adar and his wife natasha are the founders of the villoo poonawalla charitable foundation, launched in 2012 to improve lives through a focus on increasing education, healthcare, safe water and environmental sanitation. today in pune, where sii is based, the foundation has eight schools with over 10,000 children being educated and a charitable hospital. it also picks up and processes city waste to mitigate its impact on the health of local populations and provides clean drinking water at 30 locations.
adar is the founder of poonawalla finance, a fast-growing digital non-banking financial company established in 2019 and headquartered in pune, india.
adar is a former board member of gavi, the vaccine alliance focused on helping vaccinate the world’s children against deadly and debilitating infectious diseases.
adar has been recognized with a number of accolades over the years, most recently fortune’s greatest leaders (2021), economic times entrepreneur of the year (2021), hurun national icon of philanthropy (2019), indian of the year – csr category (2020), forbes india leadership awards gennext entrepreneur (2018) and cnbc asia’s corporate social responsibility (2018).
in 2017, he was appointed by the indian prime minister as brand ambassador for swachh bharat, a country-wide campaign initiated by the government of india to improve waste management.