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

Our Regional Fellows Program is a one-year leadership development program designed to build the next generation of social leaders with the audacity to transform society and create a better, more inclusive world.

The program equips 20 extraordinary individuals from across India with the knowledge, support system and practical wisdom to unlock their full potential and drive positive change in society. Over the course of a year, Fellows remain in their jobs while taking part in five week-long seminars, where they receive the tools, training and space to innovate new ideas, accelerate their impact, build a strong network of social leaders from across their region and around the world.

Whole cohort

Who Becomes a Regional Fellow

Unity in Diversity

Our Fellows are bright minds and big thinkers who dare to do what’s right, not what’s easy, to create positive change in their country. Fellows can come from diverse cultural, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds and work in any sector, and they must be committed to ending poverty in their community through their work.

The Fellows we seek are:

  • Innovators who either started an organization or enterprise, or who are driving change within an existing organization or company.
  • Men and women of all ages and education levels who are able to participate in a program conducted in English.
  • Indians who demonstrate a commitment and concrete connection to the region.
  • Leaders with strong personal integrity, unrelenting perseverance and moral imagination.
  • Committed individuals ready to undergo an intensive yearlong 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 explores the meaning of a just society and the moral and historical foundation of social change through a series of curated readings of great thinkers such as Plato, Gandhi, Amartya Sen and Nelson Mandela.

Seminar 2: Adaptive Leadership

The second seminar delves into the nature of leadership and what it takes to mobilize people and resources in a constantly changing world.

Seminar 3: Systems Thinking

The third seminar explores the concept of Systems Thinking and provides Fellows with frameworks to better understand larger, systemic problems and design more effective interventions.

Seminar 4: Capstone Project

The Capstone Project provides fellows with the opportunity to apply their learning while working collaboratively on a live adaptive challenge proposed by members of Acumen’s global community.

Seminar 5: Leading into the Future

The final seminar focuses on synthesizing the lessons from the year, pushing the Fellows to examine their personal growth and transformation through the leadership journey and practice collaborative leadership as they leave to tackle society’s most complex problems.

How to Apply

Applications for the India Fellows Class of 2017 are now closed.

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.

Downloadable Application: For applicants who are unable to apply via the WizeHive link below, 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 open: June 13, 2016
  • Applications close: August 1, 2016
  • Telephone Interviews: August 2016
  • In-Person Selection Conference (Mumbai): October 1, 2016

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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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    Akshai Abraham

    “Akshai is the Founder and Director of Project KHEL, a nonprofit in Lucknow that uses the power of play and sports to improve the educational and leadership development of...” [READ MORE]

    Akshai is the Founder and Director of Project KHEL, a nonprofit in Lucknow that uses the power of play and sports to improve the educational and leadership development of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. A management graduate and development professional with more than 10 years of experience, Akshai is dedicated to nurturing agents of change in the communities he works.

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    Ankit Agarwal

    “Ankit is the Founder of Helpusgreen, a social enterprise that preserves the Ganges River by upcycling flower waste dumped into the river into patented lifestyle products....” [READ MORE]

    Ankit is the Founder of Helpusgreen, a social enterprise that preserves the Ganges River by upcycling flower waste dumped into the river into patented lifestyle products. In the process, Helpusgreen is creating jobs for rural women, who help transform the waste into organic fertilizer, incense and other products. An Asia 21 Fellow, Ankit has worked on sustainability projects across 26 countries and received mentions from India’s Prime Minister, Fortune and Forbes. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Pune University and a master’s in Innovation Management from the Symbiosis Institute of Management.

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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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    DILIP KUMAR PATTUBALA

    “Dilip is the founder of Sukhibhava, a Bangalore-based social enterprise providing affordable menstrual hygiene products and education to the urban poor. Sukhibhava has educated...” [READ MORE]

    Dilip is the founder of Sukhibhava, a Bangalore-based social enterprise providing affordable menstrual hygiene products and education to the urban poor. Sukhibhava has educated 10,000+ women in Bangalore, providing access to affordable sanitary pads for more than 7,200 women each month. Dilip previously worked with The Akshaya Patra Foundation, HelpAge India and Pollinate Energy.  He holds a Master’s in International Social Welfare and Social Policy from Anglia Ruskin University.

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    Dr. Rajat Chabba

    “Rajat is the Chief Operating Officer of Agrasar, a non-profit organization committed to human capital development and social security of the disadvantaged communities in India....” [READ MORE]

    Rajat is the Chief Operating Officer of Agrasar, a non-profit organization committed to human capital development and social security of the disadvantaged communities in India. Prior to Agrasar, Rajat worked with various NGOs, corporate organizations, government health departments and international funding institutions across eye-care, tuberculosis, sanitation, maternal and child health & family planning. He is currently based in Hyderabad, is an MBBS graduate from BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad and holds Master’s in Rural Management from IRMA.

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    Garima Sahai

    “Garima is Co-founder and CEO of Svadha, a social venture providing high-quality sanitation solutions to rural customers in Odisha through a network of “sanipreneurs.”...” [READ MORE]

    Garima is Co-founder and CEO of Svadha, a social venture providing high-quality sanitation solutions to rural customers in Odisha through a network of “sanipreneurs.” To date, Svadha has served more than 20,000 households and enhanced the livelihoods of 300 of its micro-entrepreneurs. Previously, Garima was a results measurement specialist at the World Bank. She holds a master’s degree in Development Economics from George Washington University.

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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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    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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    Jyothi Ravichandran

    “Jyothi is the Co-founder of Sishu Vikas Trust, which fosters social and emotional skills among children, teachers and parents in low-income schools in Chennai. Since 2014,...” [READ MORE]

    Jyothi is the Co-founder of Sishu Vikas Trust, which fosters social and emotional skills among children, teachers and parents in low-income schools in Chennai. Since 2014, the trust has worked with nearly 600 students, training them on critical life skills and effectively reducing their emotional distress and disruptive behaviors. Jyothi is a 2016 Young India Fellow and holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Christ University in Bangalore.

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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 (In Memoriam 1982-2015)

    “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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    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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    Madhukar Banuri

    Madhukar is Head of Education Track at Pune City Connect, where he works with municipal administrators, corporate leaders, NGO's and school...” [READ MORE]

    Madhukar is Head of Education Track at Pune City Connect, where he works with municipal administrators, corporate leaders, NGO’s and school teams to develop and implement a working agenda for scaling quality education in Pune. He also works as a partner consultant with the Maharashtra State Government’s Education department. Madhukar is passionate about collective action models that build the capacity of key stakeholders in schools and government machinery. He previously spent five years with Teach For India (TFI) as a Fellow in the first cohort in 2009 and also as a Manager, working with the Pune city team. Previously, Madhukar worked as a Senior Consultant for School Improvement at Gray Matters India and also as a Marketing Manager with Larsen & Toubro. Madhukar holds a degree in engineering from BITS Pilani.

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    Mainak Roy

    “Mainak is the Co-Founder and Director of Simple Education Foundation, a Delhi-based nonprofit that aims to strengthen India’s public education system by improving the quality...” [READ MORE]

    Mainak is the Co-Founder and Director of Simple Education Foundation, a Delhi-based nonprofit that aims to strengthen India’s public education system by improving the quality of teaching and learning. The foundation has impacted more than 50,000 teachers through its intensive training programs. Mainak holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from SRM University and is a Teach for India alumnus.

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    Manjot Kaur

    “Manjot is the Executive Director of Mentor Me India, a Bombay-based nonpofit that builds one-to-one mentoring relationships to empower children from low-income communities...” [READ MORE]

    Manjot is the Executive Director of Mentor Me India, a Bombay-based nonpofit that builds one-to-one mentoring relationships to empower children from low-income communities to achieve their highest potential. The organization currently supports more than 300 mentoring partnerships across the city. Previously she worked with the Clinton Health Access Initiative on Tuberculosis and HIV projects in India and Africa. A doctor, ex-naval officer, and public health professional, she holds an MBA in finance and strategy from the Indian School of Business.

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    MANMOHAN SINGH

    “Manmohan is Program Director and Founding Member of Kaivalya Education Foundation (KEF), a social change organization committed to transforming quality public education in...” [READ MORE]

    Manmohan is Program Director and Founding Member of Kaivalya Education Foundation (KEF), a social change organization committed to transforming quality public education in India by providing leadership training to school principals. KEF currently impacts 300,000 children in 1,500 schools under its School Leadership Development Program. Manmohan heads the Government Partnership and District Transformation Program which aims to improve learning levels of one million underprivileged children in the next three to five years. Manmohan is an Aspire Circle Fellow and holds a postgraduate diploma in Conflict Analysis and Peace-Building from Jamia Millia Islamia.

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    Miguel Queah

    “An activist specializing in child protection, Miguel is the Founder of the Universal Team for Social Action and Help, a child rights agency based in Assam. Founded in 2012,...” [READ MORE]

    An activist specializing in child protection, Miguel is the Founder of the Universal Team for Social Action and Help, a child rights agency based in Assam. Founded in 2012, the nonprofit has developed a community-based child protection program and rescued more than 200 children from the slums of Guwahati from child labor. Miguel is the youngest member of the Kamrup Metropolitan Child Labor Task Force Committee and the Child Protection Committee of the Government of Assam. He holds a Bachelor’s of History from St. Stephen’s College.

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    Neeladri Bora

    Neeladri is the co-founder of Northeast Centre for Equity Action on Integrated Development, a nonprofit focused on "Social determinants of Health"...” [READ MORE]

    Neeladri is the co-founder of Northeast Centre for Equity Action on Integrated Development, a nonprofit focused on “Social determinants of Health” 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, and youth and women empowerment. 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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    PADAM JAIN

    Padam Jain is Program Officer, Sustainable Agriculture at SWISSAID Pune. He is also the Co-Founder of Prem Samriddhi Foundation which promotes...” [READ MORE]

    Padam Jain is Program Officer, Sustainable Agriculture at SWISSAID Pune. He is also the Co-Founder of Prem Samriddhi Foundation which promotes indigenous seed programs and ecological farming in small and marginal farmer communities in Rajasthan. Previously, Padam was Program Leader at Self-Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action (SRIJAN), a grassroots organization committed to promoting sustainable models of rural development in India through interventions in agriculture and natural resource management. He holds a Master’s in Irrigation Water Management from Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur and studied Markets and Livelihoods at St. Francis Xavier University in Canada.

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    Prabu Guthi

    “Prabu is the Founder and CEO of Milky Way, a social enterprise improving the value chain for more than 400 dairy armers by providing them with tools, training, access to capital...” [READ MORE]

    Prabu is the Founder and CEO of Milky Way, a social enterprise improving the value chain for more than 400 dairy armers by providing them with tools, training, access to capital and markets, and infrastructure. Prabu has also worked across the social sector with Room to Read, Swades Foundation, Villagineer and Teach for India. He is an engineer by qualification.

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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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    S. Deepak Kumar

    “Deepak is the co-founder and Head of Operations at Deviab Energy, a social enterprise providing quality, affordable energy services to low-income families in rural Bihar....” [READ MORE]

    Deepak is the co-founder and Head of Operations at Deviab Energy, a social enterprise providing quality, affordable energy services to low-income families in rural Bihar. Deviab promotes clean energy access in rural areas through a synergy of microfinance, technology and rural energy hubs. Prior to Deviab Energy, Deepak worked with Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society where he spearheaded their energy access project in Purnia district and helped lighting up 10,000+ rural households with solar energy systems. Deepak holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from National Institute of Technology, Raipur and a master’s degree in environmental management from IIFM Bhopal.

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    Sapna Surendran

    “Sapna  is a Technical Specialist with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). She is a part of their Tuberculosis Control team and supports the Mumbai Municipal Corporation...” [READ MORE]

    Sapna  is a Technical Specialist with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). She is a part of their Tuberculosis Control team and supports the Mumbai Municipal Corporation in the public-private partnership domain. Prior to this, she has been associated with the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in various states. Sapna started her Public Health career in the NGO sector with a focus on health rights, community health and integrated development. She is a dental surgeon from the KLE’s Institute of Dental Sciences, Karnataka, has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Columbia University and is an Acumen India Fellow (2014).

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    Shantanu Gotmare

    “Shantanu is an Indian Administrative Services Officer and Private Secretary to the Union Minister for Power, Coal, Mines and Renewable Energy for India. He assists the Minister...” [READ MORE]

    Shantanu is an Indian Administrative Services Officer and Private Secretary to the Union Minister for Power, Coal, Mines and Renewable Energy for India. He assists the Minister in routine coordination, policy formulation and scheme implementation while working provide round-the-clock energy access to every citizen of India through grid and off-grid solutions. Shantanu previously worked in Assam for the District Magistrate to Additional Secretary. He has a master’s degree in Public Policy from Princeton University.

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    SHASHANK KALRA

    “Shashank is Co-Lead at Youth Alliance of India, a Delhi-based non-profit organization which aims to nurture empathetic leaders who apply their head, heart and hands to understand...” [READ MORE]

    Shashank is Co-Lead at Youth Alliance of India, a Delhi-based non-profit organization which aims to nurture empathetic leaders who apply their head, heart and hands to understand the world and drive change. At Youth Alliance, Shashank conducts ethical leadership and experiential learning programs for young people across India designed to raise awareness of careers in social impact and develop social change leaders across sectors. To date, Youth Alliance has mentored more than 300 young people. Shashank holds a Bachelor’s in Commerce from Hindu College, Delhi University.

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    SHRAVAN KUMAR JHA

    “Shravan is co-founder of I-Saksham Education and Learning Foundation a non-profit organization dedicated to improving access to quality education in the most remote and conflict-affected...” [READ MORE]

    Shravan is co-founder of I-Saksham Education and Learning Foundation a non-profit organization dedicated to improving access to quality education in the most remote and conflict-affected communities in Bihar. I-Saksham equips local youth with the training and technology necessary to become qualified tutors of state level curriculum in their communities. Shravan is a Prime Minister Rural Development Fellow with four years of experience in the microfinance sector at Samhita and SKS Microfinance Limited. He holds an MBA in Agribusiness from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management and B.Sc. in Agriculture from Banaras Hindu University.

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    Sonali Mehta-Rao

    “Sonali is the Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer of Awaaz.De, a social enterprise providing last-mile mobile communication solutions to nonprofits, governments and businesses...” [READ MORE]

    Sonali is the Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer of Awaaz.De, a social enterprise providing last-mile mobile communication solutions to nonprofits, governments and businesses to enable social change in India’s underserved communities. Awaaz.De has helped clients deliver and collect critical information from nearly 700,000 unique users across 23 states in India and 12 countries globally. Sonali previously led India operations at Tala, a financial technology company providing credit scores to the underserved, and co-founded Mela Artisans, a social enterprise providing a global market for Indian artisans. Sonali holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from New York University.

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    Suhani Mohan

    Suhani is the co-founder and CEO of Saral Designs, a Mumbai-based social enterprise providing access to quality affordable menstrual hygiene...” [READ MORE]

    Suhani is the co-founder and CEO of Saral Designs, a Mumbai-based social enterprise providing access to quality affordable menstrual hygiene products to low-income women in India. Taking a systems thinking approach, Saral 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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    ULLAS KUMAR

    “Ullas is Vice-President of Education Operations at Meghshala (“Cloud School”), an education non-profit using cloud technology to equip teachers with the skills needed...” [READ MORE]

    Ullas is Vice-President of Education Operations at Meghshala (“Cloud School”), an education non-profit using cloud technology to equip teachers with the skills needed to democratize quality education and create values driven learning spaces. Currently, Meghshala impacts more than 100 teachers in Karnataka. Prior to Meghshala, Ullas worked at Infosys and Google. He is a Teach For India Fellow and holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Telecommunications Engineering from Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology.

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    Vaibhav Lodha

    “Vaibhav is the Co-founder of ftcash, a social enterprise supported by PayPal that brings financial inclusion to India’s underserved micro-merchants through cashless payments...” [READ MORE]

    Vaibhav is the Co-founder of ftcash, a social enterprise supported by PayPal that brings financial inclusion to India’s underserved micro-merchants through cashless payments and loans. Previously, he was a Director at XPRIZE, leading the world’s first global prize targeting the problem of access to water. Vaibhav is a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum, an LGT Venture Philanthropy iCATs Fellow, and was awarded Apex Society’s Power 30 under 30. He is an engineer from the National Institute of Technology-Trichy and an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education Program.

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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. Ambedkar 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.

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    VISHISHTA SAM

    “Vishishta is a consultant at the World Bank Education Global Practice Unit. She recently completed a two-year consultancy with the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA),...” [READ MORE]

    Vishishta is a consultant at the World Bank Education Global Practice Unit. She recently completed a two-year consultancy with the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA), where she focused on establishing national policy and projects linked to recognizing the prior  learning of individuals, especially in the informal sector. She holds a degree in Bachelor of Laws from the University of Kerala and a Master’s in Development Management from London School of Economics.

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    Zubin Manav

    “Zubin is the Co-founder of Project Potential, an alternative university for Bihar’s rural youth that enables them to explore themselves and learn about their community’s...” [READ MORE]

    Zubin is the Co-founder of Project Potential, an alternative university for Bihar’s rural youth that enables them to explore themselves and learn about their community’s social and environmental issues. The program facilitates learning through workshops, internships and self-designed projects in place of standard content and curriculum. Project Potential is currently developing a campus based on completely sustainable principles like eco-architecture, alternative energy and zero waste.

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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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    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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    ARHAN BEZBORA

    “Arhan leads the Alumni Impact Team at Teach For India (TFI), helping to enable its 1100-strong and growing teacher alumni network to catalyze a movement for educational equity...” [READ MORE]

    Arhan leads the Alumni Impact Team at Teach For India (TFI), helping to enable its 1100-strong and growing teacher alumni network to catalyze a movement for educational equity in India. Arhan is leading TFI’s efforts to evolve the organization’s long-term strategy and develop programs in the areas of research, social innovation, and collective action. Arhan is a former Teach For India Fellow and holds a Master’s in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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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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    Dr. Raja Muzaffar Bhat

    “Muzaffar is Head of Operations for BASIX Social Enterprise Group, which promotes sustainable livelihoods for India’s rural poor through the provision of financial services...” [READ MORE]

    Muzaffar is Head of Operations for BASIX Social Enterprise Group, which promotes sustainable livelihoods for India’s rural poor through the provision of financial services and technical assistance. In addition to his work at BASIX in Jammu and Kashmir, Muzaffar has spent the last 12 years organizing community meetings, campaigns and lectures in marginalized communities of Kashmir to raise awareness for the Right to Information Act to help citizens hold the government accountable.

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    Dr. Sandeep Napa

    “Sandeep leads product development at Universal Clinics, an initiative of The Institute for Transformative Technologies dedicated to solving issues of global technology by...” [READ MORE]

    Sandeep leads product development at Universal Clinics, an initiative of The Institute for Transformative Technologies dedicated to solving issues of global technology by scaling innovations. Through the use of electronic medical records, telemedicine and point-of-care diagnostics, Universal Clinics is building a scalable model for affordable, high-quality primary healthcare delivery in Kenya, India and Pakistan. A former Harvard Medical School Research Fellow, Sandeep trained at Gandhi Medical College.

  • Close Drawer Gayatri-Jolly

    Gayatri Jolly

    “Gayatri is the Founder of MasterG, a social enterprise dedicated to bringing dignity to India’s fashion industry. MasterG provides skills training, market access, and negotiating...” [READ MORE]

    Gayatri is the Founder of MasterG, a social enterprise dedicated to bringing dignity to India’s fashion industry. MasterG provides skills training, market access, and negotiating power to garment workers from marginalized communities across the value chain. Gayatri holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Babson College and an Associate’s degree in Fashion Design from Parsons.

  • Close Drawer Gopal-Garg

    GOPAL GARG

    “Gopal is the co-founder of Youth4Jobs Foundation, a non-profit organization providing skills training and job placement to young people with disabilities across India. Since...” [READ MORE]

    Gopal is the co-founder of Youth4Jobs Foundation, a non-profit organization providing skills training and job placement to young people with disabilities across India. Since its founding in 2012, Youth4Jobs has grown to 20 training centers across ten states, provided skill training to more than 7,800 young people with disabilities and conducted more than 200 disability inclusion and sensitization workshops for corporate partners. From 2004-2010, Gopal worked with the Government of Andhra Pradesh to train 250,000 unemployed youth from rural and tribal areas. He holds a Master’s in Management from Osmania University in Hyderabad.

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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 MJ

    “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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    Jyotirmoy Chatterji

    Jyotirmoy is the co-Founder of Project Chirag, a youth-led initiative to provide rural households with solar lighting. Through Project Chirag,...” [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 10,000+ houses across 246 villages in 7 Indian states. Jyotirmoy also works with FirstRand Bank as a CSR Consultant apart from running a Social Impact Consulting Firm called Eminact which works with philanthropists on implementing high impact social interventions at scale. He is from Mumbai and holds a Master’s Degree in Management from H.R. College, Mumbai.

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    Kaushik K

    Kaushik works in Kheyti, an agricultural technology social enterprise started in partnership with Cosmos Green in 2015. Kaushik has worked in...” [READ MORE]

    Kaushik works in Kheyti, an agricultural technology social enterprise started in partnership with Cosmos Green in 2015. Kaushik has worked in the skill development and employability sector for more than five years. He joined B-ABLE, a BASIX Group vocational training company in 2009 as part of the start-up team. While at B-ABLE, Kaushik set up and managed the organisation’s first training centre and helped scale B-ABLE to 120 centres across 14 states as a part of the core leadership team till 2014.

  • Close Drawer Koushik-Yanamandram

    KOUSHIK YANAMANDRAM

    “Koushik is the co-founder of SustainEarth, a social enterprise working towards increasing access to green energy in rural India by providing clean, affordable cooking gas....” [READ MORE]

    Koushik is the co-founder of SustainEarth, a social enterprise working towards increasing access to green energy in rural India by providing clean, affordable cooking gas. He is part of the core team that developed GauGas, an affordable and reliable biogas and biofertlizer system for dairy farmers. Koushik was a 2013 Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Villgro. He holds a Master’s of Technology in Renewable Energy Engineering from TERI University.

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    LEZO PUTSURE

    “Lezo is the Chief Strategist at YouthNet, a non-profit organization working with youth to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem and promote jobs in Nagaland.  He leads the...” [READ MORE]

    Lezo is the Chief Strategist at YouthNet, a non-profit organization working with youth to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem and promote jobs in Nagaland.  He leads the “Impact 5000 by 18 Campaign,” a partnership with the Government of Nagaland to enhance the business skills and employability of 5,000 young people by 2018. He also manages Nagaland Job Center (NJC) which has helped over 700 youth secure jobs in the private sector in the last three years. He holds an MBA from London South Bank University and studied strategy at Harvard Business School.

  • Close Drawer Mahesh-Chandrasekar

    Mahesh Chandrasekar

    “Mahesh is the Director of Research and Advocacy at Dream a Dream, an organization that equips young people from vulnerable backgrounds with the skills to overcome adversity...” [READ MORE]

    Mahesh is the Director of Research and Advocacy at Dream a Dream, an organization that equips young people from vulnerable backgrounds with the skills to overcome adversity and flourish. The organization has impacted more than 25,000 young people through its after-school skills, career and teacher development programs. In addition, Mahesh has led domestic and global initiatives that promote the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities in poverty and contributed to national and international policy amendments.

  • Close Drawer Malathy-M

    MALATHY M

    “Malathy is the State Coordinator for the SPARSH Centre for Participatory Learning leading the “Deepshikha: Building Young Futures” program supported by UNICEF and Barclays...” [READ MORE]

    Malathy is the State Coordinator for the SPARSH Centre for Participatory Learning leading the “Deepshikha: Building Young Futures” program supported by UNICEF and Barclays Bank. Deepshikha is building strong and sustainable networks of empowered women in India through a self-help group model. To date, they have enabled 89,000 adolescent girls and 35,000 young women access to life skills education, financial literacy and entrepreneurship development. She holds a Master’s in Habitat Policy and Practice from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and a postgraduate degree in Business Management from the Bharathidasan Institute of Management.

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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.

  • Close Drawer Mathangi-Swaminathan

    Mathangi Swaminathan

    “Mathangi co-directs Waste Ventures India, a Hyderabad-based social enterprise eliminating landfills through waste segregation, composting and recycling solutions. In the last...” [READ MORE]

    Mathangi co-directs Waste Ventures India, a Hyderabad-based social enterprise eliminating landfills through waste segregation, composting and recycling solutions. In the last 14 months, Waste Ventures has grown to service more than 18,000 households and 10 corporate campuses and built a zero-waste model village. Through these initiatives, the company has impacted more than 1000 ragpickers, who collect material from refuse to salvage, by providing them with access to markets, training and employment. Mathangi is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and holds an MBA from the Indian School of Business.

  • Close Drawer Neel-Shah

    NEEL SHAH

    “Neel leads product management & customer experience at Simpa Networks, a Delhi-based social enterprise focused on providing affordable solar energy products with financing...” [READ MORE]

    Neel leads product management & customer experience at Simpa Networks, a Delhi-based social enterprise focused on providing affordable solar energy products with financing to communities in rural India.  To date, Simpa has reached more than 15,000 homes and small businesses in rural Uttar Pradesh. Neel works closely with Simpa’s customers to uncover the motivations and beliefs that drive adoption and designs products and services aligned with the needs of its consumers. He is a former Villgro Fellow and holds a Master’s degree in Design from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.

  • Close Drawer Nishi-Kant-Dixit

    Nishi Kant Dixit

    “Nishi is the Lead of Livelihoods at Uttar Pradesh State Rural Livelihood Mission, an organization providing financial security to rural women by helping them to build sustainable...” [READ MORE]

    Nishi is the Lead of Livelihoods at Uttar Pradesh State Rural Livelihood Mission, an organization providing financial security to rural women by helping them to build sustainable livelihoods. To date, the organization has created institutional platforms of more than one million low-income rural women. Over the last 14 years, Nishi has focused his efforts on providing access to markets and sustainable livelihoods for rural communities across India, including at previous roles with PRADAN and Reliance Foundation. He holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Jamia Millia Islamia.

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    PARABAL PARTAP SINGH

    Parabal is a Program Associate at EkStep, a not-for-profit initiative that is creating digital infrastructure and tools to increase access to...” [READ MORE]

    Parabal is a Program Associate at EkStep, a not-for-profit initiative that is creating digital infrastructure and tools to increase access to learning opportunities by facilitating interactions between content creators, learning facilitators, organisations and the learner across contexts and types of content. Parabal is also a founding member of Edumust, a non-profit organization focused on providing quality education to rural children in government primary schools across Punjab. Parabal is a Dalai Lama Fellow and holds a dual-degree in Economics and International Relations from Stanford 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 serves as Principal of the Farmers Segment at the National Commodities and Derivatives Exchange, the largest agricultural commodity exchange...” [READ MORE]

    Raghav serves as Principal of the Farmers Segment at the National Commodities and Derivatives Exchange, the largest agricultural commodity exchange in India.  He focuses on developing platforms and products to empower farmers to directly sell to online and nationally traded markets. Prior to this role, he spent three years living and working with small holder women farmers in Narmada Valley co-creating RamRahim Pragati Producer Company Ltd. During his tenure, he drove the successful launch of RamRahim on the futures and forwards segment of the commodity exchange in India. A first of its kind development for farmers in India, the launch set the stage for farmers to protect themselves from price shocks by accessing online market platforms. He holds a BTech degree from NIT-K Surathkal and is a Young India Fellow where he studied liberal arts. 

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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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    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 Raghu is the co-founder of Cosmos Green & Kheyti, Telangana-based social enterprises helping farmers grow better and sell better. Using unique “greenhouse in...” [READ MORE]

    Sathya Raghu is the co-founder of Cosmos Green & Kheyti, Telangana-based social enterprises helping farmers grow better and sell better. Using unique “greenhouse in a box” technology, Kheyti is enabling farmers to produce seven times more yield and 12 times more income. To date, they have impacted 1500 farmers with a vision of growing the monthly income of every farmer to equal their current yearly income. Kheyti is the winner of numerous global awards including the 2016 Wharton Start-up Competition People’s Choice Award and the 2016 Common Bond Award. Sathya is also a passionate teacher who has trained over 20,000 students across India in accounting. He is a 2016 Aspen New Voices Fellow and has contributed to The Huffington Post and Stanford Social Innovation Review.

  • Close Drawer Sharda-Gautam

    Sharda Gautam

    “Sharda is the Executive Director of The Handloom School, an initiative improving the livelihoods of handloom weavers from nine states across India. The school works with young...” [READ MORE]

    Sharda is the Executive Director of The Handloom School, an initiative improving the livelihoods of handloom weavers from nine states across India. The school works with young weavers to transform them from daily-wage laborers to entrepreneurs through its incubation programs. Sharda has spent the last seven years working in remote parts of India promoting the livelihoods of rural women and youth. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology-Surat and a master’s from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand, where he received a gold medal for graduating at the top of his class.

  • Close Drawer Shiroi-Lili-Shaiza

    Shiroi Lili Shaiza

    “Shiroi is the Corporate Manager of Ganpati Stock Ltd., a finance company that promotes youth self-employment and entrepreneurship and stimulates job creation and economic...” [READ MORE]

    Shiroi is the Corporate Manager of Ganpati Stock Ltd., a finance company that promotes youth self-employment and entrepreneurship and stimulates job creation and economic growth by supporting micro-enterprises and providing entrepreneurs with access the formal credit market. Shiroi also serves as a board member of Ganpati’s parent organization, Entrepreneurs Associates, spearheading its financial inclusion and sustainable livelihoods programs. She is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and holds a management degree from Symbiosis University.

  • Close Drawer Shruthi-Iyer

    SHRUTHI RANGANATH IYER

    Shruthi is a consultant at Bluteter Professional Services which provides social enterprises with the operational and financial expertise they...” [READ MORE]

    Shruthi is a consultant at Bluteter Professional Services which provides social enterprises with the operational and financial expertise they need to scale. Prior to this role, she led the teacher training vertical at Hippocampus Learning Centres where she equipped more than 500 rural women with the skills to deliver quality early childhood educational experiences in classrooms and learning centers across Karnataka. Shruthi began her career at Infosys Technologies before becoming a Teach for India Fellow in 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from Visvesvaraya Technological University.

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    Sudhish Kumar

    “Sudhish is the State Pedagogy Coordinator of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, an initiative that works to improve elementary education in Chhattisgrah. Sudhish develops capacity-building...” [READ MORE]

    Sudhish is the State Pedagogy Coordinator of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, an initiative that works to improve elementary education in Chhattisgrah. Sudhish develops capacity-building programs for teachers and leads the development of different initiatives and policies in education. Recently, he implemented a state initiative that will enable public representatives and senior officials to monitor and evaluate the quality of education in focus schools. Sudhish has more than 25 years of experience working in government schools in rural and tribal areas.

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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.

  • Close Drawer Uthara Narayanan_30

    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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    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).

  • Close Drawer Vini-Pathak

    VINI PATHAK

    “Vini works at Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (BRLPS), a poverty alleviation program focused on improving access to social services for the rural poor by strengthening...” [READ MORE]

    Vini works at Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (BRLPS), a poverty alleviation program focused on improving access to social services for the rural poor by strengthening community-based institutions. At BRLPS, she helps enable self-help groups gain access to formal financial services. Previously, Vini served as a block project manager at BRLPS leading a team of 15 people facilitating credit access, livelihoods promotion and capacity building for more than 900 SHGs across Bihar. She holds a Master’s in Environment Management from the Indian Institute of Forest Management.

     

  • Close Drawer Yutika-Vora

    Yutika Vora

    “Yutika is Co-founder of Nagrika, a policy research organization that aims to cultivate a movement of local development where India’s small towns and cities can gain prominence....” [READ MORE]

    Yutika is Co-founder of Nagrika, a policy research organization that aims to cultivate a movement of local development where India’s small towns and cities can gain prominence. Nagrika provides innovative solutions for small-town India by conducting localized research, developing customized tools for data-based decision making, and building capacity. Previously Yutika worked as a consultant with the World Bank, assisting on projects to improve governance and social protection across Asia. Yutika holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from Columbia University and the National University of Singapore and a bachelor’s degree in International Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley.