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Naveen Jha

CEO, Deshpande Foundation India

development dialogue 2018 speaker Naveen Jha CEO Deshpande Foundation India

Naveen Jha is the CEO of the Deshpande Foundation, India. He has been with the Foundation since its inception in India bringing a vision of enabling local solutions through a bottom-up approach. Naveen graduated from Brandeis University, a top ranked university in the USA, with a Masters in International Development and was the recipient of the prestigious Ford Foundation Fellowship. Under Naveen's leadership, the Foundation has touched thousands of lives including non-profits, students, youth, academics and universities.

A serial entrepreneur himself, Naveen has launched several initiatives within and outside of the Deshpande Foundation. He has been instrumental in founding the local chapter of TiE, one of the largest international non-profits promoting entrepreneurship, and serves as its current President. In addition to TiE, Naveen also serves as a board member of several for profit and non-profit organiza


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