The ILSS Leadership Program is an intensive online program which is designed to inspire, empower and enable high-quality talent from diverse backgrounds to take up leadership roles in the development sector.
Our leadership programs are specially curated learning sessions with domain experts and leaders in the social sector, focusing on building perspectives and enhancing competencies through interactive learning modules – facilitating a better understanding of the social sector, so as to help participants engage with the sector more meaningfully and have a fulfilling experience working and contributing towards social change.
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At the ILSS Leadership Program, participants can expect a holistic experience designed to build informed, empathetic leaders for social change.
Expanding views to understand the landscape of the social sector and empathise with its challenges, looking at things from a systems perspective.
Demystifying the sector
Gaining new knowledge about the sector, unlearning what we know, separating the myth from the reality.
Understanding the Self
Achieving a greater sense of the Self and the ability to stand within one’s values, and using the power of these values to lead others.
Careers in the sector
Connecting with individuals, organisations and networks in the development sector.
A curated on-ground experience, to get a real taste of the complexities of the social problems and the work happening on ground
Knowledge, skills, attitude
The right tools required to successfully make an impact in the social sector - from fundraising to policy-making, design thinking to impact assessment
Introduction to Social Sector – Perspectives from social sector leaders who made a career transition into the social sector, sharing their journey and experiences.
Introduction to development – A data-oriented approach to development - Where are we? What is the reality on the ground? An overview of India’s Development Story and interpreting the numbers
Understanding work and motivations of social sector leaders – Interactive sessions where participants get perspectives from various social sector leaders working with different kind of organizations – social activists, academicians, leaders working in different sectors, domestic, international, working with the government or as part of the government to help get a holistic picture of the social sector and its workings.
Alumni connect – A space to connect with ILSS Alumni to understand their journey into the social sector as well as the work they are doing now.
Leadership & Self-awareness – Understanding leadership and personal values, strongly rooted in the self and the personal journey, as we strongly believe that transformation of the self plays a very important role in bringing about any change, collectively or individually, in any role that we perform in our lives.
Systems Thinking – Session on systems thinking with experts, understanding frameworks and models of systems thinking that can be applied to problems in the social sector and understanding its complexities.
Immersion Experience – A curated on-ground experience, to get a real taste of the complexities of the social problems and the work happening on ground.
Anshu Gupta, popularly known as the Clothing Man is the Founder of an Indian based nonprofit – Goonj. Asia’s Noble, the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay award 2015, conferred to him credited him for ‘his creative vision in transforming the culture of giving in India, his enterprising leadership in treating cloth as a sustainable development resource for the poor, and in reminding the world that true giving always respects and preserves human dignity’. Anshu has done his Mass communications twice and his masters in Economics. Starting as a freelance journalist, he left a corporate job in 1998 and founded GOONJ with a mission to make clothing a matter of concern and to bring it among the list of subjects for the development sector. Over the years as Goonj garnered major awards, including World Bank’s Development Marketplace and NASA, Anshu also won recognition as an Ashoka and Schwab Fellow while he was also listed as one of India’s top social entrepreneurs by Forbes Magazine and Fast Company. He is also a member of Humanitarian Crisis Council of the World Economic Forum.
Development Economist, Professor and Policy Advisor
A K Shiva Kumar is a New Delhi based development economist, policy advisor, and evaluator. He is a visiting professor of economics and public policy at the Indian School of Business, in the Young India Fellow’s program at Ashoka University and at Harvard’s Kennedy School . Shiv’s research and writings have focused on social policy analysis particularly in the fields of health, education, social protection, and child rights. He is also an advisor to several international agencies and civil society organizations working to promote human development. He is also an alumnus of Harvard University from where he completed his Masters in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government.
Head of Outreach, PRS Legislative
Chakshu leads legislative and civic engagement at PRS Legislative Research. The mission of PRS is to make the legislative process in the country better informed, more transparent and participatory. Chakshu and his colleagues provide research on legislation and policy to MPs and MLAs to further indepth debate on issues in our legislatures. They track the working of Parliament, State Legislatures and their legislators, make the work easily available and understandable. Chakshu and his team also anchor the prestigious Legislative Assistant for Members of Parliament Fellowship. He is an expert on parliamentary procedures and writes and speaks extensively on issues relating to the institution
Dipta Bhog has worked on gender and education for close to three decades. She has worked as a journalist and women’s rights activist. She co-founded Nirantar, a Centre for Gender and Education in Delhi, and has extensive experience of working on women’s literacy, adult and girls education and rural journalism at the level of program design, implementation, policy and impact. She coordinated a five-state study titled Textbook Regimes that analysed school textbooks from a feminist lens and has worked on writing textbooks for both national and state governments. More recently, her research work focused on women leaders from rural areas and small towns who run non-governmental organizations. She redesigned and presently conducts CREA’s Institute on Feminist leadership and Movement Building in South Asia and East Africa.
Director, Centre for Equity Studies
Harsh Mander is a Human rights and peace worker, writer, columnist, researcher and teacher, Harsh works with survivors of mass violence, hunger, homeless persons and street children. He is Director, Centre for Equity Studies, and founder of the campaigns Aman Biradari, for secularism, peace and justice; Nyayagrah, for legal justice and reconciliation for the survivors of communal violence, and ‘Hausla’ for urban homeless people, for homeless shelters, recovery shelters and street medicine. He was Special Commissioner to the Supreme Court of India in the Right to Food case for 12 years from 2005-17. He is a Special Monitor of the statutory National Human Rights Commission for Minority Rights. He convenes and edits the annual India Exclusion Report. He worked formerly in the Indian Administrative Service in Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh for almost two decades
Strategy & Learning, Indus Action
Born and brought up in the dusty town of Faridabad, Lakshit studied business management at Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies (University of Delhi). Post graduation he joined RB – Reckitt; the parent company of brands such as Dettol, Lysol, Durex; in their Graduate Leadership Program in 2016 – rotating across sales, marketing and e-commerce roles. The unique positioning in the policy space and the quest to understand the linkages b/w the development and for-profit space brought him to Indus Action. He joined Indus Action via their Policy Action Fellowship and supported the Uttar Pradesh team. He has now transitioned into the Strategy & Learning team and oversees the M&E work.
Associate Professor, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Ashoka University.
Mekhala Krishnamurthy is a social anthropologist and Associate Professor at Ashoka University. Over the last fifteen years, her research, policy and professional engagements have involved a range of field sites and subjects, including women’s courts and dispute resolution, community health workers and public health systems, agriculture with a focus on agricultural markets, and water, livelihood security and land acquisition. In the process, her work places her at the intersections of and in partnerships between academia, public policy, government, the private sector, and grassroots civil society organisations. Mekhala graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University, received an M.Phil. in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from University College London.
Founder DESTA Research LLP
Mihir is an interdisciplinary researcher working on sustainability and climate change issues to develop systemic solutions. His expertise is in the areas of Systems Thinking and System Dynamics Modeling, Group Model Building, Climate Change Adaptation and Natural Resource Management. Mihir began his career in banking and stock markets and moved into the world of sustainability research in 2009. He worked in the Climate Change Adaptation Program of Watershed Organisation Trust, Pune, before moving to TERI, New Delhi. At TERI he worked extensively on policy research using systems thinking and system dynamics modelling. Mihir currently works as a consultant with TERI, He is also visiting faculty at many well known Indian Educational Institutions.
Preeti is a social anthropologist. She is an alumna of the University of Delhi and the University of Oxford, where she completed her doctorate on a Rhodes Scholarship. She has extensive research, teaching and applied work experience in development. Her experience ranges from working in the field with locals, alongside grassroots outfits, to working with international aid organisations in the US. She was a full time academic in Delhi and recently helped set up the Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy at Ashoka University. Her areas of interest are local knowledge, social change, identity, wellbeing and development.
Founder & CEO, SaveLIFE Foundation
Piyush is the Founder and CEO at SaveLIFE Foundation (SLF), a non-profit organisation committed to improving road safety and access to emergency medical care across India. SLF is best known for forgetting India a Good Samaritan Law that insulates lay rescuers of injured victims from systemic harassment and intimidation. It is also credited with delivering a dramatic 30 per cent drop in fatalities last year on one of India’s most dangerous roads, the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, with plans to make it 100 percent fatality-free by 2021
Director, Coordination & Strategy Development - Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)
Prashant Singh is the Director, Coordination and Strategy Development in the office of the President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), a large non-profit organisation started as a public-private partnership, for strengthening education, research, training and capacity building in the area of Public Health. Prior to this, he has over two decades of leadership experience in the Indian Air Force, where he was involved in strategic planning, directing special projects, leading cross functional teams and implementing change. His diverse experience includes handling ground operations, logistics and supply chain, providing aid during disaster management and coordinating with NGOs. Prashant is an Alumnus from the April 2018 batch of the ILSS Leadership Program.
Founder & Director, Indian School of Development Management (ISDM)
Ravi has worked for 24 years in the Corporate Sector most of which was at HSBC. At HSBC, Ravi has worked as the Regional Marketing Head for the Middle East and Africa, Head of Consumer Products for Asia Pacific, Consumer Banking Head of Indonesia, CEO and President Director of Bank Ekonomi (a local bank in Indonesia that was acquired by HSBC). He quit his corporate career and switched to the social sector 5 years ago with Azim Premji Foundation where he was the Head of Education Leadership & Management.
Director - Impact, Educate Girls
Santana is the Director – Impact at Educate Girls, one of India’s largest NGOs on a mission to achieve behavioural, social and economic transformation for all girls towards an India where all children have equal opportunities to access quality education. She started her career in India in IT companies and then worked with Bankers Trust and JP Morgan Chase in Australia for 13 years in various leadership roles in financial services and Information Technology. She switched to the non-profit sector in 2007 and worked with Mission Australia before returning to India in 2016. She has extensive experience in program design and management, change management, and the full lifecycle of complex implementations from conceptualization to impact measurement. Santana holds a MBA from IIM – Calcutta and BCOM from SRCC, Delhi. Santana is an Alumna of the April 2018 batch of the ILSS Leadership Program.
Saurabh is an alumnus of IIT Delhi and Said Business School, University of Oxford, where he was a British Chevening Scholar. He has over two decades of experience consulting with Fortune 500 firms and has lived and worked across multiple continents including a nonprofit entrepreneurial stint in Europe. After moving to the foothills of the Himalayas a few years back, he turned to leadership development, mentoring and coaching young entrepreneurs and works extensively with impact entrepreneurs in the Himalayan region. He is a trained leadership and life coach and his areas of interest are social entrepreneurship, conscious capitalism, ethics of profiteering and values based leadership frameworks. Saurabh serves on the boards of many educational institutions, including the technology business incubator Catalyst and a number of start-ups.
Shaveta Sharma Kukreja
Managing Director Central Square Foundation
Shaveta, Managing Director at Central Square Foundation (CSF), leads CSF’s efforts to improve capacity building and development of educators- teachers, principals and administrators. She also oversees CSF’s organisational development. She brings to the team more than a decade of professional experience in management and education. Her corporate background includes work at The Boston Consulting Group, Global Vantage (a business process outsourcing start-up) and Citibank. She has also been a visiting faculty member in the Human Resources and Organisational Behavior disciplines at various business schools in Delhi NCR. Her primary areas of interest are teaching and research of organisational behaviour and leadership styles.
Partner (Executive Search), Quadrangle
Surabhi is a multifaceted professional with experience of over 20 years, across Advertising, FMCG and Recruitment Consulting industries. She is leading the Executive Search practice at Quadrangle, focusing on CXO positions with organisations across consumer internet and service industries; and more recently the non-profit sector as well. Surabhi began her career in media planning with Ulka Advertising Pvt. Ltd. in 1986 and then moved on to Nestle India Ltd. where she handled diverse responsibilities in marketing, brand management, sales, distribution, merchandising, advertising & market research. She has also co-authored a book for MBA and job aspirants called ‘Tackling Group Discussions’. She has completed over 150 hours of Coaching dealing with issues around getting a job, career transitions and pivots, finding purpose, amongst others. Her mission is to help her clients experience a positive transformational journey.
Founder & CEO, Indus Action
Tarun Cherukuri is the Founder CEO of Indus Action, a public policy do-tank in India. Indus Action’s mission to enable vulnerable families, sustainable access to legislated rights. He is passionate about community organising, active citizenship and system leadership to realise social justice goals in India. He has served in multiple roles at TeachForIndia (Fellow, City Director, Advisory Board Member) during the last decade. He graduated from Harvard Kennedy School in 2013 and is a 2019 Obama Foundation Fellow.
Founder, Jyothirgamaya Foundation
Tiffany completed her B.Ed in Special Education with a focus on visual impairment and set up Jyothirgamaya Foundation in 2012. with a mission to empower and support underprivileged blind and visual impaired. Jyothirgamaya provides training that helps them overcome the obstacles faced in their daily lives as well as ensure the imparting of skills that will help them to discover and pursue their passions. This education paves their way for gainful employment, leading to the students integrating into the mainstream and thus, earning respect and gaining self-confidence and dignity.
Feminist Writer, Publisher, Activist
Urvashi Butalia is an independent publisher and writer. Co-founder of India’s first feminist publishing house, Kali for Women, she now heads Zubaan, an imprint of Kali. She has had a long involvement in the women’s movement in India, and writes for newspapers, journals and books at home and abroad on a range of issues to do with women and gender. Among her bestknown publications is the award-winning oral history of Partition: The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India (winner of the Oral History Book Association award 2001 and the Nikkei Asia Award for Culture 2003). She is also visiting faculty at Ashoka University Sonepat. Butalia has received many awards for her work, among them the Padma Shri, which she was awarded in 2011.
Candidates with a minimum of 8 years of professional experience, experience in a mid-senior level role is necessary
Candidates working in the corporate sector, or who have already undergone a career transition into the social sector not more than 3 years ago.
Social sector candidates can also be nominated by their organizations, by writing to us. They however still will need to go through the full application process.
Candidates currently engaged in the CSR or Diversity & Inclusion initiatives within corporates.
Senior executives who wish to explore careers in social impact or simply wish to build their knowledge of the social development space.
Candidates who have taken a break from their full-time roles may apply as long as they meet the criteria of the minimum work experience.
13th August to October End, 2021
Application Deadline - 12th July, 2021
1.25 lakh + 18% GST
Sessions will happen online, post work hours on Fridays and on Saturdays. (4-6 Hours Learning Commitment per week)
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