Impact Future Project 2020
IFP Community Leaders
BFSI, Financial Inclusion & FinTech
Yunus Social Biz
Aarti Wig is co-founder and heads Future Thinking, at Yunus Social Business. An Aspen Fellow in 2019, Asia 21 Fellow for young leaders making a difference in 2014 and is also on the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders network. She holds Masters from London School of Economics.
Abhishek Agrawal is Chief Regional Officer for Accion – Asia. He worked with FINCA International as CFO and as advisor to Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAI). Abhishek is Aspire Fellow; Ph.D. in Municipal financial reforms, a Chartered Accountant from ICAI & MBA in finance.
Asia-Pacific Mastercard Centre for Inclusive Growth
Alison Eskesen has worked for over 20 years in development and finance, mobilizing nearly $3 billion in capital for impact projects. Through strategic partnerships in over 30 countries, Alison has built a track record of measurable social and environmental results.
Alok Mittal is Co-founder and CEO of Indifi, India’s leading full-stack platform for enabling debt financing for small businesses. He is also an active angel investor, co-founder of Indian Angel Network, and on the board of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Delhi.
Anurag Agrawal is Partner at Aavishkaar. As CEO of Intellecap earlier, he setup the Investment Banking Practice and incubated I3N (Intellecap Impact Investment Network) – India’s first impact focused angel network. He led incubation and acquisition of the 3 NBFCs – IntelleCash, IntelleGrow and Arohan.
Chetna Gala Sinha
Mann Deshi Bank
Chetna Sinha is the Founder of Mann Deshi Bank and its Foundation. Co-chair of World Economic Forum 2018, Co-chair of Financial Inclusion at W20 Summit 2018, Member of BRICS 2021 women’s business alliance, she was awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar – highest Indian civilian award for women by the President of India.
Eric Savage is Co-founder & CEO of Unitus Capital. Eric has led the company in raising US$3 billion for various impact businesses. UC also has an impact lending business and growth equity fund. Eric is a graduate of Duke and Harvard, and an Aspen Institute fellow.
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation India
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation India
Geeta Goel is the Country Director of Dell Foundation India. She manages the strategy and implementation in two key areas – Education and Family Economic Stability. She’s on the Boards of Ujjivan, Janalakshmi, Swadhaar, Arohan, and Micro Housing Finance Corporation.
Himanshu Bansal leads Mastercard’s digital inclusion focussed social impact business – Community Pass. He focuses on digitising the rural ecosystem through Mastercard’s digital offline rails and AgriTech solutions in South/ SE Asia. Himanshu is a financial sector strategist, consultant, ex-banker from Citi and MBA-IIM Kolkata.
Hitesh Sethia leads Transaction banking at ICICI Bank. He has over 2 decades of global experience with expertise in the domain of technology led banking solutions in payments, trade finance and supply chain finance. Hitesh is a Chartered Accountant and alumni of Harvard Business School.
Kapil Mehta is the co-founder of SecureNow, an award winning insurance broker, focused on MSMEs. He is an elected director in the Insurance Broking Association, the policyholder representative for a life insurer, and on the SME advisory board of a general insurer.
Madhur Mehta is an investment banker turned consultant. Madhur has worked with JPMorgan and Standard Chartered, raising financing for corporations, financials, governments and government agencies globally. Madhur has worked on sustainable finance projects that involve micro-finance, SMEs and women.
Pradeep Nair has over 25 years of global experience across US and India. He started his career in Silicon Valley in technology and strategy, then moved to the social sector, working for leaders like President Clinton, Mayor Bloomberg and Paul Volcker. He currently leads Ford Foundation in India.
Rekha Unnithan is the Co-Head for Impact Investing at Nuveen. She established the Impact Investing platform for TIAA. Rekha is a board member of Aeris, on Advisory Board of Operating Principles for Impact Management and serves as the Chair of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association’s Impact Council.
Dia Vikas Capital
Saneesh Singh has spent 30 years in development banking, financial inclusion, SMEs and impact investments. He was part of the core team that initiated SIDBI’s MF programme and currently leads Dia Vikas Capital-Opportunity International’s largest impact investment operation globally.
Author- Fintech Future
Sanjay Phadke is the EVP & Head of Global Platforms, Vayana Network. With 20 years experience in Banking and Financial Services he worked with JPMorgan & HSBC, and led Edelweiss, ICICI, IDFC etc. Sanjay is an Engineer and an alumnus of Wharton Business School.
Protean e-Gov Technologies
Suresh Sethi is the MD & CEO of NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Ltd. with over three decades of global experience in financial services. He was the Founder CEO & MD of India Post Payments Bank and has worked with Citigroup, YES Bank, Vodafone M-Pesa across India, Kenya, UK, Argentina & US.
Vipul Sharma is the Founder-CEO of Chqbook – a neobank for small business owners. He has built and led teams across Retail Assets & Insurance. He is passionate about customer experience and the interplay of technology and people in helping achieve customer delight.
Vishakha Mulye is an Executive Director on the Board of ICICI Bank since January 2016. Ms. Mulye, a Chartered Accountant, has been with the ICICI Group since 1993. She is responsible for domestic and international Wholesale Banking Group, Proprietary Trading Group, Markets Group and Transaction Banking Group at the Bank. Ms. Mulye chairs the Board of ICICI Bank Canada. She is also on the Board of ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited. Vishakha is a member of Aspen Institute’s ‘India Leadership Initiative’. She was selected as ‘Young Global Leader’ in 2007 by the World Economic Forum. She received the ‘India CFO Award’ in 2006 from IMA India for ‘Excellence in Finance in a Large Corporate’ and ‘CA Corporate Leader Award’ in 2008 from the Institute of Chartered Accountants. In 2012, she received the ‘GR8! Women Awards’ from the Indian Television Academy for her contribution as an ‘Eminent Personality in the field of Banking’. In 2019, she was felicitated at News 18 Lokmat’s award ceremony ‘Mukta Sanman’ for her work in the field of Business and Finance. Ms. Mulye has featured in several power lists such as the ‘Most Powerful Women’ in Indian Business’ by Business Today and ‘Most Powerful Women’ by Fortune India. She was also inducted into Business Today’s ’Hall of Fame’ after being featured seven times in a row in its power list.
Disabilities, Accessibility & Inclusion
Anand Kutre is a mechanical engineer with 25 years of experience across product innovation & development, consulting & delivery, business development, sales & marketing, strategy & negotiations, and lean team management. He is the founder of True Assistive Technology which develops assistive tech products for cars that aid in mobility inclusion.
Ola Mobility Institute
Apoorv Kulkarni heads research and advocacy on Accessibility & Inclusion at The Ola Mobility Institute (OMI). He champions the rights of women and Persons with Disability and is working towards making the urban mobility ecosystem Universally Accessible.
Lemon Tree hotels
Aradhana Lal is Vice President – Sustainability Initiatives and National Sales Coach & Mentor. An MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, Aradhana has 21 years of experience in Sales & Marketing, Corporate Communications and Sustainability. She was earlier Vice President – Sales & Marketing at Lemon Tree Hotels. Aradhana was previously Sales & Operations Manager at Hindustan Lever Network (known as Aviance), the multi-level marketing business of Hindustan Unilever. Prior to that Aradhana was with the Taj Group of Hotels. Aradhana is a passionate movie buff, a theatre enthusiast and an amateur writer.
Ashok Pamidi is a purpose driven leader with over 30 years of cross-functional experience in the IT, DEI and social development space. He has the acumen of building and nurturing teams that hold up the vision of the organisations.
Balendu Sharma Dadhich leads Global Commercial Accessibility Program (GCAP) at Microsoft India and member of the core team running Microsoft’s disAbility Employee Resource Group. A passionate advocate for inclusion in diverse aspects of human lives, Balendu actively contributes to the development of accessible technology and runs initiatives to build societal awareness and skills on accessibility.
Blind People Association
Bhushan Punani – Joined Blind People’s Association after completion of PGP (SPA) from IIM Ahmedabad as Project Manager. It has emerged as India’s most leading disability development organization. It is known for its professional management, transparency, accountability, and innovative approaches. Had the opportunity of drafting disability law for the country and developing policy for Gujarat. Developed the concept of portfolio management for NGOs.
John Alex set up Social Initiatives to address requirements of small clients in the field of Health, Education, Skill Development, and Placement for unemployed Youth, inclusive model for PwD & transgenders, after joining the Management of Equitas in 2008. They won the 1st national CSR award from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
Prof Mukta Kulkarni
Mukta Kulkarni is a Professor at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. Most of her work concerns the workplace inclusion of persons with a disability. Her research has been recognized by several top-tier international journals and by the Academy of Management.
Blind People Association
Nandini Rawal is the Executive Director at Blind People’s Association & Treasurer of ICEVI,( International Council for Education of Children with Visual Impairment). With 40 years of experience, she has been working for cross disabilities including mental illnesses. She has authored 7 books, published 134 articles, and presented over 300 papers internationally.
Voice of SAP
Pranav Desai is a founder of www.voiceofsap.org, Vice President (Sales) with NTT DATA (Japanese MNC), and was appointed as an Honorary Advisor to Govt. of India, Ministry of Social Justice. He is a polio survivor and lives in Los Angeles.
Prateek Madhav is corporate-digital-technology-leader whose belief in technology making an impact in lives of PwD encouraged him to focus on promoting disability/ assistive technology start-ups through his venture AssisTech Foundation (ATF). ATF has impacted the lives of 4.22 Lakh PwDs through its portfolio of 21 assistive technology start-ups with 50+ assistive technology products.
P Rajasekharan (Raja) is co-founder of v-shesh (www.v-shesh.com), an impact enterprise that works exclusively in disability inclusion. v-shesh’s work has won several recognitions – most prestigious one being the 2016 National Award as the Best Placement Agency for Persons with Disability.
Shashaank Awasthi is co-founder of v-shesh and India Advisor at Gray Ghost Ventures. His work in disability inclusion, mental health and wellbeing, financial inclusion, investing and teaching has been in pursuit of inclusive and accessible environments.
Shivendra Prasad has 25+ years of experience and is currently leading the APAC Solutions role at Innover Digital in the areas of supply chain, cost optimization, and data analytics. Skilled in developing strong & sustainable relationships with executive decision-makers in organizations.
Stuti Narain Kacker
Smt.Stuti Narain Kacker was an Uttar Pradesh IAS officer (1978 batch) and is well known for her contribution to the social sectors. Secretary to the Government of India, she established the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities. Post-retirement, she was Chairperson, NCPCR till September 2018. She has multidisciplinary experience of diverse sectors such as information and broadcasting, industrial development, public administration, etc.
Vidhya is visually impaired since birth. She founded “Vision Empower” – a non-profit focusing on education in science & maths for visually impaired students. Vidhya also co-founded “Vembi Technologies” – creating assistive tech for the visually impaired. She is the first blind student to undertake Maths at a higher secondary level in Karnataka, & the first to pursue Computer Science in UG studies at her university.
Education, Skills & EdTech
Ajay Maniar is a Partner with Aavishkaar Ventures and manages investments in Education, Agri, Logistics, Waste Management, etc. Prior to Aavishkaar, Ajay had worked with Citibank & CARE. Ajay is a chemical engineer from UDCT and MMS from JBIMS
Anurag Pratap is the VP & CSR Leader-Capgemini, with over 23 years of experience in CSR, community development, project management / implementation, grant management, capacity planning and resource Management. He focuses on strategy and charter for Capgemini CSR, crafting relevant goals & policies for programs.
Dr. Gayathri Vasudevan co-founded LabourNet with a vision to enable livelihoods and enhance quality of life, impacting about a million lives, empowering youth, men, & women to become profitable micro entrepreneurs. She also worked for the International Labour Organization (ILO), a UN agency.
Navtez Bal leads Government, Public Sector and Education business for Microsoft in India. He is passionate about supporting education drive through digitally enabled performance improvement transformations. Navtez is involved in helping the government build national data platforms to drive governance and citizen services for India.
Nirav Khambhati -Since 2018, Nirav focuses on Kaizenvest’s education investments portfolio in India and expansion in Africa. He has spent over 20 years with the Tata Group in various roles including as the CEO of Tata ClassEdge and Tata Interactive Systems.
Digital Empowerment Foundation
Osama Manzar is the Co-founder of the Digital Empowerment Foundation. In 25+ years, he has worked in the areas of internet, access, digital inclusion, misinformation; was instrumental in making the National Digital Literacy Mission for DEF, designing a video-call based mentorship program for tribal girls.
Pranav Kothari is the Chief Executive Officer at Educational Initiatives (EI). During his tenure, he has overseen several large-scale assessment projects with state governments and deployed Mindspark – EI’s Personalized Adaptive Learning Software – to help students learn Language and Mathematics.
Ramya Venkataraman is Founder & CEO of Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA), working with ~5 Lac teachers. Recognized among 15 Women Transforming India by NITI Aayog and UN, among 50 Leaders Reviving India’s Education and as distinguished alum of both IIT Delhi and IIM Calcutta, Ramya had a 15-year career with McKinsey before CENTA
Rathish Balakrishnan is the Co-founder and Managing Partner at Sattva. He has extensive experience in conceptualising and implementing strategic large-scale solutions in the social impact sector. He has contributed significantly at governmental policy level in education and skill development.
Aspire Human Capital Management
Rohit Bhatia is a Chartered Accountant with 14 years in consumer industries & 10 years in social and education companies working at Yum! Brands–PepsiCo, Audits with SBB-E&Y; at Macmillan Education to restructure and deliver on profitability. Rohit spent 6 years with 2 start-ups- GIRC and Aspire.
S. S. Mantha
Chair - KL University
Dr. S S Mantha was Chairman-AICTE (2009-15). Thereafter, he worked as Professor of Robotics, AI and Control Theory, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at VJTI. Currently he is the Chancellor of KL University-Vijayawada AP, Emeritus Professor VJTI-Mumbai and Adjunct Prof.-National Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore.
Safeena Husain is the Founder and Executive Director of Educate Girls (EG), an Indian non-profit that mobilises rural communities toward girls’ education. Under her leadership, EG has enrolled 950,000+ girls in schools till date, impacted over 11.5 million+ beneficiaries through a 15,000+ strong team of community volunteers.
Vikas Goswami has been working in the space of corporate sustainability and CSR for over two decades. At present, Vikas is Head of Consulting at Boundless Environment Resource Solutions Pvt. Ltd and consults on issues of stakeholder mapping, engagement, and strategy.
Vipul Redey loves building education systems that work. He has worked at Khan Academy, Cisco, Global Discovery Schools & Pearson Schools India. Currently, the Group Product Manager at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative & an advisor on Barefoot College campus- alumnus of the Stanford University Graduate School of Education
Food, Agri & AgriTech
Anuraag Srivastava is the Co-Founder and CEO, Rainshine India, a leading global entertainment company. Prior to Rainshine he held senior executive roles at organizations such as Zodius Capital, WNS, P&G etc. and founded several other companies in BPO/KPO and Healthcare.
Aga Khan Rural Support Programme
Apoorva Oza started his career with Gujarat Dairy Development Corporation & currently is the CEO of Aga Khan Rural Support Program (India) since 2001. Apoorva co-founded Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell (CSPC), & Sajjata Sangha; and is on the board of CSPC, Society for Women’s Action & Training Initiative , Arid Communities & Technology, Pravah, Charkha & Vikas Anvesh Foundation.
Asitava Sen is the CEO at CropLife India. He has over 25 years of global experience in areas like Public policy, social sector advisory, innovative Public Private Partnership initiatives & blended finance. Prior to CropLife India, Asitava was an independent advisor for The World Bank, International Finance Corporation (2030 Water Resources Group), The World Economic Forum, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Hemendra Mathur is Venture Partner with Bharat Innovation Fund –investing in early-stage deep-tech start-ups. He is also co-founder of ThinkAg – a platform for accelerating the adoption of innovations in agriculture. He also chairs FICCI Task Force on Agri Start-ups.
Jinesh Shah is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Omnivore, a venture capital firm that funds entrepreneurs building the future of Indian agriculture and food systems. He is a member of the IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Agriculture & Food Processing Committee, the core working group of the World Economic Forum related to agriculture, and chairperson of Impact Investors Council’s Executive Council.
Joanna Kane Potaka
Joanna Kane-Potaka, an Australian and marketing specialist, has worked largely in agriculture and food, including international nonprofit organizations in five countries in Asia. She founded the Smart Food initiative, selected by USAID and Australia in the top 10 global food innovations.
Purnima Khandelwal co-founded INI Farms in 2009 and is the first woman CEO of one of the largest fresh fruit company from India. Purnima is the driving force behind creating India’s first “safe food’ brand Kimaye leading the entire gamut of brand building initiatives from consumer insights to packaging innovations to distribution. Her strength in building long lasting relationships has helped InI achieve leadership in exports as well as domestic market. Purnima’s experience spans over 20 years including 16 years as an entrepreneur. As a cofounder of INI Consulting (started in 2003) she has advised large private sector companies in agriculture, heavy engineering, electronics, infrastructure, chemicals and also Government organizations like Indian Railways, Confederation of Indian Industry and Department of Scientific and Industrial Research. She is a Post Graduate from TAPMI, Manipal.
Rajat Tandon is the President of IVCA, responsible for planning, developing, & implementing IVCA’s regulatory advocacy activities. He was the VP-NASSCOM & headed 10,000 Start-ups initiative, providing support to Indian tech startups. He is passionate about creating value for entrepreneurs, funding partners, and the ecosystem as a whole.
Raman Ahuja is co-founder of ThinkAg (thinkag.co.in), focused on food & agriculture related technology, supply chains and agro-logistics. He has been in the agribusiness, consumer products, ingredients industries having spent time at Hindustan Unilever, built FieldFresh Foods DelMonte & has also led Firmenich – a global leader in fragrance & flavors.- request sent
Ankur Capital Fund
Ankur Capital Fund
Rema Subramanian is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Ankur Capital Fund, Investing in transformative technologies for the next billion. A sector agnostic fund, they are pioneer investors in early stage agritech and biotech in India. They invest in tech from India for the world.
Healthcare, Pharma & HealthTech
Dr. Ajay Nair
Ajay Nair is the CEO of Swasth Alliance, a non-profit health collective that builds digital health infrastructure and standards for public good. He has been an advisor to digital health innovators, non-profits, governments after co-founding and leading one of India’s first telemedicine networks, MeraDoctor. He has an MBBS from Grant Medical College and an MPH from Harvard University.
As President of Microsoft India, Anant Maheshwari is responsible for Microsoft’s overall business and presence in India, leading engagement with policy makers, customers, business partners, and the industry ecosystem. At Microsoft, Anant works to make the company’s mission of empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, aligned with India’s inclusive growth agenda.
Life Sciences Analytics Business Leader
Hemant Manohar is a Life Sciences Analytics Business Leader who has served as CKO for KPMG, SVP for WNS, MD for IMS Health GDC, & Global Head of Operations & Analytics for Cognizant Life Sciences Digital Operations. He holds degrees in Engineering from IIT-Delhi & the University of Southern California. Hemant is currently pursuing research at the intersection of Science & Philosophy towards his dream book on the interconnectedness of things.
Dr. Kee B Park
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Kee B. Park is the Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Harvard Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, Co-Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Surgical System Strengthening, and the Chair of the Global Neurosurgery Committee of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies.
Kewal Handa was the MD of Pfizer India and Wyeth. As Non-Executive Chairman of Union Bank of India, he championed digital initiatives with experience in Finance, Banking, Strategy, BD, Corporate Affairs, M&A. Kewal has done Pfizer Leadership Development Program-Harvard University & Senior Management Development Program from IIM-Ahmedabad & Certificate course on Marketing Strategy-Columbia Business School, NY. He was awarded ‘India CFO 2004–Excellence in Finance’ by Int’l Market, the Bharat Shiromani Award 2007 & Pharma Professional 2010. Kewal was past President-AIMA, currently on Board-Clariant Chemicals, Greaves Cotton, Borosil, Care Hospital, Mukta Arts, BharatPe.
Manoj Kumar is the founder of Social Alpha, a multi stage innovation curation and venture development platform, focussed on healthcare, climate change and mass prosperity. Social Alpha supports innovators in their lab to market journeys through a unique “impact first” investment thesis.
Val-More Action Advisory
Manoj Kumar is the Founding Partner of Val-More Action Advisory which helps family businesses maximize value. He has worked as Managing Director of GSK Consumer Health India, P&G Australia & New Zealand and P&G West Africa.
Dr. Naveen Nischal
Dr. Naveen Nishchal, Co-Founder of Meddo Health, fastest growing outdoor care network, Co-founder- Cygnus Hospitals, a chain of hospitals in Tier-2 & 3 cities, Co-founder/Chairman Voice of Healthcare, a non profit healthcare organization. Dr Nishchal is a Healthcare Delivery Expert from Harvard Business School. He represents India as Ambassador to European Innovation Academy & is involved in mentoring & building entrepreneurs in India and abroad.
Neeraj I Mohan
Neeraj Mohan is the India Head at EY-Parthenon. Prior to joining EY-P, Neeraj was Senior MD at Blackstone. He also headed the Global Market Dynamics and New Initiatives portfolio at Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. Neeraj is a Chartered Accountant from the ICAI and an M.B.A. from the IIM-Ahmedabad.
Rahul Agarwal has over 12 years of experience in private equity and impact investing. He is a Director at Quadria Capital, which is Asia’s leading healthcare private equity investor with a strong focus on delivering tangible ESG impact.
Rajiv Gulati sits on the Board of VST Industries and is Strategic Advisor to Netmeds, Multiples Private Equity and Merger Domo. Rajiv has been President of Global Business of Ranbaxy Laboratories and Managing Director of Eli Lilly India, in past.
Fmr Tata Motors
Fmr Tata Motors
Ravi Kant has played a significant role as CEO/Vice Chairman in making TATA MOTORS. He has chaired several Tata company boards, Advertising Standards Council of India, Audit Bureau of Circulation and the Society of Indian Automobiles Manufacturers.. Currently he sits on the boards of Vedanta Ltd and Kone, Helsinki, Enactus and Wonder Work. He is on the advisory board of IIT Kharagpur, IIT Mumbai, boards of the NID, and CGIO of the Business School at National University of Singapore.
Dr. Aravind Srinivasan
Aravind Eye Hospital
Dr. Aravind Srinivasan is leading the Aravind Eye Hospital Chennai as Chief Medical Officer and is on the Board of Govel Trust. He is a high-volume cataract surgeon. An innovator & trainer, he mentors staff, B School students from USA & Netherland, builds Aravind’s new projects ensuring growth & excellence in service care delivery.
Asia Pacific Healthcare Advisors
Sameer Wagle is a Senior Investment Professional with experience across Venture Capital, Private Equity and Impact Investments in India & South East Asia. He is currently Managing Director at Asian Healthcare Fund focused on investing in the Healthcare space
Global Impact Partners
Shanthakumar Bannirchelvam is an executive director at Global Impact Partners, an impact investment advisory firm focused on mobilizing capital to serve people and the planet. He was a part of the Global Steering Group on Impact Investment’s working group on widening and deepening the global impact investment market, and holds and MBA from Columbia Business School.
Dr. Shikha Nehru Sharma
Dr. Shikha Nehru Sharma is a medical doctor by training and the founder of Unitus Health Academy and 8 Well Software . As a guest on various television channels , she has been a lifelong advocate of Nutrition and in particular Vedic Nutrition as the first port of call for treating lifestyle disorders.
Dr. Shuchin Bajaj
Dr Shuchin Bajaj is the founder of Ujala Cygnus Healthcare and co-founder of Project StepOne, providing high quality low cost healthcare services to underaccessed and underserved communities of India. He has been the champion of Ayushman Bharat and also sits on the board of FITT, IIT Delhi. Shuchin’s mission in life is to dissociate Healthcare access from financial ability.
Dr. Tarinee Kucchal
Harvard Medical School
Dr Tarinee Kucchal is a Senior Paul Farmer Research Fellow with Harvard Medical School. She is a physician from Melbourne, Australia and also holds a Master of Public Health. She is currently completing a Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School. Her work has focused on enabling health access in India, strengthening supply chains and systems for health services, and mobilizing private capital to serve the purposes of public health.
Vikram Anand is Chief Strategy Officer with THB. Prior to THB he founded a healthcare analytics venture CapBuild and held leadership roles at organizations such as IMS Health (IQVIA), Deloitte, Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital and Aga Khan Health. His expertise spans across patient experience, designing patient centered systems of care and shaping strategic visions for organizations.
Tata Captial Healthcare Fund
Visalakshi Chandramouli is the Founding Partner-Tata Capital Healthcare Fund. She has spent over 28 years across Healthcare Private Equity, Equity Research and Pharmaceutical R&D operations and has successfully led the fund raise of two funds with commitments in excess of USD 200MN. She is actively involved in portfolio management through boards of portfolio companies and delivering a positive performance record. Under her leadership, the Fund has been awarded ‘Healthcare Investor of the Year’ for 2018, 2019 and 2020 by Venture Intelligence.
Renewable Energy & CleanTech
Mr. Praveer Sinha has over three decades of experience in the power sector and has been credited with transforming the power distribution sector and development and setting up of greenfield and brownfield power plants in India and abroad.
Mr. Sinha holds a Master’s Degree in Business Law from National Law School, Bengaluru and is also professionally trained as an Electrical Engineer. He is also a member of the Faculty Board at Faculty of Management Studies and a member of Board of Governors at the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi. He is a Research Scholar at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and is also a visiting Scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA. Before his appointment in Tata Power, Mr. Sinha was the CEO & Managing Director of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (Tata Power-DDL). Tata Power-DDL is a Public Private Partnership (Joint Venture) between the Company and Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi, supplying power to over seven million people in North and North-West Delhi.
Tarun Mehta is CEO & Co-Founder at Ather Energy Pvt Ltd. Along with Swapnil Jain, he conceptualized and started ‘Ather Energy’ in April 2013. Ather developed India’s first intelligent electric scooter with an aim to revolutionize two-wheeler driving in India.
WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) & Waste Management
Abhinav Akhilesh is a Partner with KPMG in India, leading their WASH and Social & Rural Development practices. He is a published author on social programming, social enterprises, and sanitation ecosystem. Abhinav is an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School of Government and IIM Lucknow.
A.L.N. Rao is the CEO-Exigo Recycling. He is an internationally acclaimed speaker, panelist, mentor, & advisor in Recycling/Refurbishing/Retail industry. He is associated as core committee/ council member with NITI Aayog, CII, R2-TAC, R2, MRAI, MAIT. Mr. Rao held leadership positions in Attero Recycling, Aditya Birla Retail & Videocon group.
Ambar Mittra has 21+ years experience in executive roles globally in Financial Planning & Analysis, Process Excellence, Operations and Business Analytics, Divestiture, and Integration Management. He was on Board of Directors at CoreNet Global. Currently, he is working as Regional Head, Real Estate and Facilities in Microsoft India.
Bhitush Luthra is passionate about working towards water and sanitation for all. At Athena he leads projects on Monitoring Evaluation and Learning in WASH and Sanitation Financing. He has experience of working in South Asia and Africa, in citywide sanitation planning, non-sewered sanitation etc. He has authored the Practitioner’s Guide on Septage Management in India.
Manik Dhingra is the co-founder of Shoonya and Eywa Environmental Service Foundation. Shoonya implements market-based solutions to enable; diversion of waste from landfills and reclamation of landfills. While Eywa focuses on empathetic leadership development for the waste management sector.
Manoj Gulati has 27 years of experience in IT, supply chain & development sector globally. He was Senior Director- SE Asia & Country Director-India at SightLife. He was associated with Gartner Inc. & is Member of Steering Committee, India Sanitation Coalition-FICCI and Chair-Credit Financing Taskforce.
Naina Lal Kidwai
Naina Lal Kidwai is Chairman Advent India Advisory board and past President of Ficci and CEO and Chairman of HSBC India. She chairs the India Sanitation Coalition and Ficci Water Mission and has authored 3 books including the bestseller “Survive Or Sink: An Action Agenda for Sanitation, Water, Pollution, and Green Finance”
Natasha Patel has 30+ years experience in financial services globally. Since 2018, she is focussing in development sector, building strategic philanthropy dialogue for Dasra & subsequently steered ISC, creating & implementing social sector initiatives between investors, grantees, intermediaries including the Government around enhancement of private sector funding in WASH
Nikhil Sawhney is the VC & MD-Triveni Turbines & Director-Triveni Engineering. He is the VP-All India Management Association & on the Board of Governor-IIM Calcutta. He helped found CII-Triveni Water Institute & is Trustee-Tirath Ram Shah Charitable Hospital, the Emmanuel College India Trust & the Ananta Aspen Center, Member-Trilateral Commission & various Government of India led bilateral CEO forums. He is Fellow & Co-Chair-Ananta Aspen-led India-Israel Forum.
Nimish Shah is accomplished environmental sustainability and health-focused business leader. He heads the International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials, India dedicated to protecting public health through rigorous testing, improved standards, and certification of WASH systems & solutions. He has authored a book “Swaccha Bharat for Swastha Bharat”
Pawan Sachdeva has ~27 years of work experience spanning across the public market investing, water-related public policy, and gas pipeline laying. Currently, he is Director of Avendus Capital Pte Ltd, Singapore, and Non-Executive Director of Water Management International Pte Ltd Singapore.
Pranshu Singhal founded ‘Karo Sambhav’ which designs & implements circular solutions for multiple waste streams. He won ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 India’ award by Schwab Foundation, sister organization WEF. He was Director-Digital Learning, Microsoft & Head-Sustainability, Nokia. He is an Aspen-, Ashoka-, Chevening- & Aspire Circle-Fellow.
Saraplast & Kalyani CleanTech
Rajeev Kher concentrates his efforts in providing migrant clientele high-quality toilets & cleaning services since 1999, now recognized as an industry standard and profitable business model. Rajeev served on the Board of Directors at Portable Sanitation Association International (PSAI) – first Indian & first Asian on this coveted forum.
Vineet Rai is the Founder and Chairman of Aavishkaar Group, an Impact Investment Platform impacting millions using an entrepreneurship-based development approach. The Group includes Aavishkaar Capital, Arohan, Ashv Finance, Intellecap & Sankalp, has 7K+ employees & manages assets in excess of US $ 1.2 Billion. Vineet has received numerous Global awards and serves several International reputed advisory boards.
Saahas Zero Waste
Wilma Rodrigues is the founder and CEO of Saahas Zero Waste (SZW), a social enterprise that implements holistic, zero waste solutions across India. She believes that in the 21st-century businesses must not just talk but deliver on environmental and social impact.
Women, Livelihoods & FemTech
Value for Women
Aparajita Agrawal is the Director-Strategy and Development at Value for Women, a global boutique advisory firm that helps implement gender-inclusive practices in business. With two decades of experience in impact investing, and social entrepreneurship, she has previously worked at Intellecap, British Asian Trust and Care India.
Kanta Singh has over 25 years of experience in the management of pro-women development programmes. She has worked with national and international organizations to promote women in formal economy, sports and politics. Her last assignment was with UNDP where she spent 9 years. Currently, Kanta is the Deputy Country Representative, UNWomen India. She is a former national level Volleyball Player. Kanta is an Aspire Fellow and Chevening Gurukul Fellow from University of Oxford.
Puja Marwaha is the CEO of CRY. Having qualified in Human Resource Management from XISS, Puja Marwaha made the transition from the corporate to the social sector early in her career. Having worked earlier with Citicorp Software, she joined CRY in 1994 to set up the organization’s Human Resources function. She is also a member of the National Human Rights Commission NGO panel. For the past 18 years, Puja has helped build an organizational framework for CRY that best captures the essence of justice and equity. Her work is focused on creation of an organizational character that attempts to foster a passion for children and a high degree of individual accountability to children.
Reema Nanavaty is the Director of SEWA – the largest trade union of informal sector women workers with membership of over 2.1 million members. She was honored by Padma Shri in 2013. She was a member of the Advisory Council on Gender of the World Bank Group, and was a commissioner on the ILO’s High Level Global Commission on Future of Work.
Sairee Chahal is a serial entrepreneur, mom, angel investor, evangelist for #WomensInternet and a board member. She currently runs SHEROES – an online ecosystem for women, offering support, entrepreneurial and employment opportunities, content and community at www.sheroes.com and the SHEROES App, and Mahila Money – a community neobank for women.
Shilpa Sehgal is a Partner at Equanimity Investments. She is a rank-holder Chartered Accountant and holds a PhD in Corporate Governance. She spends her time identifying and nurturing entrepreneurs to help them build sustainable businesses. ESG and Diversity are her areas of interest.
Sowmya Suryanarayanan is Head – Impact and ESG at Aavishkaar Capital – a pioneer impact fund manager of the Aavishkaar Group that makes multi-stage investments in enterprises that create social, economic and environmental value in Asia and Africa.
Suchitra Marwah is Director – Aspire Education, with the mission to provide value -based leadership training to middle & senior school students. After a decade in the corporate sector, she started her Impact journey with London-headquartered GSG through 2019. In July 2020, Suchitra became a Trustee of Aspire Circle.