Michael Delfs

Matthew Wozny
Harvard University
History & Literature
Mahindra Global Recruit 2014


Sector/Company: I spent nine months working at the Office of Risk Management, where my activities ranged from mentoring companies through the Group’s risk management framework, to developing creative movies and writing thought pieces to make the Group culture more risk aware.
I am currently working on Corporate Strategy, and I have arranged for five month rotations in Thought Leadership and Mahindra Susten, Mahindra’s solar panel installation company.
 
Career Goals: I want my career to change the planet. To find and communicate new, innovative, and efficient ways to use energy that help solve climate problems and drive positive progress in the world.
 
Interests/Hobbies: Cooking, Tennis, Basketball, Triathlons, Camping, Writing
 
What were you doing before you joined Mahindra?

Prior to Mahindra, my professional experiences included working at Estabrook Capital Management, an asset management company in New York, Studio Legale Giorgi, a corporate law firm in Genoa, and in the food lab at El Celler de Can Roca, a 3* restaurant in Spain. While at Harvard, I founded Boston’s Polish Scouting Organization and completed a thesis titled, “Lawn Tennis: The Feminine Sport.”
 
Why did you decide to join Mahindra?
India appealed to me. Here was an opportunity for distance from home, for personal growth and reflection, for adventure, for travel. On top of it all was an opportunity to experience a different culture AND gain experience in an emerging economy from the wide angle of Mahindra's many companies.
 
What is it like living and working in Mumbai?
It’s not easy. The city’s got four temperature gradients: hot, hotter, even hotter, and hottest. Its streets are congested with people, motor traffic, and perpetual loud honking. Its complex bureaucracies at times impede life, and, at times, work as well. But as you learn to navigate through and around all this, Mumbai feels rewarding and becomes gratifying.
 
What has been your favorite experience so far?
This stuff is hard to pick, but here’s one that comes to mind. The Global Recruits, we were all in the city of Udaipur – the city of lakes and palaces – after completing our week-long rural stint this past March. Well, there we were, tired, battered from one week of what felt like unending research, surveys, strategizing, and consulting. Except we were sitting at a table outside a palace floating on, well, a lake. We felt the wind whistling by us; we saw the glow of the hued water reflect onto another palace in front of us; we saw entrapping, rolling hills on all sides. It just felt so special, so unreal to see such intense natural beauty hours after intense office work.