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Mamta Saikia

Mamta Saikia CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Bharti FoundationMamta Saikia is the Chief Operating Officer of Bharti Foundation. The philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises, Bharti Foundation was set up in 2000 with the vision ‘to help underprivileged children and young people of our country realize their potential’. It implements and supports programs in the fields of primary, elementary, senior secondary and higher education, with an aim to transform children into educated, employable and responsible citizens of tomorrow, with a sense of commitment to community in which they live. Continuing the tradition of contributing towards the nation’s agenda, the Foundation has announced ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’, an initiative to improve sanitation facilities in rural Ludhiana.

Mamta’s focused approach and multitasking abilities help her execute her role as the Chief Operating Officer. She spearheads the creation of program strategies, conceptualizing, planning, implementation, monitoring and optimizing impact assessments. She plays a key role in inspiring her team to maintain quality standards and deliver maximum benefit to the beneficiaries of the programs. She spearheaded the development of holistic school policies, programs as well as operations manual to standardize the functioning of the schools and teacher training program. It has not only helped in improving the quality of education in the schools but is also creating replicable and scalable models of good practices. The holistic approach to education has given national recognition to the school program for creating social agents of change. The advocacy efforts that she has made in various Government and Corporate forums have not only increased the visibility of Bharti Foundation, but also has made Bharti Foundation a voice in the education space.

Mamta has worked with her team to transfer the learnings and good practices of the Satya Bharti School Program to Government schools both through the Satya Bharti Quality Support Program and the Satya Bharti Learning Centres (remedial program). While the former envisages improving the quality of schooling through need-based interventions in government schools to take them on the path of excellence, the latter aims to enroll “out of school children” back into schools and ensure their continued education.

Mamta started her career as a management consultant after completing her Post Graduation Diploma in Business Management. She then moved to CRY – Child Rights & You. In her tenure of nine years at CRY, Mamta held various prestigious positions including Member of the Management Committee, Head – Resource Mobilization and Head – Global Operations.

Before joining Bharti Foundation, Mamta worked extensively on the issues of disability, animal rights, women’s issues and HIV AIDS. She has served as the Chair of SAFRG, an Indian NGO working towards training other NGOs. She has been on the Board of Resource Alliance, a UK based organization working globally in the area of capacity building.

Mamta has recently been honoured in the 100 Women Achievers of India, an initiative by the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), Govt. of India. All women achievers were felicitated by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee on January 22, 2016. She has also been awarded the Karmaveer Puraskaar - National Citizen Awards for Social Justice and Action for her contribution to the field of development and corporate social responsibility. She has authored a book titled “Money matters…People Too”. The book is based on the issue of self-reliance in the Indian NGO sector and was released in Germany in June 2005.

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