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 18 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.