A lawyer of international repute, social commentator, thought leader and creative innovator, Sumant is a multi-faceted person with accomplishments in diverse spheres. A cultural champion, museum owner, collector and writer, Sumant Batra is the founder and architect of a number of innovative creative projects to promote Indian heritage, culture, art and literature. Some prominent initiatives include, Kumaon Literary Festival, Taj Colloquium and Dalit Literature Festival amongst other. The initiatives started by him are rapidly developing into a robust cultural voice of the country because of their unique approach and contribution to the development of the soft infrastructure and power of the country.
A corporate and policy lawyer of global eminence by training, Sumant has held leadership positions in prestigious multi-lateral, global and national organisations. As senior international consultant to the IMF, World Bank Group, OECD and other development institutions, he has worked extensively on policy matters in Africa, Eastern Europe, Middle East and South Asia. Rated as India's No. 1 insolvency lawyer by Legal 500, his contributions to reforms in Indian insolvency system are well recognised.
He is a frequent speaker at various international and domestic conferences.
An avid collector, he is probably the largest collector of Indian cinema memorabilia, has set up Chitrashala, a private museum of Indian vintage graphic art and has built a boutique hotel in the Himalayas out of his collection.
He is the author of the bestselling coffee table book - The Indians. Foreworded by Cherie Blair, the book was released by Dr. Karan Singh.