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Sanjay Kadaveru
Sanjay Kadaveru

Sanjay has two decades of international experience spanning the domains of investments, management consulting and business development. He has extensive business and personal relationships with leading executives, investors, and institutions in the US-India corridor, including a significant concentration of high net worth individuals, family offices, and venture capital/private equity firms.

Sanjay is the Founder & President of Action For India (AFI), an initiative to help social innovators in India overcome barriers to scale and achieve greater impact at the Bottom of the Pyramid. AFI connects social innovators with impact investors, mentors, technology resources, government contacts and local partners. AFI is headquartered in New Delhi, India and has a chapter in Silicon Valley, California. Launched in 2012, AFI is inspired and guided by Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Prime Minister of India and Chairman of India’s National Innovation Council. AFI’s financial supporters include Desh Deshpande, Adviser to the US President Barack Obama & Founder of the Deshpande Foundation.

Sanjay is also a co-founder and Board Member at the Center for Healthcare Innovation, a best in class US based research center and thought-leadership institution focusing on the life sciences. He leads CHI’s effort to engage top healthcare, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical executives, entrepreneurs, and investors, with a concentrated focus on the US and India. Sanjay’s achievements include creation of the preeminent CHI Global Advisory Committee and co-leading the annual “China, India, and US Life Science Markets” symposium in Menlo Park, CA.

Previously, Sanjay served as a Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives at Hetero Drugs, India’s largest privately held pharmaceutical company. Sanjay was also with The Seven Hills Group, a US based family office making investments in the US-India corridor. During his five year tenure with the firm, The Seven Hills Group has invested more than 50M USD across a variety of sectors including Media & Entertainment, Healthcare, Technology, Clean Tech, Education and Real Estate.

Sanjay is a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs, the world's largest network of entrepreneurs, and served as a Co-Chair for TiECon East, one of the largest innovation focused conferences in the US. Sanjay founded the AP Technology Leadership Council, a non-profit networking organization created to provide pro-bono business consulting services to civic and governmental causes in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.In an earlier role, Sanjay served as the Chairman of the Editorial Board of IIT Maanas, the alumni magazine of IIT Madras.

Sanjay is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology at Madras and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Chaitanya Tummuluri

Chaitanya (Chait) Tumuluri is Consultant Engineer for Emulex Corporation. He has over 15 years of experience working with all sizes of technology companies in Silicon Valley in various stages of evolution as well as standards bodies such as the IEEE and the IETF. Besides his interests in the field of computer networks and storage, his interests also include socially motivated enterprises and their products especially in the areas of education, energy and livelihood. Chait received his Ph.D in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University (USA).

Varun Aggarwal
Varun Aggarwal

Varun Aggarwal is currently the CTO and COO at Aspiring Minds. Apart from leading delivery and operations, Varun specifically looks after product design, research and new initiatives.Varun did his Bachelors of Engineering from NSIT, University of Delhi and completed his Masters in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2007. During his graduate studies he worked on developing and applying statistical learning and optimization techniques to variety of real-world problems such as circuit modeling & design, parallel processing and network coding. He has more than twenty technical publications and has filed four patents. While at MIT, he founded the MIT India Reading Group, a platform for collaborative research on India centric issues, which has completed more than 65 meetings and continues to be active in New England.He is also the co-founder of CURE, an organization which works against ragging (hazing) in India.Varun was awarded the HUMIES award in 2006 to develop algorithms which mimic human intelligence and the AWA award for his article on Bose’s contribution to invention of radio. He has been a speaker and panelist at various institutions including Harvard University, MIT, INSEAD and IBM Research Center (NYC). He likes to write on education and history of science.

Vipul Prakash
Vipul Prakash

Vipul is a serial entrepreneur and an investor. Currently he works as a Co-Founder at HUM which is a social enterprise that uses the power of communities to deliver goods and services to people at the base of the pyramid. Prior to hum Vipul founded Elixir Consulting, which grew to become amongst the larger recruiting companies in India. In 2011, he was awarded one of the top 50 Inspiring Entrepreneurs of India by Cyber Media. Vipul also co-founded the Indian Staffing federation. Having managed several other ventures including the Websity franchise which was into IT Education, Regarde in New York which was in High Fashion Clothing and Pristine a Trading company in Dubai with offices all over middle east and Africa, Vipul brings an exceptional understanding of business to HUM. He is a University rank holder and a winner of the “distinguished alumni” of Delhi University with interests that range from theater, debating, writing and trekking. Vipul is also associated with organisations like the Indian Angel Network and Ennovent through whom he makes some of his investments, Nasscom where he is a Catalyst with the Orbit Shift Program and The Entrepreneur’s Organisation.LinkedIn profile:

Devi Prasad Rao (DPR)
Devi Prasad Rao (DPR)

Devi Prasad Rao, the founder and the entrepreneur behind Arohana, he has over 15 years of experience working with leading multinational banks in various capacities. His expertise lies in building processes. He has a demonstrable track record of managing the financial and operational imperatives in a Small-Medium Enterprise (SME) environment.Some of the positions he has held include Regional Product Manager for e-Banking-South, Corporate Linked Businesses in ICICI Bank, a brief stint at ICICI Bank's Corporate Office and Merchant Relationship Manager with HSBC Bank. Since ICICI Bank, he was the Chief Financial Officer at SKC Retail Ltd and his last assignment was as Chief Financial Officer at Moksha Yug Access India Private Limited.Devi Prasad has completed his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering at Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal and his Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IGNOU. His current positions include:

 • Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer at Arohana Dairy Private Limited (est 2009)
 • Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer at Arohana Seva Foundation, a not-for-profit Company (est 2011)
 • Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer at Arohana Agri-Services Private Limited, an SPV (est 2011)
In these roles, he brings his passion and total commitment to the business. He heads the day-to-day operations while planning the next big step.
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Ravi Saripalle
Partner at IVF Advisors Private Limited
Ravi Saripalle

Mr. Ravi Shankar Saripalle, Founding Director, Centre for Innovation, GVP College of Engineering (Autonomous), Vizag. He is founder of Srujana and Dukeship Consulting. He is founding member at Action For India ( ). He is working as Mentor, MentorEdge, CIIE (Center for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship, IIM Ahmadabad). Ravi is a founder of Mission Think Beyond Degree 2.0 program to seed innovative thinking among students. He is consultant, innovation sandbox at MVGR College of Engineering and few other engineering colleges.

Prior to this, Ravi worked with Wipro Technologies for 12+ years as IT Practice Manager & Program Manager. Ravi has wide experience in Consulting, Presales, Technology, Training and Program Management. During his stint at Wipro, Ravi has worked extensively on mega outsourcing deals, management consulting assignments. He worked with customers across globe like Microsoft, Nokia, Ericsson, FedEx, JP Morgan, Charles Schwab, EMC, Avaya, OKI-Data etc and visited many countries.Ravi has published IT trends, articles and exploration programs. He is editor few books in engineering education space.Ravi has done research on calibrating Individual Innovation Index (I³) and did his PhD on the same model. He has submitted proposal to various national forums to make this index as National & Indigenous Index.

Mayank Sekhsaria

After working with blue chip companies including Google, Microsoft and Motorola, Mayank decided to follow the entrepreneurial path and co-founded Greenlight Planet – a global social enterprise and a product leader in the low-cost solar home lighting space.. Mayank is an Engineering graduate from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and currently resides in Mumbai, India.. When he is not preoccupied with the art of growing an intense moustache, he can be seen walking his beloved pet dog along marine drive in Mumbai!

Ajaita Shah

Ajaita is the Founder/CEO of Frontier Markets and the President of Frontier Innovations Foundation. Frontier Markets is a rural marketing, sales, and service distribution company providing access to affordable and quality consumer durables to low-income households; focusing on products in clean energy. Ajaita was an American India Foundation Fellow in 2006. She has 5 years of microfinance experience in India with organizations like SKS Microfinance, and Ujjivan Financial Services. Ajaita has worked on numerous development projects in 7 states in India. She has consulted with the World Bank about microfinance in South Asia. She served on the Committee of the Social Performance Task Force. Ajaita has been awarded with scholarships from SOCAP, is a 2012 Echoing Green Fellow, a Cordes Fellow, has been awarded the most influential award in Microfinance for people under 30, and Business Week's 30 under 30 award. This year, she will be participating as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. She is an active member of the UN Practitioner's Network, Asian Development Bank's Energy For All Partnership. Ajaita Shah holds her B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University.Frontier Markets is a sales and marketing distribution company with a mission to reach low income households in emerging markets. Frontier Markets works with microfinance institutions and locally trained field staff to educate, relate, and reach households providing them access to high social impact and affordable products, and customer service. Frontier Markets started operations in rural India and are working with clean energy products like solar lighting and smokeless stoves. Frontier Markets innovative marketing and sales channel will open new opportunities for manufacturers to create affordable and relevant products for rural markets. Frontier Markets becomes THE scale solution for manufacturers creating products for rural markets, focusing on areas like clean energy, healthcare, and livelihoods. Frontier Markets’ mission is to provide over 10 million products to 30 million households in India by 2016, and become a global leader in rural distribution and products for low-income households.

Ajit Jhangiani

Since 2006, Ajit has been engaged in the fields of Social Enterprise, CSR, and Philanthropy in the US and in India, especially mentoring social entrepreneurs.In 2009, with SCORE, he advised individuals on starting and expanding businesses. Before that, as Executor on a large Estate he was a fiduciary managing investments, business operations, and partnerships, and acting on the Board of non-profits.Earlier he started and managed two US specialty retail businesses that organized artisans in India and Mexico. Other experiences have included being the Executive Director of a non-profit Hearing Health Institute, a stock broker and analyst, consulting to the Real Estate industry, and assistant to the President of Pier One Imports.

Ajit has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Harvard MBA.

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