Speakers at Chaupal 2019

Anshu Gupta

Founder – Goonj..

Anshu Gupta, popularly known as the Clothing Man is the Founder of an Indian based nonprofit – Goonj. One of India’s leading social entrepreneurs Anshu brings to the table an instinctive empathy and connect with people, moving the focus from the conventional – giver’s pride to the unconventional – receiver’s dignity. Asia’s Noble, the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay award 2015, conferred to him credited him for ‘his creative vision in transforming the culture of giving in India, his enterprising leadership in treating cloth as a sustainable development resource for the poor, and in reminding the world that true giving always respects and preserves human dignity’.

Mumbai

Satyajit Bhatkal

Mumbai

Satyajit Bhatkal is an Indian television and film director, best known as creator of Satyamev Jayate. He is also the CEO of Paani Foundation, a non-profit, non-governmental organization that is active in the area of drought prevention and watershed management in the state of Maharashtra. Born and raised in Mumbai, Satyajit practiced law for over a decade- was actively involved in important social and political causes and wrote extensively on them. His experiences as an activist and as a lawyer led him to believe he had a story to tell and he quit law to work in film and television. He was a part of the core production team of Lagaan and also directed National Award winning documentary, ‘Chale Chalo’.

Avinash Das

Mumbai

Avinash Das is an Indian film Director best known for his directorial debut, Anaarkali Of Aaraah. Avinash began his career in journalism with Prabhat Khabar Daily newspaper and led the Patna and Deoghar edition as Resident editor. He got recognition for his extensive reporting of Bihar floods. In 1997, under the leadership of Magsaysay Winner Rajendra Singh, he invested one year to understand the water revolution around Arawali and wrote five books on the subject with Mohan Shrotriya. In 2006, his blog Mohalla Live was launched to provide an opportunity for debate and discussion in the Hindi. Before venturing into filmmaking, Avinash also served as the Senior Correspondent of Satyamev Jayate.

Ruby Ahluwalia

Mumbai

Sanjeevani … Life Beyond Cancer was founded by Ruby Ahluwalia in 2012 for prevention and early detection of cancer and providing care, counselling and rehabilitation to cancer patients with focus on navigating them towards wellness. Ruby, a serving bureaucrat, was diagnosed with Triple Negative (Stage 3) Breast Cancer in 2009. Having under gone the emotional stress, financial drain, physical pain and challenges associated with fighting this deadly disease decided to make the journey for other persons fighting cancer less strenuous. She started this organization post her treatment under the guidance of a Board of Mentors which comprises of people from a wide range of fields.

Naghma Mulla

Mumbai

Naghma Mulla, the Chief Operating officer at EdelGive Foundation spearheads its three verticals- Investments & Programmes, Fundraising & Partnerships and Employee Engagement. She actively works towards creating and maintaining a sustainable philanthropy network to support EdelGive investee portfolio. Naghma is also deeply involved with the Capacity Building Model wherein she works towards sourcing high quality solutions in aid of critical organizational issues being faced by investee organizations. Prior to this, she had a stint with Bajaj Allianz where she formed part of the core Finance Team and is a mentor at NSRCEL – IIM Bangalore.

Delhi

Aditya Natraj

Delhi

Aditya Natraj is the founder of KEF and currently oversees development of 1400 school leaders, 4200 district leaders and 1200 state leaders across 15 states to effect systemic change and improve student learning outcomes. KEF also runs the prestigious Gandhi Fellowship programme with 1000+ Fellows and Alumni. He has worked with a range of corporate consulting firms like KPMG to World Bank and headed Pratham Gujarat Operations. Aditya has been awarded with the Ashoka Fellowship, Echoing Green Fellowship, Aspen India Fellowship and the Times Now Amazing Indian award in the Education category.

Sevanti Ninan

Delhi

Sevanti Ninan is a Delhi-based columnist writing on media for The Hindu and is also the Founder-editor of The Hoot.org. Hoot was the first to systematically demystify newsroom decision-making in the country. It directed at journalists the probing and critique that they subjected others to. Prior to Hoot, Sevanti has worked with the Hindustan Times and the Indian Express. She has also penned several books including Through the Magic Window: Television and Change in India, Plain Speaking with Chandrababu Naidu and Headlines from the Heartland: Reinventing the Hindi Public Sphere.

Venkat Krishnan

Delhi

Venkat Krishnan, founder and former CEO of GiveIndia, is one of the leading lights behind Daan Utsav and also plays a major role in organising it. GiveIndia was conceived by Venkat in 1999 after graduating from IIM Ahmedabad. He wanted to create a credible link between people willing to donate and credible grass root NGOs which work for the poor. By April 2014, over 2,00,000 donors across the globe have been involved in supporting 270 organisations through GiveIndia, channelling over Rs. 130 crores, thus impacting over 1 million lives.

Ravi Gulati

Delhi

Ravi is the Founder of Manzil, which provides after school tuitions to the underprivileged in New Delhi. He graduated with an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and began his corporate career in Canada only to give up eight months later. Ravi took to teaching children of drivers, barbers and maids near his home in New Delhi’s Khan Market. He wanted to work in the villages but stayed back in Delhi because two children needed tuitions from him. While he taught them, he realised what he was doing was equally important in urban India as what he would have done in rural India, which laid the foundation for Manzil.

Amitabh Behar

Delhi

Amitabh is the CEO of Oxfam India and former Executive Director of National Foundation for India. Over the years, he has worked on building people-centric campaigns, alliances for social justice, and linking micro-activism to macro changes. Amitabh is one of the leading experts of people-centered advocacy and chairs organisational boards of Amnesty International India, Navsarjan, and Yuva. He is the vice board chair of CIVICUS and also sits on the board of other organisations like Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA), Mobile Crèche, VANI, Global Fund for Community Foundation (GFCF).

Sanghamitra Chakraborty

Delhi

In a career spanning nearly 28 years, Sanghamitra Chakraborty has worked with Sunday magazine, The Statesman, The Times of India, Outlook and went on to launch Prevention and Women’s Health, both women’s health magazines, for the India Today Group. An editor for the past 12 years, her heart still lies in ground reporting with a focus on health, environment and human rights. Her current passion is Reader’s Digest, a natural homing ground for her, given her love for reading and social issues. She is the first woman editor of Reader’s Digest, India.

Bangalore

Harish Hande

Bangalore

Harish Hande is an Indian social entrepreneur, who co-founded SELCO India in 1995. He was awarded with the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2011 for “his pragmatic efforts to put solar power technology in the hands of the poor, through his social enterprise SELCO India”. SELCO INDIA under the leadership of Hande has won the Ashden Award in 2005 and again in 2007. In 2007, The award was presented by Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States of America. He was named the Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

Vijay Pratap Singh Aditya

Bangalore

Vijay is a first-generation entrepreneur innovating integrated platforms for enabling access to services and markets for millions of rural customers and businesses. Vijay’s work focuses on developing technology platforms for enabling access to markets, agriculture value chain, financial services and enterprise services for rural businesses, producers and artisans. He was awarded the “Civil Society Citizen Karmaveer Puraskaar – Social Entrepreneur, 2012 – 13” and is a part of global community of social entrepreneurs as Ashoka – Lemelson Fellow and Ashoka Globalizer Fellow 2010 & 2012. He is also founding member and the Chairman of Technical Affairs Committee of the Business Correspondent Federation of India (BCFI), promoting financial inclusion in India.

Vasanthi Hariprakash

Bangalore

Vasanthi Hariprakash is a journalist, speaker, film festival curator, and also a social commentator. She has worked with the New Indian Express desk, Radio City 91.1 FM Bangalore, NDTV 24×7 and also with BBC World News, and now is a media trainer. She assists corporates, NGOs, small companies, who feel the need to be media savvy. Among assignments, Vasanthi has played a culture-bridge at Brussels in a conversation backed by the European Union, trained airmen of the Indian Air Force and scientists of Philips on communication. Vasanthi is also the founder of Pickle Jar that creates & curates film festivals and programs of social relevance

Abraham Moses

Bangalore

Abraham Moses received widespread recognition for going the extra mile to ensure the safety of employees during 2004 Bangalore floods at Mindtree. He worked with his team through the night, to ensure the safety of employees, and also cleaned up the premises so that the engineers’ work cycle was not disturbed. It was this combination of Moses’ personality that got him his unique designation: General Manager & Good Samaritan. In 2012, he was honoured with the “Good Samaritan” philanthropy award by Forbes India magazine, for his efforts.

Bharat Nayak

Bangalore

As the Editorial Director, Bharat heads the newsroom and is also responsible for strategizing and overseeing the execution of content at The Logical Indian. Their organization not only aims to report news and issues that matter but also gives you the opportunity to take action. Their campaigns and collective efforts have brought significant impact at policy levels to grassroots levels. As the founding member, Bharat has worked towards laying down the editorial policy at TLI, conceptualising and designing campaign strategies and heading collaborations. He has also been instrumental in campaigns such as #EndAcidSale, #IndiaWantsNetNeutrality, #SkillNotScars, #IStandWithRekha, which led to some policy-level changes as well.