Indiaspora Philanthropy Summit

October 2, 2019 Copley Formal, Georgetown University, Washington, DC


Indiaspora hosted its second annual Indiaspora Philanthropy Summit at Georgetown University October 2. We announced two exciting initiatives in philanthropy, including ChaloGive, a week-long giving initiative for the diaspora from Oct. 2-8, and the India Philanthropy Alliance, a collaboration of India-focused NGOs to advance development and humanitarian goals.


Please see bios of speakers below.

Speaker Bios

9:30 am     Registration

10:00 am   Opening Remarks and ChaloGive Kick-off

                   An Indiaspora initiative to galvanize the Indian diaspora around giving.

Irfan Nooruddin, Director Georgetown University India Initiative

MR Rangaswami, Founder of Indiaspora

10:20 am  The Opportunity of Retail Giving

                   A look at engaging micro-donors and the concept of online giving platforms.

Sanjeev Joshipura, Executive Director, Indiaspora (moderator)
Anjali Kochar, Executive Director, Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation
Rajesh Ramachandran, Deserving Causes
Lowrey Redmond, Chief Growth Officer, Malaria No More

11:00 am    Coffee Break

11:15 am    Climate Change: The Fierce Urgency of Now

How philanthropy can play a part in helping mitigate one of the most critical aspects of our time

Shefali Mehta, Founder, OpenRivers Consulting Associates (moderator)
Siddarthan Balasubramanian, Senior Advisor Strategy, Climate Works Foundation
Britt Groosman, Vice President, Global Climate, Environmental Defense Fund
Amita Ramachandran, Associate Director, India Climate Collaborative
Reecha Upadhyay, Communications and Program Manager, Clean Air Fund

12:05 pm    To Whom Much is Given…

A fireside chat between prominent philanthropists

Sumir Chadha, Co-founder and Managing Director, WestBridge Capital
MR Rangaswami, Founder, Indiaspora

12:35 pm    A Novel Philanthropic Medium: Arts Education

An intimate portrait of how arts education can transform lives

Leslie Shampaine, Freelance Producer and Director, Bombay Ballet
Cynthia Kane, Chief Fundraiser, Bombay Ballet

12:50 pm   Networking Lunch

1:35 pm     The Path of Collaboration: The India Philanthropy Alliance

Deepak Raj, Chairman, Pratham USA
Minoo Gupta, President, Foundation For Excellence (FFE)
Nishant Pandey, CEO, American India Foundation (AIF)
Swati Chaudhary, Member, Board of Directors, Arogya World
Sanjeev Joshipura, Executive Director, Indiaspora
Meenakshi Mahajan, Director, Institutional Giving, Magic Bus
Gouri Sadhwani, Executive Director, Akanksha Fund
Ranjani Saigal, Executive Director, Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA
Rahul Saxena, Member, Board of Directors, VisionSpring
Shefali Sunderlal, President and Program Director, CRY America
Bala Venkatachalam, Executive Director, Pratham USA

2:30 pm     An Immigrant’s Narrative

A journey of American nightmares and American dreams

Aarti Shahani, NPR Correspondent

2:45 pm     Corporate Social: Responsibly

A look at what is happening in the current CSR space

Rick Rossow, Senior Advisor and Wadhwani Chair, U.S. India Policy Studies,
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Michael McCabe, Director, North America, Tata Sons

3:10 pm     Coffee Break

3:30 pm    Strategies for Effective Philanthropic Giving

How can we ensure the most impact when we give back?

Jen Jope, Editor-in-Chief, Giving Compass (moderator)
Jessie Krafft, Senior Vice President, External Affairs, CAF America
Josh Mandell, Chief Operating Officer, Halcyon
Smita Siddhanti, President, EnDyna, Inc.

4:15 pm     IPA Public Policy: Giving to India: The Public Policy Agenda

Alex Counts, Senior Advisor, India Philanthropy Alliance (moderator)
Minoo Gupta, President, Foundation For Excellence (FFE)
Nishant Pandey, CEO, American India Foundation (AIF)
Vaibhav Parikh, Partner, Nishith Desai Associates
Deepak Raj, Chairman, Pratham USA

4:50 pm    Keynote: Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia Ann Marie Yastishock

5:10 pm    Closing Remarks

Sanjeev Joshipura, Executive Director, Indiaspora

5 – 6 pm   Reception

Check out the videos from our Indiaspora Philanthropy Summit, with special thanks to our media partner Diya TV.


Please check out our photos from the Philanthropy Summit.