In his new role as an elder statesman, Ratan Tata’s next steps lead him to the international stage. The board of trustees at Carnegie Endowment, a network of policy research centres, has inducted the former Tata group chairman into their group.
The think tank, which is over a century old, has 26 prominent people from the world of business and academia on its board. They include former UN secretary general Kofi Annan, Citigroup global banking head Raymond McGuire and the presidents of Princeton University and the Massuchusetts Institute of Technology. The only other Indian trustee is Bharti group Chairman Sunil Mittal.
Carnegie President Jessica Mathews says the institute is establishing a South Asia Centre in New Delhi. The mission is to advance the cause of peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas as well as direct engagement and collaboration with decision makers in government, business, and civil society. Tata is expected to help with this. It has been a year since the other venerable US non-profit organisation Brookings set up shop in India. Former Shell India chief Vikram Mehta heads Brookings India. Former deputy governor of the RBI Subir Gokarn is director of research.
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Association of Ratan Tata with the Carnegie Endowment will benefit India more than the Endowment. The Delhi Chapter of the Endowment will give opportunity for the Endowment to do more study on India-specific issues on economic development, peace in the Asian region and regional cooperation for improving human development indicators in the region. India should consider promoting and supporting such ‘Think Tanks’ within the country outside government and corporate fold.on Oct 13, 2013
Shri Ratan Tata is a visionary and great industrialist. I am sure his services will be great asset to board of trustees at Carnegie Endowment. Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),Indiaon Oct 8, 2013
The tank has an other big Idealist now!on Oct 8, 2013
I am very much sure Ratan Tata will definitely prove the proverb given to him \"think tank\".He have already done so much for common man.This is also good way to prosper peace in the world.on Oct 7, 2013