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As a psychology student, Deepti has always been inspired by people and their potential. After studying business at Wharton, she pursued her fascination with how people engage in organizations as a consultant at Katzenbach Partners in New York. She eventually combined this interest with her commitment to social change when she joined Acumen Fund and designed the Global Fellows Program. After setting up Escuela Nueva in India, she returned to the Kennedy School at Harvard to understand how communities can play a larger role in solving development problems. She returned to India to set up Haiyya because of belief in people’s desire to create change and the potential of community organizing to support people in finding their own power. She is a TED Fellow, an Aspen Institute Ideas Scholar, and serves on the board of the Leading Change Network, a network of hundreds of organizers that serves as a platform for community organizing across the world.
Through Haiyya, Deepti has experienced the power of connection and information in building citizen’s power and she is excited to use this experience to contribute to how Facebook engages with low-income communities and also learn how large scale communication platforms can be leveraged to build political power for the otherwise unheard. Deepti is working with the newly launched platform of Facebook, Internet.org. After leading Haiyya for the last two years, she transitioned the leadership of the organization into the hands and hearts of a local leadership team.
The Founder and Managing Director of netCORE Solutions has been one of Mumbai's most well-established entrepreneurs. Rajesh is an Electrical Engineer, having graduated from IIT Bombay in 1988. He did his MS (Electrical Engineering) from Columbia University, New York and returned to India in 1992 to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams.
One of Rajesh's early ventures, IndiaWorld Communications, launched in 1995 was acquired by Satyam Infoway in November 1999 for US$ 115 million in one of Asia's largest Internet deals. IndiaWorld was the largest collection of India-centric websites, comprising Samachar (news), Khel (cricket), Khoj (search) and Bawarchi (food).
He is also the Founder and Chairman of Emergic Venture Capital. Emergic has invested over $20 million of Rajesh's personal money into a dozen companies in the digital space in India and abroad. Among the investments are Novatium, which has created a $100 network computer, Rajshri Media, which runs India's largest broadband portal, and mChek, which is into mobile payments.
Rajesh is a well-known figure in the technology industry and is an invited speaker at national and international forums. He has also been featured in cover stories in both TIME and Newsweek.
This voracious reader and a frequent blogger can be seen balancing three important pillars in his life -Entrepreneurship, Family and Books. When he's not in the midst of his entrepreneurial achievements, he prefers spending time with his son.
Mr. Vallabh Bhansali is the co-founder and Chairman of Enam Financial Consultants Pvt. Ltd. Mr. Bhansali is a leading investment banker, investor, venture capitalist and Capital Markets expert of the country. He has a deep interest and understanding in many fields, besides the field of finance, such as, religion, behavioral sciences and economic development. He serves as Director of Maya Entertainment Ltd. He served as Director of AXIS Bank Limited since November 19, 2010. Mr. Bhansali received many awards and honours including the citation of Veteran Economist of the Capital Markets from the Indian Council of Business.
Marshall Ganz is a senior lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He teaches, researches, and writes on leadership, organization, and strategy in social movements, civic associations, and politics. He got his start in organizing with Cesar Chavez on the staff of the United Farm Workers, and worked there for sixteen years before becoming a trainer and organizer for political campaigns, unions and nonprofit groups. He is credited with devising the successful grassroots organizing model and training for Barack Obama’s winning 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. Marshall has a BA from Harvard College and was awarded an MPA by the Kennedy School in 1993 and completed his PhD in sociology from the Kennedy School in 2000.
Ireena Vittal is an independent strategic advisor, with significant knowledge in agriculture and urban development in India and emerging markets. Ms Vittal served as a Partner with McKinsey and Co. She is an Additional Independent Director of AXIS Bank, an Independent Director of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Limited, a Director of Wipro Ltd., an Independent Non-Executive Director at Godrej Consumer Products Limited, a Non-Executive Independent Director at The Indian Hotels Company Limited, an Independent Director of Titan Company Limited, and a Non Executive Independent Director of Tata Global Beverages Limited. She is on the global advisory board of ideo.org. She has been since August 7, 2013. She has been (formerly, Titan Industries Limited) since January 30, 2013. Ms Vittal was a founding member of the economic development practice and the global emerging-markets practice at McKinsey. She has a B.Sc. in Electronics from Osmania University and a PGDM from IIM, Calcutta.
A chartered accountant by profession, Sunil set up Hanmer MSL, one of India's largest independent multi-disciplinary communications companies offering 360 degree communications solutions to a prestigious clientele comprising over 200 top Indian conglomerates and MNCs. Sunil also founded Clea Advertising and Clea Public Relations.
S Swaminathan is the Chief Executive and Founder of IRIS. An economist trained at Yale University, USA, he served briefly as a Consultant to the World Bank in Washington DC before returning to India to first co-found a software company. He then went on to pursue a career in the media, serving in senior positions with India's leading financial daily, The Economic Times and later with the country's leading magazine, Business India. He founded IRIS in 1994. Apart from his passion for information, Swami is also passionate about cricket, and was closely involved in organizing the World Cup cricket tournaments before founding IRIS. Swami is also the Chairman of BharatiyaVidyaBhavan’s New Bombay chapter.
A product of MICA, Das began his advertising career with Enterprise Nexus followed by stints at Grey and Contract Advertising. He has worked across several global brands including P&G, Pepsi, Visa, Pizza Hut and Tesco, among others. Some of the brands he has worked closely on are Gillette, Mars Food, FedEx, BMW Mini, Cadbury's, Blackberry, GM, J&J, HomePro and Titan. He has had a long run at BBDO across offices in Asia. Five and half years back he moved to India, as the country's youngest executive creative director to start BBDO in Mumbai. Under his leadership, in the first three years itself, BBDO Mumbai, from working out of coffee shops, became one of the top 10 most creative agencies in the region. Raj is currently the Chief Creative Officer of Leo Burnett, India.
Josh has worked on electoral and community outreach campaigns in Minnesota and Chicago. In 2012, he served as the individual organizing director for Minnesotans United for All Families' Vote No campaign, managing the statewide organizing campaign, and then as deputy campaign manager for Minnesota's legislative effort to pass marriage equality. Most recently, he spent a month in Mumbai, India, helping design community organizing campaigns focused on public safety and cleaning up the electoral process.