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Dr. Neelam Maheshwari

Director, Grantmaking & Partnerships Deshpande Foundation India


development dialogue 2018 speaker Dr. Neelam Maheshwari Director, Grantmaking & Partnerships Deshpande Foundation India

Dr. Neelam Maheshwari has over ten years of experience promoting small enterprises, producer collectives and community led microfinance. At the Deshpande Foundation, Neelam manages Hubballi Sandbox's livelihoods and small enterprises program where she has helped several organizations develop revenue models of their program, launch community led producer collectives and market led livelihoods initiatives.

In 2011 she initiated a unique program called "Navodyami" that has assisted over 100 small entrepreneurs in the Hubballi Sandbox by providing mentorship, financial and marketing support. Mrs. Maheshwari previously worked at Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN), an award winning livelihoods organization in India.



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