He has been a speaker at a number of conferences related to Innovation, New Business Creation, Power of Brands and Sustainability.
On the personal side, Kaleel is passionate about the arts and has been co- producing and hosting two TV shows for over 10 years (GeetmalaTV.com & DIFTV.com), which air on local public TV- TPTMN.
He is a board member at a number of non profits and is also an active volunteer in the Twin Cities community with special interests in Social Entrepreneurship as well as Political and Human Rights issues.
Kaleel has been a mentor, champion and judge with the Acara Institute since its inception.
Ahuja has served as a consultant to the Centre for India & Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and as an associate Fellow for the Asia Society in New York City. She provides advisory services, keynotes and interactive frugal innovation labs to entrepreneurs, academic institutions, and corporations including PepsiCo, Best Buy, Procter & Gamble, 3M, ECOLAB, the World Economic Forum, MIT, and Harvard University. She is a regular columnist for HBR.org.
A technology evangelist & addicted to the power of open source Harsha develops applications leveraging Drupal & Android in particular.frameworks2go.com i
Harsha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering and an MBA from the Indian Institute Of Management at Bangalore, India (IIMB). He has completed an executive education program from Stanford Graduate School Of Business and the Leadership Development Program at Honeywell.
Brad launched Socentia in 2013 to provide consultation and coaching for social venture leaders, innovators, philanthropists, and investors committed to solving the leading social challenges of our time – economic opportunity, education, environmental sustainability, and healthcare for all.
Socentia assists social ventures seeking to grow their impact and scale and, social venture investors who want to increase their social return on investment. Socentia works with clients on strategy and execution in these areas: Earned income, Program scaling and replication, Raising growth capital, Organizational capacity building, Enterprise philanthropy and impact investing
He has his MAPA from Hamline University and is currently enrolled in the Doctorate in Public Administration program there. Brad is particularly interested in the convergence of the business and nonprofit sectors, developing social capital markets to fund social entrepreneurs, and cross-sector social innovation.
While pursuing her Masters at Stanford University she had the opportunity to be involved in the teaching of several courses, two of which formed the inspiration for this class at TERI University. The first, called Design for a Sustainable World was a platform where engineering students worked for an entire semester on a project in a developing country, while partnered with a non-profit organization. The second, called Brainstorming India: Entrepreneurial Solutions to India’s Social Problems studied the power of social entrepreneurship and provided students with the necessary tools to work at or create social enterprises.
Deepti has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Osmania University, and a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. While Deepti’s background is in engineering, she has increasingly expanded the scope of her research and work to include social sciences and public policy along with engineering and science.
Ashok is very active in developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem for clean technologies across India. As consultant to the World Bank’s infoDev Climate Technology Program, he has designed a Climate Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center for India to develop innovation capacity at the grassroots and bridge the ‘valley of death’ with a high-risk fund. He also spearheaded a KfW/SIDBI joint project to design and implement debt financing mechanism for innovative SMEs
in the clean technologies. He founded & chairs the Clean Tech Special Interest Group (SIG) within TiE Bangalore – an organization that works for fostering entrepreneurship. He is also the founding co-chair of IIT Mentors – a Pan IIT Global Mentorship Program.
Ashok received his B.Tech. from IIT Kanpur and Ph.D. from University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
From 1998, I have been an Advisor and Board member at Science Parks and Incubators located in leading Indian academic Institutions– IIT Kharagpur, Bref Biotech, Kharagpur, CMERI (R&D ,CSIR), Durgapore, Innovation Park, MMRDA, Mumbai and others.
In 2010 I realized that there is a major disconnect. An entrepreneurial mindset and those of faculty members at these institutions are quite in variance (Indian foray into structure knowledge entrepreneurship is hardly a decade old. This does not take away the fact that there are millions of entrepreneurs in India engaged in all sort of business. Youth from the middle class with college degree is recent ). I also found that my colleagues at these institutions focused on their careers and related issues. It did create a chasm. My greatest compliments have been from my startups, many of whom have graduated from the institutes where I was involved. They keep in touch.
I got the opportunities in speaking to varied faculty members and students at leading academic institutions in the world and including India. I was invited as a Judge for the Intel Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge at UC B in 2007. Seven top level VC fund managers were the other members of the panel. Spending a day with people who have funded some of the most successful ventures in the world has been a lifetime experience. For the past 2 years I am also on the Mentors’ panel for ‘Power of Ideas’ a Business Plan competition conducted by the Economic Times group of Newspapers.
I am now again backing my business. My interest areas are alive through my mentoring initiatives as a consultant. In 201I one of my team won the EMTEC social entrepreneur of the year challenge and the other won the Texas A&M-Lockheed Martin Challenge. For more on my activities please visit www.startupfacilitator.com. My first book on my entrepreneurship journey will hopefully be available from end April 2013.
Mark works as a consulting engineer and a water and wastewater technology consultant. He is also the current Director of Environmental Programs at Environmental Initiative, a Minneapolis area non-profit organization that works to find collaborative solutions to environmental problems. Mark earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Grinnell College and a M.S. in environmental engineering from the University of Minnesota.
He specializes in nurturing inclusive enterprises and helps them to develop long term corporate strategy and build business models with focus on scalability and sustainability. Earlier he has worked with fast growing hi-tech companies such as Zyme Solutions and Aditi Technologies.
He is a keen observer of Indian Politics and has been the Coordinator of Karnataka Election Watch (KEW) for the Lok Sabha elections in 2009 as well as member of the KEW in Karnataka Assembly Elections in 2008.
He is on the Board of NammaCycle and Reap Benefit and on the panel of various startup competitions including the Acara Challenge and the William James Foundation’s Entreprenuership challenge that focuses on a sustainable and equitable tomorrow.
Sridhar has an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and a BE in Computer Science with distinction from Bangalore University.
Prior to joining Tact, Sam helped his clients develop growth strategies, manage complex change, develop the next generation of leaders, re-design their organizations, and improve the functionality, productivity, and cohesiveness of their teams through his work within McKinsey’s Organization Practice, Deloitte’s Human Capital Practice, and FMI’s Leadership and Organizational Development Practice.
In addition to consulting, Sam has also worked more operational roles through his work managing $50M in biotech construction projects for DPR Construction and through sourcing, investing in, and managing a wide variety of agricultural, mobile banking, and solar lighting technology companies in India, Kenya, Zambia, and Indonesia as a Portfolio Manager for the Grassroots Business Fund.
Sam is deeply passionate about character development, entrepreneurship, and educational innovation, and has lived out those passions by founding the Marshall Honor Committee at USC, serving as a Board Member for Youth Frontiers, volunteering with Hands On Disaster Response, and serving as an adviser to Ashoka Twin Cities.
He’s married to his dream girl, has been blessed with a miracle of a daughter, and is continually searching for new ways to make the world a better place for both of them.
He did his PhD from the University of Cambridge, MS from the University of Minnesota and BS from IIT Roorkee. After a brief stint as Cornell University faculty he joined Pratt in 1998. In his 15 years at Pratt, Vivek has helped lead the transformation of engineering, manufacturing operations and supply chain organization. He is Lean certified by the University of Michigan, his engineering standard work project has been published as a Harvard Case Study and is involved in the integration of supply chain organizations across various aerospace divisions at United Technologies Corporation. He is currently a General Manager at Pratt leading a $1/2B manufacturing business.
Prior to Upstream Technologies, A.J. worked as a civil engineer for 15 years. During this time, he was a manager on several Minnesota Department of Transportation projects, including the $140,000,000 reconstruction of Interstate 494 through Eden Prairie and Minnetonka. In the spring of 2010 A.J. was a participant in the Acara Challenge, on the MyRain team. He also served as a mentor for the Pure Pots team in 2013.
He is currently on the board of directors of Fareway Stores, a chain of 104 retail grocery stores headquartered in Boone, Iowa, and Samaritan Way, a non-profit corporation in Elk River, Minnesota. A.J. holds BS and MS degrees in civil engineering from Oklahoma State University and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.
She founded niiti consulting (www.niiticonsulting.com) in 2010, with the aim of supporting and enabling programmes and organisations that create large scale social impact. Since then, Meena has led many projects with educational and healthcare institutions, NGOs, corporates and social enterprises alike with her band of very passionate professionals who are committed to being the change. Through the initiatives at Niiti consulting, she has helped build public outreach strategies, conducted feasibility studies, assessed social impact and provided research and documentation support to start-ups as well as well established organizations.
She is an advisor with Dialogue Social Enterprise (www.dialogue-se.com), and is a visiting faculty on marketing and social entrepreneurship in many business schools in India and abroad. She has been a frequently invited speaker and panellist at internationally recognised events for many years. She played a crucial role in publishing the book, “Employees First Customers Second”, and been a sounding board for several well-known authors on subjects around marketing and social entrepreneurship. She shares her thoughts on her blog www.lifeintwohours.com and also writes for www.thebetterindia.com.
At the Archibald Bush Foundation he led the InCommons initiative, a culture shift movement. InCommons is a new philanthropic approach whose mission is to inspire, support and connect community-powered problem-solvers to create the vision: A resilient region powered by community who in the face of tough problems, people see each other as the solution. This movement is being achieved through capacity building in community conversations, on-line asset mapping competitions, connecting networks to share knowledge, and inspiring courage through storytelling. The work is done deep in communities and across three states.
As the Sustainability Manager for Cagwin & Dorward, a top 25 Landscape Contracting firm in the United States, he led the transformation of this 400 employee, 55 year old, $30 million conventional company into an Environmentally Responsible pioneer in the land management industry. The World Café was an essential process to empowering staff to co-create, collaborate on new initiatives, and to create a learning organization. Jake’s efforts were rewarded when Cagwin & Dorward received the 2009 national PLANET (Professional Landcare Network) Award for Sustainable Business.
At a young age, Jake developed his abilities in regenerative practices at all levels of systems. He enjoyed the unique opportunity of growing up on a sustainable farm which included a self‐built solar home, a full root cellar each winter, creating a local economic system, and community collaboration to meet the needs of many families.