Abraham M. George is the founder of The George Foundation (TGF), a non-profit organization based in Bangalore, India, that takes a multi-pronged approach to poverty alleviation and empowerment of India’s most disadvantaged populations.
Dr. George joined his mother in the U.S. in 1968. Shortly after his arrival, he attended New York University’s Stern School of Business as a graduate student. Dr. George specialized in developmental economics and finance and received both master’s and doctorate degrees from NYU. His illustrious career spans the finance and entrepreneurial sectors with senior positions at Chemical Bank/JP Morgan and Credit Suisse, and founding of Multinational Computer Models, Inc (MCM) which would offer computerized systems to large multinational corporations to enable them to address their international financial risks
To access necessary medical attention for injuries sustained from his military service, Dr. George joined his mother in the U.S. Shortly after his arrival, he attended New York University’s Stern School of Business as a graduate student. Dr. George specialized in developmental economics and finance and received both masters and doctorate degrees from NYU. His illustrious career spans the finance and entrepreneurial sectors with senior leadership positions at Chemical Bank and founding of Multinational Computer Models, Inc (MCM), which would offer computerized systems to large multinational corporations to enable them to deal with their international financial risks.
In 1995, Dr.George returned to India with the goal of making his contribution to reducing the injustices and inequalities he had observed and learned about from the media and many published works. As a result he started The George Foundation. Dr. George strives to address the educational, medical, livelihood and income generation needs of the communities in which it works. Along with Shanti Bhavan, TGF implements a wide array of programs including:
- Baldev Medical & Community Center and Mobile Medical Camps that serve the medical needs of 17 villages and over 16,000 people;
- Livelihood and Community Development Programs which offer vocational training in tailoring, sale of produce, creating access to clean water in villages through bore wells and pipelines, and smoke-free housing;
- Women’s Empowerment Programs which employ large numbers of poor women in flower and vegetable farms, train them in modern farming techniques, and channel profits toward education and healthcare projects.
Dr. George maintains his blog at abrahamgeorge.blogspot.com.
George was a pioneer in the international finance arena, authoring several books on the topic:
International Finance Handbook (2 volumes), John Wiley & Sons (ISBN 0471098612)
Foreign exchange Management and the Multinational Corporation, Holt, Reinhart and Winston (ISBN 0030466415)
Protecting Shareholder Value: International Financial Risk Management, Prentice Hall (ISBN 0786304391)
Since becoming a full-time philanthropist, George has written several articles and has published two books:
India Untouched: The Forgotten Face of Rural Poverty, Writer’s Collective (ISBN 818866118X) – A describition of Dr. George’s initial 10 years of social work in rural India.
Lead Poisoning Prevention and Treatment: Implementing a National Program in Developing Countries
George has also published over three dozen articles in international finance and on issues of global poverty.
NYU Stern School of Business’ Stewart Satter Social Entrepreneurship Award, USA
Spirit of India Award, America India Foundation, USA
Hind Ratna Award, Non-Resident Indian Association, Delhi
Millennium Awards, Indian American Kerala Cultural and Civic Center, USA
References and Footnotes
Friedman, Thomas (2006). The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 0374292795.
George, Abraham (2005). India Untouched: The Forgotten Face of Rural Poverty. ISBN 1594111227.
Gross, Daniel (Fall/Winter 2006), “Return of the Native Son”, STERN Business,
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