Philanthropy – An Option or a Necessity: The 4th Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture by Sudha Murty



ISAS is proud to announce the 4th Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture – a lecture series on the theme of Women and Leadership. This lecture series has been established in memory of Sarah Kailath (February 5 1941 – October 15, 2008), a long-time supporter of CSAS’s mission and activities and in whose name the center holds an endowed chair titled the “Sarah Kailath Chair in India Studies.” Our fourth Sarah Kailath Memorial lecture was delivered by Sudha Murty, Indian Social Worker, Philanthropist, and Chairperson, Infosys Foundation.

Sudha Murty is the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation in India and a Trustee of the Infosys Foundation USA. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. She started her career as a development engineer with TELCO (now Tata Motors) and has also taught computer science at Bangalore University. Sudha Murty is a prolific writer in Kannada and English. She has 24 books and 156 titles to her credit – including novels, non-fiction, travelogues, technical books, and memoirs. Her books have been translated into all major Indian languages. She strongly believes in creating awareness for social cause. She has delivered lectures at Stanford University Business School, Harvard University, Berkeley University, addressed gatherings in Bogota, Columbia, San Fransciso, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, New Zealand, Australia, England, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Tibet, Singapore and in India at IIT Madras, IIM Ahmedabad, TISCO, TELCO, among others. She has been honored with awards for her philanthropic and literary efforts. She has also received the Padma Shri Award from the Government of India as well as seven honorary doctorates from universities in India.

The Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture on “Women and Leadership,” derives from the Sarah Kailath Chair in India Studies. The chair was established by Thomas Kailath, and Vinita and Narendra Gupta in honor of Dr. Kailath’s wife, Sarah Kailath, to enhance awareness and knowledge of issues relating to the Indian subcontinent. The current Sarah Kailath Chair is Lawrence Cohen, Chair, Institute for South Asia Studies and Professor, Anthropology and South Asian Studies. Professors Raka Ray, Robert P. Goldman and Thomas Metcalf previously held the Chair.

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