The Fletcher School

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Tufts University

The Fletcher School is honored to announce that Mr. Anand Mahindra, Chairman of the Mahindra Group and Non-Executive Chairman of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., will deliver keynote remarks at The Fletcher School’s Class Day Ceremony on Saturday, May 21, 2022. 

Mr. Mahindra, whose father Harish Mahindra (F’46) was Fletcher’s first graduate from India, is one of the world’s most influential industrialists over the last half century. Under his stewardship, over the course of four decades, The Mahindra Group has evolved from being a steel trader into a highly diversified global conglomerate with operations across two dozen major industrial sectors – including renewable energy, agriculture, information technology, aerospace, real estate and education, to name a few. Headquartered in India, Mahindra employs more than 250,000 people in over 100 countries.  

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Known for his pioneering leadership on the issues of climate change, sustainability and social responsibility, he transformed the way business leads on global issues and how business leaders advocate for global change with governments and international organizations.  

“Mr. Mahindra has transformed the business world, establishing a model for industry leaders as a powerful force for good,” said Rachel Kyte, dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University. “He has led by example with his actions, and I am thrilled for our graduates to hear from him at a time when multinational corporations like The Mahindra Group play an increasingly central role in solving today’s most pressing global challenges.”

Mr. Mahindra integrated best practices in social responsibility into his firm’s operations long before it was fashionable to do so.  In 2020, Forbes named Mahindra & Mahindra to its list of the 100 Most Sustainably Managed Companies – the highest ranked Indian company on the list.  

With social responsibility a central driver of his business philosophy, he has supported programs in the areas of education, health and environment that maximize social and cultural impact. One example of Mr. Mahindra’s many social change initiatives is Project Nanhi Kali, which has provided more than 350,000 underprivileged girls from rural, tribal and urban areas access to high-quality education, and increased their chances of social mobility and prosperity.   

A member of the G7 Impact Task Force, he currently serves on the Board of the UN secretary general’s Global Compact and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders. 

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He has previously served as co-chair of the B20 Saudi Arabia Women in Business Action Council, the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit, the 2014 World Economic Forum India Economic Summit and the 2009 World Economic Forum. In addition, Mr. Mahindra has served on the Global Board of Advisors of the Council on Foreign Relations.  

Mr. Mahindra has been recognized as an exceptional leader and visionary throughout his distinguished career, having been named to Barron’s List of Top 30 CEOs worldwide and Fortune Magazine’s list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, among other honors. He is considered one of the top global CEO influencers on social media, with a Twitter following of nearly 9 million.  

He earned his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Harvard College and his Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.  

With business playing an essential role at the heart of Fletcher’s interdisciplinary curriculum, the Fletcher community looks forward to hearing from one of the world’s most inspirational business leaders, and one who shares its vision of working toward a more just and peaceful world.

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