Michael Delfs

Michael Black
Cornell University
Major: Natural Resources Management, Minor: International Trade and Development
Mahindra Global Recruit 2013

Sector/Company: Group Strategy Office


Career Goals:

After two years with Mahindra, I would like pursue either a law degree with a specialization in agricultural law, or graduate studies in agricultural economics. My time with Mahindra Agribusiness is shaping and focusing my career goals, so while the immediate future is still uncertain, my long term goal is to work in agricultural development.



Anything outdoors: hiking, camping, fishing, and skiing to name a few. I also love driving. Fast.


What was I doing before Mahindra?

Before Mahindra, I had two internships with U.S. Congressmen - one from each party - to get a feel for the public sector. Then I had a summer research program at the University of Arkansas through a USDA grant, to experience academia and economic research. Now I'm with Mahindra to understand the private sector.


Why did I decide to join Mahindra?

Mahindra is a bold company in a frontier country of the 21st century. The position the GRP's hold is exciting, because we are exposed to a variety of sectors in this emerging economy, and we will all come out with an understanding of the Indian economy that will put us ahead of other applicants, whether that be for further study or other careers.


What am I looking forward to in India?

I'm looking forward to looking back on this exciting period, and always having good memories of the great things I will have done here.


What are you doing now?

Currently I am working with the agricultural team in the Group Strategy Office, on a variety of projects ranging from impact studies to exploring new business opportunities.


What has been your favorite experience in India so far?

Riding the train back from South Bombay to Bandra, being squished in between people, smelling awful things, rolling with sweat, and seeing the most vibrant colors and dirty slums whiz past. When a Jaguar F-type roars in between tents of homeless people laying on the road, it makes the wealth disparity abundantly clear, and energizes you to roll up your sleeves and get to work.