May 27, 2022
Interviews

Leading the world with a philanthropic soul – Dr. Naresh Kumar Aggarwal

 

 

  1. We know that you are also a businessman. How do you manage the business responsibilities and the organisation’s activities together?

Well, this was a big challenge for most of my 43 years as a Lion. Probably, the short answer to this is that I never saw Lionism as work. I saw it as my hobby or passion.

The most important people for me to serve are my wife and children. However, once I had worked all day for them, I still had a further desire in my heart. I wanted to do something more for more people in more ways in more countries.

Lionism was the answer to this craving.

In the last decade, I have been very lucky to have my children take over my business. Previously, my work gave them a comfortable life, but now it is the other way around.  

  1. Why is it important that the youngsters should come forward to serve the society? Do you have any message to the youngsters?

Around 50% of the world’s population is below 30. These people will play the most important role in this new century of Lionism.

India is a young country. If we educate and feed the generation of 500 million young Indians, the next generation of 1.2 billion Indians will be healthy and skilled.

As a grandfather, I want my grandchildren to live in a safe, prosperous, world. The best investment for their safety and prosperity is to feed the stomachs of every Indian and make every Indian a part of the economy as a customer and employee.

  1. What is your vision for the future?

My long term vision is the same as that of LCI -where there is a need, there will be a Lion. That is a realistic goal for our second century of service.

However, my short term goal for the world is to serve 150M (15 crore) urgent needs this year. This will happen in the areas of food, eyesight, the environment and Diabetes. 

Within LCI, my vision is to bring every Lion across the world into 1 connected family. We have a new global brand, app, service framework and signature cause to make this happen.

  1. Tell us more about the real Dr. Naresh, something that most people do not know

As a teenager, I was very active in drama and music. Now, I still sing when I get a light moment off work, especially in cars or planes. 

Most people think I enjoy socialising, but in truth I enjoy listening to people’s stories. One of the great perks of my job is that I get to listen to a wide spectrum of people around the world – from global leaders to the most needy. When they speak from the heart, their story fills me up like food for the soul.

    1. Say few words about your family?   

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