Emerging Technologies for Social Good

 

 

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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?

 

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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 [email protected]  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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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 [email protected]. 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.


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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 [email protected]. 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.


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Live Webinar On Scaling Philanthropy for India's Social Transformation



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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.

 

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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 [email protected]. 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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Global Pandemic - Local Remedies: Ayurveda, Yoga and Traditional Healthcare

 

 

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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?

 

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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 [email protected]  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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Envisioning Rural Communities Post Covid With Smart Village Project Info

 

 

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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.

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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 [email protected]  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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Rural Healthcare: Issues and opportunities in Post COVID-19 World

 

 

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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.

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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 [email protected]  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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Live Webinar - A Dialog with Shri Shashi Tharoor, Hon. Member of Parliament

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Geopolitics in the Post COVID World - A Dialog with Hon. Member of Parliament (MP)

 

Dr. Shashi Tharoor 

 

In Conversation with

Mr. Anil BhandariChairman, Advisory Board, WHEELS Global Foundation As Chair

AND

Mr. Suresh ShenoyPresident, WHEELS Global Foundation As Moderator.


Dr. Shashi Tharoor's vast experience at the United Nations including his service as Under Secretary, many years of experience in Global Affairs as a parliamentarian, service as Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India, and a commentator and author of many books offers us an opportunity to explore his views for the post-COVID world and the role for the United Nations. His new book The New World Disorder And the Indian Imperative, co-authored with Samir Saran, President of Observer Research Foundation (ORF), one of Asia's most influential think tanks, is a crucial study on the current state of chaos in international politics and identifies India's imminent role, as a non-hegemonic global power, in scripting an equitable ethic for a new international order.

Additionally, Mr. Tharoor is known for his views on a number of topics including economics, history, governance, and geopolitics due to both his well-regarded educational attainment and his broad experience while at the United Nations. He has also been actively involved in demanding reparations to India for British atrocities during the 'Raj', reforming education in India, and was invited to serve on the National Swatch Bharat program by Prime Minister Modi. Please join us for this engaging hour with a thought leader and expert on global affairs.

Please join us on Saturday, September 12th, from 11am to 12pm (US ET), 8:30pm to 9:30pm (IST) to participate in a lively discussion.

 

Dr. Shashi Tharoor is an author, politician, and former international civil servant, Dr. Tharoor straddles several worlds of experience. Currently a third-term Lok Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Thiruvananthapuram constituency, he has previously served as Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India. He currently chairs the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology.

During his nearly three-decade long prior career at the United Nations, he served as a peacekeeper, refugee worker, and administrator at the highest levels, serving as Under-Secretary General during Kofi Annan’s leadership of the organization. Dr. Tharoor is also an award-winning author of twenty books of both fictions as well as non-fiction, including The Great Indian NovelThe Paradoxical Prime Minister, The Hindu Way, and The New World Disorder. He has won numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the prestigious Crossword Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Sahitya Akademi Award in the category of ‘English Non-Fiction’ for his book An Era of Darkness.

Born in London in 1956, Dr Tharoor was educated in India and the United States, completing a PhD in 1978 at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at the Tufts University. While there, he received the Robert B. Stewart Prize for Best Student and also helped found and served as the first Editor of the Fletcher Forum of International Affairs, a journal now in its 40th year. Dr Tharoor was also awarded an honorary D.Litt by the University of Puget Sound and a Doctorate Honoris Causa in History by the University of Bucharest. In 1998 the World Economic Forum in Davos named him a “Global Leader of Tomorrow”. He is also a recipient of several awards that include a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, India’s highest honour for overseas nationals. In 2012 the King of Spain awarded him the Encomienda de la Real Order Espanola de Carlos III. Among numerous other awards are one for "New Age Politician of the Year" from NDTV, the Hakim Khan Sur Award for National Integration, and the Priyadarshini Award for Excellence in Diplomacy.

Dr Shashi Tharoor was a pioneer in using social media as an instrument of political interaction. Till 2013 he was India’s most-followed politician on Twitter, until being overtaken that year by the current Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. He was the first Indian to reach 10,000 and 100,000 followers on the medium and currently has over 7.2 million followers.

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Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to [email protected]. 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 slide show on WGF activities and related project's videos.


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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Live Webinar On Transforming Rural Lives



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Speaker's Panel 
Mrs. Ranjani Saigal, Executive Director, Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA,
Mr. Kalyan Chakravarty, Founding Sevak & Ex. Dir. PanIIT Alumni Reach for India,
AND
Mr. Moncho Ferrer, Director, Rural Development Trust

Moderator:
Mr. Bala Venkatachalam, Executive Director, Pratham USA,


Chairman of Session:
Mr. Yogesh Andlay, Director, WHEELS Charitable Foundation

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

WHEELS supports the notion that Integrated Smart Village Development builds on Education as the foundation that leads to innovation, and entrepreneurship for transforming lives. The objectives for this webinar is to learn from four leading NGOs with an impressive track record for doing yeoman service in the communities they serve. Pratham and Ekal Vidyalaya are known worldwide for their work in Education in secondary/high school and Primary Schools respectively.

PARFI has been very innovative in developing a Public-Private-Partnership to build a skills development program in Jharkhand and other states, and the Rural Development Trust in Ananthpur, Andhra Pradesh, has implemented a 'model' for Integrated Rural Development. Over 70 years, RDT has transformed the lives in over 3000 villages through education, healthcare, and now together with WHEELS, implementing a project on Entrepreneurship in a remote tribal area.

Webinar speaker's panel will discuss how they can collaborate to structure a holistic education strategy that will deliver market aligned skills that will affect not only the lives of those who go on to professional colleges like engineering, medical, law, business, etc but also those who cannot afford or not capable of those professions. Pratham and Ekal will explore how they can collaborate to integrate their efforts into primary high school and with PARFI for complementary Vocational skill development providing access to opportunities to all sectors of Rural Youths. RDT will explore how to integrate the above educational opportunities into the Integrated Rural development model they are working with WHEELS Smart Village Cluster Pilot to create entrepreneurship and job creation that create sustainability in Rural lives.

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Please join us on Friday, Sep 4th, 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 [email protected]. 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.


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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Live Webinar On the Role of Professional Organizations



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Speaker's Panel 
Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda, MD, AGAF, President, AAPI, American Association of Physicians of India Origin,
Dr. S K Ramesh, President-Elect Candidate 2021, IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers,
Mr. Sundy Srinivasan, President, PanIIT Alumni, USA
AND
Mr. Krishen Dhar, Chairman of PanIIT-Alumni, India

Moderator:
Mr. Suresh Shenoy, President, WHEELS Global Foundation
Chairman of Session:
Dr. Vikas Khurana, MD, Member of the Board, WHEELS Global Foundation

COVID-19 pandemic is having a catastrophic and global impact on health and economy at National / local government level and the way we live. Our experience show that to cope with this public health crisis , all sectors of Society at both national and global level must act together. To address such issues and opportunities for global co-operation, WHEELS have pulled together top leaders of four major professional organizations representing Medical,Engineering and Technologists with total membership of more than 500,000 in an exciting panel to discuss what their membership can do together to use the learning from this pandemic to create a new public healthcare infrastructure , system and practices.

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Please join us on Friday, Aug 21st, 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 [email protected] 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 slide show on WGF activities and related project's videos.


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



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