Careers In Impact Workshop: Edition 2, Feb 22, 2014, at Ginserv, Bangalore

‘The Careers In Impact Workshop’ and take a deep dive into working in Social Impact – opportunities, ground realities, current landscape and what it means after you have taken the plunge.

Social good has always been a part of the Indian cultural fabric – India is home to 3.3 million NGOs and a very active civil society. Yet, recent years have seen the rise of a new positive trend – the emergence of a vibrant social enterprise ecosystem. Fuelled by progressive non-profits looking at scale,the rising innovation in blending economic and social value, growth in entrepreneurial ecosystems across the country and a willingness to challenge established ways of working, the social sector today presents an attractive opportunity for people and organisations alike, to write a new script for the country’s progress.

There is today a tremendous increase in interest of people from all quarters, especially among mid-career professionals, senior management and corporate leadership, in looking at  impact as a viable ‘career’ – something to bet your life and most productive work years on.

One of the bigger challenges  however, is a lack of information and awareness of what it means to work in the sector, from the skills to to financial ramifications, a visibility into career paths or an understanding of the organisational systems within the space. Myths about the social sector abound and are often key deterrents for people to make the shift.

If you have always considered a career move to work on Impact, here’s an opportunity to come learn what it is like. Register for ‘The Careers In Impact Workshop’ and take a deep dive into working in Social Impact – opportunities, ground realities, current landscape and what it means after you have taken the plunge.

The workshop features interactions with renowned social entrepreneurs, impact investors, employees and senior leadership from the Impact Sector in Bangalore, across emerging fields like Education, Technology, Financial Inclusion, Agri and Rural Livelihoods.


Time Topic/Speakers
10: 00 – 10:15 am Careers in Impact – an introduction to the sector, current landscape and opportunities
10: 30 – 11:30 am Key Note: V Balakrishnan, on the journey from Infosys CFO to Chairman, Micrograam
11: 45 – 12:15 pm Experience sharing by Impact Sector Professionals
12:15  – 12:45 pm Journeys With Purpose: A special on Fellowships, by Villgro
12:45  – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30    –  2:30 pm Breakout Sessions: Education, Technology, Agri, Rural/Urban Innovation
2:30    –  3:00 pm In closing


This workshop is organised by Sattva Media and Consulting Pvt. Ltd., that brings with it over 15 combined years of experience in recruitment and talent management for startups, corporates and social organisations. (Sattva is the parent company that runs The Alternative.). 

Prior registration required. Register for the workshop HERE.

Event Details

Feb 22, 2014, 10 am to 3 pm, at GINSERV, CA Site No:1, JSS Institution Campus,
Behind Hotel Leela Palace, Kodihalli, Bangalore – 560008. GINSERV on a map.

For more details, contact Aarti Mohan at +91 98454 98045



Keynote by V Balakrishnan, Chairman, Micrograam

V Balakrishnan joined Infosys in 1991 and served in various capacities in the Infosys Finance organization. Prior to being appointed a Member of the Board, Balakrishnan served as the Chief Financial Officer. Balakrishnan has received several accolades in the financial services industry. He was voted the Best CFO by Finance Asia in its Asia’s Best Companies Poll for 2008, 2009 and 2011. He won the CNBC TV 18 ‘Best performing CFO’ award for IT and ITES sector for 2008 and 2009 and he also won the Best CFO (Information Technology, Media, Communication and Entertainment) award from the ICAI (The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India) for 2008. In December 2013, V Balakrishnan was inducted as the Chairman of micro-lender Micrograam.

Breakout Sessions

Madan Padaki, co-founder and CEO, Head Held High (Rural Enterprise)

Madan Padaki is an entrepreneur, thought leader & a social activist with 16+ years of experience – and 13 of these years as an entrepreneur. As a keen student of Sales & Marketing, Key Relationship Management, Product Management and strong business acumen – which were honed during the corporate stints, he created a world-class organization in the area of assessments in India with MeritTrac in 2000. He was heading Strategy and Incubation Group at Manipal Global Education Services until recently. Before founding MeritTrac, he had worked in BFL Software, Infosys Technologies and Wipro Fluid Power. Madan Padaki leads Head Held High, together with its subsidiaries, that works on creating sustainable models for rural transformation.

Sameer Sehgal, Artoo (Tech)

Sameer has been recognized as one of Asia-Pacific’s most promising young social entrepreneurs by the Paragon100 Fellowship. He holds a B.Tech from the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka and is a StartingBloc Fellow (MIT Sloan). His passion is inclusive technology, something he discovered during his internship with Ujjivan, one of the fastest growing microfinance institutions in the world. After a brief stint at HSBC Bank’s Analytics division, Sameer started Artoo in 2010. Artoo aims to improve access to essential services like finance and healthcare to more of the base of the pyramid.

Umesh Malhotra, Founder and CEO, Hippocampus (Education)

Umesh Malhotra started his career in 1990 with Infosys Technologies. In his 9 years at the company, he handled 5% of the company’s revenues and had client relationships across the globe. In 1999, he moved on to become an entrepreneur and co-founded Bangalore Labs, a pioneer in the IT infrastructure management space. His interest for reading and children led to setting up of Hippocampus in 2003 that promotes reading amongst children. Ten years later and having added a branch in Chennai it continues to be a library and activity centre hosting events that promote reading among children from 0-12 years and strives to increase awareness about the importance of reading among parents through specially designed workshops and regular one on one interactions.

Prasanna Vadayar, CEO, Sikshana Foundation (Education)

Under Prasanna’s stewardship Sikshana has grown from 49 schools to cover over 1000 schools in 5 years. Prior to his engagement with Sikshana, he was the Founder CEO of Softrends, Inc USA for 10 years, where he designed Transaction Processing Software Systems. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from S. J. College of Engineering, Mysore and a Master’s in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. While in the USA, Prasanna had worked with various NGOs in India. In 2005, he co-founded Pragathi, with a few like-minded individuals in Austin, Texas, with a goal of funding deserving NGOs in India.


Devi Murthy, founder, Kamal Kisan (Agri)

Devi Murthy completed her bachelors in Electrical Engineer but considers herself a Mechanical Engineer by profession. After having worked in the sheet metal manufacturing sector for over five years as a product development engineer, the craving to do more with her skills and create social impact led her to start Kamal Kisan. Kamal Kisan is a for-profit social business aims to design, develop and deploy agricultural equipment specially targeted for small farm owners to be deployed as an on the farm service. Devi has been instrumental in conceptualization and execution of the business Idea. She not only enjoys brainstorming on design concepts for various equipments, but also participates in the physical prototyping of the equipment. Devi also spends a significant portion of her time interacting with farmers on the field.

Experience Sharing

Gaurav Gupta, Director Operations, Aarusha Homes Private Limited

Set up in late 2007, Aarusha Homes is a VC-funded pioneer in providing affordable rental accommodation for migrants to Urban India. At this stage, the company caters to housing needs of students & working executives (low & lower-middle income segments) in Hyderabad, Bangalore & Pune operating 18 hostels with a total capacity of 3500+ beds. Gaurav’s key deliverables are focused on planning & executing the “growth” of the business & internal capacity building and leading the core operations, strategic planning, business development, marketing & HR functions.His pre-transition experience includes HSBC from 2004-2013 where he took up multiple client-facing roles across Corporate Banking & Wealth Management as well as Strategy & Business Planning and brief stints with Citibank & Samsung Electronics in sales between 2003 & 2004.

Divya Tiwari, Operations and Market Development at Saahas

Divya has more than 12 years of experience in the area of Supply Chain Management and Operations. She has a PhD in Supply Chain Optimization from IIM Bangalore and has been a Consultant/SME for various engagements across industries such as FMCG, Industrial, Life Sciences, Environment, IT and Hospitality. She has recently joined SAAHAS which provides ‘Zero Waste Solutions’ to organization and corporates. Her current responsibilities include managing operations and market development activities for ‘Recycled Products’. The passion and dedication of the teams Saahas for the cause and the success they have achieved in their endeavour was the key motivator for her to join this organisation.

Fellowship special session by Villgro

Villgro is one of India’s oldest and foremost social enterprise incubators, supporting innovators and social entrepreneurs during their early stages of growth. Since 2001, Villgro has incubated 94 such enterprises, generated around 4000 jobs, secured Rs 200 million in follow-on funding, and touched over 5 million rural lives. The Villgro Fellowship is a 1-year leadership development programme designed for professionals who seek a career that is challenging and creates social impact. Through classroom sessions, forums, field trips, hands-on mentoring, training and a close working relationship with a social entrepreneur, it offers a first-hand feel of what it takes to build a social enterprise.

The session features Priya Thachadi Soman who leads the design and execution of Fellowship programs at Villgro, Aina Gaur, A Villgro 2013 fellow and Punit Manek, a Villgro Fellow in the 2014 Edition.

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