A leader with vision, skill and accomplishment, Dr. Loveleen Kacker, CEO, Tech Mahindra Foundation, CSR arm of Tech Mahindra Limited, has worked with governments, institutions and organisations, in important roles that involved high stakes, large budgets and diverse teams.
She has held an important positions in the IAS including Director, Madhya Pradesh State Council of Educational Research and Training (MPSCERT); Director, Administrative Training Institute, Bhopal; Deputy Secretary and Director, Ministry of Food, Government of India; Collector and District Magistrate, Betul; Resident Commissioner, Government of Madhya Pradesh; Additional Chief Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of Madhya Pradesh; and Joint Secretary, Child Development, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.
With her vision for an educated and skilled India, Loveleen redefined the Foundation’s CSR policy and repositioned its work into two key areas – education and employability. Convinced about wholesome development of children and youth, she conceived the idea of ARISE or All Round Improvement in School Education, and SMART or Skills for Market Training, as the flagship programmes.
Under her guidance, the SMART programme has grown from 3 skilling centres in 2012-13 to reaching the milestone of 100 SMART centres in April 2017. Loveleen is an accomplished writer with numerous publications in child welfare, art and culture to her credit. She has authored several novels and stories for children, which fetched her national acclaim. She has been awarded the national-level Children’s Book Trust Award for children’s writers twice for her literary talents. She has been recognized for her efforts in child protection with the Article 34 Award (Individual Category) by Tulir-CPHSA. Widely travelled, she is a member of numerous institutions and has spoken at several international forums. Loveleen holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and a Doctorate in Social Anthropology from Barkatullah University (Bhopal, India)