Day 11 Session 03: A Talk On Enlightened Leadership by R Balasubramaniam

About the talk 

Exercising 'Enlightened Leadership’ is learning to lead across sectoral, cultural and national boundaries to advance the common good of humanity at large. It operates from the understanding and appreciation of interdependence and reciprocity. It helps one understand the self, what drives the self; the interaction and interrelationship of the Self with Others around us and the actions that one constantly performs in this relationship between the Self and Others.

About the Speaker

Having embarked on his journey in the development sector by living and working for several years among remote forest based tribal communities in the southern Indian district of Mysuru, Dr. R. Balasubramaniam (Balu) is a widely respected Human Rights activist, leadership trainer, Public Policy advocate and author. He has uniquely been able to combine a vast development sector experience with studying and teaching at the world’s leading school of policy and development including Harvard and Cornell Universities. He holds membership and consulting positions in government bodies and commissions, academic boards and development agencies including the World Bank. He is a visiting professor at Cornell University, USA and IIT-Delhi, India. He is a Mason Fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School, a Tata Scholar and was a fellow at the Hauser Center for Civil Society, Harvard University. Dr. Balu, the founder of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement and Grassroots Research And Advocacy Movement embodies a rare blend of grassroots and macro perspectives on development and policy through his multi-faceted experience of more than three decades. His books, ‘i, the citizen’ and ‘Voices from the Grassroots’ present an alternate approach to human development with focus on engaging with communities and addressing ‘Voice poverty’. More info about him is at