Top Humanitarians That Educators Should Follow On Social Media

5 min readDec 18, 2020


The list includes The Gates Foundation, Sonu Sood, Sridhar Vembu, Michelle Obama, Manish Mundra, Ratan Tata, and Roshni Nadar Malhotra

Who: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bio says: We’re impatient optimists working to reduce inequality

X-Factor on the internet: Melinda Gates directly speaking to the audience, sharing her inspirations and why we need to take immediate actions to protect human capital that comprises health, education, economic opportunity and voice.

Viral post: “The foundation has committed a total of $1.75 billion to the COVID-19 response. This figure includes commitments announced this year, funds channelled from other foundation programs, and financing to make products affordable and accessible in low- and middle- income countries.”

Current take-on: Women workers who’re suffering disproportionate effects from COVID-19

Favourite hashtag: #GivingTuesday

Top 5 accounts followed: UN Women, Toyin Saraki, Nikhil Taneja, Brene Brown, Amika George

ScooNews loves: The videos of the leaders, christened as Goalkeepers of the Sustainable Development Goals by the foundation, talking about accelerating the progress toward ending poverty and fighting inequality

Follow at: @gatesfoundation (on Twitter, IG & FB)

Who: Sonu Sood

X-Factor on the internet: His hope-filled and emphatic replies to everyone tweeting to him

Viral post: Him gifting tractor to Andhra Pradesh family after a video of girls pulling plough went viral and arranging for conveyance for the low-income migrants who were stuck in the metro cities when the lockdown was announced in India.

Current take-on: His book ‘I am no Messiah’

Favourite hashtag: #KhudKamaaoGharChalaao

Top 5 accounts followed: Narendra Modi, Ilaaj India, UNDP India, Barkha Dutt, Mahendra Singh Dhoni

ScooNews loves: He’s been listed under ‘2020 hottest vegetarians’ by PETA India

Follow at: @SonuSood (Twitter), @ActorSonuSood (FB), sonu_sood (IG)

Who: Sridhar Vembu

Bio says: CEO, Zoho

X-Factor on the internet: Glimpses of his everyday life which includes photographing native snakes and driving autorickshaws

Viral post: “On the subject of exams and grades. For kids coming in with very low self-esteem, as most poor rural kids do, exams just serve to confirm their already low feelings of self-worth. I can identify with it because I used to battle these emotions as a kid.”

Current take-on: Disadvantage in the present educational system in India

Favourite emoticon: 🙏

Top 5 accounts followed: Narasinga, Vincent Rajkumar, Varsha Joshi, Vani Kola, Ryan Bethencourt

ScooNews loves: He moved from San Francisco to a village 650 km away from Chennai, India, to start a school for children of low-income families during the pandemic

Follow at: @svembu (Twitter)

Who: Michelle Obama

Bio says: Girl from the South Side and former First Lady. Wife, mother, dog lover. Always hugger-in-chief.

X-Factor on the internet: Barack’s impromptu but lovely & candid appearances on her feed

Viral post: “…We’re all seeing what also happens to so many professional women, whether their titles are Dr., Ms., Mrs., or even First Lady: All too often, our accomplishments are met with skepticism, even derision. We’re doubted by those who choose the weakness of ridicule over the strength of respect. And yet somehow, their words can stick — after decades of work, we’re forced to prove ourselves all over again. Is this really the example we want to set for the next generation?”

Current take-on: Right to vote and girl education

Favourite hashtag: #IAmBecoming

Top 5 accounts followed: Obama Foundation, Dr. Jill Biden, Better Make Room, Valerie Jarrett, Girls Opportunity Alliance

ScooNews loves: Michelle Obama Podcast on Spotify

Follow at: @MichelleObama (Twitter), @michelleobama (IG)

Who: Manish Mundra

Bio says: Dreamer, Film Maker, Writer, Painter, Wildlife Photographer. @drishyamfilms — AnkhonDekhi/Masaan/Waiting/Dhanak/Newton/Rukh/Kaamyaab

X-Factor on the internet: Photos of wild animals from his travel diaries

Viral post: When he delivered PPE kits in key hospitals of India ‘to fortify our Heroes,’ sent money to people who couldn’t afford surgeries due to the sudden lay-offs during the lockdown and raised money on social media to bring everyone together as a community

Favourite hashtag: #Wildlife

Top 5 accounts followed: Conde Nast Traveller, Sheryl Sandberg, Citizens Foundation, India Foundation, Daisy Gilardini

ScooNews loves: His Hindi poetry under the hashtag #मनकीबातें

Follow at: @ManMundra (Twitter), @mundramanish (IG)

Who: Ratan Tata

Bio says: Chairman Emeritus, Tata Sons. Chairman, Tata Trusts

X-Factor on the internet: Heartwarming stories and photos of his adopted stray dogs

Viral post: When he committed 500 crore rupees for personal protective equipment for frontline workers, Corona testing kits, respiratory systems for emergency patients, and training of health workers.

Top 5 accounts followed: Tata Trusts, Anand Mahindra, Kalam Centre, The Wall Street Journal, Barack Obama

ScooNews loves: His throwback photos from his early entrepreneurship days

Follow at: @ratantata (IG), @RNTata2000 (Twitter)

Who: Roshni Nadar Malhotra

Bio says: Chairperson of HCL Technologies, India. Trustee — ShivNadar Foundation. In 2019, TEDx Speecher

X-Factor on the internet: Heartwarming photos and videos with students of Vidyagyan Residential School

Viral post: When the HCL Foundation awarded the ‘HCL Foundation Grant 2020’ to nine NGOs across the categories of Education, Healthcare and Environment receiving a grant of ₹5 crores each. The remaining six finalists across the three categories also received ₹25 lakhs each, taking the overall Grant to ₹16.5 crores.

Current take-on: Providing quality education to underprivileged students

Favourite hashtag: #HCL

Top 5 accounts followed: Malala, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, Justin Trudeau

What ScooNews loves: Her constant motivation for women to explore their career and contribute to the GDP of the country

Follow at: @roshninadarmalhotra (IG)

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