Our

Team

We are a young and energetic team, relentless in achieving our mission.

Ashwin Mahalingam

Ashwin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at IIT-Madras. Ashwin has been involved with entrepreneurship and social enterprises for over a decade now, starting his journey with helping kick-off an internet-based company in Silicon Valley in the late 1990s. He is also on the board of the Center for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at IIT-Madras, and is a co-founder of Okapi Research and Advisory.

Bharti Gupta Ramola

Bharti Gupta Ramola was a partner at PwC during 1992-2017. She co-promoted the Basix group of Social Enterprises. She currently serves on the Boards of HDFC Life Insurance Company Ltd, SRF Ltd and Feedback Infrastructure Pvt Ltd. She is also a part of the governing body of the Lady Shriram College and Advisory Council of Transform Rural India (a Tata Trust initiative).

Dimple Gujral

Dimple, a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of professional experience, was a founder staff member of Teach For India and spent nearly a decade there as CFO. She is also a founder partner of Tatha Partners, a firm that is passionate about creating and implementing sustainable and enduring systems for startups and social enterprises. Dimple is an independent consultant to many NGOs including ISLI, Atma etc. Prior to TFI, Dimple worked in the Travel and Logistics industry in organisations like Cleartrip.com, Kuoni Travel (Indi)Pvt. Ltd, FedEx etc.

Paul Basil

Paul Basil is the Founder and former CEO of Villgro Innovations Foundation and an Ashoka Fellow. Over the last decade, Paul and Villgro have incubated hundreds of innovative enterprises. He is the co-founder & Partner of Menterra, an impact investment fund. An Ashoka fellow, Paul, is also the founder of Impact Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation (IIEF), a US-based organisation that promotes the Villgro model in other countries in Africa and South East Asia. Paul was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002 for his outstanding social entrepreneurship in setting up Villgro. He has also been conferred the Samaj Seva Bhushan Award and the Star Entrepreneur Award. A mechanical engineer by training and post-graduate in forestry management, Paul lives in Chennai, India with his family.

Ashwin Mahalingam

Ashwin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at IIT-Madras. Ashwin has been involved with entrepreneurship and social enterprises for over a decade now, starting his journey with helping kick-off an internet-based company in Silicon Valley in the late 1990s. He is also on the board of the Center for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at IIT-Madras, and is a co-founder of Okapi Research and Advisory.

Bharti Gupta Ramola

Bharti Gupta Ramola was a partner at PwC during 1992-2017. She co-promoted the Basix group of Social Enterprises. She currently serves on the Boards of HDFC Life Insurance Company Ltd, SRF Ltd and Feedback Infrastructure Pvt Ltd. She is also a part of the governing body of the Lady Shriram College and Advisory Council of Transform Rural India (a Tata Trust initiative).

Dimple Gujral

Dimple, a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of professional experience, was a founder staff member of Teach For India and spent nearly a decade there as CFO. She is also a founder partner of Tatha Partners, a firm that is passionate about creating and implementing sustainable and enduring systems for startups and social enterprises. Dimple is an independent consultant to many NGOs including ISLI, Atma etc. Prior to TFI, Dimple worked in the Travel and Logistics industry in organisations like Cleartrip.com, Kuoni Travel (Indi)Pvt. Ltd, FedEx etc.

Dr. Indumathi Nambi

Dr. Indumathi Nambi is a distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras, and a fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineers. She earned her doctorate from Clarkson University and conducted postdoctoral research, at the University of Illinois, to assess contaminants in water and soil. Dr. Indumathi’s impactful contributions also extend to areas such as Solid and Hazardous waste management, Saline Water Intrusion, Wastewater reuse for agriculture, and Lakes and Wetlands restoration. Passionate about environmental protection, she has nurtured 75 Clean Tech Startups and serves on expert committees for various government departments.

Paul Basil

Paul Basil is the Founder and former CEO of Villgro Innovations Foundation and an Ashoka Fellow. Over the last decade, Paul and Villgro have incubated hundreds of innovative enterprises. He is the co-founder & Partner of Menterra, an impact investment fund. An Ashoka fellow, Paul, is also the founder of Impact Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation (IIEF), a US-based organisation that promotes the Villgro model in other countries in Africa and South East Asia. Paul was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002 for his outstanding social entrepreneurship in setting up Villgro. He has also been conferred the Samaj Seva Bhushan Award and the Star Entrepreneur Award. A mechanical engineer by training and post-graduate in forestry management, Paul lives in Chennai, India with his family.

Ranjeev Lodha

Ranjeev Lodha, a Chartered Accountant, has over 3 decades of experience in the field of Corporate Finance. He started his corporate career with Tata Chemicals and has also worked at Mahindra and Mahindra Limited and Huhtamaki India Ltd prior to his retirement. Presently, Ranjeev serves on the Board of IVP Ltd, a Chemical company that caters to the foundry chemicals, coatings, composites & insulation resin industries. He is also associated with Tatachem Golden Jubilee Foundation, a public charitable trust, where he is responsible for the day-to-day administration, governance and execution of the activities towards the objectives of the Trust.

Sameer Mehta

Sameer Mehta, Vice Chairman of Dr. Mehta’s Hospitals is a pioneer in India’s Home Health Care Industry (IHHC), and has founded multiple ventures like Health Sensei, Arya Play and Atlas Intelligence. With prior roles as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and leadership positions at Shell and Fortune 10 firms across Asia, Europe, and the Americas, he possesses a wealth of multi-national experience. Sameer serves on numerous boards and has earned many accolades, including multiple Lifetime Achievement Awards in health, entrepreneurship, investing, and societal contributions.

Abhishek Kumar

Analyst
Climate Action

Abishek, a post-graduate of IÉSEG School of Management, France, has 3 years of experience in research and project implementation within the development and corporate sectors. He previously worked at CSRBox, managing skill development projects and impact assessments in South India. At Villgro, he works with the Climate Action team and focuses on Waste to Value & Circular Economy initiatives.

Aditi Dhamanaskar

Analyst
Market Partnerships, Healthcare

Aditi works with Villgro’s Healthcare team specializing in Market Partnerships and technology Commercialization. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in pharmacy from the University College London, UK. With over 3 years of experience in the life sciences sector, she previously worked at Novartis Switzerland, and Charles River Associates, advising pharma clients on various commercial strategy matters. Beyond work, she’s an avid traveller who recently learned to surf in Mexico and plans to obtain her scuba diving license next.

Aditi Jain

Associate Sector Lead
Inclusive Livelihoods & Entrepreneurship

Aditi, an Indian Air Force veteran, served as a squadron leader in engineering until 2020. Afterwards, she quickly realized her passion for the social sector and pursued a master’s in public policy at LSE. Passionate about climate action and gender issues, Aditi spent time in London immersing herself in formal and informal learning. Beyond her professional pursuits, she enjoys quizzing, plays the ukulele, and values staying active.

Agomoni Bose

Associate Lead
Program Partnerships

Agomoni oversees Program Partnerships & Fundraising at Villgro. Her background includes spearheading neurodiversity livelihood inclusion projects at Enable India and contributing to product strategy, market research, and business development at Spectra Agritec and Ciber Inc. She holds a Post-Graduate in Management, a B.Ed in Special Education, and a Zoology degree. Agomoni also serves as a Board Member at Diya Foundation and enjoys reading, exploring, caring for animals, and gardening in her free time.

Akshay Gode

Associate
Impact Measurement & Technology

Akshay holds a degree in Aerospace Engineering from MIT-ADT University, Pune. He has one year of internship experience at DRDO and three months of experience at Energy Alternatives India in the domain of Climate Action. He values intellectual curiosity and is eager to learn about entrepreneurship and social impact. Beyond work, he plays advanced ball badminton, enjoys traveling, and watching anime.

Ananth Aravamudan

Chief of Strategy and Sector Lead
Climate Action & Agriculture

Ananth’s career spans over two decades of technology development, product R&D and most recently, deployments of technology-driven social impact programs. He was one of the chief architects responsible for the creation of the SELCO Foundation which looks into the use of renewable energy and sustainable technologies in the fields of education, agriculture and livelihood generation. Ananth has an Engineering degree from Bangalore University and was a fellow with Said Business School, University of Oxford.

Anshu Raina

Manager
Healthcare (SRH)

Anshu, a Manager in Villgro’s Healthcare Team, holds an M.Tech in Biotechnology from D Y Patil University, Mumbai. She has previously served at the Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer, IIT-Delhi, worked in the Immunology Division of Jain Diagnostics Pvt Ltd, and interned at DBT-BIRAC. She has experience in incubation, diagnostics, and research, including projects in neurobiology and developmental biology, and has published research in collaboration with NCCS, Pune and CSIR-NCL Pune.

Anugya Patidar

Analyst
Climate-Smart Agriculture

Anugya works with the Climate-Smart Agriculture team at Villgro and holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi. Previously, she has worked on college-level projects in the theme of social entrepreneurship to empower marginalized communities.

Deshna Suryanarayan

Analyst
Climate Action

Deshna, works with the Climate Action team at Villgro. She is a graduate of Public Administration with a Diploma in Liberal Studies and brings strong academic research skills and a passion for social impact. With two years of development sector experience, including a fellowship with Goonj and internships at organizations like NIUA, WGWLO, AKRSPI, and AVPN, she has a diverse background. In her spare time, she volunteers for social causes, learns languages on Duolingo, and explores the city on her bicycle.

Devansh Peshin

Government
Public Sector Partnerships

Devansh handles Government and Public Sector partnerships at Villgro and he has also overseen incubation programs, portfolio monitoring, and funding processes. Previously, he managed Agri Udaan, a notable Food and Agribusiness Accelerator, during his tenure at a-IDEA NAARM. Devansh holds a PGDM in International Business from FORE School of Management and a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Jadavpur University. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and experimenting with food fermenting techniques.

Divya Sharma

Manager
Impact Measurement & Technology

Divya works with the Impact Measurement & Learning team at Villgro. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from Azim Premji University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Dr Chandana Jayaraj

Senior Manager
HR & OD

Dr. Chandana Jayaraj, a member of Villgro’s Human Resources team, brings extensive HR expertise. Her career spans various HR functions, including post-recruitment and employee relations at Sutherland and immigration HR at Cognizant. She served as Senior Manager and HR Generalist at the Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health and led HR as General Manager at Marlensoft. Chandana has also taught Postgraduate students at Loyola College and Madras Christian College.

Elavarasan H

Senior Executive
Accounts

Elavarasan works with the accounts and finance team at Villgro. He has more than 5 years of experience and previously worked with MaDeIT Innovation Foundation. In his free time, he enjoys watching Youtube videos and staying updated with current affairs.

Isha Dhingra

Associate
Impact Measurement & Technology

Isha works as a Portfolio Associate in the Impact Measurement and Learning Team at Villgro. She holds a Master’s degree in Biotechnology from IIT-Indore and a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Delhi. She has one year of research experience in Molecular Biology, Bioremediation and Biosensing.

Kalyani Krishna

Manager
Diversity & Inclusion

Kalyani, who manages diversity and inclusion at Villgro, started her journey as an environmental engineer. Her passion for impactful work began with the TeachforIndia Fellowship, after which, she briefly worked in the education sector. With 6 years of experience in content development and program management, she worked closely with tech and social innovators at IITM’s Rural Technology Business Incubator before joining TANSIM (StartupTN), Tamil Nadu’s nodal agency for entrepreneurship. In her free time, Kalyani enjoys reading, dancing, and mastering mandala art.

Kiran Ramaraj

Associate
Sector Lead

Kiran works with the Climate Action team at Villgro. Prior to this, he was heading the Product and Technology teams at GiveIndia, and has over a decade of experience in the retail sector, last working with Amazon India. He has also worked with Tesco, and TCS consulting through business process re-engineering, change management, and analytics.

Krati Airan

Senior Analyst
Climate Action

Krati, a Senior Analyst in Villgro’s Climate Action Team, oversees the portfolio for Sustainable Building Material startups. Previously, she worked with academic researchers, policy think tanks, and implementation organizations like CARBSE CEPT University, CPR, and SELCO Foundation. Krati is also an Urban Fellowship Program alum at IIHS and is passionate about finding a balance between environmental and development challenges.

Krithika Ramesh

Senior Analyst,
Agribusiness

Krithika’s holds a Bachelors’s degree in Commerce from Ethiraj College, Chennai. Prior to Villgro, she worked with EY GDS as an Assurance Associate and was involved in various processes of conducting Financial Statement audits.

Maithili Rege

Associate Sector Lead
Agriculture

Maithili manages the Villgro Agribusiness portfolio and investments. She has 6 years of experience in the FMCG, heavy industry and social sectors. She has worked with Hindustan Unilever and the Essar group. Following her passion for the social impact space, she joined Saahas Zero Waste, a socio-environmental start-up. She holds a BA in Economics (Hons) from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.

Manu Priyadarshi

Senior Analyst
Climate-Smart Agriculture

Manu works with the Climate-Smart Agriculture team at Villgro and holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from BITS Pilani (Goa). He previously worked in various thematic areas such as agriculture, ESG, and healthcare, and has contributed across different functional domains, including strategy, implementation, and impact assessment.

Murugan. M

Senior Executive
Accounts & Administration

Murugan’s work involves managing the office’s requirements, logistics and implementing administrative tasks.

Oshin Anna Shaji

Analyst
Healthcare (SRH)

Oshin works with Villgro’s healthcare team. Previously she worked at Khan Academy and collaborated with multiple partners including the Government of Karnataka, CmF, Swiggy, Dunzo, and HUL. She has experience as a research assistant with organizations like Polstrat, TRIFED, and FemLab by IDRC, and was part of a founding team in an ed-tech startup. Oshin holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Hyderabad Central University and enjoys exploring new bakeries, reading, and trying to play the ukulele in her free time.

Prashanth Jhalla

Senior Manager
Finance

Prashanth is a senior manager at Villgro’s Finance team. He has 6 years of experience in the NGO sector, and previously worked with Sense International India as a Manager – Finance and TB Alert India as Finance and administration Officer. In his free time, he enjoys watching cricket and playing chess.

Pratim Raha

Manager
Climate Action

Pratim, a senior manager at Villgro’s Climate Action team holds a Master’s degree in Public Systems Management, specializing in Energy, from IISWBM, Kolkata. Previously, he worked at SELCO Foundation, and has nearly six years of experience in the development sector, focusing on energy access. He is passionate about the convergence of innovation, energy, and entrepreneurship.

Purushotham S

Senior Associate
Impact Measurement & Technology

Purushotham, works at the intersection of impact measurement and technology in Villgro. He is a graduate of B.Com Honours from Christ University and has dabbled in the field of economics and excels in constructing robust processes and frameworks. Previously, he interned at a neo-banking startup and is dedicated to leveraging innovation for scalable and lasting positive change.

Radhika Ramesh

Head of Operations

Radhika Ramesh is a customer service professional with over 25 years of experience in leading and managing teams, as well as designing and implementing customer service processes and programs. She is a certified Six Sigma and TQM professional, and she is committed to quality and continuous improvement. She has worked in various countries such as Thailand, Qatar, Canada, and Monterrey, Mexico.

Roshini Muthukumar

Senior Associate
Ecosystem Development

Roshini Muthukumar works with the Ecosystem Development team at Villgro, and is a post-graduate of the National School of Journalism, Bengaluru. Previously, she worked as as journalist, writing impact stories for The Better India, CSRBOX, and worked part-time with newspapers like The Hindu, and Metroplus. Outside of work, she enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, badminton, watching stand-up comedy shows, and exploring new restaurants.

Samiksha Rele

Associate
Impact Measurement & Technology

Samiksha works in the Impact Measurement & Learning team and holds a Masters in Biotechnology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Indore

Sanam Jain

Manager
Climate Action

Sanam, an engineering graduate from Mumbai University, has a decade of experience in livelihood projects and entrepreneurship. He has keen interest in designing strategies and working with innovative startups, and previously, worked with Selco Foundation, SEWA, CoolCrop and has executed various consulting projects. On a personal note, he loves traveling, bike rides, photography and is a fitness enthusiast practicing calisthenics.

Savitha Ananth

Lead
Healthcare

Savitha handles the Healthcare Practice at Villgro. Previously, she worked with Biocon, Indian Institute of Science and Harvard University. Savitha has volunteered with Landmark Education and has managed several events funded by KBITS, the Government of Karnataka and DBT, the Government of India for biotechnology and related start-ups.

Sharun A

Manager
Program Partnerships

Sharun works with the Program Partnerships team at Villgro, and holds a Masters’s Degree in Commerce. His expertise lies in sustainability, social impact, CSR/Donor management and circular economy. He has served as the chief design officer at the Environmentalist Foundation of India and as an Senior Auditor at Ernst and Young. Sharun is also associated with the clean-up & environmental drive culture in Chennai for 12+ years and even got the opportunity to represent India at a World Cup for a litter picking sport called Spogomi in Japan.

Shashikanth Subramanya

Manager
Partnerships, Climate

Shashikanth manages market partnerships at Villgro. Previously he worked at S3IDF and managed the Agri portfolio and incubated Farmer Producer Companies in Karnataka’s diverse agro-climatic zones. Shashikanth is an enthusiastic birder and is part of the “Hakki Pukka Bird Conservation Network,” organizing Bird Festivals in rural government schools in Bangalore.

Shivang Sharma

Manager
Agriculture

Shivang manages the Agriculture sector at Villgro. He is a Chartered Accountant from Pune and has previously worked with KPMG and Rang De – a social impact startup. Shivang is passionate about social entrepreneurship and solving societal problems via innovations.

Sonal Raj

Senior Analyst
Healthcare (SRH)

Sonal is a part of the Healthcare team at Villgro and works on the portfolio for startups in Sexual and Reproductive Health. Previously, she worked with Sattva, Consult for Humanity with ZS Associates. She is a management graduate from St, Xavier’s College, Mumbai with a keen interest in social impact and last-mile innovations.

Sowmiya Santhanam

Accounts Executive
Finance

Sowmiya is an accounts executive at Villgro. Previously, she worked with Pradeep Kulkarni & Associates, IndusInd Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland. She is a passionate artist and spends her free time painting or sketching

Sreejith Narayanan

Senior Manager
Climate Action

Sreejith oversees the Powering Livelihoods Program at Villgro and is an experienced professional in Climate Action. Previously he has provided functional support to start-ups in the energy sector, and energy management consultancy to small-scale livelihood enterprises. His interests lie in Energy Management, Social Entrepreneurship, Project Management, Solar PV and Energy Storage.

Srinivas Ramanujam

Chief Executive Officer

Srinivas Ramanujam is passionate about scaling up Small Growing Businesses (SGBs) that have the potential to create impact. He brings two decades of experience across multiple sectors and networks to solve ecosystem-level issues in the sectors of healthcare, climate action, agriculture and gender inclusion and serves as an Executive Steering Committee Member at Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs. He engages closely with the Govt. of India to nurture social entrepreneurship and advocates for greater participation by commercial capital providers in this space.

Srividhya Venkataraman

Lead
Technology & Data Analytics

Srividhya leads the Technology and Data Analytics division at Villgro. She is post-graduate in Information Technology from George Mason University, USA and has worked with different organizations, leading cross-functional teams to build, launch and manage SaaS innovations for budding startups. She is passionate about product management and is always eager to learn new things. She enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and exploring different types of cultures and cuisines.

V Vigneshwaran

Senior Executive
Administration

Vignesh’s work involves managing the office’s requirements, logistics and implementing administrative tasks. He has more than 6 years of experience in HR & Admin. He holds an MBA from the University of Madras.

Vaishnavi Chandrasekar

Associate
Program Partnerships

Vaishnavi is an Associate in the Program Partnerships Team at Villgro. Previously, she worked across multiple capacities with Feeding India, the Observer Research Foundation, Teach For India, and a Lok Sabha MP’s Office. She firmly believes in the transformative power of collaboration and looks forward to expanding Villgro’s mission through forging meaningful partnerships.

Vibha Sharma Tilwalli

Lead
Impact Financing

Vibha leads Impact Financing at Villgro. She is a Chartered Accountant and a CFA from CFA Institute USA. Previously, she worked with MNCs like British Gas, and Schlumberger and social organizations such as – FWWB, Unltd India and KFI Valley School. In her free time, Vibha binge-watches television romcoms, indulges in cooking, walks and spends time with her daughters. She is an animal lover and loves gardening!

Yukta Bhatia

Analyst
Innovative Finance

Yukta works as an Analyst with the Impact Financing team. She is a Chartered Accountant and has previously worked at JP Morgan. She is passionate about social impact and has voluntarily helped two startups with financial management and fundraising projects.

Krithika Ramesh

Senior Analyst,
Agribusiness

Krithika’s holds a Bachelors’s degree in Commerce from Ethiraj College, Chennai. Prior to Villgro, she worked with EY GDS as an Assurance Associate and was involved in various processes of conducting Financial Statement audits.

Maithili Rege

Associate Sector Lead
Agriculture

Maithili manages the Villgro Agribusiness portfolio and investments. She has 6 years of experience in the FMCG, heavy industry and social sectors. She has worked with Hindustan Unilever and the Essar group. Following her passion for the social impact space, she joined Saahas Zero Waste, a socio-environmental start-up. She holds a BA in Economics (Hons) from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.

Shivang Sharma

Manager
Agriculture

Shivang manages the Agriculture sector at Villgro. He is a Chartered Accountant from Pune and has previously worked with KPMG and Rang De – a social impact startup. Shivang is passionate about social entrepreneurship and solving societal problems via innovations.

Anugya Patidar

Analyst
Climate-Smart Agriculture

Anugya works with the Climate-Smart Agriculture team at Villgro and holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi. Previously, she has worked on college-level projects in the theme of social entrepreneurship to empower marginalized communities.

Manu Priyadarshi

Senior Analyst
Climate-Smart Agriculture

Manu works with the Climate-Smart Agriculture team at Villgro and holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from BITS Pilani (Goa). He previously worked in various thematic areas such as agriculture, ESG, and healthcare, and has contributed across different functional domains, including strategy, implementation, and impact assessment.

Aditi Jain

Associate Sector Lead
Inclusive Livelihoods & Entrepreneurship

Aditi, an Indian Air Force veteran, served as a squadron leader in engineering until 2020. Afterwards, she quickly realized her passion for the social sector and pursued a master’s in public policy at LSE. Passionate about climate action and gender issues, Aditi spent time in London immersing herself in formal and informal learning. Beyond her professional pursuits, she enjoys quizzing, plays the ukulele, and values staying active.

Kalyani Krishna

Manager
Diversity & Inclusion

Kalyani, who manages diversity and inclusion at Villgro, started her journey as an environmental engineer. Her passion for impactful work began with the TeachforIndia Fellowship, after which, she briefly worked in the education sector. With 6 years of experience in content development and program management, she worked closely with tech and social innovators at IITM’s Rural Technology Business Incubator before joining TANSIM (StartupTN), Tamil Nadu’s nodal agency for entrepreneurship. In her free time, Kalyani enjoys reading, dancing, and mastering mandala art.

Anshu Raina

Manager
Healthcare (SRH)

Anshu, a Manager in Villgro’s Healthcare Team, holds an M.Tech in Biotechnology from D Y Patil University, Mumbai. She has previously served at the Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer, IIT-Delhi, worked in the Immunology Division of Jain Diagnostics Pvt Ltd, and interned at DBT-BIRAC. She has experience in incubation, diagnostics, and research, including projects in neurobiology and developmental biology, and has published research in collaboration with NCCS, Pune and CSIR-NCL Pune.

Oshin Anna Shaji

Analyst
Healthcare (SRH)

Oshin works with Villgro’s healthcare team. Previously she worked at Khan Academy and collaborated with multiple partners including the Government of Karnataka, CmF, Swiggy, Dunzo, and HUL. She has experience as a research assistant with organizations like Polstrat, TRIFED, and FemLab by IDRC, and was part of a founding team in an ed-tech startup. Oshin holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Hyderabad Central University and enjoys exploring new bakeries, reading, and trying to play the ukulele in her free time.

Savitha Ananth

Lead
Healthcare

Savitha handles the Healthcare Practice at Villgro. Previously, she worked with Biocon, Indian Institute of Science and Harvard University. Savitha has volunteered with Landmark Education and has managed several events funded by KBITS, the Government of Karnataka and DBT, the Government of India for biotechnology and related start-ups.

Sonal Raj

Senior Analyst
Healthcare (SRH)

Sonal is a part of the Healthcare team at Villgro and works on the portfolio for startups in Sexual and Reproductive Health. Previously, she worked with Sattva, Consult for Humanity with ZS Associates. She is a management graduate from St, Xavier’s College, Mumbai with a keen interest in social impact and last-mile innovations.

Abhishek Kumar

Analyst
Climate Action

Abishek, a post-graduate of IÉSEG School of Management, France, has 3 years of experience in research and project implementation within the development and corporate sectors. He previously worked at CSRBox, managing skill development projects and impact assessments in South India. At Villgro, he works with the Climate Action team and focuses on Waste to Value & Circular Economy initiatives.

Ananth Aravamudan

Chief of Strategy and Sector Lead
Climate Action & Agriculture

Ananth’s career spans over two decades of technology development, product R&D and most recently, deployments of technology-driven social impact programs. He was one of the chief architects responsible for the creation of the SELCO Foundation which looks into the use of renewable energy and sustainable technologies in the fields of education, agriculture and livelihood generation. Ananth has an Engineering degree from Bangalore University and was a fellow with Said Business School, University of Oxford.

Kiran Ramaraj

Associate
Sector Lead

Kiran works with the Climate Action team at Villgro. Prior to this, he was heading the Product and Technology teams at GiveIndia, and has over a decade of experience in the retail sector, last working with Amazon India. He has also worked with Tesco, and TCS consulting through business process re-engineering, change management, and analytics.

Krati Airan

Senior Analyst
Climate Action

Krati, a Senior Analyst in Villgro’s Climate Action Team, oversees the portfolio for Sustainable Building Material startups. Previously, she worked with academic researchers, policy think tanks, and implementation organizations like CARBSE CEPT University, CPR, and SELCO Foundation. Krati is also an Urban Fellowship Program alum at IIHS and is passionate about finding a balance between environmental and development challenges.

Pratim Raha

Manager
Climate Action

Pratim, a senior manager at Villgro’s Climate Action team holds a Master’s degree in Public Systems Management, specializing in Energy, from IISWBM, Kolkata. Previously, he worked at SELCO Foundation, and has nearly six years of experience in the development sector, focusing on energy access. He is passionate about the convergence of innovation, energy, and entrepreneurship.

Sreejith Narayanan

Senior Manager
Climate Action

Sreejith oversees the Powering Livelihoods Program at Villgro and is an experienced professional in Climate Action. Previously he has provided functional support to start-ups in the energy sector, and energy management consultancy to small-scale livelihood enterprises. His interests lie in Energy Management, Social Entrepreneurship, Project Management, Solar PV and Energy Storage.

Sanam Jain

Manager
Climate Action

Sanam, an engineering graduate from Mumbai University, has a decade of experience in livelihood projects and entrepreneurship. He has keen interest in designing strategies and working with innovative startups, and previously, worked with Selco Foundation, SEWA, CoolCrop and has executed various consulting projects. On a personal note, he loves traveling, bike rides, photography and is a fitness enthusiast practicing calisthenics.

Roshini Muthukumar

Senior Associate
Ecosystem Development

Roshini Muthukumar works with the Ecosystem Development team at Villgro, and is a post-graduate of the National School of Journalism, Bengaluru. Previously, she worked as as journalist, writing impact stories for The Better India, CSRBOX, and worked part-time with newspapers like The Hindu, and Metroplus. Outside of work, she enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, badminton, watching stand-up comedy shows, and exploring new restaurants.

Agomoni Bose

Associate Lead
Program Partnerships

Agomoni oversees Program Partnerships & Fundraising at Villgro. Her background includes spearheading neurodiversity livelihood inclusion projects at Enable India and contributing to product strategy, market research, and business development at Spectra Agritec and Ciber Inc. She holds a Post-Graduate in Management, a B.Ed in Special Education, and a Zoology degree. Agomoni also serves as a Board Member at Diya Foundation and enjoys reading, exploring, caring for animals, and gardening in her free time.

Vaishnavi Chandrasekar

Associate
Program Partnerships

Vaishnavi is an Associate in the Program Partnerships Team at Villgro. Previously, she worked across multiple capacities with Feeding India, the Observer Research Foundation, Teach For India, and a Lok Sabha MP’s Office. She firmly believes in the transformative power of collaboration and looks forward to expanding Villgro’s mission through forging meaningful partnerships.

Sharun A

Manager
Program Partnerships

Sharun works with the Program Partnerships team at Villgro, and holds a Masters’s Degree in Commerce. His expertise lies in sustainability, social impact, CSR/Donor management and circular economy. He has served as the chief design officer at the Environmentalist Foundation of India and as an Senior Auditor at Ernst and Young. Sharun is also associated with the clean-up & environmental drive culture in Chennai for 12+ years and even got the opportunity to represent India at a World Cup for a litter picking sport called Spogomi in Japan.

Devansh Peshin

Government
Public Sector Partnerships

Devansh handles Government and Public Sector partnerships at Villgro and he has also overseen incubation programs, portfolio monitoring, and funding processes. Previously, he managed Agri Udaan, a notable Food and Agribusiness Accelerator, during his tenure at a-IDEA NAARM. Devansh holds a PGDM in International Business from FORE School of Management and a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Jadavpur University. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and experimenting with food fermenting techniques.

Aditi Dhamanaskar

Analyst
Market Partnerships, Healthcare

Aditi works with Villgro’s Healthcare team specializing in Market Partnerships and technology Commercialization. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in pharmacy from the University College London, UK. With over 3 years of experience in the life sciences sector, she previously worked at Novartis Switzerland, and Charles River Associates, advising pharma clients on various commercial strategy matters. Beyond work, she’s an avid traveller who recently learned to surf in Mexico and plans to obtain her scuba diving license next.

Deshna Suryanarayan

Analyst
Climate Action

Deshna, works with the Climate Action team at Villgro. She is a graduate of Public Administration with a Diploma in Liberal Studies and brings strong academic research skills and a passion for social impact. With two years of development sector experience, including a fellowship with Goonj and internships at organizations like NIUA, WGWLO, AKRSPI, and AVPN, she has a diverse background. In her spare time, she volunteers for social causes, learns languages on Duolingo, and explores the city on her bicycle.

Shashikanth Subramanya

Manager
Partnerships, Climate

Shashikanth manages market partnerships at Villgro. Previously he worked at S3IDF and managed the Agri portfolio and incubated Farmer Producer Companies in Karnataka’s diverse agro-climatic zones. Shashikanth is an enthusiastic birder and is part of the “Hakki Pukka Bird Conservation Network,” organizing Bird Festivals in rural government schools in Bangalore.

Divya Sharma

Manager
Impact Measurement & Technology

Divya works with the Impact Measurement & Learning team at Villgro. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from Azim Premji University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Isha Dhingra

Associate
Impact Measurement & Technology

Isha works as a Portfolio Associate in the Impact Measurement and Learning Team at Villgro. She holds a Master’s degree in Biotechnology from IIT-Indore and a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Delhi. She has one year of research experience in Molecular Biology, Bioremediation and Biosensing.

Purushotham S

Senior Associate
Impact Measurement & Technology

Purushotham, works at the intersection of impact measurement and technology in Villgro. He is a graduate of B.Com Honours from Christ University and has dabbled in the field of economics and excels in constructing robust processes and frameworks. Previously, he interned at a neo-banking startup and is dedicated to leveraging innovation for scalable and lasting positive change.

Samiksha Rele

Associate
Impact Measurement & Technology

Samiksha works in the Impact Measurement & Learning team and holds a Masters in Biotechnology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Indore

Srividhya Venkataraman

Lead
Technology & Data Analytics

Srividhya leads the Technology and Data Analytics division at Villgro. She is post-graduate in Information Technology from George Mason University, USA and has worked with different organizations, leading cross-functional teams to build, launch and manage SaaS innovations for budding startups. She is passionate about product management and is always eager to learn new things. She enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and exploring different types of cultures and cuisines.

Akshay Gode

Associate
Impact Measurement & Technology

Akshay holds a degree in Aerospace Engineering from MIT-ADT University, Pune. He has one year of internship experience at DRDO and three months of experience at Energy Alternatives India in the domain of Climate Action. He values intellectual curiosity and is eager to learn about entrepreneurship and social impact. Beyond work, he plays advanced ball badminton, enjoys traveling, and watching anime.

Elavarasan H

Senior Executive
Accounts

Elavarasan works with the accounts and finance team at Villgro. He has more than 5 years of experience and previously worked with MaDeIT Innovation Foundation. In his free time, he enjoys watching Youtube videos and staying updated with current affairs.

Prashanth Jhalla

Senior Manager
Finance

Prashanth is a senior manager at Villgro’s Finance team. He has 6 years of experience in the NGO sector, and previously worked with Sense International India as a Manager – Finance and TB Alert India as Finance and administration Officer. In his free time, he enjoys watching cricket and playing chess.

Sowmiya Santhanam

Accounts Executive
Finance

Sowmiya is an accounts executive at Villgro. Previously, she worked with Pradeep Kulkarni & Associates, IndusInd Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland. She is a passionate artist and spends her free time painting or sketching

Murugan. M

Senior Executive
Accounts & Administration

Murugan’s work involves managing the office’s requirements, logistics and implementing administrative tasks.

 

V Vigneshwaran

Senior Executive
Administration

Vignesh’s work involves managing the office’s requirements, logistics and implementing administrative tasks. He has more than 6 years of experience in HR & Admin. He holds an MBA from the University of Madras.

Murugan. M

Senior Executive
Accounts & Administration

Murugan’s work involves managing the office’s requirements, logistics and implementing administrative tasks.

V Vigneshwaran

Senior Executive
Administration

Vignesh’s work involves managing the office’s requirements, logistics and implementing administrative tasks. He has more than 6 years of experience in HR & Admin. He holds an MBA from the University of Madras.

Vibha Sharma Tilwalli

Lead
Impact Financing

Vibha leads Impact Financing at Villgro. She is a Chartered Accountant and a CFA from CFA Institute USA. Previously, she worked with MNCs like British Gas, and Schlumberger and social organizations such as - FWWB, Unltd India and KFI Valley School. In her free time, Vibha binge-watches television romcoms, indulges in cooking, walks and spends time with her daughters. She is an animal lover and loves gardening!

Yukta Bhatia

Analyst
Innovative Finance

Yukta works as an Analyst with the Impact Financing team. She is a Chartered Accountant and has previously worked at JP Morgan. She is passionate about social impact and has voluntarily helped two startups with financial management and fundraising projects.

Vibha Sharma Tilwalli

Lead
Impact Financing

Vibha leads Impact Financing at Villgro. She is a Chartered Accountant and a CFA from CFA Institute USA. Previously, she worked with MNCs like British Gas, and Schlumberger and social organizations such as – FWWB, Unltd India and KFI Valley School. In her free time, Vibha binge-watches television romcoms, indulges in cooking, walks and spends time with her daughters. She is an animal lover and loves gardening!

Yukta Bhatia

Analyst
Innovative Finance

Yukta works as an Analyst with the Impact Financing team. She is a Chartered Accountant and has previously worked at JP Morgan. She is passionate about social impact and has voluntarily helped two startups with financial management and fundraising projects.

Dr Chandana Jayaraj

Senior Manager
HR & OD

Dr. Chandana Jayaraj, a member of Villgro’s Human Resources team, brings extensive HR expertise. Her career spans various HR functions, including post-recruitment and employee relations at Sutherland and immigration HR at Cognizant. She served as Senior Manager and HR Generalist at the Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health and led HR as General Manager at Marlensoft. Chandana has also taught Postgraduate students at Loyola College and Madras Christian College.

Radhika Ramesh

Head of Operations

Radhika Ramesh is a customer service professional with over 25 years of experience in leading and managing teams, as well as designing and implementing customer service processes and programs. She is a certified Six Sigma and TQM professional, and she is committed to quality and continuous improvement. She has worked in various countries such as Thailand, Qatar, Canada, and Monterrey, Mexico.

Dr. Malathi Lakshmikumaran

Dr. Malathi Lakshmikumaran has more than 30 years of experience in the field of biochemistry and Molecular Biology with expertise in plant genomics, DNA fingerprinting, and genetic transformation.

Dr. Malathi serves as an Executive Director and heads the life science group at the IP division of the firm. She is a registered patent agent and has been actively engaged in preparing, filing, and prosecuting patent applications, both in India and abroad. She mainly works on pharmaceutical, chemical, and biotechnological patent applications. She advises clients on plant variety protection and registration. She is actively involved in the area of Biodiversity and Traditional knowledge.

Dr. Malathi has successfully supervised several Ph.D. students in the area of Plant Molecular Biology. She has more than 100 publications to her credit in various International and Indian journals.

Kannan Neelakanta

Kannan has experience servicing Medical products such as Critical Care, Electro-surgical, Diagnostic Imaging and ophthalmology devices. His expertise in identifying market developments and opportunities is one of his many strong suits.

 

YS Prabhakara

Prabhakara was the General Manager/CEO in diverse Industries such as Healthcare, Life sciences and B2B. He has mentored high-performing teams, businesses, entities and scaled them up rapidly. He has worked across India, Asia, Africa and other Continents.

 

Dr. Karthikeyan Sivashanmugam

He is the Deputy Director at Vellore Institute of Technology. He established the Kairos Society & Gandhi fellowship programs and the Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Development at VIT, Vellore. He mentored students at VIT for developing an IOT based farm irrigation system and application for reducing the carbon offset in villages at free of cost for farmers.

He is currently developing an online course on Social Entrepreneurship. He is the technical advisor and mentor for various startups in sectors such as food, biopolymers, biofertilizers, nutraceuticals, 3D BioPrinting.

Divyaroop Bhatnagar

Divyaroop has 30 years of experience in Management, Sales and Marketing in the FMCG, Telecom and Entertainment sector in India, Sri Lanka and the UK. As an entrepreneur himself he runs his own consulting business.

Sanjiv Verma

Sanjiv Verma is an independent consultant and advisor, helping organisations make strategic choices, improve effectiveness and focus on talent retention and growth. He has been an independent director on the boards of a number of Multinationals including Whirlpool of India and Zoetis India Pvt. Ltd.

During 1993-2014 he held various India and Asia leadership positions in pharmaceuticals and medical devices associated with chronic disease and life threatening conditions. Over a 40+ years career spanning manufacturing, sales, marketing and general management, he has worked with leading UK and US multinationals in India as well as abroad.

Anujay Rao

Anujay has 9 years of multi-sectoral experience across India and Japan. As a design engineer in Toyota, he worked on developing innovative sustainable energy products. With a strong family background in in agriculture, Anujay set up a business of Agri equipment rental in rural Karnataka which led to him designing solutions for farm mechanisation.

He is currently the Founder/ Director of Plough to Grain Agri-design Solutions and is in the process of innovating a product for better crop sowing. With a passion to see products come to life from ideas on paper he mentors young entrepreneurs to think through and strengthen their product development process.

Dr Alka Dangash

Dr Alka works as an Advisor and a Consultant in the field of Medicinal and aromatic plants. She has 8 years of experience in planning, co-ordinating, conducting environmental surveys, ecological assessment and impact evaluation on flora and fauna, environmental audits, socio-economic health management studies. She has over 20 years of experience in maintaining data at commercial-scale to analyze its commercial feasibility.

Dr. Taslimarif Sayed

Taslimarif is the Director and COO at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), Dept. of Biotechnology, Govt. of India initiative, in Bangalore, India. He received his PhD from Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research, Germany, followed by postdoctoral training at University of California San Francisco (UCSF). He is actively involved in promoting innovation in life sciences.

Dr. Gita Arjun

Dr. Gita Arjun is the Director of Chennai’s EV Kalyani Medical Foundation and a trustee at the Jeevan Public Stem Cell Bank. She retired in 2013 after 32 years as the Director and Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at the EV Kalyani Medical Centre a 67-year-old institution dedicated to women’s health. She is the author of the best-selling Passport to a Healthy Pregnancy, first published in 2009.

Chand Das

Chand Das is an executive coach and an angel investor. He previously served as the CEO of Education & Stationery Products at ITC. With over 35 years of professional experience in building and running scaled B2B and B2C businesses in India, he continues to be passionate about angel investing & mentoring executives, business professionals and entrepreneurs with the aim of helping them succeed.

Aditya Ajmera

Aditya is the CEO of Chimco Bio-Medical Engineering Co. He has over 35 years of experience in the distribution and marketing of medical equipment and devices. He has worked with several global companies in India and overseas. Aditya enjoys exploring new business ideas, he is deeply passionate about motivating & guiding entrepreneurs. In his free time he enjoys practicing Zen meditation and traveling.

C V Murali

CV Murali is the Executive Director at Potential Genesis HR Services LLP. He is a post-graduate in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT-Bombay. He possesses three decades of experience in diverse industries, including automobiles, oil & gas, power, and EPC across various functions in leadership roles.

His key skill areas are leadership & team building, coaching & mentoring, business excellence, business risk management, supply chain management, manufacturing, audits, statistical process control, quality assurance, and safety management.

Rajnish R

Rajnish has more than 20 years of experience building global brands & companies in digital media, entertainment, pay TV and retail. Before turning into an entrepreneur, he was the Team Lead and an individual contributor in various sales and marketing roles with Microsoft, ESPN, Star Sports, Times of India, and Amul.

In 2015, with support from leading Indian philanthropists, he launched Independent and Public-Spirited Media Foundation, and in 2009, he co-founded Shufflr.tv, an Intel Capital funded video discovery service to leverage the increasing consumption of online videos on smart devices.

Dharm Chaturvedi

Dharm is an agribusiness professional (core area, fish, meat & frozen foods) with about two decades of professional experience in setting up & scaling businesses. He is a Fisheries Graduate from GB Pant University of Agri & Tech, Pantnagar and PGDM from IMT, Ghaziabad. He has been associated with Spencer’s, Walmart, Carrefour, Reliance, etc and helped KPMG, BCG, Bain and a few state governments along with many startups.

Shalu Mitruka

Shalu is the co-founder of ‘GrowthPal’. GrowthPal is streamlining engagement between startups and corporates through the use of a technology stack. Previously she worked with Monitor Deloitte as a Healthcare and Life Sciences Strategy & Operations Consultant followed by her stint with MindTickle as a Business Strategy and Sales Operations manager. She pursued her MBA from IIM Lucknow and bachelors from IIT Kharagpur.

She enjoys working as an independent consultant for innovative life sciences and medical devices start-ups in India. Her skills include GTM design, pricing strategy, market research, competitive landscape assessment, primary and secondary research, pricing guidelines, story-telling, financial model assessment, benchmarking, ‘market sizing’ & segmentation, stakeholder mapping and customer buying journey assessments.

Dr. Malathi Lakshmikumaran

Dr. Malathi Lakshmikumaran has more than 30 years of experience in the field of biochemistry and Molecular Biology with expertise in plant genomics, DNA fingerprinting, and genetic transformation. Dr. Malathi serves as an Executive Director and heads the life science group at the IP division of the firm. She is a registered patent agent and has been actively engaged in preparing, filing, and prosecuting patent applications, both in India and abroad. She mainly works on pharmaceutical, chemical, and biotechnological patent applications. She advises clients on plant variety protection and registration. She is actively involved in the area of Biodiversity and Traditional knowledge. Dr. Malathi has successfully supervised several Ph.D. students in the area of Plant Molecular Biology. She has more than 100 publications to her credit in various International and Indian journals.

Kannan Neelakanta

Kannan has experience servicing Medical products such as Critical Care, Electro-surgical, Diagnostic Imaging and ophthalmology devices. His expertise in identifying market developments and opportunities is one of his many strong suits.

YS Prabhakara

Prabhakara was the General Manager/CEO in diverse Industries such as Healthcare, Life sciences and B2B. He has mentored high-performing teams, businesses, entities and scaled them up rapidly. He has worked across India, Asia, Africa and other Continents.

Dr. Karthikeyan Sivashanmugam

Divyaroop has 30 years of experience in Management, Sales and Marketing in the FMCG, Telecom and Entertainment sector in India, Sri Lanka and the UK. As an entrepreneur himself he runs his own consulting business.

Divyaroop Bhatnagar

Divyaroop has 30 years of experience in Management, Sales and Marketing in the FMCG, Telecom and Entertainment sector in India, Sri Lanka and the UK. As an entrepreneur himself he runs his own consulting business.

Sanjiv Verma

Sanjiv Verma is an independent consultant and advisor, helping organisations make strategic choices, improve effectiveness and focus on talent retention and growth. He has been an independent director on the boards of a number of Multinationals including Whirlpool of India and Zoetis India Pvt. Ltd. During 1993-2014 he held various India and Asia leadership positions in pharmaceuticals and medical devices associated with chronic disease and life threatening conditions. Over a 40+ years career spanning manufacturing, sales, marketing and general management, he has worked with leading UK and US multinationals in India as well as abroad.

Anujay Rao

Anujay has 9 years of multi-sectoral experience across India and Japan. As a design engineer in Toyota, he worked on developing innovative sustainable energy products. With a strong family background in in agriculture, Anujay set up a business of Agri equipment rental in rural Karnataka which led to him designing solutions for farm mechanisation.

Dr Alka Dangash

Dr Alka works as an Advisor and a Consultant in the field of Medicinal and aromatic plants. She has 8 years of experience in planning, co-ordinating, conducting environmental surveys, ecological assessment and impact evaluation on flora and fauna, environmental audits, socio-economic health management studies. She has over 20 years of experience in maintaining data at commercial-scale to analyze its commercial feasibility.

Dr. Taslimarif Sayed

Taslimarif is the Director and COO at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), Dept. of Biotechnology, Govt. of India initiative, in Bangalore, India. He received his PhD from Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research, Germany, followed by postdoctoral training at University of California San Francisco (UCSF). He is actively involved in promoting innovation in life sciences.

Dr. Gita Arjun

Dr. Gita Arjun is the Director of Chennai’s EV Kalyani Medical Foundation and a trustee at the Jeevan Public Stem Cell Bank. She retired in 2013 after 32 years as the Director and Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at the EV Kalyani Medical Centre a 67-year-old institution dedicated to women’s health. She is the author of the best-selling Passport to a Healthy Pregnancy, first published in 2009.

Chand Das

Chand Das is an executive coach and an angel investor. He previously served as the CEO of Education & Stationery Products at ITC. With over 35 years of professional experience in building and running scaled B2B and B2C businesses in India, he continues to be passionate about angel investing & mentoring executives, business professionals and entrepreneurs with the aim of helping them succeed.

Aditya Ajmera

Aditya is the CEO of Chimco Bio-Medical Engineering Co. He has over 35 years of experience in the distribution and marketing of medical equipment and devices. He has worked with several global companies in India and overseas. Aditya enjoys exploring new business ideas, he is deeply passionate about motivating & guiding entrepreneurs. In his free time he enjoys practicing Zen meditation and traveling.

C V Murali

CV Murali is the Executive Director at Potential Genesis HR Services LLP. He is a post-graduate in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT-Bombay. He possesses three decades of experience in diverse industries, including automobiles, oil & gas, power, and EPC across various functions in leadership roles. His key skill areas are leadership & team building, coaching & mentoring, business excellence, business risk management, supply chain management, manufacturing, audits, statistical process control, quality assurance, and safety management.

Rajnish R

Rajnish has more than 20 years of experience building global brands & companies in digital media, entertainment, pay TV and retail. Before turning into an entrepreneur, he was the Team Lead and an individual contributor in various sales and marketing roles with Microsoft, ESPN, Star Sports, Times of India, and Amul. In 2015, with support from leading Indian philanthropists, he launched Independent and Public-Spirited Media Foundation, and in 2009, he co-founded Shufflr.tv, an Intel Capital funded video discovery service to leverage the increasing consumption of online videos on smart devices.

Dharm Chaturvedi

Dharm is an agribusiness professional (core area, fish, meat & frozen foods) with about two decades of professional experience in setting up & scaling businesses. He is a Fisheries Graduate from GB Pant University of Agri & Tech, Pantnagar and PGDM from IMT, Ghaziabad. He has been associated with Spencer’s, Walmart, Carrefour, Reliance, etc and helped KPMG, BCG, Bain and a few state governments along with many startups.

Shalu Mitruka

Shalu is the co-founder of ‘GrowthPal’. GrowthPal is streamlining engagement between startups and corporates through the use of a technology stack. Previously she worked with Monitor Deloitte as a Healthcare and Life Sciences Strategy & Operations Consultant followed by her stint with MindTickle as a Business Strategy and Sales Operations manager. She pursued her MBA from IIM Lucknow and bachelors from IIT Kharagpur.

Jenaan Lilani

Jenaan is a development practitioner with over 14 years of experience working with for-profit and non-profit social enterprises. At Villgro, she oversees Strategic Partnerships, Diversity & Inclusion, Impact Measurement & Learning, and Organization Development. Prior to Villgro, she helped develop CSR strategies for medium to large businesses. She spent the formative years of her career working in public health towards HIV/AIDS prevention amongst high-risk groups, and improving sexual and reproductive health outcomes for commercial sex workers and women in urban-slum settlements. Jenaan is passionate about supporting the economic resilience of minority communities and is an Advisor to young Muslim women through the LedBy Foundation. She is also an Advisor on AVPN’s Youth Opportunities Platform where she mentors young entrepreneurs across Asia.

Mukul Bagga

Mukul is the Managing Director of Quest Diagnostics, India. He has over two decades of experience in the healthcare industry, with special expertise in launching new super specialty divisions like Oncology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology and Respiratory Medicine which serve as launch platforms for first in class or Biotechnology products.

He has successfully created innovative business models to establish high value patented molecules & biotechnology products in the market, by partnering with healthcare stakeholders such as hospitals and insurance companies. He is passionate about sharing his experiences with young professionals, and since 2004, has been a visiting faculty at several institutions in Mumbai and Pune for their Pharmaceutical Management and Biotechnology Management programs.

Jenaan Lilani

Jenaan is a development practitioner with over 14 years of experience working with for-profit and non-profit social enterprises. She helped develop CSR strategies for medium to large businesses and spent the formative years of her career working in public health. She is an Advisor to young Muslim women through the LedBy Foundation, and is also an Advisor on AVPN’s Youth Opportunities Platform where she mentors young entrepreneurs across Asia.

Mukul Bagga

Mukul is the Managing Director of Quest Diagnostics, India. He has over two decades of experience in the healthcare industry, with special expertise in launching new super specialty divisions like Oncology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology and Respiratory Medicine which serve as launch platforms for first in class or Biotechnology products. He has successfully created innovative business models to establish high value patented molecules & biotechnology products in the market, by partnering with healthcare stakeholders such as hospitals and insurance companies. He is passionate about sharing his experiences with young professionals, and since 2004, has been a visiting faculty at several institutions in Mumbai and Pune for their Pharmaceutical Management and Biotechnology Management programs.
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