10th Dr. Ida S. Scudder Humanitarian Oration

On the 10th anniversary of the Dr. Ida S. Scudder Humanitarian Oration, we were delighted to honor Mr. Azim Premji, business magnate, engineer, and philanthropist. Reputed to be one of the world’s most successful and inspirational leaders, Mr. Premji has shown that living ethically, always doing what he believes to be the right thing and practicing values that are selfless when few people do so, is not an unattainable goal. These values and his personal austerity, humility and simplicity in every facet of his life make Mr. Premji eminently worthy to be linked with the name of our beloved founder, through the award of the 2021 Dr. Ida S. Scudder Humanitarian Oration.

View the event brochure for additional background and history: 2021 Oration Brochure 

Inspiring Future Generations through the Dr. Ida S. Scudder Humanitarian Oration

In 2012, we jointly launched the Dr. Ida S. Scudder Humanitarian Oration with CMC to inspire future generations to follow in Dr. Ida S. Scudder’s footsteps and to emulate her dedication to the well-being of humanity. Every year, we honor her legacy by recognizing individuals who exemplify her courage, compassion, integrity, and character.

Dr. Harsh Mander, a peace activist, writer, and Director of the Centre for Equity Studies, delivered the eighth oration in New Delhi, India.

Past Orators Include:

The late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (former President of India)

Mrs. Sudha Murty (Chair, Infosys Foundation)

The late Dr. Paul W. Brand, delivered by Philip Yancey (friend & biographer of Paul Brand)

Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty (Founder and Chair, Narayana Health)

Dr. K. Srinath Reddy (President, Public Health Foundation

Dr. Roger Glass (Director of the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health, U.S.A.)

Dr. Robert Fish (D.M.D. and Philanthropist, in honor of the late Dr. Ida Belle Scudder)

Mr. Harsh Mander (Director for the Center of Equity Studies, New Delhi)

Dr. James H. Taylor (Oncologist, Philanthropist, Board Member, Scudder Association Foundation)