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About Ratan Tata

Ratan Naval Tata is an Indian industrialist, investor, philanthropist, and a former chairman of Tata Sons who serves as its chairman emeritus. He was also chairman of Tata Group, from 1990 to 2014, and again, as interim chairman, from October 2016 through February 2017, and continues to head its charitable trusts.

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  • Your companies, you have about 98 companies in your conglomerate, 395 thousand employees across the world, you’ve bought Tetley Tea, Corus Steel, Jaguar, Land Rover. How do you keep up with all this?
  • Where do you get the strength and the stamina to deal with all these different entities that you have to make sure do well? People are looking at you and watching you.
  • Is it hard to be an honest businessman in India?
  • What were some of the experiences that have informed your approach to philanthropy?
  • Do you have a philosophy of philanthropy?
  • What changes have you made in the trusts’ operations, and what do you aspire for them to become?
  • So the trusts have shifted emphasis from charity to projects with sustainable impact?
  • Do you consider program costs when evaluating grants?
  • What advice would you offer to other philanthropists who seek to blend charity with strategic philanthropy?
  • Do you encourage your grantees to partner with government agencies?
  • Is it difficult for you to find NGOs ready to take on strategic partnerships?
  • Are you worried that much of the CSR money will not be used well?
  • Are Indian companies prepared to implement the CSR mandate in a way that will make a difference?
  • What do you want your legacy to be? How do you want to be remembered?
  • Is there a pitfall to your international expansion?

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