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Forbes Heroes of Philanthropy List 2016 – Five Indians grabbed Top Spots.

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This list comprises of the people from 13 countries, which accounts for 40 philanthropists. A philanthropist is a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others particularly by the generous donation of money to good causes.



Indians among these 40 in the list are:-

  • Vineet and Anupama Nayar, founders of the Sampark Foundation,
  • Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Serum Institute of India,
  • Bain India CEO Amit Chandra and his wife Archana Chandra,
  • CEO of Jai Vakeel Foundation.

Vineet Nayar of Patnagar is an Indian business executive, philanthropist and an author. He is the former CEO of the IT giant HCL Technologiesa and founded Sampark Foundation. He also   authored a management book “Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down”. Vineet has also recently served as a “Mentor” of WEF’s 2011 Annual Meeting of New Champions conference.

Adar Poonawalla, the son of Dr. Cyrus Poonawalla is the Chief  Executive Officer (CEO) and executive director of Serum Institute of India. This is founded in 1966 by his father, Dr. Cyrus Poonawalla, This Institute is the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer by number of doses produced and utilized.

Mr. Amit Chandra joined Bain Capital as a Managing Director in 2008. Before  joining Bain Capital, Mr. Chandra spent most of his professional career at DSP Merrill Lynch, one of the leading investment banks in India. Mr. Chandra was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2007.

Jai Vakeel School For Children In Need Of Special Care was established at Mumbai in 1944. Based on the children report, age and IQ of the child an individualized program for therapy and education is formulated and then the child can be placed in any of the following 4 sections:

  • The Jai Vakeel School,
  • The Individual education Programme.
  • The Learning Readiness Group.
  • The National Open School Section (NIOS).
  • Sairam Autism Center.