Ambrish Kumar (IAS),
Director- Department of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of Rajasthan
Ambrish is an IAS officer (2004 batch) and currently Director- Department of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of Rajasthan. He has worked as SDM, Municipal Commissioner, Collector, Deputy Secretary Finance, Settlement Commissioner, and, PD in Urban Development. He is B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT Bombay. Ambrish has additionally worked in Silicon Valley for 3.5 years; has travelled to more than 15 countries and almost all Indian states; has been an active birdwatcher, trekker and wildlife-watcher; and has been practicing yoga and meditation for last 13 years. Moreover, Ambrish has travelled to forests and rural areas of India and has also visited many NGOs all over the country.
Dr. Anjlee Prakash,
Chairperson, Learning Links Foundation
Dr. Anjlee Prakash is Founder and Chairperson of Learning Links Foundation. Her vision has been to see every child get good quality education and fulfill their dreams. She has over 27 years of experience as an educationist and techno-pedagogue. She also focuses on the girl child and women’s empowerment across projects she leads. Her other positions include: Board of Governors of NIT- Delhi; Academic Council of the Central University of Jammu; and, Committee on ICT in Education at FICCI.
Vice Chairman, Delhi Public School Ghaziabad Society
Mr. Anshul Pathak is a social entrepreneur: Vice Chairman & Treasurer of the Delhi Public School Ghaziabad Society (DPSGS); Co-founder of TeacherSITY, an institution for improving the Quality of Teacher Education & Teacher Training in India, which has worked with over 2,000 schools in India; on the Board of Trustees of The Gurukul Trust, which operates the SelaQui International School in Dehradun; and, Co-founder and Managing Director of Town Schools Education Initiatives (TSEI), focussed on in-school Services & Skills Development having placed over 25,000 rural youth. Prior moving back to India in 2007, Anshul worked with Citigroup, mostly in New York & Singapore for more than 11 years. He has Bachelors in Engineering from Manipal University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC).
Dr. Bhavna Mehta,
Professor of Social Work, MS University
Dr. Bhavna Mehta is a Professor of Social Work at the Faculty of Social Work and Director of Office of Corporate Affairs at The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Professor Mehta has worked extensively in the field on women and children’s issues especially in the area of Violence, Health, Human Rights, Gender, Development, Empowerment, and Corporate Social Responsibilities. She coordinates PG Diploma Program on Corporate Social Responsibilities and is the Deputy Director of the Centre of Excellence in CSR at the Faculty of Social Work. Professor Mehta was the recipient of the Micro Finance Research Alliance Program Fellowship from Centre of Micro Finance, Chennai.
Associate Director, Tata Trusts
Biswanath Sinha has worked at grassroots implementation; intermediary support role; capacity building and grant making at national level in the best of Indian organizations, in a career spanning about twenty years, across the development sector. He has worked in Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN), Society for Promotion of Wastelands Development (SPWD), Sa-Dhan and Tata Trusts. He has a B. Tech. degree and is currently pursuing his PhD on Technology and Development. As Associate Director in the Tata Trusts he is overseeing its Livelihoods, Skills and Entrepreneurship Development, Thematic Innovations and Institutional Linkages portfolios.
CEO, Essar Foundation
Deepak Arora leads Essar Foundation, the CSR arm of the USD 39 BN conglomerate, Essar. He has previously headed the CSR portfolio at Cairn India, a leading oil and gas player in India. While at Cairn India, he pioneered use of the IFC valuation tool. It is a tool that helps in calculating the IRR of social investments. He has nearly a decade of experience of working in prominent positions with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group. He has spearheaded rural development programmes across 12 countries in Asia and Africa. He has recently been awarded with “Responsible Business Leader Award, 2013”. Deepak holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management and serves on several national and international committees
Vice President & Programme Director, RBS Foundation
Dhruvi Shah is currently the Programme Director of RBS Foundation India and manages its mission program that address the core issues of poverty, governance and the intricate interface with natural resource / ecosystems. Besides her responsibilities with RBS Foundation India, Dhruvi guides NGO’s and funding agencies design strategic CSR programs. She been part of working groups and committees on and has represented RBS at various forums on community development, sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Harish C. Dash,
Senior Manager (CSR), Tata Capital
Harish Dash of Tata Capital is an award winning, professional with more than 15+ years of experience, including at a Fortune Top 10 organization. Harish has successfully led multiple large-scale assignments in the areas of Business excellence, CRM strategy, strategic pricing analytics, Sustainability, and CSR strategy. Harish currently leads development of world’s first cloud and mobile-based financial literacy product, which is aimed to instill financial literacy concepts among school children and general population in India. The course is intended to make financial inclusion a reality in India
Director- RUDI, SEWA
Heenaben joined SEWA in the year 1994 as a field worker in Surendranagar district, looking after the Child Care Centre and organising the women’s Savings Group. Following the earthquake in 2001, she looked after the Naya Ghar programme, which looked after rehabilitation. Over the years, she has worked on watershed development; provided alternative employment trainings to the poor for starting their own microenterprise; managed a water campaign and construction of rain water harvesting tanks, well recharges; and, worked as the overall district coordinator. Since 2009, she also works as the Director of RUDI. Since 2011, Heenaben represents SEWA on the IUF committee of International Agriculture Labour. She is also responsible for organising the women workers in the district of Rajkot and in the state of Assam.
Film Maker & Director, Climb Media
Kireet is a Film-Maker and Director at Climb Media. A High-Honours graduate from Sheridan College, Canada, Kireet has won six President’s National awards for his works besides others. He has made 20+ short films for UNICEF International, National Film Board of Canada, Childline, Save the Children India, USAid, John Hopkins, NACO, etc. on various public service causes like child marriage, AIDS, corporal punishment, child labour, child rights, cruelty against animals and others. His film- KOMAL on child sexual abuse won the National award (2015) and made compulsory viewing in schools across India by the HRD Ministry.
Co-Founder & Director, Sjogren’s India
Kirtida co-founded Sjogren’s India in 2006- the first Patient Support Group for this lesser known illness. Having struggled with the many challenges of this illness herself, she decided to divert her professional skills as an experienced Trainer, Educator-Communicator and Documenter and utilize her dwindling energies to support other patients. She provides educational and informal counseling support to patients and their families and networks with medical professionals nationally and internationally. Kirtida holds a PG degree in Life Sciences and has a special interest in Environment and Gender/Women’s issues. She earlier worked at the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) in India and taught at a College of Liberal Arts in USA.
Head-Talent Development, Goldman Sachs
Mridula Sankhyayan is head of talent development functions for Goldman Sachs in India. She runs the employee relations function in India, along with the diversity initiative, and oversees the firm’s internal leadership training, coaching and advisory programs. She is a co-chair of the firm’s committee for people development in Bangalore and member of Bangalore Risk Committee. She joined the firm in 2010 as a vice president. Prior to Goldman Sachs, she worked at Nomura, Lehman Brothers, Genpact and Daksh, where she was responsible for talent development and performance management functions. Mridula earned a master’s degree in Management Studies from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, in 1990 and is a certified Life and Executive Coach.
Founder & Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation
Osama Manzar’s mission is eradicating information poverty from India and South Asia using digital tools. He has over 20 years experience in journalism, new media, and software enterprise. Osama founded Digital Empowerment Foundation to digitally empower the masses and has a footprint of 150 locations in more than 10 countries. Manzar is a British Chevening Scholar and International Visitors Leadership Program Fellow of US State Department. He has co-authored more than 5 books including Internet Economy of India. He is on Committees with the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Ministry of Information Technology. Member of the Board at Association of Progressive Communication and World Summit Award, Osama has travelled more than 2000 villages across 30 countries and specializes in advising digital models of village development.
Partha Pratim Rudra
CEO, Reach India
Partha is the CEO of Reach India working for improving health, livelihoods and social empowerment of poor women, adolescent girls and youth. Prior to this he spearheaded the programme wing of NFIas Senior Director. He has masters in Rural Management (PGDRD from Xavier Institute, Ranchi) and has been a fellow at the Public Health Institute, Ca and CUNY, USA. Partha possesses rich leadership experience of the civil society organizations with more than 27 years of experience and specializes in health and livelihoods, especially micro enterprise promotion and skills training for making youth employable.
Founder & Director, SWATI
Poonam is the Founder and Director of SWATI (Society for Women’s Action and Training Initiatives) and has over 17 years of experience in a leadership role working for gender equality, women’s empowerment & leadership. She bridges the divide between practitioners and academia. She has been involved in policy formulation; has written for newspapers and magazines and published papers and research. Her latest work is a study on shelter homes in Gujarat and she has co-edited the forthcoming ‘From A Feminist Lens – Women’s Voices, Mode Of Campaigning And Non-Violent Ways Of Resistance’ being published by Zubaan. Poonam was awarded the Dame Nita Barrow Distinguished Visitorship for 2014 at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.
Director, Vidya Bhawan Society
Prasoon is Director at Vidya Bhawan Society, Rajasthan and responsible for their Education Resource Centre. He was born and brought up in Jamshedpur, a city in Jharkhand state. He completed post-graduation from Patna University, Bihar, sociology and political science. He has spent 17 years of his career working in elementary education with schools, government and private institutions across many states in the country. He has relevant experience of working in research and evaluation projects and programs and has made important contributions in curriculum and textbook writing, teacher training programs across many states in the country.
Manager- Trustees’ Office, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation
Preeti Sahai manages the office of Ms. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Trustee, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. In this capacity, she provides support to various social and philanthropic initiatives ranging across education, women’s empowerment and livelihood promotion. In addition, she has managed back-office work and supported development and organisational projects for the parliamentary constituencies of Amethi and Rae Bareli. She has organised trainings for political workers and participated in election campaigns. In the past, Preeti has worked with the Basix Social Enterprise Group, initially as a Manager of a USD 2 million innovation fund and subsequently implementing some innovations at the base of the pyramid – among the low-income households in East Delhi’s slums.
Rahul is co-founder of iVolunteer. He started iVolunteer in 2001, right after passing out from IRMA. For the last 14 years, his work has been primarily focused on working with young people and helps them identify their passion and purpose. More recently he co-founded India Fellow- a 13 month long social leadership programs and Unltd Delhi, a social enterprise incubator. He is also part of the team that created Mukteshwar Marathon- an annual charity fundraising marathon that has raised more than 10 lacs for local schools in Uttarakhand. His passions are running with eyes on Boston Marathon and spreading financial literacy.
CEO, Charutar Arogya Mandal
Sandeep leads Charutar Arogya Mandal, a trust which manages a 600-bed hospital and a medical college in Gujarat. A Chartered Accountant and an MBA from IRMA, he has worked in the development sector throughout his life: at GCMMF, Amul’s marketing arm; twelve years in NDDB, initially as a finance professional and later as EA to CMD; introduction of a micro-insurance product for covering health risk called “Krupa”; and, creating an integrated model of healthcare delivery from primary to tertiary care.
Satyajeet is a development sector professional and was part of the team, which conceptualized and operationalized Nyayika, a non-profit social enterprise offering affordable legal services. He is presently working with Nyayika as its CEO and is responsible for the functioning and growth of its 7 franchise law centres. A graduate in law from Gujarat National Law University, he is experienced in program management, legal research, and legal training. He was the Program Anchor of the Lawyers for Change program of Centre for Social Justice before moving to Nyayika.
Deputy Director, TechnoServe
Suryamani has over thirty years development management and leadership experience. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President for ACCESS Development Services and has led projects across India funded by international donors and apex Indian organisations. He holds a MA in A&A Economics from Utkal University and an MBA from University of Calcutta. He has attended programs at Asian Institute of Technology, Coady International Institute, University of East Anglia and Yale school of Management. He has authored and presented many thematic papers and was one of the co-authors of four annual State of India’s Livelihoods (SOIL) Reports (2011-2014).
Director, Koshish (TISS)
Mohd. Tarique leads Koshish, Field Action Project of Tata Institute of Social Sciences. He is a student of Political Science, stands for Human Dignity and Justice and therefore started Koshish in 2006, after graduating in Social Work from TISS. He practices system approach and believes in it as a medium to achieve long lasting and inclusive change. He loves engaging with the youth as their optimism, freshness and raw energy excites as well as challenges him. He says: “I must ‘enjoy’ if I am to be part of something. Cooking and traveling is what I do to rejuvenate.”
Founder Member, Sahapedia
Vaibhav Chauhan is a founder member of Sahapedia, an open online encyclopedia on India’s cultures and heritage. A heritage management and CSR professional, he has been involved in the conservation of both tangible and intangible heritage, and worked with international and national organizations like UNESCO New Delhi, the British Library, National Mission for Manuscripts and Sangeet Natak Akademi. He has received training in sustainable tourism, digital marketing, IPR, CSR and management from IIT-Bombay, WWF-India, IICA and Harvard Business School. His passion is to leverage culture as a driver of development, and he has launched India’s first mobile app on museums.