Ashish Dhawan,CEO- Central Square Foundation
Ashish Dhawan is the Founder and CEO of Central Square Foundation (CSF). He worked for twenty years in the investment management business and ran one of India’s leading private equity funds, ChrysCapital. In June 2012, he left his full time role at ChrysCapital to start CSF. Ashish is an MBA with distinction from Harvard University and a dual bachelor’s (BS/BA) holder with Magna Cum Laude honours from Yale University. He is on the India Advisory Board of Harvard and a member of Yale’s Development Council.Ashish serves on the board of several non-profits including Akanksha Foundation, 3.2.1 Education Foundation, Teach For India, Centre for Civil Society, Janaagraha and GiveLife. As Founder and CEO of CSF, Ashish hopes to bring a fresh impact-based approach to philanthropy in India. He was recently recognized as the NextGen Leader in Philanthropy by Forbes India.
C Babu Joseph, CEO- Axis Bank Foundation
C. Babu Joseph is the Executive Trustee and CEO of Axis Bank Foundation. He is also a Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers. He started his career as an Assistant Professor in the Kerala Agricultural University and in 1979 joined State Bank of Travancore, as a Probationary Officer. In June 1995, he moved to UTI Bank (subsequently renamed as Axis Bank) and worked at their Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Basaweshwaranagar and Hyderabad branches. On his promotion as Senior Vice President, he was in charge of Small and Medium Enterprises and Agri Business at the corporate office. He was later made President of the Advances Department that handled Small and Medium Enterprises and Agri Business, Microfinance and the Rural Initiative of the Bank.
Neelima Khetan, GM-CSR, Coca Cola
Neelima Khetan is General Manager- CSR & Sustainability for Coca Cola, India and South West Asia since May 2012. Previously, she was Country Director at American India Foundation and spent 12 years as Chief Executive, Seva Mandir, a voluntary organization in Udaipur, Rajasthan; extending it across 600 tribal villages and impacting governance (village institutions), livelihoods and human capabilities (health, education and women’s empowerment). She has served the Board of Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) for 6 years, and was its Acting Director from June 2006 to May 2007. Neelima was awarded the Laxmipat Singhania-IIM Lucknow National Leadership Award by India’s Prime Minister in 2006 and the Maharana Mewar Award in 2007.