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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    Nishant Advani

    “What I like about Acumen is its ability to deliver impact while ensuring business discipline.” [READ MORE]

    Nishant joined Acumen in August 2015 and focuses on the Agriculture and Education portfolios in India as a Portfolio Associate.

    Prior to joining Acumen, Nishant worked at Intellectual Capital Advisory Services Pvt. Ltd. (Intellecap), a boutique investment bank focused on raising capital for social enterprises, for two years. At Intellecap, Nishant focused on financial services with additional focus on microfinance, housing finance and payment services.

    Nishant has received a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Mumbai. He is also a qualified Chartered Accountant and has passed the CFA® Level 1 Examination conducted by the CFA Institute, USA.

    CONTACT

    E:nadvani@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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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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    Lujain Al Ubaid

    “My radical idea of hope is investing our lessons from the past and the facts of our present to build a future for every human being.” [READ MORE]

    Lujain is the co-founder and CEO of Tasamy for Social Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit developing an ecosystem for social entrepreneurs in the region. She has been honored by HRH King Salman for her volunteer work during her tenure at AlGhad forum, an esteemed national youth development organization where she was a founding member of the strategic planning team. Born and raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia she attended the Business Administration College, concentrating in Finance, at AlYamamah University. She has also participated in The Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Columbia Business School’s Executive Education Program for Nonprofit Organizations.

    Lujain will spend her fellowship with Ignis Careers in Hyderabad, India.

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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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    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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    Tafadzwa Chiganga

    “My radical idea is to ensure the success of small to medium enterprises for they are an excellent tool to fight unemployment and poverty.” [READ MORE]

    Tafadzwa works for Cosmos Capital Limited, a Zimbabwe corporate finance outfit where she develops business initiatives centered on growth, refinancing and turnaround. Her expertise in risk analysis in finance and business is built upon her past roles at Zimnat Life Assurance and Old Mutual Life Assurance. She volunteers with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and the Actuarial Society of Zimbabwe. She also provides counseling on emotional, marital and financial matters to Woman on a Mission, a small interpersonal group she founded in Zimbabwe. Tafadzwa holds a MBA in Banking and Finance from the Bologna Business School in Italy and a Bachelor of Commerce Actuarial Science from Zimbabwe’s National University of Science and Technology.

    Tafadzwa will spend her fellowship with Frontier Markets in Jaipur, India.

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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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    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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    Seema Thakker

    “My radical idea of hope exists in the place where profitable business means making the quality of everyone's life better.” [READ MORE]

    Seema began her career in television production and development working on programs such as LOST, Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives before moving into affiliate marketing at Lifetime Television and Disney-ESPN. In 2012, Seema transitioned to Enso Collaborative, a creative agency focused on uniting business success with social impact. There, with a focus on branding, storytelling and partnerships, she led the launch of Google Fiber in Kansas City, and worked with various departments at Google including public policy, small business, and Google.org. Seema also led marketing campaigns for Humanity United, University of Santa Monica and WakaWaka. Most recently Seema has consulted for Participant Media and MAL\FORGOOD. A Kansas City, Missouri native, Seema holds an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, with a focus on international business and a Master of Arts in Television-Radio-Film from Syracuse University.

    Seema will spend her fellowship with SEED Schools in Hyderabad, India.

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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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    AJITA VIDYARTHI

    “Ajita is a researcher, practitioner and policy advocate for sustainable livelihoods and gender equality. She currently works as a consultant at UN Women focused on the economic...” [READ MORE]

    Ajita is a researcher, practitioner and policy advocate for sustainable livelihoods and gender equality. She currently works as a consultant at UN Women focused on the economic rights of marginalized women. Previously, Ajita worked as a consultant at the Planning Commission, Government of India where she supported national and state projects on women’s development, handicrafts, and health. Ajita holds postgraduate degrees from SOAS, University of London, and the Institute of Rural Management Anand.

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    ANITA YADAV

    “Anita is a Senior Program Officer at Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana (RGMVP), an organization working for women’s empowerment and poverty reduction in Uttar Pradesh....” [READ MORE]

    Anita is a Senior Program Officer at Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana (RGMVP), an organization working for women’s empowerment and poverty reduction in Uttar Pradesh. She has ten years of experience working with organizations such as PRADAN, the Indian Ministry of Agriculture and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) focused on the empowerment of women farmers. She received the Bharat Jyoti Award for a power weeder she designed which decreased manual labor for women farmers. Anita holds a Master’s in Engineering and Technology from Junagadh University, Gujarat.

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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. SRIKANTH MALLADI

    “Srikanth is the founder of Eye Kendra, a Telangana-based health care initiative focused on curing needless blindness across India. Eye Kendra partners with hospitals to leverage...” [READ MORE]

    Srikanth is the founder of Eye Kendra, a Telangana-based health care initiative focused on curing needless blindness across India. Eye Kendra partners with hospitals to leverage existing infrastructure to screen, evaluate and treat low-income patients across a spectrum of curable eye diseases. Srikanth also volunteers as an ophthalmologist at Landour Community Hospital which caters to more than 30 villages in the Gharwal District of Uttarakhand. Srikanth is from Hyderabad and holds a Master’s in Ophthalmology from Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad.

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

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

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    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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    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.

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    PADAM JAIN

    “Padam is a Program Leader at Self-Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action (SRIJAN), a grassroots organization committed to promoting sustainable models of rural development...” [READ MORE]

    Padam is a 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. Padam has helped over 10,000 resource poor women in rural India organize into self-help groups and access credit and critical public services. He holds a Master’s in Irrigation Water Management from Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur and studied.

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    POULOMI PAL

    “Poulomi works at Godrej Consumer Products Limited, focused on creating strategic partnerships with NGOs and skills development agencies with a particular focus on women’s...” [READ MORE]

    Poulomi works at Godrej Consumer Products Limited, focused on creating strategic partnerships with NGOs and skills development agencies with a particular focus on women’s empowerment. She heads the Godrej Salon-I program which has provided 54,000 women in 23 states across India access to jobs. Poulomi brings ten years of experience designing unique livelihoods interventions, entrepreneurship modules, and mobile facilitation tools to drive impact. She holds a postgraduate degree in Communications and Media Studies from the Mudra Institute of Communications.

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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, an organization that works for the emancipation of small and marginal farmers from penury...” [READ MORE]

    Sathya is the Co-founder and CFO at Cosmos Green, 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. He has six years of experience in Consulting and Assurance, including his work experience with PwC. His strengths lie in strategy, ideation and creating shared purpose. He is also a passionate teacher who has facilitated learning for Accounting, Auditing and Finance for CA IPCC and Final for over 18,000 students across India. He also serves on the of the Telangana Rythu Producer Company.

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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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    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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    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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    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.

     

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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. 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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    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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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    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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    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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    PARABAL PARTAP SINGH

    “Parabal is a founding member of Edumust, a non-profit focused on providing quality education to rural children in government primary schools in Punjab. Based in Parabal’s...” [READ MORE]

    Parabal is a founding member of Edumust, a non-profit focused on providing quality education to rural children in government primary schools in Punjab. Based in Parabal’s hometown of Jalandhar, Edumust takes a holistic approach to improving learning outcomes by designing school-based health programs and unique learning interventions. Parabal is a Dalai Lama Fellow and holds a BA 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 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 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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    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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    SHRUTHI RANGANATH IYER

    “Shruthi leads the teacher training at Hippocampus Learning Centres, a Bangalore-based social enterprise focused on improving early childhood education in rural India by empowering...” [READ MORE]

    Shruthi leads the teacher training at Hippocampus Learning Centres, a Bangalore-based social enterprise focused on improving early childhood education in rural India by empowering women to teach curriculum in their local communities. In her current role, Shruthi manages a team of trainers who equip more than 500 rural women with the skills to deliver quality education in classrooms and centers. 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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    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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    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. 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.

  • Close Drawer Vishishta-Sam

    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.