Bridgespan Remarkable Giver Series: Conversations with Rakesh Mittal

The 'Conversations with Remarkable Givers: India' video series provides a behind-the-scenes look at philanthropy in India from the perspectives of eminent givers

Updated: Jul 19, 2018 02:47:43 PM UTC
Rakesh Mittal, Vice Chairman and Managing Editor, Bharti Enterprises Image: Saumya Khandelwal/Hindustan Times via Getty Images


Conversations with Remarkable Givers: India is an initiative of The Bridgespan Group, a philanthropy and NGO advisory firm. This video series provides a behind-the-scenes look at philanthropy in India from the perspectives of eminent givers.

In this second installment in the series,* Senapathy (Kris) Gopalakrishnan, Rajashree Birla, Rakesh Mittal, Sunil Munjal, and Sunil Wadhwani share their perspectives on their personal giving journeys, choice of issues to advance, collaborations with grantees, vision for Indian philanthropy, and much more. The videos were made possible by the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Rakesh Mittal is the vice chairman and managing director of Bharti Enterprises. He and his family pursue philanthropy through the education-focused Bharti Foundation. The Bharti Mittal family recently pledged Rs 7000 crore of philanthropic capital towards creating the Satya Bharti University. The University will have a strong focus on artificial intelligence, robotics, and augmented and virtual reality, and will offer free or subsidised education to the underprivileged.

Giving back to the society is an obligation, says Rakesh Mittal...

On why the Bharti family has chosen to run its own schools...

He describes the impact of his education work...

The Bharti Mittals have their eyes set on higher education, says Rakesh Mittal...

His advice to philanthropists: Be the changemaker...

On his philanthropic legacy...

*Videos from the first installment of Conversations with Remarkable Givers: India and Bridgespan’s broader Remarkable Givers series are also available online.

The thoughts and opinions shared here are of the author.

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