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The Infants' Home goes to Harvard

- June 22, 2012

Our CEO earns a scholarship to study at one of the world’s most prestigious universities.

The CEO of The Infants’ Home, Anita Kumar, has been awarded a Fellowship to study at Harvard Business School.

Anita – one of only two executives from Australia to receive the Fellowship – will travel to Harvard University in the US in July for an intense 7-day study program.


(L to R) HCA President Peter Hasko, Anita Kumar, Bill Ferris, ACT for Kids CEO Neil Carrington, US Consul General Niels Marquardt and Chairman, Nonprofit Programs HCA Ted Blamey.


Prestigious study program

The Harvard Club of Australia supports two Fellows selected from all nonprofit sectors Australia wide to attend the landmark Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program each year.

The founding patrons of the Nonprofit Fellowship Program are Bill Ferris AC and Lea Ferris.

  

(L) Harvard Business School Library (R) Statue of John Harvard in the Harvard Yard.


What the fellowships are for

The Nonprofit Fellowships were created in 2001 to:

Each Fellowship is valued at $10,000.

From engineering to social enterprise

Anita graduated from India’s Bharathidasan University in Engineering, Electronics and Communications. She joined The Infants’ Home in 2000 and became CEO in February 2010.

Along the way she earned a Master’s in Community Management from UTS.

What next for The Infants’ Home

The Infants’ Home is at a critical point in its 138-year history, having been a pioneer in integrated services for children.

The Australian Government's agenda for early childhood advocates for “high-quality, accessible and affordable integrated early childhood education and child care”. The government believes integration will better meet the needs of children and families – especially those facing multiple challenges or living in difficult circumstances.

“While we are in a position to influence policy and the sector as a whole, we face three big challenges," Anita says.

“There is limited understanding about the unique approach of integration; a lack of clarity on how social enterprises can achieve social and financial sustainability; and we have a low profile beyond our own sector.”

Anita will take these issues to Harvard and examine them with other non-profit executives from around the world.

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