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  • Invitation to "Digital Healthcare - Fighting COVID with Technology at Scale" - LIVE Webinar

     

     


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    LIVE WEBINAR

    Digital Healthcare - Fighting COVID with Technology at Scale

    Speakers' Panel
    Prof. Suman Chakraborty, Prof. - Mechanical Eng'g Department & Dean of Sponsored Research & Consultancy, IIT - Kharagpur
    Dr. Alain Labrique, Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    And
    Dr. Kunal Parikh, Inventor, Entrepreneur & Founder - Global Institute for Vision Equity
    Webinar Chair
    Dr. Raj Shah, Chairman, HealthCare Council & Board Member WHEELS Global Foundation

    Webinar Moderator
    Dr. Amita Gupta, Deputy Director, Professor, Covid Task Force & Head - JHU India Institute

    In June, WHEELS Global Foundation launched a four-part webinar series to cover “Lessons Learned from COVID surges”. In last webinar, we heard from workers in the field about their experiences and some of the key outcomes of their work, and the need for better preparedness and public policies to combat this deadly virus. You can watch this Here.

    Please join us for the second webinar in this series, where we will hear from leading researchers at Johns Hopkins University and The Indian Institute of Technology on their activities surrounding “Digital Healthcare”. We have the opportunity to hear from leading scientists and engineers about new emerging technologies and ‘frugal designs’ for rapidly scaling detection, prevention, and treatment of Covid and other R&D activities. Johns Hopkins University is the premier Public Health Research institution and leads a ‘Taskforce on COVID’ in the USA. The Indian Institutes of Technology have launched their own programs designed for indigenous manufacture of products at scale for Indian conditions. Please note our esteemed panelists and register for this interesting and informative webinar.

    Please join us LIVE on ZOOM, Saturday, JULY 31st, 2021, from 10 AM to 11:30 AM US ET, (7:30 PM to 09 PM IST), in an open dialogue with the Panelists & Moderator. (Registration is Free).

     

    Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to [email protected]. The webinar will also be broadcast on  WHEELS Facebook Page and other social media platforms. Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar. You can join the webinar 15 min early (i.e. 09:45 AM ET OR 07:15 PM IST) to watch the slide show on WGF activities and related project 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


    Panelist's Overview

    Prof. Suman Chakraborty is a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India, and Sir J. C. Bose National Fellow as bestowed by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. He has been Institute Chair Professor. He is currently the Dean of Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy. Formerly, he was the Head of the School of Medical Science and Technology. His current areas of research include microfluidics, nanofluidics, micro-nano scale transport, with a particular focus on biomedical applications including diagnostic technology. He has been awarded the Santi Swaroop Bhatnagar Prize in the year 2013, which is the highest Scientific Award from the Government of India. He has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow of ASME, Fellow of all the Indian National Academies of Science and Engineering, recipient of the G. D Birla Award for Scientific Research, Indo-US Research Fellowship, Scopus Young Scientist Award for high citation of his research in scientific/technical Journals, and Young Scientist/ Young Engineer Awards from various National Academies of Science and Engineering. He has also been an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, and a visiting Professor at various leading Universities abroad. He has a large volume of impactful publications in top International Journals with high citations and unique expertise in technology development for the under-served population and community health care.

    Dr. Alain Labrique is an infectious disease epidemiologist, community trialist, and globally recognized leader in the application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to strengthen health systems in resource-limited settings. His research focuses on leveraging mobile and digital technologies to solve public health problems - improving data collection, promoting healthy behaviors, optimizing quality/timeliness of services -- but more importantly, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in Digital Health, redefining public health of the future.

    Dr. Kunal Parikh is an inventor and entrepreneur working at the intersection of MedTech, social enterprise, and finance to enable health equity globally. Kunal is currently a faculty member in the Center for Nanomedicine and Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design at Johns Hopkins University where he leads a multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientists, and clinicians to innovate and commercialize biomedical solutions for significant and unmet clinical needs. Kunal also leads the Global Institute for Vision Equity, a social venture studio working to eliminate avoidable blindness through the development, translation, and distribution of technologies addressing the most critical eye care needs in under-resourced settings. He has also founded, led, and raised funding for several organizations, including Core Quantum Technologies, Social Innovation Lab, Access HEARS, and Eyedea Medical. He earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University. He has been recognized as a Leader of Tomorrow for the Mid-Atlantic bioeconomy and by Forbes as one of 30 under 30 in Healthcare.

    Dr. Amita Gupta is Faculty Chair of the Johns Hopkins India Institute, Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education, and Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Gupta has 25+ years of experience in international public health, clinical research, and 18 years of working in infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and antimicrobial resistance in India. She serves as the US chair of the NIH-DBT funded TB research consortium RePORT, leads several clinical trials of new HIV/TB therapeutics, and collaborates with more than 15 Indian institutions. She and her Indian collaborators receive grant funding from the US NIH, CDC, UNITAID, Indian government, foundations, and philanthropy. She is an author of more than 200 peer-reviewed research publications and has mentored more than 35 junior scientists in India and the US. She serves on Anthony Fauci’s NIAID Advisory Council and the Indo-US Science and Technology Foundation’s Governing Board.

    Dr. Raj Shah is a member of the Board of WHEELS Global Foundation and a Program Director of its Track on Health, are a practicing cardiologist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur based in Philadelphia. He is educated at the University of Pennsylvania and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Temple and Drexel University faculties. He is a pioneer in the field of telemedicine and the creator of the SmartCareDoc telemedicine system which was deployed at “The Clinic at Wal-Mart” in 2012-14: The first telemedicine clinic in the retail store in America. He established a TeleRetinopathy screening program at the Temple University Health System in 2016 and a teaching Teleclinic at the School of Nursing at Rutgers University. He is also a Research Fellow at the Blanche and Irwin Lerner Center at Rutgers University for the study of Pharmaceutical Management and Healthcare and lectures about Telemedicine. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Kean University College of Business and Public Management and Global Business School, a Trustee of S.M. Shah Law College, and Sarvajanik School in Mehsana, India.


    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 the Committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer. WHEELS has also signed an MOU with the Ministry for Panchayati Raj for a technology partnership in Rural Development.


     


  • Invitation to Webinar on COVID – Field Work Experiences

     


     

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    LIVE Webinar

    COVID – FIELD WORK EXPERIENCES & LESSONS LEARNED

    Speakers' Panel

    Dr. Mukul Bhatia, Ekal Arogya Yojana Kendriya Pramukh, Ekal Abhiyan

    Dr. Thakor Patel, Chairman, SEVAK Foundation, Retd. US Navy

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    Ms. Neena Jolly, Trustee, Adharshila Trust

     

    Webinar Moderator

    Mr. Bajrang Bagra, President, Ekal Abhiyan, Chartered Accountant & Social Entrepreneur

    Webinar Chair

    Dr. Raj Shah, WHEELS Health Care Council


    COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the confidence and lifestyle as well as economy of all countries around the globe. This is a failure of Public Health system and public policies that have caused more than a million casualties in addition untold sufferings at all levels of the society. WHEELS Global Foundation in co-ordination with Capital IIT Alumni, PanIIT Alumni of USA and Federation of Indian Physicians Associations, FIPA, have sent thousands of Oxygen Concentrators and medical supplies so that people in cities and villages alike can breathe.

    We need more donations to what is feared to be the COVID-Third Wave yet to come. WHEELS has decided to devote 4 of its highly popular Global webinar sessions from last year to actual field experiences, lack of frontline workers training and role of Telemedicine in villages where no medical doctors are available to advise. This webinar will be followed by other monthly webinars on special projects WHEELS have initiated for R&D in IITs to design, manufacture indigenous medical equipment and supplies to make India self-reliant as also Infrastructures like First responder system etc and raising the awareness of the need to raise the role of Public Health in India -- specially in Rural communities to avoid the tragedies that we experienced. We invite dedicated leaders who are working on these topics to join us as speakers and moderators to share with our Webinar loyal audiences so that we can stand united in serving those who needs the most.

    Please join us LIVE on ZOOM, Saturday, JUNE 26th, 2021, from 10 AM to 11:30 AM US ET, (7:30 PM to 09 PM IST), in an open dialogue with the Panelists & Moderator. (Registration is Free).

     

    Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to [email protected]. The webinar will also be broadcast on  WHEELS Facebook Page and other social media platforms. Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar. You can join the webinar 15 min early (i.e. 09:45 AM ET OR 07:15 PM IST) to watch the slide show on WGF activities and related project 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


    PANELIST'S OVERVIEW

    Dr. Mukul Bhatia is an Ekal Arogya Yojana Kendriya Pramukh in Ekal Abhiyan.He is a Surgeon by profession. He is serving to tribal and rural brethren with his present responsibility in Ekal Abhiyan. At that time 6 hospitals were established in different parts of tribal areas of Today's Jharkhand. He completed his Master's from SN Medical college, Agra. Just after his graduation in 1978, He joined Vanvasi kalyan Ashram and was state Organizing Secretary of Bihar for 5 years.He is RSS Karykarta. After doing MS in surgery he rejoined the organisation and worked for ten years in Arunachal Pradesh staying at China border in East Kameng District of that state. In 2004 he was sent to Andman & Nicobar Islands for relief work after Tsunami by Voluntar Health Association of India ( VHAI) where he worked for 8 years.

    Ms. Neena Jolly is the co - trustee of Grassroots NGO Adharshila which was founded in 2004. She is a graduate in community resource management from Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi and an alumna of Harvard Business School Strategic Non-Profit Management Program. Prior to starting Adharshila, she has 15 years of non profit experience during which she compiled a research document of NGOs pan India along with co-trustee Geeta Arora under the aegis of Ford Foundation, which led to the realisation that most of them were either non-existent or only existed on paper. She realised that there was a need for strong on ground NGOs which would respond to the needs of the community where government and private sector both could not bridge the gap due to systemic issues.

    Since its inception 17 years ago, Adharshila has touched the lives of 2,53,219 people through various initiatives in the field of Education, Health and Skill Development. The beneficiaries include migrants and families below poverty line in Delhi NCR. The organization is working closely with their communities on food relief, sanitation and telemedicine during the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic and also strengthening partnerships with govt agencies,IndianDiaspora, National and international Foundations and like minded ngo's pan India. She is also the recipient of the distinguished alumni award from Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi.

    Thakor G. Patel, MD, is a program director of the WHEELS ' Track on Health. He currently serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the uniformed health services of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Patel is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Nephrology and is a Master of the American College of Physicians. Following his training, Dr. Patel joined the US Navy where he served with distinction and received numerous awards for his service of 23 years.


    On retirement from the Navy, Dr. Patel joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC as the Program Director for Renal Diseases, Diabetes and Oncology where he was instrumental in the developing and implementing critical policies on cancer, vascular access for hemodialysis, and hemoglobin A1C standardization. He retired from federal service in March 2016 to devote time to public health projects in rural India.

    To accomplish this, he created the Sevak Project to bring access to care by utilizing the Navy ‘corpsman’ model, similar to the use of physician assistants in the medical office.  The selected individuals are trained and supported by the staff of Baroda College in implementing education, screening and health care tracking programs in the assigned village. This project , in place since June 2010, is now in over 110 villages in four states of India and has now expanded to ten villages in Guyana. 

    Initially funded personally by Dr. Patel and  family members/friends, the Sevak Project has now garnered funding from the GOPIO and AAPI organizations. WHEELS Global Foundation, USA became partner in this unique and preventive healthcare monitoring as also constructing 10 RO plants in villages with poor quality water. The joint   partnership also built 100 toilets in the Sevak villages in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity,India. The Sevak Project has also treated special need patients with blindness, insulin dependent diabetics and those with high Blood pressure. Sevak Project has a plant to manufacture sanitary napkins and sell them at a discount-- employing 10 women in the village. In another village, a classroom is acquired to teach sewing and fashion design to create jobs for local girls and women who dropped out of school. In another partnership with CETI, Sevaks screen for active TB patients to make Sevak Villages TB free. In partnership with WIN Foundation, Sevaks screen for anemia in girls age 10 to women 40 years old to prevent maternal/infant morbidity/mortality. Sevaks must live in the village and get a monthly stipend and travel allowances.

    Mr. Bajrang Bagra, a Chartered Accountant, is a social entrepreneur since 2013. Before that had a cherished career of Corporate Manager from middle to Board level, for 36 years in various fields of economy- Power, Seeds, Mining and Metal, Railways and Consultancy.He worked as CFO of Botswana Railways, Director (Finance) of RITES and of NALCO, and when bidding bye to corporate career was CMD, NALCO.

    Bajrang Bagra has been active with CII, as Chairman, C I I, Odisha, Member, Development Council for Affirmative Action, Member, National Committee on CSR and Sustainable Development and Chairman, National Committee on CPSUs.

    After leaving corporate career prematurely, he has been pursuing community service since 2013, as President, Ekal Abhiyan, in empowering tribal and rural communities through primary education with values, health, skills, organic farming, digital literacy and empowerment. The reach of the movement extends to 102,400 villages. Students enrolled in its free primary schools as of April, 2021 were above 28.7 lakh.

    Health vertical of Ekal, Arogya, rendered varied services during Covid pandemic from running a nation-wide helpline, isolation centers at 25 remote places, awareness for preventive measures and vaccination and diagnostic services in over 112,000 villages.

    Dr. Raj Shah is a member of the Board of WHEELS Global Foundation and a program Director of its Track on Health, is a practicing cardiologist, philanthropist and entrepreneur based in Philadelphia. He is educated at the University of Pennsylvania and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Temple and Drexel University faculties. He is pioneer in the field of telemedicine and the creator of SmartCareDoc telemedicine system which was deployed at “The Clinic at Wal-Mart” in 2012-14: The first telemedicine clinic in retail store in America. He established TeleRetinopathy screening program at the Temple University Health System in 2016 and a teaching Teleclinic at the School of Nursing at Rutgers University. He is also a Research Fellow at the Blanche and Irwin Lerner Center at Rutgers University for the study of Pharmaceutical Management and Healthcare and lectures about Telemedicine. He is member of the Advisory Board of Kean University College of Business and Public Management and Global Business School, Trustee of S.M. Shah Law College and Sarvajanik School in Mehsana, India.


    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 the Committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer. WHEELS has also signed an MOU with the Ministry for Panchayati Raj for technology partnership in Rural Development.


     


  • published COVID-19 Relief Efforts For India in Latest News 2021-04-27 19:09:47 -0400

    COVID-19 Relief Efforts For India

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    * WHEELS Global Foundation is a 501C(3) approved entity started by alumni of the Indian Institutes of Technology and your donations are Tax Deductible in the USA. Our mission is to help scale philanthropy through the use of appropriate technologies. Our tag line is "Technology-Enabled Philanthropy". Our board members and a few others contribute to pay administrative costs to make sure all of your donations go directly to the concerned causes.

    As you know, India is going through a major health crisis due to COVID-19 raging in several parts of the country. India has recorded the highest one-day tally of new COVID-19 cases and deaths anywhere in the world, with the National Capital Region of Delhi is the most drastically affected. There is an acute shortage of Oxygen in Delhi, with several hospitals running out of Oxygen. Hospitals are turning away patients and ambulances are waiting in lines for hours in front of hospitals. This dire situation is now spreading throughout rural India where more than 60% of the population resides!! In this dire need of healthcare essentials for the masses, PanIIT-USA and their chapters are joining hands with WHEELS Global Foundation to come up with a multi-pronged approach to help our fellow citizens in India. We are now emphasizing the old adage that "an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure"! We are putting more effort into Telemedicine, raising awareness, distributing 'prophylactic kits' that include masks, gloves, oximeters. sanitizers, more testing, etc. If we can detect and treat a Covid victim in the first 6 to 10 days of the first appearance of Covid, we can drastically reduce the chances for that person to require oxygen treatment. Such early treatment can be something as simple as administering over-the-counter drugs like Tylenol/Paracetamol, Zinc, and Vitamin D. Here are the four options we are pursuing and the related cost for each. Your generous contributions will be applied for one of these options:

    1. Sourcing and Supplying Oxygen Concentrators:

      We initiated a drive to purchase 5L and 10L Oxygen concentrators for immediate use for those in dire need of such treatment. On May 12th, we shipped 434 units of 5L Oxygen Concentrators from DeVilbiss Co., a leading US manufacturer of medical equipment, to IIT Delhi who is serving not only those on campus but also the surrounding communities that are gravely affected by this pandemic. We see this as "short-term" and serves as urgent care requirements. With the massive worldwide demand for such concentrators to meet India's enormous demand, it is becoming increasingly difficult to source these products from reliable manufacturers or distributors. We also worked to ensure that the products comply with FDA standards and the devices will work satisfactorily in India's fluctuating power requirements for 220-240V/50-60Hz. The transportation and logistics for the "last mile" delivery of these machines to the intended parties in India are becoming difficult due to pilferage and other logistical challenges. Volunteer members of the WHEELS team have helped to facilitate the airlift of about 3000 Oxygen Concentrators from various organizations and continue to help others with transportation logistics. Typical 5L Oxygen Concentrators are costing between $500 to $750 landed in India.

    2. Cash Support for Local Sourcing in India: 

      In view of some of the challenges cited above, we have chosen in some cases to make cash payments to our partners, such as AdharShila, in Delhi, India - an NGO started by alumni of IIT Delhi so that they can purchase and service these Oxygen Concentrators locally along with the disposable supplies needed for the apparatus. We are also working with several other charitable organizations that have approached us for similar cash donations for purchasing equipment in India. These organizations have been vetted by us to be run by reliable and known IIT alumni and who are also in compliance with prevailing rules and regulations. Some of these organizations, such as AdharShila are also assembling and distributing 'prophylactic kits' which include masks, gloves, sanitizers, OTC drugs like Paracetomal, oximeters, and thermometers. They also help to raise awareness and prevent spread among the many impoverished people in outlying areas. Please see the pictures we have posted on our Facebook page. We will be updating those as we hear from our beneficiaries. These kits cost about $30-50 ea.

    3. Large Oxygen Generators for Hospital Use:

      We are working with a couple of Rotary Clubs in Delhi and Chennai who will implement 100LPM Oxygen Generators to serve small-medium public health hospitals with 50-75 beds. These machines that are expected to be installed in the next few days, have Power Failure Alarms, Low-Pressure Alarms and rated to supply Oxygen at 93+/-3% purity. These machines are purpose-built and assembled on skids for rapid installations. These Oxygen generators are made in India with Korean technology and will also be serviced locally. We are recommending these as our top option for oxygen treatment as the impact is larger than individual units administered by one volunteer at a time. Also, these units would have a longer life in service and not be prone to pilferage, etc. Each Oxygen Generators cost in the $30,000 to $40,000 range depending on capacity.

    4. Telemedicine:

      We are partnering with EVOLKO, a Telemedicine platform that we have deployed at 20 locations in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, UP, and Gujarat. We have pledged 400 such telemedicine systems for use in Uttar Pradesh and many more in Gujarat. A local donor in India has pledged $100,000 for supporting this endeavor. Many Doctors in the United States and in India have signed on to offer their services for free to Covid victims in India. Each Telemedicine operation costs $1000 for hardware, software and training on AI driven tools for speedy initial diagnosis & future diagnosis of diabetes etc in rural India. AI Tool will handle 20 of India's main languages. We believe each operation can serve 50-70 patients a day and early intervention and treatment is the best way to prevent patients from getting to a stage where they require Oxygen. Telemedicine has become our primary platform for "Technology-enabled Philanthropy" that we can implement at scale and fairly rapidly.


    Apart from the relief efforts made by WHEELS Global Foundation during this tough COVID-19 Pandemic, WHEELS has strived hard in implementing multiple projects. Some of them are as follows:

    • Implementation of Intensive Care Units at Local Hospitals

    Recently, we have received requests to urgently provision 'Intensive Care Units' at local hospitals. Such facilities are expected to cost upwards of $20,000 per bed! Also, ICU requires highly trained and skilled nursing care which is in severely short supply and hard to place in remote rural areas. Our solution is implementing Covid Isolation Centers (CIC). These 25-75 bed facilities can be set up in existing facilities like hotels, hostels, schools, colleges, and other government facilities with the basic requirements for early isolation and treatment of Covid patients. Each such CIC costs approximately $15,000 to $30,000 including, a few oxygen concentrators, and Telemedicine with training and equipment. WHEELS is now working in collaboration with EKAL to implement the first 10 such units in Gujarat, UP, and Bihar. EKAL has a presence in 130,000 villages - hence, the demand for such facilities is enormous but the cost per patient is also low with very high impact.

     

    • Better utilization of Water Resources to overcome the shortage of Water

    In addition to the above activities that are directly related to Covid, the WHEELS Water Council continues to make progress with the Government of Himachal Pradesh for a pilot program for better management of their water resources in anticipation of a severe water shortage this summer. Such a shortage of water would be devastating on top of the raging pandemic. We have set aside $30,000 for this endeavor.

     

    In 2019, WHEELS had initiated a holistic project for rural development in a cluster of 7 villages in the Aravalli district of Gujarat. We have continued this activity with added emphasis on Telemedicine working in collaboration with the SEVAK organization as COVID has spread in that remote region. This program has both short-term funding requirements ($50,000) as well as longer-term projections in excess of $2 million. We are appealing for both individual donations and participation from Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs.


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    Please donate generously and encourage your friends and family to do the same. 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:

     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

     

    We assure you that all donations and CSR contributions are applied responsibly for maximum and immediate impact and in compliance with all governing rules and regulations for not-for-profit organizations in the United States and in India. We strive to make sure that our activities are rooted in the application of technology for maximum scale and efficacy. We see every donor as a 'stakeholder' and is entitled to know how their money is being applied for the purpose that their donation was made. Please do not hesitate to email us at ([email protected] or [email protected]) or any of our colleagues on the WHEELS team if you have any questions or wish to get additional details on any of the above activities. Please also let us know if you wish to volunteer or help in other ways."

    Thank you

    WHEELS Global Foundation


  • Live Webinar on the Integrated Development of Village Cluster



     

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    LIVE Webinar

    THE INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT OF VILLAGE CLUSTER

     

    Keynote Speaker

    Mr. Sunil Kumar, Secretary of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj

    & Rural Development of Union, Government of India


    Speakers' Panel:

    Mr. Sanjay Patki, Vice President - IEEE Smart Village Chair-South Asia Working Group,

    &

    Dr. Sundar Kamath, Senior Vice President & CTO of Sanmina Corporation

     

    Webinar Chair

    Dr. Smita Siddhanti, Board Member of WHEELS Global Foundation & TiE Global, Board of Trustee TiE DC

    Webinar Moderator

    Ambassador Pradeep Kapur, Executive director, WHEELS Aravalli Pilot Smart Villages, Alumni IIT - Delhi


    Currently, most of the NGOs are conducting projects with a high degree of success in the individual track of Water, Health, Energy, Education, Lifestyles (Irrigation, transportation, etc), and Sustainability (Skill dev/job creation, etc) but few NGOs are doing an Integrated development of all tracks and involve Village cluster as an economic unit for financial viability that villages need as holistic development. The keynote speaker will address that as a goal and also challenge the speakers and audience to step up to that challenge along with what it takes to scale existing projects like SMART Village Development. Each speaker will address how their NGO has addressed such integrated development goals and how they can collaborate with each other to scale it nationwide into a public-private partnership as they interact with the keynote speaker.

    Please join us LIVE on ZOOMFriday, April 30th, 2021, from 10 AM to 11:30 AM US ET, (7:30 PM to 09 PM IST), in an open dialogue with the panelists.

     

    Click Here to Know More about the Speakers & Other Webinar Related Info

    Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to [email protected]. The webinar will also be broadcast on  WHEELS Facebook Page and other social media platforms. Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar. You can join the webinar 15 min early (i.e. 09:45 AM ET OR 07:15 PM IST) to watch the slide show on WGF activities and related project 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 the Committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer. WHEELS has also signed an MOU with the Ministry for Panchayati Raj for technology partnership in Rural Development.


     


  • Invitation to Webinar on Beyond The COVID-19 Pandemic: The New Paradigm

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    WHEELS Global Foundation invites you to join a free webinar on

    “BEYOND COVID-19 PANDEMIC: THE NEW PARADIGM

    with the Authors of the BOOK

    BEYOND THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

     

    AUTHORS :

    Ambassador Pradeep Kapur, Executive Director, WHEELS Smart Village Development Initiative, IIT-Delhi

    &

    Dr. Joseph M. Chalil, MD, MBA, FACHE, Global Healthcare Executive

     

    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 evolving global scenario, 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:- https://beyondcovidbook.com


    Please join us on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm (EDT), 10:00 am -11:30 am (CDT), 8:00 am - 9:30 am (PDT), 8:30pm -10:00pm (IST) to participate in a lively discussion.


    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.


    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.


  • Outcomes of Aravalli Project Inception Meeting

     

    Report of the Inception Meeting on Aravalli Project

    March 23rd, 2021

    In collaboration with National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj and on behalf of all development partners, WHEELS Global Foundation, an initiative of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) alumni, organized the Aravalli Project Inception Meeting on Tuesday, 23rd March 2021 at Shri Shamlaji Arts College. The National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj  (NIRD&PR) has been implementing an Action Research Project for creating Model Gram Panchayat (GP) Clusters in Assam, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra from 2019 with support from Mission Samridhhi. Now, in further collaboration with WHEELS Global Foundation and Sarjan Foundation, this project is extending to one Cluster of seven GPs (Shamalpur, Bhavanpur, Waghpur, Devni Mori, Dhandhasan, Shamalaji and Ode) covering about 21,000 population in Bhiloda Taluka under Aravalli District of Gujarat.

     

    Mr. Yogesh Andlay, a board member from the WHEELS Global Foundation (WGF), mentioned that this inception meeting, bringing the Government, development partners and community, is an important milestone as WHEELS strives to develop Bhiloda taluka as a model of development, converging all major sectors, Water,  Health, Education, Energy, Livelihood and Sustainability. Mr. Andlay presented the WHEELS Foundation's SMART village development framework.

    "There is wonderful work on various technologies going on in US universities and in India especially at the IITs. While we started work on connecting these various technologies to NGOs and grassroots communities, our approach has evolved over the years where we have realized the importance of working on ground walking shoulder to shoulder with rural communities and ensure that these technologies are tailored to the local context, and suited to the needs of the local people. This is the approach that we are bringing to this initiative too." - Yogesh Andlay, WGF India.


    The event also witnessed a strong community participation. Dr. Dilip Pal, Project Lead, National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad, facilitated a community dialogue with the participants to appreciate the positive deviations in socio-economic development and to improve efforts based on lessons learnt from across the Gram Panchayats. NIRDPR representative, Mr.Dilip Pal, went on to say that this model has the scope of national replicability.

    “We will be creating 11 clusters across Gujarat and we have chosen this cluster as the starting point. This is a very unique multi-partnership model, where we are working with more than 18 development partners. Such a collaborative is a very unique public-private development model being tested out for the first time in the country.” - Dilip Pal, National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj.



    The active and open participation of the villagers, and the rural community, including Sarpanches and Gram Panchayats, was very encouraging. They expressed their willingness to collaborate with the other stakeholders to make this project successful. The partners in attendance were, Mission Samridhhi, working in deepening decentralized governance and strengthen institutional structures, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE-ISV) in Energy, Entrepreneurships and Education, Sarjan Foundation, BOSCH Foundation and I-Create for skilling, re-skilling and upskilling of the youth and entrepreneurship development, SEVAK Foundation and EVOLKO in health care service delivery, Indian Institutes of Technologies (IITs) in Rural Development, and Piramal Foundation in Water Security.


    “We are very thankful to have this opportunity to work with the community and all the other development partners. Mission Samriddhi's Community Development Framework is based on Personal, Social, Economic, Ecological and Institutional Development of Gram Panchayats to achieve Holistic and Sustainable development. This model is operationalized through a young fellow, but we urge all of you to provide full support to the young fellow. All of us are going to take this journey together to make Bhiloda into a model development cluster.”Ram Pappu, Mission Samriddhi. Mr. Ajay Patel, Principal, Shri Shamlaji Arts College, emphasized that concerted efforts are required to support the Aravalli district to improve human development indicators.


    Shri A K Rakesh, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary (Chief Guest) emphasized the use of technology for the rural development to reach to the last mile, the most vulnerable and marginalized sections of the society. Mr. Rakesh alluded to the Government of Gujarat's various programs, schemes and policies to improve holistic development. The ACS suggested all development partners to support in strengthening institutions at the GP level facilitating the convergence of all sectors, chiefly, Agriculture, Health, Nutrition, Education, Water and Sanitation, livelihood to have a cumulative and multiplier impact on the overall development.


    Other dignitaries, who spoke in the event are, the District Development Officer, Shri Anilbhai T. Dhameliya, IAS, Aravalli District, Gujarat. Shri Anilbhai presented development Aravalli district. He emphasized and requested partners to focus on three major areas, Training and Capacity Building, Women Empowerment through Self-Help Group and Technology for Agro-based Industries. The consortium partners also presented their plans for the Aravalli District. There was a dialogue among and verbal support expressed for, the cooperation and collaborative operation by all public and private stakeholders.



    The meeting concurred with a joint plan of action to support the Gram, Taluka and District panchayats, district administrations & relevant state departments to develop Bhiloda Taluka as a model development taluka in India.


    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. WHEELS has also signed an MOU with the Ministry for Panchayati Raj for technology partnership in Rural Development.


     


  • published Inception Meeting on Aravalli Project in Latest News 2021-03-19 14:33:15 -0400

    Bulletin on Aravalli Project

     

     

    Project Aravalli Inception Meeting


    Flyer News:

    Inception Meeting On Aravalli Project

    WHEELS Global Foundation

    In collaboration with National Institute of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj

    & on behalf of all development partnershas organized the

    Aravalli Project Inception Meeting on

    Tuesday, 23rd March 2021 at 11 AM at Shamla Ji, Aravalli District.

    The event will be graced by Shri A K Rakesh, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Panchayati Raj, Rural Development and Rural Housing, Government of Gujarat, the District Collector, Shri Amrutesh Kalidas Aurangabadkar, IAS, Aravalli District, Gujarat, the District Development Officer, Shri Anilbhai Tulashibhai Dhameliya, IAS, Aravalli District, Gujarat and other state and district officials.


     

    The Inception Meeting is an Important Milestone in our partnership as WHEELS strive to develop Bhiloda taluka as a model of development converging all major sectors, Water, Health, Education, Energy, Livelihood and Sustainability. The Inception Meeting will help us get an understanding of the State Governments Interventions and Development Plans. The event will also provide an opportunity to all of us to jointly present the partners involved in this intervention.

    Event Details

    Event: The Aravalli Inception Meeting

    Date & Time: Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 11 AM

    Venue: Shamlaji College, Shamla JI, Aravalli District, Gujarat

     

    Meeting will be held on Zoom (Only for invited partners)


  • Live Webinar on Corporate Funding of Social Projects through CSR



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    LIVE Webinar

    Corporate Funding of Social Projects Through CSR

    Speakers' Panel:

    Mrs. Sarbani Chakravarty, Director, Confederation of Indian Industry,

    Mr. Akshay Saxena, Founder, Avanti Fellows, A showcase of CSR Fund Usage,

    Mr. Rahul Rishi, Social Sector Practice & Impact Investing, Nishith Desai Associate,

    &

    Mr. Nixon Joseph, Co-ordinator for CSR Funding, Chief Operating Officer, SBI Foundation

     

    Webinar Moderator:

    Mr. Yogesh Andlay, Director, WHEELS Global, India, IIT-Delhi

    Webinar Chair:

    Ambassador Pradeep Kapur, Executive Director, WHEELS Smart Village Development Initiative, IIT-Delhi


    Union Budget of India has doubled fund allocation for MSME sector serving the Rural and semi-urban community but the estimate of the needs by those familiar with these communities far exceed such commendable goal. This is where private-public enterprises can amplify and accelerate developments of Sustainable projects.

    One such channel is the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) incentives given to Commercial Corporate sector in one of the most strategic plans in the world for Social Upliftment. After several years of experimentation with this massive scheme of Social impact funding, India is revising the CSR rules, specially affecting the contributions that Indian diaspora can make to serve their motherland.

    WHEELS have assembled some leaders with subject matter expertise in a speaker's panel to exchange ideas with a global audience and promote another connecting channel for funding social projects to last webinar's theme of capital market's entry into Social Impact Investment.

    Please Join us on Friday, March 26th 2021, from 09:30 AM to 11 AM US ET, (7 PM to 08:30 PM IST), in an open dialogue with the speakers

    and moderator and help them promote developing a sustaining capability of Urban population for their self development.

     

    Click Here to Know More about the Speakers & Other Webinar Related Info

    Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to [email protected]. The webinar will also be broadcast on Facebook, and other social media platforms. Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar. You can join the webinar 15 min early (i.e. 09:15 AM ET OR 06:45 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. WHEELS has also signed an MOU with the Ministry for Panchayati Raj for technology partnership in Rural Development.


     


  • Live Webinar on Social Impact Investing

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    SOCIAL IMPACT INVESTING

    “If you’re going to create real impact, it has to be done with the same focus and
    level of intensity as your business.”
     - Scot Tatelman, STATE

    "Social Impact Investments are made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return". Impact investing occurs across asset classes; for example, private equity/venture capital, debt, and fixed income.

    WHEELS Global Foundation is proud to present a dialog among an expert panel of SOCIAL IMPACT investors

    who look at Entrepreneurship and Investment with an eye for solving the many social causes.

    Speakers'  Panel:

    Mr. Vikram Gupta, Founder and CEO of IVY Venture Capital, Alumni IIT–Delhi,

    Mr. Mukesh Sharma, Co–Founder & Managing Director Menterra Venture Advisors Private Limited,

    Mr. Meyyappan Nagappan, Leader, Digital Tax and Social Finance at Nishith Desai Associates

    &

    Mr. Arjun Malhotra, Executive Chairman, Evolko–USA, Co-Founder, HCL & PHFI

    Webinar Moderator:

    Mr. Sanjay Kadaveru, Founder, Action For India (AFI), Alumni IIT–Madras

    Webinar Chair:

    Mr. Yogesh Andlay, Director–WHEELS Global, India 


    The objectives for this Webinar is:

    1. What is Social Impact Investing? Can NGOs invest in such funds?
    2. How do investors measure return on investment and Social Impact?
    3. Do recipients of such investments operate differently than other types of investments?
    4. Is the success factor for Social investing different from that in commercial investing?
    5. Are Social Impact investments selected based on altruistic considerations or personal objectives?
    6. Are Social Impact investments treated differently for tax purposes?

    Please join us on Friday, February 26th 2021, from 09:30 AM to 11 AM (US EST), 08 PM to 09:30 PM (IST) 

    to this lively Panel Discussion.

    Click Here to Know More about the Speakers & Other Webinar Related Info

    Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to [email protected]. The webinar will also be broadcast on Facebook, and other social media platforms. Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar. You can join the webinar 15 min early (i.e. 09:15 AM ET OR 07:45 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. WHEELS has also signed an MOU with the Ministry for Panchayati Raj for technology partnership in Rural Development.


     


  • Live Webinar on Delivering Service in Compliance with Rules and Regulations Governing Not-For-Profit (NFP) Organizations

     

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    DELIVERING SERVICE IN COMPLIANCE WITH RULES AND REGULATIONS

    GOVERNING NOT-FOR-PROFIT (NFP) ORGANIZATIONS

     

    Speakers'  Panel:

    Mr. Kamlesh Vikamsey, Partner – Khimji Kunverji & Co LLP (KKC),

    Mr. Nishant Singh, LL.M., Partner – IndusLaw, Mumbai, India,

    And

    Mr. Israel Tannenbaum, CPA, Partner – Withum

    Webinar Moderator:

    Mr. Rajesh Tripathi, LL.M., Principal, Market Leader – International Tax, U.S. – India Corridor, Withum

    Webinar Chair:

    Mr. Suresh Shenoy, President, WHEELS Global Foundation, USA

     
    “Without a Strategy, Execution is Aimless. Without Execution, the Strategy is Useless.” – Morris Chang

    WHEELS Global Foundation wishes all our patrons and attendees a Very Happy New Year. 

    In 2020, we were pleased to host over 16 webinars with industry leaders and the common, universal message was loud and clear - We can achieve a lot more when NGOs collaborate for the common good! We are very pleased to follow up in 2021 with an emphasis on execution! The best of intentions are often challenged by poor planning, execution, and mired in regulatory processes and compliance. We are proud to start 2021 with our inaugural webinar on Friday, Jan 22nd at 9.30 AM US EST (8 PM IST) with a panel discussion on "Delivering Service in Compliance with Rules and Regulations Governing Not-for-Profit (NFP) Organizations. 501C(3), Sec. 8, 80G, FCRA, AML, and other considerations".


    The objectives of this webinar are to address:

    1. The regulatory framework governing Not-For-Profit (NFP) organizations in the USA and in India.
    2. Donating cash, stock, and/or other assets to NFPs.
    3. How can NFPs "invest" in for-profit activities or companies?
    4. Implications for donor-advised funds.
    5. How do Anti-Money Laundering rules impact NFPs?
    6. How do the new FCRA rules impact collaboration among NFPs?

    Please join us on Friday, January 22nd 2021, from 09:30 AM to 11 AM (US EST), 08 PM to 09:30 PM (IST), to this panel

    discussion by the experts from  Withum, IndusLaw, Kotak Mahindra, and KKC.

    Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to [email protected]. The webinar will also be broadcast on Facebook, and other social media platforms. Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar. You can join the webinar 15 min early (i.e. 09:15 AM ET OR 07:45 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. WHEELS has also signed an MOU with the Ministry for Panchayati Raj for technology partnership in Rural Development.


    WEBINAR SPEAKERS

    Mr. Kamlesh Vikamsey is the Chairperson at Audit Advisory Committee of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), New York, United States of America with effect from 23rd February 2019 and has been a Member since 13th October 2015. He is also the member of the Audit Committee of World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Geneva, Switzerland with effect from 1st March 2019 for a term of 3 years. He is also the member of Independent Management Advisory Committee (IMAC) of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Geneva, Switzerland with effect from 1st January, 2016 and National Advisory Board Manav Sadhan Vikas Sanstha.


    Mr. Nishant Singh is admitted to practice law in India and New York (USA). He is graduated from NLSIU Bangalore in 2002 and joined Amarchand Mangaldas as an associate until 2004. He obtained an LLM in 2005 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and had a brief stint as foreign associate at Holland & Knight LLP and an associate at Perkins Cole LLP before joining Dewey & LeBoeuf for two years in January 2007. In the last 16 years, Nishant has worked on a wide array of corporate transactions, including Mergers & Acquisitions (both domestic and cross-border), Private Equity, Joint Ventures, and Capital Market Transactions across multiple sectors. He has significant experience in the pharmaceutical sector. Nishant has represented Fortune 100 Companies, Private Equity Funds, Hedge Funds, and Investment Banks across multiple jurisdictions.In addition to transactional work, Nishant regularly advises the board of directors and special committees on day-to-day internal corporate affairs, corporate governance matters, and shareholders' relations. Prior to joining IndusLaw, Nishant worked with leading international law firms - Dewey & LeBoeuf, New York, and Perkins Coie, San Francisco Bay Area.


    Mr. Israel is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA) where he sits on the Not-for-Profit Subcommittee and the Tax-Exempt Subcommittee. Israel has more than 17 years of experience providing value-add compliance and tax consulting services to not-for-profit clients of all sizes, including Public Charities, Private Foundations, Membership Associations, Arts and Cultural Organizations, and all other subsectors of the Not-for-Profit industry. He is an expert in Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) and foreign filing requirements for tax-exempt entities. He has experience in providing Employee Benefits Tax compliance and consulting services to a diverse group of clients including Fortune 100 companies and some of the largest pension trusts in the world and assisting clients with the implementation of the requirements of various new legislation and regulations at both the Federal and State levels.


    Mr. Rajesh Tripathi is a Principal in the Firm’s National Tax Services Practice and the National Leader for the U.S. India Corridor. He brings more than 19 years of U.S. international tax experience to the Firm. As a National Leader for the U.S. India Corridor, Rajesh focuses on Indian companies doing business in the U.S. and U.S. companies doing business in India. He advises U.S. multinationals and foreign public and privately held companies with U.S. operations on international tax issues, day-to-day international outbound/inbound tax issues, cross-border transactions, and tax treaty issues.


    Mr. Suresh V. Shenoy is the President for WHEELS Global Foundation (WGF) and serves on its board to provide valuable advice and direction for activities of the non-profit organization. Mr. Suresh Shenoy has been an active supporter of the Capital IIT and Pan IIT Alumni associations and has continued to give his time and talent to WGF as its trusted advisor. Mr. Suresh Shenoy is Executive Vice President at Alyxtech, Inc., Inc., a Virginia based systems consulting and Technology Company. He recently completed two terms as Chairman of the National Capital region of the American Red Cross and currently serves on the boards of The Kevric Company, IMC Global Services, The Capital IIT Alumni Association and the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Shenoy also serves on the TechAmerica Board of Directors, the Board of Directors for Fairfax 2015 – the biennial World Games of Police and Fire Fighters with 12,000 athletes competing from 80 countries.

    His distinguished career includes being the Program Committee Chairman of the PanIIT Global Conference held in Washington, DC in 2005. Mr. Shenoy served as co-President of the PanIIT Alumni Association in North America for the 2006-2008 Term. He also represented Dranesville District on the Fairfax County IT Advisory Board for six years. Mr. Shenoy is a Fellow of the Information Management Congress (Europe) and AIIM International (USA). He has been recognized by IBM Corporation as ‘Information Champion’ for his contributions to Enterprise Content Management technologies for three consecutive years 2009-2012 and received the Distinguished Service Award from his alma mater, the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai. In 2010, Mr. Shenoy and his brother Sudhakar, were honored by the Northern Virginia Community Foundation for their leadership and contributions to Fairfax County. He is on the adjunct faculty of the School of Information Technology & Engineering at George Mason University, where he teaches a course in Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation.

    Mr. Shenoy has traveled widely throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East, has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (1972), and an MBA from the University of Connecticut (1975).



  • published Year End Updates 2020 in Gallery 2020-12-30 11:56:27 -0500

    Year End Updates 2020

     


    #StayUnited    #StayConnected

     

    As 2020 comes to a close and in this happy holiday season, all of us at WHEELS Global Foundation wish you the best of Health, Happiness, Cheer, Joy, and Success in 2021 and beyond. We are looking forward to the New Year with renewed hope and anticipation for working with each and every one of you - our patrons, donors, collaborators, volunteers, and partners - to continue on our mission for "Technology-enabled Philanthropy" for social change.

    In 2020, WHEELS Charitable Foundation in India formally changed its name to WHEELS Global Foundation. Together, we conducted over 14 thought-provoking webinars with industry leaders, NGOs with social impact projects, Professional Associations, Senior Government officials, and academicians. These webinars averaged over 500 attendees and now you can watch them all here: https://wheelsglobal.org/webinars OR

    Watch all 2020 Webinar's Summary here on WHEELS YouTube Channel. 


    WHEELS - offers technology-enabled solutions for Water, Health, Energy, Education, Livelihoods and Sustainability -

    is also proud to have launched many projects in collaboration with our NGO partners including:

     

    1. Our pilot for a SMART village development program in the Aravalli District of Gujarat started with students from IIT Tirupathi doing a requirements study and making several recommendations for technology implementations for clean water, education, etc.  Later, 60+ students from IIT Gandhinagar and IIT Bombay visited the district to familiarize themselves with rural requirements and propose new, innovative business plans with social impact.

    2. We established an Entrepreneurship program at Shamalaji College in Aravalli Districts with our partners iCreate. This has led to the start of a Dairy Farm and a Foodservice Establishment by residents in Aravalli District.

    3. WHEELS started a "Healthcare council" with Doctors and Engineers collaborating to set up Telehealth facilities and other initiatives.

    4. WHEELS working in collaboration with SEVAK Foundation started a home healthcare service in the cluster of seven villages in Aravalli. This is being expanded to include Telemedicine Operations in the area.

    5. The SMART Village program in the Aravalli District has also started planning a  Clean Water project and a Skills Development project in collaboration with our CSR partners from the industry.

    6. WHEELS together with our partners Rural Development Trust/Vicente Ferrer Foundation established  "RDT on WHEELS" to help a Women's Entrepreneurship Program in the tribal village of Chenchu in Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh creating over a dozen jobs. The program includes a shelter for groups of women to weave disposable plates from Chenchu leaves.

    7. WHEELS and RDT have also established 6 Telehealth Operations to help COVID patients in remote villages. Each of these is an independent entrepreneurial venture.

    8. There are 20 additional Telehealth facilities currently being implemented in Maharastra, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, and other states together with our NGO partners.

    9. Working in collaboration with Kolkata Foundation, WHEELS contributed to feeding over 20,000 meals to COVID affected slum dwellers around Kolkata.

    10. WHEELS was among the sponsors to help our partners at Spoken Tutorials to translate and dub a number of videos on COVID response.


     

    WHEELS Global Foundationan initiative of alumni of IIT - has a pipeline of several projects in India and the United States. We work

    collaboratively with our partner NGOs who have feet-on-the-ground to offer Technology-enabled solutions. In 2020, we are proud to be officially recognized by Niti Ayog as their partner for technology transfer.

    We are also honoured to sign an MOU with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj as a partner for rural development and technology-driven programs. We welcome your support with Time, Talent, and Treasure. You can join us in our mission by volunteering your services or donate by clicking link button below.

    For transparency, you may also suggest to use your donation to a particular project or track (i.e. Clean Water, Telemedicine -Healthcare facility, Education to Unprivileged Children, Smart Village etc. and can get information how your donation is helping in changing lives.

    Thank You Again for Your Support!

    May the Season be Festive and the Laughter be Contagious!

    We wish everyone and your loved ones Safe, Healthy, and Enjoyable Holidays.


  • published Virtual Booth - WHEELS Global Foundation in Latest News 2020-11-29 21:36:31 -0500

  • 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.



  • 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



    Watch Recording of this LIVE Session

    https://www.facebook.com/WheelsGlobalFoundation/videos/360297918554936/

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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.



  • 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

    https://www.facebook.com/WheelsGlobalFoundation/videos/74171107642592/

    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 [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.



  • 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 [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.


     


  • 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 [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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