Ms. Loveleen Kacker, CEO, Tech Mahindra Foundation

A leader with vision, skill and accomplishment, Loveleen has worked with governments, institutions and organizations, in important roles that involved high stakes, large budgets and diverse teams. She brings in over three decades of planning and administrative experience, from a number of senior roles that she played in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), where she made impactful contributions in the areas of women and children, framing national policies on child welfare and drafting legislations for welfare schemes for the poor and disadvantaged sections of society. She has expertise in the areas of child education, child nutrition and child protection, and has worked for more than a decade in social sector ministries and departments.

Some of her notable career positions in the IAS include Director, Madhya Pradesh State Council of Educational Research and Training (MPSCERT); Director, Administrative Training Institute, Bhopal; Deputy Secretary and Director, Ministry of Food, Government of India; Collector and District Magistrate, Betul; Resident Commissioner, Government of Madhya Pradesh; Additional Chief Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of Madhya Pradesh; and Joint Secretary, Child Development, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.

Loveleen took over the reins of Tech Mahindra Foundation as the Chief Executive Officer in 2012 at a crucial moment of time, when Tech Mahindra was undergoing a major transformation and expansion. Loveleen was entrusted with the mammoth task of taking the Company's social initiatives to the next level in view of its rapid growth and the Companies Act 2013, responsibilities that she fulfilled with a crystal-clear vision, prodigious organizational and managerial skills, and rock-solid commitment.

In less than three years, Loveleen transformed the Foundation's work. She invested in human resources, and is currently leading a team of almost fifty associates and interns at Tech Mahindra Foundation, and thousands of volunteers across Tech Mahindra Limited. With her vision for an educated and skilled India, Loveleen redefined the Foundation's CSR policy and repositioned its work into two key areas – education and employability. Convinced about wholesome development of children and youth, she conceived the idea of ARISE or All Round Improvement in School Education, and SMART or Skills for Market Training, as the flagship programmes. Loveleen has led scale-up of over 50 government and non-government schools to ARISE, and set up over sixty centres of vocational excellence across the country. The Foundation's programmes together reach out to over 100,000 beneficiaries today.

Loveleen is an accomplished writer with numerous publications in child welfare, art and culture to her credit. She has authored several novels and stories for children, which fetched her national acclaim. She has been awarded the national-level Children's Book Trust Award for children's writers twice for her literary talents. Loveleen has been recognized for her efforts in child protection with the Article 34 Award (Individual Category) by Tulir-CPHSA. Widely travelled, she is a member of numerous institutions and has spoken at several international forums.

Loveleen holds a Master's degree in Political Science and a Doctorate in Social Anthropology from Barkatullah University (Bhopal, India).