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Sudha Murty, Indian Author, Educator And Philanthropist Becomes First Woman To Receive Canada India Foundation Global Indian Award

Sudha Murty is one of India’s most inspiring women, changing the lives of millions through her philanthropic outreach.

Sudha Murty, well-known Indian author, educator, and philanthropist, is the recipient of this year’s Global Indian Award from the Canada India Foundation (CIF). She will be the first woman to receive this recognition. Murty has inspired generations of women and girls in India and beyond.

The Global Indian Award celebrates individuals who demonstrate values espoused by CIF and who are working to make the world a better place. This Friday (Sept. 29, 2023), hundreds will gather at a gala event to celebrate Murty’s accomplishments and recognize her universal influence. It is one of the most prestigious and high-profile events in the Indo-Canadian community calendar.

“We are so pleased to present the Global Indian Award to Sudha Murty. She has spent her entire career paving the way for future generations to find success in whatever field they choose, and is passionate about giving back to society,” says Satish Thakkar, CIF.

“Sudha Murty joins a long list of award recipients who exemplify our desire to shine the light on the
Indo-Canadian community, while aiding philanthropic activities that benefit both countries.”

Murty is the co-founder of multiple charity initiatives, including the Murty Trust and the Infosys Foundation. The Infosys Foundation has impacted the lives of millions of people through hundreds of specially designed programs since its inception. Programs include education, women empowerment, healthcare, girls in sports, gender equity, environmental sustainability and more. Murty continues her work on societal welfare at Murty Trust, along with animal welfare.

Reacting to the announcement from Canada India Foundation on being named the latest recipient of Global Indian Award, Ms. Murty said: “It is such an honour to receive this recognition. CIF does incredible work in the India-Canada space and has helped to enhance the profile of the Indo-Canadian community in Canada and around the world. I feel very fortunate to be included in the distinguished list of Global Indian Award recipients.”

Murty’s philanthropic work has also supported orphanages and rural development efforts, including the movement to bring computers and libraries to government schools in Karnataka.

“Everyone deserves access to educational resources and opportunities,” Murty has said. “It is imperative that our children are given the tools from a young age to follow their dreams. My charitable work has a goal of empowering our current generations and those to come in the future to find success and continue impacting the world in a positive way.”

Murty is married to Narayana Murthy, the co-founder of Infosys, a multinational company that provides business consulting, information technology and outsourcing resources. Infosys employs thousands of Canadians and plays a key role in Canada’s rapidly growing technology sector. Ms. Murty has graciously directed the award cash price of $50,000 (fifty thousand) to be donated to The Field Institute, University of Toronto, internationally renowned for strengthening collaboration, innovation, and learning in mathematics and across a broad range of disciplines. 


The Canada India Foundation (CIF) was established in 2007 by a group of successful Indo-Canadian entrepreneurs with the goal of strengthening bilateral relationships between the two countries. CIF is the premier organization working to build a strong and comprehensive bilateral relationship with India while also advocating on behalf of the two million strong Indo Canadian community. CIF engagements cover all aspects of the bilateral – social, cultural, trade and investment and initiatives aimed at bringing academic and industry experts from both countries together on one platform. CIF has an active philanthropic arm that supports charitable activities in Canada and India, designed to help the children of fallen soldiers in Canada and India. Recently, CIF added families of Canadian frontline workers in dire circumstances to the list of potential beneficiaries.

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