Indiaspora Philanthropy Leaders List Launch

August 12, 2021 | August 13, 2021

We are excited to announce our our 2021 Indiaspora Philanthropy Leaders Leaders List, celebrating 100 leaders who have made a significant impact with their philanthropic vision and contributions.

The Indiaspora Philanthropy Leaders List is part of an effort to recognize the top leaders of Indian origin in philanthropy from countries around the globe. During these unprecedented times, where COVID-19 has upended the world as we know it, so many philanthropists are dedicating their time and resources to help humankind. This List is not intended as a ranking of big donors but a celebration of expansive philanthropic vision and consistent support of social good.

Session I:  August 12th | 10:00 am – 11:15 am PT

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10:00 am     Welcome Remarks

10:10 am     Keynote Address 1: Using lessons from technology to drive social innovation

      • Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, President & Chairman of Sparta Group LLC and Co-founder of Deshpande Foundation

10:20 am     Panel Discussion: Generosity for Impact: Reflections from Diaspora Philanthropists

      • Moderator: Ankur Vora, Chief Strategy Officer of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 
      • Panelists:
        • Aditya Jha, Founder & Chairman, POA Educational Foundation
        • Lata Krishnan, Founder & Co-Chair of the American India Foundation
        • Sarosh Zaiwalla, Senior Partner and Founder of Zaiwalla & Co. and Appointed Patron of Healing Little Hearts

10:50 am   Fireside Chat: Artificial Intelligence as a Tool for Social Good

      • Romesh Wadhwani, Founder, Chairman & CEO of SymphonyAI and Founder of Wadhwani Foundation 
      • Sunil Wadhwani, Founder of SWAT Capital and Founder Donor of WISH Foundation 

11:00 am   Q&A and Closing


Session II:   August 13th | 10:00 am – 11:30 am IST

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10:00 am   Welcome Remarks

10:10 am     Keynote Address: Accelerating Philanthropy in India

      • Ashish Dhawan, Founder & Chairperson Central Square Foundation 

10:20 am     Panel Discussion: Philanthropy’s Role in Crisis: Responding to COVID-19 and Supporting Long-Term Recovery

      • Moderator: Abhishek Sharma, CEO Foundation Holdings
      • Panelists:
        • Anu Aga, Former Chairperson of Thermax and Founder Trustee, Teach for India
        • Anand Deshpande, Founder, Chairman, and Managing Director of Persistent Systems
        • Vikram Khanna, Associate Editor and economic affairs commentator at The Straits Times

10:45 am      Keynote Address: How Philanthropy Can Empower Rural India: Learnings from Swades

      • Ronnie Screwvala, Co-Founder of Swades Foundation

10:55  am  Roundtable Discussion: What India Needs Now: On the Ground Update & Opportunities for Philanthropic Engagement 

      • Naghma Mulla, CEO of EdelGive Foundation
      • Atul Satija, Founder & CEO The/Nudge Foundation and CEO, GiveIndia
      • Zarina Screwvala, Co-Founder Swades Foundation

11:15 am   Q&A and Closing