Achyuta Samanta Addresses Global CEO Summit in New York
More than 150 CEOs, leaders of the charitable sector, Pulitzer Prize winners, and entertainment and news personalities lauded KIIT and KISS Founder Achyuta Samanta’s work at the 2013 Independent Sector National Conference held from September 29 to October 1, 2013 in New York. Samanta was invited to address the Global CEO Summit of the Conference on September 30, 2013. In his talk, which had ‘The Scaling Leadership: From 150 to 20,000’ and ‘Transformational Leadership, Scalability and Sustainability’ as the themes, he shared his work and struggles in setting up Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). Two-hour slot for his talk also included a question-answer session.
A short film on Samanta was screened at the session, which was moderated by Ms. Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation. Originally founded in 1993 as a small school for indigenous children, KISS has grown into the largest free institution with 20,000 indigenous children, providing food, accommodation, healthcare, and education from kindergarten through post-graduation.
Explaining KISS as an effective and replicable model of tribal empowerment through education, Samanta informed that the institute plans to educate 2,00,000 children belonging to the lowest strata of the society in the coming decade through its branches which are being established in different parts of India.
The audience wondered how an individual born in poverty 45 years back and brought up in deprivation, devoid of any backing and financial support from any quarter, can transform himself so much as to become globally visible and address a gathering of CEOs from all over the world. Not only this, he has picked up poorest of the poor tribal children from inaccessible forest areas and educated and enabled them to attend United Nations Sessions in UN Headquarters, interact with UN Secretary-General and participate in international sports meets such as Asian Game, Commonwealth Game and World Youth Olympiad, they opined, adding that this is the best expression of his transformational leadership.
The Conference is an initiative of Obama Administration and is organized by Independent Sector annually. Independent Sector is a leadership network committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world. Its nonpartisan coalition of approximately 600 organizations leads, strengthens, and mobilizes the nonprofit and philanthropic community in order to fulfill the vision of a just and inclusive society and a healthy democracy of active citizens, effective institutions, and vibrant communities.
In recent past, Samanta was also invited to address international meets such as UN Women Leadership Summit (October 2012) and Stars Symposium in China (June 2012), besides numerous prestigious national-level meets.