Shashi Sharma

  • Live Webinar on Measuring The Impact Of Social Enterprises

     

     

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    WEBINAR 14

    MEASURING THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL ENTERPRISES

    Speakers' Panel:

    Dr. Jayanti Ravi, IAS, Principle Secretary, Public Health, Govt. Of Gujrat (India),

    Ms. Deepa Prahalad Abhyankar, Author, Speaker and Innovation Consultant,

    AND

    Dr. Kavita Kapur, President and Co Founder at India-Latin America Associates

    Webinar Moderator:

    Mr. Arun Jain, Founder, Mission Samriddhi

    Webinar Chair:

    Ambassador Pradeep Kapur, Executive Director, Smart Village
    Development Initiative, WHEELS

     

    Edward Deming, the renowned Statistician, famously said, "In God we trust. All others must bring data."

    There is also an edict in Quality, that this Quality Guru used to say: "You cannot manage, if you cannot measure". Such principles of  managing for profit business also applies to managing non-profit enterprises, specially  in current philanthropy where it is viewed as investments to create social impacts.

    And, so it is for all those involved in Social Impact projects! Whether we are Givers, Takers, Doers, or Enablers - measurement and collecting relevant data is imperative for accountability to the beneficiaries as core to their mission, performance, and operations. Funders/donors are led by understanding the 'impact' of their social investment. Regulators are guided by best practices that are aligned with national priorities and can be achieved with maximum benefits at least risk and cost.

    But, everyone in social enterprises is grappling with qualitative vs quantitative, financial vs non-financial, historical vs forecast measures. What vectors are important - individual, social, regional, national, or economic? Over what period of time is the measurement relevant: immediate, present, or future? Also, the measurement cannot be just an academic or technical exercise unless it is also usable for planning and reporting purposes. It must be specific for the intervention and useful to regulators and policymakers for governance. Is there a common methodology or best practice that serves any type of intervention? Often, donors make decisions to pay based on measurable outcomes but risk all those 'unmeasurable' outcomes with obvious social importance!  

    Our final webinar for 2020 brings five thought leaders to discuss:

    • What measurement makes sense and for whom: beneficiaries, donors, and government regulators?
    • When is a good time to measure interventions?
    • How can data be used and by whom?
    • How does one integrate data into an organization, governance, business processes, and procedures?
    • What vectors are most served by data: individual growth, community, regional development, or economic growth?
    • For right vectors of Scaling, do we collect data on size only or also on the direction ?
    • Like 'Return-on-investment', how can one calculate a 'Return-on- Social Enterprise'?

    Please join us on Friday, November 13th 2020, from 09 AM to 11:30 AM (US EST), 07:30 PM to 9 PM (IST) to participate in a lively discussion.

    Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to info@wheelsglobal.org. Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar. You can join the webinar 15 min early (i.e. 08:45 AM ET OR 07:15 PM IST) to watch the slide show on WGF activities and related project's videos. Past webinars have stressed the importance of collaboration among NGOs to scale operations and increase the impact. For more information visit: www.wheelsglobal.org


    WHEELS Global Foundation(WGF), "An Initiative of IIT Alumni, USA" with the mission of Technology Enabled Philanthropy. 

    WHEELS has also been selected by NITI Aayog, Govt. of India as a member of committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer.


    WEBINAR SPEAKERS

    Dr. Jayanti Ravi is a scientist, civil servant, writer, speaker, educator, performing vocalist and thinker. With a master's degree in nuclear physics from the University of Madras, an MPA from Harvard University and a PhD in e-governance, she has authored books, published in international journals, guided doctoral students and also been a visiting faculty at Harvard University. Her professional experience includes serving as DDO in Sabarkantha, as collector in Panchmahals and as director of the National Advisory Council with the Prime Minister's Office.

    As principal secretary and commissioner, rural development, Gujarat, she has championed the Swachh Bharat Mission for rural sanitation in the state. Her innovative and creative multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving has led to major transformational outcomes across various sectors. Presently, she serves in Gujarat as the principal secretary and commissioner, health and family welfare.


    Ms. Deepa Prahalad Abhyankar is an author, speaker and innovation/design strategy consultant with an emphasis on emerging markets and social innovation. She has worked with start-ups and large multinationals, and researched and co-authored the book, Predictable Magic: Unleash The Power of Design Strategy To Transform Your Business, which was selected by Fast Company as one of the “Best Design Books of the Year”. She is also a frequent blogger on the Huffington Post, Harvard Business Review, and other publications.

    Deepa holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She is an elected member of the International Academy of Management and was ranked #34 on the inaugural Thinkers 50 India list. She is a member of Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches program, selected from among 16,000 applicants worldwide.

    Deepa is also active in non-profit boards. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the Global Peter Drucker Forum, Arogya World and is a patron of the Indiaspora Forum. Deepa is an Advisor/ Investor for ReMaterials, an innovative and transformational roofing company in India. An art enthusiast, she is on the Board of the Committee for Arts of the Indian Subcontinent (CAIS) at the San Diego Museum of Art.


    Dr. Kavita Kapur has more than 20 years of work experience, as a consultant, executive coach, trainer and faculty in Management and Organizational Behaviour. Her consultancy work has been primarily in the area of Management of Change, Organizational Development, Leadership, Cultural Sensitivity, Diversity and Inclusion. She has a wide range of practical experience and managerial consultancy skills with a global perspective having worked in India, Nepal, Cambodia and Chile. Research in deep level diversity and personal experience of living in different countries have further honed her skills of facilitating the development of multicultural bonds and leveraging diversity through building cultural competence, using processes of appreciative inquiry, networking and enhancing cultural sensitivity.

    Kavita is a PhD in Organizational Behaviour from Management Development Institute (MDI), India. and has been teaching management courses at the Adolfo Ibanez School of Management, Chile; Pannashastra University, Cambodia; and Kathmandu University, Nepal. Kavita has worked as an HR Manager in multi-national corporations and as a Management Trainer and Change Management Consultant in HR, Organizational Development, Total Quality Management, Leadership, Cultural Sensitivity, Diversity and Inclusion.Her varied experience of being a practitioner, consultant, trainer and researcher has given her a unique blend of skills and competencies as a management professional. Her current research interests are in the area of geographically dispersed multicultural teams, team diversity, cross cultural management, and expatriate adjustment. She was the founder and Patron of the Indian Social Network, an association of Indian expats in Chile and was the President of the Diplomatic Spouses Association in Chile, organizing various fund raising and social welfare events and activities. She was awarded for “Empowerment of Women, 2013” for her social and professional work in Chile by Mujer Opina, an NGO.


    Ambassador Pradeep Kapur had a distinguished career working closely with leaders and policy makers in different continents of the world: Asia - South Asia and South East Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America. He brings with him years of on-the-ground experience in countries as diverse as Tanzania, Nepal, Cambodia, France, Spain, UK, USA and Chile, besides rising to the level of Secretary at the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India. He is currently working as International Strategic Economic Adviser to Intellect Design Arena Inc.; Executive Director of “Smart Village Development Fund”; Director, Ambassador's Circle, American Hindu Coalition; and Chairman, Advisory Council, DiplomacyIndia.com. He has also made significant contributions as an academic. He was Visiting Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, Visiting Scholar at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, and Diplomatic Associate at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.


    Mr. Arun Jain is the Founder of Polaris Group and Chairman & Managing Director of Intellect Design Arena Limited, the world’s first full spectrum Banking and Insurance Technology Products Company. Intellect powers over 240 leading Global Banks and Financial Institutions, with a revenue of INR 1351 Crores (USD 191 Mn) and an employee base of over 4500. Arun commenced his entrepreneurial journey by setting up Nucleus Software Workshop in 1986, Polaris Software in 1993 and Intellect in 2011.


    As an evangelist of Design Thinking, his brainchild - FinTech 8012, the World’s First Design Center at Chennai dedicated to Financial Technology came into being. With the constant drive to better the community around him, he instituted Mission Samriddhi – a social impact enterprise dedicated to holistic human development in India, Ullas Trust – a social impact organisation working towards igniting less privileged young minds into realizing their true potential and START-UP Nukkad – a unique initiative for budding Entrepreneurs to understand their purpose and nurture and mentor their innovative thinking using 10X model.


    Arun has been nominated as the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Information Technology Ranchi, Jharkhand, India recently by Hon'ble President of India. He is entrusted with the responsibility of the Chief Mentor of the FinTech Centre of Excellence at STPI, Chennai setup by Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Govt. of India in association with the ELCOT, Govt. of Tamil Nadu. He holds/ has held prestigious positions in various other forums like National Software Product Mission (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology), National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Madras Management Association (MMA), and the Indo American Chamber of Commerce (IACC).


    Arun has been bestowed with numerous accolades including the Dronacharya Award 2019 by TiECON Chennai, ‘CII Lifetime Achievement Award’, ‘Lifetime Achievement Award at the Design Thinking Conclave & Awards 2018’, ‘Indo‐ASEAN Business Initiative Award’, Rotary Club’s ‘For The Sake of Honour Award’, Lions Clubs International award for "Youth Empowerment'' ‘Pathfinders – Award for Excellence in IT & ITES recognized by Times Group’, 'ICICI Venture - CII Connect Entrepreneur Award', ‘Lions Clubs International award for Youth Empowerment’ and Business Mentor Award by Vikatan Group, one of South India's leading media powerhouses. With a legacy of 93 years, Vikatan Group has been a pioneer in the media space in South India. Arun holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering.



  • published WHEELS Awarded by Sadhbhavna Award in Latest News 2020-10-22 05:52:59 -0400

    WHEELS Awarded Sadhbhavna Award by IPAC

     

     

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    "SADBHAVANA AWARD"

    is awarded to the

    WHEELS GLOBAL FOUNDATION

    by the Indo-American Press Corp. at a ceremony broadcast in USA, Canada, India, and a few other countries. 

    Other awardees included Nitin Nohria of Harvard, Pradeep Khosla of UCSD, Ranjani Saigal of Ekal and a couple of others.

    WHEELS President "Mr. Suresh Shenoy" accepted the award on behalf of WHEELS team

    &

    Cordially Thanks to All Board members as well as Team

    Satyajit, Yagya, Sayantan, Kavita Kapur, Hiten, Dr. Raj Shah, Digvijay, Amb. Pradeep Kapur, Indrajit

     

    and everyone who has poured countless hours to make us appreciable. Getting WHEELS such recognition feels like an affirmation of our activities being of value and attracting attention for the causes we serve. Award Ceremony is hosted virtually where, more than 6000+ viewers joined the live event. You can view the recorded Award Ceremony event from the video mentioned below. Our Award winning segment started from 4:00 mins to 7:43 mins. Thank you!

     

    Recorded Video of Award Ceremony


    WHEELS Global Foundation(WGF), "An Initiative of IIT Alumni, USA" with the mission of Technology Enabled Philanthropy. 
    WHEELS has been selected by NITI Aayog, Govt. of India as a member of committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer.


  • Live Webinar on Changing Lives of the Poorest of Poor through Education



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    CHANGING LIVES OF THE POOREST OF POOR THROUGH EDUCATION

    Speakers' Panel:

    Mrs. Rashmi Misra, Founder Chairperson VIDYA,

    Mrs. Vinita Saraf, Founder & Trustee, EkTara,

    And

    Mr. Ajit George, Director of Operations Shanti Bhavan

    Webinar Moderator:

    Dr. Dhritiman Banerjee, Founder Kolkata Foundation

    Webinar Chair:

    Prof. Kannan Moudgalya, Head Spoken Tutorial, IIT Bombay

    In 2019, Indian Govt stated that 6.7% of its population is below the official poverty line. That is a significant improvement from 12.4% in 2012 or More than 80 million people were lifted out of poverty line in seven years thanks to the efforts of individuals and NGOs dedicated to education along with stellar efforts of the Government. This is a living testimonials to those who believed that:

    "Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to them who prepare for it today." 

    COVID-19 has shown that most affected by this pandemic are those at the bottom of the pyramid and we must leverage the wide-spread awareness and desire to collaborate with each other. With this goal, WHEELS is proud to present some NGOs led by visionaries and their lots of love in our webinar to reach out to those viewing discussions that you too can make a difference. 

    The session will be chaired by Prof Kannan Mudgalya of IIT-Mumbai and developer of Spoken Tutorials -- a technology tool that can make teach in major languages while standard content in English are displayed on the computer screen. This is how WHEELS is accelerating communication  of best practices in multilingual society and can collaborate for access to education in local languages.

    Objective of the Webinar:
    1. Describe how the project got initiated and how did you meet the challenges.
    2. What are unique success factors that enabled you to expand.?
    3. What are the lessons learnt  from COVID-19 pandemic ?
    4. How do you think you can collaborate with other NGOs on the panel and WHEELS to leverage the opportunities in Post Covid India?

    Please join us on Friday, October 23rd 2020, from 11 am to 12:30 pm (US EST), 8:30 pm to 10 pm (IST) to participate in a lively discussion.

    Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to info@wheelsglobal.org. Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar. You can join the webinar 15 min early (i.e. 10:45 AM ET OR 8:15 PM IST) to watch the slide show on WGF activities and related project's videos. Past webinars have stressed the importance of collaboration among NGOs to scale operations and increase the impact. For more information visit: www.wheelsglobal.org


    WHEELS Global Foundation(WGF), "An Initiative of IIT Alumni, USA" with the mission of Technology Enabled Philanthropy. 

    WHEELS has also been selected by NITI Aayog, Govt. of India as a member of committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer.



  • published Donate for BeyondCovid Book in Donate 2020-10-12 19:14:28 -0400

    Donate for BeyondCovid Book

    People who donate $60 or more to WHEELS, will get a hard bound copy of the book. Those who donate $75 or more, will get an author's autographed hard-bound copy of the book. If you donate $500 or more, you will also get a chance to interact with authors at a mutually agreed convenient time.

    Around the world, providing quality and affordable healthcare remains a challenge. As the COVID-19 pandemic began, it quickly became apparent that public policy and current healthcare systems were ill-prepared to deal with the challenges. Ambassador Pradeep Kapur and Dr. Joseph Chalil discuss the lessons learned in the book, Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic: Envisioning a Better World by Transforming the Future of Healthcare.

    The authors offer sustainable and revolutionary solutions to change healthcare delivery in the United States and a model for other countries. With a combination of a public SafetyNet and free-market competition, they offer their "Grand Plan." The advances and adoption of current and new technology will revolutionize the field of healthcare. They offer critical strategies that countries can adopt during natural disasters, wars, or a pandemic.

    The emerging world order, as envisioned by the authors, addresses healthcare needs, education, and sustainable lifestyle choices, reducing the need for more intensive and costly interventions to improve the overall quality of life. Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic: Envisioning a Better World by Transforming the Future of Healthcare does not stop with a plan for the United States healthcare system, but also organizations, such as the United Nations and the WHO, which are not living up to their initial promise. The authors suggest a roadmap that goes beyond just reform.

    With these lessons and their Grand Plan, Ambassador Kapur and Dr. Chalil challenge the world to have the political consensus to create meaningful change for all, both in the United States, the United Nations, and around the globe. You can see some further details of the book by clicking here (https://beyondcovidbook.com).

    About the Authors

    Ambassador Pradeep Kapur is an acknowledged “luminary diplomat,” with a distinguished career working with leaders and policymakers around the world. Author and editor of many books, he was Ambassador of India to Chile and to Cambodia, and Secretary at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. He graduated from the globally acclaimed Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D). He is Executive Director of Smart Village Development Fund (SVDF).

     

    Dr. Joseph Chalil, MD, MBA, FACHE, is the author of several scientific and research papers, and serves as the Chairman of Indo-American Press Club (IAPC), the largest ethnic Indian American media forum. He is also the Chairman of the Complex Health Systems Advisory Board, H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Dr. Chalil is an expert in U.S. healthcare policy and a strong advocate for patient-centered care. 

     

     

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  • published A Charitable Book Launch Celebration in Latest News 2020-10-04 15:44:23 -0400

    Special Invitation to a Charitable Book Launch Celebration

     

    EVENT RECORDING

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    WHEELS Global Foundation in association with Indo-American Press Club would like your 

    esteemed presence in the Book Launch Celebration of -

    “Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic: Envisioning a Better World by

    Transforming the Future of Healthcare”

    - by Ambassador Pradeep Kapur and Dr. Joseph Chalil

     

    Keynote Speaker :

    Mr. Aneesh Chopra - President of Care Journey, Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer under President Obama

    Remarks by:

    Mr. Sundaram "Sundy" Srinivasan - President of PAN IIT,

    Dr Sudhakar Jonalgadda - MD President of AAPI

    Chair:

    Mr. Suresh Shenoy - President, WHEELS Global Foundation, Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Bombay Class of 1972

    Moderator:

    Mr. Yogesh Andley - Director, WHEELS Charitable Foundation, Co-founder of Nucleus Software

     

    Around the world, providing quality and affordable healthcare remains a challenge. As the COVID-19 pandemic began, it quickly became apparent that public policy and current healthcare systems were ill-prepared to deal with the challenges. Ambassador Pradeep Kapur and Dr. Joseph Chalil discuss the lessons learned in the book, Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic: Envisioning a Better World by Transforming the Future of Healthcare.

    The authors offer sustainable and revolutionary solutions to change healthcare delivery in the United States and a model for other countries. With a combination of a public SafetyNet and free-market competition, they offer their "Grand Plan." The advances and adoption of current and new technology will revolutionize the field of healthcare. They offer critical strategies that countries can adopt during natural disasters, wars, or a pandemic.

    The emerging world order, as envisioned by the authors, addresses healthcare needs, education, and sustainable lifestyle choices, reducing the need for more intensive and costly interventions to improve the overall quality of life. Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic: Envisioning a Better World by Transforming the Future of Healthcare does not stop with a plan for the United States healthcare system, but also organizations, such as the United Nations and the WHO, which are not living up to their initial promise. The authors suggest a roadmap that goes beyond just reform.

    With these lessons and their Grand Plan, Ambassador Kapur and Dr. Chalil challenge the world to have the political consensus to create meaningful change for all, both in the United States, the United Nations, and around the globe. You can see some further details of the book by clicking here: https://beyondcovidbook.com


    ABOUT THE AUTHORS

    Ambassador Pradeep Kapur

    Ambassador Pradeep Kapur is an acknowledged “luminary diplomat,” with a distinguished career working with leaders and policymakers around the world. Author and editor of many books, he was Ambassador of India to Chile and to Cambodia, and Secretary at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. He graduated from the globally acclaimed Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D). He is Executive Director of Smart Village Development Fund (SVDF).

    Dr. Joseph Chalil

    Dr. Joseph Chalil, MD, MBA, FACHE, is the author of several scientific and research papers, and serves as the Chairman of Indo-American Press Club (IAPC), the largest ethnic Indian American media forum. He is also the Chairman of the Complex Health Systems Advisory Board, H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova South-eastern University in Florida. Dr. Chalil is an expert in U.S. healthcare policy and a strong advocate for patient-centred care.


    Please join us on Saturday, October 17th, from 10 am to 11:30 am (US EST), 7:30 pm to 9 pm (IST) at DoubleTree by Hilton McLean Tysons, 960 Chain Bridge Road McLean, VA 22102, US (COVID protocol) to be the part of Official Book Launch event.


    KEYNOTES/EXPERT PANELS

    Mr. Aneesh Chopra is an American executive who served as the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States. He was appointed in 2009 by President Barack Obama and was at the White House through 2012. Chopra previously served as Virginia's Secretary of Technology under Governor Tim Kaine. Chopra was a candidate in 2013 for the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. He is the author of Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government (2014) and co-founder and president of CareJourney. In 2015 he joined Albright Stonebridge Group as a senior advisor.

     

    Mr. Sundaram "Sundy" Srinivasan is an extremely well connected and respected industry executive with 35 years of international upstream oil and gas experience. He has lived and worked in over 12 countries. He spent more than 25 years at Schlumberger, serving across a variety of management roles and has worked as a Senior Advisor for BP. Sundy Srinivasan has been involved in the Owls Group startup company advisor at University of Houston. He has been a Judge for the last 10 years in world’s largest Business Plan competition at Rice Alliance and mentors and advises Start-up Companies.” He also mentors students through the college application process, gives after dinner talks at many organizations and performs as a stand-up comedian in his free time. Sundy Srinivasan was the first founding President of IIT Alumni of Greater Houston (IITAGH).

    Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda is the 37th President of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), the largest ethnic medical organization of physicians, representing the interests of the over 100,000 physicians of Indian origin in the United States. AAPI serves the interests of the Indian American physicians in the US and in many ways contributing to the shaping of the healthcare delivery in India.

    A Board-Certified Gastroenterologist/Transplant Hepatologist, working in Douglas, Georgia, Dr. Jonnalagadda is a former Assistant Professor at the Medical College of Georgia. He was the President of Coffee Regional Medical Staff 2018, and had served as the Director of Medical Association of Georgia Board from 2016 onwards. He had served as the President of Georgia Association of Physicians of Indian Heritage 2007-2008, and was the past Chair of Board of Trustees, GAPI. He was the Chairman of the Medical Association of Georgia, IMG Section, and was a Graduate, Georgia Physicians Leadership Academy.

    Mr. Suresh Shenoy is an Indian-American Engineer, and retired Senior Business Executive and Philanthropist. He is the current President of WHEELS Global Foundation (WGF). WGF was founded in 2013 as an Independent 501c-(3) to provide technology-driven solutions to the challenges that affect the rural population in six areas: Water, Healthcare, Energy, Education, Livelihood and Sustainability. The organization collaborates with other national and international NGO’s and non-profit organizations to help scale their efforts through technology and in a sustainable manner through Entrepreneurship.

    Mr. Shenoy served as Chairman of the American Red Cross, National Capital Region (United States). He was on the boards of The Kevric Company, Alyx Technologies Global Services, The Fairfax County Information Technology Advisory Council, Fairfax County Library Foundation, The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, The Association for Information and Image Management and a recipient of their Award of Merit – the highest technology-related recognition in that industry, and several technical advisory boards. For 2006-2008, He served as Co-President of the Indian Institute of Technology Alumni Association in North America with 50,000+ members. He was a founding member of the Thomas Jefferson Partnership Fund and served on its board until 2002. He also served on the Cloud-2 commission during the Obama Administration to help create policies for the adoption of cloud technologies in government applications. He, along with his brother, Sudhakar Shenoy, received Northern Virginia Community Foundation's prestigious community leader award for 2009 with a citation from the US Congress and US Congressman Gerald E Connolly. In Dec 2018, He and his brother were also recognized by TiE-DC with the 2018 Legends Award.

    Mr. Yogesh Andlay is a founding team member of several leading well-known companies in IT, consultancy and education field. He is Co-founder of Nucleus Software, Grow Talent Co Ltd., and School of Inspired Leadership. Yogesh Andlay graduated from IIT Delhi in 1979. Yogesh Andlay was President of IIT Delhi Alumni Association during the year 2006-07. He has also been an active participant in PanIIT Alumni activities. Yogesh also serves on the board of SOIL – School of Inspired Leadership www.soilindia.net. SOIL has been recognized as a pioneer in leadership education and has won laurels for its unique approach to leadership development. It is founded on five pillars of mindfulness, ethics, compassion, diversity and sustainability. Yogesh is a well-wisher and supporter of Aravali Institute of Management, Jodhpur. Yogesh is at present mentoring and investing in several startups.

    He has been an advisor to Millennium Alliance program of FICCI. Millennium Alliance is a fund set up jointly by USAID, DST, DFID (UKAID), and several other organizations. In the last five years, Millennium Alliance has supported more than 120 social sector innovations impacting about 10 million people. These have been selected from amongst about 5,000 applicants who applied for this catalytic funding. These enterprises have been in the field of education, healthcare, agriculture, energy, and water and sanitation, etc. In addition, Yogesh serves as a Co-Chair of Startup Committee of FICCI and a member of Science and Technology Board of FICCI. He is a sought after mentor by the entrepreneurs incubated at FICCI supported incubators and accelerators. Yogesh is an active participant in Mission Samriddhi. Mission Samriddhi is a Social Development and Acceleration project started by Sh. Arun Jain. Yogesh is member of the Executive Council of Mission Samriddhi.


    WHEELS Global Foundation(WGF), "An Initiative of IIT Alumni, USA" with the mission of Technology Enabled Philanthropy. 

    WHEELS has also been selected by NITI Aayog, Govt. of India as a member of committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer.



    People who donate $60 or more to WHEELS, will get a hard bound copy of the book. Those who donate $75 or more, will get an author's autographed hard bound copy of the book. If you donate $500 or more, you will also get a chance to interact with authors at a mutually agreed convenient time.


  • Live Webinar On Scaling Philanthropy for India's Social Transformation



    Watch Recording of this LIVE Session

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    Scaling Philanthropy for India's Social Transformation

    Speaker's Panel 

    Mr. Ashok Alexandar, Founder - Director, Antara Foundation,

    Mr. Kartik Kilachand, Chairman, EduSynch & Co-Founder, IIT-IIT,

    AND

    Mr. Ruyintan (Ron) Mehta, Exec. Director, WIN Foundation

    Webinar Moderator:

    Mr. Arjun Malhotra, Co-Founder, HCL & Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI),

    Webinar Chair:

    Mr. Ashank Desai, Founder & Chairman Mastek Ltd & Majesco Inc


    Traditionally not-for-organizations have depended primarily on institutional grants or other forms of charitable giving. However, a new generation of philanthropists prefers to "invest for social impact" rather than to "donate for charity". They are active donors whose role surpasses that of check writers. They leverage their resources to achieve social change that is both scalable and sustainable. As a result, their contribution is meant to go beyond providing temporary "band-aid" solutions and work toward the 'eradication' of a disease, hunger, or poverty and to achieve measurable social goals.

    Objectives for the webinar:
    1. Models for scaling up charitable efforts, especially with COVID-pandemic experiences.
    2. Building organizational structures for delivering services: Collaborating with multiple NGOs.
    3. Strategies for fundraising for scaling Social Transformation.
    4. Strategies for recruiting and training volunteers and service personnel.
    5. Roles and responsibilities of the Board of Non-profit organizations Post COVID.

     

    Click here for detailed bio of Speakers & other Webinar related Info

     

    Please join us on Friday October 9th 2020, from 10am to 11:30am (US EST), 7:30pm to 9pm (IST) to participate in a lively discussion.

    Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to info@wheelsglobal.org. Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar. You can join the webinar 15 min early (i.e. 9:45 AM ET OR 7:15 PM IST) to watch the slide show on WGF activities and related project's videos. Past webinars have stressed the importance of collaboration among NGOs to scale operations and increase the impact. For more information visit: www.wheelsglobal.org


    WHEELS Global Foundation(WGF), "An Initiative of IIT Alumni, USA" with the mission of Technology Enabled Philanthropy. 

    WHEELS has also been selected by NITI Aayog, Govt. of India as a member of committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer.



  • Emerging Technologies for Social Good

     

     

    WEBINAR RECORDING

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    Emerging Technologies for Social Good

    A Dialog Among:

    Dr. Bharat Balasubramanian, ex-CTO of Daimler Benz and Head of the School for

    Advanced Automotive Engineering, Alabama

    Mr. Anup Wadhwa, TD - AIA Foundation for Smart Manufacturing

    AND

    Mr. Harish Hande, SELCO India and Ramon Magsaysay Awardee

     

    India’s green revolution started in 1965 to achieve self-reliance in food grain production by encouraging farmers to adopt modern methods and technology by using high yielding variety seeds, tractors, irrigation facilities, pesticides, and fertilizers. However, in hindsight, there have been issues that have arisen pertaining to health implications and sustainability.

    Now, 55 years later, new and emerging technologies like autonomous self-driving vehicles, Artificial Intelligence, data mining and data analytics, space-based weather forecasting and soil monitoring, widespread applications for solar energy, 5G communications, drones, robotics, and tracking produce from ‘farm to table’ with Blockchain technology are all expected to be disruptive. These technologies will impact food packaging, processing, and rural development and the agriproducts supply chain. During this COVID-19 crisis, people have discovered the convenience of ordering everything from groceries and restaurant food to household supplies and clothing by simply using their smartphones. These emerging technologies are bound to further change consumer behaviour, and ‘industrialize’ rural livelihoods by creating new e-markets, and e-distribution.

    As an example, in India 66% of its population lives in rural areas. Similarly, a large percentage of population in developing countries is rural.
    1. How can these emerging technologies be adopted to serve the rural population?
    2. What skills will be required to adapt to this fast-changing world?
    3. How are these disruptive technologies touching our lives today?
    4. What sort of applications are expected for these technologies?
    5. How should education and skill building be re-oriented?
    6. What are its implications for healthcare, climate change and sustainability?
    7. How can we celebrate rural communities as providers of essential resources for the rest of the world and not as recipients of largesse?

     

    Click here for detailed bio of Speakers & other Webinar related Info


    Please join us on Monday, July 10th, from 10am to 11:30am (US EST), 7:30pm to 9pm (IST) to participate in a lively discussion.

    Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to info@wheelsglobal.org  Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar. You can join the webinar 15 min early (i.e. 9:45 AM ET OR 7:15 PM IST) to watch the slide show on WGF activities and related project's videos. Past webinars have stressed the importance of collaboration among NGOs to scale operations and increase the impact. For more information visit: www.wheelsglobal.org


    WHEELS Global Foundation(WGF), "An Initiative of IIT Alumni, USA" with the mission of Technology Enabled Philanthropy. 

    WHEELS has also been selected by NITI Aayog, Govt. of India as a member of committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer.


     


  • Global Pandemic - Local Remedies: Ayurveda, Yoga and Traditional Healthcare

     

     

    WEBINAR RECORDING

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    Global Pandemic - Local Remedies: Ayurveda, Yoga And Traditional Healthcare

     

    A Dialog Among:

    Dr. ISSAC MATHAI, M.D.(Hom.), M.R.C.H. (Lond.), Chairman/Managing & Medical Director,

    SOUKYA, International Holistic Health Center

    Prof. VAIDYA KARTAR SINGH DHIMAN, Director General, Central Council for Research in

    Ayurvedic Sciences, under Ministry of AYUSH

     

    This webinar will be featuring by two eminent speakers in the field of Ayurveda, Yoga, and traditional healthcare for holistic living. These local remedies have served rural and urban populations for centuries and form the basis for the Prime Minister's AYUSH Program which stands for Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy. These practices, mostly followed by over 800 million people in India, are also finding favour in many western countries with increased emphasis on plant-based diets and products like coconut oil, turmeric, etc that are flooding mainstream food markets. The webinar will explore:

    1. Ministry of AYUSH policies and mission for developing education, research, and propagation of indigenous, alternative medicine systems.

    2. What policy considerations, infrastructure improvements, knowledge dissemination, supply chain modifications, and skills-development are to be expected to address the growing demand for traditional healthcare practices and for promoting rural entrepreneurship?

    3. How can India preserve traditional practices, retain intellectual property, and capture innovation while the rest of the world seeks to embrace these systems?

    4. Can technology help to scale AYUSH through skills development, certification processes, and adopting legal and ethical frameworks for practitioners?

     

    Click here for detailed bio of Speakers & other Webinar related Info


    Please join us on Friday, June 12th 2020, from 10am to 11:30am (US EST), 7:30pm to 9pm (IST) to participate in a lively discussion.

    Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to info@wheelsglobal.org  Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar. You can join the webinar 15 min early (i.e. 9:45 AM ET OR 7:15 PM IST) to watch the slide show on WGF activities and related project's videos. Past webinars have stressed the importance of collaboration among NGOs to scale operations and increase the impact. For more information visit: www.wheelsglobal.org


    WHEELS Global Foundation(WGF), "An Initiative of IIT Alumni, USA" with the mission of Technology Enabled Philanthropy. 

    WHEELS has also been selected by NITI Aayog, Govt. of India as a member of committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer.


     


  • Envisioning Rural Communities Post Covid With Smart Village Project Info

     

     

    WEBINAR RECORDING

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    Envisioning Rural Communities Post Covid With Smart Village Project Info

     

    A Dialog Among:

    Mr. Ram Pappu, Programme Director, Mission Samriddhi,

    Dr. Vibha Gupta, Chairperson, Magan Sangrahalay Samiti

    Mr. Farid Khan - as Webinar Chair, IEEE SV South Asia Operations

    AND

    Mr. Yogesh Andlay - as webinar Moderator, Board Member, Wheels Charitable Foundation

    WHEELS Global and WCF together with above NGOs as partners have launched an ambitious project, Integrated Smart Village Cluster Development with a Pilot of seven villages in Gujarat integrating all six WHEELS tracks like Water, Health, Education, Energy, Livelihood skill/job creation etc and Sustainability, However, COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis is demanding enhancing capabilities in Rural communities like Information Systems for rapid response, major upgrading of Health care thru Teleservices, on-line digital education/communication for future lockdowns etc. This Live-webinar series is to explore the potential Technology solutions that must be accessible and affordable for rural areas.

    Click here for detailed bio of Speakers & other Webinar related Info


    Please join us on Friday, May 15th, from 10am to 11:30am (US EST), 7:30pm to 9pm (IST) to participate in a lively discussion.

    Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to info@wheelsglobal.org  Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar. You can join the webinar 15 min early (i.e. 9:45 AM ET OR 7:15 PM IST) to watch the slide show on WGF activities and related project's videos. Past webinars have stressed the importance of collaboration among NGOs to scale operations and increase the impact. For more information visit: www.wheelsglobal.org


    WHEELS Global Foundation(WGF), "An Initiative of IIT Alumni, USA" with the mission of Technology Enabled Philanthropy. 

    WHEELS has also been selected by NITI Aayog, Govt. of India as a member of committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer.


     


  • Rural Healthcare: Issues and opportunities in Post COVID-19 World

     

     

    WEBINAR RECORDING

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    Rural Healthcare: Issues and opportunities in Post COVID-19 World

     

    A Dialog Among:

    Dr. Raj Shah, MD, MBA and CEO of SmartCare Doc,

    Dr. Thakor Patel, MD, Chairman, Sevak Foundation on Preventive Health care
    monitoring and value of nutrition in Rural diet,

    Mr. Amit Khare, CEO of EVOLKO, a premier Tele-medicine company in India,

    Mr. Arjun Malhotra - as Webinar Chair, Co-Founder of HCL and PHFI, Public Health Foundation of India, Member of

    Board of Governors of IBS, International Business School and IIT-kgp and Philanthropist,

    AND

    Dr. Nitish Thakor - as webinar Moderator, Professor of Bio-medical Eng'g, Johns Hopkins University,

    Fellow, IEEE and editor of PiTech, Pan IIT Technology Review

    In India, 66% of its population lives in rural areas. Likewise, a large percentage of population in developing nations is also rural. There is also a general consensus that access to Quality healthcare is a basic right of citizens in rural communities. Yet, such expectations are hardly met in rural India. Only 23 of 32000 public health centres, PHCs meet the health certification standards of the Govt. Most of them without a professional medical doctor in resident. What can technology do to alleviate such critical deficiencies in rural life in India and other developing countries? WHEELS has assembled a group of experts to address this issue in a health panel to be moderated by Arjun Malhotra, distinguished IIT alumni, technology innovator and Philanthropist.

    Click here for detailed bio of Speakers & other Webinar related Info


    Please join us on Friday, August 7th, from 10am to 11:30am (US EST), 7:30pm to 9pm (IST) to participate in a lively discussion.

    Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to info@wheelsglobal.org  Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar. You can join the webinar 15 min early (i.e. 9:45 AM ET OR 7:15 PM IST) to watch the slide show on WGF activities and related project's videos. Past webinars have stressed the importance of collaboration among NGOs to scale operations and increase the impact. For more information visit: www.wheelsglobal.org


    WHEELS Global Foundation(WGF), "An Initiative of IIT Alumni, USA" with the mission of Technology Enabled Philanthropy. 

    WHEELS has also been selected by NITI Aayog, Govt. of India as a member of committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer.


     


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  • published Scale Philanthropy in Latest News 2020-09-24 12:54:29 -0400

    Scaling Philanthropy for India's Social Transformation

     

     

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    Speakers' Panel:
    Mr. Ashok Alexandar, Founder - Director, Antara Foundation,
    Mr. Kartik Kilachand, Chairman, EduSynch & Co-Founder, IIT-IIT,
    AND
    Mr. Ruyintan (Ron) Mehta, Exec. Director, WIN Foundation

    Webinar Moderator:
    Mr. Arjun Malhotra, Co-Founder, HCL & Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI),
    Webinar Chair:
    Mr. Ashank Desai, Founder & Chairman Mastek Ltd & Majesco Inc

    Traditionally not-for-organizations have depended primarily on institutional grants or other forms of charitable giving. However, a new generation of philanthropists prefers to "invest for social impact" rather than to "donate for charity". They are active donors whose role surpasses that of check writers. They leverage their resources to achieve social change that is both scalable and sustainable. As a result, their contribution is meant to go beyond providing temporary "band-aid" solutions and work toward the 'eradication' of a disease, hunger, or poverty and to achieve measurable social goals.

    Objectives for the webinar:
    1. Models for scaling up charitable efforts, especially with COVID-pandemic experiences.
    2. Building organizational structures for delivering services: Collaborating with multiple NGOs.
    3. Strategies for fundraising for scaling Social Transformation.
    4. Strategies for recruiting and training volunteers and service personnel.
    5. Roles and responsibilities of the Board of Non-profit organizations Post COVID.


    Click here for detailed bio of Speakers & other Webinar related Info


    Please join us on Friday, October 9th, from 10 am to 11:30 am (US EST), 7:30 pm to 9 pm (IST) to participate in a lively discussion.

    Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to info@wheelsglobal.org. Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar. You can join the webinar 15 min early (i.e. 9:45 AM ET OR 7:15 PM IST) to watch the slide show on WGF activities and related project's videos. Past webinars have stressed the importance of collaboration among NGOs to scale operations and increase the impact. This panel will examine and discuss the models for collaboration and scaling social impact initiatives. For more information visit: www.wheelsglobal.org 

    WHEELS Global Foundation(WGF), "An Initiative of IIT Alumni, USA" with the mission of Technology-Enabled Philanthropy.

     


  • Live Webinar On the Role of Professional Organizations



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    A Dialog Among:


    Vinay Nair- Serial entrepreneur (Tifin, Magnify, 55ip …) IIT Madras Gold Medalist, NYU Stern, professor at Wharton, Sloan, INSEAD, ISB

    AND

    Ashish Chauhan- MD, CEO, Bombay Stock Exchange, IIT Bombay, IIM Kolkata, CEO Mumbai Indians



    On behalf of PanIIT, WHEELS is pleased to invite you to a webinar on THE NEW GLOBAL FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY (FINTECH) NORM: Post COVID-19. This next virtual conference is with frequent Bloomberg News guest Vinay Nair, and Bombay Stock Exchange MD Ashish Chauhan discussing the impact of COVID-19 on FINTECH; the way of conducting financial transactions using Technology what is the new Norm?

    Please join the conference:
    DATE: Thursday, September 10, 2020
    TIME: 9:00am-10:30am PDT; 11:00am-12:30pm CDT; 12:00pm-1:30pm EDT; 9:30pm-11:00pm IST

    NEW GLOBAL FINTECH NORM: POST COVID-19
    • New Global FINTECH Paradigm
    • New Geo-political Scenario: Impact on FINTECH and on India
    • Role of Artificial Intelligence ( AI) and Machine Learning (ML)
    • Cryptos and BlockChain
    • Global Liquidity: Impact on FINTECH
    • Opportunities for IITians to impact the New Global FINTECH
    For any problems with the registration, please contact Ron Gupta rongupta@aol.com or c_srinath@yahoo.com Please send any questions for the speakers to Ron Gupta rongupta@aol.com
    E-Certificates of participation will be issued upon request after the event. Please send your request to alumni@iit.org. Please click the event button below to register.

    Pan IIT USA Team: Ron (Ranbir) Gupta (Kharagpur),Srinath Chigullapalli (Madras), Anoop Verma (Roorkee), Animesh Pathak (BHU), Arun Jain (Guwahati), Witty Bindra (Delhi), Sanjiv Goyal (Delhi), Rounak Mehta (Gandhinagar) and Sundy Srinivasan (Delhi).
    In association with WHEELS Global : Suresh Shenoy (Bombay).


    WHEELS Global Foundation(WGF), "An Initiative of IIT Alumni, USA" with the mission of Technology Enabled Philanthropy.


  • published Webinar-7 Evolving Paradigms of Development in Webinars 2020-07-19 15:51:20 -0400

    Live Webinar On Evolving Paradigms of Development



    Webinar Recording

    Evolving Paradigms of Development

    The Custodian of Wadiyar Dynasty, HH Sri Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar in conversation with Mr. Rajat Gupta, Chairman of the WHEELS who also served on the board of several multi-national companies like Goldman Sachs etc . This event is organized in association with his Bherunda Innovation Foundation & PAN IIT, USA. We are proud to include His Highness the Maharaja of Mysore among the supporters of WHEELS. The Wadiyar dynasty started in 1399 and ruled almost uninterruptedly through 1947 until the abolition of monarchy in 1950 is among the longest surviving royalty in the world. In these 600+ years, they have served as vassals of the Vijayanagar Empire, rulers under Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan, and finally as allies of the British Empire. You can find more details at: http://www.wheelsglobal.org/webinar_evolvingparaofdev

    Posted by WHEELS Global Foundation on Saturday, July 25, 2020

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    HH Sri Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar
     

    Custodian

    @Wadiyar Dynasty

    HH Sri Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar is the twenty-seventh head and custodian of the erstwhile ruling family of the Kingdom of Mysore and head of the Wadiyar Dynasty. Sri YKC Wadiyar formally adopted by H.H. Rajamata Dr. Pramoda devi wadiyar, wife of late H.H. Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, at the Mysore Palace on the 23rd of February, 2015. His primary education began at the Vidyadika Vidyalaya, Bangalore and graduated in the united states with major in English and Economics. In modern times, with the shift in the political landscape and in the moving of administration, he has focused its efforts to be a center for heritage of the deccan and continues to stress always the importance of history, culture and tradition of the state.

    The traditions and practices of the palace, Mysore are unbroken for over 400 years after inheriting the same from the Vijayanagar empire, whose legacy is embodied within that of the Wadiyars of Mysore. His highness always strived to highlight these traditions as part of the vibrancy of our state and it the view of the current custodian that the rituals, culture, and affairs of the palace should be sustainable development, and the use of education as a tool for bettering our world.Sri YKC Wadiyar is married to Trishika Kumari Wadiyar, who hails from the Dungarpur Royal Family in Rajasthan and have a son Aadhyaveer Narashimaraja Wadiyar. He loves music, reading books, riding horse and playing tennis. He has identified with several developmental causes and following President and Trustee – Sri Jayachamaraja Urs Education Trust, Mysore Ambassador and Advisory Board – Kalisu Foundation, Mysore.

     

    Rajat Gupta
     

    Chairman

    @WHEELS Global Foundation

    Mr. Rajat Gupta is Chairman of WHEELS Global Foundation (WGF), and serves on its board as a key strategist in defining direction and focus of the non-profit organization. Mr. Gupta brings his considerable skills to WGF, along with his leadership associations and advisory roles to many other non-profits such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

    Mr. Rajat Gupta is a leading Indian-American businessman and Philanthropist who has co-founded successful world class institutions including Indian School of Business(ISB), American India Foundation(AIF), New Silk Route and Scandent Solutions. He was ranked 15th in the nation in the entrance exam for the Indian Institutes of Technology, IIT JEE. He received a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-Delhi) in 1971 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1973.

    Mr. Gupta joined McKinsey & Company in 1973 as one of the earliest Indian-Americans at the eminent consulting company. In 1994, he was elected the firm’s first managing director (chief executive) born outside of the US, and then was re-elected twice in 1997 and 2000. Mr. Gupta is widely regarded as one of the first Indians to successfully break through the glass ceiling, as the first Indian-born CEO of a multinational corporation (not just a consultancy). During Mr. Gupta’s tenure as head of McKinsey, the firm opened offices in 23 new countries and doubled its consultant base to 891 partners, increasing revenue 280 percent to $3.4 billion.

     

     


  • Live Webinar On Social Entrepreneurship



    Webinar Recording

    How Each One Can Make a Difference in the World?

    Webinar on Social Entrepreneurship : How Each One Can Make a Difference in the World? A Dialogue among Mr. Gururaj 'Desh' Deshpande, President and Chairman @Sparta Group LLC , Dr. Jayanti Ravi , Principal Secretary and Commissioner @Government of India, Gujarat & Mr. Rajat Gupta, Chairman of WHEELS , Indian-American businessman and Philanthropist who has co-founded successful world class institutions including Indian School of Business(ISB), served on the board of several top multi-national companies like McKinsey, Goldman Sachs etc. 📋 "Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago" - Warren Buffett

    Posted by WHEELS Global Foundation on Friday, June 26, 2020

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    Gururaj "Desh" Deshpande
     

    President & Chairman

    @Sparta Group LLC

    Mr. Gururaj "Desh" Deshpande is a Trustee of the Deshpande Foundation along with his wife Jaishree. He is also the President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, a family investment office and is also the Chairman of Tejas Networks.

    Dr. Deshpande has pursued an entrepreneurial career for the last three decades. He is involved either as the founder, a founding investor or chairman of several companies including Cascade Communications, Sycamore Networks, Coral Networks, Tejas Networks, Cimaron, Webdialogs, Airvana, Sandstone Capital, A123 Systems and Curata. Dr. Deshpande lives in Boston and serves as a life-member of the MIT Corporation, and his support has made possible MIT's Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation.

    The Deshpande Foundation strengthens ecosystems that create significant social and economic impact through entrepreneurship and innovation. Leveraging the experience gained at the MIT Center, the Deshpande Foundation has facilitated the setup of five other centers; Deshpande Center for Social Entrepreneurship in India, EforAll (formerly known as the Merrimack Valley Sandbox) in Lowell/Lawrence Massachusetts, the PondDeshpande Center at the University of New Brunswick in Canada, the Dunin Deshpande Queens Innovation Center at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario and the Gopalakrishnan Deshpande Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India. Deshpande Foundation also provided the founding grant for MassChallenge in Boston, National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps™), Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the UPOP program at MIT.

    Dr. Deshpande holds a B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras, an M.E. from the University of New Brunswick in Canada, and Ph.D. from Queens University in Canada. Deshpande co-chaired the National Council to support President Obama's innovation and entrepreneurship strategy from 2010 to 2015.

     

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    JAYANTI S. RAVI
     

    Principal Secretary & Commissioner,

    @Government of India (Gujarat)

    Ms. JAYANTI S. RAVI is a scientist, civil servant, writer, speaker, educator, performing vocalist and thinker. With a master's degree in nuclear physics from the University of Madras, an MPA from Harvard University and a PhD in e-governance, she has authored books, published in international journals, guided doctoral students and also been a visiting faculty at Harvard University. Her professional experience includes serving as DDO in Sabarkantha, as collector in Panchmahals and as director of the National Advisory Council with the Prime Minister's Office.

    As principal secretary and commissioner, rural development, Gujarat, she has championed the Swachh Bharat Mission for rural sanitation in the state. Her innovative and creative multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving has led to major transformational outcomes across various sectors. Presently, she serves in Gujarat as the principal secretary and commissioner, health and family welfare.

    Rajat Gupta
     

    Chairman

    @WHEELS Global Foundation

    Mr. Rajat Gupta is Chairman of WHEELS Global Foundation (WGF), and serves on its board as a key strategist in defining direction and focus of the non-profit organization. Mr. Gupta brings his considerable skills to WGF, along with his leadership associations and advisory roles to many other non-profits such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

    Mr. Rajat Gupta is a leading Indian-American businessman and Philanthropist who has co-founded successful world class institutions including Indian School of Business(ISB), American India Foundation(AIF), New Silk Route and Scandent Solutions. He was ranked 15th in the nation in the entrance exam for the Indian Institutes of Technology, IIT JEE. He received a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-Delhi) in 1971 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1973.

    Mr. Gupta joined McKinsey & Company in 1973 as one of the earliest Indian-Americans at the eminent consulting company. In 1994, he was elected the firm’s first managing director (chief executive) born outside of the US, and then was re-elected twice in 1997 and 2000. Mr. Gupta is widely regarded as one of the first Indians to successfully break through the glass ceiling, as the first Indian-born CEO of a multinational corporation (not just a consultancy). During Mr. Gupta’s tenure as head of McKinsey, the firm opened offices in 23 new countries and doubled its consultant base to 891 partners, increasing revenue 280 percent to $3.4 billion.

     

     


  • Live Webinar : Post Covid Realities: Challenges & Opportunities for Industry and Services



    Webinar Recording:

    Posted by WHEELS Global Foundation on Friday, May 29, 2020

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    Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee is the Director General of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). CII is India’s apex industry organisation, proactively enhancing the competitiveness of Indian industry.

    Mr. Banerjee has been with the CII for 32 years and has served as its Director General since 2008. In this post, he is responsible for the overall operations of CII. Prior to his appointment as Director General, Mr Banerjee held several senior positions in CII in key areas including sectoral verticals of Manufacturing, Services, Agriculture and Life Sciences as well as the SME sector. He has also led CII’s policy work relating to macroeconomic policy, financial services and corporate governance. He was the first Executive Director of the National Foundation of Corporate Governance (NFCG), an organization set up by the Government of India and continues to be Member of its Board of Trustees and Governing Council. He also initiated the Center of Excellence of the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA) in Bangalore, a state-of-the-art center for training, conventions and trade fairs.

    He holds / has held Trusteeship and Board Member posts in many institutions:

    · CII Foundation

    · India@75 Foundation

    · Institute of Economic Growth (IEG)

    · Global Innovation and Technology Alliance (GITA)

    · Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST)

    · Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM)

    · World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council of India

    · Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC)

    · Indian Institute of Management (IIM)

    · Vice Chairman of the Asia Pacific Chapter of UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.

    He is a Member of the Managing Committee of SPORTSCOM and Governing Council Member of Healthcare Sector Skill Council (HSSC). He is also a Director on the Board at the “Invest India” set up by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. Mr Banerjee is also a Director in the Singapore India Partnership Foundation (SIPF). He is also secretary for bilateral CEOs Forums constituted by the Government of India with Australia, France, Russia, Canada, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Japan, Sweden, and South Africa, among others.He has been honored with the China-India Friendship Award by the Chinese Premier for his contributions towards the development of bilateral ties between India and China.

    Mr. Banerjee has been conferred with the decoration of “Knight Commander” by His Majesty the King of Spain in recognition of his meritorious achievements and exceptional contributions towards promoting relations between India and Spain.He has been honoured with D. Phil Honoris Causa from Amity University. He is a Post-Graduate (MS) in Economics with specialization in Economics of Planning and Econometrics from the University of Calcutta. Earlier, he did his Graduation from St. Xavier's College (Calcutta) in Economics (Hons). With 68 offices, including 9 Centers of Excellence, in India, and 11 overseas offices in Australia, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Indonesia, Singapore, South Africa, UAE, UK, and USA, as well as institutional partnerships with 394 counterpart organizations in 133 countries, CII serves as a reference point for Indian industry and the international business community.

     

    Mr. Ashank Desai, Founder and Ex-Chairman of Mastek, is the chief architect in catapulting Mastek into the top 20 software companies in India.

    He is a leading light of the IT industry in India. He is the founder member and ex-President of National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM). He has also been the Vice President of ASOCIO (Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation) and is the only Indian to be presented with the Honorable Contributor's Award for his outstanding contribution to ASOCIO's growth in 1994. He holds an M. Tech degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.

    Mr. Ashank Desai has been conferred the Distinguished Alumnus Award by IIT Bombay for his contribution as a software entrepreneur.

     


  • published COVID-19 Relief 2020-03-30 12:53:37 -0400

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    COVID-19 Relief Funds for India

    * WHEELS Global Foundation is a 501C(3) approved entity and your donations are Tax Deductible in the USA. Our board members pays all administrative costs to make sure 100% of your donations goes directly to the concerned causes.

     

    The current global crisis caused by the Wuhan Corona Virus and affliction called COVID-19 has engulfed our lives in ways that has crippled our individual well-being, threatens humanity and promises massive economic consequences. Our many well-wishers, donors and patrons have come forward most generously wanting to donate and to know how WHEELS Global Foundation can assist. Here are ways in which you can help and work with us:

    1. WHEELS Global Foundation by Global IIT Alumni: If you wish to make a donation, you may do so at this page or you may also send your check to:

    WHEELS Global Foundation
    11654 Plaza America Drive, #615
    Reston, VA 20190

     

    2. Official Information:

    To keep informed of the spread this deadly scourge in America, you can visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html . This is the official data from the Centers for Disease Control.

    The official Covid-19 site for India is https://www.mygov.in/covid-19/

    There are many videos and suggestions for mitigating this disease and staying safe through personal hygiene, distancing from others and looking out for commonly experienced Covid  symptoms before contacting your doctor or rushing to the hospital. Please review this information on the above official sites and DO NOT DEPEND on ‘word-of-mouth’ or anecdotal recommendations on social media.

     

    3. We are working with our implementation partner for donations specific to work in West Bengal. Please click Kolkata Foundation for work in that state. They are in-turn engaged with other partners like Ektara Foundation, Mukti Foundation, Samaritan Foundation among others who have approached us with specific requests for funding for distribution of food, mobile healthcare vans and purchase of medications.

    Kolkata Foundation is a 501 C(3) certified partner and they will acknowledge your donation immediately for tax purposes.

     

    4. You may also donate directly to the Prime Minister’s Covid Relief Fund at https://www.pmindia.gov.in/en/ However, please note that donations at this web site are not tax deductible in the USA.

     

    5. Other IIT Initiatives:

    Similar information by district can be obtained from the following data visualization application developed by CTARA at IIT Bombay: https://bit.ly/Covid19-India-District-DataVizualization

     

    About COVID-19:

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     Wheels Global Foundation to host Mr. Natwar Gandhi, ex-CFO of the Government of DC for a book signing event. Please come and hear his story about how he overcame adversity and became a recognized leader in the Financial Community, specially in the Metropolitan DC area. 

    Natwar Gandhi began life in a dusty Indian village that had no paved streets, no electricity, no telephone and no running water. When he was 17, his father put him on a train to Mumbai in hopes that he might find work and send money home to help support the family. In Mumbai he barely made a living, but through countless long days of work, relentless determination and good luck he was able to take a plane to New York at the age of 25, where he landed with $7 in his pocket. Still the Promised Land is the fascinating and deeply personal story of how an impoverished immigrant made his way to the new world, remade his life and ultimately became the chief financial officer of Washington, DC, playing a key role in transforming the nation’s capital from a near-bankrupt municipality into a financially healthy major American city. Gandhi’s life is both cautionary and instructive, difficult yet uplifting. Ultimately, it is a harrowing and inspiring account of how to survive seemingly hopeless circumstances and succeed in America. His journey has an uplifting message for present-day America, where immigrants are often reviled and immigration itself is denigrated. It reaffirms faith in the United States’ future as a great nation; indeed, it puts forth that the 21st century will be an American century that embraces all culture "Still The Promised Land".

     

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    Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
     
    WHERE:
    Credence Management Solutions LLC
    8609 Westwood Ctr Drive,
    1st Floor Conference Room, 
    Vienna, VA 22182
     
    CONTACT: 
    San Sengupta
    703 728 0649 
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