Touching the Untouchables -- Charlie Rose Interviews SuperLife Member Abraham George

A conversation with Abraham George, founder of The George Foundation and Shanti Bhavan about his book "India Untouched: The Face of Forgotten Poverty". He is a member of SuperLife.

Dr. Abraham M. George is the founder of The George Foundation (TGF), a non-profit organization based in Bangalore, India, that is dedicated to the welfare of economically and socially disadvantaged people.

George's foundation has initiated several projects in poverty alleviation, education, health, empowerment of women, press freedom, and other major endeavors. Part of the mission goal of TGF is the promotion of democratic institutions and values; this has lead to the creation of the Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media, Bangalore, where he serves as the dean.

George's work in the field of environmental health was instrumental for the removal of lead from gasoline throughout India in April 2000 and the creation of the National Referral Centre for Lead Poisoning in India. He has also been recognized as one of the country's leading social entrepreneurs.


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Comment by Vishal Trivedi on July 8, 2008 at 1:49pm
Hey Friends, Some more information of Abraham George and its foundation......

Dr. Abraham M. George is the founder and the principal benefactor of The George Foundation. Born in Kerala, India, and trained at the National Defence Academy in Kadakvasla (similar to West Point), he served as an artillery officer in the Indian Army before being honorably discharged as a Captain. Subsequently, he migrated to the U.S., and obtained an M.B.A in Economics, M.S. in Finance, and Ph.D. in International Finance and Banking from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Dr. George is currently the Chairman at eMedexOnline LLC, a medical diagnostic software company in the U.S. His professional career included: Chairman of Multinational Computer Models, Inc. (MCM), a financial software applications company he founded; a Vice Chairman at SunGard Data Systems, a New York Stock Exchange listed company that bought MCM; and a Managing Director at CS First Boston, a global investment bank.

After over 20 years of absence from India, Dr. George returned in 1995 to start several humanitarian projects. In order to have the freedom to carry out his ideas and concepts, and to demonstrate the obligation on the part of private individuals of financial means to make contributions to the needy segment of the society, he decided not to seek any external funding for his projects during the initial ten years of the foundation's activities. Now that several of the projects he has started have made a good beginning, The George Foundation is seeking additional funds from donors to expand its humanitarian work.

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