EDGE 2020

2020 has been a year of great learning for all of us. Through all the uncertainty that we have witnessed this year, we have seen immense trauma that has left us exhausted; but at the end of the day, we have found hope in the countless stories of humanitarian kindness and perseverance. And this helps us continue the work we need to do.

EDGE this year will be centred around the theme ‘Hope’ – bringing to the forefront stories of human resilience, grit and compassion that has made an impact at the deepest levels. We will explore first-hand accounts of the struggles faced by different communities and deliberate on the difficult, but warranted, a journey of rebuilding before us.

Join us for three evenings of EDGE 2020!

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Rohini Nilekani

Founder-Chairperson, Arghyam

Rohini Nilekani is the Founder-Chairperson of Arghyam, a foundation she set up for sustainable water and sanitation, which funds initiatives all across India. She is also co-founder and Director of EkStep, a non-profit education platform. She was Founder-Chairperson and chief funder of Pratham Books. An accomplished writer, she has authored several books. As a committed philanthropist in 2017, she, together with her husband Nandan Nilekani, signed the Giving Pledge, which commits half their wealth to philanthropic causes.

M. R. Rangaswami

Founder, Indiaspora Forum

M.R Rangaswami is a software executive, investor, entrepreneur, corporate eco-strategy expert, community builder and philanthropist. Recognized as a software business expert, he participated in the rapid expansion of the Silicon Valley software industry during his tenure as an executive at both large and small software companies. . In 2012 M.R. founded Indiaspora to unite Indian Americans and to transform their success into meaningful impact in India and on the global stage.

Faye D’Souza

Journalist & Entrepreneur

Faye D’Souza is an award winning journalist, who has changed the way news is covered on Indian Television by focusing the audience’s attention on the issues that matter to the citizens rather than those that fuel the emotions of partisan debates. Her focus on accountability of government, responsible taxation, safety of women and children, education, health and urban development has also resulted in several policy changes that have proven that a journalist can still bring about improvements in the status quo. Post her exit from television, she has begun her entrepreneurial journey and will soon launch her own digital news platform - targeted at the young urban Indian audience.

Sal Khan

Founder & CEO, Khan Academy

Sal Khan is the founder and CEO of Khan Academy, a nonprofit educational organization that offers free lessons in math, science, and humanities in multiple languages, as well as tools for parents, teachers, and districts to track student progress.

Nandita Das

Actor, Filmmaker & Social Advocate

Nandita has acted in more than 40 feature films in 10 different languages. Nandita also wrote, directed, and acted in the play, Between the Lines, in 2012, that dealt with the subtle gender inequalities that exist in educated urban couples. In 2019 she produced a music video, India's Got Colour with many celebrated actors, to further the conversation on diversity of skin tones.

Anju Gupta

ADG - Uttar Pradesh Police

Anju Gupta, a police officer from 1990 batch IPS, UP Cadre currently heads the Women Powerline, the State Government’s helpline for women in Uttar Pradesh. An awardee of the President Medal for Distinguished Services and a Gallantry Medal, she has worked in specialised units in eight districts of UP, served eight years in the Central Government, and has stints with the United Nations in Bangkok, Kosovo, and New Delhi.

Dr. Prakash Tyagi

Executive Director - GRAVIS

As the Executive Director of GRAVIS in India, Dr. Prakash Tyagi has been leading the organization for the last ten years. GRAVIS works extensively in the Thar Desert of India with key focuses on water security, food security, and community health. GRAVIS reaches out to about 1.2 million people living in poverty with its work and has helped the formation of over 3,000 community-based organisations.

Pallavi Sobti Rajpal

Deputy CEO, Utthan

Pallavi is currently co-leading Utthan as Deputy CEO, with a focus on Organisational Development, Knowledge Generation & Advocacy, across its Thrust Areas. With a background in Economics and Sociology, a keen interest in advocacy, analytical documentation and intervention design at grassroots level, she has been working in the sector since the last 18 years with a focus on human rights of women and the marginalized.

Mina Das

Secretary, Nishtha

Mina Das serves as the secretary of Nishtha. She carries 35 years of experience in the field of development and with a special focus on women empowerment. At Nishtha, she works in the areas of leadership building, ensuring access to education, protection, healthcare provision, and economic self-reliance. Mina is also a member of various governmental and non-governmental committees.

Anurag Behar

CEO, Azim Premji Foundation

Anurag Behar has been engaged with efforts to improve education in India for the past sixteen years. He has been a vocal advocate for the critical importance of public systems, in particular the public education system. His many years in business have given him an insider’s view into both the possibilities and limits of markets. For the past few years, he has also been engaged with environmental and ecological issues.

Ashish Dhawan

Founder-Chairman, Central Square Foundation

Founder and Chairman of Central Square Foundation (CSF) and a Founding Member of Ashoka University. Prior to this, he worked for twenty years in the investment management business and ran one of India's leading private equity funds, ChrysCapital. In June 2012, he left his full-time role at Chrys Capital to start CSF to pursue evidence-driven and innovation-led system reform in school education.

Soumya Rajan

Founder & CEO, Waterfield Advisors

As the founder of Waterfield Advisors, Soumya brings over 25 years of financial services experience. She has advised several of India’s leading business families on issues related to the success and continuity of their family enterprise, including managing their family investments, succession transitions, mentoring the NextGen, corporate and family governance, conflict resolution, business strategy and philanthropy.

Manish Sabharwal

Chairman, TeamLease Services Limited

Manish is Chairman and co-founder of Teamlease Services, one of India’s leading staffing and human capital firm. In 1996 he co-founded India Life, an HR outsourcing company that was acquired by Hewitt associates in 2002. Consequently, he was CEO of Hewitt Outsourcing (Asia) in Singapore. Manish serves on various state and central government committees on education, employment, and employability.

Anshu Gupta

Founder & Director, Goonj

Anshu Gupta, popularly known as the 'Clothing Man' is the Founder of an Indian based nonprofit – Goonj. One of India’s leading social entrepreneurs Anshu brings to the table an instinctive empathy and connect with people, moving the focus from the conventional – giver’s pride to the unconventional – receiver’s dignity

Gayatri Nair Lobo

COO, A.T.E Chandra Foundation

Gayatri Nair Lobo is the COO at ATE Chandra Foundation, and brings with her a mix of close to 20 years of strategy consulting and development sector experience, having worked most recently as CEO of India School Leadership Institute (ISLI). Before joining ISLI, Gayatri was at Dalberg Advisors and prior to that as the Chief Operating Officer at Teach For India, part of the scale-up of operations during its first six years.

Amit Garg

Migration and Livelihoods Expert

Driven towards preservation of human rights & dignity in complex business supply chains.

Geeta Goel

Country Director, Dell Foundation-India

Geeta manages the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation’s operations in India to transform the lives of urban low-income communities through improved education, livelihoods and financial inclusion. In her role, Geeta manages the strategy and implementation of the foundation’s work in India in two key areas of Education and Family Economic Stability. Prior to this role, Geeta led the foundation’s Mission Investing work globally. Before joining the foundation, Geeta spent more than 12 years with the corporate finance group of PricewaterhouseCoopers in India, advising large Indian and multinational clients on joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, business plans, and valuations.

Kireet Khurana

Director - Storyteller

Kireet Khurana is an Indian filmmaker, storyteller, and ad-film director. He has won more than 30 awards, including six prestigious President's National Awards for his films, the first of which he won in 1995 for the animated film Mahagiri. He has made over 12 short films, and over 500 ad films. His latest short film ‘Safar’ shows the plight of migrant workers.

Uma Chatterjee

Co-founder & Executive Director, Sanjog

Uma Chatterjee is the co-founder and executive director of Sanjog, a technical resource organisation based in Kolkata. As a clinical psychologist, psychosocial trainer, and researcher, Uma’s experience lies in developing and implementing training tools and capacity building workshops, facilitating trauma support groups, and research in the area of child and adolescent psychology. Currently, Uma is co-authoring a book on sexuality, power, and violence in workplaces.

Osama Manzar

Founder Director, DEF

Osama Manzar is a global leader on the mission of eradicating information poverty from India and global south using digital tools through Digital Empowerment Foundation, an organisation he founded in 2002. A British Chevening Scholar and an International Visitors Leadership Program Fellow of the US State Department, Osama is a social entrepreneur, author, columnist, angel investor, mentor, and sits on several government and policy committees in India and outside working in the areas of Internet, access, and digital inclusion. Osama has instituted 10 awards for recognising digital innovations for development.

Gayatri Divecha

CSR Head, Godrej Industries

Gayatri Divecha heads Corporate Social Responsibility for Godrej Industries and Associate Companies. She drives the Group’s sustainability agenda that works towards skilling and entrepreneurship, prevention of vector-borne diseases, rural livelihoods, and access to entitlements. Gayatri has worked in the development sector across a range of roles and organisations including in academia, the private sector, and non-profits. Prior to Godrej, she was part of the Corporate Sustainability team at HSBC India, driving the bank’s portfolio of community investment programmes.

Vivek Kumar

Co-Founder & CEO, Kshamtalaya Foundation

Vivek Kumar is the Co-Founder and CEO of Kshamtalaya - The school of potential – in the dejected village of Kotra, Rajasthan. A proactive leader in the space of education, Vivek has also been a Gandhi Fellow in the past. His ambition is to help all children identify their true potential.

Aditya Natraj

Founder & Director, KEF

Aditya Natraj is the founder and director of Kaivalya Education Foundation (KEF), a Piramal Initiative. KEF supports leadership development of state, district and school leaders to effect change. It works with 1300 school leaders, 450 district leaders and 1200 state leaders across 10 states to effect systemic change. KEF also runs the Gandhi Fellowship programme – a two year full-time programme to train young people in leading social change. Previously, Aditya was Director of Pratham in Gujarat, Vice-President of Business Development at ProXchange and a consultant at KPMG. Aditya is an Ashoka Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow and an Aspen India Fellow.

Sarman Prajapati

Construction Worker from Damoh

Associated with Jan Sahas, Sarman Prajapati, walked back home when the nation-wide lockdown was announced for the first time.

Naghma Mulla

COO & President

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