Dr. Gururaj (Desh) Deshpande and Jaishree Deshpande envision a world driven by entrepreneurial energy that enables individuals and organizations to create and grow enterprises that address social challenges and take advantage of market opportunities. Desh and Jaishree’s belief in the power of social entrepreneurship led to the launch of the Deshpande Foundation in India and the founding of the Hubballi Sandbox in 2007. They started Development Dialogue in 2008 to bring together social entrepreneurs addressing pressing issues that move development forward.
Dr. Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande is the President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, a family investment office and is also the Chairman of Tejas Networks. Dr. Deshpande has pursued an entrepreneurial career for the last three decades. He was involved either as the founder, a founding investor or chairman of several companies including Cascade Communications, Sycamore Networks, Coral Networks, Cimaron, Webdialogs, Airvana, Sandstone Capital, A123 Systems and Curata.
Jaishree Deshpande is the Treasurer of Sparta Group LLC, and a founder of the Deshpande Foundation. The Deshpande Foundation fosters social entrepreneurship by supporting a variety of non-profit organizations in India working in the areas of health, education, microcredit and agriculture