The/Nudge | Forum (global edition)

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August 15, 2020 (times in IST) • Virtual Event A 24-hour non-stop global platform for world leaders and all stakeholders globally to come together for India’s development.


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  • 15 August

Dr. Mukesh Aghi

President and Chief Executive Officer
US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF)
Dr. Mukesh Aghi is the President and Chief Executive Officer of USISPF.

Dr. Aghi has extensive experience working with business and government leaders in the U.S. and India to promote trade and strengthen ties between the two countries. He also currently serves as a trustee at Claremont Graduate University.

Previously, Dr. Aghi served as Chief Executive and Member of the Board at L&T Infotech where he expanded the business on a global level. During his time at Steria, Inc. (India), Dr. Aghi served as Chairman and CEO of the Asia-Pacific region. Additionally, Dr. Aghi was the founding CEO of Universitas 21 Global, the world’s largest consortium of research-led universities and global leader in providing post-graduate online education. He was also the President of IBM India for IBM Corporation, and spent time working with Ariba, Inc. and JD Edwards & Co.

Dr. Aghi holds several degrees, including an advanced management diploma from Harvard Business School, a Ph.D. in international relations from Claremont Graduate University, an MBA in international marketing from Andrews University, and a BA in business administration from the Middle East College, Beirut, Lebanon.

15 August

Dr. Sanjeev Arora

Project ECHO
Dr Sanjeev Arora is the founder and director of Project ECHO, a non-profit that uses technology, a disease management model, case-based learning, and a web-based database to arm primary care providers with the knowledge needed to treat those with complex health problems that would otherwise need to travel for medical care.

Dr. Arora is also a Distinguished and Regents’ Professor of Medicine with tenure in the department of Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

15 August

Shabnam Aziz Khaled

Project Lead – Adolescent Girls’ Program
Educate Girls
As a social sector professional, Shabnam Aziz has over
the last three decades worked with adolescent girls,
marginalized women, teachers, schools & institutions
(government and private) and elected women
representatives to enable adolescent girls to access
education as their right. She is currently leading Educate Girls’ adolescent girls’ program in Ajmer. As a project
 eader, she has designed and implemented a variety of initiatives aimed at supporting marginalized girls’ access, and engagement with quality secondary education in rural communities in Rajasthan. This program focuses on facilitating the transition of girls from
primary to lower-secondary education, increasing gender parity within schools, raising lower-secondary completion rates. The interventions are split as community-based activity, focused on enrolment and developing learning spaces for girls, training of young men and
boys to seek support for adolescent girls’ education as an integral part of the project.

In her earlier roles, she has been able to create support structure through community mobilization to empower adolescent girls. Thus, offering them the freedom to make informed decisions and take ownership of their lives. She has planned and led campaigns
against child labour, declining sex ratio and pre-voter awareness. While engaging with partnerships with social organizations (local, state, national and international) she has also headed agencies like Action Aid for Rajasthan and Gujarat, The Hunger Project – Rajasthan and Doosra Dashak in Rajasthan. She has also worked with RVHA and Lok Jumbish Project.

15 August

Prof. Abhijit Banerjee

Ford International Professor of Economics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Abhijit Banerjee is an economist who is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Banerjee shared the 2019 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty. 

15 August

Lord Meghnad Baron Desai

British Economist & Labour Politician
Meghnad Jagdishchandra Desai, Baron Desai is a British economist and Labour politician. He stood unsuccessfully for the position of Lord Speaker in the House of Lords in 2011. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award in the Republic of India, in 2008.

He secured a bachelor's degree in Economics from Ramnarain Ruia College, affiliated to the University of Mumbai, and then pursued a master's degree in Economics from the University of Mumbai, after which he won a scholarship to University of Pennsylvania. He completed his PhD in Economics at Pennsylvania.

Currently, Desai is chairman of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) Advisory Board, an independent membership-driven research network. He is the current chairman of the Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics, a post-graduation institute in Mumbai.

Previously, Desai has worked as an Associate Specialist in the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of California, Berkeley, California. He then became a lecturer at the London School of Economics in 1965.

Desai has written extensively publishing over 200 articles in academic journals and had a regular column in the British radical weekly Tribune during 1985–1994, in the Indian business daily Business Standard (1995–2001) and in Indian Express and Financial Express. From 1984 to 1991, he was co-editor of the Journal of Applied Econometrics.

Desai has been active in the British Labour Party, becoming chairman between 1986 and 1992, and was made Honorary Lifetime and President of Islington South and Finsbury Constituency Labour Party in London. He was created a life peer as Baron Desai, of St Clement Danes in the City of Westminster, on 5 June 1991. He is a member of Labour Friends of Israel.

15 August

Nandita Baruah

Country Representative - India
The Asia Foundation
Nandita Baruah is The Asia Foundation’s country representative in India, and formerly served as deputy country representative in Nepal. She has over 25 years of professional experience working on gender, human rights, labor migration and human trafficking issues in South and Southeast Asia.

In addition to her extensive experience in the development sector, Baruah has also worked with public sector and private sector companies. She was the gender advisor and trainer for the India Farmer Fertilizers Cooperative Limited; and Vice President- Rehabilitation and Resettlement for Reliance Industries Limited, India.

Nandita Baruah has a master’s degree in Historical Studies and a master’s degree in Political Economy from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), India.

15 August

Naina Batra

Chairperson & CEO
Naina joined AVPN as CEO from September 2013, and has been appointed as Chairperson in May 2018. Naina’s leadership over the past 5 years has grown the AVPN membership by more than 3x and elevated the organization into a truly regional force for good. Under her direction, the organization has grown from focusing only on Venture Philanthropy to supporting the entire ecosystem of Social Investors from philanthropists to impact investors and corporate CSR professionals. She was instrumental in developing AVPN’s innovative services that connect, empower and educate the now 500+ members of AVPN.

15 August

Amitabh Behar

OXFAM - India
Amitabh is the CEO of Oxfam India. He is passionate about governance accountability, social and economic equality, and citizen participation. Over the years, he has worked on building people-centric campaigns, alliances for social justice, and linking micro-activism to macro changes. Amitabh is one of the leading experts of people-centered advocacy and chairs the board of Navsarjan.
He is the vice board chair of CIVICUS and also sits on the board of other organisations like Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA), Mobile Crèche, VANI, YUVA, Global Fund for Community Foundation (GFCF).

15 August

Vedika Bhandarkar

Chief Global Impact
Vedika oversees all impact efforts within and leads the team responsible for working with financial institutions, global investors, and other sector leaders to empower millions of people in need with access to safe water and sanitation. She previously served as’s Managing Director, India.
Vedika has more than 25 years of experience building teams and businesses with Indian and international financial institutions. Prior to joining in January 2016, she served as Vice Chairman and Managing Director at Credit Suisse Securities (India) Private Limited from 2010-2015. Previously, she served as the Managing Director & Head of Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan.
Vedika serves as an Independent Director on the boards of several companies. She has been appointed as a part time member of the Banks Board Bureau, and she also serves as a board member of the Jai Vakeel Foundation, an institution focused on children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

15 August

Pramod Bhasin

Asha Impact
Pramod’s career spans a professional & entrepreneurial journey in Financial Services & Business Process Management across the globe.

He built Genpact, a global leader in Business Process Management from the start in 1997 and was its President & CEO till 2011. The company was listed on NYSE in 2007 and is the leader in its industry with over 75,000 employees, operating in 17 countries. Pramod is considered the pioneer of the BPM Industry in India. Genpact, under his leadership also pioneered this industry in China, Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Prior to Genpact, his career with GE spanned 25 years across the US, UK and Asia. He was earlier the CEO of GE Capital in India & Asia and prior to that worked with GE Capital in Stamford, CT in the Leveraged Buy Out group.

In September 2016, Pramod along with partners acquired the businesses of GE Capital – India, now known as Clix Capital. He is the Chairman of Clix Capital, which is a broad based NBFC, focused on providing digital platforms and financial services to commercial companies and consumers across India.

Pramod is the co-founder of Asha Impact, Virtual Fund focused on Social Impact Investments and Advocacy. He is an active investor in different companies, from start-ups to ongoing businesses. He has also co-founded the Skills Academy that focuses on providing vocational skills training to lower income youth in villages across the country. The Skills Academy has trained over 50,000 students and placed the majority in jobs, post training.

Pramod serves on the Boards of DLF Ltd, SRF Ltd and NDTV. He is also on the governing Board of ICRIER, Help Age and The Shri Ram School. He has been the Chairman of Nasscom and noted “IT Man of the Year” by Dataquest. Pramod is a strategic advisor to Kedaara, a leading Private Equity firm in India. He is also a member of TIE-NCR.

15 August

Arundhati Bhattacharya

Chairperson & CEO
Salesforce - India
Arundhati Bhattacharya is the Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer for Salesforce, India. In her role, Arundhati oversees the growth strategy of the company and plays an integral role in defining Salesforce’s relationship with the ecosystem of customers, partners and community across India.

Prior to Salesforce, Arundhati Bhattacharya was the first woman chairperson at SBI; where she was credited with ushering in the digital transformation era at SBI. Under her leadership, SBI went on to be voted as one of India's top 3 Best Places to work in India.

With 40+ years of rich experience in India's financial sector working across varied roles and diverse national & international locations; Arundhati has also earned a string of accolades to her name, most notably -- "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" by Forbes, “Top 50 globally most powerful women in business” and “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders" list by Fortune.

15 August

Dr. Indu Bhushan

Ayushman Bharat
Dr. Indu Bhushan is the Chief Executive Officer of Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY), National Health Authority, the world’s largest government-funded health assurance scheme providing cashless secondary and tertiary care to more than 53 crore poorest citizens. As CEO, he led the design, development and the rollout of the scheme and oversees its implementation in the country.

A civil servant-turned-economist with a career spanning nearly 37 years, Dr. Bhushan is a former Indian Administrative Service (IAS: 1983 Rajasthan) officer and took voluntary retirement after serving for nearly a decade. Until his appointment as CEO, National Health Authority, he served as Director General, East Asia Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manilla, Philippines. He has held multiple positions within ADB including Director General, Strategy and Policy Department and has led ADB’s engagement with several Asian economies including the People’s Republic of China.

An electrical engineer by education, he is an alumnus of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology - Banaras Hindu University and IIT Delhi where he earned his B.Tech degree and post-graduate diploma, respectively. He holds a Doctorate in Health Economics and a Masters in Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University, USA and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Dr. Bhushan was recently selected for the Global Achievement Award by Johns Hopkins University, his alma mater. The award is given each year to recognise the exceptional contributions of those alumni who epitomize the Johns Hopkins tradition of excellence and bring credit to the University in the international arena through their professional or humanitarian service. He also awarded Government of India’s National Award for E-Governance 2019-2020 (Gold Award) for Excellence in Government Process Re-engineering for Digital Transformation for Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY on behalf of the National Health Authority.

15 August

Smt. Rajashree Birla

Aditya Birla Group
Rajashree Birla is an Indian philanthropist. She was married to Aditya Birla. After her husband's death in 1995, Rajashree began working in CSR and charity sectors, developing a large philanthropic organization funded by her family.

15 August

Nisha Desai Biswal

U.S - India Business Council
Nisha Desai Biswal is President of the U.S.-India Business Council – part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the largest bilateral trade association in the United States, with liaison presence in New York, Silicon Valley, and New Delhi. Previously, Nisha served as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs from September 2013–January 2017 where she was responsible for U.S. foreign policy and managing relations with Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Under her leadership the United States supported economic development and encouraged increased regional connectivity by supporting the New Silk Road and Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor Initiatives. Nisha helped drive US-India relations to an all-time high, and was awarded the Samman Award by the President of India in recognition for her work.

She also deepened economic and security ties between the US and Bangladesh, launched the U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue and was the architect of the C5+1 diplomatic platform between the U.S. and the five countries of Central Asia to advance shared goals of combating terrorism, promoting sustainable economic growth and addressing environmental challenges.

Nisha’s career in the executive and legislative branches and in non-governmental organizations has focused on the link between human security and national security, ensuring that our diplomatic and development efforts in the region are sustainable through a focus on people, and not just governments. Previously, Nisha served from September 2010 as Assistant Administrator for Asia at USAID, where she oversaw $1.2 billion in assistance to 22 nations. In the House of Representatives, she served as the majority clerk for the House Appropriations Committee Foreign Operations Subcommittee (HACFO) and as professional staff in the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC), where she was responsible for South Asia.

In addition to her government service, Nisha led public policy at InterAction, served on the Board of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and worked at the American Red Cross as an international delegate in Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan.

15 August

Amit Bouri

Co-Founder and CEO
Global Impact Investing Network
Amit Bouri is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of the GIIN, where he leads the largest global community of impact investors dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing.
Amit co-founded the GIIN in 2009, following the launch of the Monitor Institute’s, Investing for Social and Environmental Impact, a landmark report, which he helped to conceive and develop. His work would eventually lead to the growth of a global network around the concept of impact investing and provide a blueprint that would seed the GIIN’s creation.

Today, Amit dedicates his work to engaging industry leaders, institutional investors, foundations, and leading financial institutions all over the world to advocate for greater integration of social and environmental factors in all investment decisions, and to develop the tools and resources needed to effectively mobilize more capital towards impact investments.
He has authored many articles and has been frequently featured in leading publications such as the Financial Times, The Economist, Al Jazeera, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg,Fast Company, Barron’s, and Pensions & Investments. He is also a sought-after speaker at events worldwide.

Amit has significant experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors and previously held positions at Bain & Company, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and within the corporate philanthropy units of Gap Inc. and Johnson & Johnson. He holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, an MPA from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College

15 August

Amit Chandra

A.T.E. Chandra Foundation
Mr. Chandra joined Bain Capital Private Equity in 2008 as a member of it’s Asia-Pacific leadership team. He is the founder and Chairman of its India office.

Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Chandra spent most of his professional career at DSP Merrill Lynch, a leading investment bank in India. He retired from DSP Merrill Lynch in 2007 as a Board Member & it’s Managing Director. Prior to his MBA, Mr. Chandra worked at India's leading engineering & construction firm, Larsen & Toubro.

Over the years Mr. Chandra has served on the Boards of many leading corporates and not for profits including Tata Sons, Genpact, Ashoka University, Piramal Enterprises, Emcure Pharmaceuticals, Akanksha Foundation, Tata Investments, and Give India.

His wife Archana and he received the “Asia Heroes of Philanthropy Award” in 2016. Mr. Chandra received his MBA from Boston College, and was awarded the school's Distinguished Alumni in 2007, a year in which he was also named by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. He received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from VJTI, Bombay University.

15 August

Archana Chandra

Jai Vakeel Foundation
Archana has charted a commendable professional journey from the corporate sector to the social development space. Currently she is the CEO & Board Member of Jai Vakeel Foundation & Research Centre, India's largest and oldest nonprofit working in the space of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).

She serves as the Trustee of Society for Rehabilitation of Crippled Children (SRCC), which in collaboration with Narayan Health has built one of the largest paediatric hospitals in the country. As a member of the Advisory Board of Annamrita (which is part of the ISKCON Food Relief Foundation), she helps govern one of the largest NGOs in the country that serves mid-day meals to under-resourced children. Additionally, she serves on the Advisory Board of Antarang Foundation, which works to build self-reliance in at-risk youth.

Prior to her current positions, Chandra has worked in various marketing, public relations, and human resources roles at The Akanksha Foundation, Informix (a division of IBM), and Bennett, Coleman and Company Limited, commonly known as The Times Group.

15 August

Siddharth Chatterjee

Resident Coordinator
United Nations
Siddharth Chatterjee is the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator for Kenya. He is a champion for gender equality, sexual, reproductive health and rights and outspoken on prevention of sexual & gender based violence.

He has spent most of his career in the UN working in fragile states and complex emergencies, serving in various capacities with the UN Mission in Iraq, UNICEF offices in Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan (Darfur), Indonesia and the UN Peace Keeping Operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iraqi Kurdistan.

He has also worked in UNDP, UNFPA, the Red Cross movement, UNOPS and UN Security.

A TEDx speaker, Siddharth writes extensively on humanitarian and development issues in a variety of journals such as Newsweek, the Hill, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, Al Jazeera, Forbes, CNBC Africa, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, Reuters, the Global Observatory and mainstream Kenyan and Indian journals.

His early career was in a Special Forces Unit of the Indian Army. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, USA.

15 August

Madhav Chavan

Madhav is the co-founder and former CEO of the educational non-profit, Pratham, one of India's largest, and most impactful nonprofits. Pratham has been recognized by the Kravis Prize and the Skoll Award for its innovation and leadership, as a social entrepreneurial organization in the area of education. Madhav is the 2012 recipient of the WISE Prize for Education, which is widely considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in the field of education and recipient of Leading-Social-Contributor-Award which is the highest degree award in India for exemplary work in the area of operation. He is also the 2011 recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. He is the 2012 WISE Prize for Education Laureate.

He acquired a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Ohio State University in the US in 1983 and returned to India in 1986 after his post-doctoral work at the University of Houston.

15 August

Catherine Cheney

Senior Journalist
Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology, innovation, and philanthropy in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported domestically and internationally for outlets including The Atlantic and the Washington Post. Outside of her own reporting, Catherine also supports other journalists to cover what is working, through her work with the Solutions Journalism Network.

15 August

Ashvin Dayal

Senior Vice President - Power & Climate
The Rockefeller Foundation
Ashvin Dayal leads the Foundation’s global Power initiative aimed at scaling up energy access in order to drive economic and social development. He has overseen the Foundation’s pioneering investments in the renewable energy mini-grid space in India and the establishment of Smart Power India, a dedicated platform to support the acceleration of last-mile electrification. As one of the Foundation’s long-term priorities, Ashvin is responsible for shaping its global power investments with an ambitious goal of ending energy poverty and improving the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people over the next decade.
Mr. Dayal joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2008 as its Asia Managing Director, running the Foundation’s regional office in Bangkok, Thailand. From there he led the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network, a major nine-year partnership that equipped over 50 Asian cities to better cope with climate change impacts. He also oversaw the Foundation’s global Inclusive Economies portfolio, a policy and research effort to advance development and impact investments that drive more broadly shared prosperity. Before joining the Foundation, he held a range of senior leadership roles over 15 years with Oxfam in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. This included leading its largest-ever relief and recovery effort in the aftermath of the 2004 Asian Tsunami, and overseeing the creation of Oxfam India.
In addition to his experience across Asia, Ashvin also spent several years working in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, supporting post-conflict reconstruction and economic development programs in Bosnia, Yemen, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Ashvin holds a bachelor’s degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and a master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins. He currently lives in Thailand and is in the process of relocating with his family to New York.

15 August

Dr. Gururaj "Desh" Deshpande

Deshpande Foundation
Dr. Gururaj "Desh" Deshpande is the President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, a family investment office and is also the Chairman of Tejas Networks. 'Desh' is the Founder of Deshpande Foundation, a global philanthropic organization nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship in universities and cities across USA, Canada and India. He is involved either as the founder, a founding investor or chairman of several companies including Cascade Communications, Sycamore Networks, Coral Networks, Tejas Networks, Cimaron, Webdialogs, Airvana, Sandstone Capital, A123 Systems and Curata.
Dr. Deshpande lives in Boston and serves as a life-member of the MIT Corporation, and his support has made possible MIT's Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. Along with his wife, he has founded several centers of innovation, at leading universities in the USA, Canada and India.

Dr. Deshpande holds a in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras, an M.E. from the University of New Brunswick in Canada, and Ph.D from Queens University in Canada.

15 August

Prof. Hernando de Soto Polar

Institute for Liberty and Democracy
Mr. de Soto is currently President of the ILD —headquartered in Lima, Peru— considered by The Economist as one of the two most important think tanks in the world. Time magazine chose him as one of the five leading Latin American innovators of the century in its special May 1999 issue “Leaders for the New Millennium”, and included him among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2004. Mr. de Soto was also listed as one of 15 innovators “who will reinvent your future” according to Forbes magazine’s 85th anniversary edition. In January 2000, Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit, the German development magazine, described Mr. de Soto as one of the most important development theoreticians of the last millennium. In his speech opening the 2004 World Economic Forum at Davos, former US President Bill Clinton described him as “the world’s most important living economist.” In October 2005, over 20,000 readers of Prospect magazine of the UK and Foreign Policy of the US ranked him among the top 13 “public intellectuals” in the world from the magazines’ joint list of 100; in April 2013, some 10,000 Prospect readers ranked him number 36 out of 65 top world thinkers.

Mr. de Soto has served as an economist for the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, as President of the Executive Committee of the Copper Exporting Countries Organization (CIPEC), as CEO of Universal Engineering Corporation (Continental Europe’s largest consulting engineering firm), as a principal of the Swiss Bank Corporation Consultant Group, and as a governor of Peru’s Central Reserve Bank. In the early 1990s, he led the effort to insert Peru into the global economy; and, with his ILD team, drafted and promoted more than 187 laws that gave the poorest Peruvians access to economic opportunities, including title to their property and businesses; and created the national office of Ombudsman to defend the constitutional and human rights of the Peruvian people (Defensoría del Pueblo).

15 August

Iqbal Dhaliwal

Global Executive Director
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)
Iqbal Singh Dhaliwal is the Global Executive Director of J-PAL. He works with the Board of Directors to develop the organization’s strategic vision, and with the leadership of the six regional offices to coordinate J-PAL’s worldwide research, policy outreach, capacity building, and operations. He is also the Co-Scientific Director with Esther Duflo of J-PAL’s South Asia regional office, Co-Chair with Abhijit Banerjee of the Innovation in Government Initiative (IGI), and Co-Chair with Shawn Cole of the Innovations in Data and Experiments for Action Initiative (IDEA). He is a board member of J-PAL and the NGO Noora Health. He is also a member of 'Group of Experts' convened by the Chief Minister of Punjab, India to develop the post-COVID economic strategy for the state.

Before joining J-PAL in 2009, Iqbal was a director in the economic analysis practice of a consulting firm in Boston where he managed numerous engagements involving antitrust issues, regulation, and strategy; and before that an analyst in a strategy consulting firm outside of Washington D.C. He began his career in public service as a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), in which he served as a Deputy Secretary in a state government, director of a statewide welfare department, and CEO of a publicly owned company. As the sub-collector of one of the state’s largest administrative divisions, he led a large bureaucracy that implemented numerous development programs in the field.

15 August

Ashish Dhawan

Founder and Chairman
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 M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard University and a dual bachelor's (B.S./ B.A.) 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 recognised as the NextGen Leader in Philanthropy by Forbes India.

15 August

Maneesh Dhir

Board Member
The/Nudge Foundation
Maneesh is a partner at Social Venture Partners, a nonprofit that helps scale innovative nonprofits. Previously, as the MD of Apple India, Maneesh scaled the organization 20X in 6 years to $1Billion revenue. Before Apple, he worked as the executive vice-president and CEO of AOL International. He has also worked in leadership positions with Netscape, Kiva Software and Sun Microsystems.

Maneesh holds an MBA from Stanford GSB, MS in Computer Science from University of California, Los Angeles and B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

15 August

Cheryl Dorsey

Echoing Green
Prior to leading this social impact organization, Cheryl was a social entrepreneur herself and received an Echoing Green Fellowship in 1992 to help launch The Family Van, a community-based mobile health unit in Boston. She became the first Echoing Green Fellow to head the social venture fund in 2002.
An accomplished leader and entrepreneur, she has served in two presidential administrations as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor (1997-98); Special Assistant to the Director of the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Labor Department (1998-99); and Vice Chair for the President's Commission on White House Fellowships (2009-2017). Cheryl has served on several boards including The Bridgespan Group and, previously, the Harvard Board of Overseers. She has a medical degree from Harvard Medical School, a master’s in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School, and a bachelor’s degree in history and science magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges.
Cheryl is a frequent speaker on racial justice and equity in philanthropy. She has advocated for equitable funding for leaders of color on panels organized by The Stanford Social Innovation Review, Skoll World Forum, The World Economic Forum, and more. In 2020, Cheryl co-authored a research report in partnership with The Bridgespan Group, Racial Equity and Philanthropy: Disparities in Funding for Leaders of Color Leave Impact on the Table.
Cheryl has received numerous awards for her commitment to public service, including the Pfizer Roerig History of Medicine Award, the Robert Kennedy Distinguished Public Service Award, the Manuel C. Carballo Memorial Prize, and Middlebury College Center for Social Entrepreneurship’s Vision Award. She was also featured as one of “America’s Best Leaders” by US News & World Report and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School in 2009, one of The Nonprofit Times’ “Power and Influence Top 50” in 2010 and 2011, one of “America’s Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers” by the Business of Giving in 2016, and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2017. In 2019, Cheryl was named a Schwab Foundation Social Innovation Thought Leader.

15 August

Dr. Aquinas Edassery

MD & Secretary
Swasthya Swaraj
Dr. Aquinas was an internist from St John’s Medical College, Bangalore who made a conscious shift from hospital based healthcare to community based primary healthcare and chose to work in Kalahandi, Odisha. She founded Swasthya Swaraj Society and works as the chief medical consultant of the program and the executive director and has played a huge role in reducing child and maternal mortality in the region.

15 August

Anjali Garg

Energy Specialist
International Finance Corporation
Anjali is an Energy Specialist with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. She is part of the Climate Finance Advisory Services of the Financial Institutions Group for Asia-Pacific at IFC and is also the Program Manager for IFC’s Lighting Asia/India initiative. In this role, she supports the private sector to build sustainable markets for affordable, modern off-grid lighting products for India’s rural and un-electrified communities. An important area of her work in the recent past has been engaging with the private sector to identify opportunities to scale-up and mainstream gender focussed activities and business models. In her 18+ years of experience in the energy sector, she has focused on access, regulatory and policy interventions, PPPs, pricing and climate finance. Prior to joining the IFC, she worked at the World Bank and TERI.

Anjali was recognized as one of the women leaders in the Indian solar sector by Solar Quarter in May 2019. She was also awarded the British Chevening Scholarship (Gurukul Leadership Program) at London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, and is an alumni of the International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP), State Department, Government for USA.

She is member of several taskforce and advisory committees, including FICCI’s Working Groups on ‘Off-Grid’ and ‘Financial Innovation’ under the Global Leadership Taskforce of Corporate on Innovation of the International Solar Alliance and the India Initiative on DRE Financing of the Climate Group. Anjali has authored several books, research publications and articles in leading dailies.

Anjali is a Gold Medallist Postgraduate scholar from the University of Delhi (2001).

15 August

Don Gips

Skoll Foundation
Don Gips, CEO of the Skoll Foundation, leads the organization’s work investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs to create lasting social change around the world. His experiences span public service, politics, business, finance, and technology.

Most recently, he led Albright Stonebridge Group’s Africa Practice, consulting with companies, entrepreneurs, and foundations investing across the continent. Previously, he served as Director of Presidential Personnel in the Obama White House, ushering in the most diverse administration in U.S. history. He served as U.S. Ambassador to South Africa where he managed more than 1,000 staff and a budget of over $600 million across multiple government agencies.

Early in his career, he helped design and create a $650 million start‐up government corporation to promote community service which became the AmeriCorps program, still operational today. He served as Chief Domestic Policy Advisor to Vice President Al Gore and Chief of the International Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission. Still earlier in Don’s career, he developed a clean water project with Sarvodaya, a leading social enterprise, and managed a refugee camp in Sri Lanka.

He sits on the board of Liquid Telecommunication, a Pan‐African provider of fiber and telecommunications services led by Strive Masiyiwa, one of Africa’s preeminent entrepreneurs and philanthropists; and the President’s Council on International Affairs at Yale University.

Don received an MBA from the Yale School of Management and his undergrad degree from Harvard University. He is married to Elizabeth (Liz) Berry Gips, who leads education programs for Village Health Works, bringing health care and development to rural Burundi. Don and Liz have three grown sons: Sam, Peter, and Ben.

15 August

Geeta Goel

Country Director, India
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Geeta manages the foundation’s operations in India to transform the lives of urban low-income communities through improved education, livelihoods and financial inclusion. In her role, Geeta manages the strategy and implementation of the foundation’s work in India in two key areas of Education and Family Economic Stability. Leveraging a suite of funding tools – grants, contracts and program related investments (debt, equity and guarantees) – the foundation has committed over $150 million in India and has over 50 active projects in the country, which are all anchored around our core thesis of Impact, Scale and Sustainability.

Geeta has represented the foundation on several Boards of its investee companies, including Ujjivan, Janalakshmi, Swadhaar, Arohan, and Micro Housing Finance Corporation. She is also on the Investment Committee of India Educational Investment Fund and Education Catalyst Fund. Geeta served as Chairperson of the Impact Investors Council in India from April 2017 to March 2019. In 2017, she was nominated as India’s 30 Most Powerful Women in Impact by Business Today.

Prior to this role, Geeta led the foundation’s Mission Investing work globally. The foundation has over 40 active investments, including some early stage funds in India and in the United States. Before joining the foundation, Geeta spent more than 12 years with the corporate finance group of PricewaterhouseCoopers in India, advising large Indian and multinational clients on joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, business plans, and valuations. She is an alumni of the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad) and Lady Shri Ram College (Delhi).

15 August

Gaurav Gupta

Partner & Regional Director for Asia
Gaurav is Dalberg’s Regional Director for Asia and also leads the firm’s energy practice. He founded Dalberg’s first Asian office in Mumbai, where he is currently based. Under his leadership, the firm has rapidly expanded to Delhi and Singapore and has over 40 full-time consultants engaged in work across Asia. Gaurav works on a wide-ranging set of issues that include energy access, financial inclusion, access to education, and inclusive business strategies. He currently serves two of the world’s largest foundations on their measurement, evaluation, and learning activities and advises a Fortune 100 energy company on sustainable energy opportunities.

Outside of Dalberg, Gaurav has been a founding partner in a number of social ventures including two eco-resorts, a sustainable tourism online platform, an organic tea plantation, and an eco-friendly fair trade fashion label. Previously, he led an Indian environmental NGO on climate change and also helped establish a leading public policy think-tank on Australian aboriginal issues.

Prior to Dalberg, Gaurav was a Project Leader with the Boston Consulting Group in Sydney and London. He holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University and a postgraduate degree in Development Economics from Yale University. He was also a Fairfax scholar at the United World College of Hong Kong.

15 August

Tim Hanstad

Chandler Foundation
Tim Hanstad is the Chief Executive Officer at the Chandler Foundation. Prior to joining the Chandler Foundation in 2018, Tim co-founded Landesa with Roy Prosterman and spent over three decades with the organization, which included launching programs in China, the former Soviet Union, and India, where he lived for five years.

Tim is a Skoll Social Entrepreneur Awardee and Schwab Foundation Outstanding Social Entrepreneur. He has authored numerous books and articles on economic and social development, including One Billion Rising with Roy Prosterman and Robert Mitchell. Tim holds two law degrees from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University.

15 August

Dr Pallavi Jain Govil

Principal Secretary
Schedule Caste & Schedule Tribe Welfare Department
Pallavi Jain Govil, a career civil servant, belongs to the Indian Administrative Service. She has served in various assignments in the State and Central government in India for over 26 years, and is currently the Principal Secretary to Government of Madhya Pradesh, Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Caste Welfare Department. Prior to this she has served as Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, and Gas Relief and Rehabilitation.

Her current role involves planning, project formulation, implementation, research, evaluation, coordination, supervision and monitoring of all schemes/activities relating to the socio and economic development of the Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste communities in the State. Capitalising on her experience in the public health sector, the department, under her leadership is focusing on improving health and educational outcomes for Tribal and Scheduled Caste communities.
Previously, she served as Director in the Prime Minister’s Office from 2009 till 2014, where she looked after the Ministries of Finance, Commerce, Corporate Affairs, Industrial Policy and Promotion, Heavy Industries, as well as some social sectors like Rural Development and Women and Child Development. In this role, she assisted the former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in the scrutiny of important domestic policies and legislative proposals. She also gave policy inputs that helped shape India’s engagement with the G20, WTO, ASEAN, and the SAARC. She has earlier held assignments as Director, Institutional Finance for the Government of Madhya Pradesh and served as the District Collector and the CEO of District Governments (Zila Panchayats) in various districts of Madhya Pradesh such as Bastar, Mandla, Rajgarh, Shajapur and Bhopal. She has also consulted with the World Bank.

Pallavi Jain Govil holds a Doctorate in Economics from the City University New York, a Masters in Public Policy from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, and a Masters in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. Her research has been on fiscal decentralization and its impact on social outcomes like health and education. She has written and commented on a range of contemporary economic and social issues in India – gender relations, unorganized sector workers, social security nets, local government, as well as on fiscal policy issues.

15 August

Amitabh Kant

NITI Aayog
Mr. Amitabh Kant is presently CEO of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI). He is a member of the Indian Administrative Service, IAS (Kerala Cadre: 1980 batch). He is the author of Branding India - An Incredible Story. Mr. Kant has been a key driver of the “Make in India”, Startup India, “Incredible India” and God’s Own Country” initiatives that positioned India and Kerala State as leading manufacturing and tourism destinations. These campaigns have won several international awards and embraced a host of activities – infrastructure development, product enhancement, private-public partnership and positioning and branding based on extensive market research. Mr. Kant also conceptualized the “Atithi Devo Bhavah” – “Guest is God” campaign to train Taxi Drivers, Guides, immigration officials and make them stake holders in the tourism development process.

Mr. Amitabh Kant was also the National Project Director of the Rural Tourism Project of UNDP which made a paradigm shift in spreading tourism to Indian villages which had core-competency in handicrafts, handloom and culture.

In his capacity as Secretary (Industries) Govt. of India, Mr. Kant drove the Ease of Doing Business initiative and ranking of States on outcome parameters. He is the Chairman of the Committee to implement Digital Payment in India.

Mr. Kant has been the recipient of Economic Time Policy Change Agent of the Year Award, the Bloomberg TV Personality of the year Award, the NDTV Administrator of the year Award and the Distinguished Fellowship of the Institute of Directors. He is the recipient of One Globe Award-2016 for leadership in Transforming Governance for the 21st Century. He is a Member of the Steering Board of “Shaping the Future of Production Systems” of World Economic Forum. He is also the recipient of Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship award by the Prime Minister of New Zealand. He is also the recipient of Golden Peacock Award for leadership in Economic Transformation - 2017.

Mr. Amitabh Kant has worked as CMD – ITDC, Joint Secretary – Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, Secretary – Tourism, Government of Kerala, Managing Director, Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation, District Collector, Kozikhode and Managing Director, Matsyafed. During his tenure in Kerala, he structured the Calicut Airport as a private sector project based on User’s Free and developed the BSES Power Project and Mattanchery Bridge under Private Public Partnership. He was also responsible for introducing new technology (fiberglass crafts and outboard motor) in the fisheries sector and launching beach level auctions which substantially enhanced returns to traditional fishermen.

Mr. Amitabh Kant did his schooling from Modern School, Delhi, graduation in Economics (Hons) from St. Stephens, Delhi University and M.A from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is a Chevening Scholar. 

15 August

Dr. K Kasturirangan

Committee on New Education Policy, India
Dr Kasturirangan, who is the head of the drafting committee on NEP, is the mind behind the New Education Policy and strongly believes in the need for diversity in education.

Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan is an Indian space scientist who headed the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from 1994 to 2003. He is presently Chancellor of Central University of Rajasthan and NIIT University. He is the former chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University] and the chairman of Karnataka Knowledge Commission. He is a former member of the Rajya Sabha (2003–09) and a former member of the now defunct Planning Commission of India. He was also the Director of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, from April 2004 to 2009. He is a recipient of the three major civilian awards from the Government of India: the Padma Shri (1982), Padma Bhushan (1992) and Padma Vibhushan (2000).

15 August

Ricky Kej

Composer, Music Producer and Environmentalist
Ricky Kej is an Indian composer, music producer and Environmentalist. In 2015, he won a Grammy at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards for his album Winds of Samsara in the Best New Age Album category. The project, his 14th studio album, had made a debut at #1 on the US Billboard New Age Albums Chart in August 2014, a first for a person of Indian origin. 

Ricky Kej was named a UNCCD Land Ambassador at the COP14 to raise public awareness about the challenges of land degradation, desertification and drought. Ricky Kej also serves as a UNICEF India Celebrity Supporter, UNESCO - MGIEP 'Global Ambassador for Kindness' and is an Ambassador for the Earth Day Network[9].

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Rohit Khanna

The Quint

15 August

Vikas Khanna

Chef, Restaurateur, Cookbook writer, Filmmaker and Humanitarian.
Vikas Khanna is a Michelin star Chef, restaurateur, cookbook writer, filmmaker, and humanitarian.

From his home in New York, Vikas, in response to the COVID pandemic crisis in India, is running a relief effort that distributes food to millions of vulnerable Indians.

In addition, Vikas launched the foundation "South Asian Kid's Infinite Vision" (SAKIV) to focus on worldwide issues that demand urgent action such as Tsunami Relief, Hurricanes of the Gulf Coast, Haiti. In collaboration with charitable institutions, such as Save the Children, the foundation has hosted many events worldwide.

Mr. Khanna is the goodwill ambassador for Smile Foundation and supports the cause of malnutrition in India. He has pledged to raise 1 million US dollars for this cause. "Cooking for Life" founded by Mr. Khanna in 2001 in New York along with the world's top chefs supports several social causes. Vision of Palate is his award-winning workshop developed to educate people with visual disabilities about the sense of taste, flavor and aromas.

Mr Khanna's restaurant Junoon was awarded a Michelin star by the Michelin Guide for 6 consecutive years since 2011.

15 August

Pradeep Khosla

UC San Diego
Dr. Pradeep Khosla was selected and confirmed as the eighth Chacellor of UC San Diego in May 2012. He assumed the position of Chancellor in August 2012. As Chancellor he serves as the CEO of the campus of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 20,000 faculty and staff members, and a $3.5B annual budget.

From August 1982 to August 2012, Dr. Khosla was at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where he received his MS and PhD degrees. He joined the faculty in 1986 as Assistant Professor and rose through the ranks to the position of Philip and Marsha Dowd University Professor. He also served in several administrative and leadership roles including as the founding director of two world class Institutes -- Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES), and CyLab. In addition he served as the department head of Electrical and Computer Engineering (1999-2004), Director of the Information Networking Institute, and Dean of the College of Engineering (2004-2012). During his tenure as department head the Computer Engineering program was ranked #1, and as Dean he lead the college of engineering which improved its national rankings from #11 (in 2004) to #5 (in 2012).

Pradeep is a consultant to several companies and Venture Capitalists and has served on the technology advisory boards of many start-ups He has served as member of the Strategy Review Board for Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan; Council of Deans of the Aeronautics Advisory Committee, NASA; and Senior Advisory Group, DARPA Program on Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems. He is a co-founder of Quantapoint Inc., and BiometriCore Inc.

15 August

Vinod Khosla

Khosla Ventures
Vinod Khosla is an entrepreneur, investor and technologist. He is the founder of Khosla Ventures, a firm focused on assisting entrepreneurs to build impactful new energy and technology companies.

Upon graduation, Vinod co-founded Daisy Systems, the first significant computer-aided design system for electrical engineers. Vinod started the standards-based Sun Microsystems in 1982 to build workstations for software developers. As the founding CEO of Sun, he pioneered open systems and commercial RISC processors. Sun Microsystems was funded by Vinod’s longtime friend and board member John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB). In 1986, Vinod joined KPCB as a general partner. While there, he played a crucial role in taking on Intel’s monopoly by building and growing the semiconductor company, Nexgen, which eventually was acquired by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Thereafter, Vinod helped incubate the idea and business plan for Juniper Networks to take on Cisco System’s dominance of the router market. He also was involved in the formulation of the early advertising-based search strategy for Excite.

In 2004, driven by the need for flexibility to accommodate four teenaged children, the desire to be more experimental and to fund sometimes imprudent “science experiments,” Vinod formed Khosla Ventures to focus on both for-profit and social impact investments. His goals remain the same: work and learn from fun and knowledgeable entrepreneurs, build impactful companies by leveraging innovation and spend time with a partnership that makes a difference. Vinod has a passion for nascent technologies that have beneficial effects and economic impact on society. Vinod’s greatest passion is being a mentor to entrepreneurs building technology-based businesses.

Vinod also is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), a non-profit global network of entrepreneurs and professionals that was founded in 1992 and has more than 40 chapters in nine countries today. He is a founding board member of the Indian School of Business (ISB). Vinod holds a bachelor of technology degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi, India, a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

15 August

Vani Kola

Managing Director
Kalaari Capital
Vani is the Managing Director at Kalaari Capital, an early stage venture capital firm based in Bangalore. She is a renowned investor and a visionary known for identifying emerging markets. Her leadership at Kalaari centers around her commitment to the development of entrepreneurs and her conviction that Indian companies are poised to become global players. Vani is a technology focused investor with many of her investments having now become very successful, validating her aptitude for picking the best young minds and mentoring them to build high growth enterprises. She currently serves on the board of companies that are redefining the landscape of Indian business such as Dream11 and Cure.Fit.

Vani is profiled in numerous books and has been identified as one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Business. She is actively involved in various organizations focused on fostering entrepreneurship and women leadership. Outside of work, Vani enjoys spending time with her family, practices yoga and heartfulness meditation devotedly. She believes in sustainable living and grows enough organic produce in her garden to meet her family’s needs.

15 August

Prof VijayRaghavan K

National Centre for Biological Sciences - Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Professor Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan FRS, succeeded Dr. R. Chidambaram as the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India on April 3, 2018.

Earlier, he served as Secretary, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India, during January, 2013 to January, 2018. Till then, he was the Director of the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru, where he continues as a Distinguished Professor.

 Prof. VijayRaghavan graduated with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1975.He completed his doctoral work in 1983 in the field of Molecular Biology and holds a PhD from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. During his post-doctoral work, , he worked as a Research Fellow from 1984 to 1985 and then, , as a Senior Research Fellow from 1986 to 1988, at the California Institute of Technology.

In 1988, he joined the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research as a reader. He was instrumental in establishing the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru, under the aegis of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) and moved over to NCBS in 1992.

15 August

Dr Manish Kumar

Dr. Manish Kumar is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of National Skill Development Corporation. He is responsible for providing a strategic vision to NSDC in ensuring that the team moves cohesively towards achievement of Skill India Mission.

Prior to joining the NSDC, he was working as Country Coordinator and Senior Institution Development Economist, The World Bank. He was Task Team Leader for USD 1.5 billion Bank’s loan to India for “Swaachh Bharat”. He earlier worked for the Bank in Middle East and North African countries covering Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria, etc.

Manish earlier served in the Indian Administrative Service, occupying many responsible positions, his last being Secretary to Government of Tripura, Power & Home Departments. As a field officer, serving as District Collector and Sub Divisional Officer, he was responsible for conceptualizing and implementing economic development tools for overcoming insurgency in Tripura. He was selected as a Mason Fellow at Harvard University for his leadership in empowering tribal women from remote hills of Tripura.

15 August

Prof. A K Shiva Kumar

Visiting Professor
Ashoka University, Indian School of Business
A K Shiva Kumar , a New Delhi based development economist, policy advisor, and evaluator, has over the past 40 years, taught economics, undertaken evaluations, conducted research and policy analysis, worked closely with governments, international agencies, and civil society organisations to advocate for changes in public policy and legislation. He teaches economics and public policy as a visiting faculty member at Ashoka University, the Indian School of Business, and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Shiva Kumar is a Board Member of the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, Co-Chair of Know in Violence in Childhood, and a member of the Leadership Councils of both the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) an­­­­d Global Women’s Institute, The George Washington University, Washington DC. He is President of the Sanskriti Foundation and serves on the Boards of Centre for Science and Environment, and Institute for Rural Management, Anand.

Over the years, he has served as Director of the International Centre for Human Development and as a member until 2014 of the Government of India’s National Advisory Council. He has been an active contributor to global and national Human Development Reports. He has served as a senior policy adviser to UNICEF India (1992-2017).

Shiva Kumar has done his Masters in Economics from Bangalore University and Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He also completed his Masters in Public Administration and Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government, both from Harvard University.

15 August

Nathalie Kylander

DRK Foundation
As a Managing Director of the Foundation, Nathalie Kylander plays a lead role in sourcing new investments and working with the leadership of those organizations as an operating partner and board member as they grow to build capacity and to achieve their maximum impact. As a member of the Foundation’s senior leadership team, she also helps to execute the Foundation’s strategy and goals and contributes to its thought leadership and external outreach. Nathalie currently serves on the boards of DRK portfolio organizations Jaza Energy, Friendship Bench, Digital NEST, Greenwave, PHOOL (formerly HelpUsGreen), Laboratoria, The Center for Good Food Purchasing, and The Renewal Workshop. She previously served on the boards of DRK grantees EforAll, Foster America, Indus Action, Solutions Journalism Network, and Spark MicroGrants.

Nathalie is one of the world’s leading experts on nonprofit brand management. Her passion for understanding and promoting the important role that brand plays for nonprofit organizations has resulted in a decade of research, teaching, and consulting. Nathalie has been a practitioner as well as an academic over the course of her career. Her courses, including many Executive Education programs, and multiple publications have targeted nonprofit leaders, with the goal of building marketing and branding capacity in the sector. Nathalie has supported many of her students as they created and launched social enterprises both at Tufts University, where she taught entrepreneurial marketing and at Harvard where she currently teaches strategic management for nonprofits.

She has worked extensively in both the private and social sectors over the course of her 30-year career. As a biochemist, an MBA and a Ph.D., Nathalie also built on her experience in strategy consulting to hold a number of prominent positions in sales, marketing and management at Medtronic Inc. She led Doctors Without Borders programs in Armenia, worked for the UNDP in Senegal, and has consulted to dozens of both large and small nonprofit organizations.
Nathalie received a BS in Biochemistry from Imperial College at London University, an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and a Ph.D. from Fletcher School at Tufts University.

15 August

Anant Maheshwari

Microsoft India
Anant Maheshwari is President, Microsoft India. Anant leads Microsoft’s engagement with policy makers, customers, and business partners and is responsible for all product, solution, service and support offerings in India. At Microsoft, Anant works to make the company’s mission of empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, align with India’s inclusive growth agenda. He is committed to supporting government entities and organizations in India progress on their journey of digital transformation.

Prior to Microsoft, Anant was the President of Honeywell, India, and led the growth of the company’s operations across all strategic business groups. At Honeywell, he progressed through multiple leadership roles across different business units in India and Asia. Prior to Honeywell, he was also associated with McKinsey & Company, where he worked with clients across multiple industries including telecom, IT and e-commerce, private equity, engineering equipment, automotive, steel and pharmaceuticals.

15 August

Arun Maira

Author; Former Member, Planning Commission of India
Arun Maira has an unusual combination of experience as a hands-on leader, a consultant to leaders, and a thought-leader on subjects of leadership and institution transformation, in the private, public, and social sectors. He has written several books on institutional transformation. The most recent are Transforming Systems: Why the World needs a New Ethical Toolkit and Listening for Well-Being: Conversations with People Not Like Us.

Arun was a Member of India’s Planning Commission from 2009-14, prior to which he was Chairman of the Boston Consulting Group India, and previously had worked with the Tata Group in India and abroad for 25 years.

15 August

Vivek Maru

Namati: Innovations in Legal Empowerment
Vivek started Namati in 2011. Since then, Namati and its partners have supported cadres of grassroots legal advocates—sometimes known as barefoot lawyers or community paralegals—in ten countries. These advocates work with their communities to protect common lands, enforce environmental law, and secure basic rights to healthcare and citizenship.

Vivek is co-author of Community Paralegals and the Pursuit of Justice (Cambridge University Press). His TED talk, “How to Put the Power of Law in People’s Hands,” has been viewed over a million times.
Vivek studies capoeira with Dale Marcelin at Universal Capoeira Angola Center.

Vivek received the Pioneer Award from the North American South Asian Bar Association in 2008. He was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2014 and a “legal rebel” by the American Bar Association in 2015. He, Namati, and the Legal Empowerment Network received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2016. In 2017, the Schwab Foundation and the World Economic Forum named Vivek and Sonkita Conteh, director of Namati Sierra Leone, two of its Social Entrepreneurs of the Year.

Prior to Namati, Vivek co-founded and co-directed the Sierra Leonean organization Timap for Justice, which has been recognized by the International Crisis Group, Transparency International, and President Jimmy Carter for advancing justice in the context of a weak state and a plural legal system.

From 2008 to 2011, he served as senior counsel in the Justice Reform Group of the World Bank. His work focused on rule of law reform and governance, primarily in West Africa and South Asia.

In 1997-1998 he lived in a hut of dung and sticks in a village in Kutch, his native place, working on rainwater conservation and girls’ education with two grassroots development organizations—Sahjeevan and Kutch Mahila Vikas Sanghathan.

Vivek graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, and Yale Law School.

15 August

Dr. Ajay Mathur

Director General
Ajay Mathur is Director General of TERI - The Energy & Resources Institute, and a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change. He was Director-General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in the Government of India from 2006 till February 2016, and responsible for bringing energy efficiency into our homes, offices, and factories, through initiatives such as the star labelling programme for appliances, the Energy Conservation Building Code, and the Perform, Achieve and Trade programme for energy-intensive industries. Dr. Mathur was earlier with TERI from 1986 to 2000, and then headed the Climate Change Team of World Bank in Washington DC. He was President of Suzlon Energy Limited, also headed the interim Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund. He has been a key Indian climate-change negotiator and was also the Indian spokesperson at the 2015 climate negotiations at Paris. He is a global leader on technological approaches to address climate change; recently, he joined the global group of industrial, financial and think-tank leaders to co-chair an Energy Transitions Commission which will suggest ways for companies and countries to move towards climate-friendly energy futures.

15 August

Amit Kumar Mishra

Consul General of India
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Mr. Amit Kumar Mishra is a career diplomat. Mr. Mishra worked as Consul General in Perth (Australia) before taking charge as Consul General of India in Sao Paulo in June 2019.

Mr. Mishra joined the Indian Foreign Service in 2004 and has served in Indian diplomatic missions in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and in Australia. In his postings abroad, Mr. Mishra has dealt with political, commercial, education, cultural and diaspora issues. From 2011-2014, he worked in the Ministry of External Affairs as Under Secretary dealing with the India-United States relations.

Mr. Mishra has done post-graduation in botany, with biotechnology as specialisation. He knows Hindi, English and Arabic.

15 August

Asha Jadeja Motwani

Motwani Jadeja Foundation
Asha Jadeja Motwani is a Silicon Valley based Venture Capitalist, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, and Change agent for “exponential change” in the world. She is an Influencer with a humanitarian vision to uplift the downtrodden masses and tackle global power inequalities.
As a Venture Capitalist, Asha Jadeja has invested in over 100 startups including high profile companies that have gone public such as Google and PayPal.

As a change agent, she supports non-formal/ online education, women leadership and entrepreneurs, and policy change for economic and human development.

Asha founded Motwani Jadeja Family Foundation to develop a network of entrepreneurs in South Asia trained to think and drive exponential change. The foundation supports the US – India partnership for disruptive entrepreneurship, gender equality, and inclusive development

15 August

B Muthuraman

Board Member
The/Nudge Foundation
B Muthuraman has held various positions at Tata Steel as Vice-President (Marketing and Sales), Vice-President (Cold Rolling Mills Projects) and Managing Director. He has served on the boards of Bosch India Limited and Tata Industries Limited. He was the Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIT Kharagpur, NIT Jamshedpur and XLRI Jamshedpur. He is currently on the board of directors of Sundaram Fasteners Limited.

He has also been conferred with "Padma Bhushan" in 2012, from Govt. of India.

Muthuraman holds a bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering from IIT, Kharagpur and MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur.

Pradeep Nair

Ford Foundation
Pradeep has over 25 years of global experience in technology, management consulting and investing/funding. He started his career in Silicon Valley as a big five management consultant, building software application products.

After a stint with technology start-ups, moved to New York, to be part of an advisory start up led by President Clinton and Mayor Bloomberg. This led to another early stage opportunity to join an organization led by Paul Volcker, focused on the financial sector, academia and government.

In his current role at Ford Foundation he leads one of the oldest and largest private foundations in the region, deploying capital, supporting visionary people and organizations, to solve societal problems.

15 August

Reema Nanavaty

Director - Rural Organising and Economic Development
Reema Nanavaty has been working with the SEWA since over 35
years expanding its membership to over 1.5 million members,
making it the single largest union of informal sector women

Reema facilitated rebuilding lives and livelihoods of 60000
earthquake affected rural women and 40000 riot-affected
members. She is leading the rehabilitation programs in
Afghanistan and in Srilanka; providing vocational training in rural
livelihood security to war-affected widows. 

Reema oversees 4813 self-help groups (SHG), 160 co-operatives
and 15 economic federations, pan India including 16 states, and
also in 7 South-Asian countries, focusing on women’s economic
empowerment by building women owned enterprises, building women led supply chains, introducing modern ICT-based tools and facilitating Green-Energy initiatives and livelihoods.

Reema is currently member of the Advisory Council on Gender of the World Bank Group. She was also members of International Labor Organization’s High-Level Global Commission on Future of Work.

15 August

Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey

Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in India
Member of Lok Sabha
Mahendra Nath Pandey is an Indian politician who is the current Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of India and Member of Lok Sabha for Chandauli since 2014. He is a member of Bharatiya Janata Party and is the president of the party's Uttar Pradesh unit. He has also served as Union Minister of State for Ministry of Human Resource Development between 2016 and 2017. He is a member of Modi's second ministry. On 30 May 2019, he was appointed as Cabinet minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India.

15 August

Kennedy Odede

Co-founder and CEO
Shining Hope for Communities
Kennedy Odede is a social entrepreneur, a New York Times best-selling author, and co-founder and CEO of Shining Hope for Communities, a grassroots movement based in Nairobi, Kenya and New York, USA that catalyzes large-scale transformation in urban slums across Kenya

15 August

T V Mohandas Pai

Manipal Global Education & 3one4 Capital
In a career spanning over 35 years, Mohandas Pai has served in the areas of finance, accounting, information technology, human resources, education, corporate governance, social impact innovation, environmental conservation, policy formulation, heritage preservation,
philanthropy, and the venture capital and startup ecosystem.

Mohan is currently the Chairman of Aarin Capital, Chairman of 3one4 Capital, Chairman of Manipal Global Education, Member of the Boards of Havells India, the Institute of Public Enterprises, and Ascendas Property Fund – the Trustee-Manager of Ascendas India Trust, Member of the Board of Governors of the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), Governing Council Member of the Centre for Advanced Financial Research and Learning
(CAFRAL) promoted by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Chairman of the Regulatory and Financial Technology Committee of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”), Chairman of the
SEBI Primary Markets Advisory Committee (“PMAC”), and Founder-Trustee of the Akshaya Patra Foundation.

He was awarded the Padma Shri award by the President of India in 2015 and the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award in 2004.
Mohan was previously a Board Member and the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Infosys, an Investment Committee Member of the SIDBI India Aspiration Fund and the $1.8 Billion India Fund of Funds, a Board Member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”), a Member of the Board of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) of India, Trustee of the International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) Foundation, Chairman of the FICCI Skills Committee and Higher Education Committee, and President of the All India Management Association (AIMA).

Mohan holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce as a University Rank Holder from St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bangalore, a bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) from Bangalore University, and
is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India as an All-India Rank Holder. He is based in Bangalore, India.

15 August

Prof. Arvind Panagariya

Professor of Economics
Columbia University
Arvind Panagariya is Professor of Economics and the Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy at Columbia University.
From January 2015 to August 2017, he served as the first Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog, Government of India in the rank of a Cabinet Minister. During these years, he also served as India’s G20 Sherpa and led the Indian teams that negotiated the G20 Communiqués during presidencies of Turkey (2015), China (2016) and Germany (2017).

Professor Panagariya is a former Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank and was on the faculty of the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland at College Park from 1978 to 2003. During these years, he also worked with the World Bank, IMF and UNCTAD in various capacities. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Princeton University.

15 August

Dheeraj Pandey

Founder, CEO & Chairman
Dheeraj is the Founder, CEO & Chairman of Nutanix. He brings a wealth of experience of working at high growth enterprise software companies.

Prior to founding Nutanix, Dheeraj was the VP of Engineering at Aster Data (now Teradata), where he helped build the product and its engineering team from the ground up. At Oracle, he managed the storage engine group for Oracle Database/Exadata, and co-authored numerous patents in the area of distributed databases.

Dheeraj’s entrepreneurial spirit has been recognized with a number of prestigious awards including Dell’s Founders 50 and the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year, Silicon Valley.

Dheeraj is a Ph.D. dropout from University of Texas (Austin), where he was a Graduate Fellow of CS. He holds a BS in CS from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Kanpur), where he was adjudged the “Best All-Rounder Student Among All Graduating Students in All Disciplines” and bestowed with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Dheeraj is also on the Board of Directors at Adobe Inc. (NASDAQ: ADBE).

15 August

Dr. Raj Panjabi

Last Mile Health
Dr. Raj Panjabi is CEO of Last Mile Health and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Born in Liberia, Raj fled the country's civil war at age nine, becoming a refugee in the United States. He returned to Liberia as a medical student and in 2007 co-founded Last Mile Health.

Raj and the Last Mile Health team played a key role in the 2013-16 West Africa Ebola epidemic, helping train over a thousand frontline and community health workers and support the Government of Liberia to lead its national Ebola Operations Center. Panjabi delivered testimony on the Ebola epidemic at the US Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee.

In response to COVID19, Last Mile Health has supported governments in Africa, including Liberia, Malawi, Uganda, and Ethiopia to train frontline health workers to respond to COVID19. Raj is co-chair of the COVID Testing Alliance with African Union Special Envoy, Strive Masiyiwa, and serves as Technical Advisor to former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her role as Co-Chair of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response. Raj has cared for patients with COVID and urgent care needs.

Raj has authored or co-authored over 50 publications. Raj is a Gavi Champion, member of the International Advisory Group for Frontlines First at the Global Financing Facility and served on the External Review Group for the WHO’s guidelines on community health worker programs. He chaired the Community Health Exemplars in Global Health study with the Office of Bill Gates and Gates Foundation. Raj served as advisor to the WHO Ambassador for the Health Workforce.

Raj was named by TIME as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World and one of the 50 Most Influential People in Healthcare. He has been listed as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune. Raj is a recipient of the TED Prize, Clinton Global Citizen Award for leadership in response to the West Africa Ebola epidemic, the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and is a Schwab Social Entrepreneur at the World Economic Forum. In 2017, the Government of Liberia recognized Raj with Distinction of Knight Commander of the Most Venerable Order of the Pioneers.

Raj is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, trained in internal medicine and primary care at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and received a Master of Public Health in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins. He has served as visiting faculty at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

15 August

Mario Pezzini

OECD Development Centre
Mr Mario Pezzini is Director of the OECD Development Centre.
Moreover, after having served for a year as Acting Director of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate, he was nominated Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary General on Development.
The OECD Development Centre is an institution where governments, enterprises and civil society organisations informally discuss questions of common interest. Its Governing Board includes most of the OECD countries but also developing and emerging economies as full members. The Centre helps policy makers in OECD and partner countries find innovative solutions to the global challenges of development. (

Before joining the Development Centre in 2010, Mario Pezzini held several senior management positions in the OECD, where he has been working since 1995.

Prior to joining the OECD, Mr. Pezzini was Professor in Industrial Economics at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris as well as in US and Italian Universities. Also, Mr. Pezzini served as an Advisor in the field of economic development, industrial organisation and regional economics in international organisations and think tanks (e.g. ILO, UNIDO, European Commission and Nomisma in Italy). Mr. Pezzini started his career in the Government office of the Emilia-Romagna Region.

15 August

Khushroo Poacha

Seva Kitchen
Nagpur-based Khushroo Poacha started the Seva Kitchen as a crowd-sourced food distribution initiative. Volunteers give free home-cooked meals to families of outstation patients admitted in city hospitals, especially those that come from rural areas, with no proper place to stay or cook food in.

Today, the Seva Kitchen initiative is present in seven cities: Nagpur, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Moradabad, Mumbai, Ahmadabad, and Delhi. Over 1000 free meals are served every Sunday to families at hospitals.

15 August

Lakshmi Puri

Former Assistant Secretary General
United Nations
Lakshmi Puri is a former Assistant Secretary-General at the United Nations and the former Deputy Executive Director of UN Women. Prior to her 15 year stint at the United Nations, she served as an Indian diplomat for 28 years, and was the India’s Ambassador to Hungary and accredited to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Lakshmi Puri joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1974 and served in Japan, Sri Lanka, Switzerland (Geneva), and as Ambassador to Hungary and accredited to Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the Ministry of External Affairs headquarters in Delhi, she served as the Under-Secretary on the Japan and Korea desk and later as Under-Secretary on the Pakistan desk. She also served as the Joint-Secretary Economic Division and Multilateral Economic Relations (ED & MER) for six years. She was active in negotiating India’s many bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral economic diplomacy initiatives such as the Look East Policy, Indo-ASEAN Dialogue Partnership, Indian-Ocean Rim Association, Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation as well as Group of 15.

She continued with her trade and economic policy work when she joined the United Nations in 2002 as the Director of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) flagship Division on Trade in goods, services and commodities. From 2009 to 2011, she was Director of the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States in New York.

Lakshmi was appointed Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of the pioneering global entity for promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women - UN Women in 2011.

Lakshmi is the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights, Novus Award for Championing the Sustainable Development Goals (Novus Summit), and the Millennium Campus Award 2015.
Puri completed her Bachelor's degree in History from Delhi University and Master's degree in History from Punjab University.

15 August

Roopa Purushothaman

Chief Economist & Head of Policy Advocacy
Tata Group
Roopa Purushothaman is the chief economist and head of policy advocacy at the Tata Group. She is the co-author of the book Bridgital Nation: Solving Technology’s People Problem. Also a co-author of the path-breaking 2003 Goldman Sachs report, Dreaming with BRICS: The Path to 2050, she has contributed to a number of publications on globalization and development. Roopa is the founder of Avasara Leadership Institute. She is a graduate of Yale University and the London School of Economics.

15 August

Puneet Pushkarna

General Partner
Puneet Pushkarna is currently a General Partner of Solmark, a Private Equity fund formed by a group of Tech Entrepreneurs who have launched and built several big companies. He brings a consultative approach to his businesses and has been responsible for establishing many collaborative partner programs and strategic partnerships. He has worked as a trusted advisor for several major clients across the U.S., Europe and the Asia Pacific region.

Puneet has also been a co-founder of TechSpan, a Goldman Sachs backed design thinking and business solutions consulting organization, focused on e-business value chain management enterprise. Techspan consistently ranked as amongst the fastest growing companies in Silicon Valley. It later merged with Headstrong for which Puneet served as The President. Headstrong was a highly specialized deep-domain business in the Capital Markets that helped its customers through a strong process-centric digital technology services platform, leading to transformation in the front, middle and back office. Headstrong eventually got acquired by Genpact in 2011. Prior to TechSpan and Headstrong, Puneet was the head of sales and business development at InfoGain, a business solutions consulting organization focused on e-business value chain management.

He sits on a number of Boards/Advisory Boards including:
● Chairman of Servion Global Solutions Ltd, an end-to-end proactive
● Customer Experience Management firm
● Chairman of Innoveo, a Swiss Insurance Technology firm
● Board of Governors, IIM Nagpur
● Industry Advisory Board of SP Jain School of Management, Singapore
● Advisory Board of TransNeuron, A Learn-to-Launch eSkill Platform
● Catalyst at SMART (Singapore MIT Alliance for Research & Technology)
● Advisory Board of Mobikon, a Client Management Platform
● Advisory Board of Evolko, a cloud-based EMR and Digital Health company.

Puneet is also a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), a non-profit network with over 10,000 members across 60 chapters in 17 countries. TiE fosters global entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking and education. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Singapore chapter.

He has a degree in Engineering from India and an MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Over the years, he has been involved with a number of philanthropic initiatives like the Indian Foundation for the Arts, South Asian Heart Center, etc.

15 August

Nivruti Rai

Country Head
Intel India
Nivruti Rai is Vice President in the Data Center Group (DCG) and Country Head Intel India at Intel Corporation. Based in Bengaluru, she provides overall engineering and business unit leadership and leads operations for the site, driving innovation, cross-group efficiencies and execution for engineering teams delivering global products and road maps.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, statistics, physics and chemistry and a master’s degree in applied mathematics, both from the University of Lucknow in India. She also holds a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Oregon State University and a board of director certification from Harvard Business School. She has been issued one U.S. patent and has authored several technical papers on integrated circuit design methodologies and operations research.

15 August

Rakesh Rajani

Vice President, Programs
Rakesh Rajani brings three decades of experience in human rights, education, governance and philanthropy in his role as Vice President, Programs at Co-Impact.

Until 2018, he served as the Director of Civic Engagement and Government at the Ford Foundation, responsible for US and global programs on democratic participation, taxes and budgets, and protecting civic space. Previously he founded and served as the Head of Twaweza, an East African organization that promotes citizen agency and open government, and led the establishment of Uwezo, Africa’s largest program to assess basic literacy and numeracy. Prior to that he served as the founding executive director of HakiElimu, Tanzania’s leading citizen engagement and education advocacy organization.
Rakesh is also a founding member and past co-chair of the Open Government Partnership, which seeks to restore the social compact between people and governments in over 75 countries covering more than two billion people. He has played key roles in establishing several civil society and media platforms in Tanzania, and consulted on global development for, the Hewlett Foundation, Hivos and UNICEF, among others.
Rakesh serves on several non-profit boards, including the Hewlett Foundation, the International Budget Partnership (IBP), and Innovations in Poverty Action (IPA), and is an advisor to the Luminate Initiative of the Omidyar Network. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development and has been a Fellow at Harvard University.
Rakesh holds a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Literature from Brandeis University. He graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He has written and edited over 400 papers and popular publications in English and Swahili. He lives with his independently minded children and wife in New York and is reportedly a very capable house-husband.

15 August

M R Rangaswami

Board Member
The/Nudge Foundation
M.R. (Madhavan) Rangaswami is a software executive, investor, entrepreneur, corporate eco-strategy expert, community builder and philanthropist. Recognized as a software business expert, M.R. participated in the rapid expansion of the Silicon Valley software industry during his tenure as an executive at both large and small software companies.

In 1997, M.R. co-founded Sand Hill Group, an investment and consulting group which made several notable investments, produced the Enterprise and Software conference series and launched, an online resource for software business strategy. In 2007, M.R. founded the Corporate Eco Forum, an organization dedicated to improving the effectiveness of eco-strategies at Global 500 companies. In 2012 he founded Indiaspora to unite Indian Americans and to transform their success into meaningful impact in India and on the global stage.

15 August

Kamakshi Rao

Senior Investment Director
Ankur Capital
Kamakshi has two decades of experience investing in listed equities. She worked at Capital International, a part of The Capital Group Companies, from 1994 to 2010, where she invested in listed equities in Asia and elsewhere in technology, healthcare, capital goods, infrastructure and utilities.

Since 2013, Kamakshi has been affiliated with Ankur Capital, a venture capital fund based in Mumbai that invests in innovative for-profit businesses that achieve social change for low-income people in India. Through her work at Ankur, Kamakshi is learning about issues in agriculture and healthcare that can limit prosperity.
Kamakshi also served as an independent director on the board of Larsen and Toubro Financial Holdings from 2011 to 2017, where she engaged with management on issues of business strategy. Kamakshi is from Bangalore, and completed her education at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently based in New York and travels frequently to India.

15 August

Robert Rosen

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Robert Rosen leads a team that oversees the foundation’s relationship with philanthropists and charitable organizations across the globe.
Before joining the foundation in 2007, Robert served as senior director of the Corporate Finance Practice of the Corporate Executive Board, the international business strategy and research firm. Previously he served as political director for Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and in the White House as assistant to the president and director of Advance for President Clinton.

Robert received a Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont.

15 August

Ronnie Screwvala

Swades Foundation, Unilazer Ventures and upGrad
Ronnie Screwvala is a first generation entrepreneur who started his journey by introducing India to multi channel TV viewing, by launching the first cable TV network in the country. From there, he went on to build a Media and Entertainment conglomerate spanning Television, Motion Pictures, Broadcasting, Games and Digital, that he listed in 2005 for a market cap of $ 55 million and that The Walt Disney Company bought in 2012 for an enterprise value of $1.4 billion.

Ronnie puts a great deal of emphasis on Social Welfare. He founded a Foundation with a focus on Rural India and adopted over 200 villages in Maharashtra to work on their self-sufficiency in water, health, education and livelihood.

Onto his second innings after selling his stake to Disney – The Foundation – entitled SWADES, has a plan to impact one million in Rural Maharashtra in five years, with a clear exit/empowerment strategy from those villages, and building a model for others to follow. The Foundation has committed an initial amount of $50 million in its first tranche.

15 August

Zarina Screwvala

Managing Trustee
Swades Foundation
Zarina Screwvala is an Indian entrepreneur and philanthropist. She is currently the Managing Trustee of Swades Foundation, a foundation dedicated towards Rural Empowerment in India.

Previously, she was the Chief Creative Officer at UTV Software Communications (which she co- founded) where she conceptualised, promoted and managed the UTV Bindass, UTV Stars, UTV Action and Hungama TV channels.

15 August

Arun Seth

Board Member
The/Nudge Foundation
Arun Seth is ex-Chairman of British Telecom India and Alcatel-Lucent. He is a trustee at NASSCOM Foundation, and was the founding chairman of the BPO Forum for NASSCOM, India's leading industry association for IT and BPO. He is the co-chair for the Sustainable Development Council and is on the board of TERI and TERI University. Arun also serves on several boards like Dominos India (Jubilant Foodworks), Cadista Pharma, Balmer Lawrie, Narayana Hrudalaya and HelpAge India.
Arun is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur and IIM Calcutta.

15 August

Sudhir Sethi

Founder and Chairman
Chiratae Ventures India
Sudhir is Founder & Chairman of Chiratae Ventures India Advisors. Chiratae Ventures (formerly IDG Ventures India) is a leading VC firm advising AUM of $ 750 M based out of Bangalore, India.

Since 1998 Sudhir and his team have advised on investments into 100+ firms across Deep Tech, Digital Consumer, Enterprise Software, Fintech and Healthcare Sectors. Key investments include Flipkart, FirstCry, Lenskart, Policy Bazaar, Curefit, Manthan, Newgen, Nestaway, Agrostar, Emotix, Uniphore and PlaySimple amongst others.

Today Chiratae Ventures is a leading tech VC in India with Mr Ratan Tata, Mr Kris Gopalakrishnan, Mr Bruno Raschle and Mr Manish Choksi on its Global Advisory Board.

In 2001, Sudhir was recognized by Red Herring as one of the leading venture capitalists in the country. He has been named among the Top Ten IT Professionals by Dataquest and by Bloomberg UTV as ‘’Visionary Venture Capitalist” in 2011. Sudhir has been featured in Subroto Bagchi’s book ‘’Zen Garden – Conversations with Pathmakers’’, in 2014.

In addition to leading Chiratae Ventures India Advisors, Sudhir has served on EMPEA Venture Capital Council (Emerging Markets Private Equity Association). He has served as Advisor on the Technology Innovation and Productivity Council of the GMR Group. He also served on the Executive Committee of Indian Venture Capital Association (IVCA), Investment Committee of UTI Ventures, on the Board of Ascent Capital and on the Board of Advisors at N.S. Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurship, IIM Bangalore. With over 30 years of experience Sudhir has served at various leadership positions at HCL, Wipro and Cyient, as well as Country Head of Walden International India.
Sudhir holds a B.Tech in Engineering and an MBA Degree from FMS, Delhi. His interests include wild life photography.

15 August

Dr. Rajiv Shah

The Rockefeller Foundation

15 August

Nalini Shekar

Hasiru Dala
Nalini Shekar is an Indian social activist and entrepreneur who co-founded Hasiru Dala (Green Force), a non-profit helping marginalised waste pickers in Bengaluru, India, become recognised for their work and developing a more sustainable waste management system in the city.

She worked extensively on the issue of violence against women and children in the United States. She supported the facilitation passage of legislation to support victims of human trafficking in California. For immigrant women affected by domestic violence, Nalini ran a shelter in the past.

She also co-founded Kagad, Kach Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP), union of waste pickers in Pune in 1997.
Shekar return to Bengaluru in 2010, intending to retire. But a growing garbage issue and her knowledge of the skills of the waste-pickers led her to found Hasiru Dala.

Shekar has generated 540 new jobs and has helped organizing 7,500 waste pickers to work in 175 residential societies and office buildings. The NGO has successfully managed to get these marginalized waste pickers government recognised identity cards and other loan and health facilities, giving them legitimacy. Recently in 2015, the NGO also set up Hasiru Dala Innovations which has helped in creating new and long lasting livelihood options for the waste pickers. Today, Hasiru Dala has waste-pickers representing the larger goal in workshops abroad.

15 August

Dr. Devi Shetty

Chairman and Founder
Narayana Health

15 August

Smarinita Shetty

Co-founder & CEO
Smarinita is co-founder and CEO at IDR. She has more than 20 years of experience leading functions across strategy, operations, sales and business development, largely in startup environments within corporates and social enterprises. Prior to IDR, Smarinita worked at Dasra, Monitor Inclusive Markets (now FSG), JP Morgan and The Economic Times. She also co-founded Netscribes–India’s first knowledge process outsourcing firm. Her work and opinion have been featured in The Economist, Times of India, Mint and The Economic Times. Smarinita has a BE in Computer Engineering and an MBA in Finance, both from Mumbai University.

15 August

Taranjit Singh Sandhu

Ambassador of India to the United States
Taranjit Singh Sandhu is an Indian diplomat and current Indian Ambassador to the United States. He previously served as High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka. Taranjit Singh Sandhu joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1988. He was responsible for opening the Indian embassy in Ukraine and also worked there as head of the political and administration wings. He was the first secretary in Washington. He also worked as consul general in Frankfurt and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of India in Washington D.C. and Consul General of India in Frankfurt. He has also served in different capacities at the Ministry of External Affairs, India in different capacities.

15 August

Dr Pramath Sinha

Founder & Chairman
Harappa Education
Pramath is a pioneering force in Indian education.He was the Founding Dean of the Indian School of Business (ISB) and laid the grounding for the school being ranked in the FT Top 20 Global B-Schools within six years of welcoming its first batch in 2001.

He is also the Founder & Trustee of Ashoka University, a world-class liberal arts university. Ashoka has built a strong reputation for academic excellence, innovative pedagogy and transformative learning outcomes.
He has been instrumental in setting up a wide spectrum of change-based higher education initiatives, including a management program for career-oriented women (Vedica), an entrepreneurship fellowship for the Himalayan region (Naropa), and a solution-focused design education for the built environment (AnantU). He has also played a critical role in the government’s National Rail & Transportation Institute, and advises several leading colleges and universities in India, including SRCC and IIT Gandhinagar.

For his many contributions, his alma mater, IIT Kanpur conferred the Distinguished Alumnus Award on him in 2018.He has also been a media entrepreneur, education consultant and management advisor at the 9.9 Group, which he founded, the CEO of the Ananda Bazar Patrika Group, and a Partner at McKinsey & Company.

Academics are his first love: he worked on machine learning algorithms in the 1980s, while doing his MSE & PhD in Robotics from the University of Pennsylvania.

15 August

Ingrid Srinath

Director - Centre for Social Impact & Philanthropy
Ashoka University
Ingrid Srinath is the Director of the Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy at Ashoka University. She has been a passionate advocate for human rights, social justice and civil society for the past 19 years. A graduate of the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata, Ingrid transitioned from her 12-year career in advertising to the nonprofit sector in 1998 with CRY (Child Rights and You), where she was CEO from 2004-08.

She served as Secretary General from 2008-12 at CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, an influential global network of nonprofit organisations. She was Executive Director of CHILDLINE India Foundation, India’s emergency helpline for children in distress and, most recently, CEO of Hivos India, the Indian arm of the Dutch global NGO. She has served on the advisory boards of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Development Cooperation Forum (UN DCF), the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Young Lives project at Oxford University, Alliance magazine, Hasirudala, Danamojo and the Prajnya Trust and on the boards of WINGS, the INGO Accountability Charter, The Rules, Public Interest Registry and Majlis Law.

15 August

Sudha Srinivasan

N/Core - The/Nudge Centre for Social Innovation
Sudha heads N/Core - the Incubator for nonprofits from The/Nudge
Foundation. As Director and Head of N/Core, Sudha leads our efforts to discover exceptional talent working in all areas of poverty alleviation and accelerate their startup journey. The goal of N/Core is to nurture talent that will go on to build India’s most impactful and admired nonprofits delivering meaningful impact at large scale.

Previously, Sudha worked at Intel, where she spent nearly 13 years in various leadership roles spanning business operations, engineering and organizational development. Sudha has a lot of experience in handling large-scale global projects, programs and products including some solid experience in change management initiatives in her long career with Intel. She has great passion for enabling organizations to ramp in scale and competence, and achieve audacious goals.

Prior to Intel she worked at Verizon Data Services, iNautix Technology and Infosys. Sudha is an engineer by training, and holds an MBA from IIM Lucknow.

Raj Subramaniam

President & COO
FedEx Corp
Raj Subramaniam is president, chief operating officer and a director of FedEx Corp. As president and chief operating officer of FedEx Corp., Subramaniam oversees the FedEx portfolio of operating companies and the more than 490,000 team members of FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Freight, FedEx Services, FedEx Logistics and FedEx Office. He is also co-president and co-chief executive officer of FedEx Services.
Subramaniam is a member of the five-person Executive Committee, which plans and executes the corporation’s strategic business activities. He is also a member of the FedEx Strategic Management Committee, a select group of the company’s top leadership, which sets the strategic direction for the enterprise.
Born in Trivandrum, India, Subramaniam received an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). He earned two post-graduate degrees: a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to serving on the FedEx Corp. Board of Directors, Subramaniam is a member of the Board of Directors of First Horizon National Corporation, U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum, and the U.S.-China Business Council. He holds membership in a number of business leadership organizations, including World 50.

15 August

Preeti Sudan

Health Secretary
Government of India
Preeti Sudan is the current Health Secretary of India. She has been the key strategist in times of COVID-19 pandemic and has the arduous task of keeping India informed and ensure all states are containing the virus spread. A 1983 batch IAS officer of the Andhra cadre, she was previously a Secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution. Apart from this, she has served at various central and state level positions such as a Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Defense as well as in position relating to disaster management and tourism. She has been a key functionary in the planning and implementation of the Ayushman Bharat Yojana, a scheme of the Indian government's National Health Policy aiming to provide free health coverage at the secondary and tertiary level to India's bottom 40% poor and vulnerable population.

She has degrees in Economics and Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics. She has been trained in public finance management in Washington. She has also served as consultant in the World Bank.

15 August

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan

Chief Scientist
World Health Organization
Soumya Swaminathan yadav is chief scientist at the World Health Organization. Originally belonging to India, she is also a paediatrician and clinical scientist known for her research on tuberculosis. Swaminathan has been Chief Scientist of the World Health Organization since March 2019.

15 August

Zoé Tabary

Property Rights Editor
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Zoe Tabary is a Thomson Reuters Foundation editor who writes on efforts to build climate resilience, among other topics.

Prior to this she was an Editor with Amnesty International whose role entailed researching and producing reports on human rights issues. Before that Zoe was an Editor with The Economist Intelligence Unit's Thought Leadership team for almost four years. Prior to joining The Economist Intelligence Unit she worked as a journalist in France and the UK.

She holds a Master of Science in Marketing and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Sciences Po Paris, and is fluent in French, Spanish and German.

15 August

Abha Thorat Shah

Executive Director, Social Finance
British Asian Trust
Abha leads our Social Finance work across South Asia. She is a founding member of The British Asian Trust and has contributed to its design and leadership during the start-up years and now to its growth.
Abha has over 15 years’ experience working on strategic programmatic solutions, tackling complex issues throughout South Asia. Her expertise and ability to leverage key cross-sector partnerships has led to the development of our flagship programmes in the region. Abha has also been a crucial driver of the development of innovative social finance mechanisms, heightening the Trust’s entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy to meet Sustainable Development Goal targets. In recognition of British Asian Trust's work in this area, Abha is also a Fellow of Practice 2020 at the Go Labs, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.
Abha has extensive experience of creating and nurturing philanthropic, business and cultural relationships between the UK and South Asia and practical experience of both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Before coming to the Trust Abha was the Chief Operating Officer of the UK India Business Council after five years in the Reinsurance markets in London. She grew up in Mumbai, India and graduated with a BA in Political Science from the University of Mumbai and a BA HonsinSocial and Political Sciences from Cambridge University.

15 August

Amit Varshneya

CEO - North America
The/Nudge Foundation
Amit leads The/Nudge's US strategy, fundraising and partnerships and help us build a global base of supporters. Amit also oversees our marketing team and strategy. In his 20+ years career in the US marketing and technology space, Amit has helped the growth of companies like Hexaware, Demandbase, Madison Logic and Ziff Davis.

Amit has a B.Tech from University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee) and MBA from IIM Bangalore.

Pritha Venkatachalam

The Bridgespan Group
Pritha is a Partner in Bridgespan’s Mumbai office. She has advised governments, donors, foundations and philanthropies, multilateral organizations, nonprofits, and the private sector on a wide range of global development challenges. Her experience includes public policy formulation, design and implementation of global development interventions, strategy and financial advisory, and evaluation of programs.
Pritha has been a Research Scholar at the Development Studies Institute at the London School of Economics where she published on innovative financing of infrastructure at the sub-national level, and municipal finance systems in India and Tanzania. She has also written on immunization and health financing, and presented at seminars and workshops on public health issues.
Prior to joining Bridgespan, Pritha established and led the New Delhi office of Dalberg Global Development Advisors, where she co-led the Global Health and Nutrition practice area. Previously, Pritha was a Director at Cambridge Economic Policy Associates (CEPA) UK, where she worked for almost a decade. She set up CEPA's first international office in New Delhi and directed development mandates in Asia and Africa across public health, agriculture and infrastructure sectors. Pritha’s earlier responsibilities include being a financial specialist at the World Bank on urban infrastructure projects, and a Senior Consultant at Accenture in London and New Delhi.
Pritha holds a Masters in Development Management from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore including an exchange program at Melbourne Business School. She is a recipient of the Citibank Leadership Award.

15 August

Ravi Venkatesan

Ravi Venkatesan is the founder of the Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME) and UNICEF’s Special Representative for Young People and Innovation.

Ravi is a former Chairman of the Bank of Baroda where he oversaw the turnaround of India’s second largest public sector bank. As a board member then Co-Chairman of Infosys Ltd., he helped steer the company through a challenging set of transitions. Prior to this, as Chairman of Microsoft India, Ravi helped build India into Microsoft’s second-largest presence in the world. He was instrumental in creating Microsoft India’s Project Shiksha, a computer literacy program which has so far trained over 40 million school children in India. He was previously the Chairman of Cummins India and led its transformation into India’s leading provider of engines and power generation solutions. He also helped establish the Cummins College of Engineering, India’s first engineering college for women, in Pune.
Ravi is the founder of Social Venture Partners India, a pan-India network of philanthropists and is a partner at impact investor Unitus Ventures.

Ravi has a BTech from IIT Bombay, an MS from Purdue University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. He is the author of an acclaimed book “Conquering the Chaos: Win in India, Win Everywhere” published by Harvard Business Review.

15 August

Alkesh Wadhwani

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Alkesh Wadhwani leads the poverty alleviation portfolio for the foundation’s India Country Office, which comprises programmatic work in Agriculture Development, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, Financial Services for the Poor (FSP), and Gender Equality. Previously, Alkesh led the health, nutrition, and family planning portfolio for the foundation in India.
Alkesh joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in India in 2003 and was one of the key members who helped conceptualize and implement the $338 million funded Avahan program, the AIDS initiative of the world's largest HIV/AIDS prevention programs.
Before joining the foundation, he worked for McKinsey & Co., where he served clients in India, Asia, Europe, and U.S. in the financial services and pharmaceutical sectors. He co-founded IIT Invest Trust Ltd., with seats on the BSE and NSE, and interests in institutional and retail broking, and investment banking. He has also worked in the Financial Institutions Group of Citibank in Mumbai.
His educational background includes a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering, IIT Mumbai and MBA from IIM Calcutta, in finance and systems.

15 August

Shelly Walia

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Welcome Address: Coming together for India's resurgence

00:00 00:30


Opening Plenary: India's fight against poverty

00:30 01:15

Opening Plenary: India's fight against poverty
Seminal moments in our development journey, current challenges and opportunities to effect inclusive and sustainable growth


Plenary: Free trade, geo-political trends and a blueprint for economic prosperity

01:15 02:00

Plenary: Free trade, geo-political trends and his blueprint for economic prosperity


Social Investment for Systems Change

02:00 03:00

Social Investment for Systems Change: How can India accelerate development with a multi-sector approach?


Plenary: My Investing Journey

03:00 03:30


Philanthropy, Innovation, and Social Entrepreneurship: Deshpande Foundation's quest for long term impact

03:30 04:00


Foundational Systems for Inclusive Development

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Industry's role in Inclusive Development

05:00 06:00


Global Plenary: Fireside chat with Raj Shah and Don Gips

06:00 06:30


The Global Struggle for Environmental Justice

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Social Investment Ecosystem for India

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Flag Hoisting by the Prime Minister

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The State of Education in India

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Economic development through equitable access to energy: SDG 7

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Plenary Address: Dr. Soumya Swaminathan

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Stories from the field

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The road ahead: Building resilience in India's primary healthcare system

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New Education Policy and the vision of “no child left behind”.

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The role of Markets in spreading prosperity; The path forward

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In It Together: sharing the development agenda

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Our Journey in Participative Philanthropy

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Spotlight on Changemakers. From the Frontlines.

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Making India the Skill Capital of the World

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Rebuilding lives in India

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Role of Technology in enabling the Development sector

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In conversation: Collective action on global poverty

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Contemporary Discourses in Gender-Based Development Work

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The role of institutions in development

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Philanthropy for a Sustainable World; Giving Journey

20:30 21:00


Advancing science and technology for development

21:00 21:30

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Spotlight on Changemakers - Vikas Khanna

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Spotlight on Changemakers: Dr. Raj Panjabi

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India's path to Inclusive Growth

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Closing plenary

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Closing Concert

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