- Founder President
Vishnu, a lifelong entrepreneur, leads Ashoka’s global teams on Planning, Budgeting, and Global Partnerships. During his stint at Ashoka, he has led multiple teams across South Asia, South East Asia and at the Global office. He joined Ashoka to lead a project on affordable housing, which after demonstration of enabling over 15,000 homes across India – is now a separate organization he co-founded called the Indian Housing Federation. Similarly, his work on malnutrition has led to the creation of Nourishing Schools Foundation.
Earlier in his career, he co-founded two internet technology companies in Singapore. Looking back, both the companies were based on ideas that were ahead of their times – Artificial intelligence and Machine learning and another a fin-tech business. One of the companies was acquired in the early 2000s and he discovered his deep interest in social development after that. He is passionate about creating large scale social change using hybrid business models.
- Chief Executive Officer (Asia & Africa) and Co-Founder
Archana engaged large foundations and corporates to create collaborative initiatives at Ashoka for over 8 years. She co-founded Nourishing Schools while she was at Ashoka. She has been recognised as a contributor to the Yellow Books, published by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Government of India. These books aim to engage children with topics related to nutrition and food safety.
Before working with Ashoka, she was a management consultant with i3 Consulting, a firm founded by ex-McKinsey employees. She led engagements advising clients from industries such as financial services and e-commerce on business development, strategy and setting up new ventures. She’s been a journalist with The Asian Age and has contributed to online publications such as Your Story and Forbes. She was ranked #15 in YourStory’s list of 100 Digital Influencers of 2020. She has been awarded the Spotlight: Health scholarship by the Aspen Ideas Festival, USA and selected as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence by the SELCO Foundation. She has a Bachelors degree in Economics from Sophia College, Mumbai and a Masters degree in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru, University, New Delhi.
Ashwin is the founder and serves on the board of Vaatsalya Hospitals, an award-winning social enterprise, focused on building and managing a network of hospitals in small towns in India. Vaatsalya is the largest hospital network of its kind in India, bringing affordable healthcare services to more than half a million undeserved customers per year, and is the winner of the Inaugural Porter Prize in India for value-based healthcare. In 2012, Ashwin also helped establish National Association of Social Enterprises in India, a leading industry body comprising of the leading social enterprises in India. Ashwin has been honored as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by World Economic Forum, Young Leader by Asia Society Asia 21, Senior Ashoka Fellow, and Ted India fellow. His passion is Social entrepreneurship, Healthcare access and innovation. Ashwin has a medical degree from Karnataka Medical College, Hubli and a Masters from University of Houston, Texas. In his spare time, you will find him watching movies or collecting random (and mostly useless) historical trivia.
- Associate Director
Deepa has ten years of experience in investment banking and two years of entrepreneurial experience in the food and beverage industry. She manages our partnerships with various social enterprises to expand the coverage of the Nourishing Schools programme. She has also developed content for our toolkit, to engage children as changemakers for their own nutrition. She is passionate about sustainable agriculture and has been integral in strengthening the link between agriculture, nutrition and climate change in our work. She has a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Commerce from Mt.Carmel College, Bangalore.
Julia is a data analyst for the Nourishing Schools programme. She specializes in data analytics, content writing, and social media management. In college, Julia was part of the statistics team for Project Sitara part III- a research project which aimed to present an analysis of the structures present within the adoption, child care, and protection system today, looking at its many complexities and limitations. The Department of Women and Child Development, India acknowledged it to be a comprehensive document of reliable information. She has a B.A. Honors in Communication Studies from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore.