Achal Bakeri heads Symphony Limited, the largest manufacturer of air-coolers in the world. After earning an MBA in Finance and Real Estate Finance from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA, in 1986, Achal came back to India and joined his family business of Real Estate Development. In 1988 he established Symphony air-cooler manufacturing operations. Today, Symphony is a public-listed company with a market capitalization of over Rs. 8000 crores. It has subsidiaries in USA, Singapore, China and Mexico and sales in over 60 countries.
In 1997 Achal was a Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics for a programme in Leadership & Global Governance. He is a recipient of several awards in entrepreneurship and leadership. He has been associated with various professional bodies and public charitable institutions. He serves as a member of the Board of Management of CEPT University, Governing Council Member at MICA (Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad) and as a trustee of the Jivraj Mehta Hospital (Bakeri Medical Centre). His interests include collecting contemporary art, fitness, travel and reading.