Our Global Network

Adam Purvis

Dark Matter Laboratories

Location : United Kingdom

Mr. Adam Purvis is the Co-Founder Director of Power of Youth (PoY). Power of Youth helps in creating opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors to connect, do business, learn and grow. Adam is also prj-Scotland at Dark Matter Labs, who are a strategic discovery, design and development lab working to transition society in response to technological revolution and climate breakdown.

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Ajay Muttreja

Self Employed

Location : India

Mr. Ajay Muttreja is a start-up advisor and mentor, with 38 years of management experience in entry strategy consulting, cross-border public and private sector partnership development, business transformation and complex technology transfers. He is currently a jury member of and an advisor to prestigious forums, incubation programs and startup organizations including Startup India, Millennium Alliance Social Innovation Awards, Plugin (IIT Mumbai + Intel), IC2 (University of Texas, Austin), FICCI International and iHub. Prior to this he served as CEO and Board Member at Tecnova India. He also worked as an Industrial Advisor to the Royal Kingdom of Bhutan for over 2 years, during which time he collaborated with the Minster of Trade, Industry and Mines to draft Bhutan’s first Industrial Policy.

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Amitabh Singh

Saksham Ventures Private Limited

Location : India

Mr. Amitabh Singh is a Chartered Accountant and a Law Graduate. In a career spanning 23 years, Amitabh held numerous leadership positions and worked in diverse areas of taxation and advisory services. He has been relationship partner on many key global clients like American Express, BMW, SAP, IBM, Coca Cola to name a few. Amitabh took an early retirement from Ernst & Young India in 2012 to pursue his interests in education, mentoring and governance. He has, since then, been the co-founder of /investor in Saksham Ventures Private Limited and Center for Examining Financial Reporting and Governance India Private Limited

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Amy Fong

FountainVest

Location : Hong Kong

Ms. Amy Fong is Chief Operating Officer at FountainVest which is one of the largest private equity funds dedicated to China. She has spent nearly two decades in financial services with institutions including JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, and Merrill Lynch, working in the US and Asia. She is an expert on Child Rights related issues and the former Chief Executive of Save the Children.

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Andrew Muirhead

Muirhead Advisory

Location : United Kingdom

Mr. Andrew Muirhead is the founder of Inspiring Scotland, a venture which was launched in January 2009 to develop innovative responses to major social challenges through the provision of money and skills. Following a successful career in banking, Mr Muirhead has been involved in the UK Philanthropic sector. He was appointed Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland in 1997. Since 2014 he has been Executive Vice Chairman at AVPN. He is now the Founder Chair of Murihead Advisory working in the social investment sector.

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Angela Chitkara

US India Corridor LLC

Location : USA

Ms. Angela Chitkara is CEO & Founder of US-India Corridor. US-India Corridor is a media strategy and public relations consultancy firm that focuses on international companies with India exposure. She has trained and worked as a television journalist for more than a decade in the United States, London, South Africa, Singapore and India, serving in various roles from a News Associate to News Editor. Since 2015, She has been a Researcher & Author in the World in 2020 Project.

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Archana Tamang

National Reconstruction Authority, Nepal

Location : Nepal

Ms. Archana Tamang is the Gender and Social Inclusion Advisor, National Reconstruction Authority, Nepal. She was Chief- Women’s Human Rights and Human Security at UNIFEM and has also been a Senior Advisor to the Government of Bangladesh. She initiated Danida, a Multi sectoral Programme on Violence against women.

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Asterid Prigel

Location : Canada

Ms. Astrid Prigel is widely recognized in Canada as the god mother of supplier diversity and inclusion. Astrid has had a distinguished career as a senior executive in Canada’s Foreign Service. For the past 20 years she has been a global thought leader in the area of gender, leadership, entrepreneurship and economic empowerment and is also the Former Executive Director of WEConnect International in Canada.

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Beroz Gazdar

Mahindra & Mahindra

Location : India

Ms. Beroz Gazdar is an advisor on sustainability to various organisations and was previously Senior Vice President Group Sustainability, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, driving the sustainability agenda the Manufacturing and Services segments. She was also the recipient of the CSO (Chief Sustainability Officer) of the Year Award for 2014 by Sustainability Outlook.

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Borbala Czkao

Ernst & Young Global

Location : United Kingdom

As a Partner of Ernst & Young Global, based in London, Ms. Borbala Czkao focuses on global and European regulatory issues and on promoting diversity and inclusiveness, both within Ernst & Young and across the wider business world. With a background in corporate finance, she has extensive experience in transaction advisory services from green field investments to privatizations, and mergers and acquisitions. From 2007- 2010, she was the Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary to the United Kingdom. Borbala Czkao is President of the Hungarian Business Leaders Forum (HBLF), which was established in 1992 by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, as a partner organization of The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum.

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Clifton Rajesh Grover

Self Employed

Location : Germany

Mr. Clifton Grover is CEO of the Kick into Life Foundation, which works with underprivileged children and youth using sport for holistic development and learning in Germany. Prior to this Clifton co-founded and managed the German entity of the Magic Bus India Foundation. He is also a Freelance Consultant & Investor in the Non-Profit sector.

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Darvin Ayre

Ayre & Associates

Location : USA

Mr. Darvin Ayre is the President of Ayre & Associates. He is a strategy and public engagement consultant, trainer and executive coach focusing his work in change acceleration and leadership development. Mr. Ayre has worked extensively in the private sector, serving as core faculty for Sun Microsystem’s Change Acceptance Process, consulted with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration on their self-directed work teams and assisted multiple organizations with strategy development.

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Don Edkins

Steps

Location : South Africa

Mr. Don Edekins is Director of STEPS International and Executive Producer of the new STEPS project “Why Poverty?” He produced the multi-awarded STEPS for the Future, a collection of 38 films from Southern Africa about life in the time of HIV/AIDS. He has also produced 10 long documentaries and 17 short films, screened by 48 broadcasters in 180 countries. He has won more than 30 international awards for his films, including an Oscar, two Peabody’s, and a Grierson; these films are now being distributed world-wide for educational outreach. He is also co-author of a book about documentary film-making, training and outreach, STEPS by STEPS.

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Dr. Melinda McDonald

IBA

Location : Thailand

Dr. Melinda McDonald is the Vice President of IBA International Development Consulting, in Bangkok, Thailand and Ottawa, Canada. She was the Deputy Regional Director with responsibility for Gender Equality on CIDA sponsored South East Asia Regional Human Rights and Rule of Law project called SEARCH. She is a partner in International Briefing Associates Inc., delivering high quality evaluations to development organizations, including AusAID, private sector and multilateral clients.

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Dr. Philip Cook

Royal Roads University

Location : Canada

Dr. Philip Cook is the founder and Executive Director of the International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD). He holds a Ph.D. in cross-cultural psychology from Queen’s University. He was a tenured Faculty at the University of Victoria and is currently an adjunct Faculty at Royal Roads University School of Leadership Studies and Doctorate in Social Sciences. Dr. Cook has worked in more than 30 countries and has supported UN Agencies, regional organizations, national governments, Indigenous peoples and various INGO and CBO’s, including youth lead organizations, in strengthening children’s rights.

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Elisa Paloschi

Eyesfull Inc.

Location : Canada

Ms. Elisa Paloschi is the founder of Eyesfull, an independent documentary production company based in Toronto, Canada dedicated to making non-fiction films with social relevance. Few of her artwork include a documentary on South India’s first female taxi driver, named as ‘Driving with Selvi’. Elisa is a prolific photographer and a firm believer in the potential of art to bring about healing. Through Odanadi, she also organized a photography workshop to help empower trafficked women in Mysore.

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Elizabeth Vazquez

WEConnect International

Location : USA

Ms. Elizabeth Vasquez is the President, CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, a corporate led non-profit that helps empower women business owners to succeed in global markets. She is a serial social entrepreneur and world leader in global supplier diversity and inclusion. Ms. Vazquez is the co-author of the book, Buying for Impact: How to Buy from Women and Change Our World. She is an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative, a member of the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership, a W20 Representative to advance G20 commitments and on the International Advisory Council for the Walmart Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative. She is also a member of the UN working on Women’s Economic Empowerment.

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George Mathew

Music for Life International, Inc.

Location : USA

Mr. George Mathew is a Singaporean-born Indian conductor, founder and Artistic Director of Music for Life International and Ubuntu-Shruti Orchestra. He has emerged as one of the leading forces in the classical music world, bringing symphonic music to focus on global humanitarian issues and crisis at the beginning of the 21st Century. Mathew is a thought leader and has spoken on music and social impact around the world at venues such as the TEDx and INK conferences, UNDP, UN Women India, UNICEF Panama, and has given the S.T. Lee Distinguished Lecture on Social Justice and Public Policy at Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg.

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Gurjit Singh Lalli

TEDxGlasgow

Location : United Kingdom

Mr. Gurjit Singh Lalli is the Founding Curator of TEDx, Glasgow and also serves as a strategic advisor at Asia Scotland Institute. He has been awarded the Business Man of the Year at the Scottish Asian Business Awards. He is also the co-founder of Power of Youth, an organization that harnesses the global energy and capital of successful young entrepreneurs to inspire and finance socially responsible development and collaboration.

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LIKKA VEHKALAHTI

IV Films Ltd / Rough Cut Service

Location : Finland

Mr. Likka Vehkalahti was a Commissioning Editor for the Finnish Broadcasting Company, YLE Documentaries. He was an Executive Producer for STEPS for the Future and one of the Series Producers for Why Democracy. He is a board member of STEPS and STEPS India. He was also involved in or supported numerous international well known documentaries like Act of Killing, Armadillo, Planet of Snails, Secrets of Tribe, Viva Les Antipodes, Five Broken Cameras and Happiness. He has been the executive producer in several productions in Asia, Middle-East and Africa. His own films include Past is Present, Amal, Inam, Naila, Man from the Shadow, Our Common Future and Tehri – Two Journeys. He has published one book about documentary filmmaking Steps by Steps, written together with Don Edkins.

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J. P. Sharma

Location : India

Prof. J. P. Sharma is a Professor of Law & Corporate Governance in the Department of Commerce and current Head- Department of Commerce. He is former Dean- Faculty of Commerce & Business at the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. In over 40 years of his academic career, he has held several academic and administrative positions. He has supervised 22 PhDs and 23 M.Phil dissertations. He has authored 15 books and around 100 research papers/articles published in several national and international journals of repute.

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Jack Sim

CLINICAI, BoP Hub, World Toilet Organization

Location : Singapore

Widely known as Mr. Toilet, Jack broke the global taboo of toilet and sanitation by bringing the agenda to global media centre-stage with his unique mix of humour and serious facts since 2001. After attaining financial independence at age of 40 as a businessman, he decided to quit the rat-race to devote the rest of his life to social work. He is also the Founder of BoP Hub and Co-Founder of CLINICAI.

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Jane Banks

CAFOD, The Science Council

Location : United Kingdom

Ms. Jane Banks has worked in the not for profit sector for over 30 years. She was voted into the Top 50 most influential fundraiser poll, in the UK, for two years running, for her work specifically in relation to payroll giving policy whilst at the British Heart Foundation where she worked on the policy strategy for fundraising at the British Heart Foundation. Jane is currently an Executive Coach in the not for profit sector, which she combines with a role at the Science Council promoting professional registration for practicing scientists and science technicians. She is also an active member of the ASOS Foundation Board.

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John Godfrey

John Godfrey and Associates

Location : New Zealand

Mr. John Godfrey is the Philanthropy and Fundraising Consultant at John Godfrey & Associates. He coaches, mentors and trains non-profits to achieve success in fundraising. His specialties are major gift fundraising, capital campaigns and business partnerships. He worked in festival and theatre management in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom before turning to fundraising. John has published a popular fundraising book: ‘Artful Major Gift Fundraising‘.

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John Mcaffery

Ireland

Mr. John Mcaffrey is a fundraising professional, presently working as a development consultant for clients such as the Vatican Museums, the Open University, Worth Abbey, Edinburgh College of Art and the Catholic Church in England and Wales. He has served as Global Development Director of the George Institute for Global Health, an international non-profit based in Sydney, Australia, with affiliate links to Oxford and Peking universities. During July 2012 – December 2013 he was Director of Fundraising for the Labour Party.

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M.N. RAO

MedRC Edutech

Location : India

Mr. M.N. RAO is Chairman of MedRC Edutech Ltd, a young company at the leading edge of ICT based medical and healthcare education. Mr Rao’s work experience covers finance and general management functions in a very diverse set of businesses and in global corporations. His last two assignments were with Siemens India and with Tata Business Support Services as MD & CEO. He has also held advisory positions with the Christian Medical Association of India and with some public health initiatives funded by major aid agencies (including US AID and CDC).

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Manmohan Malhoutra

Location : India

Mr. Manmohan Malhoutra is a former Indian Diplomat and Assistant Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations. He studied history at University of Delhi where he won a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University. Mr. Malhoutra entered the Indian Administrative Service in 1961 and between 1966 and 1974, served the office of the Indian Prime Minister as a foreign policy and environmental issue advisor to Indira Gandhi. In 1975, he became Special Assistant to the Commonwealth Secretary-General and in 1977 the Director and Head of both the Secretary-General’s Office and the International Affairs Division.

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Michael Miner

SEARCH AND IBA

Location : Thailand

Mr. Michael Miner has 27 years of experience in 102 countries and has led or been part of teams conducting evaluations of all types. He has designed monitoring and performance evaluation systems for CIDA, private and non-government development clients. He is currently based out of Bangkok, Thailand, where he served as Regional Director of SEARCH and IBA, a Southeast Asia regional human rights project. His work includes training program evaluations (Multiculturalism Canada), cultural competence analysis (Heritage Canada), as well as Workforce Diversity Audits in both government and the private sector.

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Munther A. Abdulrahman Al-Dawood

Location : United Kingdom

Mr. Munther Al-Dawood has worked with Qatar Foundation- Social Development Center, for around 11 years, as Acting Executive Director and Projects & Investment Manager. He is currently working as a consultant in corporate strategy, project management & entrepreneurship management. In addition to executive corporate management, project management and investment, his areas of expertise include business development, strategic planning, entrepreneurship support management and managing SMEs.

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Murray Culshaw

Location : India

Mr. Murray Culshaw is the co-founder and current Chairperson of India Cares Foundation; a registered non-profit which creates opportunities for non-profits to raise resources. Murray is also Chairperson of Sense India, serving people who are visually and audibly impaired. Before working as Country Director for Oxfam in India, he worked for international aid agencies including the International Labour Organisation. He has played a key role in establishing other important initiatives such as: Charities Aid Foundation and Credibility Alliance, GuideStar India and CSO Partners across India.

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Naina Batra

AVPN, GRCN and BI (Part-Time)

Location : Singapore

Ms. Naina Batra is the Chairperson & CEO at Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN). She was a member of the senior leadership team of a purpose driven unit of The Monitor Group, a leading global strategy consulting firm, aimed at catalysing markets for social change. Her experience prior to Monitor encompassed various human resource roles ranging from working with Citibank in Mumbai to KPMG’s consulting practice in Dubai. Recently, Naina has joined Bridge Institute as a Trustee and GRCN as a Board Member.

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Navaid Khan

ABC Consultants

Location : India

A highly respected and well connected management professional with over 45 years of operational and leadership experience, a thought leader in the corporate world, with a solid track record of building successful businesses organisations, transitioning family businesses to professional management, a turnaround specialist and grooming next generation of business leaders.

Mr. Navaid Khan is a B.E (Hons) in Engineering from BITS, PILANI; loves golf, traveling, and reading

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Paul Carttar

IVPC & The Bridgespan group

Location : USA

Mr. Paul Carttar is a partner and co-founder of The International Venture Philanthropy Center(IVPC) and The Bridgespan group. His work is focused on social innovation, enhancing the effectiveness of philanthropy and scaling solutions that work. Mr. Carttar has served as Director of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a priority program of the Obama Administration.

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Peter Hansen

CaixaBank

Location : Spain

A former Diplomat and India Country Head of a large international Development NGO dedicated to the educational and nutritional needs of children living in slums. Mr. Peter Hansen is today Director of international Relations at Caixa Bank in Barcelona. He started his career in PwC and subsequently worked for Alcatel, IBM and Spain Business Overseas in India, amongst others. Mr. Peter Hansen and his wife have jointly founded the NGO – Corazones de India. He was awarded the Cruz de Oficial de la Orden del Merito Civil by the King of Spain.

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Philo Alto

Asia Value Advisors

Location : Hong Kong

Mr. Philo Alto is the founder and CEO of Asia Value Advisors, a Hong Kong-based philanthropy and leadership advisory platform that seeks to inform, inspire and engage individuals and organizations to create sustainable impact. He is an ex-investment banker (Goldman Sachs and Citigroup) turned socially-motivated entrepreneur and philanthropy advisor. He recently volunteered as an Advisor in the Sustainable Finance Initiative and Shared Value Project Hong Kong.

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Piyush Tewari

SaveLIFE Foundation

Location : India

Mr. Piyush Tewari is the Founder and CEO of SaveLIFE Foundation. He is an award-winning social entrepreneur focusing on improving road safety and emergency medical care. He and has been awarded the Ashoka Fellowship, the Echoing Green Fellowship and the prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise for his work in the area of road safety and trauma care. Piyush is an empanelled speaker with The Outstanding Speakers Bureau. He is also the former member of an expert panel constituted by the Supreme Court of India to monitor road safety and emergency care across the country.

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Rahul Brahmbhatt

Day One

Location : USA

Mr. Rahul Brahmbhatt is the Co-Founder & COO of Day One working to support the next wave of entrepreneurs and builders. Rahul has been the Founding Executive Director of Magic Bus USA, he led the strategy and execution in raising more than $5m in value for education and livelihood programs in India. He completed the Indicorps Fellowship in 2009 engaging in grassroots development in rural and urban slum India. Prior to moving into the social sector, Rahul came from oil and gas, working throughout the United States, China, Hong Kong, India, and Mexico.

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Rajesh Pahwa

Financial Edge Pte Ltd

Location : Singapore

Mr. Rajesh Pahwa is one of the founding members of The Global Social Enterprise Ltd, a social enterprise for promoting and preserving their art. His passion is to create entrepreneurs, boost economy by creating social entrepreneurs, advice start-ups & early stages companies on fund raising and smooth operations during their initial stages. He is a Chartered Accountant and also holds a Master’s Degree (MBA) in Banking and Finance from Nanyang Business School, Singapore. Currently, he is based in Singapore and is the Managing Director of the boutique consulting company Financial Edge Pte. Ltd.

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Rajiv I D Mehta

KMA Group of Companies, Myanmar

Location : India

Mr. Rajiv Mehta is presently serving as General Manager – Strategic Planning at KMA Business Development Enterprise, Myanmar. He has worked for almost 30 years in development sector, specially cooperatives. He started his career as a banker in 1980 before joining International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), the world confederation of co-operatives headquartered in Geneva. He also served as the Adviser, NGOs in the European Commission.

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Ranjan Pal

Freelance Travel Writer

Location : India

Mr. Ranjan Pal is a Principal Consultant with Development Alternatives. His experience include varied activities in the development sector from being a researcher at the World Bank, a consultant at the WEFA Group and the Economist Intelligence Unit, an investment banker with Jardine Fleming and SG Securities to a leadership role at the Indian School of Business.

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Richard B Saldanha

Administrative Staff College of India

Location : India

Mr. Richard Saldhana is the former Executive Director of Blackstone India. Prior to joining Blackstone, he was Executive Director and a Member of the Board of The Times of India Group where he focused on helping build organizational capability, culture and competitiveness for its Newspapers, TV Channels, Internet, and Radio businesses. Also, he was the Chairman of Trans Maldivian Airways from 2013-17. Currently, he is a Member Court of Governers, Administrative Staff College of India and Board member and Chairman of a few prominent firms.

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Risto Venermo

Midpointed Oy

Location : Finland

Mr. Risto Venermo has 25 years backround from industry at Nokia and Outokumpu, and management consulting at EY and PwC. As consultant he has served various industries and NGO´s, privately-owned and public companies such as Fortum, Stora Enso, Bank of Finland, Amer Sports and Nokia among others. He is passionate about using information technology for multiple purposes, and hence he served lately as Chairman of the Board at Midpointed Oy, Helsinki-headquartered technology company. He also serves at the board of Chamber of Commerce’s India-section in Finland.

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Ritu Raina

HT Media

Location : India

Ms. Ritu Raina has over 23 years of experience in training and development across consumer durable and retail industry. In her current role she heads the training and development in HT Media. Prior to this she spear headed the Bharti Walmart skilling project for Walmart in India. In addition to that she was responsible for the Global Women Economic Empowerment Program to develop the strategy of sourcing from women entrepreneurs.

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Rohit Kapur

Jet HQ Asia

Location : India

Mr. Rohit Kapur is one of the most credible voices concerning Business Aviation matters amongst the global aviation community. In 2010, he started Arrow Aircraft Sales & Charters Pvt. Ltd as a Founder Director and Partner. Mr. Kapur is also the founding President for Business Aircraft Operators’ Association. Besides this, he is a member of the Civil Aviation Committee of Federation of Indian Chambers for Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). Currently, He is the President of Jet HQ Asia

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Sudeep Vyapari

Association of Controls Professionals

Location : USA

Mr. Sudeep Vyapari is the Executive Vice-President & Principal of the Association of Controls Professionals, based in Washington, DC. His professional experiences of 28 years as educator, researcher, analyst, consultant, and executive leader in academia and non-profits have shaped his transformational leadership approach. In Washington, DC he works closely with U.S. federal agencies and members of the U.S. Congress to promote energy management and sustainability policy and decision making. Sudeep has earned a doctorate in Environmental Horticulture from Kansas State University, and received an executive leadership training in sustainability.

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Mr. Tim Hartley is a Senior Partner at ImpactReady, specialising in social enterprise and building beyond-profit businesses. He has mentored and supported the growth of numerous start-up enterprises in the UK; designed and facilitated summits for entrepreneurs in India, South Africa, China and Scotland; and developed impact analysis frameworks and theories of change for NGOs in South Africa, the UK and India. He has experience developing cross-sector mentoring partnerships between business and social enterprises for EY (Ernst & Young) and the Spark homelessness project.

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Troy Stremler

Newdea Inc.

Location : USA

Mr. Troy Stremler is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Newdea, Inc. which provides the most comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation software in the social development sector. He is the visionary behind Newdea’s mission to lead and empower impact-based philanthropy. Prior to founding Newdea, Mr Stremler held diverse management and consultant roles to various businesses, most recently as the Founder and CEO of Mission Builders International.

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