In 2020, AIF quickly pivoted to address the critical situation in India and the United States. In India, AIF leveraged its programs’ infrastructure on health, education, and livelihoods via its wide network to address the needs of the nation with ventilators, PPE, and other interventions in order to save the lives of vulnerable Indians from COVID-19. Read the report here.

In 2021, India recorded the world’s highest daily tally of 314,835 COVID-19 infections on April 22nd, as this second wave sent many more into a fragile health care system, critically short of hospital beds and oxygen. Working with our partners, hospitals, and governments, AIF has launched a three-pronged Phase 2 Emergency Response Strategy to address this crisis. Here is an overview.

The American India Foundation is committed to improving the lives of India’s underprivileged, with a special focus on women, children, and youth. AIF does this through high impact interventions in education, health, and livelihoods, because poverty is multidimensional. AIF’s unique value proposition is its broad engagement between communities, civil society, and expertise, thereby building a lasting bridge between the United States and India. With offices in New York and California, twelve chapters across the U.S., and India operations headquartered in Delhi NCR, AIF has impacted 6.7 million lives across 26 states of India.

Harit Talwar

Harit Talwar is a Partner at Goldman Sachs (GS) and Chairman of the firm’s global Consumer business, overseeing Marcus by Goldman Sachs and its partnerships, including with Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Walmart (WMT) and JetBlue (JBLU).

Harit joined Goldman Sachs in 2015 to lead the firm’s entry into the consumer space. As the first employee for the business, he helped build Marcus – a “150-year-old startup” – into a modern consumer platform that today serves millions of customers. The business has been recognized as a successful disruptor, named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Finance Companies, and ranked #1 in J.D. Power’s Customer Satisfaction survey in US Personal Loans in 2019. It has also been featured in a case study by Harvard Business School on successful innovation inside a large organization.

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Harit was President of US Cards and Chief Marketing Officer at Discover Financial Services (DFS), one of the largest credit card issuers and payment networks in the world. Before that, Harit was Managing Director for Morgan Stanley’s international Consumer business. He started his career at Citibank where he spent 15 years working in a variety of roles across the consumer business including lending, cards, deposits, ATM networks, branches and phone banking. As a senior executive, he has worked in Asia, Europe and America, and has extensive experience interacting with Boards of Fortune 500 companies, regulatory and legislative stakeholders, and with investors and shareholders.

Throughout his 30-plus year career, Harit has focused on four essential ingredients for creating a successful franchise: driving customer-centricity; innovating through engineering, data, and design; hiring diverse and talented teams; and having a clear, consistent strategy. From running established businesses to building and scaling startups inside large organizations to overseeing transformational M&A activity, he has a wide range of experiences. Harit has been named one of American Banker’s 10 to Watch in 2017. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, CNBC, and Yahoo! Finance and spoken at various industry forums and leading business schools.

Passionate about philanthropy and addressing inequalities, Harit serves as the Co-Chairman of the board of the American India Foundation, a member of the Asia Society Global Board of Trustees, and one of the founders of Ashoka University in India. He previously held leadership positions with the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago; the Chicago CMO Summit; the American School of Warsaw, Poland; the College of Lake County, Illinois; Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago; and Pratham UK.

Harit earned a BA (Hons) in Economics from Delhi University in India and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He lives in New York with his wife and has three children.

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