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Dinesh Paliwal Honored for Cross-Cultural Leadership

February 2012

Dinesh Paliwal, a Farmer School alumnus, was recently honored by the American India Foundation for his leadership efforts.

Mr. Paliwal, president, chairman and CEO Harman, was the recipient of the AIF Corporate Leadership Award. He is. He strives to ensure that his business efforts reflect a focus on global values like those AIF represents. The AIF recognized him for "outstanding leadership [and commitment] to creating long-term change and impact in India from both the subcontinent itself and the United States."

Since its founding in 2001, AIF has raised and deployed more than $70 million to support its programs, which have impacted the lives of 1.5 million of India's most impoverished and marginalized individuals in the areas of education, livelihoods and public health, according to the foundation. Among the most influential programs is AIF's Learning and Migration Program, which provides access to high-quality primary education to the children of migrant workers. Through the program, AIF has reached more than 237,000 children across India. President Bill Clinton serves as honorary chair of AIF's Council of Trustees.

Mr. Paliwal is particularly impressed with AIF's use of technology to expand its reach and influence. "The thing I like about them is the digital equalizer," he said. "They have been working hard and reaching out to hundreds, even thousands of disadvantaged people."

Mr. Paliwal joined Harman in 2007 as president and CEO. The company's brands include AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson.

In addition to receiving his MBA from the Farmer School of Business, Mr. Paliwal holds a master's degree in applied science and engineering from Miami University. He serves on the Farmer School's Business Advisory Council and will be the featured speaker at the Farmer School's Honors Day in March 2012.

Learn more about the American India Foundation.