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Shubhasis Pattnaik

Shubhasis Pattnaik is the Executive Director of Gram Vikas, one of the largest and most impactful NGOs in India. In the past 35 years, Gram Vikas has been a path breaker in modelling and implementing several grassroots level interventions that have been sustainable and transformational in nature for the rural poor.


Shubhasis did his Graduation in Civil Engineering from NIT Rourkela and his Post Graduation in Business Management from XLRI Jamshedpur. In the course of his career of over 15 years in the private sector, he held leadership positions in multinational companies. His desire to do something much more meaningful in the next phase of his life led him to join Gram Vikas. He aspires to not only carry forward the great legacy of Gram Vikas and its founder Joe Madiath but build on it and ensure that Gram Vikas impacts a much larger set of communities via multiple interventions that are aligned to its vision."

Nawal Agrawal

Nawal Agrawal is Founder and Director of Get Up for Change (RTI Anonymous).

His journey as a change agent started when out of his sheer interest in policy making, he tried to find out the reasons behind an over-bridge remaining under construction for over 30 years. He filed a series of RTI applications and soon after that started receiving threatening calls. He thus realized the need of anonymity in RTI applications and founded Getup4change with his friends to facilitate people in filing RTI applications online remaining anonymous. After filing various RTI applications and first and second appeals to get suitable replies, he realized the need of making Central Information Commission (CIC) more efficient and worked through Rakshak foundation to make CIC more effective and published a paper based on his internship.

RTI Anonymous is an online service, through which, any Indian citizen can File Right to Information (RTI) Applications Anonymously. They DO NOT HAVE TO REVEAL THEIR IDENTITY. The RTI Anonymous Community will file those RTI Applications in their name and upload the documents obtained as a reply on this website. The original requester will get an email when this happens. The original requester just has to draft the RTI Application as much as he/she can and the RTI Anonymous community will take care of the rest. Till date it has filed more than 1000 applications and has some great success stories on its name.

Karthik Ganesan

Karthik Ganesan is a Senior Research Associate at CEEW, India.

He leads the research efforts in the area of energy access and the future energy consumption pathways of rural India, and the opportunities for industrial energy efficiency gains.  Most recently, he carried out an extensive analysis of the Indian government's policy support for RE industry and the cost implications of the exchequer.  His focus has been to bring quantitative techniques from other domains, such as consumer choice models and system dynamics modelling to provide a holistic understanding of the various factors that influence energy policy and their impact in turn, on development and sustainability. Prior to his association with CEEW he has worked on an array of projects in collaboration with various international institutions, with a focus on technology and environmental valuation. His published (and under review) works include the Power Sector Expansion Plans in the Greater Mekong Sub-region: Regional governance challenges (ADB), Carbon Capture and Storage Potential for SE Asia (ADB), Valuation of Health Impact of Air pollution from Thermal Power Plants (ADB), and India's Energy Conundrum - What the future holds (CAG, NUS).

Karthik graduated with a Masters in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He has an M.Tech in Infrastructure Engineering and a B.Tech in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in Chennai.

Madan Padaki

Madan Padaki is the Co-founder, CEO & Managing Director of Head Held High Services, a rural access accelerator that unleashes the power of the Ruban (a term for the neo rural-urbans) by providing career access to youth, business access to entrepreneurs and market access to corporates. Started as a foundation in 2008, Head Held High trains zero/low-educated rural youth, transforming them to be knowledge workers in record times and enabling careers in the rural areas itself. This has won several awards, including the CNN IBN Real Heroes Award, 2011, Global Sourcing Council Award 2011, Finalist at Mahindra Rise 2012, etc.

An engineer from NIE Mysore and an MBA from SPJIMR, Mumbai, Madan had worked with Wipro, Infosys and Mphasis (Japan) - before being bitten by the entrepreneurial bug in 2000 when he co-founded MeritTrac - as a pioneering idea in skills assessments. MeritTrac is today India's Largest Skills Assessment company and is recognized as a thought-leader in the sector. MeritTrac was acquired by Manipal Global Education Services, one of India's largest education services company. In 2011, Madan moved to Manipal head up Strategy, Innovation and International Partnerships for Manipal Education and transitioned out in March 2013 to take a full-time role in Head Held High Services.

He is also on the Governing Council of TiE Bangalore, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, Karnataka and is a founding Partner of Social Venture Partners, Bangalore.