Arun Kumar

Arun Kumar

Arun Kumar is the CEO of Apnalaya–an organisation that works with the disadvantaged to overcome social, political and economic barriers and help them lead a better quality of life. He has worked with SPOs in the field of social development/education/child rights for over two decades. Through the lens of social justice, he has engaged with issues of marginalisation, both in urban and rural spaces. He has also developed programs and strengthened organisations invested in holistic development of communities on the margins.

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Anurag Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap

An engineer-MBA by qualification, Anurag has more than 25 years of experience in diverse fields–from tennis coaching to selling pagers, internet and mobile connections; from advising governments on public-private partnerships to designing and implementing CSR programs. He is the Founder-Director of Shakti Foundation which broadly operates in rehabilitation of children with special needs, alternative livelihood development for women, environment and sustainability, and remedial education and life skill development for children.

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Anand Bang

Anand Bang

Anand Bang is a medical doctor and public health practitioner. He works with the Society for Education, Action & Research in Community Health (SEARCH), a non-profit working in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra for the past 14 years on health service delivery, training, research and advocacy for influencing policy in the field of tribal health, mother/newborn & child health, chronic diseases and substance abuse.

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Ravi Singh

Ravi Singh

Ravi Singh is the Secretary General and CEO of WWF-India since 2003. Prior to this, he was the General Manager and Head, Multi National Corporates, Deutsche Bank, Mumbai. He started his career as a Lecturer of History in Bhagat Singh College, Delhi University, later joining The Chartered Bank (now Standard Chartered Bank) in 1976 and Deutsche Bank in 1985. Beside his professional achievements in the corporate sector, Ravi has been involved in conservation-related issues since 1976, and has been a member of several conservation organisations, including WWF and the BNHS.

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Sudarshan Suchi

Sudarshan Suchi

Sudarshan Suchi is Save the Children’s Chief Executive Officer. He is a seasoned civil society leader with three decades of local to global experience in academics, development and corporate setting; and, an authority in participatory practices to empower communities to lead transformation.

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Kushagra Merchant

Kushagra Merchant

Kushagra Merchant is the Co-Founder of Social Synergy Foundation. He works with small to medium-sized non-profits and grant-based old-fashioned institutional donors to provide organisational development support. He has been in the management consulting profession since 2007, and has experience in strategy consulting, organisational restructuring & development. Before he founded Social Synergy, Kushagra was a Management Consultant at Monitor Group and Accenture.

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Sujatha Rao

Sujatha Rao

Sujatha Rao is Founder-Director at Viridus Social Impact Solutions. She works in the areas of education, technology and organisation development. Over the last two decades, her interest and research have been in studying how SPOs can be designed in ways that empower human agency and enhance organisational impact. She has worked in and consulted widely in the areas of organisational development, leadership, executive development, and in vocational and school education across private, not-for-profit and public sectors both in India and overseas.

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Kannan Gopalakrishnan

Kannan Gopalakrishnan

Kannan Gopalakrishnan has 20+ years of corporate experience in Consumer Goods and FMCG in general management, marketing, sales and distribution and retail. He leads rural/agriculture initiatives and is part of the healthcare and micro-enterprises initiatives at Social Venture Partners.

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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.