Director, Cognizant Foundation
For Cognizant Foundation, 2019/20 was yet another year of successful support in Education, Healthcare and Livelihood for the most deserving sections of our society. In monetary terms, the level of disbursements was the highest since the Foundation’s inception. The timely and efficient implementation of programmes such as the screening for and treatment of Retinopathy of Prematurity in Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha is not a little due to the robust partner ecosystem so carefully developed and maintained by the Foundation’s hard-working secretariat. The role of the partner ecosystem was also clearly evident in the Foundation’s fulfilment of requests for assistance in the early days of the COVID-19 crisis in India. We were able to respond quickly largely because we have implementation partners who could understand the needs, connect with the appropriate authorities, identify and align vendors, and rope in the right people to work in challenging conditions. This gives us every confidence that the Foundation can both deepen and widen its impact footprint in the years to come.
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.