Michael Delfs

Akeem Bailey
UPenn
BA in International Relations
Mahindra Global Recruit 2012


Sector/Company: Group Strategy Office

 

Years at Mahindra: 1 year

 

Career Goals:

Successfully build and grow my own business

 

Hobbies:

Playing basketball, going for a jog down joggers park, reading.

 

What were you doing before you joined Mahindra?

I was a student at the University of Pennsylvania studying international relations with a focus on economic development.

 

Why did you decide to join Mahindra?

I always wanted to live and work abroad, especially in an emerging market. More importantly, I wanted the opportunity to do something unique right out of college. Mahindra allowed me to do both.

 

What are you doing now?

I work as a business analyst in the Group Strategy Office, where I do market research for a series of strategy-related projects covering the auto, two-wheeler and IT sectors. In addition to that, I’m helping build out a new department in the GSO called the Performance Monitoring Cell, which is working to introduce new and better ways for Mahindra businesses to track and monitor their business performance.


 

How do you find Mahindra as an employer?

Mahindra is a great place to get exposure to a wide range of businesses. During my time here I’ve had an opportunity to work with some very interesting companies and people.

 

 

What has been your best India experience?

India is a pretty diverse place. You meet people from all over the world. One of my best experiences includes randomly bumping into a group of South Africans at a restaurant and spending hours talking about African economics and history. Never thought something like that would happen in Mumbai.

 

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

One of my favourite projects involved writing a conceptual white paper on the state of “hyper-competition” (aka commoditization) in Indian manufacturing. I had to draw data from several sources and come up with some informed ways for companies to prevent their products from being too easily replicated on the market.

 

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

Bandra and South Bombay both have pretty good restaurants so I enjoy going out for nice dinners in town. Besides that, I love going for a run at Joggers Park (in Bandra) at sunset. You get a good run with an amazing view of downtown Mumbai.