Workshop & Masterclass Leaders

Workshop & Masterclass Leaders

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Priya Dasgupta

Director of Strategic Initiatives at Enterprise for a Sustainable World

Chiropriya (Priya) Dasgupta is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Enterprise for a Sustainable World. She has over seven years of experience in technology, management consulting and business development for the corporate sector and for social enterprises working with the rural and urban poor. Priya joined ESW from the World Bank where she served as a private sector development specialist.

Priya¹s experience at the BoP includes fund management and advisory services for microfinance in Africa, enterprise creation for the informal waste sector in the Philippines, Brazil and Peru, design and implementation of a pilot Ultra Poor Initiative with the largest tribal group in India, design and implementation of a Ranking System for Indigenous Groups in the Latin America and Caribbean region among others.

Priya is also the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Emergent Institute which was formed in 2011 as an ecosystem to increase the success of “green leap” ventures. Priya holds an undergraduate degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from University of Pune and an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.

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Andrea Shpak

Director of Strategic Initiatives at Enterprise for a Sustainable World Andrea Shpak (Director of BOP Global Network)

Andréa Shpak is the Director of the BoP Global Network for Enterprise for a Sustainable World. She is also the President of Global Social Impact (GSI), an indendent, non-profit organization focused on the promotion of social and sustainable enterprise in Brazil. Previously, she spearheaded an initiative at the William Davidson Institute (WDI) to expand its activities into Brazil. In this role, Andrea lead the WDI Social Enterprise activities in the country and developed relationships with corporate, governmental and NGO organizations to support WDI’s growth in the region.

Prior to joining WDI, Andrea worked for more than 10 years in leading global organizations doing business in Brazil (Credit Lyonnais, IBM and Microsoft) as an IT professional and later as a manager responsible for building relationships across a diverse set of industries. Andrea also volunteers her time with the American Red Cross in Michigan and was a recipient of their volunteer of the year award in 2006 for her key role in rolling out a new ERP system and her exhaustive work in generating local resources to support Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts.

Andrea holds a BS degree in Information Technology from Mackenzie University in São Paulo, Brazil, along with a BA degree in Design and Communication from the Panamerican de Artes, also in São Paulo. She also received her MBA degree from Eastern Michigan University in Ann Arbor, MI.

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Naveed Akbar

Head of Strategy for BRAC Enterprises

Naveed Akbar, as Head of Strategy for BRAC Enterprises, currently leads strategic and growth initiatives for 16 social enterprises of BRAC that had annual turnover of USD 175million in 2015. These enterprises include Aarong (most popular retail brand in Bangladesh- selling crafted production made by 65,000 artisans networks), BRAC Dairy (major domestic dairy processing enterprise), agricultural, health and service oriented social enterprises that engages thousands of micro and small entrepreneurs as suppliers or customers within its business operations.
Naveed joined BRAC in December 2015, with extensive experience of working with global development partners focusing on enterprise growth in various sectors. He has hands-on knowledge in developing and implementing sectoral strategies that aim at appropriate business innovations, stakeholder engagement and ensuring right eco-systems- to realize successes of inclusive markets for the micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. He has been engaged in designing and reviewing programs and strategies for agricultural, aquaculture, healthcare, tourism, ICT, food-processing, retailing, furniture and crafts sectors in South & South-East Asia, and Eastern Europe.
Naveed has educational training in Economics and Public Administration, with professional qualification for project management and business advisory services.

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Jimena Vallejos

Poverty Stoplight Coordinator at Fundación Paraguaya

Jimena Vallejos holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a diploma in Non-profit management from Washburn University in Kansas, USA. She joined Fundación Paraguaya in 2012, and has served as manager of the project “Inclusive Microfinance Opportunities” which seeks to provide financial opportunities for people with disabilities and their families, and for the past two years as Manager of the Poverty Stoplight, a methodology which aims to support families in the process of assessing and eliminating poverty around the world.

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Jack Sim

FOUNDER OF WORLD TOILET ORGANIZATION AND BOP HUB

Jack Sim is the founder of World Toilet Organization and the BoP HUB and a leading global advocate for sanitation. Formerly in the construction industry, he founded the World Toilet Organization in 2001, after attaining financial independence at age of 40, and deciding to devote the rest of his life to social work.
In 2001 World Toilet Organization (WTO) declared its founding day 19 November as World Toilet day. In 2013, 19 November was designated as UN World Toilet Day – the day is now celebrated globally each year as a day raise awareness of the need for action to end the sanitation crisis.
For ‘creating good will and bringing the subject into the open’ and ‘mobilizing national support in providing on-the-ground expertise’ Jack Sim received the Schwab Foundation award for Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001. In 2007, Jack became one of the key members to convene the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance composed of key players for sanitation. He is an Ashoka Global Fellow, and was named one of the Heroes of the Environment for 2008 by Time Magazine.
Widely known as Mr. Toilet, Jack broke the global taboo around toilets and sanitation by bringing it to centre-stage with his unique mix of humor and serious facts.

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Arunachalam Muruganantham

CEO at Jayashree Industries

Arunachalam Muruganantham is a social entrepreneur from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. He created the world’s first low-cost machine for making sanitary towels to cater to the needs of women from low-income groups. His foray into sanitary pad production began in 1998 when he found his wife was utilising old rags during her menstrual period because she could not afford sanitary pads. What started off as a journey to help his wife turned into a full-fledged mission when he realised that most women in India did not have access to proper menstrual hygiene products.

He came up with a working model for the low-cost sanitary machine after over 6 years of research. His invention was entered for the National Innovation Foundation’s Grassroots Technological Innovations Award 2006 and he won. Following that, he obtained seed money to establish Jayashree Industries to market his invention directly to rural women, through the support of financial institutions and the non-profit sector. Thus far, he has managed to install over 2400 machines across India and 17 other countries. Through his business model, he has helped to financially empower many women and provide them with affordable and hygienic sanitary pads to better their livelihood. His inspiring story has been well documented – he was the subject of a prize-winning documentary by Amit Virmani, titled ‘Menstrual Man’. He has also received national and international recognition for his work, having been listed in TIME Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’ in 2014 and awarded Padma Shri by the Indian government in 2016.

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Priyank Tiwari

Sankalp Forum at Intellecap Advisory Services

Priyank is responsible for the expansion of Sankalp Forum and its social entrepreneurship & innovation ecosystem into Southeast and East Asia. He is also involved in various initiatives to further develop the Forum as a leading inclusive development-convening platform across the 3 focus regions: India, Africa and Southeast Asia.

Priyank comes with over 12 years of diverse experience in leading B2B marketing initiatives, market entry consulting projects, and strategy & business development engagements. Prior to joining Intellecap, he was managing corporate marketing for South and West India at YES BANK, India’s 5th largest private sector bank. Previously, he worked at KPMG across marketing, business development and M&A Tax consulting roles in India, and established the India-Korea Consulting Practice at KPMG in South Korea to promote cross-border investments. He holds a post-graduate diploma from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), India.

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Vipul Singhal

Principal – Business Consulting at Intellecap Advisory Services

Vipul brings over 13 years of experience spanning across management consulting, business strategy, business planning, operations strategy and setting up business operations for various clients. Vipul has worked extensively in the BFSI space.
At Intellecap, he has worked with various development finance institutions, impact investors, SMEs and large corporations on market assessment studies, Go-to-market strategies, business feasibility and planning engagements. He currently leads the business development efforts in areas of BFSI, clean energy, Impact Measurement and CSR. Some of the key engagements include financing gap assessment for SMEs in Indonesia, designing innovative financing structures, developing a tool for measuring impact.
Prior to joining Intellecap, Vipul worked at Aegis, PwC, ICICI and Citigroup. He has extensively worked on creating organization blueprint documents, working on strategy, business model design, business planning and various implementation programs across banking and insurance businesses.
Vipul holds a Bachelor in Commerce and has completed his MBA with a specialization in Finance from Mumbai University.

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Dr. Amit Kapoor

President & CEO of India Council on Competitiveness Honorary Chairman at Institute for Competitiveness, BoP Lab Leader India

Dr. Amit Kapoor is President & CEO of India Council on Competitiveness; Honorary Chairman at Institute for Competitiveness, India & Prosperity Institute of India and Editor-in-Chief of Thinkers (Magazine). He is the chair for the Social Progress Imperative and Shared Value Project in India and sits on the board of Competitiveness initiatives in MexicoNetherlands, Italy & France; Member of the Board of Strategic Management Forum in addition to being advisor to Thinkers50 and participant with the Global Solutions Network. He is an affiliate faculty for the Microeconomics of Competitiveness & Value Based Health Care Delivery courses of Institute of Strategy and CompetitivenessHarvard Business School and an instructor with Harvard Business Publishing in the area of Strategy, Competitiveness and Business Models. He has been inducted into the Competitiveness Hall of Fame at Harvard Business School, which is administered by Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School. Amit is a Ph.D. in Industrial Economics and Business Strategy and has received the Ruth Greene Memorial Award winner for writing the best case of the year, by North American Case Research Association (NACRA). He has been invited by Kennedy School of Government & Harvard Law School, Harvard University; Pennsylvania State University and Stanford University, World Economic Forum to present his views on various issues and themes like strategy, outsourcing and economic development  (Complete list of speaking engagements). Amit is the author of India City Competitiveness Report, India State Competitiveness Report, India Manufacturing Competitiveness Report, India State Sustainability Report, Livability Report et al. He is also been a columnist with Mint, Financial Express, Outlook Business & Governance Now in addition to penning down academic pieces (Complete set of articles & publications). Based on his work three awards have been constituted within the country titled “State Competitiveness Awards” by Mint & Hindustan Times wherein the Chief Ministers are awarded; City Competitiveness Awards by Business World wherein City Heads are awarded and “Institute for Competitiveness ­Mint Strategy Awards” wherein the corporates are awarded for their strategic acumen.  He chairs the jury and curates Porter Prize & Tapscott Award in addition to curating events like Competitiveness Forum, Thinkers 50 (India) etc. He tweets @arthsastra and @kautiliya in addition to maintaining a professional profile at LinkedIn.

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Guillermo Jaime Calderon

Founder and President of Group MIA, Founder of Walltech International, Founder of MeXvi

Guillermo Jaime Calderón is the founder and president of Grupo “Merjoramiento Integral Asistido” (Assisted Integral Improvement), also known as, Group MIA. Group MIA, a social enterprise, was established in 2009 to respond to the need for good quality and low-cost housing for rural and semi-urban populations in Mexico. Group MIA’s mission is to provide dignified, quality housing solutions to low-income families in a profitable and sustainable way. This social enterprise’s business model includes three key components: Finance, Technology and Community Involvement. Group MIA connects homeowners to government organisations or NGOs facilitating microloans (finance), provides low-cost construction solutions to build durable houses quickly (technology), and brings together individuals to form communities that help to build each other’s houses (community). Thus far, Group MIA has built homes in eight Mexican states as well as several African countries and Nicaragua.

In recognition of his innovative business model that not only contributes to social impact but also to job generation and profit-making, Calderón received recognition from Forbes magazine as one of the top 30 most promising businesses of 2016. He was also the winner of the OPM50 Idol contest (Business Pitch Competition) at Harvard Business School.

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Markus Dietrich

Co-Founder & CEO at Asian Social Enterprise Incubator, BOP Lab Leader Phillippines

Markus is a social entrepreneur and inclusive business specialist with extensive experience in consulting, research and project development on base of the pyramid (BoP) and renewable energy based in the Philippines.

He founded ASEI Inc. in 2009 to apply his broad knowledge on the nexus of business, policy and sustainable development to ASEI’s clients which include the Asian Development Bank, UNDP, World Bank, GIZ, Frankfurt School, BCI Asia and other corporates. Markus provides policy advisory services to the Philippine government on inclusive business accreditation and solar roof top incentive schemes. He is currently engaged by the government of Tajikistan to explore the opportunities to support inclusive businesses. He is retained by leading corporations to develop inclusive business models aiming for corporate growth and social impact.

Markus is also co-founder and CEO of Hilltribe Organics, a social enterprise producing free range and organic chicken eggs with hill tribe communities in Northern Thailand. Hilltribe Organics became the 1st ACT certified organic chicken farm in Thailand in 2016 and its products are available in all major supermarkets and gourmet restaurants. Recognizing its deep social impact, the company was finalist in the 2015 NUS DBS Social Venture Challenge Asia.

Markus has a B.Sc. in Business Studies from CASS Business School and a MS International Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. He also participated 2011 in INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneurship Programme in Singapore. Markus is married and has a 4 year old son.

He keeps a blog on inclusive business at www.scoop.it/t/inclusive-business-in-asia

 

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Priya Thachadi

Project Manager at Asian Social Enterprise Incubator

Priya Thachadi is a leading social enterprise and inclusive business consultant working across South and South East Asia. With ten years of experience in the development sector, Priya is passionate about developing the social entrepreneurship sector in the region and is currently leading expansion of Villgro, one of India’s foremost impact investors, to the Philippines and other parts of SE Asia. She is also a consultant with Asian Social Enterprise Incubator (ASEI), working on promoting inclusive business in Asia.

Previously, Ms. Thachadi served as the Head of Incubatee Support and Human Capital at Villgro, identifying and supporting scalable business which improve the livelihoods of the working poor. She led post-investment support for portfolio companies and pioneering Villgro’s Mentoring program and technical assistance initiatives to support early stage social entrepreneurs.

Prior to Villgro, she worked as a public policy practitioner in New Delhi with PRS Legislative Research, working closely with Members of Parliament. Ms. Thachadi led a national legislative assistants Fellowship, where she managed and trained Fellows, developed the program design, ran national level publicity and recruitment. She monitored activities of the Parliament and state Assemblies and published statistical analyses on their performance.

She has also worked in London as a researcher and campaigner against arms trade, and as a consultant with a DFID project, connecting young British nationals to development projects around the world. She started her career as a journalist in Bangalore, where she covered urban development and poverty issues.

Ms. Thachadi holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Warwick, a post graduate diploma in Human Rights Law, a diploma in Journalism and holds an undergraduate degree in Commerce. She regularly conducts training for entrepreneurs in Manila, Philippines and is actively involved in the social enterprise sector in the Philippines.

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José Alexander Mosquera Manchola

Coordinator of Emerging Markets Initiatives at Externado University of Colombia

Industrial Engineering, MBA of University Externado de Colombia, deep background in strategy consulting base on innovation addressing to Sme´s. Experience and knowledge in development of programs to encourage Smes to create products/services in the Base of Pyramid (Bop); high vocation to work with vulnerable communities through the development and implementation of inclusive Business and social innovation. Field work with vulnerable rural communities in order to create and enhance associative rural models, rural entrepreneurship and rural Smes strength; always aiming to generate social and economics impacts in low incomes communities.

Coordinator of the International Program “Bop Challenge” addressing to promote the creation of products/services in the Bop markets, professor of “Plan Padrinos International”, trainer of the Program “Rural associativity” with Finagro (Rural government agency) and trainer of the program “Green and inclusive Business” in alliance with GIZ and Sena (Education government Institution). Currently Coordinator of EMI (Emerging Markets Initiatives), international program addressed to foreigners students coming from universities around the world in order to participate in Social workshops with Sme´s and communities in Colombia.

 

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Michael Norton

Director at Center for Innovation in Voluntary Action, Co-Founder of Centre for The International Center for Social Franchising

Michael Norton OBE is a social innovator and entrepreneur. Through Center for Innovation in Voluntary Action he develops innovative projects including: a banking system for street children in South Asia; village publishing in India; and Changemakers, YouthBank and MyBnk in the UK which provide opportunities to young people to engage in society. He co-founded UnLtd, to support social entrepreneurs and the International Center for Social Franchising to help successful projects scale up.

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KC Mishra

Ashoka Global Fellow, Founder of Svadha WASH Pte Ltd, Founder of eKutir Social Business

KC Mishra is an Ashoka Global Fellow, recognised for his innovation on the Last Mile Micro enterprise model for social development, called the PIE (Participatory, IT Enablement, Enterprise) model. He has vast experience in the area of BoP market development and has served leadership roles in development banks. Mishra is also a serial social entrepreneur, having successfully established 5 for-profit social businesses in BoP and non-BoP markets in India as well as USA. He is the founder of eKutir, a social venture engaged in innovating new products, services and sustainable business models at the BoP market, and its subsidiary initiatives Veggie Kart Marketing (linking small vegetable farmers to the market through e-commerce), ONE Acre Venture (leveraging on a market-based value chain platform to crowd-fund for farmers) and Svadha WASH Social Business (bringing sanitation solutions to the community). He is also the founder of Veggie Health Global in USA. In addition to establishing these ventures, Mishra has also designed various IT application for small and marginal farmers in India.

Mishra currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Global Knowledge Partnership Foundation and is a Board Member for BoP Hub Ltd. He is an awardee of Facebook Innovation Award, Grand Challenges India award (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Grand Challenges Canada award. He was also most recently invited to the UN Economic & Social Council to share about his innovations that have positively impacted the Indian community.

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Jennie Winhall

Social innovator and service designer

Jennie combines user insight with design, policy and enterprise to develop transformative solutions to social issues. As a founder of Participle Jennie created social ventures across the UK that demonstrated a new ‘relational’ model of public services. She currently leads innovation initiatives in inequality, health and youth unemployment in Canada, the US and Denmark. Her TEDx talk is here.

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