Michael Delfs

Danielle Fiorino
UPenn
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Mahindra Global Recruit 2013


Sector/Company: Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd


What you did in the GSO and what you are doing now?
While in the GSO, I worked on projects for the Aftermarket, the Mahindra United World College, the Public Health Foundation of India, the IT sector, and the Trucks business.  Post my time in the GSO, I joined Mahindra Lifespaces, our real estate business.  I started working in Marketing for Happinest, our Affordable Housing Business.  Since the fall of last year, I have become a founding member of our International Sales Team focused on building up channels to sell our real estate to Non-Resident Indians living outside of India.


Career Goals: I would like to be in a career where I am either working between two different cultures to ensure both entities are able to do business.  From my experience at Mahindra, I have also developed a skillset in regional and global operations, and I would like to continue to build these skills for my future career.


Hobbies: Embroidery, languages, exotic foods, traveling, eating cheese, and reading.


What was I doing before Mahindra?
Before Mahindra, I was a student in the Huntsman Program of International Studies and Business. On a summer internship, I went to work for a small company in a suburb outside of New Delhi, and that was where I had my first India experience. This internship gave me a taste of what India has to offer, and once I heard about the Mahindra opportunity, I was intent on pursuing it further.


Why did I decide to join Mahindra?
I decided to join Mahindra because I would have the opportunity to work with many different businesses and obtain a variety of experiences all in the same company. Furthermore, everything is moving so much more quickly in India's emerging economy, and I wanted to be in on that action.


What is it like living and working in India?
India is full of excitement. While it can be frustrating at times and exhilarating at others, it is overall a powerful experience full of cultural, trying, and meaningful events that will help you develop personally and professionally.


What is your favorite experience/memory in India?
My favorite experience so far in India has been my trip to Coorg in Karnataka with some of my friends. It was an area with vast expanses of greenery, coffee plantations, and very little noise and pollution as compared to Bombay. We also stood next to elephants and visited a Tibetan settlement, one of very few in India. It was great to get a break from the hustle and bustle of the city for a long weekend.