Syed Babar Ali, AMP ’73 (Lahore)
is a Pakistani entrepreneur and industrialist who has envisioned and directed enterprises and joint ventures with multinational corporations for more than half a century. From 1955 to 1973, he served as the managing director of Packages Limited, a Pakistani firm that engages in the manufacture and sale of paper, paperboard, packaging materials, and tissue products. He has also been involved in the development of several other Pakistani companies, and has held several government positions. In 1993, he served as the Pakistani Minster of Finance, Economic Affairs, and Planning for the interim government. From 1976 to 1981 he served as the expert adviser to the UN Commission for the Code of Conduct for Transnationals. He established and is the first Pro-Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan’s premier management education institution, in 1985, and founded Ali Institute of Education for training of primary and secondary school teachers. Mr. Babar Ali has served as the President of World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) International, and is a member of the board of Aitchison College, F.C. College, Kinnaird College, and Lahore School of Economics. A member of the Regional Advisory Board of London Business School, he is also a founding member of the Initiative on Social Enterprise of Harvard University.
Purander Das, PA (New York)
is founder and managing partner at Landmark Banyan, a private equity Fund based in New York, and former vice chairman of investment banking at Merrill Lynch, where he focused on corporate finance and investment banking for 20 years. Since 2000, he has invested in or financed numerous Indian and U.S.-based companies. Mr. Das is president of the E.S.P. Das Educational Foundation and a former trustee at Brown University.
Mark Fuller, AB ’75, MBA ’78, JD ’79 (Cambridge, MA)
is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Monitor Group, a firm he co-founded in 1983. The Group currently competes in three different businesses: general management consulting, principal investing, and information services, including research and software solutions. He formerly served as an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, where he taught courses in strategy formulation and implementation, as well as industry and competitive analysis. Mr. Fuller graduated from Harvard College where he received a BA degree in history with High Honors and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He later received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a JD from Harvard Law School with Honors.
Meera and Vikram Gandhi, MBA ’89, ExEd ’00
Virkram is a managing director and global head of the Financial Institutions Group at Credit Suisse, where he manages many of the firm’s most important client relationships in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Previously, he spent a decade with Morgan Stanley, including service as president of Morgan Stanley-India. Mr. Gandhi serves on the board of directors of the Grameen Foundation, which supports microfinance programs that help the poor-mostly women-start self-sustaining businesses to escape poverty. He is a 1989 graduate of the Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.
Mala Gaonkar Haarmann, AB’91, MBA ’96 (London)
is a partner and managing director at $6 billion private investment partnership fund that consists of three equity hedge funds. She oversees the fund’s media, technology, and telecommunications investment portfolio. Ms. Gaonkar Haarmann is also a Kauffman Fellow through the Center for Venture Education. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School, she and her husband, Oliver Haarmann, have been longtime supporters of the University, where they have established the Global Health Effectiveness Research Fund, researching best practices in the delivery of high quality yet cost-effective medical care in areas where there are few options today. They also support a variety of public health initiatives in India and Africa.
Anand Mahindra, AB’77, MBA ’81 (Mumbai)
is the vice chairman and managing director of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, the flagship company of the US $6.3 billion Mahindra Group, which is among the top 10 industrial houses in India. The Group has a leading presence in key sectors of the Indian economy, including automobiles, tractors, financial services, trade, retail and logistics, automotive components, after-market, information technology infrastructure development and two wheelers. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School, Mr. Mahindra and his wife, Anu, are active in community and non-profit activities in India and around the world. He has served on the Board of Dean’s Advisors and the Asia Pacific Regional Advisory Board at Harvard Business School, and on the board of the University’s Asia Center.
Karen AB’82 and Sanjeev Mehra, AB’82, MBA ’86 (New York)
is a managing director and partner of Goldman Sachs, where he leads the Business Practices Committee and Operating Committee for its Principal Investment Area, and serves on its Investment Committee. He is also a member of the Firmwide Business Practices Committee. Mr. Mehra serves on numerous corporate boards, including those of ARAMARK, Burger King, Hawker Beechcraft, and SunGard Data Systems. A trustee of Brunswick School, Greenwich, CT, Oakham School in England and of The Doon School in India, he also serves on the board of Trout Unlimited and is a Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association. He and his wife, Karen, graduate of Harvard College 1982, are trustees of the Mehra Family Foundation. He served as gift co-chair of his Harvard College class and sits on the Harvard College Fund Council.