PROFILE OF THE FELLOWS
Aditya Natraj – Executive Director, Kaivalya Education Foundation
Aditya is the founder and director of Kaivalya Education Foundation (KEF) - an institution specialized in leadership development programmes for nation building. The Principal Leadership Development Programme helps principals turn-around failing schools and improve student outcomes. The 3 year part-time programme currently works with 1300 principals of government schools in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. The Gandhi Fellowship is a 2 year full-time programme to train young people in leading social change. Over 500 fellows have participated in the programme from India’s best colleges and gone on to nation building roles. Previously Aditya was Director of Pratham in Gujarat for 5 years, Vice-President of Business Development at ProXchange for 2 years and a Consultant at KPMG for 5 years. Aditya is a qualified Chartered Accountant, a Masters in Economics and has an MBA from INSEAD. Aditya is an Ashoka Fellow and an Echoing Green Fellow. He is a Fellow of the Famous V Class of Ananta Aspen’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Leadership project/venture: District Leadership Development Programme (DLDP)
Aditya’s District Leadership Development Programme aims to develop tools in order to train the district administrators in all Indian districts. Aditya plans to enable them to function as multipliers and transform the schools within their district. His goal is to complete this project within 3 years and a budget of $1 million.
Amrish Kumar – CEO, Ritu Kumar
Amrish is CEO at Ritu Kumar, which is one of India’s largest & most respected luxury apparel companies. He has been instrumental in transforming a small scale, labour-intensive boutique organization into a scalable fashion retail company and for implementing the company’s first private equity fund raise (Everstone Capital) in 2014. Amrish has re-oriented the brand products and image, which maintains the legacy of the brand while attracting a younger aspirational consumer. Part of this process includes the launch of sub brands including fashion based pret apparel sub-brand ‘LABEL’ Ritu Kumar. Label’s charter is to create a unique, sophisticated product and aimed at a young, global Indian woman with a contemporary lifestyle. Amrish’ significant achievement lies in implementing a unique supply chain and retail orientation for the business. Over the years he has worked with high skill craft areas to develop more sustainable models of sourcing and patronage. It has helped develop an understanding of the dynamics involved with an industry moving away from its traditional moorings and the impact to the communities involved. Amrish has previously served in roles at leading financial including HDFC Bank and Kotak Securities. He comes with a Master in Business Administration from USC in L.A. and a Bachelor’s in Economics from Bristol University. Amrish is also passionate about media and entertainment. In 2008 he launched a record label Mummy Daddy Records, a company involved in promotion of music and upcoming talent. This venture has morphed into an online video initiative, www.mummydaddy.com. This is a start-up platform for independent video talent and help brands develop narratives and content. It is looking at becoming video content strategist, developer and aggregator. Amrish is a Fellow of the Famous V Class of Ananta Aspen’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Leadership project/venture: Artly
Amrish feels that arts tend to be overlooked during education in India. He therefore seeks to introduce students between 11-15 years to liberal arts using video and film. His project will include public screenings and community discussions and will mainly focus on urban areas. The desired outcome for the children is an appreciation for civic sense and community. His company is sponsoring Magic Bus, which strives to move children out of poverty, using mentors and a sport based curriculum. Amrish plans to use a similar method of instruction and mentorship as the Magic Bus program utilizes.
Anant Maheshwari – President, Microsoft
Anant is the President of Microsoft. Prior to that, Anant was appointed President, Honeywell India, in January 2014. He was responsible for continued growth of India operations across the three strategic business groups of Honeywell such as Aerospace, Automation and Control Solutions (ACS) and Performance Materials and Technologies (PMT). Maheshwari joined Honeywell in February 2004 and, over the last ten years, has successfully taken on a number of leadership roles of increasing responsibilities. Prior to his current appointment, he was Managing Director, Honeywell Automation India Limited (HAIL) and Country Leader for Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions (ACS), India. He helped drive a One ACS and One Honeywell vision in India, strengthening Honeywell’s presence across all the automation segments. Earlier, as Managing Director, ADI – Asia Pacific, he successfully tapped on the region’s high growth potential, adapting ADI’s global distribution business model to Asian markets. He drove ADI’s thrust in innovating and creating increased value for customers and partners in India’s security and low voltage automation industry. Maheshwari also served as Director, South Asia for Honeywell Security, where he successfully conceptualized and set up operations in India. He started his career with Honeywell as Director, Business Development, Honeywell India. He worked with Honeywell’s global business leaders to identify, plan and implement strategic initiatives across Honeywell’s multiple strategic business groups in India. Maheshwari worked with McKinsey & Company as a management consultant for more than five years before he joined Honeywell. There he gained exposure across multiple verticals: telecom and hi-tech, power and engineering, steel, automotive, and pharmaceutical, with a strong focus on growth strategy, organization design, business transformation and supply chain strategy. Maheshwari obtained his bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering and a master’s degree in Economics from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India. He earned his master’s degree in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India. He lives in Gurgaon, and is an amateur biker and golfer. He is a Fellow of the Famous V Class of Ananta Aspen’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Leadership project/venture: Safe Kids at Home
Anant plans to increase safety for kids in urban communities in India by preventing and reducing burns among children less than 14 years of age. He has launched a home safety programme called Safe Kids at Home which is being funded by Honeywell India and is being implemented by the Safe Kids Foundation India. This research-based, locally-relevant programme was created in cooperation with IMRB International, conducting a city-wide assessment of the incidence and severity of preventable injuries among children at home. The research revealed that burns from fire and scalds from hot liquids rank second among hazards in terms of frequency and first as far as the severity of injuries goes. Safe Kids at home addresses some of these issues and concerns. The project was rolled out in Pune in November 2015. It plans to educate 325,000 students and 175,000 parents between 2015 and 2017.
Aravind Srinivasan – Director-Projects, Aravind Eye Care System
Aravind graduated in medicine from PSG Institute of Medical Sciences, Coimbatore, South India in 1992 and completed his residency in ophthalmology leading to Masters in Ophthalmology from Aravind Eye Institute and Postgraduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Madurai, South India in 1996. Having worked in the medical field, he had a passion for management. As a result he did his MBA with specialization in strategy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA in the year 2000. After his MBA, he took over as the Administrator of Aravind Eye Care System and was instrumental in bringing changes to the various facets of the organization. Apart from administrating the institution in all respects, his field of interest includes performing phaco surgeries and taking care of the outpatients. He is involved in teaching eye health management courses leading to capacity building, training, research activities and research administrators. He has presented the “Aravind Model” of high volume, high quality, cost effective eye care in numerous International Conferences. He is the Mentor for the MBA students of Wharton School of Business, University of Michigan. Aravind is also the Director of AMECS (Aravind Managed Eye Care Services), which serves as a strategic Arm of Aravind eye care system to address the basic issues of providing eye care in the underserved regions. In partnership with MP Birla group, Gujarat- Sun Pharma Group and Rajasthan-Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation, Aravind Eye Care System currently are running eye hospitals in places like Kolkata (WB) and Amreli (Gujarat). On personal grounds, he is married to Dr. Haripriya Aravind, also an Ophthalmologist and blessed with a daughter Ms. Nethra Aravind (13 years) and a son Master Arya Venkat Aravind (8 years). He is a Fellow of the Famous V Class of Ananta Aspen’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Leadership project/venture: Developing a sustainable model for People who suffer disability
Aravind’s project provides help for disabilities that come with age. In 2011 Aravind set up a 30 bedded rehabilitation centre in Madurai called Livewell Institute of rehabilitation (www.livewellrehab.com). He would like to scale this centre to reach 100 beds, which are supposed to be available by 2017. Funds necessary for the expansion have been organized. The Institute is collaborating with a Netherland rehabilitation centre. By 2020 the vision is to run five centres in South India. Aravind hopes his institute for rehabilitation will stimulate others to replicate.
Gunjan Shah – Partner, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.
Gunjan is an equity partner with Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. She has extensive experience in mergers & acquisition, private equity, corporate restructuring, securities and takeover regulation, debt restructuring and debt capital markets in India. Gunjan has been associated with Amarchand since 1998, was elevated to the partnership of Amarchand in 2005 and currently also serves on Amarchand’s Management Committee. She holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, and a master’s degree in law from the University of Oxford for which she received the Felix scholarship. She is a Fellow of the Famous V Class of Ananta Aspen’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Leadership project/venture: Enabling Corporate Social Responsibility Activities by Multinational Corporations operating in India
Our new Companies Act, 2013 requires all companies operating in India to contribute a certain percentage of their profits to CSR activities, although there is no penalty prescribed or consequences for failure to do so other than an obligation to disclose the same. The Foreign Contribution Regulation Act hinders MNCs from undertaking CSR activities through their own foundation. The global policies of many MNCs require such MNCs to contribute to CSR only though their own foundation and in the absence of which not to contribute at all. Since there are no penal consequences for not contributing to CSR, many MNCs opt not to which seems unfair given that the Indian owned companies are doing so. Thousands of crores of Rupees which could potentially be used for CSR activities by MNCs are not being used because of the regulatory hurdles. Gunjan aims to lobby for change in the Indian Foreign Contribution Regulation Act to allow Multinational Companies operating in India to set up their own foundations for undertaking CSR activities and to use their profits to contribute to the society where they make their profits. Towards this end, Gunjan has made a representation to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to alert them to the issue.
K Nandini Singla – Ambassador of India to Portugal
Nandini has been appointed as the Ambassador of India to Portugal. She was Joint Secretary West Europe of the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. Prior to this she was the Director in the AMS Division of the MEA, handling all aspects of India’s relations with the United States of America and Canada. She is a Diplomat in the MEA, Government of India and joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1997. Prior to her current assignment, she served as First Secretary / Counsellor [Economic] in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in Geneva, dealing with multilateral trade and economic issues such as Intellectual Property Rights, trade & development, South-South cooperation, global Internet Governance etc. She also served as First Secretary [Economic & Commercial] & Head of Chancery in the High Commission of India in Dhaka (Bangladesh) and as Under Secretary [UN Political Division] in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi from January 2003 till December 2008. She started her career as Third Secretary/Second Secretary (Political, Cultural and Media) in the Indian Embassy in Paris, France. She has a Masters in Political Science & International Relations from Bombay University, Mumbai and M. Phil. in Diplomatic Studies from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Married to Sanjeev Kumar Singla, a fellow diplomat and batchmate in the Indian Foreign Service, they have two sons aged 13 and 8. She is a Fellow of the Famous V Class of Ananta Aspen’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Empowering war widows and poor women in Afghanistan through vocational training and skilling in India
Nandini’s project provides vocational training in India for Afghan women living in the poorest Afghan provinces. This will impart these women with skills that can enable them to be self-employed or work in cottage industries and become wage earners who can support their families. The project is based on a framework agreement between India and the United States that enables these two countries to pool resources and work together for the benefit of deserving third country beneficiaries in Least Developed Countries. Trainings will be conducted by the Indian NGO SEWA and will include courses in food processing, garment stitching, hand embroidery, gems cutting and jewelry making and management training. In order to optimize the benefits of the vocation training, the Afghan women will be taught to be multipliers. The goal is to train a total of 3200 Afghan women between 2016 and 2018.
Kalyan Chakravarthy Akkipeddi – Founder, ProtoVillage
After quitting his corporate job in early 2008, Kalyan travelled across the length and breadth of India for about 2 and ½ years. During this travel, he met, lived and shared space with people from diverse walks of life – from farmers to snake charmers, from fishermen to businessmen, from healers to seekers. His interactions with experts in various fields in general and his time with remote tribal communities of India in particular, gave him perspectives on a sustainable state of abundance. He founded ProtoVillage in August 2010 to co-create the prototype of an abundant community through practice and demonstration, in a remote village called Tekulodu in the second driest and one of the poorest districts in India (Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh). The focus is also on collaboratively building an open body of knowledge on how any community can organize itself for abundance. Kalyan started his corporate career with Hyundai Motor India in 2002, and ended it while at Genpact in 2008. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sri Venkateshwara University, Tirupathi (Andhra Pradesh, India), and an MBA from International Management Institute, New Delhi. He is a Fellow of the Famous V Class of Ananta Aspen’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Leadership project/venture: ProtoVillage
ProtoVillage is a role-model rural community that is ecologically sustainable, socially cohesive and economically viable in the 2nd driest district in India (Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh). It aims to be an open center for learning, practice and demonstration of self-reliance in terms of the following 9 basic needs: Food & water security, Shelter, Clothing, Healthcare, Energy, Connectivity, Trade, Education, Eco-conservation and Disaster management.
As his leadership project, Kalyan plans to expand from one role-model community to an ecosystem of role-model communities across the country to a resilient rural India. Kalyan plans to grow a rural entrepreneurship ecosystem that leverages the creativity, leadership and entrepreneurial capacities of the villagers and empowers them to establish locally appropriate and ecologically sustainable enterprises along the 9 basic needs. The ecosystem will be designed to ensure occupational diversity within each village that leads to interdependence, which in turn makes the community resilient. This ecosystem also offers a Fellowship program designed to empower teams of rural youth from across the country to set up role-model rural communities similar in principle to ProtoVillage in each of the 650 districts of India.
Kunal Kishore Kapoor – Actor, Co-Founder & Director, Ketto
Kunal started off working in the stock market after graduation. Working there for a couple of years he realised that this was not the profession for him and he needed to do something creative. This led him to working as a production assistant in advertising, followed by being an assistant director and finally doing theatre with Naseerudin Shah and Barry John. He finally made his debut in the movies with M F Hussain’s ‘Meenaxi’. In the last eight years he has worked in several movies, like Rang De Basanti, Aaja Nachle, Lamhaa, Don 2 and Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. His current release was Kaun Kitne Paani Me, a movie based on the water issue that was produced by the NGO ‘One Drop Foundation’ He is currently also writing a couple of scripts, one of which has been green lighted by a studio and should go into production soon. After working very closely with several NGO’s for the last ten years, he set up a crowd funding platform for social change ‘Ketto’ with the aim of using technology to build a bridge between the people that were willing to help and the people that needed help. Ketto was built to form a connection between non profits, motivated individuals and the world. In the last couple of years the organisation has raised over 15 million rupees for in various areas, such as Women Empowerment, Health, Education and Sport. His hobbies include flying and motor racing. He recently participated in his first rally in Europe. He is a Fellow of the Famous V Class of Ananta Aspen’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Leadership project/venture: Organic
Kunal’s project is centered on how to get people to live healthier lives. Most people have no idea about the food that they put into their body; where it's coming from, what are the pesticides or preservatives that go into it and what are the effects on their bodies. The idea is to build a food portal and company that addresses these issues.
Masood Hussainy – Vice President, Tata Advanced Systems
Masood is Vice President, Tata Advanced Systems. He has cross-functional experience in Strategy, Program Management, Operations and Marketing across industries such as Telecom, Aerospace & Defence and Energy. He has significant experience in working in up-scaling start-up companies. In his current role he has P&L responsibility for the various Aerospace ventures including the JVs and manages a 1500 strong team including expatriate aerospace experts. He was instrumental in the turn around and exponential ramp up of S-92 Helicopter Cabin production by driving implementation of Lean Manufacturing and Total Operational Performance. The factories currently produce at much higher rates than previous Japanese incumbent meeting stringent Aerospace quality standards. This was achieved with a young team with an average age of 23 years, which was also recognized by the American Helicopter Society, the premier Global society for Vertical Flight with the prestigious International Fellowship Award for their efforts, the first time for any Indian company. He has also driven growth for Tata Advanced Systems with new business wins against global competition from customers like Boeing, Pilatus, Dornier, and Cobham. He was previously in the Chairman’s Office at Tata Sons and was part of the team at the Tata Group center which structured partnerships with leading global companies such as Sikorsky, Lockheed Martin, IAI, Boeing and Sasol. Before joining the Chairman’s Office, he was with Tata Teleservices where his last responsibility was as National Marketing Head of Post Paid Mobile. He worked across functions such as Business Development, Technology and HR during his stint at Tata Teleservices. Masood joined the Tata Group through the Tata Administrative Service (TAS) in 1999. In his first year with the Group, as part of the TAS' induction programme, he was assigned to various Tata Companies including Tata Steel, Voltas, Tata Cellular and Tata Teleservices. Masood holds a degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA in International Business. He is a keen trivia quizzer and has won several national level business quizzes including the prestigious Brand equity Quiz 2004. He also plays cricket in the minor leagues, and was a part of the TAS cricket team which was a runner-up in the SAP Corporate 2010. He is a Fellow of the Famous V Class of Ananta Aspen’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Leadership project/venture: Mitigating Dementia suffering
Mental Health issues are rising in India. People are getting diseases like Alzheimer Dementia (AD). The awareness level of these diseases is still very low in India. This causes families to mis-diagnose the disease as general old age issues or depression. This prevents proper care for the patient. More importantly, the care giver is unaware of the special needs of AD patients. Care givers also require significant counselling and psychological support, which is often not easy to find. Nightingale is a Trust in Bangalore that provides quality dementia care. Masood’s plan is to help scale up the operations and set up Dementia care centers across the country.
Pallav Patankar – Former Executive Director, Director-Programs, The Humsafar Trust
Pallav is the former Executive Board Member of The Humsafar Trust and the Director-Programs. The Humsafar Trust is the country’s first registered charity for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. His portfolio included Health and Advocacy for the Trust. He was involved in the Trust’s advocacy efforts on LGBT rights at the levels of Local and National Government as well as corporate efforts of Diversity and Inclusion. He has served as a board member of APCOM (Asia Pacific Coalition of Male Sexual Health) and as the Festival Director of Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival. He holds a Masters Degree in Biotechnology from one of India’s Premier Schools and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Business from S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research. In his corporate stint, he has served as a country head in francophone Africa in Cote D’Ivoire and Central Africa Region. Pallav has extensively toured Sub Saharan Africa and has also served as a sourcing head of food products for African markets. He is a co-author to a book entitled “A People Stronger: The Collectivization of MSM and Transgender Groups in India” and a co-author to A World Bank Study called “Charting a Programmatic Roadmap for Sexual Minority Groups in India”. He is a key member of the Queer Azaadi Mumbai Collective that organises the Mumbai Pride March. He is a Fellow of the Famous V Class of Ananta Aspen’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Leadership project/venture: Mission Azaadi
Pallav’s project Mission Azaadi aims to address the issue of rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in India. It intends to increase knowledge and understanding of the LGBT community. Mission Azaadi aims to take a multipronged approach of advocating with the judiciary, political class and the Indian bureaucracy. It will strive for equality, freedom and the right to live with dignity for all Indian LGBT. The LGBT community has never led a political movement and hence political viewpoints vastly differ. To generate community consensus, a forum called Queer & Political has been set up to address political viewpoints within the queer community and to relay these to the political community.
Saloni Malhotra – Associate Vice President, Paytm
Saloni is the AVP of Paytm. She is also co-founder of Safecity, a citizen’s initiative and platform to share information on sexual abuse in India. Saloni founded (2007) and ran DesiCrew, a for-profit organization focused on creating knowledge-based livelihood opportunities in small towns and rural areas. Prior to this she was the CEO of Swadeshi ProCraft Ventures, a new start-up that promotes artisans from 22 states in India to support over 100 different crafts. She stepped down as a CEO in March 2012, but continues to participate on the board. An engineer from Pune University, she began her career with WebChutney, the number one interactive media agency in India. She is also pursuing a Masters in Social Innovation in the Digital Context. She is a Fellow of the Famous V Class of Ananta Aspen’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Leadership project/venture: All Clean Life
Saloni’s project aims to explore ways to use waste to create energy. In a large country like India, it is hard to get one number on the power deficit. But during summer, the deficit in certain states is as high as 20% while at other times, it may be as low as 4.5%. Food waste is an untapped energy source that mostly ends up rotting in landfills, thereby releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Of the different types of organic wastes available, food waste holds the highest potential in terms of economic exploitation as it contains high amount of carbon and can be efficiently converted into biogas and organic fertilizer. Saloni wishes to create a model that can be replicated across large vegetable markets and food courts to generate power for the local communities. Saloni intends to influence policy levels to make sustainable products/ services more main stream.
Sejal Shah Gulati – Acting CMO Ezetap and Co Founder Sonder Connect
Sejal is the Acting CMO Ezetap and Co Founder Sonder Connect .In her previous role, Sejal was the President and Managing Director of TAS Analytic Services Private Limited, a Time Inc. company. Sejal founded the organization in 2006 and it currently employs over 300 professionals who support Time Inc.’s content division with its business analytics, marketing research, technology and operations. Prior to her current role, Sejal was the VP of Business Outsourcing for Time Inc. in New York, where she set up the plan for transitioning work to India. Sejal began her career at Time Inc. as the Business Development Director for Money magazine. After her role at Money, she was the Marketing Director for the Real Simple and InStyle magazines. Before joining Time Inc., Sejal was a Senior Manager for Business Development for American Express in New York City. Sejal has previously served on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University and is currently on the Global Alumni Board of Harvard Business School. She is also a partner in the Bangalore chapter of Social Venture Partners (SVP), a volunteer social venture fund. Sejal is an avid reader, an accomplished runner and an aspiring golfer and viola player. Sejal recently successfully completed the Luxembourg Marathon. She currently lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two young daughters. Sejal has a B.A. from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a Fellow of the Famous V Class of Ananta Aspen’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Leadership project/venture: Sonder Connect
Sonder Connect is a social enterprise dedicated to female entrepreneurs in South Asia. Sejal’s project aims at creating an eco-system and angel fund to help women entrepreneurs build businesses of scale in the region. Sejal’s goal is to mentor and fund India’s first woman led $1 billion company.
Shankar Vanavarayar – Joint Correspondent, Kumaraguru College of Technology and Executive Director, Sakthi Auto Motors
Shankar currently plays a dynamic role as the Joint Correspondent of Kumaraguru College of Technology. With international exposure in education, he looks forward to bringing a modern outlook to the institution by visioning various strategic processes. He mainly focuses to bring about a student centric approach in the institution and a real-time industry exposure into the Teaching Learning process. He also serves as the Executive Director of Sakthi Auto Motors Ltd, a part of 1.0 Billion USD Sakthi Groups of companies, based out of Coimbatore and he also holds various roles in the group companies. He is passionate about the heritage of the land and works for the cause of preservation through INTACH. He founded The Vanavarayar Foundation to work in the areas of history, architecture, culture and heritage. His vision to create a dynamic entrepreneurial hub in Coimbatore led to the inception of Coimbatore Innovation and Business Incubator, CIBI, which will serve as a platform to translate the business ideas into enterprises backed by an ecosystem of mentors, investors and business leaders. He is also the Managing Director of CIBI. He is the Past National Chairman of CII Young Indians. For the past 8 years, he has been playing various roles from chapter to national positions of Strategy, Communication and Events. He is passionate about the role of Young Indians in making the India of tomorrow. He is a member of CII Southern Regional Council and Co-Chair of CII Higher Education committee. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from PSG Arts and Science College Coimbatore, a MBA from the Cardiff University UK and a PG Diploma in International Education Management from the University of Leeds UK. He is a Fellow of the Famous V Class of Ananta Aspen’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Leadership project/venture: To Explore and Experience the Extra Ordinary
Shankar plans to setup an organization which strives to collect, preserve and publish information and services around Indian heritage. The organization will establish partnerships with Government organizations, NGOs, universities, researchers and enthusiasts. The idea is to build a technology platform that will use the acquired information and build curated data with specific dimensions of time, location and specialty.
Sumangali Gada – Director, Adity Designs and Founder, Praja Foundation
Sumangali is a Director at Adity Designs, a company that works on design and manufacture projects with luxury brands world over. Sumangali manages business development and finance for the company, and has been part of its growth for the past 14 years. In 2012, Sumangali started an independent design venture “Forest of Chintz” which makes fashion accessories sold at boutiques worldwide. Prior to this she was a consultant with the Business Consulting Practice at Arthur Andersen for three years. Sumangali graduated from Sydenham College Mumbai, and subsequently completed her Masters in Management Studies at NMIMS, Mumbai. In addition to ADITY, Sumangali is a founder and trustee at the PRAJA Foundation that works in the space of Accountability and Good Governance for the city of Mumbai. She is a Fellow of the Famous V Class of Ananta Aspen’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Leadership project/venture: Giving
Sumangali’s project intends to provide civic education. She feels that the young people of this country, especially in urban cities, are quite far removed from the realization and impact of the working or non-performance of the government and what effect it has on them. Sumangali wishes to get the young adults of India engaged in creating a culture of good governance. She aims at getting young people to look at how to make democracy work and how to get involved as a citizen.
Tanushree Hazarika – Managing Director, Eclectic Group
A business management graduate from Boston University’s, School of Management, Tanushree has worked previously in MNCs like Fidelity and Morgan Stanley in the US. Moving back to India, she started off her enterprenurial journey at the age of 24 and has been successfully bringing out the most popular English magazine of Northeast India, Eclectic Northeast since 2007 and has now also extended its brand presence digitally www.eclecticnortheast.in. Through Eclectic, she has highlighted important issues of concern and featured various inspirational change-makers of the region.
True to her entrepreneurial spirit, Tanushree soon started her 2nd venture, Tattva Creations in 2010, an agency, which provides brand & communication solutions to corporates and government. Tattva is into events, pr & advertising and digital marketing. She has also added other interesting ventures to the group like the Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival, Eclectic Ananta Speaker Series and has hosted and promoted various seminars and events across the Northeast. She received the Young Communicator award from the Symbiosis Institute in 2010 and the Outstanding Woman Achiever award by FLO (ladies wing of FICCI) in 2013. She is also a founding member of Young Leaders Connect, a platform for young achievers of Northeast India. She is a Fellow of the Famous V Class of Ananta Aspen’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Leadership project/venture: Brahmaputra Foundation
The requirement for more and more empowered people from Northeast India cannot be denied given the urgent need to keep pace with the rest of the nation. This can be done only when we have more idols and torchbearers amongst us in different fields, thereby making the region stand out in the national/ world map.
The Northeastern region of India is a reservoir of talent and we have a lot of talented individuals in various fields like Sports, Music, Cinema, Literature, etc. However, talents from the region are not being given their due mostly because of the region’s lack of exposure and disconnect with the outside world. We do have a few icons like Mary Kom, Bhaichung Bhutia and Papon from the Northeast but we still need many more to inspire and lead other talented and aspiring youth from the region.
The objective of Brahmaputra foundation is to nurture and mentor aspiring individuals from the region and help them realize their dreams. The foundation will endeavor that these talented individuals from the region, who are unable to pursue their passion either because of their humble backgrounds or the absence of proper mentoring and network, get assistance. With an aim to creating more brand ambassadors for the region, in mind, Brahmaputra Foundation plans to work in the DEP (Discover, Empower and Promote) approach in the fields of filmmaking, music and sports. We will aim to Discover talented individuals from various spectrums within Northeast India and then Empower such promising talents from the region, who lack resources and direction and provide them with opportunities to enhance their talent and knowledge. Post this, we will Promote selected talents by providing essential support and exposure and taking their brilliant work to the next level
- Talent recognition events, competitions at district level, state level & schools/colleges
- Info from media and social networks
- Board of jury (for respective fields) to hand-pick the best talents for further mentoring or special training
- Building a talent database and tracking their growth
- Training camps & workshops conducted by industry leaders
- Providing opportunities and assistance to selected talents and help them in their journey from being skilled to successful
- Scholarships, Training opportunities at acclaimed institutes/ organisations
Vishwarupe Narain – Country-Head for India & SE Asia, TPG-Growth
Vish is Country-Head for TPG Growth, a global private equity firm and is based in Mumbai. He currently serves on the boards of AGS, Sutures, Flexituff International, India Transact and Global Gene Corp. Prior to joining TPG Growth in 2007, Narain was an investor with Bessemer Venture Partners in New York. Previous to that he was an Engagement Manager in McKinsey's Private Equity Practice in Palo Alto and London. Narain joined McKinsey from Deloitte Consulting, where he was a Senior Consultant. He has a Master of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and an M.B.A., Stanford University School of Business. Narain’s non-profit activities include board roles at Spic Macay and an organization working to preserve and promote classical Indian music. He is deeply involved with his family’s foundation work in rural India. Selected as a Young Global Leader (2014), he is an active member of the World Economic Forum and is a part of the South Asia Bridge initiative to bring together business communities across borders under the WEF banner. He is a semi-professional sitar player and adventure travel enthusiast. Vish has worked in 20 countries and travelled to over 75 nations. He is a Fellow of the Famous V Class of Ananta Aspen’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Leadership project/venture: Health care and life saving drugs
Many companies do not have a clear vision on how they would like to utilize their CSR budgets. Vish plans to encourage big pharmaceuticals companies and hospitals to donate a fraction of their life saving drugs to the underprivileged as their CSR. Vish will leverage his network with the various stakeholders – big pharmaceuticals, the government and NGOs - to ensure that the drugs reach those who really need them.
Zeena Johar – Global Innovation Fellow and Former MD and CEO SughaVazhvu Healthcare
Zeena is the Global Innovation Fellow at Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy.
Zeena returned to India after obtaining her PhD in Molecular Diagnostics at ETH, Zurich, Switzerland in 2007. As the Founding Member, Zeena led the incorporation of SughaVazhvu Healthcare and IKP Centre for Technologies in Public Health (ICTPH) working towards replicable service delivery networks at the interface of affordable healthcare technologies and innovative human resource solutions for inaccessible rural populations of India. Zeena served as the President at ICTPH and MD & CEO at SughaVazhvu Healthcare (SVHC). Zeena spearheaded ICTPH’s academic alliance with School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania launching India’s first joint certificate Bridge Training Program for AYUSH practitioners as a skill building curriculum for evidence-based medicine. SVHC’s innovative care delivery model has enabled over 70,000 patient visits through its network of nine clinics in Rural Tamil Nadu. SVHC was awarded the NASSCOM Social Innovation Honor 2014, and is a part of the IPIHD Network (founded by McKinsey & Company, World Economic Forum and Duke University). SVHC is also a part of the entrepreneurship accelerator SEAD at Duke University. Zeena is a member of Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) – National Council on Public Health and the Governing Board at Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB), Bangalore. Zeena has published in The Economic Times, Chemistry – A European Journal, Helvetica Chimica Acta and PharmaBiz Chronicle, NextBillion.net, YourStory.in, ACM DEV-4, Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health. Zeena is currently also pursing Program for Leadership Development (PLD) at the Harvard Business School (HBS), Boston. Zeena was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2013 and as one of Asia’s 100 Pioneers by Purpose Economy in 2014 and a Yale World Fellow in 2015. She is a Fellow of the Famous V Class of Ananta Aspen’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Leadership project/venture: Wholistic approach to physical disability
For her project, Zeena would like to focus on physical disabilities in India and provide opportunities for the physical disabled. Zeena plans on creating market-driven solution (facilitative ecosystem) both in terms of infrastructure and personnel. The project is meant to include - amongst others - affordable prosthetics, counselling on available opportunities and safe and equipped environments for sports and physical activity.