Indian-origin R Seetharaman,Group CEO of Qatar-based Doha Bank,was today conferred with Doctor of Laws honorary degree for his contribution to global banking and finance by the Washington College.
President of the College Mitchell B Reiss presented him the degree in the presence of Board of Governors,faculty,staff and hundred of young graduates at the college’s 229th Commencement ceremony in the State of Maryland.
Along with Seetharaman,Jane Rosenthal,co-founder of New York Tribeca Film Festival with Robert De Niro and well-known television and feature production executive and James C Rees,eminent historian,also received honorary doctorates.
In the past,Washington College had honored American Presidents George Washington,Franklin D Roosevelt,Harry S Truman,Dwight D Eisenhower and George H W Bush; Nobel Laureates James Watson,C N Yang,Glenn Seaborg and Mario Molina; and historians David McCullough and Stephen Ambrose for their contributions to the Society.
Keenly interested in environmental issues,Doha Bank Group’s corporate policies endorse reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and he initiated a series of seminars educating business leaders about global warming,climate change and importance of environmentally sustainable business practices earning him twice the Middle East CEO of the Year award,the College said in its recognition.
In his address,Seetharaman said the world once operated like a series of islands but,today there is near total economic interdependence – a result of dramatic technological and communications innovations.
Seetharaman said “as a banker,I not only use social network to facilitate capital flows,but to push for reforms and social responsibility. But the generation of graduates we are here to celebrate today students of today will be the key for assured growth and change in the world.
“Your minds are wired to this new global order that rewards interdependence and innovation. The future strength of the world will rely on your ability to successfully harness these networks and share new ideas and economic possibilities. There is much to do and together we can forge the future path of this nation and our world.
“From the place where I come from we are taught ‘Mata-pita-guru-deivam’ that articulates the importance of parents and teachers in one’s life. Parents lay the foundation for the self-governance principles of life which later transforms into ethics and global governance in corporate scenario,” he said.