N. R. Narayana Murthy Founder and Former Chairman, Infosys
N. R. Narayana Murthy is the founder and Chairman of Infosys, the third largest Indian IT company. Fortune Magazine listed Mr. Murthy among the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time. His Global Delivery Model is the foundation for the success in IT services outsourcing from India. Mr. Murthy has donated generously to various charitable causes and works to inspire entrepreneurship and innovation to progress development in India.
The platform of Development Dialogue is extremely important for India to find solutions to the problem of poverty through empowering people to become entrepreneurs and create jobs not just for themselves, but for a large number of people. - Mr. Murthy's prologue to DD 2015
Phanindra Sama Co-founder, redBus.in & Chief Innovation Officer, Govt. of Telangana
Phanindra Sama is a co-founder redBus.in, India's first online bus ticket booking service. Mr. Sama is ranked #3 amongst India's Most Promising Entrepreneurs by Business World. He is one of the founding patrons of the Kakatiya Sandbox in Nizamabad that helps locals work on solutions to pressing issues.
The biggest thing is to just show up. When we started redBus, we did not have any experience in setting up a company, but we were determined and our mentors helped us scale up. I didn't know exactly what we were going to do with the Sandbox, but we started and it is now having a real impact - Mr. Sama on "Replicating the Ecosystem" at DD 2014
Raju Reddy Founder and CEO, Sierra Atlantic
Raju Reddy is the founder and CEO of Sierra Atlantic, a company that grew to be the best-in-class global services company over a period of 17 years. Under his leadership, Sierra Atlantic grew from a startup to one of the top 75 most admired companies in Silicon Valley. Mr. Reddy is devoted to making a difference in India, so in 2014 he co-founded the Kakatiya Sandbox in his hometown of Nizamabad.
The platform of Development Dialogue is extremely important for India to find solutions to the problem of poverty through empowering people to become entrepreneurs and create jobs not just for themselves, but for a large number of people. - Mr. Reddy on "Envisioning the Future" at DD 2017
Dilip Modi Chairman and Group CEO, Spice Connect
Dilip Modi is one of India's pioneering Telecom entrepreneurs. He launched Spice Mobile, India's first cellular telephone services company. Inspired by the success of the Sandbox model in Hubballi, Mr. Modi founded the Ek Soch Sandbox to cultivate entrepreneurship and solve social ills in the eastern Uttar Pradesh region.
From the journey that I have had as an entrepreneur, I feel that entrepreneurship is key to solving a lot of the challenges our country faces. I would love to support entrepreneurship in any spirit or form. I think the Deshpande Foundation has done a beautiful job of bringing together entrepreneurs on this platform, and to get to meet all of them together has been a great experience - Mr. Modi's interview at DD 2015
Dr. Aravind Chinchure Chair Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Symbiosis International University
Dr. Aravind Chinchure is the Chair Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Symbiosis International University. Dr. Chinchure holds a PhD in Physics and has 25 years of experience in research and development, startup venture investment, corporate strategy, policy analysis, social development, and teaching.
The inspiration I get from Development Dialogue is like a fuel, and I get it by listening to the stories of the people who have done extraordinary things. It makes me feel that so much can be done and it gives me hope for a better future. I get inspired from every Development Dialogue and then do many things that I otherwise would not have done - Dr. Chinchure's interview at DD 2017
Ajit Kanitkar Former Program Officer, Ford Foundation
Ajit Kanitkar is a consultant for the Tata Education and Development Trust. Mr. Kanitkar is also a member of the research team at the Centre for Development and Research in Pune. From 1992 to 1995 he taught at the Institute of Rural Development and Cooperation. Prior to working for Tata Trust, he served as a Program Officer for The Ford Foundation for 8 years and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation for 3 years.
Lalitesh Katragadda Former Country Head of India Products for Google
Lalitesh Katragadda is a software engineer who works on Geo-data, machine vision, machine learning, and space robotics. As Google's Country Head of India Products, he co-founded Google India and worked on the Google Finance, Hindi Transliteration, and Map programs. Mr. Katragadda now works to ensure barriers such as language do not prevent new users from getting online.
I have been coming to Development Dialogue mainly to learn, more than anything else. There is a hope that when we build these information systems for the next billion, we might pilot them in the Sandbox so that we can figure out what it takes to build systems that the mainstream of the country, people who are barely literate, can use - Mr. Katragadda's interview in NDTV's DD 2015 feature
Dr. Shiban Ganju Founder, Save A Mother & Gastroenterologist
Dr. Shiban Ganju is a physician with over 30 years of experience in the healthcare sector. In 2008, he founded Save a Mother, which works to improve the hygiene, nutrition, water quality, and health seeking behavior of rural Indians. Save a Mother has reduced maternal mortality rates by 93% and child mortality rates by 66% in over 1000 villages.
Ramji Raghavan Chairman, Agastya International Foundation
Ramji Raghavan is the Founder and Chairman of Agastya International Foundation, the world's largest hands-on mobile science education program for economically disadvantaged children and rural teachers. Prior to Agastya, Mr. Raghavan worked as a senior executive in financial service organizations in the USA, Europe, the Caribbean, and Asia.
Dr. Sushil Vachani Nonprofit and EdTech Advisor
Dr. Sushil Vachani is a Professor of Business Administration and International Business. From 1986 to 2014, Dr. Vachani was a Professor of Strategy and Innovation at Boston University's School of Management. He served as Director of the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore where he launched the ambitious MOOCs program which provides massive open online courses to underprivileged learners from across the globe. Dr. Vachani has extensive managerial and consulting experience with Boston Consulting Group, Philips, Tata Administrative Service, and Tata Motors.
The center of gravity of the world is shifting away from the developed Western world to Asia and the developing countries. What this means is, that in order to be successful in today's business world you have to be someone who understands how the political systems, economic systems, and cultures of all those countries that we haven't been paying attention to, matter for business - Dr. Vachani on "Globalization for Business Leaders Today"
Ajit Dayal Founder and Chairman, Quantum Advisors
Ajit Dayal inspires others to make sound investments for their personal portfolios and in India's development path. Mr. Dayal is an accomplished fund manager with a vision. Since 1984, he advocated for the opening of India's capital markets to international investors. He was the lead manager of the $2 billion (USD) Vanguard International Value Fund. His passion in building sensible long term portfolios for investors led him to create Quantum AMC catering to institutional, high net worth and retail investors. Help Your NGO, which gives donors access to 600 NGOs working in 13 cause areas across India, was built from Mr. Dayal's desire to build scalable platforms to give back to society.