Andrea Thomas

Andrea Thomas

Andrea Thomas is the director of network engagement at Points of Light, where she is responsible for providing support and access to meaningful resource and connections to 200 Points of Light affiliates in the U.S. and around the world. Prior to Points of Light, Andrea served as a faculty member at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and an associate director at Hands On Atlanta, where she designed and implemented innovative programs including the organization’s first skill-based volunteer initiative and Membership program. Andrea is originally from Brazil and started her career in academia where she served as a professor and academic director in the business program for several private and public universities including Faculdade Estácio de Sa and the Federal University in Ceará. Andrea lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and daughter.

Namita Devidayal

Namita Devidayal

Namita Devidayal is a journalist with The Times of India in Mumbai. She is co-director of the Times Litfest in Mumbai. She has written three books — the award-winning memoir, The Music Room (2007), Aftertaste (2010), and The Sixth String of Vilayat Khan (2018). Namita graduated from Princeton University in the US. She is a trained Indian classical singer.

Anshu Gupta

Anshu Gupta

Popularly known as the Clothing Man and the recipient of 2015 Ramon Magsaysay award, Anshu Gupta founded Goonj with a mission to highlight some basic but ignored needs of people on the development agenda, using clothing as a metaphor. Anshu studied mass communication apart from doing a Masters in Economics and started as a freelance journalist. He left a corporate communication job in 1998 and initiated Goonj.

Under his leadership Goonj has taken the alarming growth of urban waste and turned it into a tool to trigger large scale work on various rural development issues. An Ashoka and Schwab Fellow for entrepreneurship, Anshu is creatively and flexibly matching and seamlessly weaving urban surplus into the changing priorities & realities of rural marginalized communities. He has built the genesis of a parallel trash based economy by creating barter between efforts of rural communities and urban surplus material as two new currencies.

Using the discard of the cities and efforts and knowledge of the poor as a new resource for eliminating poverty, Anshu’s work offers the world a sustainable economic model. By prioritizing the dignity of the receiver and putting the decision making back into their hands. Anshu has also added ‘dignity’ as an important lens to define development for people.

Under Anshu’s leadership Goonj has done massive disaster relief and rehab work pan India, turning every disaster into an opportunity to reach resources and attention to the most ignored communities. Listed by the Forbes magazine as one of India’s most powerful rural entrepreneurs, Anshu and Goonj have received a series national and international recognition on innovation, entrepreneurship, governance and public service including World Bank’s development Marketplace award, Changemakers Innovation award to Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Fair Business Practices.

A foody, an entrepreneur, a thinker, a doer, an avid traveler, photographer and a journalist by heart, Anshu often pens prose and poetry, giving vent to his feelings and opinions on the issues that bother him about the world around him.

The citation of 2015 Magsaysay award, popularly known as the Noble Prize of Asia conferred on him says- “The Board of Trustees recognizes his creative vision in transforming the culture of giving in India, his enterprising leadership in treating cloth as a sustainable development resource for the poor, and in reminding the world that true giving always respects and preserves human dignity.”

Video:

Magsaysay acceptance speech video link: https://youtu.be/6iIi9vaueaA

Berkeley Haas Social Entrepreneur of the Year Anshu Gupta: Creating a Parallel Economy with Reused Materials: https://youtu.be/lXtkMl_j5hQ

Anshu GUPTA:穿針引線 Needles and Machines (Subtitled): https://youtu.be/tv9eo78yS34

Articles and Interviews:

The Man Who Transformed The Culture of Giving: https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/the-man-who-transformed-the-culture-of-giving-shnm/

Circular social innovation in India: https://ssir.org/articles/entry/circular_social_innovation_in_india

Mindset over matter: Forbes India http://www.forbesindia.com/blog/the-good-company/mindset-over-matter-indian-nonprofits-that-know-how-to-grow/

Ordinary people, extraordinary power: http://bit.ly/2DrQW0F

Venkat Sriraman

Venkat Sriraman

An engineering graduate from BITS Pilani (Class of ’95), Venkat has held various engineering and management positions in the field of software engineering in companies like Aditi, Citigroup, Honeywell, Microsoft and Dell. Venkat is a passionate technologist who is excited about applying technology to solve chronic social challenges of India, and eVidyaloka is a dream to be realized in that direction, in the form of a social enterprise. As a co-founder and executive director of eVidyaloka in 2011, has given shape to the idea of eVidyaloka, which today has its presence in 237 villages, 10 states, across India. In the process of touching the lives of over 19000+ children and the families of rural India, Venkat has also embarked in this journey by empowering thousands of people – men and woman, India and abroad, to participate in this nation building exercise as volunteer teachers.

Venkat Krishnan N.

Venkat Krishnan N.

Venkat is the Principal Trustee of India Welfare Trust. He spends 90+% of his time and wealth to promote philanthropy and volunteerism in India.

Venkat graduated from IIMA, worked first at “The Times of India” in various corporate and brand management functions and then joined the founding team of Sony Entertainment Television in India.

In 1996, he co-founded Eklavya School, Ahmedabad. He later co-founded Educational Initiatives Pvt. Ltd, a company that works on improving quality of school education in India.

Venkat set up GiveIndia in 2000, to create a “giving culture” in India and transitioned out in 2008, handing over the reins to professional management.

In 2009, he, along with several other volunteers, conceptualized and launched DaanUtsav, a festival that aims to bring India together to celebrate giving. Held from October 2-8 every year, the “festival” is a platform that allows everyone from India’s poor to its wealthiest to give back to society.

Venkat is also a signatory to #LivingMyPromise, an initiative where middle class Indians promise to donate 50+% of their wealth to causes of their choice. He has recently been involved in an initiative called #EveryIndianVolunteering (EIV in short) that aspires to engage every Indian in volunteering for social causes.

Ravi Sreedharan

Ravi Sreedharan

Founder – ISDM

Ravi Sreedharan worked for 24 years in the Corporate Sector most of which was at HSBC. He was the CEO and President Director of Bank Ekonomi (a local bank in Indonesia that was acquired by HSBC). He quit his corporate career and switched to the social sector in 2011 and joined Azim Premji Foundation where he was the Head of Education Leadership & Management. He is an alumnus of IIM- Ahmedabad and IIT-BHU. He Founded the Indian School of Development Management in 2016 to develop and impart the discipline of Development Management.

Chandra Iyengar

Chandra Iyengar

Chandra Iyengar is an officer of the 1973 batch of the Indian Administrative Services (IAS). Over the course of her career, she has led several departments in the Government of Maharashtra and the Government of India, such as Women & Child Development, Higher & Technical Education, Rural Development, and Health.

As the Secretary for Women & Child Development for the Government of Maharashtra, she was responsible for drafting and implementing the first-ever state policy for women’s empowerment in India. She is the Board of Member in Miracle foundation since 2016.

Prior to retiring in 2010, Mrs. Iyengar was the Additional Chief Secretary – Home Department for the Government of Maharashtra. She has served as a Director on the Board of Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) and also as Chairperson for the Maharashtra Energy Regulatory Commission.

Tasnim Motorwala

Tasnim Motorwala

Tasnim Motorwala is part of the Development Team of Salaam Bombay Foundation. Working in the development sector from the past 10 years, she is passionate about education and skilling for adolescents in India. Prior to this, she was working as business news editor with various magazines and websites for ten years. She has a diploma in Social Entrepreneurship from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, a post – graduate diploma in Journalism from Xavier Institute of Communications and a masters in History from the Mumbai University.

Sophia Shalom

Sophia Shalom
Sophia has been part of the social sector since 11+ years, and worked as a relationship manager in iVolunteer Chennai for the past 5 years. Previously, She was in charge of communication and resource mobilization efforts at Ma Foi Foundation. She has also worked in CIOSA (Confederation of Indian organization for service and advocacy) network for over 250 NGOs in Tamil Nadu. Currently she is working as a consultant handing corporate projects for iVolunteer in Chennai.
Volunteers are the true change makers in our society. Volunteering helps to meet new people, gain knowledge, develop skills, provide desired results and lead holistic life. Volunteering with passion is contagious.

Dr. Prahalathan KK.

Dr. Prahalathan KK.

Dr. Prahalathan co-founded Bhumi, one of India’s largest youth volunteering organisations. Bhumi mobilises citizens to work towards the sustainable development goals, and its volunteers educate over 25,000 under-privileged children, and work for causes like environment, disability and animal welfare.

He strongly believes every child deserves a quality education, and is passionate about making volunteering a habit among young people. By education, he is a doctor specialised in Ophthalmology. At Bhumi, he handles Strategy & Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation, Fundraising & Public Relations. He also leads the corporate & youth volunteering programmes.