BOSTON–American India Foundation (AIF) launched a new chapter in Hyderabad, Telengana this month. This is its first chapter outside the United States.
AIF Country Director Mathew Joseph said that the partnership between AIF and the Telengana government is a testament to the trust and collaboration AIF has built in the state. Over the past several years, AIF has executed high-impact interventions for low-income and vulnerable communities across 10 districts of Telangana through its flagship education and livelihood programs.
Telengana Minister of IT, Industries, Municipal Administration, and Urban Development KT Rama Rao was the chief guest and inaugurated the chapter. He said that with a median age of only 28 years, India’s biggest asset is human capital, and that philanthropic ties will take the state to the next level.
Guest of Honor, BVR Mohan Reddy, the Executive Chairman of Cyient, was very impressed by AIF’s work and its three focus areas of education, public health and livelihoods. He said that if AIF could focus on delivering results where impact can be measured, philanthropists would be knocking on its doors.
Thanking the founding members and guests, AIF CEO Nishant Pandey said Hyderabad always had a special place in his heart and was thrilled that the first chapter outside of the US was being launched there. Explaining AIF’s successful chapter model, he added that AIF is a collective philanthropic platform with no single founder, that it belongs to everyone and that anyone could add value to the organization in a way that makes most sense to them.
Community and industry leaders and dignitaries attending the event included Rebekah Drame, Acting US Consulate General, Hyderabad and Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce and Information Technology, Government of Telangana. Many of the AIF board and long-term supporters from the US attended the launch as part of the annual India Mission Trip.
AIF Board member Raj Sharma conceived the Hyderabad Chapter. The founding members of the Chapter include Rekha & Prshant Lahoti, Kasturi & Ravi Mahadevan Subramanian, Lakshmi Nambiar & Jay Krishnan, Nalini & Raj Sharma and Nirmala Garimella.
The American India Foundation is committed to catalyzing social and economic change in India and building a lasting bridge between the United States and India through high-impact interventions in education, livelihoods, public health, and leadership development, with a particular emphasis on empowering girls and women to achieve gender equity. Working closely with local communities, AIF partners with NGOs to develop and test innovative solutions and with governments to create and scale sustainable impact. Founded in 2001 at the initiative of President Bill Clinton following a request from Prime Minister Vajpayee, AIF has impacted the lives of 12.9 million of India’s poor in 35 states and union territories.