Amit Jain, Interim Chairman for Action for India and also the Chief Executive Officer of WISH Foundation .Amit is a proven entrepreneurial and innovative organization-builder in the HEALTH & WASH space, with a long track record of service to the underserved. He brings with him 20 plus years of illustrious experience in incubating and leading several social businesses and projects. Amongst these, he co-founded and led E HealthPoint, a pioneering social enterprise, which has won many awards and inspired several such models internationally.Prior to E Healthpoint, Amit established a unique Health Products Social Marketing network across 50,000 villages at HLL Lifecare Limited; anchored WaterHealth International’s and Naandi Foundation’s Water business from inception to 700 community-locations reaching-out to 3 million people in a brief span of time. Amit’s work in the Health & Water sectors has also become case studies at the Harvard Business School, at Michigan University and at NUS Singapore and rated as qualifying in the Highest category of Human Development Index/Impact per ratings by GIIN and OPIC , USA . He has been featured by several media giants and won various prestigious national and international awards and recognitions.Amit believes that AFI is uniquely poised to usher effective platform for young and ambitious innovators and entrepreneurs ushering in potential global models in the community-benefit domain and is committed to contributing as a practitioner and a leader by leveraging the globally emerging troika of Social Innovation, Social Enterprise and Social Mobility while maintaining unflinching focus on growth, impact and sustainability.Amit has Masters in Resource Management from IIFM, India; Advanced General Management Program from IIM Calcutta and GSBI Program at Santa Clara University, California. Amit resides in New Delhi with his wife and two childrenSanjay has over 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.
Sanjay is also a co-founder of the Center for Healthcare Innovation, a best in class US based research center and thought-leadership institution focusing on the life sciences. He led CHI’s effort to engage top healthcare, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical executives, entrepreneurs, and investors, with a concentrated focus on the US and India.
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.Tralance Addy is a recognized entrepreneurial and visionary leader with over 30 years of leadership experience in both corporate and start - up environments.His professional career has been distinguished by a highly successful track record in the development and commercialization of technology innovations and breakthrough businesses. He was the first Executive Director of the Stanford Institute of Innovation in Developing Economies(SEED).He also is the founder and President of Plebys International, LLC, a California based venture management company, and served as CEO of WaterHealth International, Inc.(WHI), a Plebys venture he transformed into a path - breaking company that through a unique and creative combination of break -through technology innovative business model, enables the delivery of affordable clean water to urban and underserved rural communities around the world.He serves on WHI’ s Board of Directors. Prior to founding Plebys, Tralance was an International Vice President at health care leading corporation, Johnson & Johnson(J & J), where, in a 20 + year career, he held a series of senior executive positions including Worldwide President of Advanced Sterilization Products(ASP), a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary he founded and established within the corporation.He led the development, commercialization, and rapid growth of ASP, establishing global market segment leadership, with presence in over 40 countries around the world.He had previously served as Vice President of R & D for Johnson & Johnson Medical, Inc.and a member of that company’ s Global Management Committee.Prior to J & J, Tralance held research management positions at Scott Paper Company in Philadelphia. Dr.Addy is an inventor with many U.S.and international patents, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.He holds M.S.and Ph.D.degrees in Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and B.A.and B.S.degrees in Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering simultaneously from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.He is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School.He was recently recognized by Swarthmore College with a honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.Neelam Chhiber, Industrial designer, is co-founder Industree/Mother Earth, a hybrid social enterprise set up in 1994. Mother Earth is building an eco-system for India's underserved artisanal production base, that lies in the informal sector, deeply in need of equitable access to markets, design, updated technical training, enterprise incubation, and working capital instruments. The sector which encompasses traditional handicrafts and handlooms is being revived by Industree, as Creative Manufacturing. The endeavor is to highlight the potential of the sector for global sustainable growth, as with its transition into the contemporary landscape, it has a high potential for employment, specially for rural women. The scale up started in 2008, with the for-profit market end, Mother Earth being created and receiving investment from Future Ventures and Washington based Grassroots Business Fund, in 2011. The non-profit Industree Foundation is creating more solutions in the eco-system, starting with the incubation of a skill development company– Industree Skill Transform in partnership with National Skill Development Corporation in 2013.Industree Foundation leverages the government promoted model of producer collectives, called producer companies under Indian corporate law that are wholly owned by producers. MotherEarth holds a portion of its shares in trust, for these producer companies to buy into, at par, hence facilitating producer ownership in the brand. At the same time Industree Foundation advocates the formation of a hundred percent producer owned brand, for the sector of Creative Manufacturing. The company impacts 10,000 artisans currently and will close at 5 million USD of sales this year. Industree/Mother Earth has received the India Social Entrepreneur of the year award in 2011 awarded by the Schwab Foundation and the Women Changemakers Fellowship in 2013.Kishore Kumar is a serial entrepreneur focusing on Internet of Everything(IoE), cloud, mobile health, analytics and virtualization markets. Kishore brings a depth of experience in entrepreneurship, technology and product development having launched multiple startups himself. Kishore is a board member and advisor to multiple startups and non-profits around the world. Kishore was the CEO of Pari Networks which was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2011. Currently Kishore is Founder/CEO at Nuviso Networks and Infore Inc. Kishore is part of NS Angel Ventures group where he is actively investing in multiple technology startup companies globally in Cloud, IoE, Virtualization, Health Care, Clean Energy and Mobility areas. In addition Kishore is actively involved non-profits and social impact companies in Education, Sustainable Farming and Entrepreneurship for kids. Kishore received a BS in Computer Science and an MS in Computer Technology with specialization in Artificial Intelligence.Cynthia Lang, a seasoned fundraiser and connector, coordinates engagement activities and strategic conversations with colleagues in the Bay Area and all over the world. She has deep familiarity with Brazil, its business culture and language; a keen interest in promoting social enterprise work. And in 2013, Cindy founded Go to Girl Brazil, the umbrella organization under which all of her Brazilian ventures and interests fall. Cindy serves on the Board of Sustainable Conservation, and is an Advisor to Embrace, a global enterprise that delivers low cost solutions to improve health outcomes in developing countries. Cindy was the co-Founder of The Lodge at Sun Ranch, formally named Papoose Creek Lodge, an award winning eco-tourism guest lodge in southwest Montana. In addition, Cindy is a founding member and Brazilian Initiatives Leader of the Silicon Valley Chapter of Ashoka. Cindy also has strong philanthropic ties to Stanford, having served on both the Stanford Associates Board of Governors and the Humanities and Sciences Council. Cindy recently joined the Advisory Board of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS) at Stanford. Cindy received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University in French and English Literatures and her MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School. She uses her skills to create socially and environmentally responsible infrastructures.Ravi is an Author and Public Policy Catalyst. Ravi has written two books on health. “All About Bacteria”, published 2013 by HarperCollins, and “The Baby Elephant Diet” published 2015 by Rupa Publications. He is interested in addressing the root cause of illness, and in preventive health and nutrition. Ravi is also the official English translator of the poetry of Shri Narendra Modi, Honourable Prime Minster of India. The book, titled “A Journey, Poems by Narendra Modi”, is a best-seller in India and the top selling poetry book of the last decade. Ravi spent five months full-time as a volunteer for the winning campaign of Shri Narendra Modi in the Indian national elections of 2014, where he played various roles in policy and grassroots campaigning. He currently spends half his time on public policy initiatives in India as a civil society activist and catalyst. Ravi has spent nearly two decades in senior roles in the asset management industry, including co-managing a $35 billion global equity fund at Fidelity Investments in Boston and London. He continues to advise corporates at the Board level, and serves as independent director on several boards. Ravi is also an angel investor, with nearly 20 active investments. He is a mentor and investor at JFDI, Singapore’s leading start-up accelerator.Nagaraja (Naga) Prakasam is a versatile and passionate leader with 2+ decades of global experience (decade in the USA and a decade+ in India). As a full time angel investor, invested in 11 start-ups and seen 3 exits. Spear headed Impact thinking in Indian Angel Network and founded IAN Impact. His personal mantra is "Start-ups should focus on India's strength – people, problems, Tech (PPT)" He believes in hands on approach and travels extensively in rural areas understanding the need first hand. Sought after as thought leader in Impact space and inspired many students as a motivational speaker in number of colleges. Delivered C.K.Prahalad memorial lecture at World Co-Creation Day. Chaired "Green Revolution 2.0 – Food Security and the role of innovation" at 10th CII Innovation Summit. Spoke at launch of Bank of Innovations and Ideas (BII) by Ministry of Rural Development along with Dr.Abdul Kalam. Partner at Acumen – New York based $100M impact venture fund and serves as an independent director in one of its portfolio company, Guardian – a micro finance venture working in Water and Sanitation. Mentor-in-Residence at NSRCEL, IIMB. Member of Investment Committee at GinServ funded by DST. Mentor at CIIE, IIMA & GSBI, Santa Clara University. Executive Chairman at Nativelead Angels Network (NAN) by Native Lead foundation – enables entrepreneurship in rural Tamil Nadu and Advisor to IIHR-Bangalore incubator for Agri-preneurs.Investments – Lumiere Organic, Uniphore, GoCoOp, GramVaani, Consure , Orangescape, Gamiana, Stayzilla, UnBxd, Druva, Solaron, etc. Serving the board of GoCoOp – online market place for co-operatives, Uniphore – voice recognition for 14 Indian languages and 100 dialects. Pushes valuable information to 25Lakhs farmers a day. Served as President of Atlanta and San Diego Chapters for the Association for India's Development (AID). AID received Times of India Social Impact award in 2011 from the Prime Minister. Earlier in his career, as President of CDC Software (world's 12th largest enterprise software company) South & Southeast Asia, managed sales and India Engineering Centre of Excellence. During the 16 years tenure, grew from Systems Engineer to President and involved in growing the company from $50M to $400M with ups and downs. At the age of 35, youngest executive to be given country head responsibilities. Intrapreneurial culture that he inculcated made the company to be shortlisted for prestigious NExT Practices Award for "Promoting Innovation & Entrepreneurship" by NASSCOM. Currently residing in Bangalore, Naga holds a B.E. degree from Thiagarajar College of Engineering, India and an MBA degree from the San Diego/Kennesaw State University, United States.A research executive with over 25 years experience in industry and academia. Her interest area is: Enhanced delivery of social impact through international business. As a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at mediaX at Stanford University, she is a coach and mentor to entrepreneurs. She was also a Senior Research Fellow at The Digital Vision Program where she studied barriers and enablers for over 100 early stage social entrepreneurs in residence at Stanford University. Prior to that, she was Director, Strategic Planner and Founder at Hewlett Packard Labs of the Imaging Systems Lab, which delivered product ideas and advanced research for Hewlett Packard’s flagship printing, imaging and multi-media businesses.Raju is the Founder and CEO of Sierra Atlantic, a company that grew to be a best-in-class global services company over a period of 17 years. Under his leadership, Sierra Atlantic grew from a startup to over 2400 employees with operations in several countries and was consistently ranked amongst the best managed companies including the top 75 most admired companies in Silicon Valley, Top 25 great places to work in India and Top 10 best employers in South China.Sierra Atlantic was acquired by Hitachi Consulting in December 2010 and it is the largest ever acquisition by Hitachi Consulting to date. Prior to founding Sierra Atlantic in 1993, Raju spent 10 years at Intel in software development, marketing, and general management.Raju currently serves on the board of Hitachi Consulting and GharPay, a fast growing consumer internet company based in India. Raju is active in not-for-profit initiatives and is currently Chairman of BITSAA Intl, the alumni body of BITS Pilani, India’s #1 private university. He enjoys working with young entrepreneurs in a mentorship role and was instrumental in starting the TiE Chapter in Hyderabad. Raju also serves on the Board of India Community Center in Milpitas, CA. He previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Puente, a Wharton School non-profit program which helped under privileged communities worldwide gain access to technology. In November 2011, Raju was awarded the Pratham USA 'Glory of India' award for entrepreneurship and philanthropy. He also co-founded SIPA (Silicon Valley Indian Professional Association) in 1987. Raju holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and electronics engineering from BITS Pilani and a Master of Science degree in computer science from Virginia Tech.Ranjani Saigal is the co-chair for the TIE Boston Social Enterprise special interest group. As co-chair for TIE-SE, she serves as a mentor and provides support to many social enterprises. She has organized over forty events focused on Social Enterprise including three annual conferences including a recent one held at MIT. She works as a Senior Educational Technologist at MIT and has published several papers in the field of Digital Library and teaching with technology.A very active member of the Indian American community in New England, she is the founder and editor of one the most popular e-magazine Lokvani. Founded in 2001, Lokvani.com has over 45,000 subscribers, and has extensively covered key events and featured leading members of the community. A well trained dancer, she has created several productions, which she used to help raise funds for a variety of charitable causes. She is also actively involved with the IIT Alumni network and helped organize two Pan IIT conferences. She received her B. Tech from IIT Bombay and her Masters from University of Massachusetts.Anand Shah is responsible for identifying partnerships, new business areas, investment opportunities, and high-visibility ventures for BMW Group on issues that have direct impact on the future of the automotive industry and the future of cities. He has previously worked with Audi AG on social innovation projects that leverage Audi's core competencies to have social impact on water availability in India and on the ability for urban residents in the US to directly participate in renewable energy production. His previous role in private equity was identifying new growth areas and India entry strategy for international acquisitions in big data, defense (autonomous vehicles), and energy/water for IndUS Growth Partners, an affiliate of the Piramal Group with $2b in deployable capital. Founder of Sarvajal, one of Fast Company's 10 most innovative companies in India for 2013, and Indicorps, awarded the Gujarat Garima award by India's prime minister in 2003. He is known as a social innovator who has played a significant leadership role in India's modern public service / volunteerism movement, supporting India's social enterprise sector, encouraging the rise of several high-profile new university projects, and as an innovator in drinking water solutions for rural and urban communities. He has a broad experience in starting, building, and leading ventures with a fundamental commitment to significant social or environmental impact. He holds several patents in drinking water distribution technologies. He has venture and personal coverage in The New York Times, Washington Post, Fast Company, the Economist, Forbes, Mint, Demand, in Habitat, India Abroad, India West, the Times of India, the Indian Express, Business India, SciDev, etc. He is also a recognized public speaker on authentic leadership, social enterprise/innovation, education innovation, and bottom-of-the pyramid solutions. He is a TED Fellow, and a fellow of the Aspen Institute's Global Leadership Network.