India: A region with a tremendous need for new solutions to serve the poor.

India is home to 40% of the world’s poor. Despite its ongoing economic growth, existing solutions are falling short of serving low-income customers.

Impact & Innovation

Since 2001

Our work in India spans across our portfolios from low-cost maternity care, to skills training and education, water filtration enterprises and more.

23

Million Lives Impacted

With dignity not dependence

9,500

Jobs created & supported

improving livelihoods and economies

$31.9

Million invested

in breakthrough innovations

26

Companies

Providing choice not charity

Meet the Team in India

Acumen opened its India office in 2006 and is now our second largest office after New York.  The India Office operates across functions including portfolio, business development, legal, and finance and has cultivated a strong local advisory board and maintains relationships with local financial services, consulting firms, academic institutions, industry associations, and government. Check to see if we’re hiring.

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    Abhay Garg

    “I'm deeply driven by Acumen’s investing principles - Social Impact, Innovation, Scalability & Financial Sustainability. I strongly support market solutions and dignity, not dependence.” [READ MORE]

    Abhay is a Portfolio Manager based in India with primary responsibility for the Energy and Water Portfolios. Prior to Acumen, Abhay worked with Axis Private Equity which manages a USD 150 M fund focused on the infrastructure sector. At Axis PE, Abhay was leading the fund’s investment in Shalivahana, which is the largest biomass power producer in India and where he also acted as an observer on the Board. Additionally, he worked extensively on other areas of the social infrastructure sector including education, healthcare and logistics. His earlier experience includes working as a dealer in foreign exchange and derivatives for corporate clients at ICICI Bank treasury, and as a tax consultant with Arthur Andersen.

    Abhay holds an MSc in Finance from London Business School. He is also a qualified Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary.

    CONTACT

    E:agarg@acumen.org

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    Avinash Mishra

    “Acumen’s model is not only helping build transformative organizations, its Inspiring leadership and fostering a shared belief in a world without poverty. That’s what excites me every day.” [READ MORE]

    Prior to joining Acumen, Avinash was working with TAO Education, a New Delhi based education technology start-up which he co-founded. As the head of business strategy and alliances, he spearheaded the financial planning and projections, market entry strategies and managed relationships with various stakeholders including potential investors, advisors and clients.

    Earlier, Avinash was working with Citibank Corporate and Investment Banking team as a relationship manager for top MNC clients. He worked closely with Citi and client global teams on cross border transactions (FDI and M&A deals) as well as end to end servicing and advisory across the entire gamut of banking products.

    Avinash holds a MBA from FMS, University of Delhi and a BE (Electronics and Communications) from NSIT, University of Delhi.

    CONTACT

    E:amishra@acumen.org

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    Jacqui Papineau

    “Acumen is a group of passionate people working in a creative environment to solve the problem of poverty. It's a privilege to be a part of this movement.” [READ MORE]

    Jacqui has been with Acumen since 2011, when she joined as the Executive Assistant to the CEO, Jacqueline Novogratz. In this role, Jacqui demonstrated exceptional capacity to build strong relationships both within and outside of Acumen, and she embodies the ability to work tirelessly to solve any challenge set in front of her. Building on her exceptional organization and execution skills, and a deep knowledge of Acumen’s work, Jacqui moved to Mumbai in 2014 to support the launch of our India Fellows Program. Prior to Acumen, Jacqui worked in the fast-paced Hollywood film industry where she worked for Wild West Pictures Productions and Creative Artists Agency.

    CONTACT

    E:jpapineau@acumen.org

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    Karuna Jain

    “By inspiring investors to see the potential of the BoP segment, Acumen has opened a whole new world of dignity and choice for them.” [READ MORE]

    Karuna joined Acumen in July 2012 to grow and manage the Health Portfolio and also to develop the Housing Portfolio in India.  Karuna has two years of investing experience with the $175M Aditya Birla private equity fund and $600M Milestone Capital real estate fund. She has also spent four years with the Aditya Birla Group and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories in textiles, cement and pharmaceuticals businesses across finance and M&A roles. Karuna earned her post graduation in management from the India School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. She is also a qualified Chartered Accountant.

    CONTACT

    T:+91 22 67401510
    E:kjain@acumen.org

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    Manoj Kumar Vastari

    “Acumen's values resonate with my personal values and this has made me more and more accountable with what I do. It is an honour to work with Acumen.” [READ MORE]

    Manoj joined Acumen as the Global Accountant in Acumen’s India office in September 2008. Before joining the India office, he worked in a temporary position at the Acumen New York office for four months. Prior to Acumen, Manoj managed finance and taxation matters in a chartered accountant firm and also owned an accounting firm. Manoj has 17 years of accounting experience. He holds a BA in Accounting, a BA in Law and an MBA in Finance. Manoj has also completed his Chartered Accountant Exam (Intermediate) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

    CONTACT

    T:+91 22 6740 1509
    E:mvastari@acumen.org

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    Shruti Srivastava

    “What draws me to Acumen is its focus on eradicating poverty by deploying business solutions for the same, making the solution self-sustainable and its impact scalable.” [READ MORE]

    Shruti joined Acumen in October 2014 and focuses on the Energy and Water portfolios in India.

    Prior to joining Acumen, Shruti worked at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector investing arm of the World Bank Group, for 2.5 years, evaluating and managing investments in the manufacturing, agribusiness and service sectors in South Asia. Before IFC, she worked as an equity research analyst at J.P. Morgan, on the TMT (Technology, Media & Telecom) team, covering European technology hardware stocks.

    Shruti holds a B.Tech + M.Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras where she specialized in communication systems.

    CONTACT

    E:ssrivastava@acumen.org

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    Veena Shetty

    “Being associated with Acumen as well as witnessing the work in action towards creating a world beyond poverty makes me believe that dreams do not work unless you do.” [READ MORE]

    Veena Shetty joined Acumen as the Administrative Associate in the India Office in June 2012. Prior to Acumen, Veena worked with Intellectual Capital Advisory Services Pvt Ltd (Intellecap) for 3 years where she focused on Administrative and HR functions. At Acumen she is engaged in administrative and talent functions. Veena has received her Master’s in Commerce (Management) and Bachelor of Commerce from Mumbai University, she also holds a Diploma in NIIT.

    CONTACT

    T:+91 22 67401500
    E:vshetty@acumen.org

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    Ajit Mahadevan

    “I have always felt existing business models in emerging economies have been limited in their ability to generate employment, income or genuine innovation for those who need it most. Acumen plays a vital role in creating an ecosystem that is both sustainable for entrepreneurs while also meeting the needs of the many. These new paradigms will be vital towards building the economies of tomorrow that provide opportunities for all.” [READ MORE]

    Ajit joins Acumen from Ernst & Young, where he has served as Advisory Partner & Leader (Life Sciences) for the past six years. At EY, he was a strategic advisor to the leadership of some of the leading Indian and global life science and healthcare players with the focus being business transformation and growth. Prior to his time at E&Y, Ajit was President of Piramal Healthcare, one of the leading pharmaceuticals companies in India, where he built the international business from inception in 2002 to $300M by the end of 2008. Ajit held multiple leadership roles across strategy, M&A and business leadership. During his tenure at Accenture’s Strategic Services practice in UK and India, he led the development of one of the firm’s largest and most successful internal projects – the Offshore Development Centre in 2001, which has now grown to about 100,000 people across multiple cities in India. Ajit has worked in an advisory capacity to Acumen in the past, most recently participating in Regional Fellows selection panels in Mumbai.

    Ajit holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Sciences from PSG College of Technology, India and a Masters of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper School of Business).

    CONTACT

    E:amahadevan@acumen.org

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    Bavidra Mohan

    “I believe in Acumen's model because it recognizes dignity as the cornerstone of freedom, happiness and opportunity.” [READ MORE]

    Bavidra started his career as a Social Strategy Consultant with JWT, helping Fortune 500’s create shared value by aligning social impact with overarching business strategy. In 2011, Bavidra was selected as an Acumen Global Fellow where he was placed with d.light design in Shenzhen and New Delhi, working on brand development, product launches and new product innovation.  Upon completion of the Global Fellowship Bavidra Co-Founded a technology start-up in San Francisco that built mobile products for sustainable urban mobility. He holds a BA(h) in Sociology for Queen’s University and an MA from Kingston University.

    CONTACT

    E:bmohan@acumen.org

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    Jhoomer Sinha

    “What I like best about Acumen is its commitment towards providing choice and dignity to everyone in the world using the power of capital and innovation.” [READ MORE]

    Jhoomer joined Acumen in April 2014 as a Senior Portfolio Associate. She is focussed on developing Acumen’s Health and Housing portfolios in India.

    Before joining Acumen, Jhoomer worked as a strategy consultant at Accenture Management Consulting, where she advised clients across public systems, health and development sector. Her work also involved financial value analysis to identify execution challenges and potential opportunities such as value chain improvement, cost restructuring, M&A and market expansion opportunities for global clients across various sectors.
    Prior to Accenture, she worked briefly in an Indian I-Bank in the role of an M&A analyst.

    Jhoomer has completed her B.Tech in Electronics Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Surat and has an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

    CONTACT

    E:jsinha@acumen.org

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    Ketaki Suklikar

    “I am deeply committed to Acumen’s mission and values and it’s exciting to be a part of such a vibrant team.” [READ MORE]

    Ketaki Suklikar has joined Acumen as India’s Legal Counsel. Prior to joining Acumen, Ketaki was a Senior Associate at Wadia Ghandy & Co, a leading law firm based in Mumbai where her practice area focused on private equity transactions, mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures across various sectors. Ketaki holds a master’s degree in corporate and commercial laws from the Kings College, University of London and an LLB from the University of Pune, India.

    CONTACT

    E:ksuklikar@acumen.org

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    Prerna Khanna

    “It’s truly inspiring to be part of an organization that sees infinite potential for innovation and leadership where the world sees despair, and whose team’s ambitions are as big as the problems it seeks to tackle.” [READ MORE]

    Prerna holds a cross-functional role, working on the Business Development, Communications and Talent teams. She supports local fund-raising, manages external communications, and assists in expanding Acumen’s community in India. She previously worked with the Strategy team at Magic Bus, an Indian sports-for development NGO, as part of AIF’s William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service. Prior to being awarded the Fellowship, Prerna worked as Foundation Relations Associate for Plan International in Washington DC. She has a  BA in International Relations with a focus on Politics, Economics, and Development from Brown University. While at Brown, Prerna co-led a student-run organization focused on refugee resettlement in Rhode Island.

    CONTACT

    E:pkhanna@acumen.org

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    Siddharth Tata

    “Working at Acumen has helped me learn about what it takes to build a social enterprise that serves smallholder farmers.” [READ MORE]

    Siddharth Tata joined Acumen in September 2010 to further develop the Agriculture Portfolio in India. In his last role at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Siddharth worked with non-profit organizations to help build programs in the areas of dairy development, watershed management, and creating market linkages to improve incomes of farmers in India. Previously, as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company’s Mumbai office, he advised clients in the retail, IT, and financial services industries. He has also assisted a Mumbai-based investment firm on its agriculture investment strategy and helped launch a turnaround program for coffee washing stations in Rwanda as a volunteer consultant with TechnoServe. Siddharth has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, where he was awarded the Shankar Dayal Sharma prize for excellence.

    CONTACT

    T:+91 22 67401508
    E:stata@acumen.org

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    Wei Wei Hsing

    “I support our work at Acumen because we recognize that even though the solutions aren’t neat or easy, they are worth striving towards nonetheless.” [READ MORE]

    In her role on the impact team, Wei Wei is responsible for building systems to assess and maximize social impact at Acumen’s portfolio companies, with the goal of improving our collective understanding of how and where patient capital can be the biggest lever for poverty alleviation. She has a focus on our India portfolio, where she is based.

    Prior to this role she worked closely with Acumen’s CEO for 4 years on thought leadership for Acumen and was seconded in Nairobi to Orb Energy, a solar energy company and Acumen investee, to jump start the company’s East Africa operations via new sales channels. She started at Acumen on the Talent team as an Oliver Wyman Non Profit Fellow and holds a BA, summa cum laude, from Columbia University in Economics and East Asian Studies.

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    CONTACT

    E:whsing@acumen.org

As a part of their nine-month field placement, Global Fellows work with one of our investee companies. These Fellows are currently gaining on-the-ground experience in India.

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    Baheirah Khusheim

    “Baheirah will work in Hyderabad, India with Lifespring, a chain of hospitals that provides quality health care to lowerincome women and children in India. Baheirah is from...” [READ MORE]

    Baheirah will work in Hyderabad, India with Lifespring, a chain of hospitals that provides quality health care to lowerincome women and children in India. Baheirah is from Saudi Arabia and worked for the Islamic Development Bank as VP of Operations for the Young Professional Program. She served at the Captain/ Leader of Girl Guides of Saudi Arabia. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering Management at Missouri University of Science and Technology and attended the International Relations and Diplomacy Program at Tufts.

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    James Kassaga Arinaitwe

    “When James was a young boy and had been orphaned by HIV/AIDS, he heard about a government scholarship to attend school. Believing in the power of education, James was determined...” [READ MORE]

    When James was a young boy and had been orphaned by HIV/AIDS, he heard about a government scholarship to attend school. Believing in the power of education, James was determined to seize this opportunity – no matter what it took. He sold a goat to buy a pair of shoes and made the trek from his village to Kampala to make an unannounced visit to the Ugandan President. Eventually, the First Lady agreed to meet with him and ultimately James received the scholarship he sought.

    James’ persistence and audacity set him on a transformative course to becoming an international development practitioner and working on behalf of his own family and community to find solutions to poverty. After studying financial and managerial accounting and development economics in the U.S., James helped design Uganda’s largest youth scholarship program with BRAC and the MasterCard Foundation. He advanced youth development programs in the country, most recently managing Educate’s youth-based social entrepreneurship program in Uganda, serving more than 250 schools.

    James will spend his Fellowship with education investee Labournet in Bangalore, India.

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    Paula Hernandez

    “Paula will work in Mumbai, India with Edubridge, a company that provides vocational skills training for low income youth across rural India. Paula is from Colombia and has...” [READ MORE]

    Paula will work in Mumbai, India with Edubridge, a company that provides vocational skills training for low income youth across rural India. Paula is from Colombia and has worked as a Business Analyst at McKinsey. She has also worked as an Actuarial Analyst for Grupo Bolivar in Colombia. She holds a BSc and MSc in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad de los Andes.

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    Shahd AlShehail

    “We came to Acumen looking for answers, yet we found that there is more value in continuing to ask the questions, that these questions often start a much needed conversation.” [READ MORE]

    Shahd is working in Bangalore, India with Hippocampus Learning Centres (HLC), which provides affordable educational services that better prepare children for advanced education and employment.  She is designing technology and media focused after-school and teacher training initiatives.  Shahd is from Saudi Arabia and has worked with Global Giving, and was the Director of Operations of Al Qadem Fashion House, an entrepreneurial venture focused on supporting underprivileged women. Shahd holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Evansville, and an M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins.

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    Bailey (Bahareh) Vaez

    “While working as a productivity engineer at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), Bailey was inspired to create efficiency through different means. “How can burnt-out...” [READ MORE]

    While working as a productivity engineer at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), Bailey was inspired to create efficiency through different means. “How can burnt-out and unhealthy employees be productive in an unsupportive working environment?” At age 24, this question paved the way for Bailey to leave behind a lucrative career and pursue her vision. Today, she is the founder of Proactive Movement, a company enhancing employee and organizational wellness.

    Bailey’s success comes from her desire to challenge status quo, her vision when taking risks, and creativity when working with limited resources. Her industrial engineering skills honed during her years at GlaxoSmithKline and CIBC have also been critical to her ability to make positive impact.

    Bailey was born in Iran and immigrated to Canada when she was13, a move that enhanced her sense of purpose, gratitude, and drive to live a life of exploration and impact.

    Bailey will spend her Fellowship with healthcare investee Asian Health Alliance in Hubli, India.

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    John Collery

    “John will work in Uttarakhand, India with Avani Bio Energy Pvt. Limited, a growing company that creates pine needle gasification power projects for remote communities in...” [READ MORE]

    John will work in Uttarakhand, India with Avani Bio Energy Pvt. Limited, a growing company that creates pine needle gasification power projects for remote communities in northern India. John is from Ireland where he owned and managed a sustainable food event management company. Most recently he worked for iFarms Venture Advisors where he focused on agri tech investment. John holds a BA in Political Science, University College Dublin, an MA in Development Studies from the University of Manchester, and an MBA from Northwestern University.

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    R Michael Craig

    “I have learned to work with uncertainty within and around me.” [READ MORE]

    Michael is working with BASIX Krishi, which delivers affordable extension services to smallholder farmers in India.  At BASIX Krishi he is implementing a revised sales and operating model, is revamping the monitoring, controls and financial reporting in the business, and is a Strategic Advisor for BASIX’s Chairman.  Michael is from Canada and has worked with KPMG in Canada and in the UK, first as an Auditor and then a Turnaround professional. He is a CPA, CA, holds a B.Comm(H) from Queen’s University, and an MBA from INSEAD.

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    Stephanie Speirs

    “As a community organizer, entrepreneur, and a former Acumen Summer Associate in Pakistan, Stephanie brings a diverse set of management and policy experiences to the Acumen...” [READ MORE]

    As a community organizer, entrepreneur, and a former Acumen Summer Associate in Pakistan, Stephanie brings a diverse set of management and policy experiences to the Acumen Global Fellows program.

    Stephanie’s work has been guided by two principles: a belief in social progress and the fundamental need to change politics to increase public welfare. She managed field operations in seven states for President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2007-2008 and served as Director for Yemen Policy at the White House during the Arab Spring. She has worked to expand low-income energy access through consultancies in India and co-founded a solar energy startup in the U.S.

    Hailing from Hawaii, she holds Bachelor’s in History & International Studies from Yale University and a Master’s in Public Affairs, with a concentration in international development, from Princeton University.

    Stephanie will spend her Fellowship with energy investee d.light design in Gurgaon, India.

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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 a Senior Consultant for School Improvement at Gray Matters India, a data analytics and impact assessment company in the education sector. Madhukar is passionate...” [READ MORE]

    Madhukar is 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. Prior to Gray Matters, he 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.

  • Close Drawer Vimal Kumar_73

    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.