Impact Future Project 2020
Micro Keynote Speakers at IFP
Sir Ronald Cohen
Sir Ronald Cohen is Chairman of The Portland Trust and Bridges Ventures and a Director of Social Finance. He was the founding partner and former chairman of Apax Partners. Sir Ronald is a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers, on the Board of Dean’s Advisers at Harvard Business School, a Vice-Chairman of Ben Gurion University and a member of the University of Oxford Investment Committee. He is also a Trustee of the British Museum. He was a founder director and past chairman of the British Venture Capital Association and a founder director of the European Venture Capital Association. He was also a founder and former Vice-Chairman of EASDAQ and former director of NASDAQ Europe. He was Chairman of the Social Investment Taskforce and the Commission on Unclaimed Assets. He has recently published “The Second Bounce of the Ball – Turning Risk into Opportunity” about entrepreneurship. He is a graduate of Oxford University, where he was president of the Oxford Union, an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College, and has an MBA from Harvard Business School, to which he was awarded a Henry Fellowship. Sir Ronald was a recipient of the HBS Alumni Achievement Award.
Chief Regional Officer, Accion
Chief Regional Officer
Abhishek Agrawal is Accion’s Chief Regional Officer for Asia, based out of India, and is responsible for overseeing Accion’s investment & operations in the region. A key region for Accion in its mission to advance financial inclusion, several features of the region and countries within it – such as an enabling regulatory environment, startup ecosystem, and entrepreneurial culture – make it a prime market for inclusive fintech innovation. As an Accion representative, Abhishek serves on the boards of SubK, DVARA – KGFS, Vindhya E-Infomedia, FTCash and Saija Finance. He comes to Accion with extensive experience in business transformation, financial management, strategy, business planning and operations.In earlier roles, Abhishek worked with FINCA International as CFO in different affiliates. Prior to that, he acted as an advisor to the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAI), where he worked on a number of projects in Municipal reforms.
Founder & CEO, Aspire Impact
Founder & CEO
Amit Bhatia ( www.amitb.in ), an award-winning social entrepreneur,is Founder of Aspire Impact since 2007, a social enterprise in impact leadership and ecosystem development and Founder of Aspire Circle since 2013, India’s pre-eminent fellowship for social leadership. Formerly, as inaugural CEO of The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment or GSG from 2017-2020, Amit built the 32-country multilateral, catalysing impact investment and entrepreneurship, for social, climate and economic justice. Prior to GSG, Amit was Founding CEO of India’s Impact Investors Council (2014-2017) where he built “Brand India” and grew inbound annual impact investments from USD400mn to USD1.1bn.
Amit was also Founding CEO of WNS Knowledge Services (2003-2007) and Country Manager of FreeMarkets (1999-2003). Most prominently, he was Founder of McKinsey Knowledge Centre (1996-1999). An alumnus of Shri Ram College of Commerce (1989) and Delhi School of Economics (1991), Amit quit a successful corporate career in 2007 to serve the social sector.
President, Microsoft India
Anant Maheshwari is President, Microsoft India. Anant leads Microsoft’s engagement with policy makers, customers, and business partners and is responsible for all product, solution, service and support offerings in India. At Microsoft, Anant works to make the company’s mission of empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, align with India’s inclusive growth agenda. He is committed to supporting government entities and organizations in India progress on their journey of digital transformation.
Vice President - Brand, Communications & Sustainability Initiatives, Lemon Tree Hotels Ltd.
Vice President - Brand, Communications & Sustainability Initiatives
Lemon Tree Hotels Ltd.
Co-Founder, B Labs
Bart Houlahan, along with his partners, Jay Coen Gilbert and Andrew Kassoy, co-founded B Lab in 2006. B Lab is a non-profit organization serving a global movement of people using business as a force for good, led by the growing community of Certified B Corporations. Prior to B Lab, Bart was President of AND 1, a $250 MM basketball footwear and apparel company. Bart is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute; a recipient of both the 2014 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and the 2015 John P. McNulty Prize; and an advisory board member of the Duke University Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE).
Cliff Prior is the CEO of the Global Steering Group on Impact Investment – the independent global steering group catalysing impact investment and entrepreneurship to benefit all people and our planet, with a growing 33 country movement. Previously Cliff was CEO of Big Society Capital, the UK’s wholesale social impact investor and market developer, CEO of UnLtd the UK foundation for social entrepreneurs, CEO of Rethink for people affected by severe mental ill health, and in social housing and homelessness. Cliff has also worked as a government regulator and adviser, in many social issue areas, and has co-founded social enterprises.
Managing Director, Rockefeller Foundation, Asia Region Office
Rockefeller Foundation, Asia Region Office
Deepali Khanna is the Managing Director of the Asia Regional Office of the Rockefeller Foundation overseeing the foundation’s policy, advocacy, grant-making, and strategic partnerships in Asia. She previously managed Smart Power for Rural Development,Foundation’s flagship initiative in India,Myanmar and Africa. Deepali comes with over three decades of experience, across Asia, Africa and North America, leading social impact and initiatives for organizations like The MasterCard Foundation,Plan International and UNICEF.
Executive Director, Impact Hub
As an experienced leader of innovative global organisations, organisational and personal development consultant and experiential learning designer Gabriela is committed to building organisations and systems that enable people and planet to thrive and meaningful visions to get accomplished. She spent her last 10 years working as a manager or consultant with a mix of not for profit and for profit global organisations spanning over 50 countries around the world. As a manager, she worked for AIESEC International and Romania, Future Considerations and Impact Hub. As a consultant, her clients included HSBC, KPMG, BP, TATE Britain and 10 key art galleries in England, ProVita Romania, RoPot, Human Invest. Throughout her career, Gabriela had coaching engagements with over 40+ leaders. This all was fun and makes up for her more than 5 passports used up to date. Currently, she happily works for the Impact Hub network as a global director, helping build a global infrastructure for catalysing and scaling social enterprises and change making businesses that address the key issues of our time. And with this pursuing her stand of a connected humanity acting as a power for good. *Gabriela is based in Vienna, Austria.
Country Director, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Geeta manages the foundation’s operations in India to transform the lives of urban low-income communities through improved education, livelihoods and financial inclusion. In her role, Geeta manages the strategy and implementation of the foundation’s work in India in two key areas of Education and Family Economic Stability. Leveraging a suite of funding tools – grants, contracts and program related investments (debt, equity and guarantees) – the foundation has committed over $150 million in India and has over 50 active projects in the country, which are all anchored around our core thesis of Impact, Scale and Sustainability. Geeta has represented the foundation on several Boards of its investee companies, including Ujjivan, Janalakshmi, Swadhaar, Arohan, and Micro Housing Finance Corporation. She is also on the Investment Committee of India Educational Investment Fund and Education Catalyst Fund. Geeta served as Chairperson of the Impact Investors Council in India from April 2017 to March 2019. In 2017, she was nominated as India’s 30 Most Powerful Women in Impact by Business Today. Prior to this role, Geeta led the foundation’s Mission Investing work globally. The foundation has over 40 active investments, including some early stage funds in India and in the United States. Before joining the foundation, Geeta spent more than 12 years with the corporate finance group of PricewaterhouseCoopers in India, advising large Indian and multinational clients on joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, business plans, and valuations. She is an alumni of the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad) and Lady Shri Ram College (Delhi).
George Serafeim is the Charles M. Williams Professor of Business Administration and the Chair of the Impact-Weighted Accounts Project at Harvard Business School. He has taught courses in the MBA, executive education, and doctoral programs, and is currently teaching the elective course “Reimagining Capitalism: Business and Big Problems ” in the MBA curriculum, which received the Ideas Worth Teaching Award from the Aspen Institute and the Grand Page Prize. He has presented his research in over 60 countries around the world, including to world leaders in government and business at events such as the World Economic Forum at Davos and the Aspen Ideas Festival. He ranks among the top 10 most popular authors out of over 12,000 business authors on the Social Science Research Network. Professor Serafeim’s research focuses on measuring, driving and communicating corporate performance and social impact. His work is widely cited and has been published in the most prestigious academic and practitioner journals, such as Management Science, The Accounting Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Finance, Organization Science, Journal of Accounting Research, and Harvard Business Review. His research is regularly cited in the media, including The New York Times, Bloomberg, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Economist, BBC, Le Monde, Washington Post, and NPR. He has received multiple awards and recognitions, including the Pericles Leadership Award in recognition of services to the Hellenic Republic and the Kim B. Clark Fellowship on Responsible Leadership at Oxford University, for his research on corporate sustainability and the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in investing. He has been recognized by Barron’s as “one of the most influential people in ESG investing” and according to the Financial Times, his research was a turning point for companies and investment managers in integrating ESG issues in business and investment strategies.
CEO, B Team
Halla Tómasdóttir is the CEO of The B Team, a group of courageous business and civil society leaders working together to transform business for a better world. Halla started her leadership career in corporate America working for Mars and Pepsi Cola. She was on the founding team of Reykjavík University where she established the Executive Education Department, founded and led a successful women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment initiative and was an assistant professor at the Business School. She was the first female CEO of the Iceland Chamber of Commerce and later went on to co-found an investment firm with the vision to incorporate feminine values into finance. The company successfully survived the infamous economic meltdown in Iceland. In 2016 Halla was an independent candidate for the President of Iceland. She entered a crowded field of candidates and finished as the runner-up with nearly 30 percent of the vote.
Partner, Kaizenvest Investment
Nirav is Managing Partner – Kaizenvest Edu Finance at Kaizenvest, a leading education focused investment firm with operations in emerging Asia and Africa. Prior to joining Kaizenvest, Nirav was with the Tata Group for over 20 years in various capacities including as the Chief Executive Officer of Tata ClassEdge and Tata Interactive Systems. Nirav has led several international projects and collaborations in the fields of education, telecommunications and aerospace, and served as Director on the Boards of companies within and outside India. Nirav was recognized as a Young India Leader by the British High Commission in 2013. In 2016, Jagran Lakecity University conferred upon him an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Arts (Management) for his contributions in the areas of management, education and technology.
Founder, Nishith Desai Associates
Nishith Desai Associates
Regional Director, India, Nepal & Sri Lanka, Ford Foundation
India, Nepal & Sri Lanka, Ford Foundation
Pradeep has over 25 years of global experience, in technology, management consulting and investing/funding. He started in Silicon Valley as a big five management consultant, building software application products. After a stint with technology start-ups, he moved to New York, to be part of an advisory start up led by President Clinton and Mayor Bloomberg. This led to another early stage opportunity to join an organization led by Paul Volcker, focused on the financial sector, academia and government. In his current role, he leads one of the oldest and largest private foundations in the region, deploying capital, supporting visionary people and organizations, to solve societal problems.
CEO, Tata Power
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.
Former VC & CEO, Tata Motors; Advisor- MedTherapy BioTech
Former VC & CEO
Tata Motors; Advisor- MedTherapy BioTech
Ravi Kant has played significant role as CEO/Vice Chairman in making TATA MOTORS (TML) an admired and successful Indian multinational company. He has chaired and held seats on several Tata company boards. Currently he sits on the boards of Vedanta Ltd and Kone, Helsinki, as well as US-based non-profit organizations Enactus and Wonder Work. The Chairman of IIM Rohtak, he is on the advisory board of IIT Kharagpur and IIT Mumbai as well as on the boards of the NID, and CGIO od the Business School at National University of Singapore. He has chaired the Advertising Standards Council of India, the Audit Bureau of Circulation and the Society of Indian Automobiles Manufacturers.
Executive Director, SEWA
Reema Nanavaty has been working with the Self Employed Women’s Association since 1984 and stayed on to be elected as the General Secretary in 1999, expanded membership to new heights making SEWA the single largest union of informal sector workers. She negotiated the first ever IFAD loan to rebuild lives and livelihoods of 60000 earthquake affected rural women and is running post conflict economic reconstruction for 40000 members affected by 2002 riots; Reema is leading rehabilitation programme in Afghanistan and in Srilanka; providing vocational training in agro and rural livelihood security and heads the ICT cell to connect information technological with the farm women. Reema is expanding the activities of Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) making women’s voice and contribution central to world trade decisions. Currently she is replicating the Trade Facilitation Centre model in all the SAARC countries building social enterprises of Homebased women workers. Reema initiated the food security programme covering one million households through its rural distribution network, named RUDI, where women farmers and labour trade their agro-produce with each other. Reema is spearheading the Hariyali–Green Energy and Livelihoods Initiative to provide 2,00,000 mostly farm women access renewable energy tools of cookstoves and solar lights. Reema oversees 3200 self help groups (SHG), 110 co-operatives and 15 federations totaling 428,281 members, Nationally including Kashmir, Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar. Reema focuses on women’s economic empowerment by building women owned enterprises – Co-operatives, Companies, Federations. Building women led supply chain in Energy, Agribusiness, Food Processing, Waste recycling, Textile and garmenting. Reema was awarded Padmashri on 26th January 2013.
Co-Founder, Ankur Capital
Rema Subramanian cofounded Ankur with a vision to use her multi decade CXO and entrepreneurial experience to bring the tools to young startups to become game changers. She has worked across education and IT/ITES taking young companies from scratch to midsize ventures. She is a cost accountant from ICFAI and when she has spare time she likes to travel and try her hand at growing plants.
Founder, Educate Girls
Safeena, a London School of Economics graduate, has worked extensively with rural and urban underserved communities in South America, Africa and Asia. After returning to India, Safeena chose the agenda closest to her heart – that of girls’ education – and founded Educate Girls. Safeena’s efforts to bridge the gender gap in education in India have been widely recognized. She has been conferred with the 2017 NITI Aayog’s Women Transforming India Award, the 2016 NDTV-L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Award, and has in the past received the British Asian Trust’s Special Recognition Award from HRH Prince Charles for outstanding contribution in education. Moreover, Educate Girls has received the prestigious 2015 Skoll Award, 2014 WISE Award, the 2014 USAID Millennium Alliance Award, the 2014 Stars Impact Award and the India Development Marketplace Award in 2011 from the World Bank. Under Safeena’s leadership, Educate Girls initiated the world’s first Development Impact Bond (DIB) in education, a proof of concept that ties funding to outcomes. In 2018, on its completion, the Educate Girls’ DIB surpassed both its target outcomes by achieving 160% of its learning target and 116% of its enrolment target. The results are testimony to the fact that Educate Girls continues to deliver quality at scale and value to every single child in the program.
Founder & CEO, Sheroes
Founder & CEO
Sairee Chahal is the Founder, CEO of SHEROES – a community platform for women, offering support, resources, opportunities and interactions via Sheroes.com and the SHEROES App. Sairee is credited with building up women at work and future-of-work conversations in India, besides building a strong technology play to solve the problems of gender disparity in India.A technology entrepreneur, Sairee has straddled the best of both worlds in her ventures Newslink, Fleximoms and now SHEROES. Her community-meets-deep technology approach has made SHEROES a globally formidable platform, changing the game for women and their aspirations. Over a million women have been directly benefited, and under Sairee’s leadership, SHEROES aims to impact over 100 million women in the next five years.An Aspen Leadership Fellow, Sairee is also the convener of The SHEROES Summit – India’s largest women’s forum. With an M.Phil from JNU, and a PGDBM from IMT Ghaziabad, Sairee kickstarted her professional career while still in college before cofounding her first startup. She went on to also work at corporates like Heidrick and Struggles and CII. Recognized for her achievements globally, Sairee is a Devi Award winner, apart from the Femina Achievers Award, Cartier Award, Editor’s choice for L’Oreal Femina Women’s Award, Business Today and Most Powerful Women in Indian Business. In 2018, she was ranked 53 on Onalytica’s “Future of Work Top 100 Influencers” list.
Co-Director of Economic Justice Program at Open Society Foundations, CEO of Soros Economic Development Fund
Co-Director of Economic Justice Program at Open Society Foundations
CEO of Soros Economic Development Fund
Advisor, Gray Ghost Ventures
Gray Ghost Ventures
As India Advisor, Shashaank brings to the team more than 24 years of experience in banking and finance, and works on pipeline development, pre-investment support including due diligence and post investment support to investee companies. Shashaank sits on the board of two impact businesses, and is a member of the Board of Advisors at The British School in Chennai. Shashaank is also a social entrepreneur and co- founder of v-shesh, an early-stage social enterprise that facilitates access to jobs and other opportunities for low-income individuals in non-metropolitan and rural areas in India. He has a keen personal interest in double bottom-line enterprises, microfinance, financial inclusion, and businesses that generate social returns. Prior to working in the social enterprise sector, Shashaank was a Commercial Banker responsible for building ABN AMRO Bank’s regional franchise in India, before leading the largest part of ABN AMRO’s Commercial Banking business in India. Shashaank previously worked with IDBI Bank Limited (formerly known as Industrial Development Bank of India) and Tata Group, as well as interned with Bank of America while completing his MBA. Shashaank received his Master of Business Administration in Finance from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies as well as a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Rajasthan. Shashaank has been at Gray Ghost for the last seven years.
MD & CEO, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Co
MD & CEO
Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Co
A seasoned BFSI specialist with over 25 years of experience. He started as an Investment Banker, and then moved to the Life Insurance industry over 15 years ago. He has led dynamic teams and Life Insurance organisations through exciting times. His leadership mantra is ‘Company first’ and believes that tech and digital will enable the industry to take giant strides towards the new future. Being updated on Technology and digital disruptions are his current passions, and enjoys discussing them with his sons, when he is not working.
Chief Global Impact Officer, Water.org
Chief Global Impact Officer
Vedika oversees all impact efforts within Water.org and leads the team responsible for working with financial institutions, global investors, and other sector leaders to empower millions of people in need with access to safe water and sanitation. She previously served as Water.org’s Managing Director, India. Vedika has more than 25 years of experience building teams and businesses with Indian and international financial institutions. Prior to joining Water.org in January 2016, she served as Vice Chairman and Managing Director at Credit Suisse Securities (India) Private Limited from 2010-2015. Previously, she served as the Managing Director & Head of Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan.