ABOUT THE FOUNDER
CEO, Founder Bira 91
Born in New Delhi to an architect-urban planner father and an author-interior designer mother, Ankur is a serial entrepreneur who moved to the United States in 1998. He completed his Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. After a brief stint at Motorola, Ankur co-founded a healthcare revenue management firm in New York City that later sold to a large healthcare provider network in 2007.
It was during this time in New York that he spent countless Friday afternoons sampling some of the most ingenious and extreme beers on the planet. He also fell in love with the traditional beer in Belgium after backpacking to the villages there.
Inspired by the American entrepreneurship in craft beer and the love of traditional beer in Belgium, he decided that it was time for a craft beer brand “Imagined in India” for the urban, millennial consumer. Thus, Bira 91 was born.
Ankur is a Fellow of the Disruptive Innovation Foundation, New York, and was included in Fortune’s “Top 40 Under 40” in 2016, 2017 and 2018, as well as GQ India’s “50 Most Influential Young Indian Innovators” in 2016.
Ankur is a fan of hip-hop (everything around 91), loves his food hot and spicy and enjoys cooking for his wife on the weekends to make up for all the extra beer he drinks!
Dev Kabir Malik