Nita Ambani, Founder and Chair of Reliance Foundation, was honored with the 2023 USISPF Global Leadership Award for Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility. The award was presented by John Chambers, Chairman of USISPF, at a reception in New Delhi attended by prominent figures from the USISPF, Indian business leaders, and Government of India officials.
Nita Ambani’s Achievements
- Nita Ambani, an acclaimed philanthropist and businesswoman, has impacted millions of lives in India through Reliance Foundation’s initiatives in education, arts, sports, and healthcare.
- She champions women’s and children’s causes, contributing significantly to bridging the gender divide and enhancing women’s roles in India’s economy.
Recognition in Arts and Culture
- Nita Ambani became the first Indian Honorary Trustee on the Board of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acknowledging her significant contributions to arts and culture.
- The Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre (NMACC) in Mumbai received widespread acclaim for promoting world-class performing and visual arts and nurturing Indian talent.
Sports and Olympics Advocacy
- As the representative on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Nita Ambani successfully led the Indian delegation that won the bid to host the 141st IOC Session in India after four decades.
- She promotes sports at grassroots levels, supporting young athletes across India and advocating for cricket’s inclusion in the Olympics, set to happen in the Los Angeles 2028 Games.
USISPF Recognition and Appreciation
- USISPF Chairman John Chambers praised Nita Ambani’s exemplary work in social responsibility, arts, sports, culture, and education, highlighting the importance of giving back to society.
- USISPF President and CEO, Dr Mukesh Aghi, emphasized Ambani’s relentless efforts to enrich the lives of Indians, underscoring her impact on soft power and nation-building.
US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF)
- USISPF is an independent not-for-profit institution dedicated to strengthening the US-India partnership, serving as a trusted partner for businesses, non-profit organizations, the diaspora, and both Indian and US governments.
- The forum fosters powerful collaborations between the US and India, promoting dialogue and cooperation in various sectors.
- Reliance Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Reliance Industries Limited, led by Nita Ambani, focuses on rural transformation, education, health, sports, disaster management, women empowerment, urban renewal, and arts, culture, and heritage.
- The foundation has positively impacted over 71 million people across 54,800 villages and urban locations in India.