Indian art and a passion to bring that art to new audiences. She has degrees from Yale University and Stanford University and worked as a business analyst at McKinsey & Company in New York.