Michael Delfs

Francisco Marmolejo
Harvard Universtity
BA in Mathematics
Mahindra Global Recruit 2012

Sector/Company: Rural Strategic Insights


Years at Mahindra: 1


Career Goals: To work in an international environment with in-depth cross-cultural communication.


Hobbies: Bouldering and sport climbing in Navi Mumbai, and all over India, teaching mathematics, playing guitar, and simply confusing everyone by pretending I’m Indian.


What were you doing before you joined Mahindra?

I was studying Mathematics, neuroscience, and Urdu/Hindi at Harvard.


Why did you decide to join Mahindra?

The Global Recruit Program was a perfect opportunity to blend the international experience of living in India with the chance of getting business experience from a plethora of sectors given Mahindra’s breadth.


What are you doing now?

I am working in the Rural Strategic Insights wing of Mahindra’s Group Strategy Office.


How do you find Mahindra as an employer? 

Mahindra has been incredibly helpful during our time adjusting to India, and it is full of kind people whom are always ready to lend a hand.


What has been your best India experience?

It’s always difficult to pick because every day is full of new adventures. I’d have to say some of my favorite experiences have been camping on the banks of the Ganges at the Maha Kumbh earlier this year (a religious congregation of over 80 million people on the banks of the Ganges), and taking a week-long climbing trip to the beautiful crags of Badami in Karnataka.


What were your favorite projects during your time at M&M?

During my first year, working on Spark the Rise during my time at the Corporate Branding Council was an incredible opportunity to delve into the world of social entrepreneurship in India and see how Mahindra is truly enabling customers and the citizens of India to rise.


Outside of the office, what are your favourite activities in Mumbai?

I love trying the endless amounts of food the city has to offer. Everything, from some mouth-watering Parsi cutlets at Cafe Excelsior, to the smooth haleem around Ramzaan, is incredible. Apart from that, it’s always fun to get drinks with friends while letting these drinks occasionally degenerate into a solid jam session.