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“CSR Leader of India” 2017 |Dr. Loveleen Kacker
CEO -Tech Mahindra Foundation
“ The legislation on CSR has brought together different stakeholders like the government, corporates and civil society on a common platform to deal with some issues that India is struggling with. Areas where efforts are beginning to show results are skilling and Swachh Bharat Mission. The government has resources on a very large scale, while corporates excel at creating models and processes that are efficient, scalable and deliver results. This partnership between government, corporates and NGOs is helping shape a better society.”
About Dr. Loveleen Kacker
A leader with vision, skill and accomplishment, Loveleen has worked with governments, institutions and organisations, in important roles that involved high stakes, large budgets and diverse teams. She has held the several important positions in the IAS including Director, Madhya Pradesh State Council of Educational Research and Training (MPSCERT); Director, Administrative Training Institute, Bhopal; Deputy Secretary and Director, Ministry of Food, Government of India; Collector and District Magistrate, Betul; Resident Commissioner, Government of Madhya Pradesh; Additional Chief Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of Madhya Pradesh; and Joint Secretary, Child Development, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.
Loveleen took over the reins of Tech Mahindra Foundation as the Chief Executive Officer in 2012 and is currently leading a team of almost fifty associates and interns at Tech Mahindra Foundation, and thousands of volunteers across Tech Mahindra Limited. With her vision for an educated and skilled India, Loveleen redefined the Foundation’s CSR policy and repositioned its work into two key areas – education and employability. Convinced about wholesome development of children and youth, she conceived the idea of ARISE or All Round Improvement in School Education, and SMART or Skills for Market Training, as the flagship programmes. Under her guidance, the SMART programme has grown from 3 skilling centres in 2012-13 to reaching the milestone of 100 SMART centres in April 2017.
Loveleen is an accomplished writer with numerous publications in child welfare, art and culture to her credit. She has authored several novels and stories for children, which fetched her national acclaim. She has been awarded the national-level Children’s Book Trust Award for children’s writers twice for her literary talents. Loveleen has been recognized for her efforts in child protection with the Article 34 Award (Individual Category) by Tulir-CPHSA. Widely travelled, she is a member of numerous institutions and has spoken at several international forums.
Loveleen holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and a Doctorate in Social Anthropology from Barkatullah University (Bhopal, India).