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Founder, 5F World
Chairman, Ikdhvaj Advisers LLP
Chairperson, Social Venture Partners, Bengaluru

Date & Time

Wednesday Wed, 8 Feb 2023


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

As the world struggles with the twin demons of inflation and potential inflation, India has a never-before opportunity to be the global success story of this decade. Opportunities in manufacturing, agriculture, digital platforms and services have to be exploited and enablers like physical, digital and social infrastructure will need to be strengthened. Some concern areas need to be addressed too.

The event will pick up key themes from the book India’s Pathways to Success and light up the pathways for India to meet its tryst with destiny. The speakers will engage in a discussion which will then be followed by a Q&A with the audience.


Ganesh Natarajan

Founder, 5F World

Dr. Ganesh Natarajan is Executive Chairman and Founder of 5F World, a platform for Digital Start-ups, Skills and Social Ventures in the country. He is also Co-Founder of Lighthouse Communities Foundation, Global Talent Track, Skills Alpha and Kalzoom Advisors.

Ganesh has a Masters’ in Industrial Engineering from NITIE Mumbai, PhD from IIT Bombay and Advanced Management from Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Central Board of Directors of State Bank of India and Chairman of the Board of Honeywell Automation India Limited and Lighthouse Communities. He also serves on the Boards of Hinduja Global Solutions, Systech Inc, USA, Educate Girls and the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, Singapore.

Ganesh is the author of eleven books and a regular writer and speaker at national and international forums.

Harsha Vardhana Singh

Chairman, Ikdhvaj Advisers LLP

Dr. Harsha Vardhana Singh has extensive international and national experience on trade and investment matters. In two separate stints he worked at the GATT/WTO for a total of 20 years (eight years as Deputy Director General, WTO). He was first the Economic Adviser and then Secretary Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in its initial 8 years. He has an M. Phil and D. Phil in Economics from Oxford University, U.K., after an MA and BA (Hons) in Economics from Delhi University, India.

His current expert engagements include: Senior Fellow, Pune International Centre; Senior Fellow, Council on Emerging Market Enterprises, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, USA; Non-Resident Senior Fellow, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council, Washington, DC; Senior Research Affiliate, Berkeley APEC Study Center, US; and, Member of the Advisory Board of UNCTAD’s “Transnational Corporations Journal”.

Sashi Rajamani

Chairperson, Social Venture Partners, Bengaluru

Sashi is a seasoned leader in the IT industry with 2 decades of experience doing Business Development and Delivery roles across the globe – USA, Singapore, Europe, Australia, Canada and India. Her focus has been in building technology platforms & practices and providing solutions to strategic customers by leveraging bleeding edge technologies.

Taking her technical expertise to the social sector she created a mobile and IVR based technology platform for rural India with a focus around Community Based Organizations (CBOs). Currently as a Chairperson at SVP Bengaluru (Social Venture partners), a platform for engaged philanthropy, she advises and mentors NGO’s across several verticals. Her current work spans across education (Vidya, Whitefield Ready), combating ableism (MItti Café, APD, Y4J, Atypical Advantage), and anti-human trafficking (VIHAAN). She also works with the most vulnerable tribes through ATREE and ACCORD.