October 3, 2016

Conversations with Remarkable Givers: India

"Conversations with Remarkable Givers: India" provides a behind-the-scenes look at philanthropy in India from the perspectives of experienced philanthropists

"Conversations with Remarkable Givers: India" provides a behind-the-scenes look at philanthropy in India from the perspectives of experienced philanthropists such as Rajashree BirlaAmit Chandra, Ashish Dhawan, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Rakesh MittalRohini Nilekani, Vidya Shah, Venu SrinivasanRatan Tata, and others. Through these video interviews they share their advice for other philanthropists on topics ranging from building strategy, measuring success, collaborating with grantees, working with the government, and much more.


Amit Chandra becomes a voice for philanthropy

Amit Chandra

Amit Chandra believes in Jamsetji Tata’s philosophy that the enlightened corporation serves not just investors, but society more broadly.
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Ashish Dhawan rejects the status quo

Ashish Dhawan

At the age of 43, Ashish Dhawan left his full-time position as co-founder and senior managing director of ChrysCapital, one of India’s leading private equity funds, to begin his second career—devoting his funds and focus  to reimagining primary and secondary education in India.
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Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw: compassionate capitalist

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw argues that philanthropy too often tries to apply temporary fixes to intractable problems.
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Rajashree Birla looks to optimize corporate social responsibility


Rajashree Birla serves as the director of several major companies in the Aditya Birla Group, including Aditya Birla Nuvo, UltraTech Cement Ltd., Grasim, and Hindalco. She also spearheads the group’s corporate social responsibility through the Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development.
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Rakesh Bharti Mittal places an emphasis on education


Rakesh Mittal is the vice chairman and managing director of Bharti Enterprises. He and his family pursue philanthropy through the education-focused Bharti Foundation.
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Rohini Nilekani embraces high-risk ideas in philanthropy

A former journalist and television anchor, Rohini Nilekani has been frequently recognized as a leading philanthropist in India.
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Senapathy (Kris) Gopalakrishnan focuses on people and collaboration


Kris Gopalakrishnan is a co-founder of Infosys as well as the chairman and co-founder of Axilor Ventures. He and his wife Sudha founded the Pratiksha Trust to pursue their philanthropy. Their philanthropic interests include education and healthcare.
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Sunil Munjal finds many benefits in philanthropy


Sunil Munjal is the chairman of Hero Enterprise. He focuses his philanthropy on promoting Indian arts through his nonprofit, the Serendipity Arts Foundation, and supports theatre and music in his capacity as president of the Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam.
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Sunil Wadhwani seeks multiple paths to scaling healthcare


Sunil Wadhwani is the former CEO and co-founder of iGATE Corp. His primary philanthropic vehicle is the WISH foundation (Wadhwani Initiative for Sustainable Healthcare), which focuses on accessible, quality healthcare and innovations in healthcare.
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Venu Srinivasan is transforming communities into agents of change

Venu Srinivasan

In all of his pursuits, Venu Srinivasan is obsessed with achieving excellence, which explains why he’s so focused on bringing the Japanese Total Quality Management (TQM) model, which TVS pioneered in India, to India’s social sector.
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Vidya Shah believes in collaborating for results

Vidya Shah

As the founder of EdelGive Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Edelweiss Group, a leading financial services conglomerate with an asset base of $4.8 billion, Vidya Shah seeks to build a bridge between the users and providers of philanthropic capital by exporting the skills and strategies of the for-profit world to the social sector.
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Ratan Tata keeps a business mindset for philanthropy

Ratan Tata

With a strong belief in ethics and equality, and a focus on utilizing business principles to create social impact, Ratan Tata has successfully carried forward his family's legacy of philanthropy.
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