A mentor is an expert with considerable experience in their domain and will personally be a friend, philosopher and guide to the fellow in his/her journey. They help the fellows regularly on personal progress and development. We are lucky to be supported by our advisors who are extremely passionate towards exposing young people to social issues that India is facing and involving them in nation building. Click on image to view LinkedIn profile.
Dr. Nachiket Mor is the inspiration behind the India Fellow program. He was the Chairman of the ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth and the leading force behind the ICICI Fellows program. He quit ICICI Foundation to start SughaVazhvu, a rural healthcare initiative. Currently he is designing national and regional health systems. Prior to this, he served as the Board Chair of CARE India and a member of Board of Reserve Bank of India and CRISIL. He was also heading the Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation in India.
Dr. Rajeshwar Mishra is a social psychologist, started his career with the A. N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies and then assumed an international assignment leading an Indo-Dutch project – North Bengal Terai Development, where he spent long years before establishing Center for the Development of Human Initiatives (CDHI), which he continues to mentor and nurture. His interests lie in field based action research through participatory pedagogy. He has worked as a consultant and adviser to many international organisations (bilateral, multilateral and NGOs). Being a prolific author, he has published several books, articles, proposals etc.
Manali Shah, is a facilitator of Meaningful Meetings & Participatory Strategy. She has worked with various organizations including BullzI Inc, AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit, GIVE Network (Voluntary Services Overseas) and Sir Ratan Tata Trust. In her own words ‘my focus in every engagement is to create and sustain alignment within the group about the larger purpose, the values, the vision, stakeholder participation and overall process management’.
Tejinder Bhogal, is the co-founder of Innobridge Consulting Pvt Co, Dean-Social Development, ISABS (Indian Society for Applied Behavioral Sciences) and a Lead-India fellow. An IRMA alum, for the first 15 years he worked at the grassroots – in the areas of micro-irrigation and social-forestry as a team leader with PRADAN. For last 16 years, he has worked as a consultant and trainer in organizational effectiveness and human resource development with over 70 NGOs, donors and govt. programs. He is the co-author of Human Resource Strategies to Build Effective Institutions for the Poor: A Policy Maker’s Guide.
Mohit Satyanand is a multi-potentialite. After an M.A. from Delhi School of Economics, he joined Hindustan Lever, establishing India’s first snack food brand, Crax. From 1981-89, he was with Theater Action Group (TAG), where he acted, handled sound and light design and the business end. Since 2009, he is with the theatre group, Wide Aisle. In 1990, he co-founded Teamwork Films that focuses on performing arts, and produces several arts festivals, including the Jaipur Literary Festival. Mohit is consulting editor, Outlook Money, where he oversees the magazine’s coverage of the equity sector. Mountain-lover and life-long trekker, recently taken to half-marathons and angel investing.
Rukmini Datta has worked for 20 years on issues of human development and social change, spanning a large spectrum. She has anchored implementation projects in both, rural and urban, non-government organisations, and independently created and executed support agendas at the country’s oldest and largest, private philanthropy, The Tata Trusts. She has worked with the Corporate Social Responsibility team of a leading pharmaceutical company. Rukmini is currently working with Start Up! on incubation and impact acceleration of social ventures in the non-profit sector.
Venkat Krishnan is the founder of Give India and Daan Utsav. He graduated from IIM-A in 1993 and started working at “The Times of India” in various corporate and brand management functions. He then helped set up Sony Entertainment Television. In 1996, he co-founded Eklavya School, Ahmedabad. Educational Initiatives, a socially oriented education company in 2001. Parallely Venkat setup GiveIndia, to strengthen the “giving culture” in India by providing donors high standards of transparency and accountability. Since 2009, Venkat has been involved in evangelising the Daan Utsav.
Sachin Sachdeva is director, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, India since 2011. He was previously with the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust where he was responsible for making grants under the health portfolio. He set up ARAVALI, a development support organisation for the Government of Rajasthan in 1997 and was its executive director for over 9 years. He also worked in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2005 for the Aga Khan Foundation. Sachin is the founder of the Gramin Shiksha Kendra an organisation working on education and development in Rajasthan. He is a graduate of the Institute of Rural Management, Anand.
Ajit Kanitkar is a consultant for Tata Education and Development Trust and a member of the research team at Centre for Development and Research at VikasAnvesh in Pune. Prior to this, he was program officer at Ford Foundation India, and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, both in New Delhi. He taught at Institute of Rural Management, Anand, and is also an alumina of the same.
Bindu Ananth is the President of IFMR Trust and chairs the Boards of IFMR Capital and Finance Foundation. She was head of the new product development team within the ICICI Rural Banking Group. She has masters degrees from the Institute of Rural Management (IRMA) and John. F. Kennedy School of Government. She is a Fellow of the Global Economic Society and a Member of the Product Advisory Group of CGAP, FICCI Taskforce on Financial Inclusion and RBI Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services.
V K Madhavan is head of WaterAid – India. He is a leading water historian and ethnographer. He has been the managing director at A4e India Pvt. Ltd. and worked as executive director of Chirag in the Himalayan ranges on diverse areas including spring recharges. There he led a team of 150 people seeking to improve the quality of life of the rural poor. Madhavan has also worked with The Hunger Project and Action Aid in the past. He is an alum of the Jawaharlal Nehru Vishwavidyalaya with a masters degree in politics.
Mihir Mathur is the founder director of DESTA Research LLP a research and consulting firm specializing in applications of systems thinking and dynamics modeling with an aim to develop systemic solutions. His expertise is in systems thinking, system dynamics modeling, group model building, climate change adaptation and natural resource management. Mihir began his career in banking and stock markets, and moved into the world of sustainability in 2009. He worked in the climate change adaptation programme of Watershed Organisation Trust, before moving to TERI. He has written book chapters, journal papers and presented his work in several conferences worldwide.
Rajiv Khandelwal is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Aajeevika Bureau. Over the course of his 30 year career, he has held leadership roles in a range of non-profit organisations, implementing programmes, conducting research and providing advice and guidance to NGOs, donors and government in Rajasthan. The idea of Aajeevika Bureau took seed at the time when he saw a significant change in livelihoods from farming to wage labour. He is an IRMA (Institute of Rural Management, Anand) alum and was named an Ashoka Fellow (2005) and India Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2010).
Vivek Joshi is the Co-Founder of Cashrelief, a ‘direct cash transfer to the ultra poor’ pilot intervention in India. Long before the eCommerce sector began to flourish, Vivek Joshi with his background in engineering and management studies went on to co-found a Business to Business e-commerce marketplace called Go For World Business. After a successful tryst with enterprise, he has been actively involved in investing and mentoring start-ups across domains via his StartupFundas. He enjoys to work with passionate and motivated entrepreneurs especially in early stages of an enterprise.
Inir Pinheiro is the Co-Founder at Grassroutes where his aim is to trigger a more conscientious society through rural engagements. He is a social entrepreneur involved in experiential learning programs and responsible tourism. Inir has been recognized amongst 50 social entrepreneurs changing India by Outlook Business, and has been awarded the Karamveer Puraskar for Social Justice and Citizen Action in 2008 by ICONGO & Kemka Foundation. A true believer, dreamer and nurturer. He is friendly to everyone except the camera.
Shalabh Sahai, Co-Founder of iVolunteer is an Institute of Rural Management (IRMA) alumni. iVolunteer was born as the first and only one of its kind in India, a social enterprise that promotes volunteering for indians as well as foreign nationals. He founded JobsForGood in 2007, with a clear objective of enabling social enterprises to leverage human capital towards their mission. His next intra-venture was the iVolunteer Awards in 2012, that aims to ‘inspire by example’. Having run 4 editions, it is the country’s largest awards celebrating the spirit of volunteerism.
Harsh Lohit is a full time organic farmer in Mangar village of Faridabad, Haryana since 8 years now. Prior to that, he founded software services firm TechSpan which merged with Headstrong in 2003 and later got acquired by Genpact. His farm, Aman Bagh, reclaims a time when land was so much more than another form of capital, fiercely protected as the foundation of a way of life. He uses the peasants ancestral, artisanal methods to maintain healthy soil, produces healthy food, and builds health in his farm animals and people around.