Michael Delfs

Alexander King
Cornell University
BA International Agriculture and Rural Development
Mahindra Global Recruit 2015


Current GSO project:

My current project is designing a business plan to rebuild the fresh fruit and vegetable supply chain in India. The current supply chain is filled with logistical challenges that has produce changing hands many times, which leads to more wastage. This project attempts to provide top quality produce to consumers through innovative channels by directly working with Indian farmers, all while reducing food waste.

 

Potential Sector/Company:

Though my interests change often, I am currently interested in working with the International Operations branch to help expand Mahindra to new global markets.

 

Career Goals:

I still am not sure what I want to do long-term, but gaining experience in a public sector, like the Foreign Service, is interesting. I would also like to continue working with development and emerging markets. I plan on returning to school for an advanced degree at some point.

 


Interests/Hobbies:

I love traveling, food, hiking, and live music.

 

What were you doing before you joined Mahindra?

Before joining Mahindra, I was finishing my degree in International Agriculture and Rural Development. With the global focus of my coursework, I spent my summers in different places working across a variety of sectors. I interned with a solar energy company in Ghana, a sustainable construction materials producer in Haiti, and also researched here in Mumbai, India on private sector responses to iron-deficiency anemia. In college, I was also involved in Cornell Social Business Consulting, and the international affairs society.

 

Why did you decide to join Mahindra?

Mahindra seemed like the ideal place to gain entrance into the business world. I joined to gain practical business experience in one of the most interesting and dynamic global economies. I was also drawn to the flexibility of the GRP’s role. The freedom to move between a variety of industries and develop different skillsets places a trust in us that is hard to find in other jobs. Working with an Indian multinational helping to drive India’s economic transition is an incredible start to a post-college career.

 

What is it like working and living in India?

Living in Mumbai makes for interesting, memorable situations. It seems there are always festivals and events happening, where the whole city participates. Though the unforeseen delays and difficulty in accomplishing otherwise simple tasks can be frustrating, the excitement, unpredictability and vitality that drives this city forces you to adapt and admire.

 

What has been your favorite experience so far in India?

Every time I leave my apartment, I feel I meet new and fascinating people from totally different backgrounds. There is a genuine affability here that is hard to find elsewhere. The people, coupled with the incredible opportunities in this city, always lead to a fun time.