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Revealing Indian Philanthropy


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Speaker(s): Mrs Rajashree Birla, Mr Dweep Chanana, Dr Ruth Kattumuri, Mr Gautam Kumar
Chair: Professor Lord Nicholas Stern

Recorded on 10 June 2013 in Old Theatre, Old Building.

From supporting the establishment of modern India to the innovative work of recent years, philanthropy has played, and continues to play, a critical role in the development of India. As the country is set to become one of the world’s leading producers of wealth it should therefore come as no surprise if it also takes the lead in philanthropy. However, philanthropy in the country remains largely unknown compared to other leading philanthropic nations. To mark the launch of the new book Revealing Indian Philanthropy which is available for download, this event will discuss the imaginative culture of giving in India and explore the influences shaping its future.

Mrs Rajashree Birla is Chairperson of the Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development and wife of late Aditya Vikram Birla. The Aditya Birla Group is one of India’s largest conglomerates; it traces its origins to GD Birla, a contemporary and supported of Mahatma Gandhi and one of India’s earliest industrialists and philanthropists.

Mr Dweep Chanana is Director in the Philanthropy and Value-based Investing team at UBS, AG.

Dr Ruth Kattumuri is Co-Director of the LSE India Observatory.

Mr Gautam Kumar is Head, Global South Asia, UBS Wealth Management.

Professor Lord Nicholas Stern is the IG Patel Chair of Economics and Government and Director of the LSE India Observatory.

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