CEO, School for Social Entrepreneurs India
He is the founding CEO of School for Social Entrepreneurs India. Alumnus – Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Indian Law Institute and Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India.
He has over two decades of multi-sectoral experience in health, livelihoods, water, sanitation and social entrepreneurship. He has led the first state-based water & sanitation network in Gujarat between 2003-2005 advocating for community-based water supply systems. He served as the South Asia Regional Coordinator of the Gender & Water Alliance (GWA) based in Netherlands. He has facilitated social start-up among women affected by HIV/AIDS. Since 2007, he has been engaged with promotion of social entrepreneurship.
He has been part of several studies & projects for various international development organizations, such as World Bank & FAO at the UN (UNDP, Unicef, Aga Khan Foundation, Volkart Foundation, Veolia Foundation, The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, Peacetech Lab, European Union, Hivos). He has addressed national and international audience (UAE, Pakistan, Senegal, UK, Nepal, Argentina, Uzbekistan), been part of numerous panel discussions on policy level discussions and ideas around ‘Social Change & Entrepreneurship’. He has experience of working with central & state governments (Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Delhi, Assam, Odisha, Chhattisgarh) and advising on several projects.
He worked with Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India and was heading the Institute’s Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & CSR. He is the founding Member of Aashray – Promotion of Social Enterprises Foundation, a Government of India approved Techno-Social Business Incubator.
He – loves to cook and treat guests at home, is a blogger and spends time writing on variety of subjects related to social entrepreneurs, enjoys solitude and lone time with digital detox. He enjoys conversation with social entrepreneurs and works with them on their idea in his own coaching & mentoring style offering honest feedback. He has been trained by senior experts in life coaching skills. He has been deeply inspired by the life & philosophy of Sri Sathya Sai Baba and Mahatma Gandhi.