Tarun Jotwani is the Chairman of the Global Council for Dasra and the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of TKG Investments based in London. He has been in the banking sector for over 25 years. He was responsible for Global Markets as the Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director at Nomura Holdings Inc. His previous roles include CEO of Nomura’s operations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; Chairman and CEO of Lehman Brothers, India, and Head of Capital Markets for APAC, Lehman Brothers. Tarun has lived and worked in New York, Tokyo, London, and Mumbai.
An alumnus of IIT Bombay and IIM Calcutta, Ashish currently works as the MD & CEO of BSE. He was part of a core team of 5 people from IDBI selected to set up the National Stock Exchange. He currently serves on the Board of various group companies and is a member of the Board of Governors of IIT Jabalpur. He serves as Chairman of the Technology Committee of FMC and is a member of several SEBI and other government and industry body committees. Rated among the top 50 CIOs in the world, he was the President and CIO of Reliance group. Recently he was felicitated with the Distinguished Alumni Award by IIT Bombay.
Smarinita Shetty leads the Dasra Girl Alliance, which is a partnership between USAID, Kiawah Trust, Piramal Foundation and Dasra. The Alliance is a multi-year $30 million initiative launched to build an ecosystem to empower girls and improve the health outcomes of mothers and children. Smarinita has over 18 years of experience leading and managing functions across operations, sales, and business development at a variety of organizations. Prior to joining Dasra, she was a senior member of the Monitor Inclusive Markets unit at Monitor-Deloitte and led its Impact Sourcing and Affordable Housing initiatives. Smarinita has a Bachelor of Engineering and MBA in Finance from the University of Mumbai.
Vedika Bhandarkar has had a 25 year career in the financial services industry across M&A, capital markets, private banking, structured finance, project finance and lending. Most recently, for the past four years, she was the Vice Chairman of Credit Suisse in India and headed the investment banking department and the Global Markets Solutions group. Prior to that, she worked for 12 years with J.P.Morgan and for 9 years with the ICICI group. Vedika has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a BSc from MS University, Udaipur. She is married with two children and is based in Mumbai.
Neera Nundy is a co-founder of Dasra. Most recently she led the partnership between Harvard Business School and the Dasra Social Impact Leadership Program to support social entrepreneurs. Neera has advised and published 22 sector research reports on education, health, and employability. She has enabled portfolio organizations such as SNEHA and Mann Deshi to refine their strategies and accelerate their growth by a 10-20x rate. She played a pivotal role in engaging with USAID, Kiawah Trust, and Piramal Foundation to form the $30 million Dasra Girl Alliance. She is an Aspen Fellow, received the Governor General Medal from Canada, and graduated from Harvard Business School.
Deval is a co-founder at Dasra. He has provided philanthropists with intelligent investment strategies directing over USD $44 million into the Indian social sector over the past 15 years. He incubated the Dasra Philanthropy Forum and Dasra Giving Circles, recently awarded as one of the top 10 innovations in global philanthropy by New Philanthropy Capital. Deval regularly contributes to media channels such as Bloomberg, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Economic Times, Times of India and Mint. He is a Cordes Fellow and a founding Board member of Magic Bus and Villgro.
Harish is the co-founder and president of Daksh, a Bangalore-based independent, not-for-profit organization. Daksh work focuses on developing accountability structures for governance organizations. Harish is a lawyer and founding partner of the Bangalore-headquartered law firm, Samvad Partners. Samvad is consistently ranked as a leading law firm in India. Harish has extensive experience in advising on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, banking, corporate financing, private equity, projects, regulatory and dispute resolution matters. Harish has a B.A., LL.B (Hons.) from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, a BCL from Oxford University (where he was a Radhakrishnan Scholar), and a BA (Philosophy) from the University of London.
Luis Miranda quit working full-time in 2010 to focus on not-for-profits and driving his kids and wife crazy. He has had more success with the second. He has been involved in setting up two companies- HDFC Bank and IDFC Private Equity and is Chairman of the Centre for Civil Society and a Trustee of SNEHA and CORO. He is Senior Advisor at Morgan Stanley Infrastructure and Director at Samhita Social Ventures. Luis is a member of the Global Advisory Board of Chicago Booth and also advises Gateway House, 17000 Feet Foundation, Operation ASHA and Muktangan.
Rohini Nilekani is the Founder/ Chairperson of Arghyam, a foundation she has personally endowed to fund initiatives in ‘safe, sustainable water for all’. Since 2005, Arghyam has supported projects in water and sanitation all around India. Arghyam also facilitates the India Water Portal, which has become a singular resource for the sector. In 2004, she co-founded and funded Pratham Books, a non-profit children’s publisher, which aims to democratize the joy of reading with ‘A book in every child’s hands’. She has served on several boards including ATREE- Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, and SRFS- Sanghamithra Rural Financial Services.
Dr. Balaji, President, Corporate Sustainability, Piramal Enterprises Limited and founding CEO of Piramal Swasthya (formerly known as HMRI), is a doctorate in Management. He incubated and set up Piramal Swasthya while pioneering innovative solution engineering and developing an apt Public-Private-Partnership model that has since become the industry benchmark. Piramal Swasthya is a proud recipient of Times of India Social Impact Awards 2015, Manthan South Asia Award (2009), NASSCOM and KPMG Healthcare IT Award (2011) and several eWorld, eIndia, EdelGive and NASSCOM awards. Prior to this, Dr. Balaji was the Founding CEO & Vice-Chairman of Satyam Foundation, the not-for-profit foundation of Satyam Computer Services Ltd (rechristened Tech Mahindra).
Aditi is a social entrepreneur and co-founder of Menstrupedia, working towards spreading awareness about menstruation. As a Ford Foundation Research Scholar she has conducted extensive research in understanding the scenario of menstrual unawareness in India and its impact on a girl’s life. She has designed effective educational tools for girls and schools using storytelling and sequential art for educating young girls about menstruation in a society where the subject is a major taboo. Aditi made it to the achiever’s list of Forbes India 30 under 30, 2014 for her work towards breaking the taboo around menstruation. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, CNBC and BBC.
Poonam Muttreja is the Executive Director of the Population Foundation of India (PFI) and a member of the Family Planning 2020 Reference Group. Before joining PFI, Poonam worked with the MacArthur Foundation as India Country Director where she was responsible for the Foundation’s grants in India. An innovator in the field of development, in the earlier stage of her career she has founded organizations in areas of social justice (SRUTI), craft (DASTKAR) and programs on leadership (Founder Director of the Ashoka Foundation, India), especially in the field of women’s health. Ms. Muttreja has a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Aditi Kothari is an Executive Vice President at DSP BlackRock Investment Managers, where she is currently the head of marketing and a member of its Executive Committee and the CSR committee. She is the driving force behind DSP BlackRock’s WINVESTOR, an education initiative empowering women with financial knowledge. Aditi is on the Advisory Board for Dasra and is a Trustee of the Hemendra Kothari Foundation and the Wildlife Conservation Trust, a not-for-profit organization which focuses on saving India’s forests and wildlife. Aditi has a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Kathy Walkling is the co-founder of Eco Femme, a social enterprise with global reach working to promote healthy, dignified, and eco-friendly menstrual hygiene practices. Originally from Australia, Kathy has been based in Auroville since 1997 - an emerging international township in South India. Here, she worked on women's empowerment and socio-economic development, which sensitized her to rural India’s challenges around sustainable development and gender equity. Eco Femme is entering its 4th year of operations, and brings together Kathy’s passion for social change, co-creative partnerships, women's empowerment and environmental sustainability.
Surita Sandosham is Vice President, Programs at Synergos. She had led the efforts to build and support inclusive partnerships and Synergos networks including the Global Philanthropists Circle, Senior Fellows and Social Innovators. Surita has served as Director of the Partnership for Child Nutrition. She is an adjunct lecturer at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. Surita has more than a decade of experience working in the non-profit sector holding senior executive positions in leading organizations including Rockefeller Foundation, Lambda Legal Defense Fund, Equality Now and Amnesty International USA. She has a degree in history and politics from London University’s SOAS and a law degree from City University London.
A. Dinkar is a Principal at Bain & Company based out of New Delhi. He has over 11 years of experience in consulting and industry including at ITC Ltd. At Bain, he is a member of the Healthcare, Telecom & Technology practices supporting clients on issues around growth strategy, sales force effectiveness and performance improvement. Dinkar also led the Bain Corporate Social Responsibility initiative (“Prayas”) from 2009-13 and co-authored the Bain India Philanthropy Report in 2014. Prior to Bain, Dinkar has worked in sales & marketing at Accenture. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Calcutta.
Aaditeshwar Seth is the co-founder and CEO of Gram Vaani Community Media, a startup that builds innovative social media technologies for poor and marginalized communities to voice their opinions and demands. Aaditeshwar is also a faculty in the Department of Computer Science at IIT Delhi, where he heads the ACT4D (Appropriate Computing Technologies for Development) research group. He graduated with a PhD degree from the University of Waterloo in Canada in 2008, and completed his B. Tech from IIT Kanpur in 2002. Work by Aaditeshwar's team at Gram Vaani and IIT Delhi is being used by over 100 organizations in India and other countries including several in Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
Vishal leads Dasra’s on-going management support to Dasra’s Portfolio organizations, enabling them to realize their scaling plans, and is also responsible for managing the team’s due diligence on high-impact and scalable models. Prior to joining Dasra, Vishal worked for four years under the Antitrust Competition Economics division at Charles River Associates in Boston, USA, where he performed economic analyses for mergers and acquisitions and antitrust lawsuits across diverse industries, such as healthcare, pharmaceuticals, office supplies, retail distribution and labor relations. Vishal holds a BA in Economics with Honors from Trinity College, Hartford, CT, where he also co-captained the Men’s Squash Team (US inter-collegiate national champions).
Pratima, founder of Shelter Associates, is an architect by profession and has been recognized as an expert on urban planning, slum architecture, GIS mapping, and housing and sanitation. She has been awarded “Google Earth Hero” for the innovative use of Google Earth® in her work. Also an Ashoka Fellow, Pratima has been a speaker at various global conferences, including the “24th World Congress of Architects” in Tokyo in September 2011.
Ravi Bhatnagar is currently appointed as Manager, External Affairs for Reckitt Benckiser, India. In a career spanning over a decade he has held prime offices with Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Population Services International (PSI), The World Bank and Aga Khan Health Services, India. He has played a key role in shaping Caregiver and Public Policy Work, Global Business Coalition on Health (GBC Health), Quality Checklists in Public Health Interventions along with product innovation and renovation. He holds a Masters in Health Administration (MHA with Research) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India and is an Alumni of Harvard Business School.
John Paul (known as JP) is the Associate Director - Funding at Dasra. His corporate career spanned Sales and Commercial Strategy at PepsiCo and Virgin Media (the UK cable operator) with responsibility for multi million GBP budgets before moving to be Head of CSR at Virgin Media. His team helped secured £108m from the UK Government for Start Ups. A 6 month sabbatical as faculty on the Dasra Social Impact program exposed him to over 50 of India’s leading Social Entrepreneurs and inspired him to start his own business in the UK which he left running in the UK to join Dasra. JP has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from The University of Edinburgh.
P. Balaji is the Director - Regulatory and External Affairs of Vodafone India. Prior to Vodafone, Balaji served as the Managing Director of Nokia and Sony Mobile Communications, India. Balaji has over 24 years of experience in the Telecom & IT industry. He has held senior leadership positions with ventures of TATA group, AT&T, Ericsson, Lucent and Sony. He was a member of CII, FICCI and ASSOCHAM and co-chairman of their telecom national sub-committees. He is the former President of Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association (TEMA) and Northern Region Chairman of the Telecom Export promotion council. An Electronics Engineer from IIT Roorkee, Balaji did his MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad in Marketing, Finance and Strategy.
CV Madhukar leads Governance & Citizen Engagement investments for Omidyar Network India Advisors. Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Madhukar was the co-founder and director of PRS Legislative Research, an institution that aims to make India’s legislative process better informed, more transparent and participatory. In early 2000, he co-founded Akshara Foundation and helped establish the Azim Premji Foundation. Madhukar earned a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he was an Edward S. Mason fellow. Madhukar is an Echoing Green fellow, Ashoka fellow, and Eisenhower fellow. He was elected Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Lakshmi is the Lucknow Bureau Chief of Khabar Lahariya. She worked for four years as the editor of the Sitamarhi edition of Khabar Lahariya, in Bihar. She has represented the newspaper in state level, national and international media events. She has also trained and mentored other KL reporters in UP and Bihar and is herself trained in journalism and digital storytelling. As an editor and reporter, she worked in Naxal-affected areas on the Nepal border and Uttar Pradesh, covering crime and development issues.
Dipti Goyal oversees the accounts, finance, and administrative departments at Dasra. She has over 13 years of investment banking experience, advising mid-sized Indian & global corporates on strategic & financial advisory matters such as mergers & acquisitions and private equity capital raising. Dipti has an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore where she was on the Director's Merit List. She is also a C.A. Intermediate rank holder.
Jeff Bradach is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of The Bridgespan Group where he leads the organization's strategy and mission. Jeff writes and speaks extensively on nonprofit strategy, business planning, and philanthropy. His publications include ‘Going to Scale: The Challenge of Replicating Social Programs’ (Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2003), ‘Delivering on the Promise of Nonprofits’ (Harvard Business Review, 2008), and ‘Scaling Impact’ (Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2010). Jeff has also taught at Harvard Business School and serves on several non-profit boards. He is a graduate of Stanford University and completed his PhD. in organizational behavior at Harvard University.
A St. Xavier's and Government Law College graduate, Justice Patel started practice in 1987 in Mumbai, working on commercial, corporate and civil litigations, including environmental PILs related to Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Melghat National Park, and mangrove protection. He served as Honorary Secretary of the Bombay Bar Association from 1999-2005 and on the Standing Committee till his appointment as a High Court judge. From 2008-2011 he lectured part-time in Administrative, Constitutional and Environmental Law at Government Law College and has served as a trustee on several charitable trusts and foundations associated with education, environment and the hearing-impaired.
Nitai Mehta is the Founder Trustee at Praja Foundation. He is also Director of Adity Designs Pvt. Ltd one of Mumbai’s oldest fashion houses started in 1968. It designs and produces embroidery for the most reputed fashion houses across the world. Nitai is also Director of Forest Of Chintz an international accessories Brand which has been launched in Europe and America. He also founded “Association of Youth for a Better India” and is a trustee of Madhu Mehta Foundation. He completed his Bachelors in Commerce (Accounting and Economics) from Sydenham College, Bombay.
Vivek Srinivasan works with the Program on Liberation Technology at Stanford University, which he joined after finishing his PhD in social sciences from Syracuse University, New York. In the past, he has worked with several rights based campaigns that work on basic education, right to food, care for children under six, and the right to information. His main line of work at Stanford is to look at the role that ICT could play in making governments transparent. One of his projects currently underway in India seeks to create proactive disclosure of information using mobile phones that have become ubiquitous in India.
Dr. Ganesh Natarajan is Vice Chairman & CEO of Zensar Technologies, a leading firm that optimizes technology and processes for Fortune 500 companies. He is also a Founder and Board Member of Global Talent Track, a pioneer in Employability Skills Training in Asia. Ganesh’s industry responsibilities include leadership of the HBS Club of India, Chairman of the National Committee on Knowledge Management and Business Transformation, the Western Region Committee on Skills for the Confederation of Indian Industry, NASSCOM and NASSCOM Foundation. Ganesh is a Director of Social Venture Partners India and Convener of SVP Pune.
Lisa Heydlauff is the founder & director of Going to School, a not-for-profit education trust that creates design-driven stories to teach entrepreneurial skills to economically deprived children. Going to School works in 1,300 secondary government schools in Bihar & Jharkhand, directly reaching 150,000 kids. Going to School stories have been incorporated in the national curriculum where they are read by 10 million children every year; their movies have aired on national channels reaching 100 million people. Lisa is a TED Fellow, Ashoka Fellow, Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and author of Going to School books in India.
Madhvendra Das is the Head of Communications & CSR for the Deutsche Bank group in India. Deutsche Bank India’s CSR initiatives are focused around education, sustainability and social investments. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Madhvendra headed the communications function for Citigroup, Vodafone Essar and ICICI in India over the last 15 years. Prior to that, Madhvendra has had shorter stints as a financial journalist with the Economic Times, as a financial services professional with Fortress Finance and as a sales manager with Modi GBC Ltd. Madhvendra has a Masters in History from Delhi University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Mumbai.
Madhu Singh Sirohi is the head of Vodafone Foundation in India. Prior to joining Vodafone, Madhu was the Country Head for Corporate Responsibility and Environment at Uninor and was a part of the team that lead the GSMA mWomen agenda in India bringing focus to the gender gap in phone ownership. She has previously worked with TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) and with Solar Quarterly. A graduate of liberal arts from Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi University, she went on to specialize in education and is an academic author with over 75 books in core subjects published under her name by leading publishers.
Kusum contested for the post of Sarpanch from unreserved woman seat and won by 24 votes, securing a total of 428 votes against 6 candidates in Panchayat elections. She owes her success to the considerable good will generated by her in previous term as Sarpanch, and also the work that she did with the community as ex-EWR, her role in EWR federation and SWEEP Campaign. Two of the main development planks that she contested elections on and she has plans to achieve the mandate is to stop violence against women and end corruption.
Anantha is the Chief Consultant of Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives started by Mr. Azim Premji to primarily focus on philanthropy and grant making in India. Ananth is also the Chief Executive of Amnesty International in India, where he leads their efforts to end grave abuses of human rights in India. He is the organization’s chief campaigner, political adviser, strategist and spokesperson in the region. Previously, he has been the Head of Teacher Education at Azim Premji Foundation, the CEO and International Programme Director for Greenpeace. Ananth graduated in 1988 from IIT Madras with a B Tech in Electrical Engineering.
Xerses Sidwha joined USAID/India as the Deputy Director of the Health Office in December 2014. Prior to his arrival, Xerses served as USAID's Health Team Leader in Afghanistan. He has also served with USAID in Vietnam and Ethiopia. Xerses holds a Master’s degree in public policy and one in urban planning from the University of Michigan. He hails from Texas in the United States of America.
Pakzan works on research reports in various development sectors and carries out primary due diligence of non profit organizations. Before joining Dasra, Pakzan worked at The Akanksha Foundation in Mumbai, where she designed curriculum, planned community development programs and devised impact measurables. Pakzan has a Masters in Business Administration with honors from S.P Jain Center of Management and a Bachelor’s in Management Studies with honors from the University of Mumbai.
Deanna Hanek Abdeen is a member of the U.S. Foreign Service and serves as the Deputy Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate General Mumbai. She has been in Mumbai since August 2012, serving first as the chief of the consular section, and then moving into her current position in November 2014. Prior assignments have included consular, management, and refugee policy positions in Amman, Santo Domingo, Damascus, Cairo, and Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, and the Bureau of Finance and Management Policy. She has studied Arabic and Spanish at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center of the State Department, and holds a B.A. degree from Bethel University.
Yogesh Sagar has been a Municipal Counsellor since 2000. He is also the District Council of North Mumbai BJP. He was elected to Maharashtra Legislative Assembly in October 2009. He has funded and worked for Shanti Sandesh Foundation and Mahila Microfinance Credit Society. Mr. Sagar supports the education of 162 youngsters in his constituency by finding ‘patrons and donors’ for them. He also supports weddings of orphan girls and has built toilets for women in Kandivali’s slums . Praja has ranked him number one amongst 31 Mumbai legislators in a survey conducted by them.
Kaku Nakhate is the President and Country Head (India) of Bank of America N.A. She is also a member of the Asia Pacific Executive Committee. She is responsible for building a market-leading franchise in India, overseeing the strategy and direction. Before assuming her current position in June 2010, Kaku was vice chairperson of J.P. Morgan, India, in charge of equities, WSS (India) and strategy. Prior to J.P. Morgan, Kaku worked with DSP Merrill Lynch for 20 years. Kaku is the Vice-Chairperson of the National Executive Board of AMCHAM (American Chamber of Commerce) and Chairperson of its Western Chapter. Kaku has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Mumbai University and holds a Masters in Management Studies (Finance) from the Mumbai University.
Hari Menon is Deputy Director for India Country Programs at the New Delhi office of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He oversees the India Country Office’s engagement in Agriculture Development, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WSH), Financial Services for the Poor (FSP), HIV and TB. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation in October 2013, he served as strategic philanthropy adviser to Rohini Nilekani, a leading Indian philanthropist with interests in diverse development areas including water & sanitation, environment conservation, education and governance & accountability. Previously, he spent over seven years (2004-11) with the Gates Foundation’s India Country Office of the foundation supporting a wide portfolio of work in public health in areas such as HIV prevention and maternal and child health. He hold a graduate degree in business management from XLRI School of Management, Jamshedpur and a undergraduate degree in Mechnical Engineering from the College of Engineering & Technology, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
Sanjiv graduated as a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad in 1989 following his PGP from the same Institute a decade earlier. He has been associated with Tata Trusts since 2007 as the Leader of the Program Team and continues his activities in the Trusts as Program Director. Sanjiv has taught at The Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) during 1981 - 94. He led the International Water Management Institute -Tata (IWMI-Tata) Water Policy Program during 2005-7. He has authored 7 books till date and several papers in National and International journals.