Senior Advisor & Head of Innovations, Tata Trusts
Founder Director& CEO, Foundation for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
Manoj is a senior advisor to Tata Trusts, where, in addition to his advisory role, he also owns the executive responsibility for all university/institutional partnerships, and manages the Innovations/R&D portfolio. Manoj has conceived and co-founded the Foundation for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (FISE) to nurture social innovators through their lab to market journey. Manoj is also the architect and chief evangelist of Social Alpha, an ecosystem stack that aims to provide full lifecycle, Idea-to-Impact support to social innovators and entrepreneurs. He has been an entrepreneur as well as an angel/seed investor with about 15 startups in his current portfolio. Manoj serves on the advisory and governing boards of a number of companies, including a few non-profits and research institutions.
Head of Innovations and Technology at Tata Trusts
Director at the Foundation for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (FISE)
With an experience of around 15 years in the field of rural development, Ganesh works towards creating disruptive technological solutions that cater to community development. He joined Sir Ratan Tata Trust in 2004 as a Programme Associate handling the flagship programme – Central India Initiative, focusing on enhancing livelihoods of tribal communities in central India. Post this, he led the Central India Initiative as the Executive Director of Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI), Jamshedpur, an associate organisation of the Trusts. During his seven-year tenure at CInI, thematic initiatives such as kharif maize stabilisation, non-timber forest produce and strengthening community institutions were developed in collaboration with the tribal communities in Jharkhand, Orissa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan. He presently leads CInI, which is executing the “Lakhpati Kisan – Smart Village” focused programme and also supervising key programmes like improved cook stoves and Transform Rural India which would create a large scale positive impact for rural communities. Apart from his role at the Trusts, he is a Director at the Foundation for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (FISE).
Dr. Swati Subodh, PhD, is the Co-founder 1M1B Foundation. In various capacities as a Scientist with private and government agencies in India she has worked extensively in clinical research and genomics. She is passionate about innovative solutions in healthcare.
Srikanth worked in the Financial Technologies and Global Investment Banking with Goldman Sachs and RBS for about 5 years before joining the development sector. He is a member of the Venture Development team and manages Social Alpha’s incubation pipeline and portfolio. Srikanth has a B Tech degree in Electronics & Communications from NIT Surathkal and an MBA from IIM Bangalore. His interest areas are education, livelihoods and rural innovation. He actively works with technology startups in this space.
Chavi Vohra is a Post Graduate in Human Rights and Human Resource Management. She is trained by Save the Children, Sweden as a country trainer. She is also a Member of the UN’s Policy & Strategy Group on World We Want 2015. Chavi has extensive experience in the promotion of human rights, protection, non-violent learning, emotional intelligence and self-development methods with an objective to contribute to human protection and creation of safe spaces.
Ritu Singh is the founding member and Director of Curriculum & Training for 1M1B Foundation. She has over 15 years of experience in the development sector and has been responsible for development and deployment of entrepreneurship-related content across multiple regions globally, over the last 7 years. Ritu holds a B.A. (Honours) degree in Psychology from Lady Sri Ram College, University of Delhi and a Master of Arts in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Abhiram Natrajan is a former TFI fellow, and is an Electronics and Instrumentation Engineer. Currently, he is a senior fellow at 1M1B Foundation. He considers himself as an avid sports person and loves to take risks in life. He believes in the power of education to bring social change and is often found working with children and village citizens in underserved communities.