Speakers

 

Anand Kumar Jaiswal

Anand Kumar Jaiswal is Associate Professor of Marketing at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA). His research interests include bottom of the pyramid (BOP) markets, services management, customer satisfaction, business-to-consumer e-commerce, and brand extension management. He has published papers in the Long Range Planning, Journal of Interactive Marketing, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Services Marketing, Journal of Consumer Marketing, Innovations, Organization & Environment, Managing Service Quality, Marketing Intelligence and Planning, Journal of Academy of Business and Economics, Asian Case Research Journal, Economic & Political Weekly and Decision. He was given Distinguished Young Professor Award for excellence in research in 2011 at Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. He won the International Management Division’s Skolkovo Best Paper Finalist award in 2012 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston. He won the best case award in 2011 international EFMD Case Competition in the Indian Management Issues and Opportunities category. In 2013 international EFMD Case Competition he was runner-up in the Indian Management Issues and Opportunities category and received a special Highly Commended mention. His consulting experience includes working with several organizations such as Sanofi-Aventis, Novo Nordisk, Novo Nordisk Region International Operations and General Electric.

Anand Kumar Jaiswal

Associate Professor of Marketing, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA)

Aarti Mohan

Aarti Mohan, is a Co-Founder at Sattva and heads the Knowledge Practice at Sattva. She brings strong expertise in creating, developing and publishing insights. As part of the Knowledge Practice, Aarti builds hypotheses and publishes insights and content products centred around social impact and sustainability to reach diverse audiences in the form of research reports, strategy briefs, whitepapers, case studies and digital narratives in the space of social innovation, CSR and sustainability. She has contributed to various publications including The Alternative, Women’s Web, Teacher Plus, Parent Circle and Deccan Chronicle. Prior to founding Sattva, Aarti was a Tech Lead and a Senior Design Engineer at Texas Instruments India, specializing in Wireless Design. Aarti has completed her BE (Hons) Computer Science from BITS Pilani and is an Alumnus of the IIM-Bangalore Management Program for Women Entrepreneurs (MPWE) . In addition, she is a Goldman Sachs ISB Fellow, Cohort, 2011.

Aarti Mohan

Co-Founder, Sattva

Anita Kumar

Anita Kumar Anita Kumar, has over a decade of experience in both the private sector and the development sector and has worn various hats – employee in a large corporate, free-lancer, and entrepreneur. She was with Procter & Gamble for five years in Sales & then Go-to-market Strategy for All-India. In 2009 she shifted to the development sector to use her skills to solve more complex social issues, and was consulting with different social organizations through her firm InsightsApplied including the Tamil Nadu Government, and various Foundations. For about 1.5 years, she consulted full-time with one of the large skill training organizations in the country helping them across a range of activities including mission alignment, impact measurement, sales strategy and partnerships. Last year she co-founded a social enterprise which used technology to bridge information gaps about learning and livelihoods for disadvantaged youth. She is currently a Principal at Sattva Consulting leading the Strategic Initiatives group Anita is a graduate of IIM Calcutta (2004) and has an MSc in Development Management from LSE.

Anita Kumar

Principal, Sattva Consulting

Brian Griffith

Brian Griffith Chairman of the Board, is the fourth-generation family member to lead Griffith Foods. Brian has worked in the food industry for almost three decades, with more than 20 years of service at Griffith Foods. Throughout his tenure with the company, Brian has held diverse leadership positions within Griffith and Custom Culinary, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary, including management roles in Europe, Asia and North America. From 2005 until 2014, he led our teams in the dynamic Asia Pacific markets, served as Vice Chairman and Group President for Central and South America, Asia Pacific, and India – Middle East for Griffith. In 2015, Brian began leading Griffith Foods as Executive Chairman. Over the past four years, he has spearheaded a team to establish form and structure in Griffith’s sustainability platform of People, Planet and Performance, and apply it across all business units worldwide. In the coming years, he will continue guiding the organization to develop new shared value opportunities and promote a Purpose-driven strategy that supports the community and preserves the planet while fostering continued successful performance. Brian earned a B.A. in International Political Science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.

Brian Griffith

Chairman of the Board, Griffith Foods

Christina Tewes-Gradl

Christina Tewes-Gradlis a Founder and Managing Director of Endeva, and initiator of ii2030. After starting her career with McKinsey & Company, she worked with rice farmers in Madagascar on marketing their rice. Agribusiness remained a key area of interest at Endeva, where she collaborated with diverse actors including UNDP, GIZ, ECOM and WorldVision International to improve market access for smallholders. She is the lead author of the report “Growing Business with Smallholders.” Christina wrote her PhD thesis on the business model concept, and holds Masters degrees from LSE and the University of Passau.

Christina Tewes-Gradl

Founder and Managing Director, Endeva

Daniel Buchbinder

Daniel Buchbinder is the Founder and Director of Alterna, the premier platform for social innovation and entrepreneurship in Central America. Since Alterna´s conception Daniel has leaded the launch of two social ventures that serve rural populations at the BoP, and the cultivation of the first inclusive generation of +800 local entrepreneurs with social or environmental impact in Guatemala. He leads a fantastic international team of likeminded, top level professionals that share his passion to cultivate change from the ground-up. In 2018 Daniel is leading Alterna pioneering efforts as genuine early stage impact investing with the launch of the Catalyzer Impact Investment fund for Guatemala. Previous to launching Alterna Daniel devoted the initial years of his career to the consumer market as marketing executive at L´Oreal working in Latin America and Europe. He has also consulted for private and public sectors in areas such as tourism, mining Impact investing and the consumer market in Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Spain, Germany and the UK. Daniel was selected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2016. In 2014 was awarded with the Innovation for Sustainability Stephan Schmidheiny prize. Since 2016 Daniel currently contributes in board positions. in international organizations. Daniel holds a BA in Business Administration (ITAM, Mexico) and two MSc´s in Environmental Technology and Business (Imperial College, UK) and Environmental Geography (UNAM, Mexico).

Daniel Buchbinder

Founder and Director, Alterna

Deepa Prahalad

Deepa Prahalad is an author and innovation consultant. She has worked with start-ups and large multinationals, and co-authored the book, Predictable Magic: Unleash The Power of Design Strategy To Transform Your Business, which was selected by Fast Company as one of the “Best Design Books of the Year”. She is also a frequent blogger on the Huffington Post, Harvard Business Review, and other magazines. Deepa is an elected member of the International Academy of Management and the Center for Digital Transformation at UC (Irvine) and was ranked #34 on the inaugural Thinkers 50 India list. She was recently selected by leadership guru Marshall Goldsmith into his “100 Coaches Program” from over 16,000 global applicants. Deepa speaks on innovation and design strategy and mentors social entrepreneurs. She is on the Advisory Boards of the Global Peter Drucker Forum, ArogyaWorld and Re:Materials and is also a Board Member for the South Asian Art collection at the San Diego Museum of Art. Deepa actively supports several global efforts in memory of her late father, CK Prahalad. She is a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Deepa Prahalad

Board Member, Arogya World

Fernando Casado Cañeque

Fernando Casado Cañeque, Associate Director of the BoP Global Network, ESW and Founder, CAD Fernando Casado Cañeque is the Associate Director of the BoP Global Network and Senior Consultant at ESW. In addition Fernando is the founder and director of CAD bringing together 20 years’ experience working with international organizations in the development field. He is a Ph.D. economist and journalist specialized in projects related to economic and sustainable development. He has worked as strategic advisor to a variety of international organizations (such as UNDP, UNIDO, UNDSD, UNEP, OECD, IADB and the World Bank) and has been the General Coordinator of UNDP’s Millennium Development Goals initiative. He has also worked as a Senior Consultant in the Department of Sustainable Development and Social Responsibility at Price Water House Coopers (PwC) in New York. He is specialized managing projects promoting the achievement of development goals and cross-sectoral partnerships improving aid efficiency. He is author of several books on CSR and development and a certified Master Trainer of the IFC-SME Toolkit of the World Bank and professionally accredited partnership broker (Partnership Brokers Accreditation Scheme). He is also the Academic Director of CINI.

Fernando Casado Cañeque

Founder, CAD and Knowledge Steward, BoP Global Network

Gregory Dunn

Gregory Dunn is Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and previous Dean of the American University of Central Asia School of Entrepreneurship & Business Administration in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. While serving as SEBA’s dean, AUCA launched an interdisciplinary liberal arts major program, Social Entrepreneurship & Design Thinking, to provide students the skills needed to start social enterprises and solve challenging social issues facing the region. Gregory also taught a course, Social Enterprise & Frugal Innovation, which incorporated experiential learning and serves as the flagship course for the new major program. Prior to beginning his PhD at the National University of Singapore, Gregory worked in finance, corporate strategy and logistics.

Gregory Dunn

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, American University of Central Asia School of Entrepreneurship & Business Administration

François Lepicard

François Lepicard is a partner with Hystra. François has over 30 years of consulting and hands-on executive experience, notably in the fields of technology and corporate finance. Since he joined Hystra in 2010, François has worked on supporting inclusive businesses and their ecosystems in developing countries, through leadership on key research (Reaching Scale in Access to Energy 2017; Lighting Global Market Trends Report 2018), support to corporates (e.g. structuring and implementation of Awango by TOTAL), or advisory to numerous social entrepreneurs in Africa and Asia (notably on fund raising and business modeling). Prior to Hystra, François was a partner with McKinsey, where he led the utility and energy practice in the Paris office. He also founded Occam, a VC fund that was sold to Bryan Garnier in 2009. François is a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique.

François Lepicard

Partner, Hystra

Iqbal Z.Quadir

Iqbal Z.Quadir has pioneered technology-based and for-profit entrepreneurship for economic empowerment of low-income people for over 25 years. By synthesizing certain observations—that connectivity plays a critical role in economic empowerment and its costs have been falling dramatically—Quadir started organizing in 1993 what later became known as Grameenphone, a game-changing mobile network operator with about 60 million subscriptions today. In 2009, Quadir started helping his younger brother Kamal Quadir found bKash, a provider of mobile financial services that executes well over a billion financial transactions annually for nearly 30 million customers in Bangladesh. In order to help the next generation to pursue entrepreneurial for-profit ventures in other low-income countries, he started to teach at Harvard Kennedy School in 2001. Quadir then moved to MIT in 2005, and founded and directed Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship for nearly a decade. He also taught and mentored students as a professor of practice at MIT during that decade. Since its founding, the Legatum Center has prepared 200 MIT student entrepreneurs. In addition, Quadir co-founded Innovations, an MIT Press journal, that has been publishing quarterly for more than a decade with a focus on entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges.

Iqbal Z.Quadir

Founder, Grameen Phone and Director Emeritus, Legatum Center at MIT

Jack Sim

Jack Sim is the founder of BoP HUB, achieved financial success through several business ventures at an early age. As he grew older, Jack felt the need to change his direction in life and give back to humanity– he wanted to live his life according to the motto “Live a useful life”. Jack soon left his businesses and embarked on a journey to have a positive impact in the world. In 2001, Jack Sim founded the World Toilet Organization (WTO) to bring the Sanitation issue to the global spotlight and to advocate for clean sanitation for all. After years of dedication to the Sanitation issue, Jack Sim founded the BoP HUB in 2011 with a vision to “design business to end poverty”. Jack is a firm believer in the economic empowerment of the poor. BoP HUB now serves as a vehicle for partners in every industry and sector to collaborate and accelerate effective social business models focused at the base of the pyramid. Among his many accolades, Jack was named Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the year in 2006; Ashoka Global fellow in 2007; Asian Development Bank Water Champion in 2007; TIME Magazine Hero of the Environment in 2008; Reader’s Digest Asian of the Year in 2011; and a Synergos Senior Fellow in 2013.

Jack Sim

Founder, World Toilet Organization and BoP Hub

Jayanth Bhuvaraghan

was appointed Chief Mission Officer, Essilor International, in 2013. He is responsible for leading the Group’s efforts to bring good vision to everyone everywhere, raise global awareness on the importance of good vision and specifically lead initiatives to address the needs of the 2.5 billion people around the world who don’t have access to good vision today. Mr Bhuvaraghan has successfully established 2.5 New Vision Generation, Essilor’s inclusive business arm, to create awareness, develop infrastructure and bring the right eye care solutions to Base of the Pyramid countries. He also launched and developed Essilor BoP Innovation Lab supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board. It is a platform to ideate and develop scalable solutions to address the needs of BoP consumers. He is also Chairman of Essilor Social Impact fund dedicated to creating social impact through vision care globally. Mr Bhuvaraghan joined as the CEO of Essilor in India in 1998, where he was responsible for launching the company. In 2007, he was appointed President South Asia, ASEAN, Emerging Brands, Lab Operations & IT for the AMERA region, based out of Essilor’s regional HQ in Singapore. He is a member of the Essilor International executive committee since January 2010 and a member of Essilor International Management Committee. Mr Bhuvaraghan has over 36 years of experience, including 23 years in the ophthalmic optics industry, and previously served in leadership and business development positions in chemical engineering and automobile industries. He holds a post graduate degree in materials science and is an alumnus of the Insead Fontainbleau Advance Management Program. Jayanth Bhuvaraghan SpeakerBIO

Jayanth Bhuvaraghan

Chief Mission Officer, Essilor

Jayarethanam Pillai

Jayarethanam Pillai is the Division Head of Business and Dean – School of Entrepreneurship and Business Administration and an Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA). He also dedicates his time as a Professor of Economics at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE Academy) and a lecturer and thesis supervisor for graduates. He is involved heavily in the School’s Strategic Development, particularly in the ongoing efforts towards AACSB, AMBA and CEEMAN Accreditation Standards. He recently established research centres within the SEBA umbrella: Centre of Entrepreneurship and Institute of Policy and Social Change (IPS), expanding the interdisciplinary research activities of the School in areas of State building, Social Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking. Recently, he was awarded the Matthew Nimetz Award (2018) for outstanding intellectual contribution towards the advancement of research at the American University of Central Asia. Jaya has published and teaches extensively in the political economy of Southeast and South Asian economic development. He researches and seeks to explore the developmental role of state in fostering economic development. His expertise explores the importance of technology development and the emergence of cluster–led economic progress in emerging economies. Developing collaborative R&D activities and designing policies among the Central Asian Economies is a key area he is now being highly engaged. He has been involved heavily in the last year or so developing strategies and a road map on Social Entrepreneurship development in Kyrgyzstan and how its impact has far reaching implications towards economic progress, especially in the regions. Jaya received his PhD in Economics and Public Policy from The Australian National University in University in 2009. While being an adjunct lecturer in the initial years, Jaya has been working in the private sector in the various industry sectors, and has developed a keen interest to integrate theory to practice in this sectors. Outside the classroom, Jaya loves to work-out in the gym and time permitting attend cardio aerobics. He loves playing and watching soccer and an ardent fan of Liverpool and Brazil since the age of 7 years old. Of recent years, he has become a keen follower of the American National Football League (NFL). Travelling, hiking, movies and cooking are some of his other favourite past times.

Jayarethanam Pillai

Dean – School of Entrepreneurship and Business Administration, American University of Central Asia (AUCA)

Jonathon Porritt

Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity. The Forum has a growing presence in the United States, India, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. In addition he is a Non-Executive Director of Willmott Dixon Holdings, a Trustee of Ashden, and a Director of Collectively (an online platform celebrating sustainable innovation). He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth, co-chair of the Green Party and as Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission until 2009, he spent nine years providing high-level advice to Government Ministers. Jonathon was installed as the Chancellor of Keele University in February 2012. He is also Visiting Professor at Loughborough University and UCL. Recent books are ‘Capitalism As If The World Matters’ (2007) and ‘The World We Made’ (2013) – which seeks to inspire people about the prospects of a sustainable world in 2050. Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection. www.jonathonporritt.com/ www.forumforthefuture.org

Jonathon Porritt

Co-Founder, Forum for the Future

KC Mishra

KC Mishra is the Founder and Group Chairman of eKutir, an Indian social enterprise that connects 60 000 small farmers with information and markets. A social innovator and Ashoka fellow, KC has 30 years of leadership exposure to Rural Banking, Microfinance, Agriculture Development, Education and Technology Services. An alumnus of Delhi University (DU), KC is certified in the “Innovative Organizational Model of Farmers” from the Graduate Institute of Co-operative Leadership (GICL), University of Missouri.

KC Mishra

Founder and Group Chairman of eKutir

Manikandan KP

Manikandan KP is a social entrepreneur, an affordable housing expert and an evangelist for Housing For All in India, given the country’s growing need for potential housing of over 50 million dwelling units. He currently serves as the Institution builder of the Indian Housing Federation (IHF), a non-profit for policy-implementation, research and advocacy. IHF works with multiple Indian State Governments and stakeholders across the board towards achieving Housing For All in the country. Mani is also a housing finance consultant for the World Bank’s low-income housing initiative in Bangladesh. He has helped establish Housing For All Mission for the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Government of Assam, India. Mani spans the evolution of the housing finance sector in India, working on specialist roles at Equitas Housing Finance, Sundaram- BNP Paribas Home Finance, ABN Amro and ICICI Home Finance. He has administered vast geographical territories and travelled extensively in his endeavors in housing. Mani holds an M.B.A from the Thiagarajar School of Management, Madurai Kamaraj University and has studied Housing Finance at the Wharton Real Estate Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Manikandan KP

Institution Builder, Indian Housing Federation

Marc Blumenthal

Marc Blumenthal has an extensive background in investment management, entrepreneurship, education and technology innovation. At the age of 19, while a student at the University of Pennsylvania, he participated in his first startup company as Vice President of the American Book Club, a pre-internet predecessor to Amazon.com. After gaining a teaching certification, he began his second start-up, The Learning Guild, a nonprofit organization which developed a wide variety of innovative educational programs involving millions of students, teachers and adults throughout the USA. During this time, Mr. Blumenthal also provided marketing consulting services to a wide variety of clients including the US Dept. of Agriculture. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), State Street Bank and the American Management Association. Following his marketing consulting and education work, he became Managing Director of a multi-million-dollar limited investment partnership. Mr. Blumenthal then formed Novations LLC https://www.novationsinc.com/ to focus on a select few startups that focused on significant value added propositions for major markets. Some examples include: a) Representing MIT Plasma Fusion Dept. for the development of a new reactor, b) Partner of a Satellite Communication Company with Henry Kosmahl the designer of the Satellite Comm. for the Voyager 2 Space Craft. c) Co-Founder a Medical Device Company focused on a miniature arthroscope for orthopedic diagnostics with Dr. Thomas Gill past Team Physician for major sports franchises and d) Co-Founder a Tidal Energy Technology Venture. In the last year Mr. Blumenthal has focused on the development of two major social impact initiatives: StarTTech an innovative funding model for “the valley of death”, pre revenue technology ventures with proof of concepts and the Social Ventures Foundation, a nonprofit focused on a new paradigm in poverty reduction.

Marc Blumenthal

Founder, Social Ventures Foundation

Meena Narula

Meena Narula is the Country Director, Water For People – India since March 2016. She has over 20 years of experience in program quality and effectiveness, resource mobilization, grants management, capacity building, research and evaluation and building alliances. During the course of her career, she has led and managed multidisciplinary teams and nurtured partnerships with donors, NGOs, state and national level governments. Significantly, Meena has led development of Strategic Plans for programs and institutional development in her past experiences. With proven expertise in strategic position and planning, Meena provides though leadership towards development of organization vision, setting of strategic objectives, geographic and sector strategies. Develop policy guidelines and position papers to implement strategic plans. She is adept in new program development and sectoral ex expertise in multi-input area development; early learning and quality education; skill development and economic empowerment; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); Maternal and child health; disaster risk reduction; civil society strengthening. Meena believes in developing inclusive program strategies with community engagement and civil society. Use of strategies like communication for development (C4D), capacity building, leveraging partnerships and evidence building for up scaling and replication at various program implementation levels. She comes to Water For People from Plan International (India), where she was since 2011. Prior to this she was working with the Aga Khan Foundation and ORG Centre for Social Research. She completed her Masters in Regional Planning from School of Planning and Architecture (Gold Medalist), New Delhi, prior to which she finished her Masters from Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Meena Narula

Country Director, Water For People

Paula Pelaez

Paula Pelaez heads the Business Call to Action, working closely with our partners and member companies to advance inclusive business and their contribution to SDGs. Before joining BCtA, Paula worked for BSR, a leading sustainability organization, advising large corporations on a range of sustainability issues including responsible sourcing, human rights, sustainability strategy, and inclusive economy. Paula has also worked with international NGOs such as CARE International, and the Aga Khan Foundation on value chain development projects, social impact investing, and microfinance. She has worked and lived in a number of countries, including Bangladesh, Kenya, Mozambique. Paula began her career in Bogota, working in marketing for Grupo Aval, the largest financial economic holding in Colombia. Paula has a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, Canada, and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia.

Paula Pelaez

Program Manager, Business Calls to Action

Piyush Mathur

Piyush Mathur is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Simpa Networks, an award-winning energy access company, using innovative packaged finance models to make energy accessible and affordable for the energy-poor households in rural India. Under Mr Mathur’s leadership, Simpa has created innovative financing structures to make solar energy affordable and accessible to rural energy-poor households and shops in rural India. Simpa is now expanding its footprint in existing and new districts across India. The path-breaking model established by Simpa marrying Fintech with Cleantech, is not only changing the lives of people in India but opening up possibilities for making distributed clean energy available to people around the world leapfrogging conventional energy solutions. Mr Mathur was previously a private equity and corporate finance professional with experience in Investments, Cross-Border M&A and Capital Raisings. Immediately before Simpa, Mr Mathur was a Director at Kleinwort Benson Bank in London where he established and led the Principal Investments business. During this time, Mr Mathur led investments in the renewable energy space ranging from distributed micro power to utility-scale solar mini-grids in Europe. Mr Mathur also invested in emerging market development businesses e.g. a sustainable agro-forestry and fisheries business in West Africa, demonstrating how commercial investments can be structured for developmental businesses operating in high country-risk regions. Earlier, Mr Mathur was a partner in a private equity firm based out of London, where he originated, invested and managed a number of investments in high-growth cleantech and TMT businesses, several of which established themselves as category leaders. Prior to that, Mr Mathur was at KPMG where he advised global corporations on acquisitions in US, Europe and India. Mr Mathur has also worked in Strategy Consulting with Charles River Associates where he advised the Board of BP on reconfiguring their Alternative Energy portfolio to attract external capital. Mr Mathur is a proud alumnus of Apeejay Noida. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has received MBA from London Business School.

Piyush Mathur

Chief Executive Officer, Simpa Networks

Priya Dasgupta

Priya Dasgupta is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Enterprise for a Sustainable World. She has over ten years of experience in ICT technology, management consulting and business development working with the rural and urban poor in both the corporate sector as well as with social enterprises. Her experience with the BoP includes fund management and advisory services for microfinance in Africa, enterprise creation for the informal waste sector in the Philippines, Brazil and Peru, and designing the value proposition for a nutritional product to address malnutrition in Guatemala. Prior to joining ESW, she Priya worked at the World Bank where she served as a private sector development specialist. Priya holds an undergraduate degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from University of Pune and an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Priya Dasgupta

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Enterprise for a Sustainable World

Prakash Kumar

Prakash Kumar is the Global Advisor-Policy and Public Services at Taru Leading Edge, New Delhi. Prakash has thirty years of successive experience in the public health, nutrition, education, livelihood, skills, water, environment and sanitation, hygiene, climate change in urban / rural areas in India, Bhutan and China with community, children, civil society, schools, SHGs, educational & research institutions, municipal bodies, panchayat, government counterparts at all levels, funding & bi-lateral agencies. Prakash was Team Leader for health sector improvement program in Bihar supported by DFID, UK which includes integration with nutrition and WASH and worked closely with government and other stakeholders for improving the lives of women and children through several initiatives such as Gram Varta with women SHGs, VHNDs, identification of mal-nourished children through AWCs , therapeutic treatment through energy dense foods, conditional cash transfer for pregnant women to improve uptake of nutritional food etc. Prakash has completed his Bachelor of Engineering (B.E) Civil from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, India. He has also completed Post Graduate Diploma in Ecology & Environment (PGDEE) from Indian Institute of Ecology & Environment, Patna, India.

Prakash Kumar

Global Advisor-Policy and Public Services ,Taru Leading Edge

Saqib Kahan

Saqib Kahan is currently leading the BoP Innovation Center Bangladesh operations and Inclusive Innovation initiatives for the South and South-East Asian regions. He has 10+ years of experience both in corporate and development sector ensuring successful matchmaking between diverse businesses, developing service innovation and implementing innovative projects. He started his career with the largest Telco in Bangladesh exploring the service industry followed by FMCG and Real-Estate. Soon he shifted his focus and started working for a Social Enterprise where he very closely worked with the major development partners. By harnessing the power ICT & simple mobile based tools he with his team has developed new concepts and implemented projects under different sectors like; food & nutrition, health, WASH and education targeting people in the BoP. He also plays an advisory role for another social enterprise which is trying to make the education available, fun, effective for BoP children by use of solar based digital classrooms. Currently for BoP Inc in Bangladesh he is involved in ensuring the sustainability of a door-to-door woman sales network and business viability of an early warning system for potato farmers. He holds a Masters in Environmental Management, Bachelors of Business in Marketing from North South University and went to Mirzapur Cadet College for schooling. He has professional trainings on environmental compliance, commercial strategy, fire safety, HCD and Lean business model. He loves to travel, explore cultures and follows up new technology. Muntasir understands the world is not perfect but believes everyone deserves a better life. Innovations and simple ideas which in combination with technology, collaborating with public and private sectors can change the life of those who are in really in need.

Saqib Kahan

Lead, BoP Innovation Center Bangladesh

Shailesh Vaite

Shailesh Vaite is the Sector Leader for Health and Nutrition at Taru Leading Edge. He is a Social Development Professional with experience in issues including Non-communicable diseases, tobacco control, neglected tropical diseases and sexual and reproductive health. Shailesh has worked on health policy advocacy at global level, with special focus on South East Asia, and has been part of various international health policy negotiations. He has successfully worked towards building partnerships and meaningful engagement of with policy makers, governments, UN agencies, civil society organizations and private sector for various social development issues. During his career spanning 17 years he has worked with Oxfam, Population Services International, Framework Convention Alliance and Sabin Vaccine Institute. He holds a Masters Degree in Medical & Psychiatric Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

Shailesh Vaite

Sector Leader for Health and Nutrition, Taru Leading Edge

Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu

Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, A Chartered Accountant armed with a Law degree, Hon’ble Minister for Commerce and Industry, Government of India, Suresh Prabhu is known as a man of action, having penchant for undertaking reforms and scripting turnarounds. He is well respected for his impeccable integrity, passion and commitment towards society at large. In a short span as the Minister for Commerce and Industry, he has highlighted areas – such as trade promotion, investment promotion, boosting domestic manufacturing and institutionalizing evidence informed policy making – where a focused approach will be adopted. Introducing a Agriculture Export Policy, setting up Investment War Room, implementation plan for Make in India 2.0 and setting up a Data Analytics Unit are some of the steps being taken to address each of the areas respectively. Before assuming charge as the Minister for Commerce and Industry, he was the Minister for Railways. Under his leadership, Railways transformed from a slow moving behemoth into a fast, responsive organization. A complaint resolution mechanism through social media, innovative project financing by leveraging extra budgetary resources, quantum jump in infrastructure creation and integrating sustainability into the core strategy of Railways are just some of his successes. He was also appointed as the Prime Minister’s Sherpa, the official emissary of the Prime Minister of India in the G20 forum, from 2014-15. Four times Lok Sabha MP, he is currently representing Andhra Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha. As the Minister for Power he transformed the Indian power sector by introducing the landmark Electricity Act, 2003. He was chosen to Chair the Task Force for Interlinking of Rivers. Known for his passion for environment conservation, he also held the position of Minister for Environment and Forests. He was also the Minister for Chemical and Fertilizers and Minister for Industries. In his early career, he was the Chairman and Director of Saraswat Bank, he was the youngest to be appointed so. He was also appointed as the Chairman of Maharashtra State Finance Commission. Mr. Prabhu is known as a global visionary and renowned thought leader. He has travelled to over 100 countries and engaged with various international forums. He featured among the top three Indian leaders of the future by Asia Week magazine, Hong Kong in its cover story “Giant on the Move.” He has been actively involved with a large number of social, cultural and Co-operative organizations. He is also the Chairperson of Manav Sadhan Vikas Sanstha, an NGO working towards empowerment of people.

Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu

Hon’ble Minister for Commerce and Industry, Government of India

Seema Arora

pioneered the creation of services on Sustainable Development within CII. Her journey with CII began with engaging Indian Industry towards the run up to the Earth Summit in 1992. Seema Arora works on designing innovative products and frameworks to build the business case for industry to invest in Sustainability and CSR. She works with Industry, Government and Community based organisations to develop policy instruments, curate collaborative initiatives across sector and stakeholders and develops innovative voluntary approaches to Sustainable Development. Her portfolio in CII includes the CII – ITC Centre Of Excellence for Sustainable Development, CII Development Initiatives, India@75, CSR, Women Empowerment and CII Foundation. Seema Arora has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Delhi University. She is a member of World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Environment and Natural Resource Security. She is a member of the external review panel for Sustainability Reporting for several global companies. She is a member of the several GOI committee on Climate and Sustainable Development including the Indian Resource Panel. She has twenty-seven years of experience in the field of Sustainable Development. Seema Arora

Seema Arora

Deputy Director General Confederation of Indian Industry CII ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development

Steve Sugden

Steve Sugden works as the Global Sanitation Program Manager in Water For People. With over 27 years of practical experience in water supply and sanitation issues in developing countries, he has developed an in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of the many diverse challenges facing the sector, ranging from the decomposition of sludge in pit latrines to the targeting the poorest segments of the community. At Water For People, he is responsible for providing technical support and guidance for the promotion and development of scalable sanitation programs across the nine countries where Water For People implements programs. Steve provides technical support to the country programs and managing the development of innovative technologies, particularly with regards to pit emptying, transport, treatment, latrine design and construction. Prior to joining Water For People, Steve has been associated with WaterAid in Nigeria and Malawi as the Country Representative and was responsible for establishing, developing and managing all aspects of the country program. He holds a Masters degree in Community Infrastructure and Engineering from Cranfield University, UK. While working as a Research Fellow in Sanitation Marketing at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London; he has supported many students gain their Doctorate Degree.

Steve Sugden

Global Sanitation Program Manager, Water For People

Stuart L. Hart

Stuart L. Hart is the Grossman Endowed Chair in Sustainable Business at the University of Vermont Business School, and the Samuel C. Johnson Chair Emeritus in Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor Emeritus of Management at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management. He also serves as a Distinguished Fellow at the William Davidson Institute (University of Michigan); is Founder and President of Enterprise for a Sustainable World; Founder of the BoP Global Network; and Founding Director of the Emergent Institute, based in Bangalore, India. Professor Hart is one of the world’s top authorities on the implications of environment and poverty for business strategy. He has published more than 70 papers and authored or edited seven books with over 18,000 Google Scholar citations. His article “Beyond Greening: Strategies for a Sustainable World” won the McKinsey Award for Best Article in the Harvard Business Review for 1997 and helped launch the movement for corporate sustainability. With C.K. Prahalad, Hart also wrote the path-breaking 2002 article “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid,” which provided the first articulation of how business could profitably serve the needs of the four billion poor in the developing world. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, he is “one of the founding fathers of the ‘base of the pyramid’ economic theory.” With Ted London, Hart is also the author of a 2011 book entitled Next Generation Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid. His best-selling book Capitalism at the Crossroads, published in 2005, was selected by Cambridge University as one of the top 50 books on sustainability of all-time; the third edition of the book was published in 2010

Stuart L. Hart

Founder, ESW and Grossman Endowed Chair in Sustainable Business at the University of Vermont Business School

TC Chatterjee

TC Chatterjee is the Chief Executive Officer of Griffith Foods. Before assuming responsibilities as CEO in October 2016, he served as Chief Operating Officer and as Group President for Central and South America, Asia Pacific, and India – Middle East for Griffith. TC joined the organization in 2002 as Vice President of Marketing for Custom Culinary, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffith Foods. After serving as General Manager of the company, he assumed responsibility as the President of Custom Culinary, Inc., in 2007. TC’s previous experiences include progressive management roles at Oberoi Hotels, at Bestfoods and at Unilever Food Solutions. TC graduated Summa Cum Laude from the MBA program at Babson College, MA, received an MS in E Commerce from National University and holds a Masters in Hotel Management from the Oberoi School of Management in India. TC’s undergraduate studies were in Business and in Hospitality Management. Working closely with Griffith Foods’ Chairman of the Board, Brian Griffith, TC led the process of articulating Griffith’s Purpose and subsequently the brand transition to Griffith Foods. Currently, TC is leading the development of Griffith’s Purpose-driven strategy.

TC Chatterjee

Chief Executive Officer, Griffith Foods

Tokotaru Hiramoto

Tokutaro Hiramoto is a president of BoP Global Network Japan(BGNJ). He is also leader of Japan Lab in BoP Global Network and an Director of SDGs Promotion Center in Kanazawa Institute of Technology(K.I.T). BGNJ is a nonprofit organization in Japan and expanding a cross-sector network for BoP3.0 and SDGs business in Japan. And SDGs Promotion Center is a private research institute whose purpose is promoting SDGs activities in regional areas of Japan. As a Japanese leading university related to SDGs, K.I.T. have won Japan SDGs Award 2017 from SDGs Promotion Headquarters at the Prime Minister’s Office whose head is Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Prior to launching BGNJ and K.I.T, he worked for Nomura Research Institute as a management consultant. His specialties include business development in Asian and African region, Business creation with SDGs, BoP, and Adaptation business strategy for climate change. He provides various consulting services for companies from a wide range of industries and for Japanese governmental agencies. He has worked with several dozen Japanese companies for developing their African business/SDGs/BoP strategies. He also has supported governmental initiative for familiarizing BoP Business to Japanese government (METI: Ministry of Economy,Trade and Industry) since 2008. He has launched “Japan Inclusive Business Support (http://www.bop.go.jp/en) in 2010. He is a leader of operation project for this center in 2010-2011.(These project were commissioned by METI). From 2012,he is a member of Steering Committee in this center. He has a strong partnership with Tokyo office of AfDB,ADB,IDB,IFC,USAID,UNIDO,UNDP and UNICEF. He is the co-author of the book “BoP business strategy”(Toyo Keizai Shinpousha,2010), and “Handbook to expand into an African market”(Toyo Keizai Shinpousha,2015). He is also the co-author of the new book “Base of the Pyramid 3.0” (Greenleaf Publishing 2015) with Dr.Stuart Hart. Tokutaro Hiramoto received his Ph.D in Media Design from Keio University, and his certification for successfully completing the Executive Development Program ”Inclusive and Sustainable Business: Creating Markets with the Poor” from the World Bank Institute.

Tokotaru Hiramoto

President, BoP Global Network Japan (BGNJ)

Tony Cooke

Tony Cooke is CEO of One Planet Education Networks, a global education non-profit which recently spun out of WWF to focus on accelerating the mainstreaming of sustainable business practice. Tony has dedicated his career to the sustainable business agenda and brings almost twenty-five years’ experience of spanning sectoral and geographical boundaries to find scalable solutions to complex sustainability challenges. Prior to joining OPEN, Tony was a Senior Vice President at Sodexo, a Fortune 500 outsourcing company, leading innovation across their multi-billion dollar portfolio of public sector service contracts to improve social and environmental policy outcomes for government clients. He also contributed extensively to the development of the Better Tomorrow Plan, Sodexo’s award-winning sustainability strategy, and led stakeholder engagement strategy across 80 countries. Tony holds a One Planet MBA with distinction from the University of Exeter Business School, a bachelors degree in land management from the University of Reading. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society of Arts. He is also a visiting lecturer in innovation and social entrepreneurship at Universities of Cambridge and Exeter.

Tony Cooke

CEO of One Planet Education Networks

Vanina Andrea Farber

Vanina Andrea Farber is an economist and political scientist specializing on social innovation, entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility, with also almost twenty years of teaching, researching and consultancy experience, working with academic institutions, multinational corporations and international organizations. She is the holder of the elea Chair for Social Innovation and director for center of social innovation at IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. In her research, Vanina is interested in studying and fostering the application of innovative, practical, sustainable and inclusive market-oriented approaches that aspire to change the world by eliminating the root causes of social ills. Her research focuses on scaling up social businesses and on innovations in inclusive value chains, especially last mile distribution. Vanina is also interested in education and pedagogy. She has studied how case based/experiential learning affects the intention of graduate students to become social and responsible entrepreneurs. She is currently looking at differences between social and commercial entrepreneurs attitudes towards risk and impact. Prior to coming to IMD, Vanina was Professor and Chair of Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Social Inclusion at Universidad del Pacífico, Peru, where she also was the Dean of the Graduate School of Business from 2014 to 2016. From 2005 to 2017 Vanina was also an Adjunct Professor for IE Business School, Spain, where she taught Economic Environment and Country Analysis in blended programs and designed and co-directed the training course for professors “Leadership in Blended Educuation”. Vanina has worked as a researcher and consultant for different international organizations and national institutions in Switzerland, Spain and Peru.

Vanina Andrea Farber

Chair for Social Innovation and director for center of social innovation at IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland

Vanita Viswanath

Vanita Viswanath conceptualized and led Udyogini, an NGO based in Delhi. She is Founding Trustee and currently Chairperson of Aajeevika Bureau. She was previously with the World Bank, Washington D.C in various positions, including as co-director of a four-year Women’s Enterprise Management Training program operational in three Asian countries. She also authored the first policy document on the Asian Development Bank’s collaboration with NGOs. She has published widely lectured in leading US universities such as Yale and Columbia and presented papers in conferences worldwide, most recently at the Sixth Subsistence Marketplaces conference at the School of Business, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA. She was recognized as a finalist of the Schwab Foundation India Social Entrepreneur of the Year award 2012 and recipient of The International Alliance of Women, Washington D.C, World of Difference Award 2013. She received her PhD from the University of Texas, Austin, USA.

Vanita Viswanath

Board Member, Jagriti

Venkatesh Valluri

Venkatesh Valluri has been associated with various global Industries for over 30 years and has Leadership, Operational and General Management experiences spanning the regions of India, Europe and the US. Venkatesh Valluri served as the Chairman of the Board for Ingersoll Rand India’s public company operations for over 6 years until end of 2015 and was a member of the global leadership Executive council of the company. Before joining Ingersoll Rand, Venkatesh Valluri was associated with the global measurement technology leader, Agilent Technologies (a spin off from Hewlett Packard), as its Chairman & President for its Indian subsidiary Prior to Agilent he held various leadership roles at GE (General Electric) in India and overseas between 1993 and 2002. He served as the Managing Director of GE’s Silicones business in India and later as the European Business Leader for GE’s Specialty Materials business. Prior to this role, he served as the Vice President of GE’s Corporate Business Development group and established multiple businesses and initiatives for GE’s operations in India. He currently serves as the member of TERI’s Executive Council (The Energy and Resources Institute). He has been a member of the National Executive board of AMCHAM and chaired the U.S. India Energy Cooperation Program. He served as the Chairman of the National Committee on Technology of the CII between 2012 and 2015 and currently serves on the Prime Minister’s Fellowship scheme board for Doctoral Research grants. He serves as the Member of the Karnataka Knowledge commission instituted by the Government of Karnataka for developing Machine Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence initiatives. In 2015, he was elected as a Member of the Executive Council Board of BMS Institute of Technology, Bangalore. Venkatesh Valluri holds a Bachelor’s in Technology in Electronics and a MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. Venkatesh Valluri is the founder and Chairman of “Valluri Technology Accelerators” and “Valluri Change Foundation” (www.valluriorg.com). Valluri Technology Accelerators focuses on building high end Technology Solutions for Urban rejuvenation initiatives. Valluri Change Foundation strives to impart Corporate Group Mentorship initiatives in areas such as Leadership, Technology and Environmental Sustainability.

Venkatesh Valluri

Founder and Chairman, Valluri Technology Accelerators

Vishesh Gupta

Vishesh Gupta, has been part of the core team involved in raising debt and equity capital at d.light. d.light has been a pioneer in off-grid solar energy and has impacted over 80 million people to date through a wide range of affordable solar products. While working with d.light, Vishesh has also been looking into building corporate strategy and its rollout across regions. Specifically for India market, he is currently looking to build new partnerships across channels and manage the rollout of Pay-As-You-go offering in this key market for the company. Prior to d.light, Vishesh has experience in business transformation and financial consulting across MENA region. He is also part of the Global Off-grid Lighting Association’s (GOGLA) working group on measuring impact of the off-grid solar distribution sector. He holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad

Vishesh Gupta

Director, New Business and Channel Development

Vrunda Bansode

Vrunda Bansode, has co-founded two education sector ventures, which focus on experiential STEM education for children. She has been part of the management team at NSRCEL – the startup incubator at IIM Bangalore, where she was also involved in conceptualizing and setting up an incubator for early-stage non-profits in association with MSDF. She continues to actively contribute to entrepreneurship development, early-stage venture incubation eco-system and women entrepreneurship development initiatives through workshops, sessions and writing. She has co-authored a book for children called “Become a Junior Inventor” published by Penguin Random House. Currently, she leads marketing at Sattva Consulting. Her prior work experience includes working with large corporations such as Bosch, Honeywell, Apple and Intuit in different capacities. She holds a Master’s degree from University of Pune and a PGDBM from Indo-German Training Centre, Mumbai.

Vrunda Bansode

Marketing, Sattva Consulting

Wilma Rodrigues

Wilma Rodrigues has a Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences & Post graduation in Journalism from Bombay University, Wilma Rodrigues spent many years as a journalist in Mumbai with Times of India and Business World Magazine. She set up Saahas as a Non-for-profit in 2001 which evolved to Saahas Waste Management Pvt. Ltd. She has two decades of experience in the waste sector and has pioneered the concept of a decentralized waste management system. She is a key member of the Solid Waste Management Round Table, a citizen initiative leading waste management movement in Bangalore. She was recently awarded the Waislitz Global Citizen Award an annual award presented by the Waislitz Foundation and Global Citizen, recognizes the excellence of one individual in their work to end extreme poverty. She has also been conferred with many awards like Best Social Entrepreneur by the Namma Bengaluru Foundation, NDTV Real Deal Runner up, Action for India. When not at work, Wilma likes to spend her time planting and nurturing trees, making compost and being around family.

Wilma Rodrigues

Founder, Saahas