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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

  • Sanjeev Dhand joins QCI

    ILSS alumnus Sanjeev Dhand has joined Quality Council of India (QCI) as a Senior Advisor, supporting the monitoring programmes for various initiatives such as Swachh […]

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  • Sangeeta Sharma joins IIMPACT

    Sangeeta Sharma, who attended the ILSS Leadership Program in December 2018, has recently joined IIMPACT, a development support organisation providing quality education to 60,000 girls […]

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  • Sayantani Gaddam joins Ahvaan Trust as ED

    Sayantani Gaddam, ILSS alumna from the Batch of April 2018, has assumed the role of Executive Director, Ahvaan Trust, which works in the area of […]

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  • Manavendra Prasad joins English Helper as Vice President

    After a glowing career in the banking sector, Manavendra Prasad joins English Helper as Vice President.

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  • Sanjay Mehta works on Financial Literacy interventions for youth

    A little over two years ago, Sanjay Mehta left a successful career in the financial services industry with the intention

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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.

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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When ‘good’ becomes a career choice

ILSS alumnus Ashutosh Tyagi, who now heads Social Finance, India, writes about the influences, motivations and inspirations that have shaped his career choices and led […]

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‘Doing good is for one’s own satisfaction’

‘Trying to make a sense of this world’ is how Unny Radhakrishnan likes to describe his almost constant state of being. The January 2018 cohort […]

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A well-delineated canvas of the social sector

Suki Iyer, who attended the inaugural ILSS Leadership Program in January 2018, writes about the insights and perspectives—expected as well as unexpected—that made the experience […]

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