Michael Delfs

Aamer Hassanally
Brown University
B.A. in Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship
Mahindra Global Recruit 2012


Sector/Company: Mahindra Lifespaces (Real Estate)

Years at Mahindra: 1

Career Goals: Promote economic development through responsible corporate action


Hobbies: Travel, Music & Emerging Technology

 

What were you doing before you joined Mahindra?

I was a student at Brown University.  I spent my summer and winter breaks with my friends, launching a social venture to promote and distribute clean water technologies in Indian slums.

Why did you decide to join Mahindra?  

I was very much attracted by Mahindra’s corporate philosophy of Rise as well as the multitude of learning opportunities available within the group companies.  I was deeply drawn to India not only because of my heritage but also because of its vibrant and entrepreneurial spirit .

What are you doing now?  

I am working for the Strategy Cell in Mahindra’s Real Estate sector, helping the team to build operational efficiency and to identify new markets and opportunities.

How do you find Mahindra as an employer?  

The Global Recruit Program has provided a high degree of flexibility in terms of the scope of opportunities available.

What has been your best India experience?  

Last year, I attended the Kumbh Mela, a Hindu pilgrimage in Allahabad which is the largest human gathering on the planet.  Engulfed by a sea of 30million people while camping out by the banks of the Ganges was an incredibly intense, yet rewarding experience.

What were your favorite projects during your time at M&M?  

Helping to design and implement “Spark the Rise,” Mahindra’s social innovation platform, was an excellent opportunity to work with social entrepreneurs, innovators and change agents from around the country.  At the same time I was able to interact with many of the most prominent players in the Indian social entrepreneurship ecosystem.

 

Outside of the office, what are your favorite activities in Mumbai?  

I have found that the people of Mumbai are genuinely friendly and honest and I have really enjoyed making friends with other Mumbaikars.  Rooftop lounges are some of my most frequented places (provided it’s not monsoon), providing great weather, excellent views and much more.