Anand Mahindra first Indian to receive Harvard Medal
Mahindra Group Chairman, Anand Mahindra is the first Indian recipient of the prestigious Harvard Medal for his dedication, generosity and service to the University. Harvard President Drew Faust, Lincoln Professor of History presented him with the medal at the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association during Harvard’s 363rd Commencement Afternoon Program on May 29th, 2014.
An alumnus of the University, Anand Mahindra graduated with Honours (Magna Cum Laude) from Harvard in 1977. In 1981, he secured his MBA degree from Harvard Business School. “To be honoured by one’s alma mater is a matter of great personal pride. Harvard has given me much more than just an education; it has expanded my world view and brought in a cross-cultural focus to my personal and professional life. This was also the impetus for establishing the Mahindra Humanities Centre at Harvard in 2010,” he said.
Mr. Jack Reardon, Executive Director, Harvard Alumni Association, said, “Anand Mahindra is a loyal and devoted alumnus of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. He has a deep interest in Harvard and understands the research efforts of the University that can make a positive difference to people around the world. Anand Mahindra is a very deserving recipient of the Harvard Medal.”
Anand Mahindra is Co-founder of the Harvard Business School (HBS) Association of India, and founding member of the University’s South Asia Institute (SAI), the HBS India Research Center, and SAI field office in Mumbai, India. He is also a longtime member of the Asia Center Advisory Committee, and contributed immensely to HAA in the planning and execution of the Global Series conference in 2006.
At present, he’s a member of the President’s Global Advisory Council, Committee on University Resources (COUR), HBS Board of Dean’s Advisors, SAI Founder’s Club, and actively involved with the Harvard College Fund and fundraising efforts. In 2010, he gifted $10 million to the Humanities Center, which was then renamed the Mahindra Humanities Center in honor of his mother, Indira Mahindra.
Last month, he was appointed to the Board of the U.S. – India Business Council (USIBC), a position which helps him bring US and India closer together by promoting policy advocacy priorities of USIBC.