Speakers

Speakers


Aarti Madhusudan – Founder, Governance Counts


Aarti is the founder of Governance Counts, an initiative that helps strengthen the Boards of NGOs. She is an alumnus of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore Aarti has…

Sinha – Regional Head, Inclusive Business South Asia, IFC


Anil Sinha is Regional Head Inclusive Business South Asia, International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group). He was till recently, the Regional Head of Advisory Services in South Asia Region covering India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Maldives which he…

Ankur Puri, McKinsey & Company Inc


Ankur is a core member of healthcare practice on McKinsey & Company in South East Asia. His areas of interest include service provision, integration of care and health financing in emerging economies. He was the lead author for McKinsey’s report…

Ankur shah – Head of Sector Strategies & Education Portfolio Lead , Acumen, Dubai


"Acumen uses bright minds to address deep political-economic issues while solving the operational challenges of delivering critical services to the poor. What could be better?” Ankur leads overall sector strategy for our investments and has direct responsibility for the Education…

Anurag Agarwal – CEO, Intellecap


As Intellecap's Chief Executive Officer, Anurag is responsible for ensuring execution of the Company's strategic business plan. He manages some of the key client and investor relationships and represents the management team on the Board of Directors of Intellecap as…

Arun Varma – Group Head (Health Initiatives), IL&FS Education and Technology Solutions


Arun Varma has been focusing on mainstreaming some of the Millennium Development Goals with special emphasis on Health Systems Strengthening. The efforts are mainly focused on multiple stakeholder participation for “Affordable and Accessible” public healthcare for the citizens. He established…

Ashish Karamchandani – Executive Director, Monitor Deloitte in India


Ashish Karamchandani is an Executive Director at Monitor Deloitte India, based in the Mumbai office. He is the Founder of Monitor Inclusive Markets (MIM), a dedicated unit within Monitor Deloitte, that focuses on catalyzing market-based approaches to improve the lives…

Beas Dev Ralhan – Co-Founder & CEO, Next Education Pvt. Ltd


Beas Dev Ralhan is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Hyderabad-based Next Education Pvt. Ltd (established in 2007). It is a digital education technology company which provides ICT (information and communication technology) solutions (TeachNext, NextERP) to over 6,000 schools…

Bhaswati Ramanujam – Head of Delivery, Nabler


Bhaswati Ramanujam is a veteran professional with about 18 years of experience in various areas spanning advertising, corporate marketing, direct marketing and CRM. A firm believer in data insight driven marketing, Swati has a deep passion for delivering analytical solutions…

Deena Harapanahalli – Country Head, Invesco Hyderabad Pvt. Ltd. Founder, The Atlanta Foundation (TAF)


Deena has been overseeing the Invesco’s India-based activities since 2007; earlier, based in Atlanta, USA and later in Hyderabad, India as the Country Head for Invesco Hyderabad Pvt. Ltd. He has earlier held various positions in the areas of M&A,…

Devdutt Pattanaik – Author and Chief Belief Officer, Big Bazaar Future Group


Devdutt Pattanaik is the author of Business Sutra: a very Indian approach to management, where he says "Belief shapes behaviour and behaviour shapes business." Trained as a medical doctor, he worked for 14 years in the pharmceutical and healthcare industry…

Dr Girija Vaidyanathan – Indian Administrative Service


Dr Girija Vaidyanathan is a career civil servant, belonging to the Tamil Nadu cadre, who joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1981. She has wide experience in the design and financing of schemes in the development sector, having spent nearly…

Dr Santanu Chattopadhyay – Founder & CEO, NationWide Primary Healthcare Services Pvt. Ltd.


Dr Santanu Chattopadhyay is an alumnus of INSEAD, Fontainebleau (2003) and Royal College of Physicians of London (1997) and holds a Master Degree in Internal Medicine from PGIMER, Chandigarh (1995). His career spans over two decades spent in clinical medicine,…

Dr. Jessica Seddon (Wallack) – Founder and Managing Director, Okapi Research


Okapi Research is an India-based institutional design consultancy focused on building systems for sustainable development. Her research and consulting focus on designing policy, rules, and norms for governing public and private initiatives seeking to invest in social innovation. She has…

Dr. Nipun Vinayak, Deputy Secretary, Government of India


Dr. Nipun Vinayak has previously served as the Municipal Commissioner, NWCMC, Nanded, Maharashtra (2010-2012); Deputy Secretary and Project Director, RSPMU, Department of Water Supply and Sanitation, Government of Maharashtra(2011-2012); Deputy Secretary, Department of Planning, Government of Maharashtra (2009-2011); Collector and…

Dr. Rangan Varadan – Founder, Micrograam


Dr. Rangan Varadan has 28 years of experience in the financial services industry. His current focus is on taking branchless banking services to villages in the most efficient manner through technology and field partnerships. Prior to founding MicroGraam, Rangan was…

Gayatri Divecha – Business Development and Partnerships Manager, Dasra


Gayatri works on engaging multiple stakeholders to raise support for Dasra and its portfolio organizations and to build effective partnerships to maximize impact at scale. She has seven years of experience in development, including research and resource mobilization at Prerana,…

Hardika Shah – Founder & CEO, Kinara


Hardika Shah is the Founder and CEO of Kinara, a Bangalore based social enterprise that provides debt in the range of Rs.1Lac to Rs.10Lacs (~$2K-$20K) to micro and small enterprises in India filling the gap between microfinance and commercial capital.…

Hari Natarajan – GIZ


Hari Natarajan, Senior Technical Expert, Renewable Energy Component, Indo German Energy Programme (IGEN-RE), GIZ, has over 15 years of experience in the energy sector.  He has been associated with several organizations involved in the energy access space in India.

Harish Hande – Managing Director, SELCO India


Harish Hande is the Managing Director of SELCO-India, which he co-founded with Neville Williams in 1995. Harish earned his Doctorate in energy engineering (solar specialty) at the University of Massachusetts (Lowell), and an undergraduate degree in Energy Engineering from the…

John Beed – Mission Director, USAID, India


John Beed began serving as USAID’s mission director for India in July 2013, overseeing a program designed to support sustainable development led by innovation and partnership. He previously served as deputy mission director in Egypt. Beed’s background includes serving as…

Kavita N. Ramdas – Representative, Ford Foundation


Kavita is an inspirational and mindful leader, an advocate for human rights, open and civil societies, and a respected advisor and commentator on issues of social entrepreneurship, global development, women’s leadership, education, health, and philanthropy. Kavita is currently the Ford…

Keerthi Laal Kala – Office of Advisor to the PM


Mr Keerthi Laal has been part of Mr Sam Pitroda's team for the past 3years and leads the industry, academia oriented initiatives of the Office of Advisor to the PM. He has been instrumental in putting together the Innovation Clusters…

Krishnan Neelakantan – Director, Samhita Social Ventures


Krishnan Neelakantan made a career switch to the social development sector in 2012, after 17 years in financial markets. He started his career in equity markets with ICICI Securities, but the bulk of his experience was with CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets,…

M S Sriram – Visiting Professor, IIM Bangalore


MS Sriram is a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute for Development of Research in Banking Technology [IDRBT] – an institute set up by the RBI. Prior to this he has worked as an independent consultant. Till March 2010 he was…

Manisha Gupta – Founder & Director, Start Up!


Manisha has 19 years of experience in the  social entrepreneurship sector of India. She joined Ashoka: Innovators for the Public in 1994, where she served for nine years as the India Country Representative and International Director for Ashoak’s youth programs.…

Mrinalini Kher – Co-Founder, Yuva Parivartan


Mrinalini Kher was born into a family with integrity and a passion to work for others. Her husband Rotarian Kishor Kher always encouraged and supported her to take up challenges. A passionate social worker by choice, Mrinalini has been working…

Neichute Doulo – CEO, Entrepreneurs Associates


Neichute has been impacting lives with his visionary initiative of transforming the Naga society with a focused approach of unleashing the powers of economic empowerment. An authority in the field of entrepreneurship in Nagaland, he has been shaping the way…

Nelson Vinod Moses – Editor, SocialStory


Nelson Vinod Moses is currently the editor at SocialStory, India's leading destination for news, interviews, columns and features on social entrepreneurship. His career has spanned sales, journalism, intrapreneurship and community management in organizations such as the Times of India, Yahoo!,…

P Pradeep – Partner/Executive Director, Aavishkaar Venture Management Services Pvt Ltd


Pradeep is the Chief Investment Officer and Executive Director of Aavishkaar Venture Management Services Pvt Ltd. Pradeep oversees all new investments, portfolio management, exit planning for the Funds advised by Aavishkaar, which are mainly focused on small and early stage…

Pakzan Dastoor – Leader Advisory Research Team, Dasra


Pakzan leads the Advisory Research team at Dasra, a strategic philanthropic foundation based in Mumbai. Dasra works with philanthropists and social entrepreneurs to bring together knowledge, funding and people to increase the impact and scale of social change in India. …

Pankaj Jain – Principal, Impact Law Ventures


Pankaj Jain is the Principal of Impact Law Ventures. A corporate lawyer by profession, Pankaj specializes in venture capital and private equity matters, especially in the impact investing and venture philanthropy sector. He is also an ardent advocate of building…

Payal Randhawa – Executive Director, National Association of Social Enterprises (NASE)


Payal Randhawa serves as Executive Director, National Association of Social Enterprises, India.  A deep belief in the pattern changing work of social entrepreneurs drives her to design programs focused on building visibility for the field. Prior to NASE, Payal served…

Pratima Joshi – Founding Member, Shelter Associates


Pratima Joshi is an Architect and one of the founding members of the NGO Shelter Associates (SA). Within Shelter, Pratima has worked intensively on projects ranging from actual implementation of housing and sanitation projects, to poverty mapping and related research…

Professor Shamika Ravi – Professor, Indian School of Business


Professor Shamika Ravi specializes in development economics. Her research concentrates on a range of issues related to public policy which include corruption, health, farmer suicides, employment guarantee, women in politics, impact of technology on development and entrepreneurship in MSMEs. She…

Raghavendra Badaskar – Manager, Intellecap


Raghavendra is a manager at Intellecap, where he is currently involved in the design and piloting of a virtual incubation platform for social enterprises. He has worked with small and medium enterprises across multiple sectors on strategy design, project feasibility…

Raj Janagam – Founder, UntLtd Hyderabad


Raj Janagam has dedicated his career to the social entrepreneurial space. Over the last five years he co-founded and led Cycle Chalao!, the pioneering bicycle sharing system of India. With an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship, Raj has also worked with…

Rajeev Kher – Founder, 3s India


Rajeev, is the founder of 3S - India’s premiere portable sanitation brand and SARA PLAST Pvt. Ltd. – a reputed impact enterprise. A unique manufacturing as well as service oriented approach to promote better health and hygiene. His mission to…

Rati Forbes – Director, Forbes Marshall Ltd


Rati is a Director at Forbes Marshall Ltd - a company which has been, for over six decades, building steam engineering and control instrumentation solutions that work for the process industry. The company's overall goal is to provide solutions in…

Rustam Sengupta – Founder and CEO, Boond


Rustam Sengupta is a social entrepreneur and base of the pyramid (BoP) expert. He researches on sustainable social enterprise design and implements his work first hand on the field. Rustam is the founder and CEO of Boond, a social enterprise…

Sachin Joshi – Director, CII ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development


Sachin Joshi began his career as a strategist in advertising after gaining an MBA and an Honours degree in Mathematics. Since then, he has acquired over 13 years of experience in sustainability strategy and business model innovation. He has developed…

Santosh Bhat – Lead Digital Sales, [24]7 Inc; and Co-founder, SNeH Eldercare


Santosh Bhat has been in leadership roles in the area of analytics and marketing. Over the last 15 years, he has worked in several functions in marketing such as Digital marketing and strategy, Customer Privacy, CRM and database marketing, and…

Sitaramachandra Machiraju – Senior Rural Development Specialist, World Bank


Sitaramachandra Machiraju, is working on the World Bank's agriculture and rural development projects in South Asia and East Asia Regions. His areas of specialization include rural development and microfinance, economic organizations and value chain development, and innovations and social entrepreneurship.…

Stefanie Bauer – Project Manager and Advisor Sustainable Economic Development India, GIZ


Stefanie Bauer is a Technical Advisor for Private Sector Development at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in India, specialized on promotion of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) and on innovation promotion. Since 2010 she is heading a project…

Sudesh Menon – CEO, Waterlife


Sudesh Menon, has led both start ups and large multinationals in India and globally. An experienced and distinguished professional with International experience, Sudesh is widely credited with pioneering the concept of sustainable community water systems in India.  Sudesh co-founded Waterlife…

Sumita Ghose – Founder and Managing Director, Rangsutra


Sumita Ghose is the founder and managing director of Rangsutra, a social enterprise which seeks to bring about socio economic development and inclusive growth in rural India by engaging both: the community and the market. Rangsutra is owned by 1800…

Sunita Singh – Sr. Director, National Entrepreneurship Network


Sunita is a Co-Founder & Senior Director of the National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN). Sunita along with her team at NEN’s Institutional Capacity Building engages and helps build the human and programmatic infrastructure in entrepreneurship at over 540 top tier academic…

Sushil Ramola – MD & CEO, B-ABLE


Sushil Ramola is a social entrepreneur, co-founder and currently MD and CEO of B-ABLE (BASIX Academy for Building Lifelong Employability Ltd.), which was set up in 2009 in partnership with BASIX, the pioneering microfinance and livelihood promotion company in India.…

Sweta Mangal – Co-Founder & CEO, Ziqitza Health Care Limited (ZHL)


Sweta Mangal is a social entrepreneur, and Co-Founder & CEO of Ziqitza Health Care Limited (ZHL), which operates more than 800 Advanced and Basic Life Support Ambulances across India. Since its launch the service has served over 2 million patients.…

Thomas Hyland – founding Partner, Aspada Investment Advisors


Thomas Hyland is a founding partner at Aspada Investment Advisors, an early stage venture capital fund that advises both the Aspada and SONG funds. The firm is an active investor in India across affordable healthcare delivery, low cost education, agricultural…

Thomas Pullenkav – Sr. Advisor – Energy, Villgro Innovations Foundation


Thomas Pullenkav serves as the Sr. Advisor - Energy at the Villgro Innovations Foundation, where he advises portfolio energy enterprises on various aspects of enterprise development. He is the Project Lead of the Villgro Energy Entrepreneur Incubation Programme, a programme…

Usha Kiran Tarigopula – Deputy Director, Global Health Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Usha Kiran Tarigopula works as the Deputy Director, Global Health Program at the India Country Office of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in New Delhi. Usha currently leads the foundation’s programming efforts in Bihar. She also assists a number…

Vanita Viswanath – CEO, Udyogini


Vanita Viswanath is the CEO of Udyogini, an organization providing business development services to poor women in the backward and remote regions of India.  Established in 1992, Udyogini works, through training and business promotion, to build the knowledge, attitude and…

Zeena Johar – Ashoka Fellow and MD & CEO SughaVazhvu Healthcare


Zeena Johar returned to India after obtaining her PhD in Molecular Diagnostics at ETH, Zurich, Switzerland in 2007. As the Founding Member, Zeena led the incorporation of SughaVazhvu Healthcare and IKP Centre for Technologies in Public Health (ICTPH) working towards…