India Fellows are Driving Real Change in their Own Communities.

Each year, the India Fellows Program brings together 20 emerging leaders from different regions, sectors, and socio-economic backgrounds in India.

About the India Fellows Program

The Acumen India Fellows Program is a one-year, fully-funded leadership development program that gives 20 individuals from across India the training they need to accelerate their social impact and leadership potential.

Our Fellows come from diverse cultural, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds and share a commitment to ending poverty in their communities. Fellows remain in their jobs over the year and meet for five week-long seminars where they receive world-class financial and operational skills training. Through the program, Fellows build strong networks of social change leaders within their cohort and Acumen’s global community.

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Who Becomes a Regional Fellow

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  • Individuals who are working to end poverty in their community through some kind of social change project.
    • Though many of our Fellows work in the social enterprise space, selected Fellows can be working in any sector (i.e. for-profit, non-profit, social enterprise, government) in any issue area (i.e. human rights, agriculture, education, etc). We will also consider a handful of exceptional individuals who are not currently engaged in a project, but have significant experience or show strong leadership potential.
  • Fellows can be entrepreneurs who started their own organization, or individuals who are influencing change within an existing organization.
    • Selected Fellows are entrepreneurial in their attitudes, mindset, and approach. That doesn’t mean each Fellow has to be running or leading a new organization; it means that you take risk and don’t accept the old ways of doing things as good enough.
  • Fellows come from of all age groups and education levels, but must be able to fully participate in a program that is conducted in English.
  • Fellows must be from India and must show a demonstrated commitment and concrete connection to India.
  • Fellows must demonstrate strong personal integrity, unrelenting perseverance, and moral imagination.
  • Fellows must be ready and willing to undergo an intensive year-long personal transformation and leadership journey.

Regional Fellows Training

During the course of a year-long program, Acumen Regional Fellows remain in their jobs and come together every 6-8 weeks for a series of 5 seminars focused on developing the skills needed to be the next generation of social change leaders. Acumen Fellows focus on gaining the financial expertise, operational expertise, and moral imagination necessary to solve the world’s toughest problems. In addition to developing the core areas of Acumen’s leadership model, Fellows meet with prominent leaders from across sectors and build relationships within their cohort and Acumen Fellows Alumni around the world.

Seminar 1: Foundations of Leadership

The first seminar focuses on group formation and introduces Acumen’s patient capital model and leadership philosophy. The core session is the Good Society Readings.  Through this series of facilitated discussions on the works of great thinkers such as Plato, King, Gandhi, Mandela and Jinnah, Fellows explore the meaning of a just society and think more broadly about the historical and moral traditions of social change work.

Seminar 2: Adaptive Leadership & Moral Imagination

The second seminar pushes Fellows to reflect on their leadership strengths and weaknesses, clarify their purpose in life, and develop their storytelling abilities. The core of this training is a multi-day workshop on Adaptive Leadership facilitated by the Cambridge Leadership Associates.

Seminar 3: Financial & Operational Skills

At the midpoint of the fellowship year, the cohort focuses on building financial and operational skills mainly through experiential learning.  Through sessions facilitated by IDEO.org and Income/Outcome, Fellows gain a strong understanding of the human-centered design process and the basic level of literacy in finance and accounting necessary to grow their organizations and projects. In addition, Fellows experiment with building new business models using the Lean Start-Up methodology.

Seminar 4: Learning Trip

The Learning trip gives Fellows a deeper understanding of poverty in their region and their role as a changemaker. Fellows travel to a new area, engage with the local community, and meet with thought leaders and innovators who are creating positive change.

Seminar 5: Leading into the Future

At the end of the fellowship year, Fellows reflect on their leadership journey, make plans to stay connected, and set goals for continuing their work in social change. This seminar also includes guest speakers and a graduation ceremony celebrating the completion of the fellowship.

Beyond the Fellowship

The fellowship is more than just a one-year program – it is the start of a lifelong leadership journey and the beginning of a lasting relationship with Acumen Fellows Alumni around the world.

Alumni Network

After graduating from any of our Fellows Programs – either East Africa, Pakistan, India, or Global – all of our Fellows join a single, united Fellows Alumni group. Acumen understands that leadership can be a lonely journey, and the Alumni body acts as a support system where Fellows can not only push each other but also collaborate to achieve their goals. Alumni are also actively involved in selecting future cohorts, get exclusive invitations to Acumen events, and receive a quarterly Alumni Newsletter. In addition, there are a number of examples of Alumni working together on new businesses and social impact initiatives.

Acumen’s Global Community

Alumni not only maintain their connection to their fellow Fellows, but also to Acumen’s extensive global community of advisors and peer organizations. Alumni have been able to leverage our network to gain connections to investors, job opportunities and mentors.

How to Apply

Applications are now closed for the 2015 Class of India Fellows.

The Application Process

The online application consists of:

  • Background information
  • Resume/CV
  • Short & long answer questions

Application Instructions: For more guidance on how to answer the application questions, please click here

Frequently Asked Questions: For a list of Frequently Asked Questions and their answers, please click here.

The Selection Process

The selection process for this program is very rigorous and highly competitive. Here is a general timeline of the process:

  • Applications for the 2016 Class open: July 1, 2015
  • Applications close: September 1, 2015
  • Telephone Interviews: October 2015
  • In-Person Interviews: November 2015
  • Final Selection: December 2015

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Meet the Regional Fellows

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    Abbas Dadla

    “Abbas is a curriculum designer and foot soldier at Avanti Learning Centres, an organization which combines technology and peer collaboration to reduce teacher dependency and...” [READ MORE]

    Abbas is a curriculum designer and foot soldier at Avanti Learning Centres, an organization which combines technology and peer collaboration to reduce teacher dependency and provide a world class education at affordable rates. Avanti currently works with over 600 low-income high school students across 8 cities in partnership with affordable school systems. He is from Mumbai and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bombay

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    Abhilasha Sinha

    “Abhilasha is a Regional Manager with Avanti Learning Centres, an organization which combines technology and peer collaboration to reduce teacher dependency  and provide a...” [READ MORE]

    Abhilasha is a Regional Manager with Avanti Learning Centres, an organization which combines technology and peer collaboration to reduce teacher dependency  and provide a world class education at affordable rates. Avanti currently works with over 600 low-income high school students across 8 cities in partnership with affordable school systems. Abhilasha manages Avanti’s operations in North India. Prior to this, she worked on curriculum development at Avanti. She is from New Delhi and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering  from IIT Delhi.

     

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    Amit Gupta

    “Amit is the managing trustee of Saujanya Foundation, an organization with a vision that no one in India should die or suffer due to a lack of healthcare infrastructure. Saujanya...” [READ MORE]

    Amit is the managing trustee of Saujanya Foundation, an organization with a vision that no one in India should die or suffer due to a lack of healthcare infrastructure. Saujanya Foundation specializes in detection and collaborative treatment options for low-income customers in urban slums and villages of Delhi National Capital Region, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. The organization consists of a visionary leadership team and 90 volunteers, and soon plans to develop a “Hospital on Wheels” service delivery option. Amit has been the President of Rotary Club of Delhi Saket from 2012 – 2014 and is currently the core district team member and chairman of various committees at Rotary International District 3010.

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    Ashish Shrivastava

    “Ashish is the co-founder of Bachpan Banao Fellowship. Bachpan Banao works in the remote tribal areas of Chattisgarh state affected by left-wing extremism to ensure children...” [READ MORE]

    Ashish is the co-founder of Bachpan Banao Fellowship. Bachpan Banao works in the remote tribal areas of Chattisgarh state affected by left-wing extremism to ensure children from marginalized families have access to quality education by strengthening resources and support for teachers. As an engineer-turned-education professional passionate about serving rural areas, Ashish has over nine years’ of experience working with such corporations as Infosys and NIIT and nonprofits as Teach For India. Ashish holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Bhopal University.

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    Charu Chadha

    “Charu is the Country Manager for CycleTel India, a mobile – enabled family planning tool developed by the Bio-Institute of Reproductive Heath at Georgetown University. Previously,...” [READ MORE]

    Charu is the Country Manager for CycleTel India, a mobile – enabled family planning tool developed by the Bio-Institute of Reproductive Heath at Georgetown University. Previously, Charu was a Shell Foundation Fellow where she worked with Dharma Life, a company that supports rural entrepreneurs. She also has significant experience working with state governments in India to formulate public policy. Charu is from Delhi, is a trained architect, and holds an MBA from the University of Oxford.

     

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    Girdhari Bora

    “Girdhari is an ICT Advisor at IntraHealth International, which works with governments, NGOs, and the private sector to empower health workers to better serve communities in...” [READ MORE]

    Girdhari is an ICT Advisor at IntraHealth International, which works with governments, NGOs, and the private sector to empower health workers to better serve communities in need. Girdhari developed mSakhi, an innovative mobile based learning and counseling tool for Community Health Workers and leads execution of the same in several villages in Uttar Pradesh. He is a native Himalayan and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Indore.

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    Ishira Mehta

    “Ishira is the co-founder of CropConnect Enterprises, which creates demand-driven value chains in agriculture by working directly with buyers and farmers. Ishira envisions...” [READ MORE]

    Ishira is the co-founder of CropConnect Enterprises, which creates demand-driven value chains in agriculture by working directly with buyers and farmers. Ishira envisions an India where farmers are competitive in global supply chains and connected with end buyers in a mutually beneficial manner. Headquartered in New Delhi, CropConnect operates through its countrywide farmer networks and is currently working on projects in Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Arunachal Pradesh states. Ishira previously worked with the International Finance Corporation and the Self Employed Women’s Association. She has master’s degrees in international development and comparative politics from Harvard Kennedy School and London School of Economics, respectively.

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    John Sebastian Mandapath

    “John is a Senior Consultant at LabourNet, an organization enabling livelihoods through work-integrated job training, financial inclusion and job linkages for informal sector...” [READ MORE]

    John is a Senior Consultant at LabourNet, an organization enabling livelihoods through work-integrated job training, financial inclusion and job linkages for informal sector workers. In his current role, John is working on a skill gap study to understand the demand for vocational skills training as well as the strategy for and implementation of LabourNet’s courses. He is from Bangalore and holds a Master of Science in International Business Management from the University of Bradford.

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    Kanan Dhru

    “Kanan is the founder and Managing Director of Research Foundation for Governance in India, an Ahmedabad-based think tank that advocates for legal and political reform in Gujarat...” [READ MORE]

    Kanan is the founder and Managing Director of Research Foundation for Governance in India, an Ahmedabad-based think tank that advocates for legal and political reform in Gujarat and across India. Her passion for bringing positive change to the legal system led her to initiate Lawtoons and LawForMe, which make the law more accessible and understandable to the public. Kanan is a certified mediator, a blogger for The Huffington Post, and was named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum. She holds a master’s degree in public administration and a law degree from the London School of Economics.

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    Kirti Vardhana

    “Kirti is the Head of Consulting at LabourNet, which is a social enterprise that enables livelihoods for workers in the informal sector by providing access to training, employment...” [READ MORE]

    Kirti is the Head of Consulting at LabourNet, which is a social enterprise that enables livelihoods for workers in the informal sector by providing access to training, employment and financial inclusion. In his current role, he leads the development of LabourNet’s products and manages consulting projects within the vocational skills development domain. Kirti is from Bangalore and holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning

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    Madhukar Banuri

    Madhukar is Project Lead at Pune Education Transformation where he works with municipal administrators, philanthropic leaders, social organizations, schools...” [READ MORE]

    Madhukar is Project Lead at Pune Education Transformation where he works with municipal administrators, philanthropic leaders, social organizations, schools and the community to develop a working agenda for scaling quality education in Pune. Prior to this, he was a Senior Consultant for School Improvement at Gray Matters India, a data analytics and impact assessment company in the education sector. Madhukar is passionate about intervention models that build the capacity of key stakeholders in schools. He previously spent five years with Teach For India (TFI) as a fellow, teaching 35 students in a government school in Pune, and also as a manager, working in different leadership roles with the Pune team. Before TFI, he was a product marketing manager with Larsen & Toubro in Mumbai for two years. Madhukar is from Hyderabad and holds a degree in engineering from BITS Pilani and is pursuing a Master of Arts in Education from IGNOU.

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    Nandita Shetty

    “Nandita is Head of Operations at 3.2.1 Education Foundation, an organization addressing the problem of inequity in education quality in India. 3.2.1 operates a model school...” [READ MORE]

    Nandita is Head of Operations at 3.2.1 Education Foundation, an organization addressing the problem of inequity in education quality in India. 3.2.1 operates a model school in Mumbai in an effort to research and develop new educational practices to build a benchmark of excellence for educating underprivileged children. The organization also started the Sustained Mastery Project, a teacher training program that shares the excellent educational practices, originating from the model school, with educators in the sector and supports them to sustain these practices over the long term. Nandita is a Teach for India Fellow and holds a master’s degree in communication from Purdue University.

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    Prerak Mehta

    “Prerak is the Senior Design Researcher at Embrace. He has been working with entrepreneurial as well as established ventures like Embrace,...” [READ MORE]

    Prerak is the Senior Design Researcher at Embrace. He has been working with entrepreneurial as well as established ventures like Embrace, Quetzal, Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design and Oracle. Prerak holds a Master’s Degree in Design from IIT Bombay, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Nirma University.

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    Raghav Raghunathan

    “Raghav represents 2,662 women shareholders of RamRahim Pragati Producer Company Ltd., one of India’s largest producer-owned agri-value chain companies. Raghav works with...” [READ MORE]

    Raghav represents 2,662 women shareholders of RamRahim Pragati Producer Company Ltd., one of India’s largest producer-owned agri-value chain companies. Raghav works with these women who grow crops, such as soybean, maize, pulse, wheat and millet, on adopting the non-pesticide management protocol. RamRahim Pragati was the first company of its kind to receive an equity grant from the Indian government to support its work and is the first producer-owned company to become a listed member with the National Commodity and Derivative Exchange. Raghav lives and works in Narmada Valley in District Dewas and spent a year at the Young India Fellowship to study liberal arts after graduating as a Metallurgical Engineer from NIT-K, Surathkal.

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    Ramakrishna NK

    “Ram is the Founder and CEO of Rang De, a platform to support low-income entrepreneurs access low-cost capital for livelihoods, education and health. Prior to starting Rang...” [READ MORE]

    Ram is the Founder and CEO of Rang De, a platform to support low-income entrepreneurs access low-cost capital for livelihoods, education and health. Prior to starting Rang De, Ram has held various positions in the technology and software development fields. Ram is from Bangalore and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Production Engineering from Nagarjuna University. He is also an Ashoka Fellow.

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    S. Deepak Kumar

    “Deepak is a Young Professional with Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society, an organization that addresses rural poverty in Bihar. He manages the organization’s energy...” [READ MORE]

    Deepak is a Young Professional with Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society, an organization that addresses rural poverty in Bihar. He manages the organization’s energy access project in Purnia district of Bihar, which has helped bring electricity to over 10,000 rural households across the district. Deepak holds a master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Forest Management and a Bachelor of Technology from NIT Raipur. He is originally from Chennai and is currently based in Dhamdaha, Purnia.

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    Sapna Surendran

    “Sapna is a Research Associate with the Columbia Global Centre - South Asia, which supports the Government of India in improving access to quality maternal and child healthcare...” [READ MORE]

    Sapna is a Research Associate with the Columbia Global Centre – South Asia, which supports the Government of India in improving access to quality maternal and child healthcare and strengthens service delivery in rural India. She is from Bangalore and is currently based in Mumbai. Sapna is a dental surgeon from the KLE’s Institute of Dental Sciences, Karnataka and has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Columbia University.

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    Shabnam Ramaswamy

    “Shabnam is the co-founder of Street Survivors India (SSI), which runs projects across the education, livelihoods and social justice sectors in the district of Murshidabad,...” [READ MORE]

    Shabnam is the co-founder of Street Survivors India (SSI), which runs projects across the education, livelihoods and social justice sectors in the district of Murshidabad, West Bengal. Working with Jagriti public school, SSI educates 450 students per year, operates 11 libraries providing reading materials to more than 400 children and adults, and tutors more than 2,500 government school children. Through its Stree Shakti initiative, the organization provides mediation services for issues ranging from domestic violence to dowry claims, and has tried over 1,000 cases to date. Through its Swayam Shakti initiative, SSI also supports a collective of 1,500 women from 125 villages in Murshidabad to sell their handicrafts in Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore and abroad. Shabnam holds a Bachelor of Arts from Kolkata University.

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    Swapnil Chaturvedi

    “Swapnil is the founder and the Chief Toilet Cleaner at Samagra, which uses information and communication technology, behavioral sciences, data analytics and design to provide...” [READ MORE]

    Swapnil is the founder and the Chief Toilet Cleaner at Samagra, which uses information and communication technology, behavioral sciences, data analytics and design to provide toilet services to the urban poor. Currently, Samagra is serving over 5,000 users residing in the slums of Pune and plans to reach over 20 million users in five years by collaborating with organizations across the developing world. Swapnil, also known as the “Poop Guy,” is a divergent thinker who believes the answers to problems lie in the innovative use of psychology, technology and design. In 2011, Swapnil dropped out of a management and design program at Northwestern University, gave up his U.S. residency and moved back to India to start Samagra, where he lived in the slums of various Indian cities to gain firsthand experience of the problem he aimed to solve. He is an Ashoka Fellow, holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from Bhilai Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University.

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    Vasumathi Kothuru

    “Vasumathi is the Vice President at Indian Grameen Services (IGS), BASIX, a micro-banking solutions company with a mission of incubating innovations for pro-poor sustainable...” [READ MORE]

    Vasumathi is the Vice President at Indian Grameen Services (IGS), BASIX, a micro-banking solutions company with a mission of incubating innovations for pro-poor sustainable livelihoods. Vasumathi has worked in livelihood promotion, micro-banking and agriculture extension services for the past 15 years. She is from Hyderabad, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture and is a Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Banking (CAIIB).

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    Abhijeet Barse

    “Abhijeet is the CEO of SlumSoccer, an organization that runs football programs for the most disadvantaged members of Indian society. The decrease in harmful activities such...” [READ MORE]

    Abhijeet is the CEO of SlumSoccer, an organization that runs football programs for the most disadvantaged members of Indian society. The decrease in harmful activities such as violence and drug use and the improvement in the participants’ lives inspired SlumSoccer to expand its programs to over 15 cities. Previously, Abhijeet was a Lecturer in the Department of Zoology at Nagpur University. Abhijeet is from Nagpur and has a PhD in Inland Aquaculture from the Central Institute of Fisheries Education.

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    Achyutha Sharma

    “Achyutha leads Collaborative Community, a design consulting firm offering innovation driven design services across social sector and businesses driving impact. He has over...” [READ MORE]

    Achyutha leads Collaborative Community, a design consulting firm offering innovation driven design services across social sector and businesses driving impact. He has over 9 years of experience in branding, design, and retail across several companies. He also runs Poorna Kaksha which provides innovative design solutions for schools and learning environments in India from furniture design to architecture to integrating technology and experiential infrastructure that aids quality learning in schools. Achyutha holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the National Institute of Fashion Technology.

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    Arushi Chowdhury Khanna

    “Arushi heads the Enterprise Support Program at AIACA (the All-India Artisans and Craftworkers Welfare Association), which conducts market-based, value-chain interventions...” [READ MORE]

    Arushi heads the Enterprise Support Program at AIACA (the All-India Artisans and Craftworkers Welfare Association), which conducts market-based, value-chain interventions to build sustainable artisan-based enterprises in rural India. Prior to AIACA, she has worked at the grassroots level with a broad spectrum of commercial, governmental and non-profit organisations in the craft sector. Arushi is from Mumbai, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, a certificate in Mathematics for Economic Application from IIT-Bombay and a Master’s Degree from the National Institute of Fashion Technology.

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    Ashweetha Shetty

    “Ashweetha is CEO and co-founder of Bodhi Tree Skills, a Tamil Nadu-based social venture that trains, supports and mentors rural college graduates so they can access better...” [READ MORE]

    Ashweetha is CEO and co-founder of Bodhi Tree Skills, a Tamil Nadu-based social venture that trains, supports and mentors rural college graduates so they can access better career opportunities. Based in Tirunelveli district, Bodhi has trained 800 college students to date. Ashweetha previously worked as a Community Engagement Coordinator with SughaVazhvu Healthcare, which provides last-mile primary healthcare in rural India. Ashweetha is a Young India Fellow and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Manonmaniam Tirunelveli University.

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    Dr. Rajat Chabba

    “Rajat is the National Manager for Swasthya Choupal, ITC’s e-Choupal rural health initiative. Swasthya Choupal creates awareness around health issues like family planning,...” [READ MORE]

    Rajat is the National Manager for Swasthya Choupal, ITC’s e-Choupal rural health initiative. Swasthya Choupal creates awareness around health issues like family planning, menstrual hygiene and sanitation, and provides access to high-quality health products through a network of more than 300 rural women entrepreneurs. To date, the program reaches over 450 villages across nine districts of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Rajat has also worked with various nonprofits, government health departments and international funding institutions on eye care, tuberculosis, maternal and child health and family planning. He is currently based in Hyderabad, is an MBBS graduate from BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad and holds a master’s degree in rural management from IRMA.

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    Ihitashri Shandilya

    “Ihita is the Founder & CEO of MITHILAsmita, a Folk Art Organization working to generate employment for the woman artisans in North Bihar through preserving and promoting...” [READ MORE]

    Ihita is the Founder & CEO of MITHILAsmita, a Folk Art Organization working to generate employment for the woman artisans in North Bihar through preserving and promoting centuries-old Madhubani (Mithila) Paintings of India. The hybrid model at MITHILAsmita has a For-Profit arm and a Non-Profit Arm to tackle different challenges of the traditional art ecosystem in India. Prior to starting her Social Enterprise, Ihitashri worked as an SAP Consultant for several years. She is originally from Madhubani, and is currently based out of Bangalore. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra.

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    Jenpu Rongmei

    “Jenpu is the founder of Community Avenue Network (CAN), a youth-led nonprofit based in Dimapur, Nagaland in the Northeast region of India. CAN operates projects including...” [READ MORE]

    Jenpu is the founder of Community Avenue Network (CAN), a youth-led nonprofit based in Dimapur, Nagaland in the Northeast region of India. CAN operates projects including providing material and moral support to children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, vocational training for underprivileged youth and organizing volunteers from different colleges and villages to engage in community service. Presently, Jenpu is Information Secretary of Nagaland Alliance for Children and Women Rights.

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    Jyotirmoy Chatterji

    “Jyotirmoy is the Co-founder of Project Chirag, a youth-led initiative to provide rural households with solar lighting. Through Project Chirag, Jyotirmoy has been instrumental...” [READ MORE]

    Jyotirmoy is the Co-founder of Project Chirag, a youth-led initiative to provide rural households with solar lighting. Through Project Chirag, Jyotirmoy has been instrumental in helping light up 6,000+ houses across 156 villages in 4 Indian states. Jyotirmoy also works with FirstRand Bank as a CSR Consultant, apart from consulting for various social enterprises and NGOs. He is from Mumbai and holds a Master’s Degree in Management from H.R. College, Mumbai.

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    Kaushik K

    “Kaushik is the Project Manager for Special Projects at B-ABLE, an organization providing sustainable market-driven vocational training and livelihood services to under-privileged...” [READ MORE]

    Kaushik is the Project Manager for Special Projects at B-ABLE, an organization providing sustainable market-driven vocational training and livelihood services to under-privileged youth. He joined B-ABLE in 2009 as part of the start-up team, setting-up and managing the organization’s first training center. Kaushik is from Hyderabad and has Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from IIT Kharagpur.

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    Lewitt Somarajan

    “Lewitt is the founder of Learning is Fun and Experiential (LIFE) Lab. Lewitt and his team are scripting the would-be story of the transformation of science, technology, engineering,...” [READ MORE]

    Lewitt is the founder of Learning is Fun and Experiential (LIFE) Lab. Lewitt and his team are scripting the would-be story of the transformation of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) education in India. Life Lab is democratizing STEAM education by creating academically inclusive classrooms and building the capacity of teachers, the most important stakeholders in these areas. To date, Life Lab has helped maximize the potential of more than 17,000 children from economically disadvantaged communities in four states across India. Lewitt is a former Teach for India Fellow and holds a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nagpur.

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    Manjushree Patil

    “Manjushree is a seasoned education professional with more than 20 years of experience. She is the founder of Aatman Academy, a specialized instruction school that caters to...” [READ MORE]

    Manjushree is a seasoned education professional with more than 20 years of experience. She is the founder of Aatman Academy, a specialized instruction school that caters to the learning needs of students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. She is from Mumbai and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from the SNDT Women’s University along with a Master’s Degree in Teacher Education from IIP Lucknow.

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    Neeladri Bora

    “Neeladri is the co-founder of Northeast Centre for Equity Action on Integrated Development, a nonprofit focused on sustainable development in the Northeast states of India....” [READ MORE]

    Neeladri is the co-founder of Northeast Centre for Equity Action on Integrated Development, a nonprofit focused on sustainable development in the Northeast states of India. His goal is to build an integrated sustainable development platform in Northeast India by supporting rural populations on issues such as healthcare, education, youth and women empowerment and environmental sustainability. Neeladri also works with the Regional Resource Centre for Northeastern States as a public health consultant. He is from Guwahati, Assam and holds a postgraduate diploma in health economics, financing and health policy from the Indian Institute of Public Health, Delhi.

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    Prerit Rana

    “Prerit is the Co-founder and CEO at Agrasar, an organization committed to sustainable socioeconomic development of marginalized communities through systematically helping...” [READ MORE]

    Prerit is the Co-founder and CEO at Agrasar, an organization committed to sustainable socioeconomic development of marginalized communities through systematically helping them build capacities and realize their true potential through skills development. He is a social development professional with training and capacity building as key focus areas. He is from New Delhi and holds a Master’s Degree in Rural Management from IRMA.

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    Ram Barigela

    “Ram is the Senior Program Officer with Watershed Support Services and Activities Network (WASSAN), a resource support organization involved in natural resource management...” [READ MORE]

    Ram is the Senior Program Officer with Watershed Support Services and Activities Network (WASSAN), a resource support organization involved in natural resource management and livelihood promotion in rainfed areas of India. He focuses on working with shepherds and goat rearers in the Mahabubnagar district, one of the largest and most underdeveloped districts of Telangana, by promoting viable business models for economic development. He holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Osmania University.

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    Rupal Nayar

    “Rupal is the Co-founder of Zaya, a non-profit working to bridge the achievement gap for students in low income schools around the world. Prior to Zaya, Rupal worked as a Business...” [READ MORE]

    Rupal is the Co-founder of Zaya, a non-profit working to bridge the achievement gap for students in low income schools around the world. Prior to Zaya, Rupal worked as a Business & Strategy Consultant at Bain & Company. Rupal is from New Delhi, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from St. Xaviers College and a Master’s Degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Warwick.

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    Sanjukta Das

    “Sanjukta is Senior Manager of Research and Innovation at ayzh, a Chennai-based social enterprise improving maternal and newborn health in resource-poor areas. Through kit-style...” [READ MORE]

    Sanjukta is Senior Manager of Research and Innovation at ayzh, a Chennai-based social enterprise improving maternal and newborn health in resource-poor areas. Through kit-style products and mobile training programs, ayzh works to provide women with access to safe deliveries and essential newborn care and ensure adherence to best practices across the maternal and newborn health continuum. To date, azyh has impacted over 140,000 mothers, newborns and healthcare providers across India, Africa and Latin America. Sanjukta was previously project manager and researcher with Simpa Networks, a social enterprise that makes solar energy accessible in rural markets. She has a master’s degree in design from IIT Bombay.

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    Sathya Raghu

    “Sathya is the Co-founder and CFO at Cosmos Green Pvt Ltd, an organization that works for the emancipation of small and marginal farmers from penury through an inclusive development...” [READ MORE]

    Sathya is the Co-founder and CFO at Cosmos Green Pvt Ltd, an organization that works for the emancipation of small and marginal farmers from penury through an inclusive development model of partnership with farmers. His role involves devising the organization’s business strategy for financial sustainability, marketing, and performance monitoring. In addition, Sathya has trained 15,000 students of Chartered Accountancy in Accounting , Auditing & Finance and is a Professor at the Spellbound Centre for Professional Studies, Hyderabad. Sathya is from Hyderabad and is a trained Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants, India.

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    Suhani Mohan

    “Suhani is the co-founder and CEO of Healthera Engineering, a Mumbai-based social enterprise providing access to affordable and quality menstrual hygiene products to low-income...” [READ MORE]

    Suhani is the co-founder and CEO of Healthera Engineering, a Mumbai-based social enterprise providing access to affordable and quality menstrual hygiene products to low-income women in India. Taking a systems thinking approach, Healthera enables women’s groups to produce their own low-cost sanitary napkins by providing them with fully automatic, compact desktop machines to manufacture the products, along with continual operations, distribution, supply chain and marketing support. With three years of investment banking experience at Deutsche Bank, Suhani holds a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering with a minor in electrical engineering from IIT Bombay.

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    Uthara Narayanan

    “Uthara is the Chief Changemaker of Buzz India, an innovative mobile education delivery program housed in a bus. As a social entrepreneur, Uthara’s goal is to alleviate poverty...” [READ MORE]

    Uthara is the Chief Changemaker of Buzz India, an innovative mobile education delivery program housed in a bus. As a social entrepreneur, Uthara’s goal is to alleviate poverty through capability building for the poor. Buzz empowers rural women in South India as well as microfinance recipients in Kenya by offering educational tools and solutions designed to increase their personal, business and financial growth. To date, Buzz’s quantitative impact shows that, on average, the women they have worked with have increased their revenues by 16 percent, profits by 30 percent and personal savings by 97 percent. Hailing from Bangalore, Uthara is a Cost and Management Accountant and holds a diploma in youth in development.

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    Vimal Kumar

    “Vimal is the founder of Movement for Scavenger Community (MSC), an organization committed to the eradication of manual scavenging in India and bringing education and awareness...” [READ MORE]

    Vimal is the founder of Movement for Scavenger Community (MSC), an organization committed to the eradication of manual scavenging in India and bringing education and awareness to the existing scavenger community. Under MSC he also operates the Dr. B.R. Ambedker Youth Study Center which provides career counselling and a small library to disadvantaged students in Haryana. As a Ph.D scholar in social work with a focus on caste violence at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, he was awarded the Young Professional Fellowship from the Dalit Foundation in 2008. Vimal holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work from the University of Kurukshetra in Haryana.