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ILSS Leaders, the alumni of our flagship 9-day Leadership Program, come from fields as varied as finance, retail, technology, media, education and defence, but share a common passion for the cause of making India a more equal, more just and more peaceful country. ILSS Leaders are a tightly-knit community of sensitised professionals, who are aligned to the different paradigms of social development, aware of the challenges and social realities, and inspired and energised to work in the social sector. The alumni are now discovering their own place in the world of social change and helping each other on their journeys, supported by the ILSS team in their endeavours.

Alumni Updates

ILSS Leaders are taking meaningful steps towards creating lasting positive impact in the society, and are truly #ILSSChampionsOfChange

  • Mohit Beotra

    ILSS Batch: August 2018

    Previous role(s): Chief Brand Officer, Airtel

    Current role: Founder, Air Pollution Action Group

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  • Radha Arakkal

    ILSS Batch: August 2018

    Previous role(s): Consulting Partner, Brandscapes Worldwide

    Current role: Communications Consultant, Teach for India

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  • Meghna Verma

    ILSS Batch: January 2018

    Previous role(s): Head of Fundraising & Communications, Pardada Pardadi Education Society; eInfoChips (India); Captain Dash (France)

    Current role: Head, JCB Literature Foundation

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  • Madhulika Tyagi

    ILSS Batch: December 2018

    Previous role(s): Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd

    Current role: Senior Manager Research, Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy, Ashoka University

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  • Arundhati Maitra

    ILSS Batch: April 2018

    Previous role(s): Tata Consultancy Services

    Current role: Tata Consultancy Services; Founder, Aasmani by Arundhati

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Alumni Voices

ILSS Leaders share their experience of attending the 9-day residential leadership program.

  • Entrepreneur and former CIO Sanjeev Prasad, who attended the December 2018 edition of the ILSS Leadership Program, now sits on the board of Anudip Foundation and serves as an advisor at QCI. The social sector allows one to create real impact, he says.

    Sanjeev Prasad, ILSS December 2018
  • ILSS gave me an overview of the challenges the social sector is trying to address, the opportunity to meet and get inspired by some great minds.

    Unny Radhakrishnan, ILSS January 2018
  • Post ILSS, I feel a sense of purpose like I have never felt before. I feel a burning desire to make all wrongs right. I dream of a better world.

    Arundhati Maitra, ILSS April 2018
  • Disha Agrawal, who attended the inaugural ILSS Leadership Program in January 2018, speaks about her journey into the social sector. Disha now heads strategic communication at CSF.

    Disha Agrawal, ILSS January 2018
  • “When I came for the program, the social sector was like a distant dream, seen through a dark tunnel of ignorance. With each passing day, I have attained clarity on the various dimensions of the sector.”

    Colonel Soumendra Pandey, ILSS August 2018

Our Alumni Come From

ILSS Alumni come from different backgrounds and industries. Here are some companies where our alumni worked before transitioning to the social sector.

Alumni Stories

Read stories of personal and social transformation by ILSS Alumni on our blog.

A meeting of like minds

As she goes about setting up a family foundation and articulating its vision and philosophy, Sheena Gandhi says she draws inspiration from the perspectives gained […]

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‘My skills have a role in the social sector’

Brand and marketing specialist Mohit Beotra is the brain behind the Air Pollution Action Group, set up to address a crisis that affects the lives […]

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Creating change, one weave at a time

Arundhati Maitra’s engagement with social development started with sporadic acts of giving money but has evolved over the years as a result of her efforts […]

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There’s always hope around the corner

A year since she first came across the ILSS Leadership Program, Radha Arakkal looks back at “an interesting, emotional journey guided by some happy chances and […]

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A better world begins with me

Meghna Verma, ILSS alumna and head of operations at JCB Literature Foundation, says her decision to transition to the social sector was driven by a […]

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What’s your hashtag?

ILSS alumna Vyjayanthi Mala, who now leads the Open Judicial Data Platform initiative at Vayam, writes about her journey of self-discovery at the ILSS Leadership […]

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