Different Strokes-Social Entrepreneurship Panel


Hear his name and you remember him as the author of a quintessentially Bitsian book,‘BITS of Success’ whose stories have not just moved BITSians. From Battlefield to Boardroom, his 30 years as Commodore has transformed the Indian Navy for the better , whereas as a  Professor , he has groomed over 3000 MBA  graduates into  future leaders and global thinkers. Harsh volunteers every week as a wellness coach for patients at Armed Forces Polyclinic in Secunderabad. This Author of several books and Adjunct Professor of VVSB, likes  to travel , shoot and write his blog which has wide readership globally.Meet the man who has the power to change your life with his words…


He founded Sustainable Innovations (www.si-usa.org) to pioneer sustainable business solutions for social problems. He perfected Aakash Ganga (River from Sky in Hindi) to provide safe drinking water and Arogya (Disease Free in Hindi) to deliver health care to vulnerable people. These programs have won wide acclaim for social innovations, social enterprises, and systemic sustainability. He was recognized as CNN’s 2015 Top Ten Hero. He is the recipient of the 2012 Purpose Prize award; 2010 Lemelson – Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sustainability award; 2010 Energy Globe World award, and 2006, 2007 World Bank Development Marketplace awards (twice) for self-sustainable social enterprises. He was invited by the 2011 World Economic Forum to share the social enterprise model with 30 heads of state.


With degrees from BITS Pilani, SEAS , Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and his dignified job at Citibank, Ajay lived the  dream of every  engineer, until he  decided to leave everything behind and travel to the   Himalayas. And that’s when the idea for the third most innovative company, ‘HarVa’ was born! HarVa harnesses the true value of Rural India and has entered the Limca Book of Awards for being the first  all-woman empowered BPO in the world.From the honour of the ‘Young Global Leader of 2013’ by the World Economic Forum to one of the 50 most creative leaders across the world by The Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership , Ajay is always setting higher benchmarks for himself.An inspirational author ,a golf player,a voracious reader, a motivational speaker…well, be prepared to be amused!


DATRI Blood Stem Cell Donors Registry, Cofounder & CEO

 Raghu is passionate about cancer-cure and was geared to address the challenges faced by people of Indian origin who were suffering from fatal blood disorders including Leukemia and Thalassemia. He was an active volunteer in a US donor search campaign for one of his friend’s fiancé with an Indo-Pakistan genetic makeup to find a life-saving match.  Realising the importance, along with Dr Nezih Cereb, President and Co-Founder of Histogenetics, a State-of-the-Art Lab specialised in HLA Typing, and Dr Soo Young Yang, Chairman and Founder of Histogenetics, Raghu set up DATRI, a not for profit organisation in the year 2009. Today, DATRI is the largest blood stem cell donors registry in India with over 1,70,000 potential donors and has facilitated 216 donations as of 9 Dec 2016.

Raghu has been very active in the entrepreneurial eco-system in the US and India. He is also actively involved in ‘The Green Peppers’, a Millet based food company that specializes in healthy food options. He is the Head of Global Strategy for ‘Ivy Mobility’, a mobile solutions company that is a leader in the FMCG and the Pharmaceuticals vertical.

Raghu is also the Managing Trustee for Punarjanmam Foundation that helps flood affected individuals and organizations. This organization has helped over 75 families who were affected by the 2015 flood in Chennai. He is mentoring several start-ups as an advisor.


The CEO and Director of LetzChange is ready to change your thinking.Who says IITians are just nerds? Meet Rahul, a thorough enthusiast and an ideal leader who binds the team with his efficient leadership skills. A graduate from IIT Kanpur, Rahul takes every challenge heads on and is regarded for his analytics and team management abilities.

Hear them paint different strokes of ingenuity and entrepreneurship.


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