Aarti MohanAarti 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 MohanCo-Founder, Sattva
Abhishek Guptahas spent 20 years working with corporate and development sector. Presently he works as COO at Generation India Foundation which has been founded by McKinsey.org. In his earlier roles, he has been the Advisor to Dy CM of Delhi on Skills Development & has dabbled in politics. He managed election campaigns, helped write manifesto and raised funds for a new political party. Before that, he was the CEO/Business head at three social enterprises namely Skills Academy Ltd, Basix Academy for Building Lifelong Employability Ltd and Hole-in-the-Wall Education Ltd where he has worked on education/skilling initiatives for unemployed youth and underprivileged young children. He quit Corporate sector in 2006 after having worked for 8 years in companies like Oracle Ltd & Reliance Ltd in areas like ERP, corporate finance and accounts. Abhishek holds a full-time PG management diploma from Indian School of business and lives in New Delhi with his wife Sarika and two children Palaash and Khushi.
Abhishek GuptaCOO, Generation India Foundation
Ajeet Oakworks as technical director with Primove Infrastructure Development Consultants Pvt. Ltd. A graduate in civil engineering he has over 25 year’s experience in water and sanitation sector in India and several other countries. Last 4 years he has been working on developing and commercializing a breakthrough waste management technology. The technology digests waste rapidly on site and is scalable from a single toilet unit to a large scale sewage treatment plant.
Ajeet OakTechnical director, Primove Infrastructure Development Consultants Pvt. Ltd
Ajit Pattnaikis currently the General Manager & Head of Tailoring Business in Raymond Ltd. Mr. Pattnaik is a Post Graduate in Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies Mumbai. He has more than 30 years of experience in shared value creation, CSR, sustainability and development sector. As head of Tailoring in Raymond he drives sustainable value creation for communities and consumers through skill & entrepreneurship development and market linkage through social business enterprises. The 4 C programme(Capability, Capacity, Community Connection and Consumers) under his leadership at Raymond has gained considerable national attention as a unique Shared Value Creation/Sustainability Initiative . In the past he has headed CSR & Sustainability in Tata Housing and Tata Communications Ltd. He is credited with developing more than 250 successful micro-entrepreneurs from marginalised SC & ST communities during his stint at Tata Housing as a part of Tata Group’s Affirmative Action Programme. He has earlier also worked in Govt of India and Govt of Odisha.
Ajit PattnaikGeneral Manager & Head, Tailoring Business in Raymond Ltd.
Ali Awniis Professor of Practice at the Business School, American University in Cairo (AUC), where he has been full time faculty since September 2009. He teaches operations management courses at the undergraduate and MBA level. His areas of research are in applications of operations management in Egypt, and for SMEs in particular, operations and supply chain innovations for bottom of the pyramid, upgrading of operations for Egyptian exporters, and suppliers’ selection and evaluation. Since November 1, 2014 Awni is the Director of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement. Prior to joining the AUC Awni was the Head of the Qualifying Industrial Zones (QIZ) Unit, at the Ministry of Trade & Industry, Government of Egypt. The Unit is entrusted with the administration of all the terms of the QIZ trade protocol. Furthermore, the Unit acts as a catalyst for the implementation of operational plans to maximize the benefits of the protocol to Egyptian Industries, including promotions of FDI and upgrading of export readiness of QIZ companies. Awni also served as an adjunct faculty at the American University in Cairo teaching MBA courses in operations management. Awni was the Partner-in-charge of supply chain consulting services at KPMG Hazem Hassan in Egypt, where he guided and directed the successful completion of various projects in supply chain diagnostics, process design and performance improvement in operations and business logistics for clients in food, consumer products, industrial, apparel and pharmaceutical industries. Awni has extensive management consulting, system development, and operations research experience in the USA focusing on supply chain management and business logistics improvements. Ali Awni holds BS in Computer Science & Statistics from Kuwait University, MS in Systems Science from the University of Ottawa, and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from North Carolina State University.
Ali AwniDirector, the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement
Amit Gargis a corporate philanthropy and social sustainability specialist. As Senior Manager – CSR & Sustainability at Godrej Properties, he leads their micro-entrepreneurship & skill development portfolio. Amit has been a sector practitioner for nearly a decade including having been a part of the foundation teams of two early stage social enterprises focussed on healthcare education. He has worn many hats in development practice and social enterprise strategy and has garnered substantial experience working with businesses, policy makers and key stakeholders in civil society. He is an alumnus of the prestigious United Nations University with a double Masters in Public Policy and Human Development.
Amit GargSenior Manager – CSR & Sustainability, Godrej Properties
Anand Kumar JaiswalAnand 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 JaiswalAssociate Professor of Marketing, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA)
Anil K GuptaProfessor Anil K Gupta is a visiting faculty, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; after retiring recently and at IITB. He is also the founder of Honey Bee Network. Ph.D. (Management), MSc. Biochemical Genetics, Fellow, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences; Fellow, the World Academy of Art and Science, California 2001, Executive Vice Chair, National Innovation Foundation, Nifindia.org, Coordinator, SRISTI.org and Secty., GIAN.org His mission is to expand the global as well as local space for innovations at grassroots, link ideas in informal and formal sector, ensure recognition, respect and reward for creative communities; creating knowledge networks for augmenting open innovations by individuals, institutions, corporations, and countries through frugal, flexible and friendly empathetic platforms He facilitates Festival of Innovation (FOIN) through NIFindia.org, hosted by the office of President of India at The President’s House ( March 4-11, 2017); pursues Research on Sustainable natural and institutional resource management, building global value chain to get the grassroots and youthful creativity its due; link technology youth with the problems of MSME, and grassroots innovators (techpedia.sristi.org), unlocking corporate and public/private institutional creativity through empathetic open reciprocal innovations, support strategic organizations for making breakthroughs innovations; See social innovation facility, sif.sristi.org, SRISTI awards to young tech students gyti.techepdia.in
Anil K GuptaFounder Honey Bee Network and Executive Vice Chair, National Innovation Foundation – India
Anurag Dandais Senior Advisor – Climate Change Adaptation Policy to WWF-India. His areas of interest are Theory and practice of sustainable development; Climate Change adaptation and mitigation; Equitable economic development; Poverty alleviation and development; and, Nature conservation and wise use of natural resources. He has more than two decades of experience in these areas. Anurag began his career at a parastatal environmental planning facility in Calcutta in 1995. He earned his Ph.D. in sustainable development from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Anurag joined WWF-India in 2005 and has worked heavily in the Ganges mega-delta on a range of projects including rural electrification; institution building, for managing public infrastructure; disaster preparedness and response; methodology development, for camera trapping for tiger enumeration; climate-smart agriculture; and, species adaptation to climate change. In 2010-11, Anurag led a team of very senior scholars in developing a vision for the Sundarbans landscape and is still pursuing that vision with governments and multilateral agencies. In his current role, he provides technical advice and guidance on integrating climate change concerns, into WWF’s programmes, builds capacity on adaptation, and contributes to policy dialogue on adaptation to climate change at the global, national and state levels.
Anurag DandaSenior Advisor, Climate Change Adaptation Policy to WWF-India
Anita KumarAnita 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 KumarPrincipal, Sattva Consulting
Brian GriffithBrian 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 GriffithChairman of the Board, Griffith Foods
Christian JahnChristian Jahn is heading the IBAN secretariat and is responsible for the management of the global programme. Before Christian became the Executive Director of the Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN) in September 2015, he was based for five years in Addis Ababa as Deputy Country Director of GIZ GmbH overseeing a broad portfolio including the private-public-partnership programmes. He has more than 20 years of experience in international development cooperation with a thematic focus on health systems, population dynamics and social franchise systems. He worked mainly in the Africa and Asia region as long-term and short-term expert and provided advisory services to the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. He also worked for five years in the private sector and was an entrepreneur and founder of a company in the food sector. Christian holds a Master degree and PhD in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin.
Christian JahnExecutive Director, iBAN
Christina Tewes-GradlChristina 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-GradlFounder and Managing Director, Endeva
Clement Chauvetis currently Chief, Skills and Business Development, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). At UNDP, he manages the IKEA Foundation funded project “Disha: Creating Employment and Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Women in India” that aims to improve the lives of one million Indian women and girls by creating scalable models at key stages in the value chain to enable women to learn marketable skills, connect to jobs or start their own enterprises. Clement is working to position the Disha project as a catalyst in the skilling eco-system, bringing together diverse partners including government, businesses, academia, training institutions, and civil society. Prior to his assignment with UNDP, Clement worked as a Regional Resource Mobilization and Partnership Adviser for UNFPA Eastern Europe and Central Asia based in Istanbul from 2013 to 2015. Before that, he worked at UNICEF India from 2008 to 2013 as Resource Mobilization Chief, based in New Delhi. He also worked as a Fundraising Manager for UNICEF in Manila, Philippines and Paris, France. He started his career in the development sector as a project coordinator for a credit and saving cooperative network in the suburbs of Manila in 2002. Clement holds an MBA in International Economics from Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), France.
Clement ChauvetChief, Skills and Business Development, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Daniel BuchbinderDaniel 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 BuchbinderFounder and Director, Alterna
Deepa PrahaladDeepa 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 PrahaladBoard Member, Arogya World
Depinder KapurDepinder Kapur, is a senior Development and WASH expert and is currently working on the Sanitation Capacity Building Platform of National Institute of Urban Affairs in New Delhi. He was Country Head of WaterAid in India and has also worked at AKRSP, SPWD, CARE, Oxfam and WSSCC. He is a principal Trustee of India WASH Forum, a national advocacy coalition and a member Trustee of Environment Law Research Society and part of a citizens initiative on water and sanitation in Delhi. Worked with the Ministry of Urban Development for the Clean India Mission and was a member of the 12th Five year Plan Working Group on Water and Sanitation. Has extensive Research and Management consulting experience.
Depinder KapurSenior Development and WASH expert, Sanitation Capacity Building Platform of National Institute of Urban Affairs in New Delhi
Fernando Casado CañequeFernando Casado Cañeque, 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). He has also worked as a Senior Consultant in the Department of Sustainable Development and Social Responsibility at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in New York. He is specialized in managing projects promoting the achievement of development goals and cross-sectoral partnerships improving aid efficiency. He is author of several books on inclusive business and sustainable development (such as BoP 3.0 Sustainable Development through Innovation and Entrepreneurship; We Are Not Ants; CSR at the mirror; Public-Private partnerships for Development; Public-Private Concertation for Development in Latin America; or The role of CSR of Spanish Companies in Latin America, among others), as well as director of several social documentaries on development issues. He holds a Ph.D. from the Central University of Barcelona in Economic and Social Sciences and a Master´s from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) of Columbia University specialized in Economic Development and Journalism. Fernando is a certified Master Trainer of the IFC-SME Toolkit of the World Bank, professionally accredited partnership broker (Partnership Brokers Accreditation Scheme) and certified with the GIZ Capacity Works framework. He is also the Associate Director of the BOP Global Network.
Fernando Casado CañequeFounder, CAD and Knowledge Steward, BoP Global Network
François LepicardFrançois 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 LepicardPartner, Hystra
Gregory DunnGregory 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 DunnAssistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, American University of Central Asia School of Entrepreneurship & Business Administration
Iqbal Z.QuadirIqbal 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.QuadirFounder, Grameen Phone and Director Emeritus, Legatum Center at MIT
Jack SimJack 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 SimFounder, World Toilet Organization and BoP Hub
Jayanth Bhuvaraghanwas 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 BhuvaraghanChief Mission Officer, Essilor
Jayarethanam PillaiJayarethanam 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 PillaiDean – School of Entrepreneurship and Business Administration, American University of Central Asia (AUCA)
Jonathon PorrittJonathon 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 PorrittCo-Founder, Forum for the Future
Kamal KumbharKamal Kumbhar was born in drought-hit area of Osmanabad, Maharashtra (India) to a daily-wage labourer. Living in absolute poverty, where three meals a day was a luxury, there was no room to think about education. Kamal walked out of poverty and a failed marriage to set up Kamal Poultry and Ekta Sakhi Producer Company. Once a daily wage labourer herself, Kamal today owns six different businesses and is a leading business coach to rural women entrepreneurs. A leader in the local poultry business, Kamal has enabled 3000 women to run successful poultry farms, doubling their household incomes. She has also mentored more than 5000 women in Osmanabad to set up their micro-businesses. She has been recognised for her effort by UNDP, Niti Aayog and CII Foundation. She continues to mentor and inspire many.
Kamal KumbharLeading business coach to rural women entrepreneurs
KC MishraKC 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 MishraFounder and Group Chairman of eKutir
Ketan KapoorKetan Kapoor is the co-founder and CEO of Mettl. A techpreneur with a career spanning 16 years so far, he has spent a major part of his professional life involved with start-ups, providing him with the necessary vision and acumen to build a company from the ground up. As CEO, Ketan brings his vast experience in the technology domain with an abundance of focus, drive, and energy to the Mettl team. Ketan co-founded Mettl in 2010, and what started as a simple cloud based talent measurement platform has now become a market leader employing the latest technology to help organisations fulfil their recruitment and training needs. Over the past seven years, the company has grown rapidly with a global clientele across 80+ countries and has been fully profitable since 2015. Before co-founding Mettl, Ketan led the marketing division at Isango, helping turn the start-up into one of the world’s premier sellers of tours, trips, and activities. Prior to this, he was also instrumental in setting up the eco-system for India’s first mobile payment & transaction platform at Indepay Networks. Ketan holds an MBA degree from IIM-Calcutta and B.Tech in Industrial Engineering from IIT-Roorkee. Ketan attributes Mettl’s exponential growth to the company’s single minded focus on helping its customers build winning teams. His goal for the next five years is to achieve the Rs. 300 crore-mark in terms of revenue, as well as achieve market leadership in corporate & vocational skilling and educational assessments across global markets. For his achievements as an entrepreneur, Ketan was presented with the Economic Times 40 Under 40 Entrepreneurship Award in 2017, being named one of the top business leaders in the country. Ketan strongly believes in giving back to society and has been involved with running a school in his wife’s native village for the last 5 years. A true family man, he prefers spending his leisure time with his children or in the company of friends.
Ketan KapoorCo-founder and CEO, Mettl
Kirti Prasanna MishrarWith more than 22 years of experience, Kirti carries unique expertise in strategizing and implementing Sustainable Business Models (SBM) in emerging and BoP markets. He is the co-founder of Ecociate a knowledge organisation offering solutions in Rural Enterprise and Agribusiness sectors. Prior to this he was a Partner in MART, a leading rural marketing consultancy organization. He was In-charge of the pilot phase of Project Shakti of Unilever, first major public-private-community partnership model in India, way back 2001. He was instrumental in developing a comprehensive B-School teaching module on SBM and introduced it in BIMTECH, XLRI and LM Thappar. He is a certified sustainability assessor by CII. He engagements in consulting services are with World Bank, GIZ, WHH, Ambuja Cements etc. Kirti has worked in several assignments across sectors like Food, Nutrition & Agriculture, Water & Sanitation, Health, CSR for organization like Tata Steel, Lafarge-Holcim, LIFS, Panasonic etc. He has worked in India and neighbouring countries like Bangladesh and Nepal.
Kirti Prasanna MishraDirector, Ecociate Consultants Pvt Ltd
Marc BlumenthalMarc 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 BlumenthalFounder, Social Ventures Foundation
Markus Dietrichis the iBAN Director – Asia. Markus is responsible for iBAN’s activities in Asia. He supports companies to scale up their IB models and policymakers in the development of enabling policy environments. With a background in the private sector, Markus moved to the Philippines in 2008 and set up ASEI Inc., which developed into a leading IB and renewable energy consulting firm in the region working with ADB, GIZ, World Bank and the private sector. Among others, he authored the ADB IB country studies of the Philippines and Tajikistan and engaged in policy advisory for governments on IB and renewable energy incentive programs. Markus is also a committed social entrepreneur who co-founded Hilltribe Organics in Thailand, which engages hill tribe communities in organic farming. Markus holds a degree in Business Studies from CASS Business School and a master degree in International Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University.
Markus DietrichDirector, iBAN Asia
Meena NarulaMeena 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 NarulaCountry Director, Water For People
Mitesh ThakkarMitesh Thakkar is the founder of Fieldata.org, a technology-services social venture, with projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America. His area of expertise is business strategy and operations management to achieve social impact. Mitesh has worked globally – as Lead on Education Initiatives with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network; Director – Social Research at Altai Consulting in Afghanistan; Research Analyst at the World Bank; Education Specialist at Pratham-India; and as a curriculum consultant to the Ministry of Education, Vietnam. He holds a B.A. in Astronomy from University of Texas-Austin; an Ed.M. in Education Policy from Harvard University; and an MBA from INSEAD.
Mitesh ThakkarFounder of Fieldata.org, a technology-services social venture
Muntasir KhanMuntasir Khan 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.
Muntasir KhanLead, BoP Innovation Center Bangladesh
Nazila ValiNazila Vali An economist by training, Nazila leads the Knowledge and Partnerships work for the Business Call to Action (BCtA), at the UNDP International Center for Private Sector in Development. Before joining BCtA, Nazila worked on regional economic integration, agricultural value chain development, youth entrepreneurship, and SMEs development projects with the UNDP International Center for Private Sector in Development and the Private Sector AFIM Unit at the UNDP Regional Centre for Africa. Nazila also worked as an Economist and Project Coordinator with Coffey International Development, a leading UK-based consulting firm that focuses on coordinating and managing donor funded projects in developing countries globally. Previously, Nazila worked with the UNDP Kenya Country Office on governance reforms, civic and voter education and youth and women empowerment. Nazila started her career as an intern with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Nazila holds a BA in Economics and International Relations from the University of Geneva and an MSc in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She has worked and lived in a number of countries, including Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Iran and is fluent in French, English, Italian and Farsi.
Nazila ValirLead, Knowledge and Partnerships work for the Business Call to Action (BCtA)
Nikhil KumarNikhil Kumar is a full-time fellow with iSPIRT Foundation, a not for profit think thank and has been focussed on building an ecosystem for the Unified Payments Interface. Recently, as a volunteer with NPCI, he led the product development of BHIM Payments App launched by PM Modi. Nikhil also works with Banks, Startups to help them leverage Digital Infrastructure built by the govt. like – Aadhaar eKYC, eSign, DigitalLocker, & UPI collectively known as the IndiaStack. Prior to this, Nikhil worked at strategic roles at Exotel, Intuit & Tally. He was also the CoFounder of Voyce, a B2B start-up which was acquired by Exotel in 2015.
Nikhil KumarLead, Product development of BHIM Payments App launched by PM Modi
Paula PelaezPaula 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 PelaezProgram Manager, Business Calls to Action
Piyush JajuPiyush Jaju Piyush Jaju is Co-founder & CEO of ONergy Solar, one of the fastest growing solar enterprise in India. Most recently, Piyush has been recognised among the “100 most powerful leaders in the solar industry”. He is an Economics Graduate and University Topper. Piyush has prior experience in financial services and investment banking within India, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia. Piyush has received prestigious international fellowships from Santa Clara University (USA) and Unreasonable Institute (USA). He is a regular speaker and various national and international forums. He is also invited to take guest lectures at leading institutes. Piyush is also co-founder of SwtichON, an NGO working in the field of environment, agriculture and skill building. For its work in promoting solar energy, ONergy has received multiple national and international awards.
Piyush JajuCo-founder & CEO, ONergy Solar
Piyush MathurPiyush 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 MathurChief Executive Officer, Simpa Networks
Prakash KumarPrakash 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 KumarGlobal Advisor-Policy and Public Services ,Taru Leading Edge
Priya DasguptaPriya 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 DasguptaDirector of Strategic Initiatives, Enterprise for a Sustainable World
Ramanathan RamanaRamanathan Ramanan is the Mission Director of the Atal Innovation Mission Additional Secy NITI Aayog – the Atal Innovation mission is a strategic national Innovation initiative NITI spanning schools, universities, NGOs and the industry. R Ramanan was previously Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of CMC Ltd., a subsidiary of the globally acclaimed Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Ramanan’s illustrious career in the IT industry spans more than three decades when he joined TCS in 1981 after graduating from IIT Mumbai in Electrical Engineering. Ramanan played an instrumental role in the growth of TCS with a variety of responsibilities ranging from software product development, technical marketing, global business development, and general management of large delivery centers of TCS. Ramanan led CMC’s rapid transformation from a domestic government organization to a global IT systems engineering and integration organization. Under his leadership CMC share price grew over 2100% between October 2001 to 2014, its operating profits over 1338%, with over 72% of its business coming from the overseas markets and leading to its successful amalgamation into TCS in 2015 Ramanan graduated from IIT Mumbai in electrical Engineering in 1981. He is also a Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program Alumni and accredited by Cambridge University in Sustainability Leadership. He was also elected Lifetime Chair of HBS AMP187 Alumni by HBS. Ramanan received the CEO of the Year award in 2015 from CMO Asia, India’s top 3 most “ Value”able CEO recognition by Business World in 2011 and 2013 , Indira Gandhi Sadbhavana and Rajiv Gandhi shirani awards in 2005-2006 and many other recognitions for outstanding contributions in Innovation and Business Leadership.
Ramanathan RamananMission Director, Atal Innovation Mission, Niti Aayog
Richa PantRicha Pant comes with a rich experience of 14 yrs of working in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability. She has worked across diverse industry sectors which include -Automobile, Pharma, Telecom and Financial services. Her expertise includes in conceptualising CSR programs that deploy management strengths and skill sets to deliver high impact, value driven social programmes. Her work extensively captures shared value in Healthcare, Skill Development and Digital Financial Inclusion. A passionate believer in power of collaboration her assignments have always seen multi-sectoral partnerships covering diverse stakeholders including corporate, suppliers, civil society, employees, social enterprises, chambers of commerce etc. She has done her Masters in Social Work from University of Delhi and General Management programme from IIM (Luck now). She holds a Diploma in CSR and Sustainability from Swedish Institute Management Program (SIMP), Stockholm. She is recipient of prestigious Nuffic Fellowship for course on Program Management for Development sector Professionals by Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In her spare time she enjoys listening and singing Hindustani semi classical music.
Richa PantHead CSR & Sustainability, L&T Financial Services
Roger ThurowRoger Thurow joined The Chicago Council on Global Affairs as senior fellow for global food and agricultural in January 2010 after three decades at The Wall Street Journal. For 20 years, he served as a Journal foreign correspondent, based in Europe and Africa. His coverage of global affairs spanned the Cold War, the reunification of Germany, the release of Nelson Mandela, the end of apartheid, the wars in the former Yugoslavia, and the humanitarian crises of the first decade of this century – along with 10 Olympic Games. In 2003, he and Journal colleague Scott Kilman wrote a series of stories on famine in Africa that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting. Thurow and Kilman are authors of the book, ENOUGH: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty. In 2009, they were awarded Action Against Hunger’s Humanitarian Award. In May 2012, Thurow published his second book, The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change. His newest book, The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children—And the World, chronicles the importance of good nutrition for maternal and infant health.
Roger ThurowSenior fellow for global food and agricultural, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Saroj Kumar MohantaExperience of more than two decades of designing and implementing strategies in BoP markets/ rural markets, Saroj has expertise in Market/ Consumer Insights, Innovation and Business Modeling. He is the co-founder of Ecociate, a knowledge organisation offering solutions in Rural Marketing, Entrepreneurship and social business. He has worked on product and process innovations in the areas of Agri business, healthcare , energy and construction. In his earlier capacity, he was Partner at MART, a leading rural marketing consultancy firm in India. He led some of the well documented projects like Arogya Parivar for Novartis, Clean Cook stoves for Shell Foundation, Bhaichara for Baxter in India. He has worked specifically on IT enabled service concepts, on Education, Health, Agri and Information for companies/ institutions like Intel, Srei Sahaj, Coffey International, Swisscontact and others. He has worked in India and other countries like Bangladesh, Nepal and Nigeria.
Saroj Kumar MohantaSaroj Kumar Mohanta, Director, Ecociate Consultants Pvt Ltd
SatyanSatyan is an MBA, an Ashoka fellow and the Co-founder and Managing Director of Drishtee. He believes in the sustainability of communities as a pre-requisite to world peace and growth of human civilisation. He defines a community as a group of families, staying together and interdependant on each other economically, socially and culturally. He believes that the way to sustainability of villages is through knowledge and skill for harnessing local resources and igniting the entrepreneiral spirit. Self reliance in provisioing of basic services, livelihood generation and developing local infrastructure are the three pillars of sustainability. All of this can be achieved through development of micro enterprises at the village level. The enabling ecosystem is what Drishtee is building through an integrated ‘Swavalamban’ (self dependent) approach which involves a combination of local and cluster approach. Drishtee has helped support more than 25,000 rural entrepreneurs in conducting their business through capacity development, capital linkages and a robust distribution network, connecting the last as well as the first mile in and out of village. Drishtee is today positioned to become a platform and a catalyst of change in the new economic and social order.
SatyanMBA, an Ashoka fellow and the Co-founder and Managing Director of Drishtee
Seema Arorapioneered 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 AroraDeputy Director General Confederation of Indian Industry CII ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development
Shailesh VaiteShailesh 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 VaiteSector Leader for Health and Nutrition, Taru Leading Edge
Prof. Shiv K. TripathiProf. Shiv K. Tripathi has more than 20 years of professional experience in teaching research and education management. Formerly he was the Vice Chancellor at Mahatma Gandhi University, Meghalaya, Professor and Dean (Strategic Planning and International Relations) at CMR University, Bangalore (India); Professor and Head of Business Studies at Mzumbe University Dar Es Salaam Campus (Tanzania) and Dean, Faculty of Management at VBS Purvanchal University (India). He holds Bachelors’ degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Masters in Business Administration. Doctoral work on ‘comparative management philosophies of East and West’ Alumni of International Faculty Programme Certificate (IESE, Barcelona), Management Teachers Programme Certificate (IEDC, Bled, Slovenia) and International Programme on Management of Sustainability Certificate (University of Tilburg, He has worked with National Thermal Power Corporation (India), University of Witwatersand (South Africa) and International Society for Advancement of Scientific Publications (INASP, UK). His corporate experience includes advisory and board membership roles in companies in India, South Africa and Tanzania. He published more than 70 articles, book-chapters and case-studies including four books on ‘Management Education’ and ‘Executive Education’ theme. He has been member in United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Global Working Group on ‘Anti-Corruption in Management Curricula’ and ‘Poverty Eradication through Management Education’. He is Fellow of One Planet Education Network (OPEN). Currently he has academic interest in strategy, ethics and sustainability.
Prof. Shiv K. TripathiSenior Professor and Dean (City Campus), CMR University, Bangalore (Karnatak).
Shri Suresh Prabhakar PrabhuShri 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 PrabhuHon’ble Minister for Commerce and Industry, Government of India
Sonia Shrivastavaheads the Vodafone Foundation. Over a career spanning a couple of decades, Sonia has had a unique and rich cross-sectoral and entrepreneurial experience across both Indian and multinational companies as well as NGOs. Prior to joining Vodafone, she headed CSR at Intel, Moser Baer and ABB and has also worked for the development sector. She has a Bachelors in Science and an MBA in International Business. She was instrumental in the formulation of the South Asian Forum for Responsible Business and has co-authored a book on Corporate Foundations in India. Passionate about inclusive development, she has spearheaded several social and economic empowerment programs specially focused upon the disadvantaged and marginalized sections of our society and has contributed as a member of several industry committees to a range of development issues. Sonia has been selected to the 100 Most Talented CSR Leaders list in India and conferred with the Responsible Business Leader Award and the Leadership in Social Innovation Award by the World CSR Congress.
Sonia ShrivastavaHead, Vodafone Foundation
Srinivas CharyProfessor Srinivas Chary Professor Srinivas Chary leads water, sanitation and urban development programme at Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), a think tank of national repute in India. He has over 25 years of professional experience in this sector and was conferred Ashoka Fellowship for promoting continuous (24-7) water supply in India. Prof Chary has led over 180 advisory, consulting and research assignments both in India and South Asia. He advises state and national governments on Smart City Mission. Prof Chary heads the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Urban Development at ASCI instituted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India. He has published extensively in national and international professional journals and presented over hundred papers as invited speakers in conferences. He serves on numerous national and international committees. As a member of the urban sanitation taskforce of the MoUD, he played a catalytic role in the formulation of the National Urban Sanitation Policy of the Government of India. He is instrumental in establishing WASH in School Benchmarking Programme (Swachh Vidhyala Puraskar) in partnership with Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India. He is passionate about promoting and incubating disruptive innovations and capacity building with the objective of ensuring continuous water supply and safe sanitation (non networked & FSM) in India.
Srinivas CharyWater, sanitation and urban development programme Leader, Administrative Staff College of India
Steve SugdenSteve Sugden works has over 27 years of practical experience in all forms of sanitation in India and Africa. During this time 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 city wide sanitation planning so as to include the poorest segments of the community. He has been involved in designing and implementing sanitation programs aimed at the sustainable delivery and maintenance systems, using sanitation marketing techniques and private sector service delivery. He has designed all types of on-site latrines in many different and difficult physical and cultural conditions and is knowledge about pit emptying devices, pit emptying service delivery, and deriving value from what is normally considered to be waste. He is part owns a Black Solder Fly Larva company in Uganda.
Steve SugdenGlobal Sanitation Program Manager, Water For People
Stuart L. HartStuart 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. HartFounder, ESW and Grossman Endowed Chair in Sustainable Business at the University of Vermont Business School
Taishi SuzukiTaishi Suzuki is Manager, Business Development Department, KAIHO SANGYO Co. LTD, a Japanese automobile recycling company. Previously he worked at a social venture and was staying in Pakistan to build value chain including BoP sector. KAIHO offers a solution that addresses waste treatment and management of ELVs (End-of-Life Vehicles). This Eco-Friendly Auto Recycling system is designed to address resource circulation society and environmental conservation. KAIHO has joined Business Call to Action which aims to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by challenging companies to develop inclusive business models. Their initiative has been implemented in partnership with local government, university, and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). It not only contributes to a reduction of environmental impact due to ELVs waste, but it also promotes skills development, entrepreneurship and employment by supporting the growth of existing car recycling businesses and training recycling engineers on new and efficient recycling process, lifting thousands of people and their families out of poverty. KAIHO has established an eco-friendly auto recycling value chain in Brazil and is going to establish in India, Malaysia and Kenya.
Taishi SuzukiManager, Business Development Department, KAIHO SANGYO Co. LTD
TC ChatterjeeTC 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 ChatterjeeChief Executive Officer, Griffith Foods
Tokotaru HiramotoTokutaro 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 HiramotoPresident, BoP Global Network Japan (BGNJ)
Tony CookeTony 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 CookeCEO of One Planet Education Networks
Vanina Andrea FarberVanina 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 FarberChair for Social Innovation and director for center of social innovation at IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland
Vanita ViswanathVanita 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 ViswanathBoard Member, Jagriti
Venkatesh ValluriVenkatesh 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 ValluriFounder and Chairman, Valluri Technology Accelerators
Vishesh GuptaVishesh 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 GuptaDirector, New Business and Channel Development
Vrunda BansodeVrunda 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 BansodeMarketing, Sattva Consulting
Wilma RodriguesWilma 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 RodriguesFounder and CEO, Saahas Zero Waste