Dr. Sushil Vachani

Nonprofit and EdTech Advisor

Dr. Sushil Vachani is a Professor of Business Administration and International Business. From 1986 to 2014, Dr. Vachani was a Professor of Strategy and Innovation at Boston University’s School of Management. He served as Director of the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore where he launched the ambitious MOOCs program which provides massive open online courses to

The center of gravity of the world is shifting away from the developed Western world to Asia and the developing countries. What this means is, that in order to be successful in today’s business world you have to be someone who understands how the political systems, economic systems, and cultures of all those countries that we haven’t been paying attention to, matter for business – Dr. Vachani on “Globalization for Business Leaders Today”


Dr. Aravind Chinchure

Chair Prof. of Innovation, Symbiosis University

Dr. Aravind Chinchure is the chair Professor at Symbiosis International University (SIU). He is a renowned academician, administrator and a sought-after resource person for academic and research institutions in India and overseas.He has worked with the finest institutions and played key and varied roles in designing curriculum’s, leading innovation, patented works, and collaborating on some path-breaking research areas.

The inspiration I get from Development Dialogue is like a fuel, and I get it by listening to the stories of the people who have done extraordinary things. It makes me feel that so much can be done and it gives me hope for a better future. I get inspired from every Development Dialogue and then do many things that I otherwise would not have done
– Dr. Chinchure’s interview at DD 2017


Ajit Kanitkar

Former Program Officer, Ford Foundation

Ajit Kanitkar is a consultant for the Tata Education and Development Trust. Mr. Kanitkar is also a member of the research team at the Centre for Development and Research in Pune. From 1992 to 1995 he taught at the Institute of Rural Development and Cooperation. Prior to working for Tata Trust, he served as a Program Officer for The Ford Foundation for 8 years and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation for 3 years.

Collaboration is key. Every one of us talks about doing something new, but the ideas are kept in silos. The Sandbox ecosystem helps a large number of organizations collaborate.
– Mr. Kanitkar on the “Tipping Point” at DD 2013


Dr. Lalitesh Katragadda

Founder, Swaja Labs, Indihood

Dr. Lalitesh Katragadda is a pioneer in crowdsourcing and building products for the underserved. As Google’s Country Head of India Products, he co-founded Google India and worked on Google Finance, Hindi Transliteration, and Map programs. Mr. Katragadda wants to ensure that barriers such as language do not prevent new users from getting online.

His creation, Google Map Maker, tripled the world’s digital maps corpus, mapping 2 billion people in 187 countries. The United Nations and various aid agencies have used these user-generated maps to assist and rescue millions. Mr. Katragadda is now focused on India’s nation building and has founded Swaja Labs, Indihood, and works as an architect of Digital India’s Open API and AP Government’s Fiber Grid.

I have been coming to Development Dialogue mainly to learn, more than anything else. There is a hope that when we build these information systems for the next billion, we might pilot them in the Sandbox so that we can figure out what it takes to build systems that the mainstream of the country, people who are barely literate, can use
– Mr. Katragadda’s interview in NDTV’s DD 2015 feature


Dr. Shiban Ganju

Save A Mother

Dr. Shiban Ganju is a physician with over 30 years of experience in the healthcare sector. In 2008, he founded Save a Mother, which works to improve hygiene, nutrition, water quality, and health seeking behavior of rural Indians. Save a Mother has reduced maternal mortality rates by 93% and child mortality rates by 66% in over 1000 villages.

As a leader in healthcare firms, advocate for better healthcare policies, and advisor to healthcare oriented think tanks and organizations, he focuses firmly on developing healthcare solutions that are impactful and sustainable.

Deshpande Foundation is inspiring us and getting us in touch with other similar organizations. This will help change the current healthcare scenario in a positive, long-term way – Dr. Ganju’s interview in “Execute Locally, Innovate Globally” at DD 2016


Ramji Raghavan

Founder and Chairman, Agastya International Foundation

Ramji Raghavan leads the world’s largest hands-on mobile science education program for economically disadvantaged children and rural teachers. Prior to Agastya, Mr. Raghavan worked as a senior executive in financial service organizations in the USA, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia.

Mr Raghavan was a member of the Prime Minister’s National Knowledge Commission, and the Karnataka State Innovation Council and Executive Council member of the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum. In 2009, Mr. Raghavan was elected a Senior Fellow by Ashoka and in 2011 he was conferred the People’s Hero Award by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Rather than fill up a glass with water, try and raise the level of the ocean by a millimeter – Mr. Raghavan on “What does it take to Scale: Leveraging Public Partnerships” at DD 2017


Ajit Dayal

Founder, Quantum AMC

Ajit Dayal inspires others to make sound investments for their personal portfolios and in India’s development path. Mr. Dayal is an accomplished fund manager with a vision. Since 1984, he advocated for the opening of India’s capital markets to international investors.

He was the lead manager of the $2 billion (USD) Vanguard International Value Fund. His passion in building sensible long term portfolios for investors led him to create Quantum AMC catering to institutional, high net worth and retail investors. Help Your NGO, which gives donors access to 600 NGOs working in 13 cause areas across India, was built from Mr. Dayal’s desire to build scalable platforms to give back to society.