Who We Are

“ILSS is designed to benefit the best minds out there who want to make a difference. We want great minds who are passionate about driving change. And this country needs them even more.”

'Human capital is the most valuable asset in the social sector. Developing an effective human capital strategy enables nonprofits to grow, scale, and achieve greater impact'.
- Sal Giambanco, Omidyar Network

Who we are

Our Founding Story

India Leaders for Social Sector (ILSS) is an initiative by Central Square Foundation (CSF), in partnership with the Indian School of Development Management (ISDM), to bridge the senior leadership talent gap in the social sector.

To drive scale, sustainability and impact, the social sector needs professional talent. With a wide range of complex problems to be addressed and increased funding coming in, it offers a plethora of opportunities for individuals to grow while making a positive contribution to the society.

The talent in the senior leadership of top corporate houses, armed forces, government services, etc. is most competent to address the issues plaguing the social sector. With years of experience in strategic problem solving, results orientation and talent management under their belts, these leaders, given the right platform and support, can do wonders for the country’s development. India Leaders for Social Sector aims to achieve just that.

ILSS is also building a repository of information about the sector, to allow knowledge sharing and collaboration, showcase success stories from the sector, benchmark best practices, address perceptions and highlight leadership role models. By identifying possibilities, challenges and rewards of the social sector, the ILSS platform aims to create an informed movement of leadership talent for the sector.


What we do

India Leaders for Social Sector is a unique offering that aims to equip and inspire senior leaders of India to take up the mantle of transforming the country, with the skills and strategic expertise they have developed over years of experience. ILSS is offering a series of 9-day Leadership Programs, that will inspire and enable senior leaders of industry in transitioning meaningfully to the social sector. The programs will apprise them of different areas within the sector, the possibilities and obstacles in each, and connect them with like-minded individuals and NGO networks to help them find the right fit in the social sector.

With informative lectures, insightful discussions and an immersive grassroots experience, this 9-day leadership program is ideal for senior professionals.

ILSS Program

Who is it for

  • Senior Leaders who aspire to a career in the social sector, but don’t know where to begin
  • Want to build and run social organisations
  • Want to develop realistic perspectives of the social sector
  • Are looking to explore various opportunities within the sector
  • Are looking for the right organisation to get associated with
  • Want to connect with like-minded individuals, committed to the development of the nation
Our People

Core Strength

Ashish Dhawan

Founder & Chairman, CSF

Surabhi Bikhchandani

Partner (Executive Search), Quadrangle

Moomal Mehta

Founder, Crossover Catalyst

Venkatesam Eshwara

VP Development, Ashoka University

Shaveta Sharma-Kukreja

Associate Director, CSF

Namita Dalmia

Associate Director, CSF

Anu Prasad

Founder, ILSS and Sr. Advisor, CSF

Ravi Sreedharan

Founder, ISDM

Gaurav Shah

Founder, ISDM

Pratyush Rawal

Program Manager, CSF

Snigdha Nigam

Program Manager, CSF

A.K. Shiva Kumar

Senior Policy Advisor, UNICEF & Co-Chair of Know Violence in Childhood

Amita Baviskar

Professor, Institute of Economic Growth

Anil Swarup

Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, Government of India

Anshu Gupta

Founder Director, Goonj & Magsaysay Award Winner, 2015

Ashok Sircar

Director, School of Development, Azim Premji University

Chakshu Roy

Head of Outreach, PRS Legislative Research

Debasish Mitter

Country Director (India), Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Harsh Mander

Director, Centre for Equity Studies

Kamla Bhasin

Social Scientist & Advisor, Sangat & JAGOR

Mekhala Krishnamurthy

Social Anthropologist & Associate Professor, Shiv Nadar University

Moomal Mehta

Founder, Crossover Catalyst

Nachiket Mor

Country Director (India), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

P.R. Ganapathy

President, Villgro Innovations Fund

Poonam Muttreja

Executive Director, Population Foundation of India

Pramath Sinha

Founding Dean, ISB; Founder & Trustee, Ashoka University; Managing Director, 9.9 Media

Pramod Bhasin

Co-Founder, Asha Impact & Chairman, Clix Capital

Rudrangshu Mukherjee

Chancellor and Professor of History at Ashoka University

Ravi Sreedharan

Founder, ISDM

Sanjay Purohit

Strategic Advisor, EkStep Foundation & e-Governments Foundation

Safeena Husain

Founder & Executive Director, Educate Girls

Suparna Diwakar

Founder & Dean, Academics & Research, ISDM

Sudarshan Rodriguez

Programmer Coordinator, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Srinivasan Iyer

Programme Officer, Ford Foundation

Surabhi Bikhchandani

Partner (Executive Search), Quadrangle

Urvashi Butalia

Founder, Zubaan Books, and Padma Shri

Vinita Singh

Independent Consultant on Ethical Trade & Managing Trustee, We, The People

Venkatesam Eshwara

Vice-President, Development, Ashoka University
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A unique offering that aims to equip and inspire senior leaders of India to take up the mantle of transforming the country.
By partnering with us, your organisation can not only have access to such exceptional talent but also play a significant role in sensitising them about your cause.
At ILSS, you get the opportunity to enable the changemakers of India, in a diverse, action-driven and fun environment. Come, join us in our mission.
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