Education Leader Series | Mamta Saikia, Chief Executive Officer- Bharti Foundation
Mamta Saikia is the Chief Executive Officer of Bharti Foundation, the development arm of Bharti Enterprises, one of India’s leading business groups with interests in telecom, agri business, financial services, retail, realty, and communication & media devices.
As the CEO of Bharti Foundation, Mamta plays a key role in project expansion and enhancement of quality standards and system efficiency, while constantly keeping the team morale high to deliver their best in challenging circumstances. She leads the development of the organization and its education programs at primary, elementary and senior secondary standards. Through her experience, clear vision and strategic thinking, she has also been able to establish a successful and replicable model of Public Private Partnership.
Mamta has worked with her team to transfer the learnings and good practices of the Satya Bharti School Program to Government Schools through the Satya Bharti Quality Support Program. The program envisages improving the quality of schooling through need-based interventions in government schools to take them on the path of excellence.
Mamta started her career as a management consultant after completing her Post Graduation Diploma in Business Management. She then moved to CRY – Child Rights & You. In her tenure of nine years at CRY, Mamta held various prestigious positions including Member of the Management Committee, Head – Resource Mobilization and Head – Global Operations. Before joining Bharti Foundation, Mamta worked extensively on the issues of disability, animal rights, women’s issues and HIV AIDS. She has served as the Chair of SAFRG, an Indian NGO working towards training other NGOs. She has been on the Board of Resource Alliance, a UK based organization working globally in the area of capacity building.
Mamta has recently been honoured in the 100 Women Achievers of India, an initiative by the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), Govt. of India. All women achievers were felicitated by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee on January 22, 2016. She has been honored among 2019 Class of Influential Leaders by AACSB International – the world’s largest business education alliance. Under her leadership, Bharti Foundation also bagged the ‘Hurun India CSR and Philanthropy Award 2019’ at its very first edition. She has also been awarded the Karmaveer Puraskaar – National Citizen Awards for Social Justice and Action for her contribution to the field of development and corporate social responsibility. She authored a book titled “Money matters…People Too” which is based on the issue of self-reliance in the Indian NGO sector and was released in Germany in June 2005.
In her conversation with Deepak Nanda from CSRBOX, she elaborates on the following questions:
- From the time you joined the foundation to now where it stands today, what have you experienced first-hand and how has it affected your perception of the domain of education and allied thematic areas you work in?
- What role do stakeholders play in a child’s education and how can we make them an active part of their learning journey? Can the same be replicated or replaced by technology and if so, to what extent?
- How is the foundation going a step ahead by creating these community changemakers through education to help transform communities?
- You’ve created an excellent model of public-private partnership which can be further replicated and now more than ever makes sense when the problems are humongous and need wider access to resources. Can you share a few insights on how an organization can strike such partnerships for long-lasting impact?
- Apart from private institutions, the government is a go-to institution for any education initiative because of the sheer scale and access it offers. How can this partnership be made to deliver an impact by building on existing systems and processes?
- Lastly, how do you envision the foundation to lead or support more innovations in space of education?
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