Mr. Alok Bhargava
An industry veteran with over 35 years of experience, Alok, till October, 2018, headed the Nalanda Foundation that spearheaded CSR initiatives of the IL&FS Group. An alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad and IIT Delhi, Alok has steered organizational growth across various group companies at IL&FS, including businesses in the education and Skills sectors. Now, a strategic management consultant, and social entrepreneur, in recent years, Alok has focused specifically on social inclusion and corporate citizenship.
Under Alok’s leadership, the Nalanda Foundation conceptualised and implemented holistic socio-economic development interventions across the country with a primary focus on livelihood centric programs for income enhancement and improving quality of life. In a short span of 5 years, the reach of the Foundation’s activities extended to over 400,000 rural residents across 19 different geographies around the country. Focus was on livelihood programs for small farmers, especially women, skills training, education and healthcare. Program design focused on long term sustainability and an ability to measure outcomes.
Over 23 years with the IL&FS Group, amongst his previous key leadership roles, Alok had been an Executive Director in IL&FS Investment Managers Limited, IL&FS Financial Services Limited and IL&FS Education and Technology Services Ltd (IETS). At IETS, inter-alia, Alok led a team of professionals towards establishing a network of 100,000 ICT enabled Common Service Centres across India for the Department of Information Technology, Government of India. This was a first-of-its-kind project created to enable benefits of ICT to rural communities in a Public Private Partnership. Was also on the Board of Directors of IL&FS group companies in the areas of Information Technology, Waste Management, and Skills Development and Joint Ventures in e-governance and mobile number portability
Prior to IL&FS, Alok has worked with Emerson Electric Co., 20th Century Finance Corporation and S. B. Billimoria & Co