Mr. K. Balaji
Director, Cognizant Foundation
The impact footprint of Cognizant Foundation's work has been growing in size with each passing year. I am extremely happy and feel privileged to be involved in their exemplary work of fulfilling the education, healthcare and livelihood needs of the underserved sections of society by partnering with NGOs, educational and healthcare institutions, and government agencies. One of the elements of Cognizant Foundation’s mission statement is - “To design and implement programmes aimed at quality improvements in education, livelihood, and access to healthcare.” With the solid support of Cognizant Management and Associates, the Core Committees in the Cognizant offices in India, and the Outreach team, I believe Cognizant Foundation is well placed to establish itself in this space. The needs in India are virtually limitless and the choices are many, a context where Cognizant Foundation’s disciplined approach is a great asset in ensuring that resources reach the most deserving of causes.
Mr. Kasturi Balaji has had four decades of professional experience in the news publishing and printing industry. He has served as Managing Director of Kasturi & Sons Ltd., publishers of The Hindu. From 1977 when he joined The Hindu till 1991 he held responsibilities in the area of newspaper and magazine production. He was instrumental in setting up an ink manufacturing plant for The Hindu and its publications. He also served as Director of KSL Digital Ventures Ltd., a start-up company that runs the home-buying portal Roof and Floor.
As a consultant in print and production technology, Mr. Balaji has advised many of India’s leading publishing and printing companies.
He currently serves as a Member of the Central Committee, The Voluntary Health Services, Chennai; Member of Board of Directors, Nani Palkhivala Arbitration Center, Chennai and Member of the Board of Directors of Cognizant Foundation, Chennai.
Mr. Balaji graduated in commerce from the Loyola College, Chennai and holds a Masters in Management Studies from the University of Bombay. He is passionate about the game of Cricket and has represented the Madras University, South Zone University and Tamil Nadu state.