Meet the Social Entrepreneurs

Nikhil has a B.A. in Economics from New York University. He previously worked at IFMR-LEAD as a Policy Associate, where has was responsible for outreach to development sector stakeholders and handling policy research projects.

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Wilma Rodrigues is the founder and CEO of Saahas Zero Waste (SZW), a social enterprise that was registered in 2013. Wilma is a former journalist who worked for several years with the TOI group, Business World Magazine, before starting NGO Saahas in 2001.

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Jesse van de Zand is educated as lawyer at the universities of Nijmegen and Amsterdam, where he studied business and tax law. After finishing his masters degree, he joined lawyers firm Kennedy Van der Laan in Amsterdam, working mostly in M&A and litigation.

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Nilima Achwal is the founder of Iesha Learning. Iesha has an interactive digitized curriculum on sexuality and gender, that teachers can use on smartboard and computer. Iesha’s course – 10 modules for 6th-8th standard boys and girls – goes far beyond giving knowledge, to changing attitudes and behaviors.

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A passionate serial entrepreneur, Deep Bajaj is a Post Graduate from Australian National University, Graduate (B.Com) from Delhi University. He started working right after passing out from class XII in 2001.

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Swapnil a.k.a ‘PoopGuy’ is Chief Toilet Cleaner at Samagra which provides awesome sanitation services to the urban poor. Swapnil is an Ashoka Fellow, Acumen India Fellow, Dasra Social Impact Leader with extensive experience in Management, Design and Innovation.

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Gayathri Vasudevan is a Doctorate in Development studies with more than 22 yrs experience in both national and international organizations. She has been extensively involved in policy issues and community mobilizations relating to livelihoods.

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Shelley Saxena, who has an MBA from Cornell and B.E. from IIT Roorkee, founded Sevamob – an online health exchange and primary healthcare provider in 2012 after misdiagnosis and incorrect treatment of his mom in Lucknow.

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Vaibhav is the Co founder of ftcash, a PayPal backed startup in financial technology serving the underserved micro-merchants in India. Previously, he was a Director, Global Development at XPRIZE, leading India’s first global prize that targets the problem of access to water.

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