“Living with Indigenous People”
Dr. Balasubramaniam (Balu) is the founder of one of India’s largest development organizations, the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, and has lived and worked with the indigenous people in the forests of the state of Karnataka, India. He will be sharing his experiences of the last 25 years of his life with these people, their development journey, and their struggle to retain their tribal identity amidst the pressures of rapid mainstream acculturation.
Dr. Balu is a physician and alumnus of Harvard University, and is currently the Frank Rhodes Visiting Professor at Cornell University, and an Adjunct Professor of International Programs at the University of Iowa. He is a development activist, social innovator, writer and a leadership trainer. He is also a physician and has an Mphil in Health Management as well as a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard. Dr. Balu is a Tata Scholar, a Mason Fellow in Public Policy and Management, and was a Fellow at the Hauser Center for Non-Profits at Harvard.
Dr. Balu teaches and lectures on issues related to Globalization, Leadership, Managing and Governing NGOs, Poverty and Development, and Global Health. He has served as the Professor and Head of the Vivekananda Chair in the University of Mysore and regularly runs leadership workshops for NGOs and corporations, both in India and abroad. He is now associated with the renowned Vivekananda Institute for Leadership Development at Mysore and has been a part of anti-corruption movements in Mysore and Karnataka.