Co-Founder and CEO, Yunus Social Business India Aarti co-founded Yunus Social Business India to support social business creation in India. As CEO of YSB India, Aarti has catalysed the creation of its two social business funds – in Mumbai and Bengaluru and the Indian Corporate Action Tank- India’s first incubator for large corporates to create in-house social businesses, YSB’s joint initiative with the Tata Trusts. Aarti is a leader in the social business space, and is a regular speaker at social enterprise events in India and internationally. She is a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader, a Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Initiative and was voted to the Asia 21 fellowship for young leaders making a difference in the Asia Pacific region in 2014. Previously, Aarti worked as an investment banker at JP Morgan in Mumbai. She holds a Master’s degree in Finance from the London School of Economics.
Co-founding Member, Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, Government of India
Dr. Ayesha Chaudhary is member of the founding team at Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, Government of India. Her professional experience ranges from academia, to starting up her own Med-Tech venture, to the corporate sector, and finally the Government of India, in design, development & implementation of high impact & affordable science and technology solutions. Currently, she leads one of the flagship initiatives of the Government of India, towards designing and implementing innovation and entrepreneurial policies and programs for India. Her philosophy of life is to keep challenging yourself to learn and evolve as an individual. She has received several awards, a few to mention include MIT Award: Innovator under 35 and Yourstory’s 100 emerging voices of 2018.
Kunal Kumar, IAS presently holds the position of Joint Secretary & Mission Director (Smart Cities Mission), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India since May 2018. Earlier, he was Municipal Commissioner at Pune Municipal Corporation, Maharashtra for close to 4 years. He has been working in the State of Maharashtra since 1999 and has served across various cities of Maharashtra. Mr. Kumar has worked as District Collector in three districts of Bhandara, Jalgaon and Aurangabad and has also worked as Municipal Commissioner in Kolhapur Municipal Corporation. Besides travelling, he has an avid interest in reading and follows sports across the world. He is an Electrical Engineering graduate from IIT Roorkee, and has successfully completed his Masters in Public Management from National University of Singapore jointly conducted with Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, USA. He has presented various papers on e-Governance which received awards / citations like the best e-governed district award for Jalgaon district nationally, the certificate of Appreciation for being a finalist in Manthan Award South Asia 2009. Moreover, he was awarded by the Prime Minister of India for excellence in AADHAR Governance award during his stint as District Collector of Aurangabad.
Shipra is a sustainable development expert with over 17 years of a combined background in the military and corporate. As the head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability at Larsen & Toubro Infotech (LTI), she works to advance LTI’s core commitment to solve for society through poverty alleviation, providing access to quality education and the global agenda of gender equality and climate action. She has led several development programs for the Indian Air Force, disaster relief in distressed geo-political regions and has worked extensively at grassroots level among low income communities, enabling her to strategize high-impact award winning sustainability programs. Shipra has been an Air Force gold medalist, a domain expert in CSR with the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) and was recently identified among top 24 sustainability professionals in Asia for the Swedish Institute Management Program 2019.
Mr Viresh Oberoi is the Founder and former CEO and MD of Mjunction services limited. Under his leadership, mjunction became not only India’s largest and most profitable eCommerce Company but also the world’s largest e-Marketplace for steel ( metaljunction ), the Worlds most innovative e – Marketplace for Coal ( coaljunction )…Building ecosystems that enable the World’s largest Steel Mills and Coal Miners to sell their production. In the year 2015 – 16, Rs 65,000 crores (USD 10 billion) of goods and services passed through the various vertical and horizontal portals created by the Company.Before founding mjunction Mr Oberoi was in Tata Steel, where, after becoming the youngest Chief Sales Manager he was selected to redesign the Company’s Market Facing Processes.Mr Oberoi was Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry – Eastern Region for 2014-15 and the Chairman of the National Committee on e – Commerce for 2015- 17. He is currently Mentor to the regional committee on Healthcare. The IIMM awarded him “The Chief Executive for the Year” award. He has also been conferred with the CMA Management Excellence Award for Leadership. He is also the recipient of the Udyog Ratan by the Indian Economic Society. Mr Oberoi has attended Business and Management programs in IIM Ahmedabad, INSEAD – CEDEP Fontainebleau, and Harvard Business School, Boston
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Mainstreaming social intrapreneurship to re-imagine and re-build India
The haunting images of Indian migrant workers over the last few weeks have exposed the lack of social safety nets for India’s most vulnerable people.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, waves of corporate lay-offs and severely depressed earnings have also exposed the lack of resilience of India’s corporates and SMEs.
There is an urgent need to re-imagine and re-build business models that are both resilient and human centered.
Social intrapreneurs and the tremendous resources they can leverage are a powerful, barely tapped, force for change. It is time to mainstream social intrapreneurship across India.
This practitioner-led session will draw inspiration from stories of social intrapreneurs changing business across India, understand the challenges they faced and how they overcame them.
We will then, together, re-imagine new intrapreneurial opportunities for India and come together to co-create a supporting ecosystem for concrete action.