Abhishek Gupta, COO – YuWaah at UNICEF,
Sheena Gandhi, Co-Founder – Sahayog Foundation,
Surojit Chattoraj, COO – ECHO India
Abhishek has spent 20+ years working with the corporate and development sector. Presently, he is COO at YuWaah (Generation Unlimited), a Global Partnership incubated by UNICEF. Earlier, he was the Advisor to Dy. CM of Delhi on Skills Development. He has also led three social enterprises over 8 years, namely Skills Academy, Basix Academy for Building Lifelong Employability and Hole-in-the-Wall Education, where he worked on education/skilling initiatives for unemployed youth and underprivileged young children. He holds a full-time PG management diploma from Indian School of business. He has also been a volunteer for a political party, he managed an assembly constituency election campaign and raised public funds during 2013-15.
Sheena Gandhi has 15+ years of experience working in the field of communications. She has played an integral role in shaping the image and reputation of blue-chip brands and companies across travel, hospitality and FMCG industries. Her core areas of expertise are engagement with influencers, partnerships, strategy and crisis management. Sheena holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations from Xavier Institute of Communications. A strong advocate of collaboration and partnership, she began her transition journey in 2018 into the social sector by managing the communication & advocacy whilst leading the partner & stakeholder engagement mandate for MSD for Mothers programs in India. She is currently co-founder of Sahayog Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on fostering collaborations in the social sector.
Surojit is Chief Operating Officer at Echo India. He has over 32 years of experience of successfully building and running large businesses, and in leading strong pan India teams and mentoring their growth. He started his career in Human Resources from campus with the Indian Hotels Company and then moved on to start his own venture in publishing & retailing. For twenty years, he has been involved in the recruitment field of which the last fifteen years have been with ABC Consultants where he has led teams pan India focusing on delivering senior management hiring solutions to clients across industry sectors. His key skills have been building and leading strong teams to achieve organizational goals. Surojit holds an MBA in Marketing and HR from Institute of Management Development & Research, Pune.
Executive Director, Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF)
Apar Gupta is a lawyer and the Executive Director of the Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF). The IFF is an Indian digital liberties organisation that seeks to ensure that technology respects fundamental rights.He completed his post-graduate studies from the Columbia University School of Law and have practised for more than a decade.
From 2015, he has been working extensively on public interest issues which include strategic litigation and organisation of campaigns and collectives. In courts, his work as a lawyer includes key digital rights cases on privacy and censorship. He is a part of key constitutional challenges on Section 66A, the Right to Privacy and Aadhaar representing public interest litigants. Beyond court work he has worked extensively with activists and set up digital campaigns such as those on Net Neutrality (SaveTheInternet.in), fight against defamation laws (SpeechBill.in) and safeguard privacy (SaveOurPrivacy.in).
Actor, Film Maker, Social Worker/ Activist & Rugby Player.
Rahul Bose has been called the ‘Indian art house icon’, by TIME magazine. His international awards include the Best Actor award at the Singapore Film Festival in 2000 and the runner-up prize – the John Schlesinger Award for Best Debut Director in 2002 for ‘Everybody Says I’m Fine!’. Rahul’s other awards include : Indian Youth Icon of the Year – Social Justice, the Green Globe award for Climate Change, the Lt. Governor’s Commendation Award for Services to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the Hakim Khan Sur award for National Integration and GQ’s Man of the Year for Social Justice.
Rahul has lectured on leadership, gender justice and cinema at Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Cambridge and MIT, amongst others. Indian rugby’s most recognisable face, Rahul represented India, playing 17 internationals from 1998 to 2009. He is currently on the board of the Indian Rugby Football Union.
Rahul has founded two NGOs : The Foundation, dedicated to the equalisation of opportunity through education and HEAL, working to prevent child sexual abuse.
Anurag Kundu has extensive experience of working on children’s issues with particular focus on education issues and has been advising the Government of NCT of Delhi since 2015. Anurag has been a key member of the team that conceptualised and implemented the nationally and internationally acclaimed education reforms of the Government of NCT of Delhi. He has chaired and been part of several key committees such as framing Government of Delhi’s policy on the question of “No-Detention Policy” under Right to Education Act, committee on strategic issues related to lockdown during Covid-19 pandemic, implementation plan of New Education Policy in the state of Delhi, Right to Education State Advisory Council amongst others.
Pooja Taparia is Founder and Chief Executive of Arpan, a globally recognized, award winning NGO working towards the elimination of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) in India. Based in Mumbai, with a team of over 100 dedicated professionals, Arpan is India’s largest NGO providing CSA Prevention and Intervention services for both children and adults. Pooja is a member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) and has received numerous awards for her work on Child Abuse, including the Inspire Award, the Astitwa Award, the Architects of the Future Award and the Karmaveer Puraskar Award.
Sudarshan Suchi is Save the Children’s Chief Executive Officer. He is a seasoned civil society leader with three decades of local to global experience in academics, development and corporate setting; and, an authority in participatory practices to empower communities to lead transformation. Sudarshan comes with the core competency of conceptualising development programs, development-based business models, efficient resource mobilisation, establishing partnerships, collaboration and coalitions towards issues that impact children’s fair access to basic human rights.
CEO, EdelGive Foundation
“On every level in the sector, we have to collectivize. We have to stand with and for each other if we want to make change. We haven’t yet begun to tap into our collective voice.”
– Naghma Mulla, CEO at EdelGive Foundation, on how organizations and individuals must come together to change the giving space in India’s social sector. Her conversation, centered on the Pay-What-It-Takes India Initiative, was a frank, personal, and fascinating take on the development sphere – where it is now, and where it can go.
IPS, Secretary - Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS)
IPS, Secretary - Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS)
Dr RS Praveen Kumar is an officer of the Indian Police Service (IPS) with a career spanning more than 25yrs. He has served both nationally and internationally, demonstrating commendable leadership and prudence in resolving conflicts and maintaining law and order.
He took over the administration of social welfare residential educational institutions in the year 2012, working with about 200,000 children from vulnerable backgrounds providing them with better access to education and opportunities to pursue their interests and careers. One of them being Malavath Poorna, a 13-year-old tribal student who made history by being the youngest girl in the world to scale Mount Everest. Her story has been made into a critically acclaimed film in 2017 called ‘Poorna’ and Rahul Bose, the actor and filmmaker played Dr Praveen Kumar’s role in the film.
Societal Platform, EkStep Foundation.
Sanjay has more than 30 years of diverse and global experience across corporate and societal development sectors. This spans senior leadership and entrepreneurial roles in corporate strategy, digital transformation, management consulting and sustainable development. Since 2016, at EkStep Foundation, he is leading the evolution of Societal Platform Thinking, an innovative method to resolve complex societal challenges with speed, at scale, sustainably.
He advises multiple social entrepreneurs who are developing Societal Platforms in domains such as but not limited to, education, financial inclusion, healthcare, urban governance, and livelihoods. This includes large scale systems change initiatives supported by Co-Impact, a global philanthropic collaborative. In parallel, he is catalysing ShikshaLokam, a Societal Platform that is focused on developing leadership across the education system in India.
Passionate about mentoring young entrepreneurs, he advises startups supported by Fundamentum, a scale investment fund, The/Nudge CSI, a not-for-profit incubator and accelerator, and Edumentum, a not-for-profit incubator focused on education.
Founder & CEO, Udhyam Learning Foundation
Mekin Maheshwari is extremely passionate about discovering & unleashing human potential beyond limits. In 2017, he started Udhyam Learning Foundation, a not-for-profit an organisation that aims to develop entrepreneurial mindsets amongst youth and nano entrepreneurs to help them pursue their potential.
Mekin started his career in 2002 with Yahoo! and then went on to join Ugenie where he created weRead – a successful social network around books. He was an early team member at Flipkart where he played various roles. As Head of Engineering, he built a great tech team, which he counts as his biggest professional achievement to date. He then went on to establish two small start-ups within Flipkart and finally took on the role of Chief People Officer.
Country Director, PATH India
Neeraj Jain is the Country Director of PATH India. A nonprofit organisation that has been working towards strengthening public health in India for more than four decades. Neeraj oversees all operations in the country and serves as a liaison between the office in India, PATH headquarters, donors, partners, and national-level ministries. PATH has also been extensively supporting various governments in providing technical support for COVID-19 response, and advising on testing, treating and managing the outbreak.
Prior to joining PATH, Neeraj led WaterAid India through a dynamic phase of transition as its chief executive. He was instrumental in the setup of the India Sanitation Coalition as part of the governing committee and heads the Engagement with Central and State Governments Task Force for them. The coalition, launched in June 2015, is leading the sanitation conversations in India by bringing together organizations and individuals to find sustainable solutions for sanitation.
CEO - Azim Premji Foundation, Chief Sustainability Officer - Wipro
Anurag has been engaged with efforts to improve education in India for the past sixteen years. He has been a vocal advocate for the critical importance of public systems, in particular the public education system. His many years in business have given him an insider’s view in to both the possibilities and limits of markets. For the past few years he has also been engaged with environmental and ecological issues. He writes widely, including a fortnightly column for the newspaper Mint.
Anurag has earlier played leadership roles in business. As the CEO of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, he led the business from being No. 20 in the world to being the No. 1 in 5 years. The business has operations in Europe, India, Brazil, US and China. He has been responsible for many corporate functions for Wipro including Brand, Quality and Innovation. In the early part of his career he was part of the team that built the leadership position of Wipro GE Healthcare in South Asia.
He continues to be associated with Wipro, providing oversight to the social and ecological initiatives of the Wipro Group, as its Chief Sustainability Officer. He is a member of Wipro’s Group Executive Council.
Founder and CEO, LedBy Foundation
Ruha Shadab is a doctor turned public health professional turned social entrepreneur. She is the Founder of LedBy Foundation, a unique leadership incubator that works on improving equity in the workplace. She is a recent graduate from Harvard University, where she received her Master in Public Policy on a full tuition scholarship. On graduation, she was awarded the Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Award: the first Indian to receive it. During her Master’s, she served as the Co-Chair of the India Conference at Harvard, worked at Yale University as first author for a medical ethics paper, and at the Gates Foundation on a global health strategy framework.