Sanjay Kadaveru - Founder & PresidentSanjay 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.Hemanth has 30 years of experience in Industry, primarily with startups . Beginning his career with Philips India, he became a member of Tata Administrative Service in 1983. At Tata Tea Limited, he was part of the team that turned around the loss making packet tea division. He joined Tea Telecom Limited as its first employee and also served as the the Chief Operating Officer, Tata Advanced Materials Limited for ten years. He is currently working as a business consultant with startups and also teaches foreign students at Christ University.Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee is widely acclaimed as the Father of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in India. He was instrumental in framing and issuing the CSR guidelines for Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) in April, 2010. Thereafter, he played a major role in the inclusion of Section 135 in the Companies Act of 2013 and in the framing of the rules thereafter. As the DG & CEO of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), under the aegis of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India, he spearheaded the National Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility (NFCSR). Here, Dr. Chatterjee also helped to shape the contours of the subject of Corporate Affairs and prepared strategies for capacity development, knowledge dissemination and quality research. He has spoken and lectured on the subject of CSR at a very large number of National and International fora over the last five years and is acknowledged as the primary force for bringing a new paradigm to the realm of CSR and providing it with an innovative and strategic vision. Dr. Chatterjee is also a widely acclaimed management practitioner, theorist and teacher. He has written and lectured over many years on issues of social and sustainable development, corporate responsibility and human resources. He was invited to deliver the prestigious Darbari Seth Memorial Lecture by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in August, 2012 and is a member of the TERI Advisory Board. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1975 and has held many distinguished positions. In 2008-09, he was Principal Adviser in the Planning Commission. Here he was deeply involved with a number of micro and macro-economic measures. He was also a part of the team responsible for shaping India’s response to the global economic crisis of 2009. Thereafter, he held the position of Secretary to the Govt. of India in the Deptt. Of Public Enterprises. Dr. Chatterjee has most recently authored his latest Book entitled “Sustainable Futures - Imperatives For Managing The Social Agenda”. In this book, Dr.Chatterjee shows how governments, corporates and civil society organizations can synergize their efforts to build a whole new paradigm of development that is sustainable, humanistic and inclusive.Hiranmay co-founded techpedia which showcases & support innovations across universities in the public domain, building a strong innovation culture involving youth. Mahanta is passionate about developing and harnessing inclusive innovation and start-up ecosystems, creating sustainable innovation-driven enterprises. He has been instrumental in conceiving & deploying youth-centric innovation, and helping state governments and universities shape and deploy policies. He acts as honorary director of GTU Innovation Council and Student Start-up Support System. For building Gujarat’s start-up ecosystem, GTU awarded him a Gold Medal. He was nominated to contribute to a dozen Technology Business Incubators to support young start-ups and acts as a member of AICTE Start-up Policy Committee .Anil is founder of Vriksh Advisors, a finance and management advisory firm. He has over 30 years of work experience. In his last job, Anil was Director Finance for Ireo, a foreign PE and a real estate developer. Prior to that, he worked as CFO at Punj Lloyd; CFO for Bunge Agribusiness India; VP (Group Finance/ M&A) RPG Group; Country Treasurer and Head Capital Markets for Cargill India and AVP, Reliance Capital. Anil graduated as a science student and later pursued CA, MBA and CFA.Uday Lakkar is the founder of Zocalo.in, an online marketplace in the real estate space in India. His background has been primarily in the private equity investing and consulting space in India. He has more than 7 years of diverse functional and industry experience across organizations like Morgan Stanley, McKinsey, Network18 Group and IREO Real Estate Private Equity. Uday earned his management education from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, prior to which he had obtained professional certifications as a Chartered Accountant (ICAI) and Company Secretary (ICSI), with merit-list ranks in both. He hails from the City of Joy, Kolkata and has done his undergrad in B.Com(H) from St.Xavier's College, Kolkata. Uday is passionate about cooking and traveling, besides being feeling closely about social entrepreneurship ecosystem and socially impactful ventures particularly in India.Ramkumar believes, Business without social impact and Education without innovation is not complete. That brings him to his role as Project and Operations Manager-Consultant. Ram has over 8 Years of Experience with a mix of local of international exposure. Previously he was the Consultant & Program leader of “Champions for Change” , A program designed to develop leadership skills among students and make them get involved in real world problem solving, developed as part of his Graduate entrepreneurship scheme at University of Leicester . As a student of MBA at University of Leicester, He initiated the concept of student led - Quality circle program .With successful launch of the program , he has established a social enterprise to link grass roots social activities with United Nations and made it a partner with United Nations. He also got Nominated for University of Leicester student Awards under volunteering category and received the "Most Dedicated "Award for initiating and Leading Green impact & Carbon foot printing projects, following this He was Nominated for AMBA (Association of MBAs - Student of the year Award) Student of the year award . Ram was one of the 10 graduates sponsored by University of Leicester for Tier1 skilled candidate visa and was also an Enterprise Inc Fellow (A program supported by European Union Regional Fund to develop enterprising skills among emerging leaders). Prior going to UK, Ram started his journey as a Teacher Apprentice in TVS Educational Research and development centre and moved to software field during which He was also Vice President of a local Youth chapter of an environmental NGO. Ramkumar has a Bachelors Degree in Maths’, MCA from Thiagrajar College of Engineering, Anna University, MBA from University of Leicester UK and an M.Sc in Value EducationProfessionally an architect with a master in management from XLRI, Jamshedpur; Meenakshi has had 13 years of rich and varied experience in various MNCs entailing design, management, co-ordination, business development and sales. She has panache in writing and a strong inclination towards social causes. She has volunteered as creating awareness amongst masses while using the platform of her mother’s school in Dehradun. She has a strong drive to dedicate herself completely towards social causes and be a part of bringing positive change amongst people.