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Hitesh Hathi is the second Executive Director of The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute. He will oversee efforts to strengthen and expand the Mittal Institute’s connections in South Asia, including with the Institute’s office in Delhi. He will play an instrumental role in working with donors and our expanding portfolio of endowed fellowships. He will also be responsible for working with faculty to find new and innovative connections to deepen our engagement with critical issues in the region. 

Hitesh comes to the Mittal Institute with a long and rich experience in leadership and management, and a deep, lifelong engagement with South Asia. He worked as a producer for one of Boston’s leading NPR stations, WBUR, for over 20 years, most recently as Executive Producer of the show Radio Boston, where he successfully built deeper and richer connections with the region, increasing listenership and making the show into the station’s marquee program.  

He has a long connection with Harvard and the Mittal Institute. Hitesh received his Master’s of Arts degree from Harvard in Sanskrit and Indian Studies and was a PhD candidate in the Department of South Asian Studies. He has focused on classical Indian aesthetic philosophy, classical and modern literature and architecture, and modern politics. Additionally, Hitesh has been an Assistant and Acting Resident Dean at Harvard’s Cabot House, and has contributed to several Mittal Institute programs over the years.