Michael Delfs

Rebecca Wall
Dartmouth College
B.A. History
Mahindra Global Recruit 2011

Sector/Company: Automotive and Farm Equipment Sector, Office of Innovation

Years at Mahindra: 2

Career Goals: To work in a position where I can pursue my passions while creating knowledge beneficial to global communities. In my case, this has meant an academic career studying West African environmental and political history, where the ultimate goal is a position as a professor at a university where I can meld my own research with teaching.

Hobbies: Vegetarian cooking and exercising, in particular training for triathlons.


What were you doing before you joined Mahindra?

Before joining Mahindra, I was studying history and French at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA, where I graduated summa cum laude in 2011.

Why did you decide to join Mahindra?

I decided to join Mahindra because I wanted to acquire business experience and have meaningful engagement with another country and its culture, the type of interactivity that could only come from an extended stay of two years and a role within a major Indian corporation.

What are you doing now?

I am a PhD candidate in history at Stanford University. My research investigates late colonial and postcolonial Senegal River basin management practices, ideologies, and organizations. To date, I have undertaken research in Senegal and Mali.

How do you find Mahindra as an employer?

I loved my time with the Office of Innovation. The exposure to various group companies in sectors ranging from power generation to farm equipment to automotive, as well as opportunities to interact with employees in HR, R&D, and marketing, provided unparalleled learning opportunities.

What has been your best India experience?  

The best part of my India experience was to have the time and flexibility to experience a wide spectrum of its diverse regions and cultures.

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

My favorite projects were in new product development for power generation and farm equipment sector products because of the hands-on opportunities I had to interact with customers ranging from farmers, to business owners, to small manufacturers and to travel to new parts of India.


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

Harrowing as it could be, I miss taking my Mahindra Rodeo two-wheeler on the Western Express highway to Mahindra's Kandivali office, as well as more leisurely cruising along Carter Road. Getting out on my scooter gave me an intimate sense of Mumbai city space and a chance to explore the metropolis from the street level, as well as a sense of independence and mobility.