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Raj Melville

Executive Director, Deshpande Foundation


development dialogue 2018 speaker Raj Melville Executive Director, Deshpande Foundation

At Deshpande Foundation Mr. Melville develops overall strategy and channels the Foundation's efforts to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation. He works closely with EforAll by leading the team and driving the overall strategy. Mr. Melville has 25 years of product management, marketing and consulting experience. Previously as Principal of Ambient Engines, he provided marketing and strategy consulting to emerging social entrepreneurs.

He founded the annual Forum for Social Entrepreneurs, organized and moderated numerous panels and workshops on social entrepreneurship, and currently mentors several startups focused on addressing key social issues. Mr. Melville is an active member of TiE Boston and the India Society of Worcester and co-founded the TIE Social Entrepreneurship Group. He has been a mentor and judge for several entrepreneurial competitions such as MassChallenge, MIT 100K, and the MIT IDEAS competition. Mr. Melville has a Doctor of Science in engineering from MIT, a Master's from MIT's Sloan School, and a Bachelor's from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.



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