New CSI Partners
January 2023
December 14, 2022

New CSI Partners

Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) Partners have been the driving force behind our Social Entrepreneurship programs and have played a pivotal role in our journey. CSI Partners not only collaborate on setting the vision, goals, and pace for the execution of programs but also engage directly with the incubator and accelerator organizations. In fact, the opportunity to learn from CSI Partners is one of the key motivators for founders to apply for incubation or acceleration. Through 1:1 strategic mentorship with the organizations, CSI Partners help nurture exceptional entrepreneurs solving some of India's most critical developmental challenges. We are excited and proud to share that in the year 2022, we have onboarded 5 new CSI partners. To know the full list of CSI Partners click here. 

New partners at The/Nudge CSI

Anil Kumar S G, Founder & CEO, Samunnati - Anil Kumar SG is the Founder and CEO of Samunnati. Anil is a career banker with over 28 years of experience in the areas of Rural, Retail and Agri Banking. Over the last decade, Anil’s work was focused on creating newer institutions across the country and operating in the financially excluded markets with corresponding support structures for their capacity building. Prior to Samunnati, Anil was the Co-Founder & Trustee of IFMR Trust and the CEO of IFMR Rural Channels.

Dr. Sekhar Bonu, Senior Fellow, NITI Aayog - Dr. Sekhar Bonu is a Senior Fellow at the NITI Aayog. Prior to joining NITI Aayog, Dr. Bonu worked with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila for 15 years. At ADB, he worked in the areas of health, urban infrastructure development, and regional cooperation, with a focus on South Asia. Dr. Bonu worked in the Indian Administrative Services and served as a civil servant in the state of Rajasthan between 1987-2003, as district magistrate, director of primary and secondary education, and chief executive officer of state-owned enterprises, among others.

Jugal Mohapatra, Non-Executive Chairman, IIBX (India International Bullion Exchange) and FDRVC (Foundation for Development of Rural Value Chains - Jugal Mohapatra, a postgraduate from Delhi School of Economics, joined Indian Administrative Service (Odisha Cadre) in 1979. During his career in civil service spanning over 37 years, he has served as Secretary to the Chief Minister, Principal Secretary (Finance), Development Commissioner and Chief Secretary in Odisha Government. He is currently the non-executive chairman of the India International Bullion Exchange (IIBX) and Foundation for development of Rural Value Chains (FDRVC).

Raj Gilda, Co-founder, Lend A Hand India - Raj's journey in the world of skilling began as a son of a small kirana (grocery) store owner as an ‘intern’ to his father at the age of 9, learning invaluable skills–right from sweeping the floor and managing cash to handling customers. Raj has been instrumental in launching an innovative internship program for higher secondary government school students, placing them with small and micro-enterprises across 4 states covering 10,000+ students. He is the Co-Founder of Lend A Hand India, an NGO focused on providing vocational education in secondary schools in India.

Sushma Rajagopalan, Managing Director and CEO, ITC Infotech - An industry stalwart, Sushma has over 30 years of global leadership experience in the Information Technology industry. She has led organizational transformations, headed strategy & corporate development and has been responsible for several large deal acquisitions through planned strategic investments. Sushma is passionate about entrepreneurship and building a viable ecosystem to promote new thinking and an innovation culture. She has actively identified, groomed and mentored start-ups in the US and in India. 

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