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Chairperson, SEWA Cooperative Federation
Social Entrepreneur

Date & Time

Wednesday Wed, 23 Nov 2022

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

Mirai Chatterjee, Director SEWA, will be in conversation with Narayan Ramachandran to pay tribute to the life and times of Ela Ramesh Bhatt. Affectionately called Elaben, she was one of India’s most impactful daughters. She was a tireless activist for women’s livelihood and rights and passed away earlier this month at the age of 89. She matched her clarity of thought with powerful action, impacting millions of women. Founder of SEWA, she was one of the pioneers of financial inclusion for women. The conversation will trace the arc of her life and her continuing legacy in SEWA.

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Mirai Chatterjee

Chairperson, SEWA Cooperative Federation

For the past 30 years Mirai Chatterjee has been at the forefront of improving the health and financial security of millions of women working in India’s informal sector. She leads the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), a social enterprise that helps 2 million members in India obtain work and income security, financial services, organize child care, primary health care, housing with water and sanitation and insurance, among many other activities and support services. She joined the organisation in 1984 and has been instrumental in focusing the attention of both Indian and global policymakers on the health of poor people, particularly women. Her work with international agencies and the Indian government has highlighted the importance of issues such as gender inequity, education, and sanitation in public health. Ms. Chatterjee has a B.A. from Harvard University in History and Science and a Masters from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Public Health, USA.

Narayan Ramachandran

Social Entrepreneur

Narayan Ramachandran is co-founder and Senior Fellow at the Takshashila Institution. His areas of interest span inclusive finance, public policy, science and the environment. He is the Chairman and CEO of KludeIn Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company listed on NASDAQ. He is lead independent Director and Chairman of TeamLease Services and co-Chairman of Unitus Capital. He is on the Advisory Council of the Centre for Wildlife Studies. Earlier, Narayan was Chairman of RBL Bank and Country Head of Morgan Stanley India. Narayan received a B.Tech. in chemical engineering from the Indian of Technology Bombay and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. He writes a fortnightly column titled ‘A Visible Hand’ for The Mint Newspaper.