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Mamta Saikia

Mamta Saikia CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Bharti FoundationMamta Saikia is the Chief Executive Officer of Bharti Foundation, the development arm of Bharti Enterprises, one of India’s leading business groups with interests in telecom, agri business, financial services, retail, realty, and communication & media devices.

Bharti Foundation was set up in 2000 with a vision ‘to help underprivileged children and young people of our country realize their potential’. The Satya Bharti School Program was launched as its flagship initiative, aiming to provide quality education, free of cost, to underprivileged children in rural India, with a special focus on the girl child. Continuing on the tradition of contributing towards the nation’s agenda, the Foundation has recently announced ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’, an initiative to improve rural household sanitation facilities.

As the CEO of Bharti Foundation, Mamta plays a key role in project expansion and enhancement of quality standards and system efficiency, while constantly keeping the team morale high to deliver their best in challenging circumstances. She leads the development of the organization and its education programs at primary, elementary and senior secondary standards. Through her experience, clear vision and strategic thinking, she has also been able to establish a successful and replicable model of Public Private Partnership. The Satya Bharti School Program provides free quality education to over 31,000* children from marginalized communities in rural areas, through its 196 schools (191 primary/elementary and five senior secondary schools) across six Indian states.

Mamta has worked with her team to transfer the learnings and good practices of the Satya Bharti School Program to Government schools through the Satya Bharti Quality Support Program. The program envisages improving the quality of schooling through need-based interventions in government schools to take them on the path of excellence.

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.