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Advisory Group

Advisory group

By bringing together a group of highly influential individuals with diverse experience from various sectors such as industry, investment and financing, and rural economy, government and philanthropy, the programme hopes to gain rounded inputs towards strategic matters

 

 

Ashish Kumar 

Ashish leads and manages incubation- and innovation-themed venture investments and programs across the Shell Foundation portfolio, such as Circular Economy, Climate Finance, Renewables/CleanTech, Agriculture, Mobility etc. Prior to this, Ashish has more than a decade of experience in consulting and in-house roles in private-, public, and development sectors. He brings in expertise in Human Centred Design and systems thinking, and has worked with several multilaterals, DFIs and private sector clients on bottom-up innovation interventions across Sub-Saharan Africa and India.

Ashish Kumar 

Shell Foundation

Portfolio Innovation Manager

Biswarup Banerjee

Mr. Biswarup Banerjee, Program Manager, Renewable Energy, IKEA Foundation is working on a variety of projects that address access to renewable energy solutions for last-mile families and communities in India & Africa. He is especially interested in issues focusing on renewable energy finance, market-based access to renewable energy products, and renewable powered livelihoods across different value chains. In the past, he has worked with the government of India and international non-profits in the areas of water & sanitation, child protection, gender, education. 

Biswarup Banerjee

IKEA Foundation

Program Manager

Madan Padaki 

As the CEO of 1Bridge, Madan focuses on extending rural last-mile services providing access, choice and convenience to rural consumers by leveraging the power of local entrepreneurs and technology. He is the co-founder of Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship and is a Managing Trustee at Head Held High, a not-for-profit organisation focused on poverty reduction.

Madan Padaki 

1Bridge 

Co-founder and CEO 

Mukesh Sharma 

Mukesh is a co-founder of Menterra, an investment fund platform that addresses issues facing agriculture, healthcare, and education through private investments that target commercial returns and sectoral impact. Over the last 18 years, Mukesh has invested in and worked on deals in several emerging and frontier markets. Earlier, he was the Chief Investment Officer at Villgro, has been a non-executive director on the board of several companies and has advised the promoters and board of companies.

Mukesh Sharma 

Menterra

Co-founder and Managing Director

Saskia Werther 

Saskia manages the Circular Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Energy programs at DOEN Foundation and has been with the foundation since 2014. Prior to DOEN Foundation, Saskia has worked in the social enterprise and impact investing sector in South and South-East Asia. Saskia started her career in banking at ABN AMRO in the Netherlands and the Dutch Antilles.

Saskia Werther 

DOEN Foundation 

Programme Manager

Satish B. Agnihotri 

Prof. Agnihotri has been a career bureaucrat and has served the Government of India and State Government of Odisha in several capacities. He was Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture discharging the role of Financial Advisor. He was CEO of the Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency, Director Industries and District Magistrate in Dhenkanal District.

Satish B. Agnihotri 

IIT Bombay 

Professor and Head of CTARA

Simmi Sareen 

As the CEO of Loans4SME, Simmi focuses on extending financing support to high growth SMEs and to businesses working in climate change and sustainability. With 22 years of experience in credit risk, debt markets and SME financing, she is uniquely placed to understand the needs of both the debt investors and SMEs. 

Simmi Sareen 

Loans4SME 

Founder and CEO 

Stephanie Jones 

Stephanie manages the Energy Programme at Good Energies Foundation. Apart from developing strategy, facilitating, and overseeing grants, Stephanie also focuses on creating strategic alliances with other foundations. She particularly focuses on market-based support interventions in India and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Stephanie Jones 

Good Energies Foundation 

Programme Manager

Supriya Kapoor

Supriya Kapoor provides mentoring and business consultancy to social enterprises that create sustainable employment opportunities for women in rural India, helping them scale, create sustainable growth and intensify their social and economic impact. She helps these partners transition from production-oriented to consumer focused, market-oriented entities with the right balance of the head and the heart. In the past, Supriya has worked with Indian and international corporates and consulting firms, in the areas of strategic planning, market entry, operating models, process excellence, HR & Organizational transformation.

Supriya Kapoor

Women on Wings

Senior Consultant