Honesty is crucial when you want to change the world!

Mehmood Khan brought the delights of Lux soap and Brooke Bond tea to many countries in South East Asia, and behind such innocent pleasures he took with him the infrastructure of consumer capitalism: advertising agencies, market research companies, supply chains and beauty pageants for Miss Lux. Meehmod was Head of Innovation at Unilever. He was responsible for taking on regional power barons, putting in place a global supply chain and fostering global integration.

Today he is bringing all his business experience back home to India, trying nothing less than a revolution in development to turn the tide of poverty.

Mehmood belongs to a very old Indian family. He was brought up in Mewat – an 1.5 hour car ride from Delhi. When he went to school there, he says, the school was pretty good. Same was true for water and other natural resources. Today the challenges are huge. The local population has increased fourfold in 40 years and the land cannot cope. The forests have largely disappeared and water is becoming scarce. There are not enough jobs and there is not enough energy.

The magic word going along with his ideas is social entrepreneurship. In this interview Mehmood Khan shares his ideas on social entrepreneurship and gives insights how to tackle some of India’s huge challenges.

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Part 2

5 thoughts on “Honesty is crucial when you want to change the world!”

  1. Had the privilege of working with Mehmood so long and had the best time 🙂

    Awesome video which i think needs to spread more , where Mehmood talks some of the practical ways of doing social entrepreneurship , most importantly simple solutions which can benefit rural india. Some of these have been implemented by Mehmood in his own village “Mewat” .

    As title of the talk it perfectly makes sense and is true for so many of us to realise if we are aiming to do bigger and bolder things that we keep this advice in mind “Honesty is crucial when you want to change the world” .

    Thanks Ulrike for this interview and all the best to you . Mehmood thanks for inspiring us as always 🙂


    1. Dear Vikram

      Thanks for your encouraging words.We hope do build a movement based on these values.

      People of your generation will unlock the true potential of humanity.



    2. Thank you Vikram!
      Just started to work with Mehmood in a village in UP, looks like we are having a lot of fun;-)
      And you are right, he is inspiring!

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