Sudheesh Venkatesh

Sudheesh Venkatesh

Sudheesh Venkatesh is the Chief People Officer of Azim Premji Foundation and serves on the board of management of Azim Premji University. He is the Regional President–South of the National Human Resource Development Network (2019-21) and serves on its National Board. He was earlier the Shared Services Lead for Tesco's People & Payroll program in the UK. Prior to this, he headed Human Resources for Tesco in India. He started his career with Asian Paints where he was instrumental in setting up the training function.

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Suman Srivastava

Suman Srivastava

Passionate about the role of marketing in the social sector, Suman Srivastava teaches ‘Marketing and Communication’ at ISDM. He is the Founder and Innovation Artist at Marketing Unplugged, and the author of the book, Marketing Unplugged: Spotting the Elephants in the Room (2016). Suman has been the CEO of Euro RSCG India, and the Vice Chairman & Chief Strategy Officer of the FCB-Ulka Group in India. He has taught at IIMs in Ahmedabad & Bangalore, ISB Hyderabad, IITs at Bombay and Kharagpur, and MICA.

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Raj Gilda

Raj Gilda

Raj Gilda is a banker-turned-social entrepreneur. He is the Co-Founder of Lend A Hand India, an NGO focused on providing vocational education in secondary schools in India. Raj's journey in the world of skilling began as a son of a small kirana (grocery) store owner as an ‘intern’ to his father at the age of 9, learning invaluable skills–right from sweeping the floor and managing cash to handling customers. The same trend continued with Raj selling life insurance policies to partly pay for his studies.

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Prerit Rana

Prerit Rana

Prerit Rana leads Agrasar, a non-profit social impact organisation working with the disadvantaged communities in India for attaining equitable access to education, and safe schooling opportunities. Having worked for a telecom company as an engineer, he quit in 2006 in the pursuit of a more "meaningful career" and joined a non-profit organisation as a full-time volunteer. In the initial days of Agrasar, Prerit had also worked as a consultant for the Government of India and various corporates and SPOs.

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Pradyut Bhattacharjee

Pradyut Bhattacharjee

Pradyut Bhattacharjee is the Executive Director of Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA)–a premier development organisation of North-East India since 2015. He is an Engineer by education and has been a development professional for the past 18 years, leading teams and projects during his stint with Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN) in Jharkhand & Chhattisgarh. He has varied experience of promoting & nurturing women’s collectives, grooming young professionals, and organisation development processes.

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Prabhat Labh

Prabhat Labh

Prabhat Labh is the CEO of Grameen Foundation India, an innovator in the use of digital technology to advance financial inclusion. He is an international development expert with over two decades of experience in leading programs and initiatives across 20 countries in Asia, Africa and North America. Prabhat previously designed and led programs at The MasterCard Foundation that focused on access to savings services for low-income populations.

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Mukti Bosco

Mukti Bosco

Mukti Bosco, Co-Founder of Healing Fields, has utilised her deep understanding of rural communities and their needs to pioneer a series of community-driven innovations in health and women empowerment. Mukti's 20-yr journey developing community health and empowerment began with one of the first micro-insurance programs in India and has expanded to include education, health services and livelihood development. Today, Mukti leads a preventative health education program that reaches over 6 million families in India.

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Khushboo Awasthi

Khushboo Awasthi

Khushboo Awasthi is the co-founder of Mantra4Change, a social enterprise that works to improve the quality of education in low-income schools, serving the first-generation learners from underprivileged sections of society. Founded in 2013 by a team of committed and passionate individuals and growing in strength, Mantra4Change believes in the need for an association of like-minded people and organisations to inspire action and sustain change efforts. It aims to create a better world with equal opportunities for all with quality and equity in education.

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Deepak Menon

Deepak Menon

Deepak Menon is an Executive Coach, Social Impact Advisor and Co-Host of WorkWisePod focusing on entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs and small business owners. He gets inspired by entrepreneurs with a sense of mission–both from the social impact space and the commercial world. He takes pride in coaching those whom he calls ‘Purposeful Entrepreneurs’–who build something grander than themselves to achieve sustainable growth with ease and joy. Deepak helps develop their leadership potential, design a trusting work culture, and resolve complex strategic problems.

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Daniel Sinnathamby

Daniel Sinnathamby

Daniel Sinnathamby is the Country Director for Pathfinder in India. Of Sri Lankan origin, Daniel is a development and humanitarian professional with 30 years of strategic leadership and management experience with agencies in Asia and Africa. Prior to Pathfinder International, Daniel worked with Oxfam for 9 years as a Regional Program and Humanitarian Manager in Asia and Southern Africa. He was also Country Director for Oxfam in the Philippines, Mozambique and Angola, and Leadership Advisor for Oxfam in Indonesia.

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Mentorship at ISDM

The ISDM Mentorship Program steers young professionals in their journey towards becoming authentic development management professionals. ISDM sees the development space as requiring the application of management disciplines that are unique and tailored to the scale of the sector. Management that does not merely retrofit business management to development projects, but one that is born specifically from the coming together of the two crucial domains. Fostering meaningful connections is key to this synthesis.

ISDM students are mentored by a select group of experienced professionals holding senior leadership positions across industries and domains. These interactions are centred on making sound professional choices, providing sustained guidance, and enhancing the students’ experience throughout the course at ISDM and beyond.

The ISDM Mentorship Program is facilitated through Mentornity–a mentoring software to build and manage effective mentoring programs.