This year, EDGE focused on Leadership – A key vector for change and facilitated a common engagement platform for the funding fraternity and the non-profit community. The day hosted engaging conversations with dignitaries from different sectors who have engineered positive changes in development through their intent, intelligence and identity.
The day saw three panels which featured leaders of renowned non-profits who have traversed Uncharted Territories in philanthropy, introduced the Influencers who are have come together for enabling women empowerment and showcased eminent personalities from philanthropy and popular media who spoke on Building on their Personal brands for driving support for a cause.
EDGE Talks showcased the journey of four grassroots leaders we work with, who spoke about the genesis of the organisations they created, and continue to lead.
Like each year, this EDGE too successfully converged positive intent and laid the foundation for opportunities for partnership between various players in the philanthropy landscape.
View glimpses of EDGE 2018 here.
A conversation with leaders who have built institutions to drive critical social change in issues that previously lacked visibility and action.
Anshu Gupta, Goonj
Aditya Nataraj, KEF
Chetna Sinha, Mann Deshi Foundation
Osama Manzar, Digital Empowerment Foundation
Shekhar Gupta, ThePrint
Meet the Influencers! Strong leaders from different sectors who have come together to lend their voice and visibility to critical issues in women’s empowerment.
Archana Chandra, Jai Vakeel Foundation
Niranjan Rajadhyaksha, IDFC Institute
Anju Gupta, ADG, Women Power Line, Uttar Pradesh
Uma Chatterjee, Sanjog
Vidya Shah, EdelGive Foundation
Amitabh Behar, Oxfam India
Building on Personal Brands
In conversation with an eclectic panel of leaders who have used their personal brands to build conversations on critical issues that moved them.
Milind Soman, Pinkathon
Ashish Dhawan, Central Square Foundation
Nandita Das, Actor and Activist
Rama Bijapurkar – Author and Thought leader on Consumer Strategy
Vidya Shah is the CEO of EdelGive Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Edelweiss Group. She set up EdelGive Foundation, to build a bridge between the users and providers of philanthropic capital by exporting the skills and strategies of the for-profit world to the social sector.
Popularly known as India’s Clothing Man, Anshu, a former journalist-turned-one of India’s powerful rural entrepreneurs, leads Goonj; a voluntary organisation positioning urban discard as a development resource for rural India. He is also an Ashoka and Schwab Fellow, and the winner of Ramon Magsaysay Award, 2015.
Education Foundation (KEF)
Aditya Natraj is the founder and director of Kaivalya Education Foundation (KEF), a change management organisation that supports leadership development of State leaders, District leaders and School leaders to effect change.
A veteran journalist, columnist, author and the host of shows Off the Cuff and Walk the Talk, Shekhar leads the ThePrint, a digital start-up that is building a new editorial space of non-hyphenated liberalism in India. Prior to that he served as editor-in-chief of The Indian Express for 19 years.
Jai Vakeel Foundation
Archana Chandra is the CEO of Jai Vakeel Foundation & Research Centre, one of the largest NGOs serving those impacted by mental challenges. She also co-leads her family’s philanthropic initiative, the ATE Chandra Foundation that focuses on gender equality and addressing violence against women.
Central Square Foundation (CSF)
A private equity investor turned philanthropist, Ashish Dhawan leads the Central Square Foundation (CSF) that works to ensure quality school education for all children in India. He also co-founded Ashoka University, India's first liberal arts university.
An actor-director par excellence with 40 feature films in 10 different languages to her credit, Nandita Das has been a strong advocate of social justice and human rights, especially those of women and children; as an opinion leader and as a filmmaker.
A popular culture icon, a fitness enthusiast and an opinion leader on women’s health and fitness, Milind Soman is credited for creating Pinkathon, India’s biggest Women’s Run in 2012 whose proceeds are directed towards cancer care and treatment for women from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Consumer Economy Expert
Rama Bijapurkar is a recognised thought leader on market strategy and serves as an Independent Director on several of India’s blue chip corporate boards. She co-founded People Research on India’s Consumer Economy (www.ice360.in), a fact tank on business and public policy.
Osama Manzar is a social entrepreneur who founded Digital Empowerment Foundation in 2003 to empower the people at the edge of information. He is an Advisory Board member at Alliance for Affordable Internet and has co-authored NetCh@kra–15 Years of Internet in India and Internet Economy of India. He chairs Manthan and mBillionth Awards.
Niranjan Rajadhyaksha is research director and senior fellow at IDFC Institution, a public policy think tank. He was previously executive editor of Mint, where he continues to write his award winning Cafe Economics column. He is a winner of the Ramnath Goenka Award for excellence in journalism and the B. R. Shenoy Award for economics.
One of the leading experts of people-centered advocacy, Amitabh is the CEO of Oxfam India. He is renowned for his work on governance accountability, building alliances for social justice, and linking micro-activism to macro changes.
Chetna Gala Sinha
Mann Deshi Foundation
An economist, farmer, activist and banker, Chetna founded the Mann Deshi Foundation in drought-stricken Mhaswad, in Maharashtra, for social and economic empowerment of rural women. In 1997, she set up the Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank - India’s first bank for and by rural women.
A psychologist and trainer who is passionate about aiding the empowerment journey of the most vulnerable women, Uma Chatterjee is the Executive Director of Sanjog, a technical resource organisation that works to rehabilitate the survivors of trafficking and advocate for better laws and policies for meaningful social impact.